LG’s Cinebeam range of home cinema projectors has done an excellent job in recent years of combining living room-friendly designs with surprisingly (given their ‘lifestyle’ focus) picture quality. For all their convenience, however, one thing that has been conspicuously absent from the Cinebeam range to date has been an ultra-portable model that can display big-screen images in any room of your home or even in the great outdoors. Makes it easy to enjoy. Check out the new Cinebeam PU700R.
The $1,699 PU700R (which received a 2023 Reddot Design Award) is an RGB LED-illuminated DLP projector fitted inside a small (6.4 x 12 x 5.7-inch) barrel-shaped chassis mounted on a pivoting arm is done so that the image can be made. Rotates through 90 degrees to help you spot it right on your wall – or ceiling.
LG claims a potential light output of 1000 ANSI lumens with a 150,000:1 contrast ratio from the PU700R’s diminutive form, as well as support for image sizes between 60 and 120 inches. The projector will play 4K sources (using DLP’s so-called XPR resolution-enhancing technology), and can handle high dynamic range video in HDR10 and HLG formats. There’s also dynamic tone mapping for HDR10 sources.
An integrated 5W mono speaker saves you the hassle of finding an external audio solution every time you move the projector to a different location – although a Bluetooth Dual Sound Out feature lets you connect up to two speakers or two sets of earphones if the internal 5W solution is not enough for you.
Also vital to the usefulness of such a portable product is the PU700R’s Auto Screen Adjustment feature, enabling the projector to analyze the image it is producing and automatically correct focus and geometry. Nothing kills the joy of using a portable projector more than spending ages manually tweaking the picture every time you want to use it at a different location.
Located down one of the PU700R’s sides, sandwiched between the USB Type C and Type A ports, is an HDMI port so you can connect anything from a laptop or mobile device to a game console or 4K Blu-ray player. 24Gbps HDMI supports auto low latency mode switching with compatible gaming sources, as well as the gaming-focused HGIG HDR system and ARC-enabled Dolby Atmos pass through.
Clearly, though, an ultra-portable display like the PU700R is going to be at its most elegant and useful when it has no physical cables or USB drives attached. So it’s no surprise that it supports Apple Airplay 2 and Android Screen Share for wirelessly sharing content from iOS, Mac OS and Android devices, as well as carrying built-in Wi-Fi through which you can Can stream content from a wide range of popular video streaming platforms. – including Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube and Apple TV – courtesy of LG’s integrated webOS smart platform.
As well as its projector duties, the PU700R can be used to create mood lighting in your room thanks to an LED lamp built into the top of its circular desktop mount. This LED can be set to any of seven colors – although the mood lighting option can of course be turned off for those occasions where you want a more ‘serious’ viewing experience.
The PU700R currently can’t be had with any of the kinds of accessories—including a battery pack for completely cable-free installation—that you get with Samsung’s (very) similar Freestyle projectors. If you buy a PU700R with one of LG’s ZO3QBE XBOOM 360 Bluetooth speakers from LG’s US website by June 12, however, you’ll be refunded $199.99 when you go to pay, meaning you’ll effectively Bluetooth speaker is available for free.
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