Next up comes some buttons showing off this Viewsonic's cross-over - business type functions. There are left and right remote mousing buttons, and Page Up and Down to their right. To take full use of this, you'll be running USB between projector and computer, which is standard stuff for remote mousing capabilities. Just below on the left is a button labeled Mouse - yep, press that to engage the remote mousing functions above.
Ten buttons to go. Three run down the right side - Volume Up, Down, and Mute. In between Mouse, and Volume Up is a button with a magnifier image for digital zoom. That allows you to enlarge part of the image for a closer look. Pressing it brings up a zoom bar that shows you where you are in the zoom process. Digital zoom can be especially helpful when looking at drawings, or highly detailed images, so that folks not close to the screen can see better. It's easy to use, btw!
The Lock button allows you to lock, or unlock the Control Panel. This can be handy preventing a student, or a child at home from messing with the controls on the projector.
To its right is the Freeze button - which freezes the image on the screen.
Next comes the test Pattern button (one built in pattern) and next to it, the Blank button, which as you just guessed, blanks the screen (lamp is still on).
Almost done. Bottom left: Dynamic-Eco, for up to 30% additional power savings. Note this cannot be engaged for several minutes after power up, unless you are using the Smart/Restart feature.
Presentation Timer - That's right, it brings up the Presentation timer menu. That will allow you to have a running timer on the screen.
And finally - bottom right - the usual Aspect (ratio) button. No surprises there.
The overall layout is pretty well thought out, but the buttons are small and well packed together. I don't suppose that will bother most folks but the remote mousing functions being in the center of the remote (good for balance) are pretty crowded for someone with large hands.
Range of the remote is good, not exceptional. It would have been helpful if Viewsonic had a rear IR sensor as well as one in the front. I could get reliable remote usage with a total distance better than 25 feet - Standing about 18 feet from the screen bouncing the IR off of the screen to the projector about 8 feet back. I'd probably want that total distance to be shorter if I was doing remote mousing.
Viewsonic PJD7822HD Menus
The Viewsonic's menus are reasonably laid out. If I have a complaint, it's that the main menu for controlling image settings, which is where most people spend time, is second, not first, creating an extra step. Type size on the menus is a little small, but not enough to be an issue. If you are far enough back that you can't read the menus, you ar probably beyond the range of the remote control. Menus could have a little more contrast. That would be nice.
But all considered, (remember as a reviewer I spend far more time with menus than normal human beings), Viewsonic has done a good job of them. The image player here shows all the major and most sub-menus. I've added comments in the captions where a clarification or comment makes sense.
PJD7822HDL Projector Menus
This menu covers, a wide range of things from Color management settings to 3D, to aspect ratio.
Select the color mode, adjust brightness, contrast...
Saturation not available from video HDMI sources
Inputs and Control
Source Select HDMI settings, Dynamic EcoMode Timer (how long before it kicks in)
Menu Language, CEC, Timer, Control Panel lock...
Audio, Menu, Lens settings, Closed Captioning, Presentation timer (very useful to some presenters)
Offers all the usual choices when 3D content is fed. Supports Blu-ray 3D
The color management system. here's where individual colors are calibrated
Choose gamma settings, and choose from 4 preset color temps. T3 and T4 are best
The basics - mute and volume control nothing fancy here
On Screen Display
How long before menus go off, where on the screen do you want the menus?
Presenters will know what to do with this. Timer appears as small type in lower left corner: 00:00 format
Lock the Control Panel, Power
Password for Security
Use up to a six digit passcode
Nothing to adjust this one tells you what's going on, from resolution to source to lamp hours
Optional Wireless Presentation Gateway
I did not get one of these to work with, so can only report on what capabilities it adds. Essentially it does provide almost all the wireless presentation capabilities one might want. The MSRP is $229, for this add on, shown here. Per Viewsonic, here's what the WPG370 brings to your party:
- Full HD 1080p wireless streaming powered by Intel WiDi
- Mirroring feature for Windows PCs and Macbooks
- Mobile app for streaming content from smartphones and tablets
- PC-less slideshows from a USB flash drive – video, audio, photo
- HDMI digital output for resolution up to 1080p
- Multiple inputs: HDMI, VGA, USB, audio SPDIF, audio RCA, LAN
- Dual band wireless 802.11a/b/g/n
- Latest wireless encryption – WPA2, WPA, WEP
- Wi-Fi Miracast ready receiver
- Web-based virtual remote control
- Palm-sized, light weight
- Apple Mac compatible
Not a bad list, but it is an expensive add on. Still worth it if you need these abilities.