LG’s New Cinebeam 4K HDR Projector On Sale: Yes It’s Impressive, And Expensive

by on June 9, 2018
Stephan Jukic – June 9, 2018

4K UHD projectors -and increasingly with HDR as well- are becoming more of a thing with every passing year. Many of the models on the market offer only a type of upscaled 4K resolution but still manage to deliver fantastic picture quality with HDR as a bonus but more than a few models also offer true native ultra HD. Until recently, most of these latter models were produced almost exclusively by Sony and they cost a lot of money, much more even than most ultra-premium 4K TVs.

Also Read. Our full guide to today’s most powerful 4K HDR TVs for every budget

Now LG is taking a stab at this market that Sony dominates so much. Their newest 4K HDR projector is also really expensive, but not quite as pricey as Sony’s cheapest model, and it’s packs lots of great technology into what you’ll pay for it.

The LG HU80KA is one of LG’s soon-to-expand line of Cinebeam projectors and was first unveiled for display at CES 2018 all the way back in January. Now LG has finally made it available to consumers at a starting price of $2,999.99. This is pricey to be sure, but not as bad as the cost of Sony’s cheapest model, the VPL-VW285ES, which still runs for about $5000.

LG HU80KA: 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector

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For those $3000 for the LG Cinebeam model, what you get most of all is extreme brightness and great portability. The HU80KA comes with a built-in handle for easy handling and movement from one room to another, and despite its relatively compact size, it delivers an excellent 2500 lumens of brightness across up to 150 inches of display space. This is pretty good by current 4K projector market standards. Yes, the HU80KA also supports high dynamic range content via the HDR10 format. (No Dolby Vision support as far as we know unfortunately).

LG HU80KA: 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector

One final very cool thing about the Cinebeam HU80KA is that it also comes with LG’s excellent and very content-rich webOS smart TV platform baked right into it. Thus, while this model definitely does have all the connectivity specs you’d need for attaching external media devices and streaming sticks to it for your daily dose of 4K entertainment, you can also enjoy Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu and so many other apps right from the projector all by itself.

Also Read. Our comprehensive Guide to today’s best and most powerful streaming 4K/HD content devices

Overall, the LG Cinebeam HU80KA is looking like a serious rival for Sony’s best in this particular entertainment hardware niche.

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  • MrSatyre
    June 10, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I don’t understand the appeal to this design. The short-throw offerings by brands such as Sony and Epson seem to be of a much more practical design, in that they can be placed close to a wall on a piece of AV furniture, where the projector an cables are out of sight and out of mind, and certainly where you would never touch it again. This one sits on the floor? or on a coffee table? and both completely in the way? and has to be calibrated each and every time you get it out and set it up because you’re never going to put it in exactly the same place twice? Plus, it’s too heavy to be considered a portable projector you’d want to lug around on the road.

    None of the illustrations I’ve seen show this projector in it’s third and far more logical position option: ceiling mounted.


  • MrSatyre
    June 18, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    This design makes no sense. Place it on the floor where it gets in the way. Place it on a table where it will be jostled every time food or drinks are reached. Every time you take it out and use it, you’ll have to recalibrate it. Cables will be strung all over. And this article makes no mention of it’s only practical placement: suspended from a ceiling mount, which it is also designed to do.


  • MrSatyre
    June 18, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Apparently my comment(s) are still under moderation, hence the double post.


  • Jason Voelkel
    October 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Does anyone know if a ceiling mount for the HU80KA has been designed or produced?
    Thank you


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