Infocus Screenplay 5000 LCD projector

For LCD, it's a case of back to the future. The Screenplay 5000 home theatre projector from Infocus is the first one we've looked at from this company that makes use of an LCD projection system instead of the more common (at least when it comes to Infocus) and newer DLP technology.

For many prospective customers, the technology behind the scenes isn't something that's exactly at the forefront of our minds as we shop, so why should anyone care that the 5000 uses LCD instead of DLP? As long as you're happy with the end result then ultimately it doesn't matter one little bit; nevertheless there are "quirks" specific to LCD projectors that it pays to be aware of.

Traditionally, LCD projectors have suffered from a couple of drawbacks inherent with the technology no matter who the manufacturer is. These are poor contrast (and consequently poor blacks) plus the oh-so annoying "screen door effect" where individual pixels are clearly discernable on screen as if looking through a screen door. If you find an LCD projector exhibiting both these nuances you'll see an image that looks washed out and slightly pixelated. But if there's one good thing about living in a world where technology moves so fast it's hard to keep up, it's that digital projectors are improving with each generation, so while you should be aware of these facts don't avoid a projector based on these facts alone - always see it for yourself.

Back to the matter at hand and we find the Screenplay 5000 to be a remarkably compact projector (vital statistics are 3.4kg and 293 x 100 x 260mm (w/h/d) that's also HD (high definition) capable and loaded with goodies.

There are connection options to cover all bases including DVI, component, S-Video and composite plus 12V triggers for activating things such as curtains or rollup screens. The Screenplay's native resolution is a 16:9 aspect 1280 x 720, so things look nice and sharp if you're using component or DVI inputs. We found that S-Video - the best of the standard definition input options - was, quite frankly, lacking in the detail department and our image tended to look pixelated and messy from a normal viewing distance. We'd recommend you do the Screenplay 5000 justice by plugging in using component leads or a DVI cable to get optimal picture quality out of it.

We threw some of the new Windows Media Video HD (WMV HD) content at it (try it for yourself at (www.wmvhd.com) using the supplied DVI cable on a high-spec PC. The high-definition video looked glorious and the Screenplay 5000 was finally showing what it was really capable of.

Detail was excellent and all the messy pixelation of the S-Video cable-powered DVD session was gone, while colours - particularly skin tones - were warm and accurate. Feature-wise there's plenty to like about the 5000, including an easy-to-use menu system that can be operated using either the full quota of buttons atop the projector or the remote control. Sadly, there is no lens shift mechanism to make physical adjustments to the projector's alignment, and we're left with only the standard single adjustable foot at the rear of the projector. This was perfectly acceptable in days gone by but now it's little things like this that can help sway an undecided shopper - besides, lens shift just makes sense.

The Screenplay 5000 is a fine projector in spite of a handful of niggling foibles. Worth a look.

Price: $3,499; Vendor: Infocus ; URL: http://www.infocus.com/au/apac/home.asp?site_lang=9&site_region=2&permanent=false; Distributor: http://www.internationaldynamics.com.au/

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?