Projector Reviews

Optoma HD141X Projector Review – Hardware Tour 2


HD141X Remote Control



The Optoma’s remote control is medium sized, fits easily on an average, or small hand, and is pretty light weight.  It runs on a pair of provided AAA batteries.

One of the most obvious things about this remote control is its exceptionally bright backlight.  I’ve actually complained that Optoma remotes like this one are too bright, in that they are almost blinding if you are in a fully darkened room and the remote lights up while you are trying to adjust color settings.  That’s OK in this case, as this projector really isn’t likely to end up in the darkest of rooms, such as a dedicated home theater.  With a little ambient light, the backlight seems reasonable.

Let’s tour the remote control from the top left!

Power switches – ON on the left, Off on the right! That’s easy enough.

Next come the three User buttons – 1, 2, and 3.  These allow you to select what functions you want them to do.  The defaults are:

1.  Color Settings

2.  Color Temp

3.  Gamma

the other options you can select instead, are:  HDMI Link (to control other HDMI link compatible devices), Test Pattern, and A/V Mute.

Next come a whole host of convenience buttons that get you right to one specific function or another, directly, without having to navigate the menus.  By row, they are:

Brightness – Contrast – Color Mode

Keystone Correction – Aspect Ratio – 3D

Mute (audio) – Dynamic Black – Sleep Timer

Next up is the navigation area, which sports four arrow keys is a roundish configuration.  The Enter button is in the center.  When not in menu mode, those buttons double as:

Source (left arrow), Re-sync (right arrow) improves sync to analog computer sources, if needed, Up and down arrows double as volume up and down.

The Menu button is found to the lower left of the navigation ring.

That leaves only the individual sources:  HDMI1 with MHL, HDMI2, two VGA, Composite video and Component video!

All considered a really, really nice remote control for such a low cost projector. Too many remotes for projectors under $1000 have no backlight (annoying), and some are even credit card type remotes, which I’m definitely not a fan of, and besides the credit card remotes never have the really good range that this remote has.  20 feet with a bounce of the screen works!


HD141X Menus

For such an inexpensive projector, it sure has plenty of menus.  Oh, more expensive projectors have more features, but still, Optoma puts a lot of options on there for you.

Our slide show has captions with info on many of these menus.

Main Menus, Sub-Menus, and Comments