InFocus IN1126 Portable Projector:
No Frills but Excellent Image
August 28, 2012
Placement Flexibility The IN1126's low zoom ratio of 1.15:1 leaves little room for adjusting projection distance for a particular image size. For example, a 100" diagonal is achieved with the IN1126 between 12.6' and 14.6' from the screen. If that 2-foot adjustment range is not convenient for the room you are in, you will have to choose another screen diagonal.
Remote Control .The remote control for the IN1126 is small and simple, but therein lie two of its limitations. Since it is the size of a credit card, it is easy to misplace and may accidentally wander away in someone's shirt pocket. Its simplicity dictates that many single function buttons found on larger remotes are not provided, and that means a visit to the on-screen menu for settings such as Eco mode or aspect ratio. It was also a surprise to find that no battery is included to power the remote, so a trip to the store to find a CR2025 battery is required to use the remote.
Fan Noise. There is not much that can be done to keep fan noise low in compact, high brightness projectors, but InFocus has done better than most. Fan noise frequencies are in the low- and mid-ranges and heat is exhausted from the front of the IN1126, but they may still be a distraction for those seated within five feet of the projector. The Eco lamp setting reduces noise substantially and only reduces brightness by a modest 25%, so it may be a good choice for all but the highest ambient light situations.
No Audio Output. If you are using an external speaker system, you will have to provide audio input to it from your computer or DVD player as the IN1126 has no audio output port.
Uniformity changes in brightness are not as evident when projecting video, but for certain data projections, the effect of IN1126's brightness uniformity of 66% was visible. For our test sample, the lower center of the screen was the bright spot with the upper right at the low end of the brightness measurements. Not too long ago, uniformity of this level was considered pretty good, but standards have risen and uniformity in the 80% range is not uncommon.
The InFocus IN1126 is a solid performer in the high-brightness portable projector category. Its data and video images are excellent, and it starts and stops in short order for those on the go. It is the lightest, smallest, and quietest projector in its class, and although its audio output is only one watt, it suffices for the small audiences a road warrior usually encounters. It is not the least expensive 3,000-lumen portable, but it is the lightest and smallest, and its overall value merits our 5-star rating.