Friday, January 5th, 2018
LG isn’t waiting until CES to reveal one of its high-end living room gadgets for 2018: it’s a 4K HDR projector. LG claims the new UHD projector is roughly half the size of competing 4K options on the market, many of which are “heavy, expensive, and difficult to install” according to the company.
The HU80KA, by contrast, is being pitched as an “affordable yet premium device” that can output a 150-inch picture in any room of your house. That picture can get awfully bright, too; LG says it tops out at 2,500 lumens, which makes it the company’s brightest projector yet and puts it on par with what’s on the market today.
On top of the 4K resolution, you also get support for HDR video with HDR10. (There’s no mention of Dolby Vision, sadly.) The projector can be positioned on the floor, mounted to the wall, or hung from the ceiling, and LG says it’ll work great in any of those setups.
There are two 7-watt speakers built in, but you’ll probably want to pair a soundbar with this thing at the very least. Audio output options include optical, HDMI, and Bluetooth. The projector will play media off a USB drive, and also lets you hook up an external keyboard and mouse.
Oh, and it runs webOS just like LG’s TV lineup so it’s got most of the big streaming apps integrated out of the box.
LG isn’t yet sharing the HU80KA’s pricing, but that’s par for the course with home theater announcements at CES. Companies show you the flashy thing, and then wait a couple months before revealing the damage it’ll do to your wallet. For reference, some of the “affordable” 4K projectors available today come in slightly under $2,000. That’s not cheap, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting a preview of the HU80KA in just a few days in Las Vegas.