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InFocus X10 Projector: Physical Tour

Posted on September 1, 2008 by Art Feierman

We start looking at this InFocus projector from the front. The lens is offset far to the left side. Since the projector lacks lens shift (also typical of DLP projectors), the projector will need to be mounted slightly off center, relative to the center of the screen. There is a small, non-adjustable foot on the bottom, front center. Remember there is a pedestal you can attach if you need to adjust the angle.

That covers the front of the X10. The left side of the projector (if you are still looking from the front), has, along the top edge, an infra-red sensor for the remote.

Also on the left are the two recessed, large dials for focus and zoom.

The X10 has no power or menu controls on the projector itself, making it completely dependent on the remote control.

On the top, centered along the back, are the power indicator and three other indicator lights.

That takes us to the back of the projector where all the inputs, and other connections are located. They are all significantly recessed, allowing the cable cover to hide the cable connections when installed. InFocus knows that most X10's will end up being ceiling mounted (which means inverted). Clever folks that they are, they labeled all the inputs upside down, so they would appear right side up when installing, and connecting cables. So, here you go - it looks upside down, but it's not.

The X10 offers one HDMI input (1.3 compatible), and a M1-DA (InFocus proprietary connector), which handles both digital (HDMI 1.3 or DVI) or analog inputs (computer, or component video). In addition there is one component video input - the usual 3 RCA jacks - S-Video, and Composite video inputs. Basically, the collection and mix of source inputs is about typical for home theater projectors these days.

In addition to inputs, there is an RS-232 serial port for "command and control" of the projector from computers or room controllers (like Crestron, AMX...).

There is also a pair of 12 volt inputs for screen triggers. This allows one for a motorized screen's up/down control, and one for controlling a masking solution that you can set to match the aspect ratio of the image. Finally, there is a mini-jack for hardwiring in the remote control, if needed.

That covers all the hardware, except for the remote control, which we will deal with in the General Performance page.

Now it's time to consider those all important aspects of the InFocus X10's image quality!

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