Today, I received LG’s new HG80JA Laser DLP Projector. It’s a tiny, narrow box with 2000 lumens and a laser light engine rated for 20,000 hours of maintenance-free service. Weighing less than five pounds, it can be set up just about anywhere, even on a tripod, to project an 80” image from just over eight feet away.
LG is promoting the idea of TV anywhere by including its superb SmartOS streaming interface, just like the one found it its flat-panel OLED and LCD televisions. Coupled with built-in Wi-Fi and two speakers, you can stream Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu right to the projector for a true one-box entertainment solution. Two HDMI ports support traditional source components like Blu-ray players, and cable or satellite receivers. And LG’s RF-based Magic Remote makes control a snap.
The laser lights up a .4” DLP chip with 1920×1080 resolution. A small zoom lever gives you installation flexibility along with a pair of leveling feet to make squaring up the image easy. The fan is super-quiet, even when sitting close to the unit, so there’s nothing to take you out of your night’s entertainment.
For $1500 list, you can have a giant-screen TV in your living room, den, or even hotel room. The HF80JA Laser DLP Projector with laser light engine and a compact form factor should offer tremendous convenience with plenty of content choices. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be putting it through its paces on the test bench and perhaps binge-watching the new season of Stranger Things. Watch this space for my full review.