Projector Reviews

LG CineBeam PF510Q Portable Smart Projector Review

The LG CineBeam PF510Q is a Full HD, $599.99 portable, 4Ch (RGBB) LED smart projector with 450 ANSI lumens. In addition, the PF510Q is an HDR-compatible projector, and the 4-channel (RGBB) LED light source is rated to last up to 30,000 hours. The LG PF510Q portable projector utilizes a single DLP chip to deliver its Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080). 

LG sent Projector Reviews a pre-production demo sample of the PF510Q for this review. To test the PF510Q, I connected my Kaleidescape Compact Terra 6TB movie server, Kaleidescape Strato C 4K movie player, Apple TV 4K, PlayStation 5, and Razer Blade 17 4K – GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti laptop to the projector via certified 48Gbps HDMI cables.

For this review, I projected the LG PF510Q onto a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon fixed frame projection screen with Elite’s Edge Free® technology and Elite’s CineWhite® UHD-B screen material. Following LG’s recommendation of keeping the image size between 30 and 120 inches, I projected a 100-inch image for this review.

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LG PF510Q CineBeam Portable Smart Projector.

The PF510Q is one of the newest models from LG and is part of LG’s CineBeam lineup of projectors designed to make projection more accessible and appealing to a broader range of consumers. The PF510Q is Bluetooth capable, meaning you can wirelessly stream sound directly from the PF510Q projector to a Bluetooth-compatible sound system like headphones, home audio speakers, or portable speakers.

The PF510Q has a built-in 5W mono speaker and is Dolby Atmos compatible (Pass Through). The projector has a 3.5mm audio output jack and two HDMI inputs (One ARC). The projector also has a USB 2.0 Type-A connector featuring HID (Keyboard, Mouse, Gamepad) connection through USB functionality and a LAN port. 

Best of all, the LG PF510Q has LG’s exclusive Smart TV platform, which is easy to set up and offers an effortless discovery of premium content from some of the most popular providers. Furthermore, since the PF510Q uses LG’s User Interface (UI), which was developed over numerous years and is used in millions of LG TVs worldwide, the projector is seamless, easy to navigate, and well laid out.

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The PF510Q uses a 4-Channel LED Light Source instead of a traditional 3-Channel LED light source.

The PF510Q uses a 4-Channel LED Light Source with “Wheel-less Tech.” The 4-Channel LED refers specifically to the projector’s discrete Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) LEDs combined with LG’s Dynamic green technology. Using these two technologies in the PF510Q’ is designed to improve the PF510Q’s brightness and image sharpness compared to conventional LED projectors that use 3-Channel LED light sources. Because of this, LG says this new LED CineBeam projector delivers more vibrant images than traditional projectors.

LG says the PF510Q can project images as small as 30 inches and as large as 120 inches. The LG PF510Q uses a native 1920×1080 (Full HD) Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing (DLP) imager. The PF510Q’s 4Ch LED light source is rated to deliver up to 450 ANSI lumens for up to 30,000 hours. The 4Ch LED light source’s long life means you can watch content every day for eight hours for over ten years. LED light sources also have the propensity to make images look brighter than their measured ANSI lumen brightness.

The PF510Q is a smart projector running LG’s Smart TV platform. LG Smart TV provides access to popular streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, YouTube, and many more. In addition, the PF510Q has screen mirroring with Miracast supporting devices and Apple AirPlay 2, allowing viewers to share content from smartphones.

As of the writing of this review, there’s no Netflix capability. So, plug in your favorite media streaming device into the LG PF510Q if you want to gain access to Netflix on the projector. An external streaming device easily solves the no Netflix since I know a lot of you really like to use Netflix.

LG PF510Q Specs
Price$599.99 MSRP
TechnologyDLP
Native Resolution1080p (1920x1080)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)450 ANSI Lumens
Contrast150000:1
Zoom Lens RatioFixed
Lens ShiftNo
Lamp Life30,000 Hours
Weight2.2 lbs.
Warranty1 Year

LG has over ten different LED projectors. So, I picked a few LG CineBeam projectors to compare with the LG PF510Q portable smart projector. The chart below the images shows some of the differences between the models.

 PF510QPH510PPF50KAHU70LA
Price$599.99$420$500$1,400
Resolution1920×10801280×7201920×10803840×2160
Brightness450 ANSI550 ANSI600 ANSI1500 ANSI
Battery (Eco)N/A2.5 Hours2.5 HoursN/A
Smart FeaturesLG Smart TVScreen ShareLG Smart TVLG CineBeam® AI ThinQ webOS
Lamp Type4Ch LEDLED RGBLED RGB4Ch LED
Throw Ratio1.2:11.4:11.4:11.22:1 – 1.53:1
ZoomFixedFixedFixedx1.25
Screen Size30” – 120”25” – 100”25” – 100”60” – 140”

The $420 LG PH510P has 1280×720 HD resolution and projects up to a 100 inch image. Stepping up to the $500 ($650 a few weeks ago), LG PF50KA gives you 1920×1080 FHD resolution and up to a 100 inch image. The PH510P and PF50KA are the ultimate in portability due to their integrated battery. Their internal battery provides up to 2.5 hours of battery-powered playback time. Those looking for high brightness and 4K resolution would opt for the $1,400 LG HU70LA, as long as an integrated battery and portability are not a requirement. The $599.99 LG PF510Q fits nicely between the PH510P and PF50KA. The LG PF510Q doesn’t have a built-in battery, but it gives you a 4-Channel LED light source and up to a 120 inch FHD image.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MSRP – $599.99
  • Technology – Single DLP chipset (0.33” Texas Instruments DMD)
  • Displayed resolution – Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Brightness (Manufacturer Claimed) – 450 ANSI lumens
  • Up to 30,000-hour light source life
  • LG Smart TV
  • HDR10 compatible
  • HDR game modes
  • Built-in 5W speaker
  • Digital keystone correction
  • Integrated media player
  • Dual HDMI (One HDMI ARC)