Setting the H1080FD up is a fairly straightforward process. There are screw-down legs at the projector’s rear and a pop-down leg to the front to help you angle the image correctly onto your screen, while zoom/focus rings are made easily accessible via a hole in the projector’s top side.
Inevitably, though, there are limitations. For starters, the optical zoom on offer isn’t exactly spectacular, with a throw ratio of 1.6-1.92. The lens is designed with short throw distances in mind, too – a reasonably sensible move to some extent, given the casual ‘living room’ use it will probably most be bought for. But it did make the H1080FD the first projector I’ve tested for quite a while that’s required me to get off my backside – outrageous! – and move my projector stand forward from its usual position right at the back of my 5m long testing room.
The other more irksome set-up shortcoming is the lack of any vertical or horizontal optical image shifting. This means that many people will have to use the projector’s built-in digital keystone adjustment facility to get the sides of their picture looking straight, with all the potential for damaging the picture that any sort of digital tomfoolery always introduces.
Heading into the H1080FD’s surprisingly well-presented onscreen menus (via a decently organised and impressively backlit remote control), I found a respectable number of features to help me calibrate images to suit my tastes. Among the highlights are a colour management system that lets you adjust the hue, saturation and gain for the red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow colour components, a surprisingly flexible gamma adjustment, and a flesh tone tweaker.
The projector thoughtfully provides three memory banks where you can store your own preferred settings, as well as three pre-programmed presets: Movie, Normal and Bright.
It’s a shame, perhaps, that Vivitek couldn’t have added Sports and, especially, Game presets to this list, but it doesn’t take too long to set up suitable presets for these sorts of sources yourself.
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