The LG HU715Q is a 4K DLP projector that retails for $2,999. It utilizes a single DLP chip to reproduce a perceived 4K UHD resolution. Its Laser light engine is rated to deliver at 2,500 lumens for 20,000 hours to 30,000 hours.
Possibly the most significant or most apparent advantage is that an Ultra-Short-Throw projector sits directly below and only inches away from the screen. At 12.48-inches from a wall or projector screen, the HU715Q can project a 120-inch image. Though, if you are short on space or just want a smaller image, the HU715Q can be placed merely 4.64-inches away from a wall or projector screen to project an 80-inch image. No need for ceiling mounting numerous feet or more away like some projectors.
Since the HU715Q was built around webOS 6.0 used in many of LG’s flat-panel TVs, smart features are incorporated seamlessly into the projector. As a result, the menus are easy to navigate and well laid out.
The HU715Q has a 40-watt “2.2 channel Quad Woofer” audio system, which delivers excellent sound quality. It also has an HDMI eARC output which delivers high-quality, immersive sound from the HU715Q’s internal streaming services to a 3rd party audio system.
Since the HU715Q was designed to replace a smart TV, it has all the smart features end-users have come to expect from smart flat-panel TVs, including popular streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube. Convenient one-touch Netflix, Disney+, and Prime Video buttons on the Magic Lighting Remote bring you directly to those streaming services.
Another smart feature is voice control. Again, this is where the Magic Lighting Remote comes in. The Magic Lighting Remote can control basic projector features with its built-in microphone and LG voice control services. In addition, voice control works with a wide variety of compatible smart devices via Google Assistant.
The HU715Q boots up fast. LG states the HU715Q’s “fast boot” takes about 12 seconds. I can confirm that boot-up took about 12 seconds or less when I turned on the projector. Moreover, the setup is hassle-free. First, power on the projector, adjust the image to perfection with LG’s Edge Adjustment Menu, and then access your favorite content via the HU715Q’s smart features.
The DMD Texas Instruments (TI) DLP chipset imager does a good job reproducing 4K content in HDR and SDR. In addition, the Laser light engine is rated to last up to 30,000 hours when the Energy Saving Mode (power mode) is set to Maximum and 20,000 hours when the Energy Saving Mode is set to Minimum. The LG HU715Q provides virtually maintenance-free performance due to the lengthy Laser light source lifespan.
The images this UST projector produces are good out of the box. But, of course, it goes without saying ISF Calibration will undoubtedly get you the best-looking image. Placing the HU715Q in a dark room or a room with minimal ambient light also helps, but it is unnecessary. However, as you can see in the images above, in a low ambient light environment, the HU715Q produces vibrant and bright images.
With all of my overhead lights turned on and ambient light from open windows, the HU715Q still provided a good image. For the photos above, I didn’t even use an ALR screen. Instead, I projected onto a Screen Innovations (SI) Solo Pro 2 Unity AT Pure White 1.3 gain screen. Still, I achieved a great image in high ambient light conditions. If you want ambient light rejecting and ceiling light rejecting capabilities, you will want a well-made UST projection screen. The image might not be the same as when ambient light does not exist, but the image is better than many would expect in high ambient light environments.
The LG HU715Q 4K UHD Laser UST CineBeam Projector can indeed replace your traditional TV and be enjoyed anytime, day or night.