Infocus Work Big IN32
- Attractive design, high quality images, wide array of connection options, price, built-in speakers
- A handful of minor image quality issues, noticeable rainbow effect.
The InFocus Work Big IN32 is perfect if you are in the market for a business projector that will get the job done while also looking sophisticated.
Price$ 2,299.00 (AUD)
In the area of business projectors there is fierce competition between each of the major players. The variety is massive and the number of companies in the market is numerous. InFocus has made a name for themselves in the home entertainment sphere as manufacturers of high-end DLP projection equipment and over the years their business projector range has begun to follow suit. The InFocus Work Big IN32 is one such projector. With all the bells and whistles of similarly priced competitors, it outputs a high quality image with very few blemishes. This image quality as well as a wide range of connection options makes this a product that has the potential to become a market leader.
We connected the unit to a PC via both D-Sub and DVI-D at the native resolution of 1024x768 and ran our testing software. We use DisplayMate Video Edition as it has a wide range of test patterns designed to put a display device through its paces.
The geometry and distortion tests were handled well and with no noticeable problems. On closer inspection we did notice a very slight pixel landing problem which resulted in a slight tinge of blue and red on the very edges of each pixel. However, this was so minor that it didn't have any noticeable impact on the overall quality of the image. The sharpness and resolution tests were handled beautifully, even down to the moire tests, which are excellent for revealing the shortcomings of many display devices. Both the vertical and horizontal resolution tests showed no pixilation or distortion problems and the fine dot and focus patterns were handling. The colour and greyscale tests were handled well although we did notice a green tint on mid-range grey. However, as the colours were reproduced well, this tint didn't appear to impact on the overall colour capabilities of the projector.
The IN32 uses a four segment two speed colour wheel in the DLP array which, while slightly reducing the rainbow effect, doesn't stop it from being noticeable. In an office meeting environment, this shouldn't be too much of a problem as long as animations and video are kept to a minimum.
We also connected a DVD player via composite video to the IN32 and ran the lobby scene from The Matrix to test whether the video capabilities are on-par with the performance we received from the PC connections. Surprisingly, the unit did a good job with very few visual aberrations. There was a slight pixilation and some loss of clarity due to the standard definition source material but, for the most part, the video looked rather good and was without any overt problems.
The Work Big IN32 has a 1.83 - 2.27 throw ratio which means that it will project an image of 1.49m at the minimum throw distance of 80cm and 6.71m image at the maximum throw distance of 10m. This is in keeping with most business projectors and is ideal for most business uses
The IN32 has two speakers built-in to the chassis supported by a 3.5mm audio in jack. The quality of the speakers is good for business presentations but they lack bass and much of the mid-tones and high treble registers are quite muted or lost. These speakers are not recommended for watching movies but will be sufficient for sound in boardroom presentations where high quality audio is not an important factor.
The design of the unit is quite attractive for a projector targeted at the business sector. Business projectors tend to be quite conservative but this unit avoids using harsh edges in favour of curves and rounded corners. The rear panel has two PC connectors, one DVI and one VGA D-Sub as well as composite video and S-video inputs as well. There is also a serial connection and a monitor out connection so you can pass through the signal to an external monitor. In addition to the 3.5mm audio in plug there is also a similar audio out plug should you wish to connect external speakers. Even though the unit ships with a user-friendly remote control, the top of the unit has volume controls as well as keystone correction buttons and regular menu navigation buttons. Both the left and right sides of the IN32 have heat vents which release hot hair away from the lamp. The front of the unit is dominated by the lens which has a focus ring and a zoom slider.
If you are in the market for a business projector that will get the job done while also looking sophisticated, give the IN32 a look. It has a good price, displays an excellent image and aside from a few very minor issues performs beautifully.
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