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InFocus IN5110 -- A 1080p Conference Room Projector

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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 15.7 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Lens:2x manual
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:2,000 Hrs
3,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB In, VGA In, HDMI 1.3, Network, USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

If you're looking for a projector that can throw a big, bright image that can stand up to ambient light, show complex data images at high resolution, and show 1080p video without having to scale the image to a lower resolution, the InFocus IN5110 is a great place to start. Built around an LCD engine, the IN5110 offers a 4200 lumen rating and a native 1920x1200 widescreen resolution (WUXGA). More important, it delivers eminently watchable images for both data and video.

The projector also offers any number of features to help make setup easy, ranging from horizontal and vertical lens shift, to its 2:1 zoom lens, to a host of connection options. This balance of brightness, image quality, and features doesn't come cheap. But given its ability to show high resolution images in corporate boardrooms, to large conference rooms, and small auditoriums, the IN5110 is reasonably-priced at current street prices under $5,000.


High resolution for fine detail or multiple windows. The IN5110's 1920 x 1200 resolution is high enough to let you show complex images, like engineering drawings, in crisp detail, or show multiple windows while keeping each one highly readable. You can, for example divide the screen into four 960 x 600 windows, with a bit better than SVGA (800 x 600) resolution for each one. For video, 1920 x 1200 is high enough to show a 1080p image in its full resolution. A built-in split screen command also lets you show images from two sources at once, with control over which goes on the left and which on the right.

Bright image with good uniformity. We measured the IN5110's brightness at 3406 lumens in its brightest mode and at full zoom (wide angle setting). That works out to 81% of its 4200 lumen rating, which is a higher percentage of the rating than many projectors can manage. More important, it's bright enough to throw an image that's both suitably large for the kind of venue the projector's meant for and bright enough to stand up to ambient light.

The projector also scored well on brightness uniformity, although not quite as well as the measured 85% would suggest. The brightness dropped off quickly enough along one edge of the screen (and to the outside of the standard measurement points) to be noticeable on a solid white screen. However, the lack of uniformity is still a minor enough issue so it's almost impossible to see on a solid color screen or with images that break up the area with text or graphics.

Wide range of brightness levels. For low light conditions, smaller screen sizes, or other situations where the IN5110's bright mode might be too bright to view comfortably, the projector offers a number of ways to adjust the level. First, there are four additional presets, which we measured at 1264 to 3133 lumens. Second, the eco lamp mode drops the level by a measured 21%, bringing it to 2680 lumens for the brightest mode, or 89% of the rated 3000 lumens for eco mode. Third and finally, if you set the lens for minimum zoom (maximum telephoto), which lets you get the same image size at a further distance from the screen, the brightness drops by about 44%, to 2262 lumens in brightest mode.

Note too that the eco mode saves energy. In our tests, it lowered the power draw by about 20%, from 363 to 290 watts. According to InFocus, the eco mode also increases lamp life from 2000 to 3000 hours.

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