What’s your impression of a projector? Probably a flat box, or at best, a cube? And it is these norm that makes the LG HU80K Cinebeam Laser 4K Projector stands out in the market. Yes, the oblong thing you see here is a projector. Defying the norm, the HU80K from LG takes on a vertical form factor, so it could be place on the floor to project up to 4K resolution videos on the wall, or if you so desire, onto the ceiling by means of the integrated reflector. The reflector here also serve to protect the lens of the projector when the device is not in use.
LG HU80K Cinebeam is a 8.3 MP HUD, 2,500 lumens (ANSI) laser projector that offers 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, throwing up to 150-inch of display on any flat, smooth surface. It totally supports HDR10 and perhaps more intriguingly, it is also a Smart TV too. With App Store, HU80K offers a world of entertainment options and that’s in addition to the built-in DTV Tuner. If that isn’t enough, it also allows you to wirelessly share videos from a compatible smartphone or tablet, so you can enjoy Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and more, in all its enormous glory.
Plus you can share a variety of contents wirelessly from Android and iOS devices. Other features include a 20,000-hour laser lamp life, auto keystone, 1.2x zoom, supports a variety of aspect ratio, an astonishing 150,000:1 contrast ratio, USB ports, HDMI inputs, Bluetooth technology, built-in 7W+7W stereo speakers, built-in cord reel, and integrated hand grip for ease of lugging it around, well, likely from room-to-room. It does not have an integrated battery, therefore it has to be plugged it. This means this is a home-bound device and not quite a portable device, despite its relatively small size of 6.5 x 18.5 x 6.5 inches (165 x 470 x 165 mm) and weighing just 14.8 lbs (6.71 kilograms).
Tech specs and features aside, the LG HU80K Cinebeam Laser 4K Projector is indeed a sight to behold and it is not just us who are enthralled by the design. This project has been awarded with reddot design award 2018, iF Design Award and more recently, it has been named as 2018 Good Design Best 100. But all these goodness does not come cheap.
As the matter of fact, it is very up there in terms of pricing, which you are looking at $2,999. However, if you are keen, you may want to know that LG is currently running a promotion where you can secure a unit for 200 less at, $2,799.99. But it is not clear how long this promotional sticker will stick around.
All images courtesy of LG Electronics.