Projectors offer quite a lot of bang for their buck, and here's one of the best value we've seen for a while. For just £500, the X9 will produce a 720p picture from its native 16:9 DLP chip and also has a short throw lens, so if your room isn't that big, you'll still get a decent sized image (27 inches at a distance of 1 metre).
InFocus claims that you'll get about 1,800 lumens of brightness from the projector, and a contrast ratio of about 2500:1. It also reckons you'll see as many as 1.07 billion colours pouring out of the glass bit at the front. Crumbs -- we didn’t know there were that many colours!
Connectivity isn't bad either. You get a single HDMI 1.3 socket which can accept and process video up to 1080i. It's likely, if you mount this projector on the ceiling, that you'll want to invest in a, although some will cost half as much as this projector. There are also component, composite, VGA and S-video inputs for any analogue sources you've got knocking around.
Happily the X9 will focus itself, but for keystone adjustment, digital zoom and other picture adjustments, you get a small, credit card remote control to prevent accidents resulting from toppling off a chair while trying to tap buttons on the machine itself.
With projectors, replacing the lamp is usually an Achilles heel, generally costing a decent percentage of what the projector cost initially. It's not too bad on the X9, costing around £120. Still not cheap, but not outrageous either. InFocus claims a bulb should last around 4,000 hours with normal use.
The InFocus X9 will be available from October and will come with a six month bulb replacement guarantee and a two year parts and labour warranty. -Ian Morris