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In Focus SP8600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of In Focus SP8600. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and noise. The price and image quality are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the usability. Many are less positive about the size.

image quality, price, noise, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the In Focus SP8600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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InFocus SP8600 review


Usually projectors that cost less than £800 are either aimed at the business/education markets or absolutely rubbish. And there can be no hiding place for shoddiness when you're watching a picture that's 100in wide or more.

Good value and general picture quality; flexible picture settings; long warranty

Minor rainbowing; dark scenes can lack shadow detail

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : John Archer (

InFocus SP8600 review


Can £800 really buy you a quality hi-def home cinema projector?

Good value and general picture quality ; Flexible picture settings ; Long warranty

Minor rainbowing ; Dark scenes can lack shadow detail

Jul, 2011

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Infocus SP8600 review


It might look more like a business projector than something aimed at the home cinema market, but the InFocus SP8600 makes up for its plain design in other areas – particularly with its price. For less than £700, it's one of the best equipped...

One of the cheapest 1080p projectors we’ve seen, but it’s a false economy. BenQ’s W1060 is better for only a little more

Dec, 2011


Expert review by : Paul Monckton (

InFocus ScreenPlay SP8600 review


The InFocus ScreenPlay SP8600 is a quality projector for a budget price.

We've seen budget 1080p projectors before, but few are able to offer the level of quality and features required to go beyond mere resolution and deliver smooth life-like moving images. The InFocus SP8600 takes such tasks in its stride and is available...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

InFocus SP8600 review


The InFocus SP8600 promises a huge picture for less outlay

Detailed, balanced, grown-up images ; can produce huge pictures ; bright lamp ; good spec

Blacks are a little light ; no lens shift and long throw can make it tricky to position

It’s not perfect, but the big, pretty pictures are undeniably tempting at £800

Jul, 2011


Expert review by : John Archer (

InFocus SP8600


A full HD DLP projector with a DarkChip 3 chipset for under £800? InFocus must be losing its mind.

Incredibly low price ; Great pictures for the money ; Surprising degree of calibration flexibility

Some rainbow effect ; No vertical image shift ; Shortage of shadow detail

Don’t be put off by the little list of negatives we finished up with back there. The bottom line with the SP8600 is that even if it cost £1100 it would be a good projector. So for the measly sum of £800 - with a 5-year parts warranty, let’s not forget...

May, 2011

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InFocus SP8600 review


One of the cheapest 1080p projectors we've seen, but it's a false economy. BenQ's W1060 is better for only a little more

Even at this price, it’s difficult to recommend the SP8600. It might have more inputs and outputs than more expensive projectors, but it can’t compete in terms of picture quality, particularly if you’re susceptible to the rainbow effect. We recommend...

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InFocus SP8600


At a time where you can buy projectors for under £400, the £800 asking price of the InFocus SP8600 seems pretty high. Then again, this DLP projector has a lot to offer, and the image it's capable of producing actually makes it a bit of a bargain. The...

The InFocus SP8600 is an excellent projector for both home and office use – its stunning array of colours makes it perfect for movie use, with the 1800 Lumens brightness output making it equally ideal for presentations. It may not match LED projectors...

Jun, 2011

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InFocus SP8600


Excellent projector

Couldnt work out how to focus at first (quite simply twist the focus wheel!!!) and very confused how to flip image over as we mounted ours on the ceiling so image was upside down, was able to change it in the settings eventually. Lovely now all set up...

Oct, 2012

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InFocus SP8600


Excellent projector

Couldnt work out how to focus at first (quite simply twist the focus wheel!!!) and very confused how to flip image over as we mounted ours on the ceiling so image was upside down, was able to change it in the settings eventually ; Lovely now all set up...

Oct, 2012

Product Specifications


Certification:FCC, UL, c-UL, CE, RoHS, PCT, SAB, PSB, CCC, C-Tick (Australia/NZ)


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Ceiling mountable: Yes
Color of product:Black, Silver

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):1
Power consumption (typical):300


Bulb power:230
Lamp Power:230
Lamp power (economic mode):190
Lamp Type:UHP
Lamps quantity:1
Service life of lamp:2500
Service life of lamp (economic mode):4000

Lens System

Focal length range (f-f):0.1 - 0.107


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1
RMS rated power:3


Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Other Features

Aspect Ratio:4:3, 5:4, 16:9, 16:10
Audio Input:Y
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Digital keystone correction:+/- 30%
Dimensions (WxDxH):12.8 x 10 x 4.09
Package dimensions (WxDxH):18 x 15.7 x 7.72
Weight (imperial):7.5
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes


Display scan frequency (horizontal):15.30 - 90
Horizontal scan range:15.30 - 90
Noise Level:30
Noise level (economic mode):26
Vertical scan range:43 - 85

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
Audio (L,R) in:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite video in:1
DVI port: No
HDMI ports quantity:2
Headphone outputs:1
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:USB B
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power consumption (standby):1
Power consumption (typical):300


Contrast ratio (typical):5000:1
Matrix size:0.65
Number of colors:1070
Objective projection distance:39.4 - 393.7
Projection distance:39.4 - 393.7
Projection technology:DLP
Projector brightness:1800
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Screen size compatibility:30 - 300
Zoom capability:Manual
Zoom ratio:1.2:1


3D compatibility: No
Analog signal format system:NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43, NTSC M, PAL B, PAL D, PAL G, PAL H, PAL I, PAL M, PAL N, SECAM B, SECAM D, SECAM G, SECAM K, SECAM K1, SECAM L
Full HD: Yes
Supported graphics resolutions:1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), 640 x 480 (VGA)
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720i

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:211.6