LG HX300G - Review Summary
A bottom line summary of the LG HX300G Projector's pros and cons and capabilities.
10/01/2010 - Anthony Arrigo
LG HX300G: Bottom Line
Well, if you have read the previous pages from this review you can already tell I am a pretty big fan of this projector. The only area that leaves me on the fence is the MSRP of $799 for a projector that is only a few hundred less than some really nice standard portable projector. The Casio XJ series has a few projectors that have MSRP's of $699 and lumen ratings about 6 times higher than the HX300G, but you must keep in mind some of the characteristics that truly differentiate the two projectors. For example Casion makes a projector called the XJ-S33. It is very compact in terms of its height an has a notebook paper sized footprint. So overall it is about the size of a small laptop in all around dimensions. It has a lumen rating of 2300. Seems like the logical winner over the HX300G, but if you compare some really important specs then you might think differently. The HX300G features lamp technology that lasts 30,000 hours, where as the Casio has an estimated lamp life of about 2000 hours. Also, the shape and size of the two units might make the HX300G a better fit for traveling depending on what you use as luggage when you travel. The main point is that the price of the HX300G may make it seem like it is overpriced, but when you start comparing all the different technology that is in your typical Pico or microportable projector you might discover that one unit, even if it may not be as bright, is a better choice.
The HX300G with its higher resolution of (1024x768) produces a nice image and I can't enough about its ability to show video from a DVD player. The contrast was nice and I can definitely see this projector working well for a variety of situations. The one issue that was kind of troubling with this microportable was the size of the accessories that were included with it. The powersource was quite large and when you carry that and the remote, plus cables, you really start to wonder if you can truly call it a microportable. At least I find it hard to give it that distinction since portability is all about not having to carry that much to get the job done.
In the end the HX300G is a well designed projector with only a few issues I would have to compare with other compareable units before making my buying decision. If you want a small but pretty powerful unit that sets on a tripod, which in my opinion is one of the easiest ways to setup a projector, then the HX300G is a good choice.
LG HX300G Projector: Pros
- Has a microSD card slot for loading presentation slides
- Accepts HDMI and has a USB port to read files from
- Project up to a 100 inch image
- AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP (Common video formats are converted using 3M Pico Video Encoder*)
- LED light source rated at 30,000 hours
- Well laid out physical control panel
- Very nice user interface when accessing the menu system
LG HX300G Projector: Cons
- Priced on the high side with a MSRP of $799
- Projector and included power supply together make the overall weight and size large
- Does not run on off battery power
- More expensive than projectors with more features and higher brightness
LG HX300G Projector: 20 Questions Answered
1) What is the native resolution and what is the max resolution?
Native Resolution is XGA(1024x768). 1680x1050 is the highest resolution the projector will accept.
2) Largest image you can project and how far do you have to be to achieve it?
You can achieve a 100 inch diagonal image and you must be 108 inches away from the screen.
3) Standard battery life?
The projector only runs off of AC power.
4) Does it have internal memory, and how much?
No internal memory.
5) What light source technology does the projector use?
Uses LED light and lasts an estimated 30,000 hours.
6) What is the native aspect ratio and does it support other aspect ratios?
Native aspect ratio is 4:3 but does support wide aspect ratios like 16:9.
7) What is the throw ratio?
8) Does it have a remote control?
Yes, it comes with a full featured remote control. .
9) Does it have a full featured control panel on the projector?
Yes. You can control all the projectors functions.
10) What type of warranty does it have?
1 Year limited parts and labor. 90 days on the battery.
11) Does it have a focus adjustment?
Yes. However does not have a zoom adjustment. Must be physically moved to produce a smaller or larger image.
12) What inputs/ouputs does the projector have?
EAccepts HDMI, Composite video, VGA and Component via the VGA port, but requires special adapters.
13) Is it compatible with smartphones?
Yes, with optional cable. Project images from your PDA or iphone.
14) What files types can be used for a presentation. Document?
You can view files created in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Adobe PDF's. You can also share graphic files like Jpegs and movies from your smartphone.
15) What light source technology is used in the projector?
The light source is LED technology rated to last 30,000 hours. Most likely will have next generation model before needing to replace.
16) Will it accept HD video sources and what is the highest resolution it will accept?
The highest resolution it will accept is 1680x1050 through the VGA adapter. HD video sources are accepted through the HDMI port and will accept up to a 1080p and 1080i signal.
17) What cables does the projector come with, WHAT might I need?
The projector comes with one VGA cable to connect your laptop and also a component cable that has a VGA on one end and female component on the other.
18) How much outboard memory can be used by the projector?
19) What is the highest brightness in standard mode with just battery and brightness with expansion pack or AC?
The projector does not have the ability to run from battery power. Projector is rated at 270 lumens in its brightest mode.
20) What environment is this projector best suited to be used?
Darker environments with fairly low ambient light. The HX300G does pretty well because of its brightness in rooms where ambient light is greater.
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