720p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector Review
2x speed color wheel. The W600 has a 2X-speed, 6-segment color wheel, with Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Yellow, and White segments. This configuration is standard in this class of projector, and the W600's main competitors share this same color wheel layout. However, people who are susceptible to seeing rainbows will very likely see them on the W600.
User interface. The menu system is the same as that on the W1000, but there have been a few modifications. Where the W1000 had named color temperature presets, the W600 has presets named T1 through T4, with no indication what they represent. The T1 preset seemed to be the warmest of the bunch, though it still had a noticeable green bias. Like the W1000, there is no system for the fine-tuning of RGB gain and bias. The projector does have a control to adjust the overall gamut, which is useful in some circumstances, but not nearly as effective or important as simple gain/bias adjustments.
Color saturation and Tint controls are grayed out in many instances, including when using 1080p/24 over HDMI. The projector supposedly has 3D capability, though we encountered difficulty getting it to function correctly (more on that shortly). In short, the W600's interface made normally easy tasks more difficult, and normally difficult tasks impossible.
The remote control is actually quite well-designed, but its range was so short that we ended up using the hardwired control panel more often than not. Even at a relatively short distance from the screen (about six feet), we were not able to bounce the signal back to the projector and were instead forced to turn around and aim directly at the sensor.
3D Capability. The W600 is billed as a 3D Ready projector, meaning it can handle a 120Hz refresh rate and incorporates DLP Link technology. However, we ran into the digital equivalent of a Mexican Standoff when we tried to use it. Sound confusing? Well, that's because it is.
The W600's "3D Mode" option is grayed out in the menu, and will only become available if the projector detects a 120Hz signal being sent to it. However, many devices, including both 3D-capable computers we have in our lab, will only send a 120Hz signal if the display is capable of displaying it. And the W600 does not report that it is capable of displaying such a signal until you turn on 3D Mode. But you cannot turn on 3D Mode until you send a 120Hz signal, so you loop back to step one.
If you can force your 3D source to output 120Hz, or somehow trick the W600 into enabling 3D mode, you can use 3D mode as intended. However, many people will find this system frustrating and difficult to use.
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