LG PF85U Overview
The first thing to note about the LG PF85U is that it is the first small LED light source projector we've reviewed that is true 1080p resolution - 1920x1080. Until now, most of these projectors have been WXGA (1280x800) or 720p (1280x720).
For a compact LED projector, the price tag that comes with the LG is relatively steep. Street prices seem to be in the $1149 - $1199 range at the time of this publication. That's reasonable considering that this is a 1080p projector, just note that there are a significant number lamp based 1080p projectors, also targeting the home entertainment market, that do sell for less.
1080p is a real plus on the business side of things, if you need maximum resolution. For many business applications WXGA is normally fine, but the trending is to move up a resolution. The LG becomes a leader in that sense.
The PF85U is also one of the first small LED projectors to claim 1000 lumens. Just a couple/three years ago, the brightest ones were claiming 200-600 lumens.
On the home side of things, consider the PF85U to be a breakthrough product, for a couple of reasons, but first it's the resolution, because let's face it, 720p may be acceptable, but projected images are large, and people appreciate the higher resolution. 720p is "entry level" and with a number 1080p projectors now below $1000, 720p will mostly be found on projectors below $600. LED projectors tend to cost more, though, so there are plenty of those between $600 and $1000, and that makes the LG PF85U very competitive.
Physically, the LG has a footprint larger than a traditional sheet of paper, so it's hardly a "pocket" projector. Compared to traditional projectors though, it's very thin (height). And it's pretty light at 4.8 lbs, but all considered, it is neither dramatically smaller or lighter than some traditional lamp based projectors.
The projector comes with a thick printed manual, and the manual also on CD (my new laptop doesn't have a CD drive, does yours?) I had great hopes for the manual, and it was thorough on some things, but still left a lot to be desired, especially relating to a number of menu functions. Still, a better manual than most low cost LED projectors.