InFocus IN3138HDa Professional Network Projector Audio / Video Review

InFocus, one of the few remaining and respectable American projector manufacturers also knows how lucrative the market is and didn’t waste an opportunity with the IN3138HDa. An amalgamation of business meets cinema that comes together, despite some unusual quirks sprinkled here and there.

At first glance, the IN3138HDa does appear to have a bit of an identity crisis on its hands; the black gloss body, purposeful control panel, zoom lens, and blue accented ring look consumer-friendly but the dimensions (10.3 x 11.2 x 4.8 inches, 6.9lbs) can’t hide its origins of TPS reports, spreadsheets, and Powerpoint presentations. Even the credit card-style remote is functional but anonymous like an accountant talking about financial trends and his golf swing during a luncheon.

Look around back though and you’re treated to a more accommodating array of two HDMI (MHL is on one), composite and S-Video, 3.5mm stereo input and output, RS232, and finally a 12V trigger. For the office, two VGA inputs along with output are present and a RJ45/LAN terminal that not only offers advanced remote management over a network, but even for multiple projectors which can be done over a PC but also controllers from AMX and Crestron — ideal for very customized system installations.

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