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InFocus LP400 Projector

InFocus LP400

SVGA (800x600), 700 ANSI Lumens,
6.8 lbs,
View Specs
3.6 out of 5
6 User Ratings
Image Quality 3.7
Features 3.5
Construction 4.0
Ease of Use 3.3
Reliability 3.5
Value for Money 3.5
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Review by Robert Taylor-Jones

It is not co-operative at all, the colour quality is terrible and the images throught the computer weren't right.

Any Problems: It is not co-operative at all, the colour quality is terrible and the images throught the computer weren't right.

Review by Flying-Camel

This projector is getting a little long in the tooth by todays standards, but will still impress as a first home theatre projector. Initially I was unimpressed with the picture quality when hooked up via SVHS, but a direct VGA connection to my DVD player improved contrast and sharpness considerably. Having said that, I've found I havent been able to feed it a PAL signal via VGA and display it at the correct ratio. This may partly be down to the DVD output, but does highlight possible input and resizing limitations. (composite and SVHS resizing is fine) Being DLP, any screen door effect is unnoticable from normal viewing distances. The fan is quite loud, so dont consider it if you are easily annoyed by things like your PC fan noise. I like to have cinema level volume so generaly I found it to be acceptable except in prolonged quite moments. You should be able to pick one up second hand at a good price as many buyers will be put off by the relatively low ANSI output and contrast figures. As long as you accept that you'll only be using it in a light controlled environment (or at night) it'll provide a solid low budget theatre experience. Make sure it comes with a of VGA input cable (Cablewizard 2, 3 or Lite) as these cables can be expensive. Firmware update note: I didnt notice any difference in functionality between v1.1 and 2.2. I dont think you'll be missing anything if you are unable to upgrade it, although HDTV support may be useful.

Any Problems: Fan noise (40-43db) may irritate at low listening levels. video input via SVHS or composite less than satisfactory. Make sure you feed it a quality signal such as VGA or component. Possibly better suited to NTSC Short Lamp life. A replacement bulb will probably cost you more than the projector did.

Review by yan

less than 20 hrs on the unit and it will not power up even with a new bulb! good image when it worked. overall DONT BUY.

Review by Chris

I am not sure why the March 2002 reviewer of this projector thought it wasn't good for Home Theater use. Perhaps he didn't have a line doubler such as a AVT-3343. At any rate, I found this projector is excellent for Home Theater, and has an awesome bright picture. Since it uses DLP, I feel the picture is superior to LCD type projectors, and there were no rainbows. I watched some real intense scenes (Star Trek- the motion picture, etc), and found the image quality excellent. The picture is even better when doing presentations with a computer. I had no troubles getting the projector hooked up and working, and I didn't get the manual until after I had the projector working. THere is a firmware upgrade from Infocus's web site, and will increase the features of the projector. Remember that to get the best picture, use a de-interlacer (line doubler, or up-converter, such as the one I mentioned above). THis is true for most projectors that are more than 1 or 2 years old.

Any Problems: Its a little on the noisy side. If you have the inclination, you could probably replace the fan with a quieter one.

Review by AGUSTÍN

He usado el proyector InFocus LP400, en prácticas de la escuela y es muy profesional el uso que se le puede dar.

Any Problems: No tengo tripie y es díficil proyectar así. ¿Dónde lo puedo conseguir a buen precio?

Review by pneumaticrb

This projector is good for computers, but not-so-good for video/home theater setups. First, there's no zoom, so you have to move it around to adjust picture size. Also, video images are grainy, ghosty, and way too cold (color temp is set too high, and is unadjustable). In addition, the unit is not compatible with outboard video processors like the highly useful DVDO I-Scan. The unit re-sizes video images, and leaves a blank, unusable perimeter around the image. Fan noise is also high, and can heat the immediate area around the unit. I bought this on eBay new, and after three weeks with it, I'm done. Up for sale again.

Any Problems: Not compatible with DVDO I-Scan Video Processor/Line Doubler.