Projector Reviews

LG PF610P CineBeam Portable LED DLP Projector Review – Notable Features

4-CHANNEL LED LIGHT ENGINE

Adding a 4th Blue LED for Dynamic Color

Let me start this section off by letting you know that I am one of a small group of individuals sensitive to the DLP-wheel rainbow effect. I have experienced this issue many times on other DLP projectors. Since the PF610P has a 4-ch LED illumination system, it does not utilize a traditional spinning phosphor wheel. In my experience, eliminating this wheel helps reduce visible rainbowing artifacts, which have been an issue for me with many DLP projectors I have used over the years. I could not perceive any rainbow artifacts while testing the PF610P, nor did I experience any eye fatigue or headaches, which can also be a symptom when viewing a DLP projector for an extensive period of time as I did when evaluating this product.


LG rates the PF610P’s LED light engine at 1,000 lumens for 30,000 hours which equals years of worry-free operation. Most Laser/LED projectors rely on phosphors to create green, and sometimes red, color elements. However, the LG PF610P uses four LEDs to generate red, green, and blue, with an addition of a fourth blue LED to boost brightness and contrast as well as generate more vivid colors.


So, where does the PF610 fit in its category? Typically, a DLP projector cannot match the color saturation and native contrast of a 3-chip Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LcoS) projector, but the PF610P LEDs appear to improve color saturation and contrast performance visibly.


There are three modes to adjust the brightness output of the LED light source. The lamp power adjustment is called Energy Saving, and the other options are as follows:

● Minimum: Delivers full lamp power
● Medium: Reduces lamp power by approximately 25%
● Maximum: Reduces lamp power by approximately 50%

DLP

DLP Performance

The PF610P utilizes a Texas Instruments DLP chip to reproduce a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,090 pixels.

Since the PF610P is a single-chip DLP projector, you will never have any convergence issues as can often occur with a 3LCD projector, so the image will remain sharp throughout the projector’s life without periodical adjustment. The projector can also accept signals up to [email protected] via an 18 Gbps HDMI/HDCP 2.2 Compatible Input (HDMI #1).

Also, like all other DLP projectors, the PF610P has a sealed light path to protect the optics from dust and other small particulates damage. Having a sealed light path prevents dust particles from settling inside and obstructing the projected image.

SMART webOS™ 5.0

LG Smart webOS 5.0

The LG PF610P runs webOS 5.0, delivering the content you want when you want it. webOS is practically hassle-free, providing access to news, sports, entertainment, and more, and it’s all at your fingertips delivered through an elegant interface. Now you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to home entertainment. LG webOS 5.0 provides easy access to much of your favorite content on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video, plus Hulu and more. Get all the latest news. Stream your favorite songs with Spotify and find a great recipe with ifood.tv. No matter what you’re into, there’s an app for that.

The PF610P uses LG’s User Interface (UI), which was developed over several years and is utilized in millions of LG TVs worldwide and is seamless, easy to navigate, and well laid out.

ACCESS TO LG APP STORE

So many LG Applications

The PF610P can access LG’s long-established app store, which is loaded with a massive amount of entertainment apps. You can also access many of the other popular streaming services, including Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Disney+, to name a few. Since the PF610P utilizes the same ThinQ Ai WebOS as LG’s TV lineup, the library of services and apps will continue to grow.

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY AND MEDIA PLAYBACK

WiFi Connectivity

In addition to a wired network connection, the PF610P also allows wireless networking. This is great for users who want to move the projector from room to room while still accessing the unit’s internal apps and services. Since the PF610P has both streaming services and built-in speakers, you only need a power outlet and a wall/screen for backyard movie night. The PF610P also supports AirPlay 2, Miracast®, and Bluetooth® Sound Out connectivity via wireless.

BUILT-IN MEDIA PLAYER

The projector has a built-in media player that can access files via its USB inputs. Two USB 2.0 inputs can be used to play all types of media (videos, MP3, photos, etc.). You can also use the USB input on the LG projector to connect things such as a mouse, keyboard, or game controller.


You can also share content from Android and iOS devices using LG’s TV Plus app. Miracast/WiDi is also supported.

HDR

HDR vs. SDR

HDR provides a significant improvement in dynamic range as well as color. It lets you see more detail in the shadows and the bright areas and delivers more saturated, lifelike colors. HDR consumer content is mastered for playback on a flat panel, not a projector, so it’s produced at various brightness levels. Typically, most home theater projectors can’t reproduce all the brightness found in consumer HDR content, but there can still be visual gains when playing this content.

HDR projectors utilize tone mapping, which compromises maintaining bright highlight details and delivering full-screen brightness. A variety of information is embedded in HDR content that an HDR display uses to make picture adjustments. For instance, an HDR Infoframe triggers a display device to switch to the appropriate HDR mode. Most HDR projectors switch to HDR mode with a fixed tone map when the HDR info frame is detected.

The PF610P can dynamically measure HDR metadata, which further improves the projector’s HDR performance. The goal is to utilize better the PF610P’s brightness capabilities based on the content being shown.

HDMI ARC (AUDIO RETURN CHANNEL)

ARC Audio Return Channel via HDMI 2

While PF610P has built-in speakers, many consumers will want to connect to a soundbar or AV Receiver to take full advantage of the high-quality immersive sound available from many of the projector’s streaming apps. The PF610P is equipped with ARC.

If you don’t use ARC, your only other option is to connect the optical audio output. Like most smart TV/FPJ, the optical output cannot pass the latest immersive surround formats to an external sound system. Apps such as Amazon Prime and Disney+ are loaded with Atmos and DTS content. If you use an optical output, all you will provide to your soundbar or receiver is stereo or Dolby Pro Logic information.

HDMI ARC supports multichannel audio, including Dolby Atmos, but it delivers a compressed audio signal such as Dolby Digital Plus due to bandwidth limitations.