Listen, we get it: the last movie you saw in the theater probably began with “Padding” and ended with “ton”. When you’re a parent, a night at the movies is one of the many things you don’t have time for anymore. Luckily, technology is such that you can throw a cinema-quality image in your living room. Well, if you’re jonesin’ for theater-quality in your own home, LG recently released the HU80KA 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector. And boy will it fulfill your family movie night dreams.
The HU80KA uses lasers to project an image that’s four times as many pixels as a standard HD image. Its 2,500 lumens mean that you get a vivid picture even if you’re not projecting in a pitch-black environment. That clear, crisp picture can also be huge, as the HU80KA can project an image up to 150 inches diagonally. Considering that, on a standard flat screen, 80 inches is considered massive, we’re talking nearly doubling your screen size.
The killer feature of the HU80KA is its form factor. It’s roughly the size and shape of a shoebox and weighs about 15 pounds. The included handle makes it easy to pick up and go, and you can use it standing up vertically, with the image bouncing off of a built-in mirror, or horizontally, more like a traditional projector.
All this portability would be annoying if you had to run a bunch of cables wherever you set up, but LG thought of that too. With built-in wifi connectivity one can easily stream content from your phone or use the included Magic Remote and Smart TV streaming content platform. The HU80KA can also connect to a Bluetooth speaker for wireless audio. Of course, if you want to go old-school with wired inputs and outputs you have that option too.
With an MSRP of $2,999, the 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector is definitely an extravagance. But if you’re serious about family, or even neighborhood, movie nights with minimal hassle it may be worth the investment.
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