InFocus IN119HDx Review
1080p DLP Presentation Projector
InFocus IN119HDx versus Optoma HD141X
The InFocus IN119HDx's closest competitor is probably the Optoma HD141X. At $599, the HD141X is another low-cost 1080p projector rated at 3,000 lumens and 20,000:1 contrast. However, that's where the similarities end.
Intended application. You can tell a lot about a projector by looking at its features. In this case, the IN119HDx has many more connections available -- two VGA ports, monitor passthrough, composite, s-video, and RS232.The HD141X, on the other hand, has a 12V trigger and two HDMI ports to the IN119HDx's one. From this, we learn that the IN119HDx is intended for classroom or meeting room use, where it might be connected to a wide variety of devices, either permanently or not. The HD141X, on the other hand, is built for home theater, where the connector of choice is HDMI and projectors are permanently installed. The IN119HDx also has a longer zoom lens in a ratio that is very typical of classroom projectors. As InFocus describes it, this is intended to match the throw distances of the projectors that might already be installed, allowing a projector swap without moving the ceiling mount. The HD141X has a shorter zoom range, typical of low-cost home theater.
Clearly, the IN119HDx is built for presentation use in business and education, and the HD141X is built for home theater. But some folks see "1080p" on a projector and can't help but wonder how it would look in a home theater.
Picture quality. The hallmark of the HD141X is a bright, vibrant, detailed image with well-saturated colors and a natural appearance. In Bright mode, it measured 3,048 lumens to the IN119HDx's 2,378 lumens, a difference of 22%. This will be visible, though not dramatic, with a pure white test image. The HD141X's Cinema mode produced just shy of 1,100 lumens, versus 788 on the IN119HDx, for an even larger difference of 29% with white light. Furthermore, the HD141X produces color that is just as bright as white in Cinema mode, while the IN119HDx's color measures only 21% in Video mode, so the HD141X will appear even brighter with color-rich content than it does with a white test pattern. The HD141X is a better projector for film and video, but it also has a better image for presentations in bright ambient light due to higher light output and superior color balance.
Cost of ownership. The IN119HDx boasts low cost of ownership thanks to long lamp life in Eco mode of 6,000 hours. The HD141X is rated to last the exact same 6,000 hours. Replacement lamps are similarly priced for both projectors; replacements for the IN119HDx cost $199, while those for the HD141X cost $179. Both projectors come with a one-year warranty. In other words, they cost about the same.
At $549, the InFocus IN119HDx is one of the lowest priced 1080p projectors available. And it certainly has something to offer - it brings high resolution, standardized lensing, excellent connectivity, and fast startup and shutdown to the table at a bargain price. However, as with anything, that low price does come with some compromises. In this case, you lose out on maximum light output, brightness uniformity, and overall image balance.
When your organization needs to outfit a lot of rooms on a tight budget and native HD is absolutely required, the IN119HDx is certainly worth a look. It includes features, connections, and throw ratio commonly used in business and education. However, when it comes to image quality, one should be aware of the stiff competition in this area, especially from the Optoma HD141X.
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