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2022 LG CineBeam Projector Lineup Unveiled

Projectors continue to make noise as a truly viable alternative to your traditional TV. While they might’ve been relegated to the home cinemas of the wealthy for decades, with today’s innovative technologies, almost anyone can get their hands on a portable unit – like the Samsung Freestyle – for just over $1000 AUD. Leading home entertainment companies like LG are growing their short throw projector range, and in their 2022 lineup, they’ve covered all bases with portable options and ultra-short-throw projectors all the way to set and forget 4K UHD home cinema offerings. Let’s check it out.

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2022 lg short throw projector lineup

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2022 LG Projector Lineup

As mentioned, projectors and new short-throw projectors are making strong headway in the technology space thanks to reduced costs, innovative features, and streaming platforms that remove the need for onboard physical storage. Their biggest advantage still remains in image size with most being able to cast a larger screen than even the biggest TVs of today (100+ inches). For their 2022 projector lineup, LG has focused on a few key areas; Ultra-Short Throw (HU715QW, HU915QE) and 4K Laser (HU70LG, HU710PW, HU810PW, PF610P).

They’ve also included a range of software and hardware technologies to bring these devices to the next level, including;

  • Brightness Optimiser: Adjusts brightness based on ambient light conditions.
  • Dynamic Tone Mapping: Analyses and fine-tunes each frame to support HDR performance (vivid images).
  • Filmmaker Mode: Turns off motion smoothing to help preserve cinematic feel when watching films and new movies.

We’re breaking down the full range below with specifications, and inputs, and explaining the situation each short-throw projector best fits.

Pf610p

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LG PF610P

LG PF610P
Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Brightness (lumens) 1000
Light Source Laser
Screen Size 90 – 120 inches
Throw Distance 100″ @ 42cm
Inputs HDMI 2.1 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2

The LG PF610P is the brand’s entry option to the short-throw projector lineup, however, offers solid features such as 1000 lumen brightness (more than other portables like the Samsung Freestyle) and HDMI 2.1 inputs. We love the integration of favourite wireless connections with webOS 5.0 including Airplay 2, Miracast, and Bluetooth Sound Out. A four corner keystone means the image will remain flat on slight angles. This is the only model in the new lineup that retains the somewhat out of date (but still acceptable) Full HD image resolution, but don’t expect this one to perform well in bright rooms.

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Hu715qw

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LG HU715QW

LG HU715QW
Resolution  4K UHD (3180 x 2160)
Brightness (lumens) 2500
Light Source Laser
Screen Size 80 – 120 inches
Throw Distance 100″ @ 21.7cm
Inputs HDMI x 3, USB 2.0 x 2

The term ultra-short-throw (UST) has never been more applicable than here. At under 22cm from a wall, the HU715QW offers a massive 100-inch display. Moving it back a little and you can have up to 120-inches of screen real estate which is big enough for most modern homes. Of course, if you’re looking to really fill the room we’ve covered the rest of the LG projector range below with screen sizes up to 300-inches, however, this is our favourite of the bunch. Of course, having a box sitting on your TV cabinet is often a sight for sore eyes, however, LG has asked Danish textiles company Kvadrat to finalise the design and we think it looks great.

Looking at the technology on the inside and you have 4K UHD resolution at 8.3 megapixels alongside 2500 lumens of brightness so bright rooms with difficult contrast situations are never an issue. The brand claims 85% coverage of the DCI-P3 Colour Gamut with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio which is great for a short-throw projector, however, can’t compete with the latest OLED TVs. Regardless, you still receive some flagship-level TV features such as HDR 10, HGiG for console gaming, and Dynamic Tone Mapping alongside Brightness Optimiser II. This is about as ‘set and forget’ as short-throw projectors get thanks to all the automatic picture quality adjustments being made in the software. webOS 6.0 means built-in apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube and Apple TV.

What about the HU915QW? We expected to be writing about the latest flagship from LG as previewed by a number of sources, however, at the time of writing no further information has been shared from LG Australia.

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Hu710pw

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LG HU710PW

LG HU710PW
Resolution 4K UHD (3180 x 2160)
Brightness (lumens) 2000
Light Source Hybrid (Laser + LED)
Screen Size 40 – 300 inches
Throw Distance 60″ @ 1.59m
Inputs HDMI x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, RJ45

The HU710PW projector is a favourite of ours as it ticks the boxes in all the right places. With 2000 lumens of brightness and 4K UHD resolution, the image quality is off to a great start. LG claims a wide colour gamut of 94% DCI-P3 and while we haven’t tested that figure yet, they’re consistently accurate in our previous testing. The difference between FHD and UHD 4K becomes more apparent as you move the projector further and further away from the projector screen, essentially lowering the resolution, so the fact this is the entry-level 4K option gives plenty of headroom for the maximum 300-inch display capacity more than 8-metres away.

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Hu810pw

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LG HU810PW

LG HU810PW
Resolution 4K UHD (3180 x 2160)
Brightness (lumens) 2700
Light Source Dual Laser
Screen Size 40 – 300 inches
Throw Distance 150″ @ 4.3~6.9m
Inputs HDMI 2.1 x 3, HDMI 2.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 2

As the name suggests the HU810PW is a step up from the HU710PW with more brightness (2700) and more colour accurate picture (97% DCI-P3). It also benefits from an HDMI 2.1 port, and if you’re wondering why that’s important, check out our article on the difference between HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 2.1 here.

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Hu70lg

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LG HU70LG

LG HU70LG
Resolution 4K UHD (3180 x 2160)
Brightness (lumens) 1500
Light Source 4CH LED
Screen Size 60 – 140 inches
Throw Distance 100″@ 2.7~3.4m
Inputs HDMI x 1, USB 2.0 x 2,. USB 2.1 x 1

While the brightness and maximum screen size of the HU70LG projector can’t compete with other models in the lineup, the colour capability of the 4CH wheel-less LED technology means richer colours and increased sharpness. USB-C input signal means up to 4K (4096×2160) (60Hz, 50Hz, 24Hz) capability.

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Bu50nst

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LG BU50NST

LG BU50NST
Resolution  4K UHD (3180 x 2160)
Brightness (lumens) 5,000
Light Source Laser
Screen Size 40 – 300 inches
Throw Distance N/A
Inputs HDBT

The ultimate home cinema solution the BU50NST features the same Laser 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) with 8.3 Megapixels as the rest of the new lineup but bests them with 5,000 ANSI Lumens and 12 Point Warping. This projector is primarily designed for office situations with the One Cable, Five Signal, HDBaseT connection.

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