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Monday
Oct052015

LG PF1000U Minibeam Ultra Short Throw Projector - Home Demonstration

Once you've watched a movie in the comfort of your own home on a 95" projection screen it's hard to go back to viewing films on a normal sized TV screen again. However that's exactly what I've done for the last couple of years following a redecoration and introduction of new furniture which left nowhere for my projector or screen to go. I looked at every possible way to fit them back into the living space, but just couldn't find anything that would work.

When my 60" TV recently went on the blink, I started looking at new models, and considered getting a 79" 4K screen, The sharp increase in the cost of any screen larger than 65" resulted in that idea quickly being abandoned, however I was never too happy with the idea of watching every TV show on a giant screen. I don't want newsreaders to look like big brother looming over the room, it's only when watching films where I miss the projection screen real estate.

Over the last couple of years I've been keeping my eye on developments in UST (ultra-short-throw) projectors as I hoped that this technology might one day provide the solution to my problem. There haven't been too many HD UST projectors released. One interesting model was the LG Hecto Laser Projector but it required a highly-reflective fixed screen and cost £8000. Then there is the 4K Sony model that costs $50,000. More realistic were the Philips Screeneo models, but these only go to 720p and reportedly have very low light output.

However at the 2015 IFA show LG were showing off their new Minibeam 1080p projector. It didn't get too much press coverage at the time, but in the few demos I could find, it looked like science fiction. A 1080p 100" screen could be projected from just 15" away. Amazingly just a few weeks later it became available to buy and I immediately snapped one up. 

Watch the video below to see if I've finally found the projector that enables me to get my home cinema back.

I bought my LG PF1000U Minibeam projector from Amazon US - here's a link to the product.

The Korean export version costs more - but ships worldwide here it is on Amazon

There are also a number of suppliers of this projector on ebay here.

The Optoma 95" 16:10 pull-up projection screen can be obtained in the UK from Amazon.

There is more about the PF1000U on the LG Website here.

 

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Reader Comments (47)

Another great review. I've seen that Sony $50K ultra short throw projector in action. It's a remarkable piece of technology and great to see Sony making a no-compromises product. I had not heard of this product, great to know it exists.

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Hi Mat, a great review once again, it's not an area I know much about but enjoyed the video immensely. Based on your video the projector looked very crisp and detailed, the fan noise would put me off though, as with all projectors but it's a brilliant concept. If they can invent one that doesn't need a fan then I'm in, but I doubt that's achievable yet.

Great stuff, as always thanks for listening.

Daz

October 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Great video. I think I might have found my Christmas present from me to me. :)

Noise is a big issue for me so I would have liked to see you examine that further.

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterQuentin

Noise is very subjective. The projector is noisy in non-eco mode when I stand next to it......but I can't hear it from my seat. I'm pretty sure that it has the capability to annoy people who have more sensitive hearing than myself. I really can't say if you would be one of the people that can hear it from your seating position and if you could, whether or not you would find it unacceptably loud. Sorry but I really just don't know.

October 13, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great video Mat. It seems to have been linked to by quite a few other websites around the globe.Quite an endorsement of its high quality and content - as are your other videos.

I'm keen to get back in the projector market after an almost two decades long hiatus and this model seems to fit the bill. I almost traveled acroos the English Channel to Paris to see one in a store and, perhaps, buy it based on its spec and your comments.

Now that you've had the PF1000U for a few weeks I wondered if you still think its a 'keeper' and any new observations?

Sam

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Sam,

Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to watch anything else on the projector since uploading this video 12 days ago. I've been working away from home and also moved all the TV equipment in anticipation of a new TV arriving which was supposed to be delivered last week but the company let me down.
As mentioned in the video, I only use projectors occasionally for a Movie Night - and haven't had another one of these since making the video.
The projector is definitely a keeper and I'm very happy with it. One thing I'm not happy with though is the screen - it doesn't have enough tension. UST projectors need really flat surfaces, so I think I'll be replacing the screen soon with an electrically rising model, It will have to be a little bit smaller than this one, perhaps 80" so it stills fits in the width I have available, but that would also mean I can place the projector closer to it and it will look a bit neater. It all depends on how far my new TV protrudes from the wall (if they ever decide to deliver it).

October 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mat,

Thanks for your response.
I concur with your observation regarding the screen. Using the right screen for the type of vieiwing and presence of any ambient light is an important factor in obtaining the best out of any projector. I regret selling my glass beaded screen but then again it would have been 20 years old by now and probably in need of replacement.

Looking forward very much to seeing one in action.

Sam

October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Hi,

Could you please advise whether you are using the "Trumotion" feature in this projector. Is there a significant difference if it is on. I can now get the EU version without "Trumotion" and Smart features for a lower price compared to the Korean version. Any advise would be appreciated. I keep wondering why LG has stopped selling LED projectors in the UK. Thanks.

November 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOwiz

Hi Mat,
First, may I say, what a great video review, it was so informative & well presented. I too had to take my home theatre system apart due to decorating & changing our room around, I've been looking to replace my projector & electric screen, but until now couldn't find one to do the job that would please my wife. I have a question to ask of you, when you ordered the projector from Korea, did you incur any extra cost regarding import / custom duty, can you suggest a reliable seller for this model.

Thanks & best regards
Alan

November 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Phair

Hi.
What kind of box did you connect to HDMI? Which resolution and frequency does it have?
The US manual doesn't list 50Hz as supported frequency which is standard in Europe for sattelite or freeview receivers.
Have you ever tried to connect a receiver with 50Hz frequency output? Will it work?

November 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

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