InFocus IN1126 Portable Projector:
No Frills but Excellent Image
August 28, 2012
Presets. The IN1126's six preset modes (Bright, Presentation, Game, Movie, TV, and sRGB) give you plenty of flexibility for choosing color, brightness, and contrast settings for different applications. There are five additional wall color settings available in the Advanced section of the Installation I menu. If none of the presets meet your needs, you can go to User mode where you can customize a variety of settings.
Picture Controls. In User mode, you have control over virtually every picture setting. In addition to the usual suspects, you can select the gamma setting, color temperature (Cold, Normal, and Warm), and the individual levels of the color wheel segments (RGBCYMW). Note that picture controls are unavailable in preset modes.
Connectivity. The inputs include one HDMI port, one VGA for computer or component video, one composite jack, one S-video jack, and an RCA audio input for those video sources. There is a USB Type B connector for maintenance purposes, but there is neither an audio out connector nor a USB Type A for memory sticks.
Warranty. The IN1126's warranty is split into three categories: the projector's power supply, fans, color wheel, and light tunnel which are covered for two years (parts and labor), the lamp which is covered for six months (parts and labor), and the rest of the projector which is covered for five. years (parts) and two years (labor). The five-year portion covers assemblies that rarely fail, but overall the IN1126 warranty is better than most in its class.
Maintenance. Like most DLP projectors, the IN1126 has no air filter to change, so maintenance consists of vacuuming the side grills every now and then to avoid any dust accumulation that might impede airflow. Replacing the lamp is still required, of course, but since it is removed through the top of the projector, it is relatively easy to do even if the projector is ceiling-mounted.
Brightness and Uniformity. Rated at 3,000 ANSI lumens, the IN1126 put up 2,865 lumens in Bright mode. Other presets delivered as follows: Presentation - 2,715, Movie - 2,380, Game - 2,265, TV - 1,950, and sRGB - 1,770. The four wall color presets came in between 1,265 and 2,310 lumens depending on wall color choice. The Eco lamp setting reduced brightness by 24% in all modes.
Image Size and Offset. The IN1126 is well suited for tabletop or cart mounting with the bottom of the image about 8.5" above the lens centerline for a 100" diagonal image. In the unlikely event that ceiling mounting was desired, a drop tube would probably be needed.
Menu Selection and Navigation The on-screen menus for the IN1126 are a bit layered in spots (e.g., the Advanced menus), but in general they are intuitive and easy to navigate. Menu position is movable and its transparency is adjustable. Common settings such as brightness and contrast are adjusted in the menu itself rather than as a single line at the bottom of the image, but it is easy to see what effect setting changes are having on the image. A Quick Menu for selecting Volume, Keystone, and Digital Zoom is available on the projector control pad but not on the remote control.
Lamp Life. The lamp in the IN1126 has a rated life of 2,500 hours in normal mode and 3,500 hours in Eco mode. A replacement lamp can be purchased from InFocus for $375.