InFocus LP120: test and review

With the LP120, InFocus designed the smallest projector available on the market. With a size of 25 x 9.3 x 5 cm (L x W x H) and a less than a kilo weight, the LP120 is an exceptional tool which naturally finds its place in the equipment of the mobile professional.

Its resolution is 1024 x 768 (XGA), maximum brightness of 1100 ANSI Lumens and contrast of 2000: 1. Such characteristics have nothing surprising to a presentation projector: there are other devices with much higher brightness. However, the fact InFocus has successfully designed such a small projector with such performance deserves admiration. The latter can be placed 1.5 meters to 5 meters of the screen and even at maximum distance, the brightness of the image is acceptable, provided you use a projection screen. However direct light, whether from the sun or room lighting, has the effect of washing out the image, so it is recommended to lower the lights if possible when the projector is from the screen.

The LP120 is not for the video. Its small size is likely to attract some try to use it at home, but the rendering of the projected image does not make it ideal for watching TV or watching movies.

The compactness of the InFocus LP120 led to design a new lamp module whose appearance is reminiscent of science fiction films of the 50s It incorporates a cooling system around the bulb and when it must be changed, that’s all the module to be replaced – operation that requires a certain level of practice to be completed.

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For such a small projector, a number of compromises have to be accepted. The LP120 has actually little devices other than those really necessary for a presentation. No multiple entries, complex remote controls or sound quality. It has two inputs: an extended DVI port and an S-Video connector.

It also includes an audio mini-jack 3.5 mm, although the single speaker 1 W of LP120 is not really capable of emitting something other than a strange sound effect. In addition to video inputs, a USB port is available. A standard cable for a VGA connection is also provided.

The remote control is very simple, it only offers the possibility to control a presentation via the USB connection, a laser pointer and a function selected by the user. Unlike most InFocus projectors, it is impossible to configure remote LP120. To do this, you have to use the control panel available over the device. Further buttons, it includes a liquid crystal display of two lines. This approach is clearly preferable to the use of LEDs commonly used in this type of device.

The manual focus and zoom control are necessarily small. They do not seem as robust as those of larger projectors but as they do not exceed the chassis, they have little risk of being damaged. This leads the user to press the front ring to the development and possibly leave fingerprints on the lens. The inclined foot sticking out from the base of LP120 seems a bit fragile and could break if it is not carefully stowed in its container before moving the projector.

Those who do not need the ultimate in portability, other products of greater brightness, better video rendering or lower prices will have interest to turn to other devices. However, the LP120 will delight all those whose work involves extensive travel, especially by public transport.