The InFocus IN124X is a borderline portable projector designed for offices and the classroom. Of the three in the IN120X series, the 124X is the entry-level model, with the IN126X and IN128HDX taking the mid-level and higher end of the range.
The entry-level IN124X may well seem like the bottom of the InFocus range, but it has some surprisingly good features. For starters, it measures a moderately compact 220 x 292 x 121mm and weighs around 2.3kg. Its 4000 lumens is great for a large meeting room or classroom and manages to achieve a good and sharp quality image in a room with a fair amount of ambient light. The DLP technology of the IN124X has a native resolution of 1024 x 768, with throw distances of between 5 feet to 39 feet offering a projected image size from 29 inches up to an impressive 300 inches.
The 260W bulb has a normal lifespan of 2,000 hours, with an Eco Mode lifespan measuring 5,000 hours and the fan noise is cut down to a manageable 34 decibels in normal mode with a slight drop to 32 decibels when in the Eco Mode.
Connectivity is good too, with a single FIDMI port, two VGA, composite video, S-Video and an RS232 service port. There’s also a USB type-B port, audio in and out and a 100Mbit Ethernet port. The built-in speakers manage a meagre 10W mono, which isn’t great, but the included remote is okay.
The IN124X actually looks a rather sleek unit. The top front half of the projector is a matt black design and houses the lens focus adjustment slider. The back half is a glossy black finish that contains the touch sensitive menu controls. The rest of the projector is of a ridged design that covers the vents and it’s worth noting that none of the parts involved feel cheap in any way.
This is also a 3D projected technology enabled product, and when displaying 3D content it does a good job of keeping the screen clear and free from any noticeable lag. However, you don’t get any 3D glasses in the box, most likely because it’s not initially aimed at the home theatre crowd, but we think a pair or two of 3D glasses wouldn’t go amiss.
Despite the good points, though, the Infocus IN124X does tend to vent out a fair amount of heat, far more than the others we tested so far. If you’re unfortunate enough to be sitting near it when viewing something then you’ll feel like there’s a hairdryer at work on the back of your neck. In fact the heat built up so much at one point that we couldn’t pick the projector up for a few minutes until it had cooled down.
The InFocus IN124X is a cheap but surprisingly good projector. Connectivity is excellent, and the image output is pretty good too
We were pleasantly surprised at how good the InFocus IN124X projector worked. It’s not quite as sharp as the BenQ W2000 or as slimline as the Casio or Acer models, but it’s still a decent projector. On top of that it’s only going to set you back around £480, which when compared to the other models in the group isn’t too bad.
We were pleasantly surprised at how good the InFocus IN124X projector worked. It's not quite as sharp as the BenQ W2000 or as slimline as the Casio or Acer models, but it's still a decent projector. On top of that it's only going to set you back around £480, which when compared to the other models in the group isn't too bad.