LG short throw projector HU85LA available in US
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LG unveiled its new HU85L Ultra Short Throw (USP) Projector at CES 2019 and is now ready to launch it in the US with the slightly updated moniker of HU85LA.At the point of announcement, there were still some unanswered specification questions. These have now been addressed and go some way to explaining the launch price of $6,000 which is double that of its predecessor from 2018, the HU80KA.
Available in Korea since last month and launching in the US from 25th July, the HU85LA’s official description is a 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theatre Cinebeam Projector. It features HDR support in the form of HDR10 but there’s no Dolby Vision available. The overall brightness is a claimed 2,700 lumens compared to the HU80KA’s quoted 2,500 lumens but there’s a significant leap in contrast ratio from 150,000:1 up to 2,000,000:1.
The short throw design means that a 90-inch image can be projected at a distance of just 2.2-inch away from a wall. Moving to a distance of 7.2-inches will further increase the image up to 120-inches. For environments where installing a projector or screen is not practicable or desirable, a USP offers a suitable alternative.
There’s an improved design over the upended shoebox style of the HU80KA with a flatter, slimmer look.
The 3Channel laser technology utilises a red laser and two blue lasers (one of which uses a ‘G-Refiner’ filter to create green wavelengths) and supports Rec.709 wide colour coverage, and with 12 bit colour processing LG promises a ‘vibrant image’ in ambient lighting conditions.
Additional features over and above the HU80KA include LG’s ThinQ AI system which has both LG’s own voice assistant and Google Assistant built in so that both the projector and other compatible smart devices can be controlled using simple voice commands.
Wireless connectivity comes in the form of Bluetooth and Miracast screen sharing from smart devices while physical connections include 2 HDCP2.2 HDMI ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port and an optical audio out.
There's no word on UK or European availability yet.
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Source: www.digitaltrends.com, www.slashgear.com, LG.com
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