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InFocus IN1144 Portable LED Projector

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Weight: 1.8 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:30,000 Hrs
30,000 (eco)
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  Composite, VGA In, HDMI, MemoryCard, USB
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 576i, 576p

LED illumination systems are becoming more common, but most fall into the 300-lumen and less range for portable projectors. Recently, one manufacturer (LG) boosted output from its small LED projectors to 500 lumens, and InFocus has followed suit with their new IN1144. Street priced at $580, the IN1144 is a WXGA mobile presentation projector weighing just under two pounds (the power supply brick adds an additional pound) with computer and video inputs including HDMI. It also has a USB port, and it sports a 2-watt mono speaker. All in all, it is a nice package and handles moderate ambient light environments well, but its size and weight do not compare particularly well with its competition.

Cramming a lot of optics and electronics into a small package is an art, and manufacturers are getting better at the task every day. However, InFocus is a bit late to the party with the IN1144 which has nearly twice the volume and weight of its nearest competitors. That said, the IN1144 can throw a 7% larger image than its competitors from the same projection distance, but most mobile presenters would probably prefer a smaller, lighter projector over a slightly larger image.

To its credit, the IN1144 has good video image quality. Like most inexpensive LED projectors, there is a slight background color shift in data mode with large white areas (reddish on the lower left and greenish on the right side of the image), but this is undetectable in video mode. In fact, flesh tones are rendered nicely in the Movie preset, and there is a film-like quality to video presentations.

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