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The LG CineBeam HU85L is an ultra-short throw 4K laser projector for those who find their TV too small

By Ng Chong Seng - on 4 Sep 2019, 7:32pm

The LG CineBeam HU85L is an ultra-short throw 4K laser projector for those who think TVs are too small

The LG CineBeam HU85L is an ultra-short throw 4K laser projector. (Image: LG.)

Speaking of interesting projectors at IFA, LG is also bringing its CineBeam 4K UHD projectors to the Berlin trade show.

First seen at CES in January and again at LG Innofest in March, LG’s newest CineBeam 4K projector lineup consists of two models: HU85L and HU70L.

While both projectors tout native 4K resolution, their light source is different: the HU85L uses a laser + LED hybrid light source, while the HU70L uses an LED light source. Either way, you get a very long lifespan — up to 20,000 hours for the HU85L and 30,000 hours for the HU70L. Also, despite using DLP technology, LG claims its “wheel-less” implementation “practically eliminates distracting visual artefacts such as the rainbow effect, clouding and colour distortion.”

To delve into the nitty-gritty, the HU85L employs a 3-channel laser system that has two individual lasers for the red and blue colours. The green is actually generated by the aforementioned wheel-less laser and LED technology and another blue light source. According to LG, this system is what enables the HU85L to achieve a 97% DCI-P3 coverage and 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

The 2,700-ANSI lumen HU85L is also an ultra-short throw projector (0.19 throw ratio), so all you need is 10cm between the unit and the screen to get a large 100-inch image.

The CineBeam HU70L is also a 4K projector but uses LEDs for light source. (Image: LG.)

On the other hand, the more compact HU70L uses three LEDs to create the red, green and blue, and another LED to enhance the brightness and contrast and tweak the green levels. Sporting a maximum brightness of 1,500 ANSI lumens, the HU70L covers 92% of the DCI-P3 gamut and offers a 100-inch picture when placed just 2.7m from the wall.

In terms of common features, both the HU85L and HU70L support HDR10 and uses the same engine to upscale Full HD content to 4K-like quality. They've the same I/Os, including two USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and one Ethernet port. Like LG's TVs, they run webOS and come pre-installed with apps to work with streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube.

In the U.S., the LG HU85L is priced at US$6,000. Its price in other regions and the price of the HU70L are unknown at the moment.

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