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InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review - Summary

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Art Feierman
InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector - Summary:  Summary, Pros & Cons

Summary

InFocus IN1118HD is portable lamp-based multimedia projector that is intended for business applications. It offers built-in support for displaying Microsoft Office files as well as photos and videos either from a USB flash drive or that have been loaded into the projector's internal 4GB flash memory.

In terms of the projector’s performance, on the plus side its projected picture has excellent contrast and good image sharpness (given in high 1920 x 1080 native resolution).  This model has excellent lamp life with a claimed 6000 hours in full power mode.

While InFocus rates the brightness at 2400 lumens in full power mode, I found the brightest picture mode measured closer to 2000 white lumens, but that picture mode had really poor color. This projector has a large drop off in brightness when set for better color accuracy with around 800 white lumens and under 500 lumens of color brightness.  For more information on White Brightness vs. Color Brightness see our short video - HERE.

Finally, as I noted in the picture quality and performance sections of this review, I came across several issues and limitations that impact color accuracy and built-in audio capabilities of this projector.

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Pros & Cons

PROS -

  • portable with a total weight of about 5 pounds with the projector, remote and cables packed in to the supplied carrying case
  • long 6000 hour lamp life (based on manufacturer’s rating)
  • low maintenance with no air filter to replace
  • very good image contrast (better than competing 3LCD business/education projectors)
  • good multimedia support for computer-free presentations from files stored in the 4GB internal memory or on an attached USB flash drive

CONS  -

  • standard warranty over covers projector for just 1 year
  • color brightness well below competing non-DLP projectors
  • use of white light to boost white brightness degrades overall image accuracy (typical of virtually every single chip DLP projector not designed for home theater use)
  • color accuracy limitations means this model may only be acceptable where color accuracy is not a priority
  • maximum sound volume thru internal speaker can be rather low at times, at least with certain sources connected thru the projector's HDMI input
  • brightness uniformity below average for this class of projector
  • issues noted with the automatic keystone correction function

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