TVs can be a lot easier since we moved from CRT to LCD and OLED, but their increased screen size makes them still quite difficult to transport around. It's an alternative, but in the form of a home projector, and LG just revealed its newest card box CineBeam Laser 4K projector that can be placed very close to a wall.
LG unveiled its first ultra short throw (UST) laser projector on CES 2018, and was able to produce a 150-inch display at 4K resolution. The HU80KA was like a mini tower you could walk on the floor and it costs around $ 3000. The second generation HU85L looks much more like a smart speaker and is clearly meant to sit on a closet.
A great selling point on the HU85L will surely be how close you can place it on a wall. With just two inch clearance, it can project a 90-inch display with a 4K resolution. But if you increase the seven inch wall distance, the screen size increases to 1
There are no detailed specifications for this projector just as LG saves the great reveal of CES 2019 in January. We know that it will offer USB, Ethernet and HDMI connectivity to allow easy access to media, whether streamed, downloaded or played by Blu-ray discs. LG claims to have eliminated image distortion commonly associated with UST projectors using a "12-point keystone adjustment feature." It will be interesting to see how it affects visual accuracy when we get a first glimpse of it in action next year.
Target and price has not yet been revealed, but I hope this model costs no more than HU80KA it will replace. And which seems compulsory for all new gadgets now, this will be a smart projector with LG's AI solution ThinQ that allows the projector to accept voice commands with natural language. You can pronounce sentences like "turn off the projector after the movie is finished" or "play yoga videos on YouTube" and the HU85L will understand what you mean.
This latest CineBeam Laser 4K projector will act as part of a wake up call for other companies offering UST projectors, especially if this is priced at around $ 3000 brand. We have recently reviewed both the 100-inch Hisense Smart Dual Color Laser TV and 120-inch variant, which cost $ 9.999 and $ 12.999, respectively, but found them to be expensive, not particularly bright, and lacking in relation to the user interface. Dell has a laser projector, but it costs $ 4,799 (down from $ 6,000) and Sony's laser projector is $ 25K.