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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)

Hello Mat,
Excellent review and video of the LG projector,didn't know that ultra short throw models existed.
Anyway I've decided to try a the projector route for my movie nights.
Wondering if you can do a update on the projector,and did you invest in a new screen?
I myself would be looking at ceiling mounting both projector and screen.
Already purchased a ZTC spro2 720p for portability very happy with that,so ready to move upto full hd,yours being top on my list as it has the smart tv features.
What about wireless projectors any good?
Cheers

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I am currently in the early stages of building a dedicated cinema room. I had one at my previous house with a very simply design, the projector being installed on a shelf at the back of the room. However, since I'm planning to have 2 rows of seats and will therefore require a raised platform for the rear seats, that puts a restriction on available headroom. So, this projector looks ideal, plus it's black, so it will blend in with the decor. The only issue for me is noise, but I see from the specs that it is quoted at 21dB in eco mode, which is only 2dB higher than my existing projector. But, I cannot find anywhere that states the lumens in eco mode. Numbers don't really mean that much, so it's more a case of whether the picture still "snaps" when in eco mode and what the contrast ratio is when the brightness is lower. Do you typically run it in eco or full mode?

May 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAntony

I haven't used it in a while because I've been waiting for a new screen, however I don't think you'd like eco-mode, it was too dull for me.

May 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello Techmoan,

Thank you, discovered your video and write-up a few moments ago, extremely Informative and well delivered.

No rush - The video shows you've pretty much gone to your max at 95 inches for the wall width; I would be grateful if you could advise (an opinion of course) whether it would be viable with a 120 or 135 inch screen (dark room) if the distance between screen and projector were to be increased.You mentioned up to 100 inch (about 4 mins and 50 seconds into your video), thought this may be down to the brightness levels, lens or LG being a little cautious.

I'd rather avoid purchasing another screen.

June 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRV

The 100" is the maximum size you can have an image whilst still being able to focus it...any larger and it will be out of focus. Even if theoretically it could be focused on images larger than 100" (it can't) the image would be a) too dim & b) the projector will be so far away from the wall, the point of having a UST projector will be negated as it would now be in the middle of the room.

June 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan, Can you tell me if you are able to connect to Netflix or any of the smart tv features and/or the internet being it a Korean model

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commentercathy denny

None of that stuff can be used. Just plug a Amazon fire (or similar) into it instead.

June 9, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi i was reading conflicting info on screens that you can use with this projector, one said due to the acute angle of the projection, the ELITE fixed screen with the CineWhite Gain 1.1 will not give good image because the screen material is designed absorb or reflect the acute rays such as overhead lighting, are you aware of this and are there specific screens and materials that are used in this type of projection.
Thanks again for your presentation.

June 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commenternytrame

I don't think you can use glass bead screens - and you need a really flat surface, but that's about all I know.

June 10, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Bought an elite sable 100". despite the comments on the web site about it being unsuitable as in previous post , seeing as i have shutters and 0 light infiltration it works really well with this projector, its not as good as the 65" OLED upstairs, but it is excellent and so it this projector. UK version having no APPS is no prob as my Blue Ray/DVD has them.
Thanks again for the demo.

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commenternytrame

Many thanks, this is an excellent review, if only all reviews were up to this standard. I really appreciated the real world installation aspect. This projector is the deal of the day on Amazon and I was very tempted, until I read the reviews, which put me off. I decided to look further afield and came across your review, which has convinced me that this is the best fit for my needs. Many thanks.

September 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Clarke

I really enjoyed the video guide and found it very informative. Your video has prompted me to seriously consider buying the LG Minibeam PF1000U. Currently, I have a Sony Bravia and get huge enjoyment watching 3D movies using my active 3D glasses. With regards to the 3D capability on the LG, could I get away with using my current active 3D glasses or would I need to purchase a new set as the technology is different? I apologise in advance is this is a silly question but I'd rather purchase everything all in one go but as I already have some 3d glasses might not need to add them to the projector order.

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Unfortunately projectors use different tech. DLP link glasses are required.

December 26, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan
,
Just seen this video, and wanted to know if you're still happy with the product a year on?
The EU version is currently £699 so quite tempted.

Thanks

January 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSmiffy

I have had my projector and screen (100" ES SABLE) now for over 6 months, movies, PS4, satellite tv. it has been excellent.
A word of warning I brought this for my "Man Cave", but as soon as my wife watched a movie, that was it, the good side is now I having a bar with fridge and we have to get a popcorn maker for movie nights.
it has a great piece of kit, anybody who has seen it thinks the picture quality from any source is really good,
I do close the shutters in daytime but i can leave a window at the back of the room unshuttered and it is still acceptable again this would depend on the screen.

January 2, 2017 | Unregistered Commenternytrame

Hey....i've seen a few of these for sale on Amazon and have been wondering about buying one
1300 euros or dollars is far too much for me, but I have seen at least 4 or 5 offers for around 300 dollars.
Thats way better an offer for me and has my finger itching to click the buy button, but should I ?
And what could be the reason for sch a low price point. Because ewen in my quite cheap mindset coming from 1300 dollars to roughly 300 dollars in a year or two is much too suspicious of a depretiation rate.

There is a lot of fraud going on on amazon at the moment. I was looking at a HiFi component that cost £1500 and every now and then someone would say they were selling it at £500. Looking at the seller they were almost always Newly Launched and if they weren't and had some feedback when you look you find they sold things a couple of years ago that was completely unrelated (like make-up) - So it's a hacked account. If you look at a seller - check when they last sold something and what it was and who left the feedback. If they are a new seller avoid completely. If a deal is too good to be true it won't be true.

March 9, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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