The ubiquitous InFocus X range – most recently the X2 and X3 – has dominated our projector charts for years. Now the firm is trying to divert our attention to its new Work Big models. Do they measure up?

The IN26 is an XGA (1,024x768) model. The cheaper IN24 is available for those who are content to stick with the weaker detail offered by SVGA. With XGA firmly established as the standard on PCs, we think the IN26 is the more tempting proposition.

However, it faces tough competition from the Optoma EP719R. Although that projector costs more, its specifications are noticeably superior. The Optoma's 2,200 ansi lumens brightness rating compares favourably with the InFocus' 1,700, for example, while the IN26's meagre 2,000:1 contrast ratio fails to match the Optoma's 2,500:1.

The InFocus is slightly heavier and, although the noise level is an improvement on the construction-site levels of previous models, it's still fairly noticeable. Image quality is fair, but no more, and it lacks the clarity and colour of the Optoma EP719R.

InFocus Work Big IN26: Specs

  • DDR DLP technology
  • native resolution 1,024x768 (XGA)
  • brightness 1,700 ansi lumens
  • contrast ratio 2,000:1
  • 200W lamp (lasts 3,000 hours
  • cost of replacement bulb varies)
  • noise 35dB
  • economy mode
  • 2-year return-to-base warranty
  • 304x240x101mm
  • 2.7kg
  • DDR DLP technology
  • native resolution 1,024x768 (XGA)
  • brightness 1,700 ansi lumens
  • contrast ratio 2,000:1
  • 200W lamp (lasts 3,000 hours
  • cost of replacement bulb varies)
  • noise 35dB
  • economy mode
  • 2-year return-to-base warranty
  • 304x240x101mm
  • 2.7kg

OUR VERDICT

The InFocus IN26 isn't bad value for money, but when you compare it with the vastly superior Optoma EP719R, neither is it a stunning deal. It's proficient, but we can't get more excited than that.

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