LG Challenges Samsung FreeStyle With 4K CineBeam PU700R Portable Projector
LG Electronics announced this week that it is taking Samusung’s FreeStyle portable projector head on with the introduction of its CineBeam PU700R take-anywhere portable 4K HDR (pixel-shifted) DLP projector.
But where the FreeStyle projector is limited to Full HD 1080p resolution, LG said the CineBeam PU700R is capable of casting up to a 120-inch screen on wall surfaces with (pixel-shifted DLP) 4K resolution with support for the HDR10 high dynamic range profile with Dynamic Tone Mapping as well as HLG live-broadcast HDR and the HGiG gaming standard.
The LG CineBeam PU700R, which carries a $1,699 suggested retail price, is driven by an LED laser light source and will achieve a peak brightness level of up to 1,000 lumens (approxiately 292 nits). The LED light engine has a 30,000 hours life expectancy rating. In comparison, the Samsung FreeStyle tops out at about 230 nits of peak luminance.
The LG CineBeam PU700R can be quickly positioned for a variety of projection angles. It comes with a stand that allows the projector to pivot 90 degrees and features an Auto Screen Adjustment function to automatically correct image to fit the projection surface.
The stand comes with a LED to help position the projector in dim conditions and can change colors to set a mood. LG said the unit comes with a variety of stylish images and seven colorful Mood Lighting options.
For smart TV functionality, the PU700R features the company’s webOS platform built in, providing immediate access to a wide range of popular streaming service apps to make movie night under the stars even easier.
For connectivity convenience, the LG CineBeam PU700R includes Android Screen Share and Apple AirPlay 2 screen sharing. Inputs include USB type A and USB type C ports and an HDMI 2.1 port to hook up a video game console or Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Nicely, the lone HDMI2.1 support ALLM, Audio Return Channel, up to 24 Gbps throughput and support for 10-bit 4:4:4 color (meaning it should be good for text-based computer content as well as video).
Users can also pair wireless audio devices like speakers, headphones or some soundbars via Bluetooth Dual Sound Output.
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On-board audio is supported by a 5-watt mono speaker. As an introductory offer, LG said anyone who purchases a CineBeam PU700R on its web site through June 11th, will receive a free LG XBOOM 360 Bluetooth speaker XO3QBE (a $299.99 value).
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By Greg Tarr
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