InFocus X2 Digital Multimedia Projector

The Good Excellent brightness and contrast; optical zoom lens; quick start-up; sharp focus; great online resources.

The Bad Huge and heavy; no mini audio input connector; uneven focus in spots; loud fan; manual shutdown procedure.

The Bottom Line The InFocus X2 is the projector to get when brightness and the ability to give a show with the lights on counts for everything.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 7.0
7.2 Overall


InFocus X2 Digital Multimedia Projector

InFocus X2 projector

The InFocus X2 digital projector may not be the smallest, lightest, or least-expensive budget projector on the market, but it is one of the brightest, and it can pump out a lights-on presentation in most boardrooms. Based on a 0.55-inch Texas Instruments digital light processing engine, this SVGA projector is tops in the budget class for brightness, uniformity, and contrast, but it has a frustratingly uneven focus and a cumbersome shutdown routine. At about $900, the X2 puts out more light per dollar than any budget business projector, and the $300 replacement lamp is rated for 4,000 hours of low-power use, or a reasonable 7.5 cents per hour. The X2 could be a good choice for users who care more about power than portability.

The InFocus X2 is an anonymous-looking projector that stretches the bounds of portability. At 12.9 inches by 9.8 inches by 4.2 inches (DWH) and 6.8 pounds, the X2 is big for a portable projector, and it's nearly 2 pounds heavier than the Hitachi Performa CP-RS55 (check back for a review of the Hitachi projector). Add in the cables and the remote control, and you have a cumbersome 7.8-pound travel package, and the InFocus X2 doesn't come with a bag. The recessed lens can zoom in and out by 10 percent, but the focus and zoom adjustment rings are so close together that they're easily confused. Five feet from the screen, the projector can create a 39-inch diagonal image, which is on the small side compared to that of the Sharp PG-B10S or the Sony VPL-ES2. Happily, for such a bright projector, it has minimal light leakage.

The projector works in 4:3 or 16:9 mode and has a variety of color-coded connectors for VGA-in and VGA-out, S-Video, and composite video, but the projector's audio connections are odd. The X2 has a miniplug output and stereo RCA inputs, but not the more convenient miniplug input. The projector does come with an adapter for connecting a notebook's audio to the projector's 2.5-watt speaker, but those little adapter bits are easy to lose. The miniplug input would be a better feature. It does have a unique 12-volt output for powering a motorized screen, but this feature is more trouble than it's worth for most users, because the motorized screens tend to be complicated to set up and use. The projector comes with a variety of cables, including a handy combination VGA-USB cable.

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