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LG CineBeam PF510Q Portable Smart Projector Review – Page 3

The LG CineBeam PF510Q Portable Smart Projector is a compact projector that retails for $599.99. It uses a single Texas Instruments (TI) DLP chip for its Full HD (1080p) displayed resolution. In addition, its 4-channel LED light source is rated to deliver at 450 ANSI lumens for up to 30,000 hours for many years of maintenance-free usage for a lower overall cost of ownership.

While the PF510Q’s claimed 450 ANSI lumens is not intended to cut through excessive amounts of ambient light, the PF510Q does well enough when there’s a reasonable amount of ambient light leaking into the viewing room. The PF510Q, however, is best suited for watching and gaming in a dark environment.

LG, a leading manufacturer of Smart TVs, has a lineup of CineBeam portable projectors. These projectors include the PF510Q and combine all the smart capabilities of current flat panel TVs with the long life of a LED light engine with vivid images to create a great portable projector solution.

The PF510Q’s integrated mono 5-watt speaker audio system means the projector does not need an external audio source. Select your Picture Mode, and you’re all set to enjoy your favorite movies or music. Hook up your favorite gaming console, set up your gaming preferences in Game Optimizer, and you’re ready to take your gaming on the road with you. There’s nothing quite like gaming on a massive projector screen; I’m confident you’d enjoy it.

The LG PF510Q is easy to throw onto a tripod for portability thanks to the threaded tripod socket on the bottom of the projector.

If you’re trying to stay away from the taller portable projectors that are shaped like tall cans or tall boxes, there’s one main competitor I could think of. In the world of slim portable projectors around $600 and designed to easily slide into a book bag, the LG CineBeam PF510Q and the XGIMI Elfin fight for the same customers.

The XGIMI Elfin is a very slim Full HD (1080p) portable smart projector. The XGIMI Elfin has a suggested retail price of $649 but is on sale for only $479.00. The Elfin is a bit quicker to set up than the LG PF510Q due to the Elfin’s integrated AI, auto keystone correction, and autofocus. The Elfin automatically recognizes the screen area and intelligently adjusts the image to fit the space. With the LG PF510Q, you get its 4Ch (RGBB) LED system versus the Elfin’s standard RGB LED system.

The Elfin is powered by Android TV with 5000+ native apps. XGIMI Elfin users can play video games or stream directly from the Elfin’s Android TV interface. The PF510Q, on the other hand, has LG’s Smart TV platform. LG Smart TV provides access to popular streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, YouTube, and more.

In addition, the PF510Q has screen mirroring with Miracast supporting devices and Apple AirPlay 2, allowing viewers to share content from smartphones. It’s a toss-up here, if you’re a hardcore Android user, you may prefer having Android TV, but if you have other LG products in your home, you may prefer the LG setup more. Both are portable projectors that I have personally taken on the road and used extensively. You can’t go wrong with either one.

The PF510Q could be perfect for military members constantly on the move, road warriors, RVers (recreational vehicle users), or students living in a dormitory. If you’re a homeowner, a parent, or anybody else who could use a portable smart projector for a quick movie night setup or an after-dark street party in the cul-de-sac, then the LG PF510Q projector could also be for you. After all, the LG CineBeam PF510Q is an excellent portable smart projector that doesn’t need an external streaming device and doesn’t need an external sound device to bring the end-user endless entertainment.

The only thing missing to make the PF510Q an ultimate portable projector is a built-in battery. Still, LG has the PF50KA for those whose requirements demand a battery-operated all-in-one portable projector, perfect for cable cutters. For me, though, I have plenty of portable power stations and power inverters if I need to plug the LG PF510Q into power while on the go. As a road warrior and outdoor enthusiast who loves to game and watch movies, the LG PF510Q, with its 4-Channel LED light source, Game Optimizer, and surprisingly vivid images, takes the win for me.

PROS

  • 4-Channel LED light source
  • 30,000-hour LED light source lifespan
  • LG’s exclusive Smart TV platform
  • HDR compatibility
  • Portability
  • Dedicated gaming modes
  • Integrated 5-watt speaker

CONS

  • No integrated battery
  • Black level and contrast could be better
  • Remote control lacks backlighting