InFocus IN80 DLP Projector - InFocus IN80

John Archer

By John Archer


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Talking of brightness and contrast, it's in these two key areas that the most potentially significant differences between the IN80 and X10 lie. For the IN80 ups the contrast to 2,500:1 native (7,500:1 via iris) from the X10's 2,300:1 native (7,000:1 via iris), and delivers 1,300 Max ANSI Lumens of brightness against the X10's 1,200.

One final difference between the IN80 and X10 comes with their warranties. For while the X10 ‘only' offers a two-year guarantee with 6 months on the lamp, the IN80 gives three years and 12 months on the lamp.

Other key features common to the IN80 and X10 include the hugely acclaimed DNX video processing engine from PixelWorks; Texas Instruments' Brilliant Colour processing for improving colour saturations and tones; and full support for professional calibration by an Imaging Science Foundation engineer.

As we'd anticipated, the IN80's picture quality is excellent for its money. In fact, crucially, it is noticeably better than that of the X10.

Black levels enjoy the greatest benefit, with slightly more of that ‘inky' look we love so much during, say, the inevitably dark external shots on the Blu-ray of visceral vampire flick, 30 Days of Night. This helps the projector deliver a slightly enhanced sense of the size and scale of the ill-fated town of Barrow, Alaska, too.

The enhanced black levels also help to produce a marginal improvement in colour toning, helping the IN80 handle the unusually tricky and varied palette of skin tones in 30 Days of Night with slightly more naturalism and finesse than the X10. Though this is a much less overt improvement than the black level one.

The IN80's image is also slightly brighter than that of the X10, which adds just a bit more visual impact to the chilling overhead crane shot showing the vampire horde inflicting bloody carnage on Barrow's snow-covered streets.

The extra brightness additionally helps dark parts of the picture contain just a little more shadow detailing, and probably plays a part in the excellent colour toning we mentioned, too.

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Chris de Hoedt

July 14, 2009, 12:44 am

IN80 projector performs exactly as reviewed, although I did not find the rainbow effect - perhaps I am less susciptable or the recent model March 2009 has reduced the rainbow effect?

My reveiw contribution is regarding the fact that Sony Playstation3 have reportedly recently changed their HDMI hardware and the IN80 will not syncronise with the 1080p HDMI signal from a new playstation3.

Infocus US help desk are working on the problem but do not have a fix yet. May be wise to check this incompatibility issue with other Infocus projectors, especially the X10 which is very similar to the IN80.

An o

October 7, 2009, 12:37 pm

I had a similar problem with the InFocus X10 and the new PS3 Slim. I solved it as follows:

To prevent the projector (Infocus X10) from switching away from source or searching for sources, use the projector remote to bring up the projector menu.

Select "Settings->Sources"

Disable "Autosource"

Set "Source 1" to "HDMI"

Select "Enable Sources"

Disable all sources except HDMI (which must be enabled).


December 23, 2009, 4:01 pm

My first IN80 started overheating after 3 months. I took it back to Richer Sounds, who replaced it with a new unit because InFocus told me I could only have a reconditioned one.

3 months later, this one started overheating. In the end it would overheat from cold in 15 minutes. After reporting the fault I was told by InFocus that it would be replaced 'next week'.

Next week came and went. No contact from InFocus. I contacted them and was told it would be replaced 'next week'. Now re-read this paragraph three times because that is what happened every week.

I emailed their VP, and was given a tracking number which arrived at a depot the next day. Unfortunately it didn't arrive at my house. 8 days later a courier company I've never heard of arranged to deliver it the next day between 9 and 5. Waited in all day, nothing, not even a phone call.

Called them today, and they say it will be delivered tomorrow (Christmas Eve). I won't hold my breath- I'll just look forward to Christmas with no tv.

Why was it overheating? I vacuumed the inlet and exhaust ports to no avail. Eventually I took out the bulb housing to find a fine metal screen behind the wires that is supposed to stop light leaking out. Because the inlet filters are so coarse, they let dust through, which blocks the metal screen. I've cleaned this inaccessible screen which has improved things however there is a similar screen over the exhaust vent which will need cleaning on the inside, to which there is no access.

The projector is not in a particularly dusty location, and to have to clean filters/screens every two months that aren't even mentioned in the user manual is just 'not on'.

I've asked InFocus if putting filters from a Dyson Vacuum cleaner over the numerous inlets would void the warranty on the new unit (if it ever arrives) but they won't answer.

Bad design. Bad customer service. They are really quite useless. Thanks for ruining my Christmas InFocus

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