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Optoma HD143X Home Theater Projector Review – Hardware 2

Optoma HD143X Home Theater Projector Review – Hardware 2: Control Panel, Remote Control, Menus

Control Panel

Optoma HD143X Control Panel

The Optoma HD143X has a control panel with a simple configuration. Three indicator lights sit above a standard nine button arrangement, with some of the buttons having dual functions. Those three indicator lights are for On/Standby, Lamp, and Temp. At the top left, we have the Power button, with the Information button directly opposite. On the bottom left corner is the Menu button. At the bottom right, we have an additional IR sensor for the remote control.

Four buttons surround the center button in a plus sign configuration, which is for Enter. These are the directional arrow keys – Up, Down, Left, Right – and they all serve dual functions. The Up and Down buttons are for adjusting the vertical keystone correction. The Left Arrow button also brings up the Source Menu, and the Right Arrow button is the Re-Sync button for syncing 3D.

Remote Control

The Optoma HD143X projector comes with an easy-to-use remote control. It is lightweight and fits comfortably in the hand. It has one-touch access to color modes and different input sources. As always, I will address the buttons of the remote control in sections, starting at the top. The top row consists of two buttons: On, and Off.

The section below that consists of twelve buttons, arranged in arched rows of three. The first row has buttons to access the three User Modes, followed by Brightness, Contrast, and Mode (to change the display mode). The row under that has buttons for Keystone Correction, Aspect Ratio, and 3D. The final row of this section has the Mute button, Dynamic Black button, and a Sleep Timer button.

Optoma HD143X Remote Control

The next section has four directional arrow keys surrounding a traditional Enter button. Each arrow serves a dual function, like Volume + and Volume –, Source, and Re-Sync. On the bottom left, there’s also a Menu button for quick access to the menus.

The final section of the remote control has all of the source input buttons – HDMI 1, HDMI 2, VGA 1, VGA 2, Video, and YPbPr. Since the projector only has inputs for the HDMIs, you will not be using the majority of these buttons.

The Menus

Display Menu – Image Settings Sub-Menu, Enhanced Gaming, 3D Sub-Menu, Aspect Ratio, Edge Mask, Zoom, Image Shift, Keystone

Image Settings Sub-Menu – Display Mode, Wall Color, Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Color, Tint, Gamma Sub-Menu, Color Settings Sub-Menu, Dynamic Black, Brightness Mode, Reset

Gamma Sub-Menu – Film, Video, Graphics, Standard(2.2), 1.8, 2.0, 2.4

Color Settings Sub-Menu – BrilliantColor, Color Temperature, Color Matching, RGB Gain/Bias, Color Space

3D Sub-Menu – 3D Mode, 3D->2D, 3D Format, 3D sync invert

Audio Menu – Mute, Volume

Setup Menu – Projection, Lamp Settings, Filter Settings, Power Settings, Security, HDMI Link Settings, Test Pattern, Remote Settings Sub-Menu, 12V Trigger, Options Sub-Menu, Reset

Remote Settings Sub-Menu – User 1, User 2, User 3

Optional Sub-Menu – Language, Menu Settings, Auto Source, Input Source, Input Name, High Altitude, Display Mode Lock, Keypad Lock, Information Hide, Logo, Background Color

Info Menu – Regulatory, Serial Number, Source, Resolution, Refresh Rate, Display Mode, Lamp Hours, Filter Hours, Brightness Mode, FW Version