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InFocus IN8606HD Projector InFocus IN8606HD
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10000:1 Contrast Ratio
2500 Lumens
Full HD 3D
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InFocus IN8606HD Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, May 22, 2014

Shootout:
InFocus IN8606HD versus BenQ W1070

The BenQ W1070 is one of our favorite home video projectors in the sub-$1000 price class, and on paper it's quite similar to the InFocus IN8606HD. Both projectors are DLP-driven 1080p video machines rated at 2000 lumens or more and 10,000:1 contrast. Both use 144Hz DLP Link glasses (though the IN8606HD has a VESA port and the W1070 does not). Both have an onboard 10W speaker. Both have low input lag and are acceptable for gaming. Both have long-life lamps that top out at 6,000 hours in Eco mode. In other aspects, though, the two projectors are quite different.

At their factory settings, both projectors produce acceptable color, but the IN8606HD is slightly closer to ideal. If you plan to calibrate your projector, this difference largely disappears -- both projectors have full color management systems and RGB gain/bias adjustments for white balance. After calibration, color on the W1070 and IN8606HD was close to identical.

The W1070 has incrementally deeper blacks, more openness in mid-tones, and does a better job at preserving the deepest shadow detail. Switching the IN8606HD to 2.2 gamma helps to fix mid-tones and crushed detail, but it also widens the W1070's black level advantage.

The W1070 is brighter in its cinema-optimized mode, producing 1220 lumens in Cinema mode to the IN8606HD's 703 lumens. At maximum brightness, the IN8606HD's Bright mode at 1830 lumens edges out the W1070 at 1554 lumens. Despite this, the W1070 produces less fan noise than the IN8606HD during operation.

The IN8606HD's 1.5:1 zoom lens gives it a wider throw range than the W1070's 1.3:1, but the W1070 does include some vertical lens shift -- a feature that the IN8606HD lacks. Head-to-head testing did reveal a bit more chromatic aberration on the IN8606HD, as well as some softness in the corners of the image that was not present on the W1070. Neither of these problems are exactly crucial, but they contribute to an overall feeling that the IN8606HD's increased zoom range comes with some compromises.

If you're one of the unlucky folks who sees rainbow artifacts, the W1070 is much less likely to produce them. The IN8606HD has a 2x-speed RGBCMY color wheel, while the W1070 has a 6x-speed RGBRGB wheel. While many people will see rainbows on a 2x speed wheel, very few will witness them on a 6x speed wheel -- myself included.

Both the IN8606HD and the W1070 are ISFccc certified, so a professional calibrator can access the ISF Day/Night memory settings for you. But in the meantime, the W1070 allows you to adjust both the preset and User image modes, while the IN8606HD's image modes are all locked save one.

From an ease-of-use standpoint, the W1070 has a control panel on top of the projector (the IN8606HD does not) and the W1070's remote control is backlit and easy to read (the IN8606HD's is not).

The IN8606HD definitely has some advantages; the projector's long zoom lens makes it easier to install in some situations, and its factory preset color is more accurate. Folks who need maximum brightness will get more of it from the IN8606HD, too. But if you are sensitive to rainbows, or enjoy calibrating your projector, or need the extra lumens from Cinema mode, the W1070 may be a better option.

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Comments (3) Post a Comment
Chris Cushing Posted May 23, 2014 8:38 AM PST
To quote an InFocus engineer on the AVS forum who helped design this projector:

"Indeed IN8606HD colorwheel speed is 2X but when I made that statement I said it applied to a 1080p60 input. It also applies to 1080i30. However at the slower blu-ray movie 24 fps rate colorwheel speed is 4X with 2D material and 6X for 3D. And that brings up another point. You must use 3D glasses compatible with 144HZ left eye right eye switching. I agree if your main interest is gaming and your game box or PC is set for 60fps and you are sensitive to RBE 2X might be problematic for you."

Dennis

It would be great if you could somehow verify his claims and add the results to this review.
Leandro Posted May 23, 2014 1:23 PM PST
Thanks for the review. One month I have been looking at this projector and yesterday I started to compare to the W1070 ago. Today I decided to buy the Benq.
Sergio Valente Posted Feb 26, 2015 4:41 AM PST
I am looking for a review of the Vivitek H1185HD. Not found any useful at any specialized sites, unfortunately.

This one, based in the rumor that they uses the same base units, Infocus and Vivitek, can reflect truly how the Vivitek performs?

Thanks!

Sergio

ps. a link to a good review for Vivitek projector will be very appreciated too. Thanks.

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