LG Electronics has announced two new CineBeam laser projectors for 2022 featuring a 3840×2160 resolution and a higher contrast ratio better suited to the common living room.
At 533mm x 315mm x 153mm in size and weighing 11.1kg we have the HU715Q Ultra Short Throw (UST), capable of creating an 80in image at a narrow 11.8cm distance from the wall, or up to 120in at 31.7cm, making it a prime candidate for TV replacement.
Moreover, the 8.3MP laser technology is advertised as having 85 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut, 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness and a proclaimed 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. A built-in ambient sensor helps detect lighting conditions and adjust brightness accordingly, and motorised focus ensures you never have to leave the couch.
Onboard sound is covered by a pair of 20W stereo speakers, with the possibility of adding a further two optional Bluetooth speakers for a 4.2-channel setup. Lastly, maximum power consumption is 350W using a built-in PSU, and LG reckons noise output from the integrated fan peaks at 30dB. We’re intrigued to try out those claims for ourselves.
Next, the HU710P tips the scales at 6.5kg and measures 259mm x 390mm x 123mm size. Upgrades over the previous-generation model include a wheel-less hybrid laser, giving it brighter images and deeper blacks according to LG.
This one can project a 100in image from 2.9 to 4.6m and has a maximum screen size of 300in. It also features a higher 94 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut compared to the HU715Q, and though brightness is lower at 2000 ANSI lumen, full-in, full-off contrast remains at 2,000,000:1.
Sound comes through two relatively weak 5W speakers, while power is delivered using a 210W power adapter.
Both projectors share plenty in common. Light source longevity is rated at 20,000 hours in high brightness mode and 30,000 hours in eco mode. There’s support for HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), while WebOS 6.0 brings smart capabilities thanks to its built-in apps like Netflix, Disney+ or Amazon Prime.
I/O is covered by one HDMI 2.1 supporting ALLM and eARC plus two HDMI 2.0, two USB 2.0 Type-A, one Ethernet port and S/PDIF optical audio.
4/9/15-point warping support promises to ease setup and minimise distortion – handy if the projector can’t be placed perfectly – and both models ship with a backlit Magic Lighting remote control.
Projectors are notoriously difficult to install in regular home environments, but recent developments have allowed manufacturers to broaden the technology’s appeal. LG’s latest duo offer far greater flexibility, with the UST in particular able to fit in just about anywhere there’s a blank wall.