InFocus IN1126 Portable Projector:
No Frills but Excellent Image
August 28, 2012
The new InFocus IN1126 is a 3.4 lb. WXGA portable projector with a 3,000-lumen rating and a street price of just under $1,100. It has a 2,500:1 contrast ratio, and its lamp has a 2,500-hour life expectancy. The basic warranty is two years for the projector and six months for the lamp, but some parts are warranted for five years. It has computer and video inputs including HDMI, and its footprint is only 7" x 8.6". Plug those parameters into our database and the number of competitive projectors that meet or beat all of them is . . . zero.
It is worth emphasizing that the IN1126 weighs less than 3.5 pounds. That helps a lot if you have to haul it from distant parking lots and down endless hallways. InFocus has added a nice touch by including a carrying bag that fits the IN1126 snugly but has ample external pockets for cable storage. All in all, this is a nice step forward in reducing projector size and weight at the 3,000-lumen level.
The Viewing Experience
The IN1126 is a road warrior projector with the added bonus of some excellent video images. Powerpoint presentations and Word documents look crisp and clean, but photos and movies look good, too. Audio output could be a bit more robust, but its light weight and bright images will impress an on-the-go presenter. The IN1126 may be small in stature, but its size and weight belies its performance.
It is not surprising that portable 3,000-lumen projectors are noisy at their brightest settings because there is a lot of heat to evacuate from a small volume. The IN1126 is no exception, but it is quieter than any of its competitors, and heat is exhausted out the front to minimize audience fan noise distraction. This is a no frills projector with single computer and video inputs, but it puts up an excellent image, turns on and off quickly, and packs a very bright image for such a compact projector.
After a quick start, the IN1126 delivers a bright, stable 1280x800 image. It is a DLP-based light engine, so those who are sensitive to color wheel artifacts may notice them in certain video scenes, but the data images are artifact-free and well saturated. Small fonts were easy to read even at full keystone correction. Video images were color balanced although a few adjustments to contrast (up) and brightness (down) were needed to get the best rendering of shadows and highlights. Flesh tones in the Movie preset mode had a little red bias, but that was easily corrected by switching to User mode and using the Color Manager in the Advanced menu. In fact, the Color Manager lets you set levels for all seven color wheel segments if you have the patience to get the best image possible.
The one-watt speaker will not suffice for anything but a small conference room, but it was buzz- and rattle-free over its entire range. One thing to be aware of is that the top of the case gets pretty warm near the fan exhaust ports, so care is warranted if children are in the audience.