On the other hand, this is the sort of device that is likely to see a lot of wear and tear and on that front you can’t fault the build quality, while the cheap finish appears to be the sort that could take a scrape or two without ending up looking like it’s been dragged through a hedge backwards.
Those keys, while plasticky, do cover pretty much all of the bases too. All of the controls you could possibly need are present on the top panel – from dedicated volume and keystone keys to the usual directional keys for accessing and adjusting menu options.
Lamp life is good at 3000 hours, and in the all-important areas of brightness and resolution the news looks good as well. Driven by Texas Instruments’ ubiquitous DLP technology, the IN26 projects an XGA picture natively (1,024 x 768) and manages to pump out 1700 ANSI lumens of brightness. In practice this means that in medium sized meeting rooms, even in the middle of the day, you’ll have no trouble getting a good, sharp, bright image out of the IN26 and that flexible XGA native resolution means it can deal with pretty much any signal you care to throw at it too.
On top of the data signal, which is fed through the standard VGA connector on the rear, you can quite happily feed the IN26 all manner of video and it copes just as well. There are no component video inputs (you have to obtain a component to VGA adaptor for this), but then the IN26 will happily deal with high definition 720p and 1020i signals, for example, on top of the more common 480i/p and 576i/p resolutions.