In every business there’s a place for those essential devices that get on with doing a job. They’re the unsung heroes of IT. They sit in the corner unnoticed. No one drools over them. No one casts an admiring glance when you’re carrying them around the building. Like your local bin men, who do a job that most of us would turn our noses at (thanks guys), devices such as printers, switches, routers and servers just get on with it and don’t make a fuss.
The business data projector, a star of the boardroom not so long ago, has joined the rank and file of the IT humdrum over the course of the last couple of years, and InFocus’ IN26 is one of the latest recruits.
This is one of the firm’s meeting-room range of projectors. But despite its intended place of work, the IN26 is far from the behemoth it could have been. It actually only weighs 2.7kg and can easily be tucked under an arm for meeting-room to meeting-room transportation. However it is quite bulky and this is what precludes it from being a practical or comfortable companion in airport terminals and on cramped city train networks.
The IN26 is also firmly targeted at the cost-conscious small- to medium-sized business sector and, as a result, can be had for a reasonable £633 including VAT. You might have thought that this would result in compromises over features and quality, and at first glance the utilitarian appearance of the IN26 would suggest that you might be right. There are no fancy glossy plastics here, no expensive aluminium casing or tactile rubberised surfaces. The buttons have a bit of a cheap plasticky feel too.
Delve a little deeper and the lack of luxury items becomes more apparent. Like a Ford Mondeo with fabric seats and no air-conditioning, the specification sheet reveals very little to get the pulse racing. No wireless connectivity, no automatic keystone adjustment, no motion adaptive video deinterlacing. It’s just a basic, bog-standard business projector.