LG’s latest addition to its CineBeam projector line isn’t the usual home theater format. The PU700R is a super-portable 4K HDR projector that can give those familiar with Samsung’s The Freestyle a serious case of deja vu. Either way, this new LG projector should liven up your outdoor movie nights; however, there is a catch.
The CineBeam PU700R can project images up to 120 inches in 4K UHD resolution and supports HDR10 with Dynamic Tone Mapping, HLG and HGiG, which is a big step up from The Freestyle’s 1080p image. The portable CineBeam uses an LED light source with a claimed brightness of 1,000 ANSI lumens, which LG says should last up to 30,000 hours of use, which is miles ahead of The Freestyle’s roughly 230 ANSI lumens, which is pretty pathetic by comparison. seems.
LG also highlights the versatility of the PU700R, with its stand that can rotate 90 degrees and Auto Screen Adjustment feature which, as the name suggests, automatically adjusts the image to fit correctly on whatever surface you’re projecting on. That stand does more than just position the projector, though, as it also includes a color-changing LED that can be set with the new Mood Lighting options.
The PU700R features LG’s webOS smart platform built-in for streaming Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video and more; However, LG has not confirmed whether this is the latest webOS 2023 version found on its G3 and C3 OLED TVs.
You’ll also find Apple AirPlay 2 and Android Screen Share for wireless device mirroring, as well as a USB Type-A and USB Type-C input and an HDMI 2.1 for connecting an external streaming device or game console or even a soundbar via HDMI eARC. Bluetooth Dual Sound Out is also on board, meaning you can connect the projector to two wireless speakers or headphones at the same time, which you’ll probably want to do, as the PU700R only has a built-in 5W mono speaker.
The big catch is that the PU700R is currently only sold in the United States with no way of knowing when we can expect UK and Australian retailers to start selling it. You can buy the CineBeam PU700R right now in the US for $1699 (about £1370 / AU$2585) and LG is currently running a promotion that means you get an XBOOM 360 wireless speaker for free with the purchase of the CineBeam PU700R (worth $ 300) if you order before June 11.
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