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LG Updates MiniBeam Line with The LG Pro PF1500 and the LG PW800

The excitement in pico projectors is hard to dismiss. In fact, according to a recent report, the pico projector market is expected to grow by about 40 percent between 2016 and 2020. The reason: The technology continues to develop at a very rapid pace. Mini projectors are getting smaller, brighter and packed with more and more features.

Enter LG’s latest pico projectors – the updated MiniBeam line-up. Recently, LG unveiled two new models in the line, and there’s a lot to be excited about in the MiniBeam Pro PF1500 and the TV PW800. Not only are these projectors extremely portable, they also represent the rapid pace of development in mini projectors. Both pack in an array of features. For instance, the TV PW800 is the first pico projector to include a TV tuner, and the Pro PF1500 is a Full HD mini, weighing just 3 pounds.

LG MiniBeam PF1500
LG MiniBeam PF1500

 

Introducing the PF1500 and the PW800

 

Both the PF1500 and the PW800 are small-box projectors. The PF1500 is the larger of the two, and although it’s not quite small enough to fit in your pocket, it’s perfect for taking in your bag with you wherever you go. The PW800 is smaller, the true mini projector, weighing a little more than a pound.

The PF1500 competes fiercely with other mini and portable home entertainment projectors. For instance, the projector has a 1920×1080 Full HD native resolution. It’s rated at 1400 ASNI lumens and has a contrast ratio of 150,000:1. This is a big projector in a small package, and it has the potential to provide great results for home movies and video viewing.

Plus, the Pro PF1500 is geared more for those wanting a bit more features. It includes wireless connectivity, Bluetooth audio and optical zoom. On the other hand, the TV PW800 isn’t a Full HD solution, but it does have a lot of amazing features. That’s why the PW800 is great for the business road-warriors and home entertainment buffs.

The TV tuner feature, first and foremost, is what sets this apart from other pico projectors. Yet, the PW800 also boasts some impressive stats for a pico. First, it’s equipped with an 800-lumen lamp. That’s a little too dim for well-lit rooms, but compared to other pico projectors, it’s very bright. Additionally, the PW800’s native resolution is 1280×800 and it has a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. Plus, it has all the right features for home entertainment, including HDMI support, USB input, smartphone connections, and wireless connectivity.

LG MiniBeam PW800
LG MiniBeam PW800

What’s the Cost?

 

The LG PW800 and the LG Pro PF1500, compared to other mini projectors, are a bit on the high-end. For instance, the PW800 starts at $599, which is considerably higher than other pico projectors. And the Pro PF1500’s starting price $999, puts it in line with larger, portable projectors like the BenQ 1085ST and the Optoma GT1080.

That makes sense, considering both pack in the features. And if you just plan on replacing your TV, the PF1500 might be one of the best, most portable options. Additionally, the PW800 is small, but mighty, and with the TV tuner, it’s great for portable television viewing.

More generally, though, these projectors are just another example of what the future holds for mini projectors. They’re becoming brighter and more powerful, and if the trend continues, the minis are becoming more and more competitive with non-portable home theater projectors.

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The 5 Top Full HD Home Theater Projectors Under $1,000

Looking for an entry-level home theater projector? You’re in luck. Just a short time ago, the budget-friendly projectors sacrificed image quality, for price. If you didn’t have the budget to pay more than $1,000 for a projector, you could expect sub-par image quality and construction.

The good news is that has changed. Today, there is a range of sub-$1,000 options that provide impressive image quality and that will completely enhance your home theater. So which budget-friendly projector should you choose? Really, it depends on what you’re looking for, but here are 5 projectors under $1,000 that provide excellent picture quality, solid construction, configuration flexibility, and competitive brightness.

  1. BenQ HT1075 – For years, BenQ manufactured one of the most popular sub-$1,000 home theater projectors – the W1070. Finally, they released an update last year, the HT1075. For the price, the 1075 is tough to beat, especially in terms of picture quality. The HT1075 provides crisp, detailed images with a vibrant color array and strong contrast. Plus, the HT1075 incorporates vertical and horizontal lens shift, which is a useful feature during installation. The W1070, on the other hand, remains a solid option for your home theater, as well.

    Benq HT1075
    Benq HT1075

Features:

  • Native Full HD Resolution
  • 2,200 Lumens
  • 3D Ready, Available Wireless Connectivity
  • 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Price: $799

 

  1. Optoma HD26 – Optoma is a market leader in budget-friendly projectors, and the HD26 is hands-down the best option they offer that’s less than $1,000. As far as a home theater projector, the HD26 does reasonably well, providing a bright picture even in modestly lit living rooms. Plus, the HD26 has a built-in speaker – a 10-watt mono – which makes this a great, affordable “out-of-the-box” system for your home theater. The Optoma HD141X, which is a bit more affordable than the HD26, shares many of the same features, and is another great option from Optoma.

    Optoma HD26
    Optoma HD26

Features:                                                                                                      

  • Native Full HD Resolution
  • 3,200 Lumens
  • 3D Ready, HDMI Connections
  • 25,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Price: $699

 

  1. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 – Compared to the two previously mentioned projectors, the Epson 2030 is a LCD-based projector. So you won’t see any rainbow artifacts with the 2030 – which is one advantage. Plus, the Home Cinema 2030 is built for home entertainment – it can be used in your home theater, for gaming, or as a replacement for your TV. The biggest disadvantage: The 2030 doesn’t have lens shift, which limits your configuration options.

    Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 2030
    Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 2030

Features:                                                                                                      

  • Built-in Audio
  • 2,000 Lumens
  • 3D Ready, HDMI Connections
  • Native 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Price: $799

 

  1. Acer H6510BD – When it was introduced in 2013, the Acer H6510BD was one of the most affordable 3D-ready projectors on the market. Now, the space is a bit more crowded, and prices on a few better performing models have dropped. Overall, the Acer performs reasonably well. The picture quality is vibrant in rooms with ambient light, but in theaters, the Acer is prone to showing rainbow artifacts.

    Acer H6510BD
    Acer H6510BD

Features:                                                                                                      

  • Full HD, 3D Ready
  • 3,000 Lumens
  • HDMI Connections
  • 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Price: $699

 

5. LG PF85U – The LG PF85U might be the best replacement for your TV. LG bills this as a LED Smart Projector, which means it has a built-in smart TV. The LG PF85U can connect easily to web-based viewing sites like Hulu or Netflix. Also, the projector has a reasonably loud stereo sound system built-in. Where the LG falls short is in image quality. Overall, in dimly lit rooms, the LG performs well, but when more light is present, you’re likely to experience washed-out colors and less detailed images. Also, the LG isn’t 3D ready and there aren’t zoom capabilities, which are two other disadvantages.

LG PF85U
LG PF85U

Features:                                                                                                      

  • Built-in Audio
  • 1,000 Lumens
  • HDMI Connections
  • Extended-life LED lamp
  • Price: $999

 

If you’re planning a home theater on the cheap, you have options available to you that will enhance your home theater. Is there a clear winner? The BenQ HT1075 is one of our favorites, but depending on the features you’re looking for, all five of these projectors offer something a little different. Plus, they’re all affordable and perform well.