Posted on February 28, 2020 By Nikki Zelinger
ViewSonic X10-4KE Projector Review – Hardware 2: The Control Panel, The Remote Control, The Menus
The ViewSonic X10-4KE does not have a control panel. Not in the typical sense of the phrase, anyway. What it does have is a single button/knob to turn the projector on and off, and adjust the volume. For everything else, all you need is the remote control or to install Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to control the projector.
The remote control is lightweight and fits nicely in the palm of your hand, though its small size definitely lends well to losing it in between couch cushions. I definitely lost it in the dark more than once as well. Luckily, you’ve got Alexa or Google Assistant for those moments, and if you’re not using the Netflix app to stream, you’ll be using a different remote or game controller to navigate your content.
The remote control is simple in design and in function. It has three sections, the first of which being the top configuration of six buttons. The top row of buttons has the Power, Source, and Focus Buttons, when viewed from right to left. The bottom row of buttons has the Setting, Audio Mode, and Bluetooth Buttons.
The middle section of the remote control has the navigational buttons. It is composed of a circle button and a ring button. The circle button is the OK Button for selecting in the Menus. The ring has the four directional arrow keys, for navigation purposes. The bottom section of the remote control has the Return and Home Buttons, as well as the Volume Control.
The ViewSonic X10-4KE Main Menus
The ViewSonic X10-4KE Image Setting Menus
The ViewSonic X10-4KE has several sets of menus. There’s the Home Menu that appears when you first power on the projector. It is quite visual, and makes things super easy to navigate. There is a long rectangular button you can select that will bring you to the Aptoid TV store. To its right, there are four rectangular buttons.
The first, in the top left corner of this configuration, is for the Apps Center, which is home to all of your downloaded apps. To its right is a button for File Management, which is for managing your files via the onboard media player. Below the Apps Center button is a Setting button, which pulls up the Basic Settings Menu, followed by a button for Screen Mirroring.
Below all of that are four square slots for assigning your most used apps to. I assigned Netflix and YouTube to these slots, though I am confident I would never use the Netflix app on this projector. That 480p nonsense just doesn’t cut it for me, when I can just plug in my 4K Sony smart player as a source and stream 4K UHD.
When in this Menu System, you can simply press the Inputs button on the remote control to select an input. The available inputs pop up at the bottom of this screen. Inputs that have something plugged into them are represented by a green dot next to the name of the input, so you can easily see which ones your devices are connected to without having to check the back of the projector.
That’s just the Main Menu. While watching content, you can pull up a Menu for adjusting the color modes. You can choose presets, of course, which you can customize pretty extensively, or you can build your perfect color mode from scratch using one of the two User Modes – I’ll go into that on the next page in great detail. There are also Advanced Menus where you can get into settings for HDR and 3D, etc. See the slider above for photos of these Menus.
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