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Usually when I look at data projectors, I am evaluating the ultra portable type that weighs a kilo or two. The InFocus LP630 is at the other end of the scale though, at a hefty four kilos. The reason is that it’s an extremely bright, high-resolution (XGA) projector aimed at conference rooms or classrooms.
Unlike the majority of InFocus projectors, the 630 uses LCD projection methods rather than the more compact DLP (Digital Light Processor) system. This helps keep costs down, but makes for a bulkier machine. The one benefit of the bigger machine is the extra brightness, it can output a massive 2,000 lumens, almost double the amount generated by the smaller models. This means that even in bright environments, the image should be clear – although pulling the blinds won’t do any harm.
When a projector is used in an office environment, it’s likely to be used with a number of different computers. The LP630 offers a huge array of connections. There is the usual VGA connection for most computers, plus a digital connection (DVI) for suitably equipped Macs. Video and audio is also well catered for, with S-Video, composite and component video. It also has stereo audio (RCA), and 3.5mm audio connections.
The controls and connections make for an easy-to-use and practical projector. It’s ideal for non-IT experts – simply plug in your source, and it will be automatically selected.
The projected image can be from 2.5 feet to a massive 25 feet diagonally in size – enough for almost everyone’s needs. You won’t want to lug this projector around for meetings on the road, but otherwise it’s very versatile.
Five years ago, a projector this size would have been as small as they came. The price would have been about the same, but the brightness would have been about a quarter of the level this model has. If you’re currently using an old model, you’ll be amazed at the improvements that have been made. It’s an excellent choice for companies that need a projector big enough for large meetings, and small enough to move from room to room.
This review appeared in the Expo 2001 issue