InFocus X9 Projector Review

The X9 is a strange beast, when it comes to its remote control. It is the first time I can recall seeing a “credit card” sized remote on a home theater projector, or, at the very least the first time, in a few years.

Before I get into the remote’s features, a warning. The X9 has no control panel. Other than the remote control, there is only the Power button on the projector. Misplace the remote, and you can still turn the projector on and off, but, that, folks, is it. No way, for example to change display mode (presets), source, or any other settings, if you lose the remote or the battery dies.

I don’t know how long that little button battery will last (a long time, probably). When the battery finally dies, get ready to run to Radio Shack, etc., for a new battery, so you can resume using your projector.

As a credit card sized remote, first of all, it has no backlight, so to use it in the dark, you’ll have to learn where your favorite buttons are.

The other limitation of credit card remotes, is typically very limited range. As it turns out, though, the X9′s remote fared pretty well in this regard. I think that InFocus’es decision to put the infra-red sensor for the remote control on the top of the X9, proves to be a wise choice (instead of front, back, or both).

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The IR sensor actually sits recessed in the area where the remote snaps into the projector for storage. That means just pointing up, if you have ceiling mounted the projector, and you are pointing right at the sensor. If you put it on a table top, as I do for extended viewing, I found that I had no problem getting the remote commands to the projector by pointing the remote at the ceiling and getting a bounce back to the X9′s sensor. When you consider that the (cathedral) ceiling in my room averages about 17 feet in height, and the projector is less than 3 feet off the floor, I found that to be very acceptable performance. Without a front sensor, forget bouncing the signal off of your screen, but, since it worked so well bouncing off the ceiling, no issue! In fact, I found the X9 easier to control by remote, than a significant number of projectors with standard type remotes. I’m talking specifically about the ones I have reported as not having good range.

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The other thing about credit card sized remotes, is that, being so small, they have a limited number of buttons/features.

In the case of the X9 remote control, as shown here, the top left button is the Power button (red). Press once to turn on the projector, and twice to turn it off. Next to it, in the center, is the “disp-mode” which is their abbreviation for Display mode, and let’s you select from the presets – Movie, sRGB, Game and PC, and also the User mode. On the right is the Reset button.

Moving to the next row, the left has the computer source select, while the two buttons to the right, select from the video sources.

The next three rows combine to control menu functions plus some extra features.

There are the four arrow keys, in a diamond layout with the up-arrow menu navigation in the top center of those three rows. That button doubles as a keystone correction adjustment if the menus are not open. To it’s left is a Freeze button for, of course, freezing the video, and on the right side, is a digital zoom feature (more of a business projector feature).

The middle row has the left arrow, Enter, and right arrow functions. When the menus are not open, the left arrow button functions as a source selection button, the right arrow, performs a re-sync of the image (again mostly for interfacing with a computer)

On the third row of this group, is the Menu button (left), then the down arrow, which is another keystone correction control when menus are closed, and on the right, is a button to lock the source. (Press again, to unlock).

That takes us to the bottom row, which on the left, has an AV mute button, and on the other two buttons are volume up and down.

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