The InFocus IN112 is one of those low-priced Home Entertainment Projectors designed to do practically anything, for buyers who want something fast and portable that doesn’t require an engineering degree to set-up. I was interested by the boasts of a one-touch set-up and I was intrigued to find out what kind of picture you’d get from an SVGA resolution as they vary greatly in quality. I was also suprised by the high Contrast Ratio and Lumens so I located one and put it through a few tests to see what it had to offer.
- 3200 Lumens
- 15000-1 Contrast Ratio
- Excellent Image Presets
- Very Portable
- Easy to Set-up
- Good value
- 3D Ready
- SVGA Resolution
Size and Design
There’s not much going on with the design and this is what InFocus wanted. It’s minimalist, but functional and has quite a nice Grey finish with a standard size Lens. The measurements are 14.2 inches by 12 inches by 7.8 inches so while it’s not one of those Super-Portables you can fit into your pocket, it is very small and easy to transport. The weight is 6.9 pounds meaning its lighter than the average in this price range, thus adding to the portability further.
The set-up is incredibly easy and this has become a hallmark on InFocus products. It takes less than 10 minutes and only a few adjustments need to be made to throw up images. So, it’s almost a straight out of the box device and once you’re up and running go to color preset options to choose one you might like. You can even design your own color presets by saving configurations you like for future use. Imagine you had a Gangster Movie on, and non of the color presets did it justice. You could experiment with many configurations until you really like the way it looks and then save it, naming your newly designed color preset ‘Gangster One’. I liked this because it enables the user to tailor each move or game they have in their collection to their exact needs.
The images are in SVGA which means you have a native resolution of 800×600 so it’s by no means Full HD or even HD, but it’s still pretty good and you’re also not paying HD prices. The pixel performance is helped by the 15000-1 Contrast Ratio which is really high for an SVGA projector and enables buyers to see wonderfully crisp blacks and whites in darkness. So, a cinematic experience is possible, but is a little reduced in quality given the pixel count. The standard of viewing is also helped by the 3200 Lumens which enables buyers to watch movies and play games in ambient light without distortions. In other words they’ve got the balance about right between Home Theatre and Home Entertainment Projection; giving owners the chance to view in darkness and in all but the brightest of rooms
It’s not all good news though because although they claimed this projector to be 3D Ready, it’s not ready for 3D at all. 3D is 1080p in each eye so even though they’ve supplied an HDMI Port where you can hook up an HDMI cable between the Projector and a 3D device like a 3D Blu Ray Player; you won’t get 3D. At 800×600 native resolution even using HDMI you’ll get something noticeably less than 3D quality and no where near the 3D you’d be used to at the Movie Theatre. So while 3D isn’t possible they have thought about other uses for this device. You get 2 D Sub Ports (otherwise known as VGA) to hook your Laptop or PC up, so you can do presentations using this projector and with it being so small and portable you can easily take it to work with you. You can also connect external devices such as Tablets and Phones, which gives buyers greater flexibility in terms of usage. Play online games, surf the net; it’s a fully functional larger screen computer when you have an external device with Wi-Fi connected to it.
It’s not HD and you don’t get 3D with this but overall it’s incredibly good value. The 800×600 resolution performs well and punches far above its weight with the 15000-1 Contrast Ratio and the 3200 Lumens of brightness. And, the color preset options give buyers a certain degree of individualisation you don’t necessarily get on other projectors. With a range of connections you can hook almost any device up to the InFocus IN112x to create for example a large screen Phone or Tablet. You can also do presentations on the InFocus IN112x meaning it’s up there with the best all-round multimedia projection models. The Verdict: An all-round projector for an all-round user.