The LG PF1000U is both a projector and a Smart TV, but its key feature is its ultra-short throw beam, which eliminates the need to run cables any further than you would with a regular TV.
We all love a big-screen cinematic experience but forking out over 8,000 USD for a 65-inch OLED television seems like a horrible waste of money when you can get a quite respectable 55-inch QLED for just 1,500 USD. But now there’s another option – the ultra-short throw projector, capable of creating an even more impressive 100-inch image from just over a foot’s distance from the wall. That represents a big step forwards because traditional projectors are very complicated to install and require a very specific placement that takes into account throw distance, zoom range, aspect ratios, and even figuring out lens shift to gain the lateral or vertical positioning. But with an ultra short throw, you just plug your projector in and play it wherever you would a normal flatscreen television. The current cream of the crop is the PF1000U by LG, as it has the best throw ratio on the market – you get a 60-inch 1080p image if you place it just 11cm from the wall, and from 38cm you’ll get a whopping 100-inches of viewing pleasure. Moreover, it’s Smart TV enabled with an integrated digital TV tuner, very quiet, and comes equipped with a couple of HDMI inputs, component input, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio and even an optical S/PDIF output so you can fully integrate it with your home cinema setup. Of course, don’t go believing a projector can ever be as bright as a regular flatscreen but 1,000 lumens of power means that, as long as you draw the curtains and don’t push it beyond a 100-inch image, the contrast and colour saturation of this LG will be superb. Price: 1,000 USD / www.lg.com