Time to take a tour of the PT-AE7000 projector's physical features, including lens, control panel, and inputs. In addition, Projector Reviews discusses the remote control and the menu system.
The PT-AE7000 is a medium sized home theater projector. It's got clean lines and a dark gray flat finish. The lens is located to the right (if facing the PT-AE7000). It weighs a little less than 20 pounds, and can be operated when ceiling mounted, on table top, or on a rear shelf, in most rooms.
The PT-AE7000 has excellent placement flexibility, and it could be argued, the most, thanks to the Lens Memory feature.
The 2:1 zoom lens provides lots of front to back placement, and the lens shift has plenty of range as well. More on that below.
Also on the front is a covered joystick for that lens shift, as seen in this image. The control is a bit course and tricky to get exactly where you want it, on this demo unit, but eventually I got it just right. (In other words, a minor nuisance, nothing more.) Other PT-AE7000, may, perhaps may have joysticks not as stiff?
Heat vents out the front, making the PT-AE7000 suitable for rear shelf mounting.
There's an infra-red sensor on the front, as well (note, there is no rear IR sensor, unusual), and below are two screw thread adjustable front feet. (There's a single center rear foot as well - non-adjustable.)
Moving to the right side, you'll find the Panasonic's control panel at the front. The top of the PT-AE7000 is empty but for three indicator lights: Power, Temp and Lamp, and the Panasonic name.
The inputs and other connectors are on the back.
Let's start getting into some details, starting with the control panel.