InFocus IN1503 projector
Infocus' latest business projector is a bright and versatile
- Great brightness levels, striking modern design
- Reasonably loud fan hum, slightly too heavy and bulky to be easily carried around
It might be heavier and noisier than the Infocus IN1102, but the IN1503 is easily more versatile. It has an impressively high contrast ratio and brightness, making it equally at home displaying high-definition movies and business presentations.
Price$ 2,099.00 (AUD)
The InFocus IN1503 is a business DLP projector with a widescreen 1280x800 resolution, a 1800:1 contrast ratio and a 3000 lumen ANSI brightness rating. It performs exceptionally well in dark and bright rooms for business presentations — displaying crisp and clean images — and in a pinch it can also be used for some reasonably high quality movie watching.
The IN1503 business projector is the first model we've tested in InFocus' new projector line-up, and it has a distinctly modern design. The InFocus IN1102 projector had a slight curvature along its body, but the IN1503 is squarish, squat and strangely elegant. A satin black finish with a few dark silver accents hides fingerprints well, but the touch-sensitive buttons on the top of the unit — distinguished by their glossy coating — quickly show up any smudges. The overall look is very professional; we'd happily team this projector up with a Lenovo netbook for a stylish and portable business presentation setup.
With dimensions of 23x22x9cm the IN1503 projector is slightly bigger than the IN1102, but significantly heavier at 2kg. It's still portable (the bundled briefcase also houses the projector's cables and the remote control), but it can't be slipped into an average backpack like the models in the 1100 series.
The InFocus IN1503 has a short-throw lens that focuses from a minimum of 75cm from the projection surface up to a maximum of 3.5m, making it easy to set up in small to medium rooms. The fan exhaust is at the front right corner, so there's no jet of hot air for anyone sitting behind the projector. In its full brightness mode the IN1503 is slightly louder than we would have liked, but the exhaust noise is relatively low-frequency and unobtrusive.
Picture quality from the IN1503 projector is as high as we've come to expect from the InFocus brand. Anyone interested in impressive business presentations will be pleased to know that focusing the lens is easy and smooth, and once set up the projected image is razor sharp in all corners.
The 3000 lumen ANSI rating means the projector can be used in well-lit office spaces without sacrificing clarity or contrast. With an 1800:1 contrast ratio, the InFocus IN1503 is also suitable for limited movie watching as well. In a darkened room we spent some time watching scenes from The Dark Knight and Planet Earth downscaled through a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook and found the projector delivered good colour rendition and impressive contrast.
The InFocus IN1503 business projector is a versatile performer that can be used for off-site business presentations or casual movie watching. If possible we'd recommend dialling down the brightness to reduce fan noise, but apart from this small flaw it is a competent all-round projector.
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost review
- 2 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 3 Tech21 Evo Xplorer iPhone case review
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Microsoft Lumia 640 review: Honouring Nokia's legacy
Latest News Articles
- Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000
- BenQ targets Epson with revamped home entertainment projectors
- LG's new Laser Display gives you 100in of full HD glory
- Vivid Sydney 2012 gets some love from will.i.am
- InFocus releases cheap short-throw projector
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCProject Manager (Application Dev. & Mgt.) 160906/PM/472Asia
- CCProgram CoordinatorVIC
- CCBI-Business Intelligence Technical LeadNSW
- CCQuality AnalystNSW
- FTStorage EngineerSA
- CCProject Manager - PCI DSS / IMACSQLD
- CCFront End DeveloperNSW
- CCSystem Analyst - NetIQNSW
- CCNetwork Technology SpecialistVIC
- CCSenior Business Analyst - TaxVIC
- CCEmail Production SpecialistNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (.NET/SQL Server) 160829/AP/267Asia
- CCBusiness Analyst / SalesforceNSW
- CCContract Senior Web Developer (PHP/Drupal/JAVA) 160808/SWD/vtdAsia
- FTUNIX, LINUX , VM System AdministrationNSW
- FTFull Stack Application Developer - IoT projectsVIC
- CCCustomer Service SpecialistVIC
- FTContracts ManagerVIC
- CCCustomer Service RepresentativeQLD
- FTWeb Analytics SpecialistNSW
- CCContract Systems Analyst (CISCO/Firewall/Network) 160819/SA/423Asia
- FTTM1 Solution DesignerNSW
- CCSalesforce CRM ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net DeveloperNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/SQL) 160826/AP/972Asia