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LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review -- Summary

Posted on August 7, 2016 by Art Feierman
LG PF 1000U -- Summary: Overall Impressions, Pros and Cons Small, light and capable of delivering a large projected HD images from close up, LG’s PF 1000U has good color balance, but is limited to an output of about 1,000 lumens. It should be plenty for most home and business users, The projector lacks a zoom lens and has a soft focus, but then the first is standard for any short throw projector, and the second tends to be a bit of a problem for ultra-short throw projectors, although there are sharper ones. Despite our criticisms, the sharpness isn't bad, and is likely to be noticed only on small text, not average HDTV and movie viewing.

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Chock full of innovations, the PF 1000U not only has a TV tuner and Bluetooth audio for connecting to speakers, there’s a slew of online apps for using its built-in WiFi and wired networking. Along with connecting to entertainment sites via included apps, the projector has the ability to wirelessly connect with a tablet or notebook.

It all comes together with the PF 1000U’s unique Magic Remote Control. Rather than a rectangular clunky handheld with lots of buttons, the PF 1000U’s remote is minimalist and shaped to fit in the hand. The key is that most everything can be controlled on-screen with its pointer.

At $1,400, the PF 1000U is on the expensive side in view of its light output, but it’s low-power LEDs means that it’s not only economical to use but that it will never need a new lamp. With abilities and features that its competitors can only dream about, the LG PF 1000U is one of the best ultra-short throw projectors around.

Ultimately - the PF1000U is really an impressive LED projector.  It can't match lamp based projectors in brightness, but comes close enough for fun home entertainment, and it can double as a serious business projector as long as you don't need to project too large a screen.

All considered, very deserving of our Special Interest Award, which goes out to projectors that are really impressive, but with more specialized appeal than general purpose models.

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LG PF1000U Pros

  • Small, easy to carry
  • Excellent color balance
  • Low power use
  • Full 1080p HD resolution
  • Digital TV input
  • Bluetooth audio
  • Remote control with pointer
  • Online apps and browser
  • Built-in Ethernet and WiFi
  • Includes WiDi and Miracast (great with compatible tablets/phones)
  • Low operating expenses

Cons

  • Lacks optical zoom
  • Expensive
  • Moderately low brightness for business, but plenty for home entertainment with good lighting control

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