InFocus X3Multipurpose/Presentation Projector
The InFocus X3 is the fourth edition in a series, following the X1, X1A, and X2. Like its predecessors, it is geared towards data presentation, but could double as a part time home theater projector in a pinch. Unlike its predecessors, its native resolution has been stepped up from SVGA to XGA. With high lumen output, long lamp life, and a low street price, the X3 is a solid, no frills projector that is intended to deliver cost-effective presentation performance in the conference room and classroom.
Specifications. 1600 ANSI lumens (reduced to 1100 in low-brightness mode), 2000:1 contrast, native 4:3 full-frame format with a 1024x768 (XGA) resolution DLP chip; 2x speed 4-segment color wheel.
Compatibility. HDTV 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i, and computer resolutions up to 1280x1024. NTSC, PAL, SECAM.
Lens and throw distance. 1.2 Manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" (4:3) diagonal image from 12.5-15 ft., depending on zoom.
Weight. 6.8 lbs.
Lamp Life. 4000 hours.
Connection Panel. One M1-DA port that accepts both RGB and component video signals, one composite video port, one s-video port, one pair of RCA audio-in jacks, one 1/8" audio out, one 15-pin monitor pass-through, and one 12v trigger.
Installation options. Table mount, rear shelf mount, ceiling mount.
Warranty. 1 year.
The InFocus X3 is rated at 1600 ANSI lumens in standard lamp mode and 1100 ANSI lumens in low power mode. Our test unit measured 1406 ANSI lumens in standard lamp mode with settings tailored to presentation, and 1165 ANSI lumens in low power mode. It is unusual to find a projector that surpasses its own advertised specifications. Whatever the reasons for this, the X3 is one bright machine.
The range of focus on the X3 is small; if the projector is tilted upwards or downwards by any significant amount, a portion of the image may appear out of focus. However, when the projector is level, focus is sharp from edge to edge. Financial spreadsheets and text documents are crisp and clean.
With digital photography, the X3 delivers good color saturation, and contrast is high enough to give images a three-dimensional appearance. The high lumen output supports display at very large screen sizes - 120" and beyond. Photographs pop off of the screen and have a dynamic appearance. Color balance is biased toward the green at factory presets, but onboard controls allow for adequate adjustments.
The X3 has vertical keystone adjustment controls. The quality of keystone scaling is on par with most data projectors. Adjusting keystone introduces some artifacts into the image - lines start to show jagged edges, and text blurs and seems "bolded". While some presenters may prefer to use keystone to bold text, it has the potential to become distracting in graphics-heavy usage.
For those considering using the X3 for home theater, bear in mind that it is designed primarily for data use. Accordingly, while it delivers exceptionally good video for a data projector, it lacks some of the features and performance that home theater enthusiasts look for. Its higher lumen output is not easily adjustable for dark home theater levels, and color saturation falls short of what we see on most home theater products. On the other hand, its brightness is conducive to operation with some ambient light in the room.
The X3 does a better job than most presentation projectors with both standard definition and high definition signals. Deinterlacing is certainly good enough for conference room and classroom video applications. However, for quality DVD projection the picture is sharper and more stable when setting the DVD player to progressive scan output. High definition signals from an Xbox video game system looked particularly impressive, showing excellent clarity even during difficult scenes with lots of fast motion.
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