If you have never used a projector, you might not know the challenge it can be to get things set up properly. Often to get a big 150-inch image on the wall, you need a giant room with plenty of distance from the wall to throw that image. LG has announced that it will be showing off a new compact and very easy to set up projector at CES 2018 called the HU80K series.
"At this year’s CES event, we are excited to bring value to consumers with our first 4K UHD projector, which delivers the highest resolution we’ve ever offered in a compact size," said Chang Ik-hwan, head of LG’s IT business division. "LG’s 4K UHD projector will lead the way in changing how consumers view 4K content in any room in the home, wherever there’s an audience."
The most noticeable thing about this projector is that rather than being a rectangle you need to mount on the ceiling or wall, this is a short throw unit that is a tall, smallish rectangle that looks like some sort of cannister more than a projector. LG says that it designed the 4K UHD projector specifically to get around the common heavy, expensive and hard to install projectors we are all familiar with.
Part of what makes the HU80K so small and portable is that LG's engineers were able to usa mirrorless l-shaped engine that allows the device to throw a sharp and clear image no matter if it's on the floor, mounted on the wall, or hanging from the ceiling. One of the images here shows that the projector can toss its image even when only a few inches from the wall. LG isn’t clear on just how far from the wall you need to be for a 150-inch image. The image will be bright with 2,500 lumens of brightness meaning you should be able to see quality images even in brighter rooms.
A pair of 7W speakers are integrated into the projector so you don’t need wires running to a soundbar or external speaker system. WebOS 3.5 smart TV interface is built in allowing smart TV functionality and access to streaming services. The Mirror Reflector that gives the projector its functionality can also be closed to act as a dust cover for the projection system inside.
Connectivity options include USB, Ethernet, HDMI, and wireless support. That wireless support lets you connect an external mouse and keyboard if wanted. LG hasn't talked pricing or availability just yet. Don't expect this to be a budget projector, but it will be significantly cheaper than trying to find a TV of the same size range.