Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Hands-On Review: InFocus X1

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Hands-On Review: InFocus X1

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October 2003--Product Watch

InFocus Corp., (800) 294-6400, www.infocus.com

Over the last few years, projectors from companies like InFocus have found their way into many classrooms. The trend started at universities, but has now made its way into many K-12 schools as well. And the low-priced, feature-rich InFocus X1 projector will make sure that this trend continues.

The X1 is quite small at 9.8" (W) x 12.5" (L) x 4.2" (H) and 6.8 lbs., but it is not tiny. It offers a fairly standard (for education) SVGA resolution, and is rated at 1,000 ANSI lumens in presentation mode and 700 lumens in video mode, so the lights will have to be dimmed in larger classrooms. Set up was easy, and all of the cables needed were included with the projector. I had the unit operating in less than 10 minutes; most of that time was rebooting Windows. All necessary drivers are bundled with Windows, so the X1 is automatically detected and configured when you reboot. I never needed a disk to use the X1, making moving it between computers fairly easy.

When tested using a medium-sized classroom, the image sharpness was very good. The colors were slightly off, but this is typical for a projector. …

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