Best for: Full 4K, room roaming, short throw projection
Ok I’ll be honest, I wondered if I could legitimately pitch this as a portable projector, especially since at 15 x 53 x 31cm (HxWxD) it’s considerably larger than the other options here, but then if the qualification to be considered portable is that it’s not permanently fixed in one place and is light enough to be moved to different rooms, then the 11.1kg LG CineBeam HU715Q pretty much makes the cut.
The fact that it’s an Ultra Short Throw model also helps it qualify, making it uniquely suited to project cutting-edge 4K images up to 120 inches in nearly any room in the home.
Running on webOS 6.0, to access massive amounts of content, simply connect the LG to your Wi-Fi and explore your app options, with the usual suspects of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube and Apple TV all available . And you can also mirror content from all your Apple devices, thanks to Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, adding even more entertainment options.
Picture-wise, these 4K UHD images come with 2,500 lumens of brightness, a ridiculous 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio and LG’s nifty Brightness Optimizer Ⅱ, Auto-Brightness and Adaptive Contrast. constantly working to ‘sense’ the lighting conditions around you and modify the image accordingly to always ensure brilliant whites, vivid colors and deep, dark, detailed blacks.
Audio-wise, the CineBeam HU715Q doesn’t disappoint either, with a 2.2-channel audio system comprised of a woofer, passive radiator and vibration-damping speaker structure capable of pumping out 40W of sound. incredibly cinematic.
With an absolute wealth of input and output terminals at your disposal too, the projection possibilities with the LG are nearly endless and, the latest deal-breaker, the bundled Magic Remote not only allows for voice control, but also – do watch out for other manufacturers – glows in the dark to make it much, much easier to use.
The LG CineBeam HU715Q is a little bigger than the other projectors assembled here, but it’s still technically ‘portable’. Is this a work of portable projector perfection? Absolutely.