Posted on October 22, 2018 By Nikki Zelinger
ViewSonic PX706HD Gaming Projector Review – Hardware: Overview, Inputs and Connectors, Lens
The front of the ViewSonic PX706HD has the manual zoom lens and the IR sensor for the remote control.
The ViewSonic's stereo speaker is located on the right side of the projector and is quite good, along with the cool air intake vent.
The left side of the projector houses the hot air exhaust vent.
The ViewSonic PX706HD has a simple input panel, with enough connectors for home entertainment and even presentation purposes.
The top of the projector has the manual zoom and focus ring, and a simple control panel.
The ViewSonic PX706HD is a compact projector, measuring 4.5 inches tall by 11.5 inches wide and 8.7 inches deep, and weighs 6 lbs. Automatic vertical Keystone Correction makes setup easy – this is a real plug-and-play projector. This ViewSonic can be installed on a table top or ceiling mounted in front of the screen, or behind on a table or ceiling mounted if paired with the right screen. Front table or ceiling mounting will be the most used.
The front of the PX706HD houses the lens and an IR Remote Sensor for the included remote control. There is also an easily adjustable front foot to control the elevation of the projected image. The ViewSonic’s proprietary SonicExpert® audio system is housed within the right side of the projector, along with the cool air intake vent. The left side of the projector is where the hot air exhaust is found, with the exhaust vent wrapping around to the front corner of the projector.
Manual zoom and focus controls are found on the top of this unit, along with the control panel. The rear of the projector houses all the inputs and connectors; there are few connections but plenty for its primary intended use as a gaming projector. The bottom of the ViewSonic PX706HD features a security bar for an anti-theft lock, and ceiling mount holes. Now, onto those inputs!
The ViewSonic PX706HD offers a simple panel of inputs and connections on the rear of the unit, but everything you need for your home entertainment/gaming purposes. The A/C Power Cord connects in the bottom left corner of the panel. On the left side, there is a blue Audio In 3.5mm mini-jack port, and below that a green Audio-Out mini jack port, to connect external audio equipment and speakers to the projector.
To the immediate right of the audio ports are the dual HDMI ports for connecting high definition video gaming systems and BluRay players, as well as laptops and other similar media sources. Next is a USB-C port, which provides for fast data, audio, video and charging over a single cable, supporting smart mobile devices. Then we have a VGA port labeled “Computer In” which is useful in connecting PCs for computer gaming on the big screen, an RS-232 port for legacy command and control.
There is also a Mini-USB port for connecting card readers and other media for PC-Free Presentations, and a yellow Component Video (RCA) port for legacy video game systems and other old-school video devices. That’s not a huge amount of connections, but it’s still plenty for the primary use and its price point.
The ViewSonic PX706HD has a 1.20:1 zoom lens.
The manual zoom and focus rings are located on the top of the projector, and make it easy to get the zoom and focus right the first time.
The ViewSonic PX706HD is equipped with a 1.2:1 zoom ratio manual focus/zoom short throw lens. That’s not a ton of zoom, but is respectable. As a short throw projector, the PX706HD can project an image from 60” diagonal to 120,” with a throw distance of only 3.0 ft to 7.2 ft. This makes the projector ideal for smaller rooms like dorm rooms, studio apartments, bedrooms so that you can maximize your space while still getting the immersive, big screen experience!
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