InFocus broke into the home-theatre market several years ago with the introduction of its first DLP projector, the 7200, after many years as one of the world's leading manufacturer of professional LCD projectors. Many successful DLP designs and price drops later, the company's IN76 brings true HD resolution to the table for a price that's significantly less than in previous years. While still not the least expensive HD-resolution DLP on the market, the solid-performing InFocus IN76 still represents a great value, and its unique styling is icing on the cake.
Our InFocus IN76 review sample had a two-tone finish that was mostly high-gloss black with metallic silver oval-shaped side panels on the left and right. It came seated on a round tabletop stand, but an optional ceiling mount can be purchased. We found the overall look sleeker and more high-tech than that of the company's more expensive DLP projectors, such as the InFocus 7205 and the 7210.
The black and silver remote is well designed and, with the push of a light button on the underbelly of the unit, fully backlit. There are direct-access keys for all sources, as well as aspect ratio (labelled Resize), overscan, and other functions. The GUI (graphical user interface) or internal menu system is identical to that of other InFocus DLP projectors in the line, which is to say it's logical and intuitive in its navigation.
As with many projectors, the InFocus IN76's principal spec is resolution. The projector uses a 1,280x720 native-resolution DLP chip from Texas Instruments, known as the Dark Chip 2 DMD. This particular chip aids in reproducing deeper blacks (see Performance), and like all 1,280x720-resolution chips, it can display every pixel of a 720p HDTV source. All other sources, including HDTV, DVD, and computers, are scaled to fit the native resolution.