Panasonic LB60U and LB60 NTU Physical Tour
These Panasonic portable projectors have a recessed zoom lens with a 1.2:1 zoom ratio, pretty typical for small portable models. Next to the lens is the front Infra-red sensor for the remote control. There are two drop down front adjustable feet, with their releases actually on the left and right side right by the front. An almost clear lens cap is tethered to the projector.
On the top, focus and zoom of the LB60 projectors are adjusted by recessed focus and zoom rings. Looking at the top, from the rear of the projector, the control panel is to the right of the lens. Moving from left to right, are, first, three indicator LED lights (for PC input, Lamp, and Temperature).
Next comes a large power button, however just above it, and a bit closer to the LED indicators is the Daylight View light sensor.
Panasonic has always touted the LB series as very plug and play, and as such, there are few controls on the LB60 control panel. In fact, the only other two buttons are the source select button, and an Auto Setup button. That's right, no menu or arrow keys, but wait, the LB60 projectors are not without.
Moving to the input panel on the back, I'll start on the right, where you find a tiny Menu button, and almost below it a minature joystick for navigating the menus. The joystick handles the usual up/down/left/right arrow functions, and pressing it in provides the Select (or enter) function. Of course most projector manufacturers put their menu button and arrow keys on the control panel, but Panasonic is making a point that their projector is so easy to setup, that they have relegated their menu control functions to these tiny devices on the back.
Moving to the left are a pair of audio inputs (standard left and right RCA jacks). Next comes the standard composite video, and S-video inputs.
The LB60U and LB60NTU have a Computer 1 input (standard HD15 connector), and Computer 2. Of special note, the Computer 2 input can alternately function as a computer (monitor) output. The choice is menu selectable. Below them are two sets of stereo audio inputs (each is a stereo mini-plug), and a variable, stereo audio out. Last is a serial port for computer control, and the AC power input. Surprisingly, for a projector in this class, the LB60 series projectors lack a rear Infra-red sensor.
Interestingly, there is no way to tell at a quick glance, the basic LB60U from the wireless networking LB60NTU, except by the model number, the word Wireless on the control panel, and fewer buttons on the LB60U's remote control.
Time to consider the image quality aspects of the PT-LB60U and PT-LB60NTU LCD portable projectors.