- Page 1 InFocus LP600 – DLP Data Projector Review
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Despite the limited video connection options, DVD playback proved to be very impressive, although the 4:3 native aspect ratio of the chip does limit the LP600 when it comes to movie watching. That said, if you wanted to take the LP600 home for a weekend to watch movies, you wouldn’t be disappointed.
The LP600 sports a native resolution of 1,024 x 768, which may seem a little low by computer monitor standards these days, but for a projector it’s perfectly fine. It’s unlikely that you’re going to want to give presentations or demonstrations at a higher resolution than this, and besides, a great many projectors on the market are still limited to 800 x 600.
The contrast ratio of 1000:1 is very respectable, and the 200W bulb has a quoted lifetime of 2000 hours, which is enough for a few years of presentation work. Of course the LP600 has a power saving mode which will switch the bulb off after a period of inactivity – as well as saving power this will also prolong the life of your bulb.
But there’s one connection option that I haven’t mentioned yet, and that’s a USB port labelled LitePort. This is definitely the killer feature of this little projector, and as I’ve already mentioned, it could mean that you don’t need to carry your laptop computer with you at all. LitePort allows you to carry your presentations on a USB memory key and show them directly without the need for a PC.
Using the supplied LitePort software you can convert any PowerPoint, Word or Excel file into a compatible JPEG image. If you then copy these images onto a memory key and inset the key into the USB port on the LP600, you can view each image like a slide-show. With LitePort InFocus really is taking the phrase “plug and play” to the next level.
I did however find one issue with the LitePort feature. If your USB memory key happens to have more than one partition, as one of mine does, then the projector may not be able to find the images that you’ve copied onto it. I did however try several other memory keys which only had one partition and they all worked without a problem.
If I have one major criticism of the LP600 it’s the amount of noise that it makes in operation. If you’ve got it sitting on a board room table with people all around it, the fan noise can be very intrusive. However, InFocus isn’t unaware of this problem and gives you an option to reduce the fan noise to a whisper. In standard mode the LP600 puts out an impresseive brightness level of 2000 ANSI lumens, but if you switch the unit to “low power” mode it drops to only 1500 ANSI lumens and the amount of fan noise reduces considerably.
As well as a full complement of cables, the LP600 also ships with an infrared remote control. You can use the remote to setup the projector and switch between sources. Also, as previously mentioned you can use the remote to control slide shows that are resident either on a PC or a memory key. The projector has infrared receivers at both the front and rear, allowing you to use the remote from anywhere in the room.
Now there was a time when a portable DLP projector would have cost the earth, but you can pick the LP600 up on the street for around £1,300. Of course this is still a lot of money, but if you want a high quality presentation device that’s small and light enough to carry around with you, you’re going to have to pay for that privilege.
The InFocus LP600 is a great little DLP projector. The image quality is superb and even with the device set to “low power” mode it’s bright enough to be used in a well lit environment. The LitePort feature is innovative and very useful, saving you the hassle of carrying a notebook with you in order to give presentations. Although £1,300 seems like a lot of money, it’s a reasonable price for a projector as good as this one.
Score in detail
Image Quality 9
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