Review Date: October 26, 2004
 Updated: December 15, 2012

InFocus Projector Review
InFocus X1 and the LP500 DLP Projectors

Top-selling Multi-media InFocus projector systems for home entertainment and business applications

Editor's Update December 2012: The InFocus projectors reviewed in this article have now been discontinued; for the latest product reviews, please check our video projectors review page.

For replacement projector lamp options for these InFocus video projectors, please follow through the respective links given at the end of each product review.


InFocus is one of the leading manufacturers of video projectors for industrial use. During recent years, InFocus have also started to target the home entertainment arena - with affordable products that are proving to be really capable and worth investing in.

InFocus Projector Systems make use of the latest DLP (Digital light processing) imaging technology from Texas Instruments for bright, contrast rich, projections.

The two selected InFocus projector systems covered in this review article - the X1 Data Video InFocus Projector and the InFocus LP500 DLP Video Projector, are no exception in this respect.

As with similarly-priced home theater projectors from other brands, these InFocus projector units are feature-rich video projectors capable of delivering crystal clear pictures at truly affordable prices. 

InFocus X1 Data Video Projector

Infocus X1 SVGA projector - a great projector for the home theaterAn InFocus projector designed with ease of use in mind, the X1 InFocus projector is a powerful 1000 ANSI lumens unit capable of delivering bright image projections. It even comes with a free three-year extended service plan instead of the standard two-year limited warranty when you register your InFocus X1 online at

The InFocus X1 - with less than 7 pound and its powerful 1,100 ANSI lumens of brightness renders itself extremely versatile in use with applications in the home, office, and education alike.

Though it has a relatively lower resolution - (it is an SVGA unit) than some higher priced units, yet it still has enough power to make any DVD look great for picture sizes up to 100". Its excellent re-sizing capabilities make it possible to display a 1024 x 768 image source with no noticeable effect.

As with many DLP video projectors, the InFocus may exhibit a slight rainbow effect at times though nothing preoccupying here in that it is hardly noticeable. 

A unit capable of delivering pleasing cinematic experience, coupled with its ease of use, a 3 years extended warranty, extended lamp life - almost double than on other projectors, and relatively inexpensive replacement lamps - circa $300 against the typical $400+ for most other models, make this unit  a valid contender as a big screen solution in the home theater to watch DVD movies.

  • 1,100 ANSI lumens and 2,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Native 800 x 600 SVGA resolution
  • Excellent re-sizing image capabilities
  • Compatible with SVGA, VGA, XGA, Macintosh
  • Weighs just 6.8 pounds
  • 2-year warranty
Technical data:
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3 standard; 16:9 wide
  • Brightness: 1100 max ANSI lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 2000:1 full on/full off
  • Data compatibility: SVGA, VGA, XGA, Macintosh
  • Light source: 150W SHP with 4000 hours lamp life
  • Projection methods: Front, rear, ceiling
  • Projection distances: 5 feet to 32.3 feet
  • Image size (diagonal): 2.7 feet to greater than 21.6 feet
  • Zoom ratio: 1.2:1
  • Keystone correction: Vertical: +/- 15 degrees

  • Dimensions: 9.8" (W) x 4.2" (H) x 12.5" (D)

  • Weight: 6.8 pounds 

  • Warranty: 2 years parts and labor; 90 Day or 500 Hour Lamp Warranty (whichever comes first)

  • Extended warranty: 3 years when unit is registered online

  • InFocus manufacturer data sheet available here

The X1 InFocus projector is amazing with its low lamp replacement costs, no burn in problems associated with CRT systems, hardly any noticeable rainbow effect typical of some early DLP systems, and extended warranty! All in all, the InFocus X1 Data Video Projector can deliver a better and bigger picture than most rear projection TV systems costing two to three times more.

For projector lamp replacement for the InFocus X1, check here: InFocus Replacement Lamp X1

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InFocus LP500 DLP Video ProjectorInFocus LP500 DLP Video Projector

At an unbeatable 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, this InFocus projector guarantees images are bright under any lighting conditions.

Its small size and extra light weight make it easily portable; a soft-sided carrying case is also included.

It is extremely light for such a powerful projector, and though at first sight, this InFocus projector looks a little flimsy; closer examination shows it is well built. Data compatibilities are offered through VGA, SVGA, XGA, Macintosh, and 1080i/720p HDTV formats. The manufacturer includes a two-year warranty that covers parts and service.

Set up is easy and the documentation is excellent. Focus and zoom are only manual but in practice this doesn't matter especially when used in a fixed room set-up as is normally the case in the home theater.

This InFocus projector has a dual voltage/lumen feature that increases bulb life and reduces heat. The lower setting is more suitable for the home theater use as in the home theater it is always advisable that viewing takes place in total to almost total darkness. This lower setting also increases contrast for blacks, which again is even more helpful for home movie theater use.

Image quality is acceptable but lack some of the color depth and contrast of other projectors especially when set to deliver maximum brightness; other than that, the image is smooth and quite sharp.

Main Features:
  • Integrated Faroudja technology for smooth and natural-looking images
  • 2000 ANSI lumens
  • Includes soft carrying case
  • Digital keystone correction
  • 2-year warranty
Technical data:
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:4
  • Contrast Ratio: 400:1
  • Data Compatibility: VGA, SVGA, XGA, Macintosh, and 1080i/720p HDTV compatible
  • Display: DLP technology from Texas Instruments
  • Image Size: 0.90m to 3.6m
  • Light Source: 270-watt SHP, 2,000 hour lamp life
  • Dimensions: 10.25" (W) x 3.34" (H) x 11" (D)
  • Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Shipping weight: 9.0 pounds.
  • Warranty, parts: Two years
  • Warranty, labor: Two years
  • Warranty: 2 years parts and labor; 90 Day or 500 Hour Lamp Warranty (whichever comes first)
  • InFocus LP500 Manufacturer data sheet available here

The Bottom Line: Do you need the extra brightness level on offer? If yes, the InFocus LP500 DLP Video Projector is an excellent unit worth investing in. It is capable of delivering a smooth and sharp image - a basic projector that does a fine job. If on the other hand, you do not need all the 2000 ANSI lumens of the LP500, then the InFocus X1 Video Projector may be a better choice within the InFocus range of video projector units.

For projector lamp replacement for the InFocus LP500, check here: InFocus Replacement Lamp LP500

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