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InFocus X10 Home Theater Projector: Summary, Competition, Pros and Cons

Posted on September 1, 2008 by Art Feierman

Time to wrap up the review of the InFocus X10, and also take a look how the X10 stacks up against some of the similarly priced competition!

First of all, the X10 is both bright, and sharp. No other projector can claim to produce a sharper image, or at least not enough that most could even notice (without a side by side comparison), and likely, not even then.

When it comes to brightness, this InFocus projector is one of the two consistently really bright under $3000 projectors. The other being the BenQ W5000 which measures out very similarly, in both best, and brightest modes. This makes it an excellent choice for those wanting very large screens where lots of brightness in best mode is necessary. Then there's very good brightness when you pull out the stops, for watching TV and sports with some intentional ambient light in the room!

That takes us to overall picture quality, where the X10 excels, in terms of color accuracy. Out of the box performance is one of the best, and after calibration, it's downright excellent.

What we have in the form of the InFocus X10, all considered, is an excellent entry level 1080p DLP projector, very worthy of our Hot Product Award. The X10 may suffer from the usual DLP issues: limited placement flexibility, and higher than average audible noise (fan noise), but once you get past that, it's got to be on most folks short list. Another great thing is that the X10, unlike most InFocus projectors, is available from authorized online resellers, as well as your local authorized dealers.

InFocus X10 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

InFocus X10 Projector: Pros

  • Very bright in both best, and brightest modes
  • Excellent skin tones and overall color handling
  • Very sharp image
  • ISF certified (has two additional user savable modes for use by ISF certified calibrators)
  • Support for an anamorphic lens
  • Two screen triggers so a motorized screen with motorized masking system can be supported (very uncommon, but nice feature, however there are also other ways to accomplish the same, for other projectors without screen triggers)
  • Good color management system
  • Good menu layout
  • Excellent shadow detail
  • Good image processing (image noise)
  • Good selection of inputs, including 2 that are HDMI 1.3 compatible
  • Support for 24fps (no 3:2 pulldown, eliminates judder) and Deep Color
  • Very impressive price performance

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