InFocus IN119HDx Review
1080p DLP Presentation Projector
Light output. The brightest image mode on the IN119HDx is called Bright. On our test unit, Bright mode measured 2378 lumens out of a rated 3200 lumens. Bright mode has its white brightness boosted and a greenish tint to the image, but is appropriate when you need maximum white light output and need to combat ambient light in a room. Presentation mode, at 858 lumens, had a much more balanced image with a slight blue cast and higher contrast. Video mode produced 788 lumens and had a warm, pleasant color temperature more suited to film and video. If at any point you need less light output, you can use the "Lamp Low Power" setting to reduce brightness by 14% in any image mode.
Contrast. In a presentation setting, black level is much less important than it is in a home theater setting, since light output creates the impression of contrast. In the presence of ambient light, the IN119HDx does a good job of preserving the impression of contrast in any given frame, especially when bright highlights and dark shadows appear in the same image. Images that are mostly dark do not fare as well due to the projector's middling black level, but this performance is not unusual for an inexpensive DLP projector.
Color. It's no surprise that the IN119HDx is optimized for brightness. Since it is a business and education projector, there's no reason to calibrate the projector to 6500K or the Rec. 709 color space at the factory. However, the IN119HDx does include full RGB Gain/Bias adjustments as well as some control over color temperature, so home theater use is not out of the question.
Detail Clarity. Most content looks crisp and clear on the IN119HDx. The projector has high native resolution and does a good job of preserving fine detail in high-definition source material. Our test unit did display some fuzziness in the corners of the image when the center was in perfect focus and vice versa; putting the corners in perfect focus blurred the center of the image. This type of focus imperfection is not uncommon in inexpensive projectors.
Input lag. Using the Leo Bodnar input lag tester, we measured the IN119HDx at 33 milliseconds of input lag on a 60fps 1080p input signal. This works out to 2 frames of lag, which is more than quick enough for most gaming use.
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