Consumers in search of gigantic 4K TVs usually have to settle for something in the 75 to 85-inch range. There are a handful of special-order 4K TVs that are 120-inches or larger, but those are priced well over $100,000. LG says it can offer a 150-inch 4K viewing experience for much less with its new projector, the HU80KA.
LG cites the 150-inch metric, but you’ll need a good spot to project such an image if you want a good experience. A smaller surface area will work better in a room that’s not especially dark, but the projector does have impressive brightness. LG says it tops out at 2,500 lumens, which is on par with most other high-end projectors that promise smaller images. The projector works as a floor-mounted system or inverted hanging from the ceiling.
In addition to supporting 4K resolution, the HU80KA has support for HDR video with HDR10. Although, it sounds like Dolby Vision HDR is not supported. When watching compatible HDR content on this projector, you’ll get more vibrant colors and better dynamic brightness range.
The HU80KA features an extremely compact upright frame, enabled by a new mirrorless L-shaped projection engine. Other 4K projectors are about twice as large as this device. However, it does look sort of like a tiny trash can. The audio situation doesn’t seem particularly impressive, probably thanks to the compact size. The HU80KA has a pair of 7-watt speakers, so you’d probably want to pair it with a sound bar or surround sound system. The HU80KA has optical out for audio, as well as Bluetooth and HDMI (obviously).
It even has a handle.
Like LG’s TVs, this projector has various smart features powered by WebOS. That’s the software that powered the short-lived Palm/HP Pre smartphones before HP bungled the acquisition and sold off the wreckage to LG. Now, WebOS runs on a 4K projector. Technology can be funny like that sometimes. LG’s smart features let you stream video directly from the cloud without plugging in external devices like Blu-Ray players or cable boxes.
LG isn’t offering any specifics on the price of this projector right now, except to say it’s “affordable.” For reference, the bulkier 4K projectors on the market currently retail for around $2,000. If LG can keep the cost close to that, it might have a solid product on its hands.