InFocus IN8606HD review

The IN8606HD is a good performer but it’s beaten by some excellent competition Tested at £650

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Our Verdict

The IN8606HD is a good performer but it’s beaten by some excellent competition

For

  • Decent detail
  • Understated colour balance
  • Deep blacks add punch
  • Good build
  • Great price

Against

  • DVD upscaling isn’t the best
  • Tough competition
  • Flimsy remote

With its big picture, compact design and affordable price, the IN8606HD is worth considering if you’re taking the first step towards a home cinema package.

Performance

With Full HD and 3D credentials, the InFocus delivers a large, bright picture. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End on Blu-ray shows a good level of detail coupled to low levels of noise and decent contrast in scenes that combine bright and dark elements in a single frame.

The grimy woodwork and torn sails on the Black Pearl, the details on the period clothing and the wrinkles on faces – all are etched out admirably. The colour balance is a touch understated but is none the worse for that, looking convincing with skin-tones. Black levels, on the other hand, are pleasingly dark.

They may swallow up finer detail, but they give low-light scenes a nice sense of depth.

Make sure you take time to set up the projector’s position and picture; use a THX Optimizer disc for the best results

Make sure you take time to set up the projector’s position and picture; use a THX Optimizer disc for the best results

There’s a hint of instability around moving objects, but not enough to annoy or distract you during a film - even in 3D. Life Of Pi looks relatively smooth and there’s a pleasing sense of depth, even if the picture is dimmed.

It’s comfortable to watch. The active-shutter 3D glasses, on the other hand, are chunky and grip just a little too tightly for our liking. They don’t come bundled either, costing around £50. But at least they stay on the head and have a comfortable nose bridge.

We wish the IN8606HD was more successful when it comes to upscaling DVDs. The picture looks a little patchy around the edges and lacks detail. We’d stick with Blu-rays.

The IN8606HD has built-in speakers, but don’t expect fully-fledged surround sound. The sound is thin, and voices aren’t fleshed out enough for our liking. A budget 5.1 speaker package should be on your shopping list if you want all the punch and pizzazz of a movie’s soundtrack to come across as it should.

Build and design

Avoid losing the tiny, flimsy remote, as there are no controls on the projector itself

Avoid losing the tiny, flimsy remote, as there are no controls on the projector itself

The build of the IN8606HD is solid and sturdy, yet it’s also compact enough to position easily in your room. The all-black finish is broken only by a bright blue ring around the lens, giving it a distinctive look.

The remote, on the other hand, is of a flimsy credit-card style that’s very fiddly to use. It’s far too small and impractical to use, especially in the dark.

And it wouldn’t be wise to lose it – apart from manual zoom and focus, there are no other controls on the projector itself.

Connectivity

The InFocus comes equipped with a generous helping of connections. There are two HDMI inputs – handy if you want to keep two different sources plugged in at all times, such as a Blu-ray player and a games console.

Analogue sources are well catered for, with component, composite, S-Video and 3.5mm inputs neatly arranged on the back panel. You’ll also find single 3.5mm jacks for audio input and output, and a PC input for connecting laptops.

Verdict

There’s plenty to like about the InFocus IN8606HD. The breadth of connectivity on offer is appreciated, as is the compact design.

A better remote would help, as would more controls on the projector itself. This InFocus has just enough detail, punch and conviction in its colour palette to make it an enjoyable watch - but not quite enough to be class leading.

Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Image

Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphic ModeFull HD
Contrast Ratio10,000:1
Standard Mode Brightness2500 lm
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1280

Lamp

Lamp Power230 W
Lamp TypeOSRAM
Normal Mode Lamp Life4500 Hour
Number of Lamps1
Economy Mode Lamp Life6000 Hour

Projection Lens

Maximum Diagonal Image Size10 m (393.70")
Optical Zoom1.5x

General Information

Product NameInFocus IN8606HD
Product ModelIN8606HD
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.infocus.com/uk/
Brand NameInFocus
Product TypeDLP Projector
ManufacturerInFocus Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberIN8606HD

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption350 W

Technical Information

3D Type3D Ready
Projection MethodRear, Ceiling, Front

Video

Video Signal StandardHDTV
Output Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate3.15 kg
Width285 mm
Depth261 mm
Height122 mm
Dimensions122 mm (H): 285 mm (W): 261 mm (D)