Posted on February 28, 2020 By Nikki Zelinger
ViewSonic X10-4KE Projector Review – Picture Quality 1: Out-of-the-Box Picture Quality, Skin Tones, 1080p Movie Picture Quality, 4K Picture Quality
The ViewSonic X10-4KE's best mode for Movies: Movie Mode
The ViewSonic X10-4KE's mode for Games: Gaming Mode
The ViewSonic X10-4KE's best mode for TV: TV Mode
The ViewSonic X10-4KE's mode for Custom Color: User
The ViewSonic X10-4KE's brightest mode for overcoming ambient light: Brightest Mode
The ViewSonic X10-4KE has six picture modes to choose from: Brightest, TV, Movie, Gaming, User 1 and User 2. All of these modes allow for adjustments, and good thing too – I didn’t find a single preset picture mode that I was satisfied with. The closest to natural I found was TV, which was surprising to me because Movie has a color temp of 6500K, which is the recommended color temperature for movies, but it was far too yellow for my tastes to name the best mode for anything other than movies.
TV, by comparison, has a color temperature of 9300K, which would lean more toward blue. It did – too much so – but it looked more natural to me than Movie on HDTV content, especially when viewing Grace and Frankie on Netflix. In fact, when watching that show, I was relieved at how much more natural the skin tones looked. Because of this, it was TV Mode that I used to tweak the color to get it as close to “perfect” as I possibly could.
In the slider above, I have the same scene from The Hunger Games, projected in the four preset color modes and with my settings. This will give you a good idea of what to expect for out-of-the-box color, versus what is possible through using the primary RGB and secondary CMY adjustments. So – best mode for movies is Movie, and TV for HDTV shows. I think you’ll find you’ll want to tweak both to your preferences, but that is made easy with the CMS of this projector.
4K HDR in Movie Mode
4K Streaming in User Mode (Adjusted TV)
1080p in Movie Mode
1080p in User Mode (Adjusted TV)
Skin tones look natural in Movie Mode, and in my adjusted TV Mode. That goes for your standard streaming content, like the photo of Grace and Frankie above, as well as your typical 1080p and 4K content.
Besides color, the sharpness of the projector performed well on skin as well. In some cases, a projector will be “too sharp” and really accentuate things you don’t want to see – pores, specifically.
I found the ViewSonic to have just the right amount of sharpness in the right areas, though there were some issues with image processing and film grain. I’ll get into that on the Performance Page of this review.
The Hunger Games 1080p