InFocus IN119HDx Review
1080p DLP Presentation Projector
Light output. The IN119HDx's brightness is the projector's major benefit, but our test sample fell short of its rated maximum output. Rated at 3200 lumens, our test unit measured about 2378 lumens in Bright mode, or 75% of the rated output of the projector. That's not to say that 2,400 lumens is bad, exactly, nor is it insufficient for a lot of ambient light use. But it's also not 3,200 lumens.
Complicated menu system. Basic adjustments are found on the first page of the menu. For anything more complicated, you have to go into the "Advanced" section, then pick one of several subcategories, then change the setting you want. For example, lamp power is found in Advanced > Setup > Lamp > Lamp Low Power.
Brightness uniformity. On a full white screen, the dimmest corner of the IN119HDx's image measured only 60% as bright as its brightest corner. This is enough of a differential that people may be able to spot it, especially on smaller screens and those with a single uniform background color.
Rainbow effect. A 2x-speed color wheel means that the IN119HDx is susceptible to rainbows, just like other 2x-speed DLP projectors. This can pose a problem for some viewers, especially when watching film or video content or whenever one's eyes move quickly across the entire screen.
BrilliantColor. BrilliantColor is a technology that can boost the brightness of white light, supposedly without affecting the appearance of colored light. This can be useful in presentation applications when maximum white brightness is desired, as it allows projectors to create very bright images. Text documents and spreadsheets benefit especially from this treatment. On the other hand, while colored light might meter out the same, it appears different to your eyes due to the increased brightness of white. As a result, reds look brown, saturation looks low, and color fidelity overall takes a hit.
On the IN119HDx, color light output in Bright mode was less than 10% of white light output. In Presentation mode, it was 20%. Video mode measured 21%, or 39% with White Brightness set to 0. In general, a larger disparity between white brightness and color brightness indicates a less balanced image. When color brightness measures roughly 80% or higher compared to white brightness, the image appears balanced. Unfortunately we could not find a mode on the IN119HDx where color brightness was anywhere near white brightness, so it's difficult to recommend the projector for film and video applications.
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