InFocus IN119HDx Review
1080p DLP Presentation Projector
Low cost. At $549, the IN119HDx is one of the least expensive 1080p projectors out there. And while it uses conventional lamps rather than a solid-state light source, the lamp has an estimated life of 6,000 hours in Eco mode and 10,000 hours in Eco Blanking mode. Eco mode only comes with a 14% lumen reduction, so it is a viable option in a whole lot of cases. Eco Blanking mode is an alternative to turning off the projector completely -- essentially a "hot standby" mode, not an actual viewing mode. It could be very useful in the classroom, where a teacher is presenting a certain set of material to different groups all day. A full startup and shutdown sequence might take five to ten minutes, while Eco Blanking takes seconds.
Native 1080p. High native resolution is beneficial whenever you need to display a lot of fine detail on the screen. Whether you're showing photographs, spreadsheets, or film and video, the added resolution of a native 1080p image will give you a sharper, more detailed image.
Bright picture. In conference rooms and classrooms, brightness is paramount. That's because projectors don't actually project black - they project light, and black is seen only in those places where they don't project light. So when there is already light in the room, the projector needs to put out even more light to create the same illusion of blackness. The IN119HDx creates a very bright image in its preset operating modes, with light output ranging from 2400 lumens to roughly 900 lumens in modes more tailored to video.
Fits in your existing mount. The engineers at InFocus gave the IN119HDx a throw ratio that is quite common. They did this so that the IN119HDx would be more likely to fit in existing ceiling mounts without a costly and time-consuming relocation of the mount. By using common geometry, the IN119HDx could simplify your upgrade procedure and cut down on costly labor and downtime.
Quick startup and shutdown. Oftentimes you'll need to give a presentation without having a lot of time for setup or teardown. In these instances, having a projector that starts up and shuts down quickly is a huge benefit. Not only does the IN119HDx start up quickly, it also has an option to start up as soon as it's plugged in. The fan runs at shutdown, but only briefly.
Good connectivity. When a projector is permanently installed, it is often connected to a number of different source devices. If the projector doesn't have enough ports onboard, organizations often resort to using an outboard switching device of some kind. With the IN119HDx, this problem should not be encountered often. It has two VGA ports, a VGA monitor passthrough, one HDMI port, S-Video, composite video, and a number of 1/8" audio jacks.
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