HD resolution (1280 x 720) 450 lumens brightness Ideal for business, TV, movies and gaming use. Power Supply (Voltage, Hz). Adapter (100V ~ 240V at 50~60 Hz) Compatible with Apple products (hard-wired rather than Bluetooth) Multimedia through USB (HD DivX movie, music, picture) Built-in Battery up to 2.5 hours
I did plenty of research before buying this projector. I needed something portable, that didn't need total darkness to view. I didn't care about the sound quality - UE roll is an excellent bluetooth speaker which would connect to it. This projector had great reviews from "experts", and came with 500 lumens - far brighter than most portable projectors. It isn't all that big and definitely portable, which was great. The focus ring and buttons were very smooth. It was bright - not bad picture quality either. I could connect my laptop to the projector with a hdmi cable..... but nothing else. We couldn't cast our phones on to it - I already knew the Apple would be a problem but I thought the android would work.. We spent some time trying to get this to work but no joy. The sound quality is poor - I don't really know why projectors bother to try and pack speakers in there too when there are good quality bluetooth speakers out there. So we tried to connect our speakers...no joy. We tried every which way but nothing would work. At that point the projector when back in the box and is on its way back to Amazon. Really it made me realise how far technology has come in terms of connectivity. This projector is a couple of years old now and technology has moved on in that short time. Most things connect so so easily these days; turn on, tap bluetooth, and go. This just seems outdated, clunky, and unreliable when it comes to connections and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Bought a Miroir HD Pro Projector M220 instead from Apple. I am hoping it is better.
Bought this as a Black Friday offer, as was looking for a secondary option for presentations and using while traveling for work to watch movies.
For me the picture and sound quality are great, and with the connections can connect to a pc / amp / Bluetooth etc.
It's my first projector so maybe not as compact as I hoped but works we for short business trips.
Great picture and sound
Good for presentations
Only needs to be a foot away from wall to get a decent sized picture (see photos)
Bluetooth HDMI and optical connections
Old legacy connections
Built in WiFi
Little bit big (my perception)
Cannot change bulb (says it should last 10 + years depending on usage)
Not latest HD standards (4k etc)
Powered only by mains.
Overall impressed and if and when my 10 year old TV stops working would be happy to use this instead, but in the meantime does a great job for what I need it for.
This is the first projector I've purchased and setup. The projector was highly recommended in a review magazine. It's certainly a high quality product, feels very solid. The instructions are very good with comprehensive ones on line. Take a bit of time to set it up, it's easy but don't rush. Picture quality is brilliant, great colours, bright. Very good value for money.
The LG PH550G a very good price/performance compromise. It might not be pocket size, but it is very portable (though with a largish laptop-sized mains power supply). Some of its other good features are:
1. The picture is generally very good. It is sharp and in good focus across the screen. Blacks are not very deep (this is tricky for a projector, where the black can be no deeper than the wall/screen) but look surprisingly good nontheless. Shadow detail is reasonably well-rendered.
2. Image brightness and colour seem to be very uniform across the image but not as uniform as, say, the Viewsonic M1 (though overall brightness is higher).
3. The focus is very positive, using a substantial lever as opposed to a small wheel.
4. The automatic keystone works very well.
5. The onboard speaker is OK but there is in-board bluetooth for connecting a better one and, in any case, an attached Firestick or similar device will provide a further bluetooth option. Wired headphones are also an option.
6. The menu system is comprehensive and quite visually appealing. A lot of image adjustments are available, all via an on-screen display (i.e. the image can be adjusted while watching content).
7. The USB port can power a Firestick or other streaming device (drawing up to 1 amp), even in battery mode, making a self-contained streaming unit.
8. The cooling fan noise is fairly subdued. It is unobtrusive at about a metre away on all but the brightest (mains-powered) setting.
9. The remote sensor is on the back of the device but in a small room it seems to register wherever you point the remote. The remote works well and is has a lot of functionality. The device can also be operated by the top-mounted joystick.
10. There is a good array of modern and legacy (i.e. HDMI, VGA and AV) inputs, but no USB-C.
11. A soft case and a bespoke AV cable are included.
12. There is a native file manager and Office suite on-board, with functions like scrolling and slide movement via the remote. The projector is bright enough to make a 40-60 inch presentation in subdued light, i.e. in enough light to take notes by, rather than in total darkness. Near total darkness is best for films and TV though (unless you are happy with a very small screen) though shutting the curtains is usually adequate.
13. It mirrors the screen of my tablet (Samsung Galaxy S3) and is supposedly guaranteed to work with LG phones/tablets (it doesn't work directly with a Moto G3 but using other streaming devices might solve this).
14. The construction seems high quality. It is reassuringly solid.
15. It is backed by a reputable company with a 3-year warranty. I cannot attest to the effectiveness of their support though.
16. The instructions say it is 3-d compatible though I probably won't use this feature.
The following are some acceptable compromises and non-essential improvements:
1. In dark scenes a faint area of stray light is discernible outside the picture area, mainly in the top left quadrant. In a normal room it is not obvious in light scenes because it is washed out by light from the picture scattered round the room.
2. The PowerPoint version installed is not 100% compatible so you don't always see exactly what was originally generated on a PC. It won't follow animations either - and you get an error message for 'larger' presentations (meaning only 24 Mbyte), though they seem to display. However, most would use a laptop to source presentations.
3. As with all DLP projectors with a single DMD chip, there are sometimes rainbow artifacts if you are sensitive to them (I am, but many are not). It is difficult to get away from this.
4. Because the projector is at its best in the dark, an illuminated remote would be useful.
5. Projected images are surrounded by a light outer frame (about an inch in width on a 50 inch picture) that makes it look like you are watching a TV with a greyish bezel. This frame does not keystone with the picture, with the result that at moderate tilts you have the appearance of watching a movie/TV show on a large trapezoidal TV set. It is particularly noticeable during dark scenes; the light ones tend to swamp it or at least focus attention back to the rectangular movie area. Projecting onto a screen sized to the picture area, rather than a wall, would alleviate this, but it is not particularly troubling and, I'm told, is an unavoidable side-effect of the DMD chip in DLP projectors.
6. The battery life seems to be as stated, but is not in the same league as, say, the Viewsonic M1. You really need mains power to watch a longer film, though not to do an hour-long presentation.
7. An battery level indicator on the case would be useful. You can see one on-screen when in file mode (i.e. USB input) but not when watching films etc.
8. It would help to have information on how to replace the battery as it ages: the instructions say that this is possible, but it seems impossible to find out how.
9. The power is 19v rather than USB so you cannot (I think) use an inexpensive powerbank to extend battery life in the field.
It is all about compromises. For example, you will pay about 50% more than the excellent Viewsonic M1 for a better overall picture (more lumens, 720p vs WVGA, improved shadow detail), a better OSD menu system, on-board bluetooth, on-board wireless connectivity (for compatible phones/tablets) and legacy (VGA/AV) connectivity - but the Viewsonic has much better on-board sound, usb-c, a built-in stand, lower fan noise, more on-board memory, an on-case battery indicator and a spectacularly longer battery life. However, you can compensate for one the LG's 'deficiencies' (sound) by adding a bluetooth/wired speaker, and for some of the Viewsonic's (connectivity) by adding a streaming device (or getting the M1+ which also adds Apps). It all depends what is important to you.
I have received it yesterday and since then can't stop using it :)
For a long a while I was looking for a projector to watch movies and sports on my leaving room wall (~120 inches) that will be portable, deliver at least HD(720p), and good projecting power. This projector has fully answered my expectations.
I have connected it a Google Chromecast and using mobile devices and PC(with Chrome) to cast to it.
It is true that in order to get a nice picture you would need a dark room, but that is fine with me.
If you are looking for a professional 1080p or 4k powerfull device this device is not for you.
if you are like me, what to enjoy big screen experience once in while, this device is perfect.
Very portable - easy to set up and move between rooms
No need for distance from the wall
Looks very good in a dark room
Easy to use with Bluetooth speaker
3.5mm headphone jack
Good remote control
The battery can give you a full movie time
While the picture might not be amazing, it can still be seen in a lighted room
Speakers are useless. Not sure why LG has included them.
Works much better on dark rooms
The kids are now fighting for 'projector time', to watch things in their bedrooms.
The PF1000U projector is a beautifully made device, light but sturdy, builtin Freeview tuner, great connections and good sound from such a small device. Where it falls short, in my opinion, is the image quality. Don't get me wrong, is not bad, if you never had a projector before it definitely has the wow factor when projecting the image. But, compared with a regular, long or short throw projector, the image seems a bit cartoony, not very bright and not focused enough. There's a focus wheel, but it never feels that you can adjust a perfectly clear image. Another annoying thing was the top curved image, due to the mirror shape. Also, is very sensitive to the surface you have the device on if it's not straight the image bends quite a lot.
Fan noise on medium and maximum economy settings is fine, but on minimum economy is loud.
So, if you want to project something fast and move quickly to a different room, yes, it's the perfect device. But if you want the cinema at home feeling, not so great.
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