Tried & Tested

Projector: Infocus IN80

15 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

The Infocus projector looks rather like a curved version of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is a giant slab of technology. Still, it manages to look slick with it, and the curved design means if it lives in your living room, it won’t be an eyesore. Turn it on, and once you’ve got over how noisy it is, you’ll notice the superb picture quality.

The IN80 is a high-definition projector, so to get the best out of it you’ll need to feed it decent HD content – ideally from a Blu-ray disc, or a high-definition TV service such as Sky+HD. The picture is sharp, crisp and bright – even when you’re projecting on to an entire wall.

Colours appear clear and vibrant, and the projector copes very well with fast movement – Wales winning the Six Nations Championship has never looked better than when the BBC’s high-definition feed was projected on to my living room wall with the IN80.

Set-up is a little fiddly – getting the screen straight can be a pain thanks to the rather annoying movable base, but after a bit of trial and error you’ll get there, and hopefully it’s something you won’t have to repeat too often. There are some neat on-screen menus for adjusting the picture once you’ve got the projector straight.

For presentations, the IN80 is superb, and Powerpoint has never looked so good, but if you want a quieter machine, it might be worth considering the Sony (see overleaf).

Overall, this is a superb projector that will give any home cinema or boardroom a touch of class. I even found it replaced my TV entirely – although wall-sized standard television does take a bit of getting used to, especially after you’ve seen high-definition broadcasts.

PROS Superb quality for price

CONS Noisy; set-up is tricky


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