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Big Screen Gaming - The Way Its Really Meant to be Played

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: May 4, 2004 4:00 am

The Projector



Infocus make a beautiful projector but they are really one of the brands that you only hear about if you are interested in strictly Home Theater. When people think High Quality projectors names like Sony and NEC come to mind and while these aren't bad projectors, they aren't the best value for money. The fact that Infocus purely make projectors is also a big plus as they can concentrate on one technology which helps them perfect their product better then other companies who work on multiple platforms.



The model we are looking at here today is the ScreenPlay 4800 which is classed as an Entertainment Projector and entertainment it does bring with it...exceptionally well. The reason behind choosing the 4800 is because it has that vital port we need - the VGA port. Supporting a maximum resolution of 1024 X 768, it isn't the highest but we will see how it looks when it is projected onto our wall.


The 4800 also comes with an S-Video port and RCA port for your Pay TV and DVD player. Ports are limited but we had no problem running a DVD player, Pay TV box and our computer. The only connection it was lacking was component but a Component to S-Video adapter is included in the package.


The remote that comes with the unit is quite nice and when it's dark you can simply press a small button on the side that illuminates all the buttons so you can navigate through and adjust your settings easily in the dark - which is certainly a good thing since we are talking projectors.



- Digital Light Processing


One feature on this projector that we feel people should know about is called Digital Light Processing (or DLP for short). While we are no expert on this technology we can give you a quick visual comparison on how it compares to LCD. DLP has a number of advantages over the analogue way; DLP is capable of emitting a brighter and sharper image giving you the best picture thanks to the design behind it.


Below you can see how DLP compared to LCD, this gives a better explanation then we could give and you are able to see with your own eyes.



Is DLP better then Plasma? This really comes down to personal opinion. Plasma screens of this size would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars where with Infocus this size can be had as cheap as $1,400 USD. If you're interested in learning more about DLP we highly recommend that you have a look at which has everything you could imagine on it.


- Size Comparison


To give you some idea of the size of the screen of our particular setup (especially for use when looking at the photos later on in this article), we moved a standard office chair next to the display for comparison purposes.



This should give you a better idea. If you have the room, the screen size can be as large as 6.1 metres if the projected is placed 10 metres back.


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