LG’s New Cinebeam 4K HDR Projector On Sale: Yes It’s Impressive, And Expensive
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.
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.
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).
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.
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Overall, the LG Cinebeam HU80KA is looking like a serious rival for Sony’s best in this particular entertainment hardware niche.