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InFocus Projector Adds Easy Sizzle to Pitches

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You just plug the N1102 in and choose a format -- standard monitor connectors, S-Video, standard analog or a new connection called DisplayLink -- which is basically a USB connection jazzed up with some software. Turn the thing on. And poof, your road warrior laptop is now a state-of-the-art digital projection system.

The N1102 comes with a manageable set of image controls. I liked that the "keystoning feature," which compensates for bad conference-room conditions, wasn't buried in a menu somewhere. The focus and zoom controls were idiot ready. Fan noise was reasonable. And I really liked the remote, which gave me a master-of-the-universe feel as I pitched with this system. Factor in the slick form factor, the optics and the overall Zen of the thing and you get a system that puts most PC-based images on a wall fast.

What you don't get: a complex imaging system that requires practice and some understanding of optics.

You'll need to be aware of where your image will and won't work. Dark walls in brightly lit rooms, for example, are beyond this system. You will still need to focus it. And get software to work. And don't ask the unit to do a ton of multimedia. S-Video output from Cablevision Systems (CVC), for example, was bright enough, but the quality was limited.

And while the DisplayLink software is a great idea that lets you connect to your computer using a USB connection, the software still needs to be installed and the controls need some tinkering. However, adding the software is better than fighting through Microsoft's (MSFT) built-in display management software, at least on my Dell (DELL).

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