LG’s 4K UHD Laser Projector Offers A Cool, Compact Alternative To 4K HDR TV
Stephan Jukic – January 10, 2019
One of the cool things about short throw projectors is that they let you do the whole theatrical projection thing in your home without requiring lots of space. Sure the devices themselves are slightly on the bulky side but since they tuck right up against any vertical flat surface for their video throwing to work, you can get a large projection without mounting the projector from a distance. They’re also nothing new.
LG is now the latest company to enter this market with its first ever 4K ultra HD short-throw model to this week’s CES event. The compact projector, called the CineBeam Laser 4K, does however come with a few design quirks that are aimed at maximum unobtrusiveness. Due to a very low-key design and an AI-powered voice control mechanism, the CineBeam can quietly sit against a given wall until you randomly decide you want to watch your favorite Netflix show or a movie in ultra HD resolution spread across anywhere from 90 to 120 inches of wall space. As soon as this is the case, all you need to do is talk to the projector to activate it and you’re good to go.
Based on demos conducted at CES, the CineBeam Laser 4K delivers some impressive visuals and they get even better as your projection room gets dimmer. Furthermore, while LG hasn’t revealed if this model outputs true native 4K ultra HD or just a pixel-shifted variant of it, the image quality does indeed look great. On the other hand, the price of the CineBeam remains a mystery, so whether this admittedly cool, sleek device represents a viable alternative to your favorite giant 4K UHD TV or a budget smashing $10,000 toy remains to be seen. 4K projectors with reasonable prices have started appearing heavily on today’s consume market and many of them are definitely excellent but a real native 4K projector from a name brand like LG with UHD and HDR may not easily fall into the budget category.