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LG HX300G Projector LG HX300G
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Street Price: n/a
MSRP:$799
Contrast:2,000:1
Lumens:270
Weight: 1.7 lbs
Resolution:1024x768
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:DLP
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:30,000 Hrs
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  Composite, RGB, HDMI 1.3, Headphone Jack, USB
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60

LG HX300G
XGA DLP Microportable Projector

Bill Livolsi, May 5, 2010

The new HX300G from LG is a microportable projector, perhaps better known as a "pocket" projector in some circles. It is larger than pico projectors, which have their own internal battery and (usually) abysmal light output, but it is much smaller than the typical five-pound portable XGA projector, too. Projectors in this in-between category have existed for quite some time, but the HX300G has some features that are sure to pique more interest.

The HX300G is the perfect companion to the presenter on the go. It weighs only 1.7 pounds, less than many netbook computers. It measures only 2.4" x 6.3" x 5.3", small enough to put in a briefcase. It produces 300 lumens of brightness in its brightest mode and has 2000:1 contrast. The native resolution is XGA, not SVGA like many other microportables. The HX300G has an onboard HDMI port for high-quality digital video, a 30,000-hour LED lamp, and an FM transmitter, allowing you to broadcast your audio to any sound system with an FM radio tuner.

With all of these features and a great data picture, the HX300G has an MSRP of $799. At this price range, there are several projectors available which are much brighter than the HX300G, though they lack some of its advanced features. However, if you need the HX300G's specific combination of portability and features, it is still a solid value.

Advantages

Light output. The HX300G is one of the brightest microportables available, at 300 lumens theoretical potential. Our test unit measured 248 lumens maximum, using "Vivid" mode with the lamp set to "Presentation." This is enough for a 60" diagonal 4:3 image in a darkened viewing area, or a 40" to 50" diagonal image in a room with some ambient light--provided you're not too worried about contrast. For Powerpoint and other easy-to-read material, this screen size should work well for small group presentations.

The HX300G uses a three-setting lamp, with the settings labeled "Presentation," "Normal," and "Low." Normal mode reduced lumen output by 11% in all image modes, while Low mode reduced lumen output by 25%.

While Vivid mode is the brightest and best suited for simple material like text documents and some Powerpoint presentations, it is also noticeably overblown in certain highlights and does not optimize color saturation. For the best possible color, the HX300G's Cinema mode has better saturation and contrast than Vivid. Cinema also pushes color temperature towards the red, so purists may want to spend some time in the menu system and make some adjustments. Cinema mode measured 184 lumens with the lamp at full power. Photographs and data graphics will look good in this mode, especially if you can dim the lights.

Resolution. The HX300G has a native resolution of 1024x768, or XGA. Most other microportable projectors are SVGA, or 800x600. As XGA represents half again as many pixels as SVGA, the HX300G can be used for more complex and detailed documents, such as spreadsheets or text documents with small typefaces. If you are displaying photography or other graphics, XGA has a clear advantage over SVGA due to increased pixel density. Diagonal lines appear smoother, pixels appear smaller, and gradients appear more natural. It will also appear to have less screen-door effect than comparable SVGA projectors.

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Reader Comments(19 comments)

Posted Apr 24, 2012 6:28:32 AM

By reap

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can the projector loop videos?

Posted Apr 2, 2012 7:03:41 AM

By Roden

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I bought this LG for HT use. I am a first timer with projectors not knowing that brightness and contrast plays a lot when one needs to use it for HT viewing for our modest living area with lots of ambient light. I jumped on it for its portability, lens life and price. I have been delighted so far with the performance. Since then I have been doing reading about HT projectors. I am planning to buy a legitimate one, probably an Epson but in the meantime, I would like to enjoy this portable use anywhere machine.

Posted Nov 20, 2011 4:53:02 AM

By mohamed monem

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yes it can play mkv files but in some files audio codec dont excute so video run without sound but that in few cases

Posted Oct 2, 2011 3:31:58 PM

By Fitz

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Ok, after the sticker-shock I finally asked the LG dealer for a demo. I was surprised by the brightness of the advertised 300 lumens. It really is bright. not the strength of a bulb but well exceeded my expectations. So I bought it. (funny, the dealer brought up this website to give me the specs)

I bought this to be a portable video player so I cannot really speak of the professional uses of document viewing. I fired it up at home and plugged up an external HDD to the USB slot.

Menus are better than average. only hits I have on the menu system is that the "Back" button brings you all the way out of every menu to the beginning (instead of to the previous item or menu) The next track button on the remote is actually a Fast Forward button when playing. the arrows provide +/- 4 minute jump function. and when you scroll through a video list in the menu, the device wants to spin up a preview of the video highlighted. neat trick, but it slows you down a bit as it generates the preview in the little window.

Sound from the built in speaker.. well.. bites. but if you were expecting better then you don't know projectors very well. but the sound processing for external audio is top notch stereo sound.

There are playback limitations with regards to certain file types. Xvid, DIVX, MP4 (even 1080p from my HeroHD) and most MPEG-2 are playable in the built in media player. MPG2, MP42, MJPG and WMV's are absolute no-go's. they will NOT play. if you have these video types, consider an outside player.

I hope there will be a firmware/software update.. If there is.. LG.. do me a favor, in video playback mode you have 3 size settings.. "16:9" "Full" (4:3) and "Original" you need only add 1 more setting. "Fit". Videos come in all shapes and sizes which are not all 16:9 or 4:3 or have a width relating to the 1024 pixel resolution.. but a "Fit" function would round off all viewing modes as it would zoom the video to the height or width extents of the screen without distorting images to short and fat or tall and skinny.

The FM output brings me back to the Simulcast days but was quite useful when I pumped out the audio to my Zune via radio.. I also want to try it Drive-In style with my car stereo. "Fixed Focus" in the above review is misleading, there is a simple focus dial just above the lens. I think what they mean is a fixed Aspect lens. Some projectors, like my Sharp XR-1X, have an aspect lens which allows you to re-size your projected image without moving your projector closer of further from the screen. Much like a zoom lens.

I use my 300G in my bedroom. Just some numbers for you. with a 370cm (12ft) projection distance, I get a 4:3 display size of 245cm (8ft) wide by 185cm (6ft) tall image. so that is a 300cm (118in) 4:3 screen from a box the size of 3 soda cans. (take that flat-screeners)

There is a flaw in the design though (depending on your use of this projector) The IR receiver on the device which receives the signals from the remote is on the Back of the device. This is annoying if you are using the device to play movies as the device is usually behind you. reception of your remote control commands is often flakey. my cure was to stick a CD on the wall behind the device to reflect the IR into the rear of the projector.

A super PLUS about the build though. the second day I had this projector, there was an Idiot vs. Headphone cable incident which yanked my brand new projector from its 5ft high perch straight for the thin carpeted floor. it landed lens first then my external HDD landed on top of it. I thought it was a goner. I put it back up on the shelf, reconnected the cables and turned it back on.. it was like it never fell. Awesome!!

Oh, and don't believe what they say about the 300G being simply quiet. If you have other projectors.. you will not believe the thing is even on!! it's Damn quiet!! ;p

Posted Oct 2, 2011 3:30:55 PM

By Fitz

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Ok, after the sticker-shock I finally asked the LG dealer for a demo. I was surprised by the brightness of the advertised 300 lumens. It really is bright. not the strength of a bulb but well exceeded my expectations. So I bought it. (funny, the dealer brought up this website to give me the specs)

I bought this to be a portable video player so I cannot really speak of the professional uses of document viewing. I fired it up at home and plugged up an external HDD to the USB slot.

Menus are better than average. only hits I have on the menu system is that the "Back" button brings you all the way out of every menu to the beginning (instead of to the previous item or menu) The next track >>] button on the remote is actually a Fast Forward >> button when playing. the arrows provide +/- 4 minute jump function. and when you scroll through a video list in the menu, the device wants to spin up a preview of the video highlighted. neat trick, but it slows you down a bit as it generates the preview in the little window.

Sound from the built in speaker.. well.. bites. but if you were expecting better then you don't know projectors very well. but the sound processing for external audio is top notch stereo sound.

There are playback limitations with regards to certain file types. Xvid, DIVX, MP4 (even 1080p from my HeroHD) and most MPEG-2 are playable in the built in media player. MPG2, MP42, MJPG and WMV's are absolute no-go's. they will NOT play. if you have these video types, consider an outside player.

I hope there will be a firmware/software update.. If there is.. LG.. do me a favor, in video playback mode you have 3 size settings.. "16:9" "Full" (4:3) and "Original" you need only add 1 more setting. "Fit". Videos come in all shapes and sizes which are not all 16:9 or 4:3 or have a width relating to the 1024 pixel resolution.. but a "Fit" function would round off all viewing modes as it would zoom the video to the height or width extents of the screen without distorting images to short and fat or tall and skinny.

The FM output brings me back to the Simulcast days but was quite useful when I pumped out the audio to my Zune via radio.. I also want to try it Drive-In style with my car stereo. "Fixed Focus" in the above review is misleading, there is a simple focus dial just above the lens. I think what they mean is a fixed Aspect lens. Some projectors, like my Sharp XR-1X, have an aspect lens which allows you to re-size your projected image without moving your projector closer of further from the screen. Much like a zoom lens.

I use my 300G in my bedroom. Just some numbers for you. with a 370cm (12ft) projection distance, I get a 4:3 display size of 245cm (8ft) wide by 185cm (6ft) tall image. so that is a 300cm (118in) 4:3 screen from a box the size of 3 soda cans. (take that flat-screeners)

There is a flaw in the design though (depending on your use of this projector) The IR receiver on the device which receives the signals from the remote is on the Back of the device. This is annoying if you are using the device to play movies as the device is usually behind you. reception of your remote control commands is often flakey. my cure was to stick a CD on the wall behind the device to reflect the IR into the rear of the projector.

A super PLUS about the build though. the second day I had this projector, there was an Idiot vs. Headphone cable incident which yanked my brand new projector from its 5ft high perch straight for the thin carpeted floor. it landed lens first then my external HDD landed on top of it. I thought it was a goner. I put it back up on the shelf, reconnected the cables and turned it back on.. it was like it never fell. Awesome!!

Oh, and don't believe what they say about the 300G being simply quiet. If you have other projectors.. you will not believe the thing is even on!! it's Damn quiet!! ;p

Posted Jun 17, 2011 2:29:13 PM

By mario santana

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Google Translation below: Me parecio maravilloso,su imajen,definicion y colores pero despues de utilzarlo menos de quince horas en momentos distintos,una pelicula hoy,luego otra y asi, en espacios de un mes o menos.Empezo a aparecer en el lado derecho de la pantalla proyectada una serie de puntos o manchas negras,esquina derecha arriba,luego se fue expandiendo hacia abajo apareciendo ademas puntos blancos intermitentes por doquier volviendose un total manchon que cubria cerca de un veinte por ciento de la pntalla y en ahumento, llendose ya al centro de pantalla por lo tanto lo lleve al servicio tecnico.Insatisfaccion total PRODUCTO NUEVO YA REPARANDOSE,DUDAS SOBRE EL FUTURO FUNCIONAMIENTO,POSIBLE REAPARICION DE DICHO PROBLEMA Y EN SINTESIS YA FALTA DE CONFIANZA EN EL PRODUCTO Y MARCA.EN FIN, ESA HA SIDO MI EXPERIENCIA, CON LA COMPRA Y UTILIZACION DE MI VIDEOPROYECTOR MARCA LG,MODELO HX300G,NUMERO DE SERIE NO LO COLOCO PORQUE ESTA EN EL TALLER CON SU EMPAQUE,ESPERO NO TENGAN TAN FRUSTRANTE EXPERIENCIA.......M.

I thought it was wonderful, the Imaje, definition and color utilza but after less than fifteen hours at different times, a film today, then another and so, in about a month or menos.Empezo to appear on the right side of the projected screen a series of dots or black spots, top right corner, then was expanded down also appeared white dots flashing everywhere Manchon becoming a total which covered nearly twenty percent of the pntalla and ahumento, llendose and screen center therefore serve to drive total tecnico.Insatisfaccion

NEW PRODUCT AND RECONSTRUCTIVE OPERATION doubts about the future, possible recurrence of the problem AND SYNTHESIS AND LACK OF CONFIDENCE IN THE PRODUCT AND marca.es FIN, ESA HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE PURCHASE AND USE OF MY VIDEOPROJECTOR LG BRAND, MODEL HX300G, SERIAL NUMBER IS NOT IN PLACE BECAUSE THE WORKSHOP TO YOUR PACKAGE, SO I HOPE THEY HAVE NO EXPERIENCE ....... FRUSTRATING... M.

Posted Jun 11, 2011 11:25:17 AM

By Alex

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This projector is a killer of all old-fashion lamp projectors in its class. Plays all formats from attached USB hard drive easilly with no issues at all. I was impressed how smoothly it handles MKV - excellent picture, smooth motion with lots of details. The manual says that it cannot handle 2TB drives on USB - I plugged on the 2TB iomega and it plays from the drive without any problem. The device is light and very compact, lots of useful features, nice colors. Definitely recommed to anyone who needs a nice portable projector

Posted Mar 6, 2011 4:26:08 PM

By Cristian

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I just bought this, and it's a superb piece of equipment. The design and the features are really extraordinary for the small form factor. The remote is also particularly well designed and featured.

Posted Dec 20, 2010 11:06:24 AM

By Nic

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Does anyone know if this will run off a samsung laptop power brick? (as the acer k11 does)

Posted Oct 17, 2010 5:49:14 PM

By nektarios zogkos

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fixed focus? What are you talking about. This is really WRONG. Please correct the review it is confusing.

Posted Sep 4, 2010 5:59:36 AM

By sandy

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this projector has good review by all the person, but are there any one who is using using it, & how it performs with respect to the lighted room , is it good for viewing movie?....,

Posted Sep 1, 2010 10:45:14 PM

By Fred

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It really takes forever for these greedy manufacturers to get to 720p (hopefully 800 lumens too as the Vivitek full HD one),for an affordable price.

Posted Aug 13, 2010 1:38:31 AM

By 这个投影机真的很不错!!!!

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Google Translation to English: This projector is really very good! ! ! ! Comment Text: LG HX300 looks really good, at least in color, we say good, do not know the available light.

LG HX300看起来真的很不错,至少在色彩上大家都说不错,不知道亮度如何。

黄乾坤

2010-8-13

Posted Aug 6, 2010 11:28:17 AM

By Jacob

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Can anyone confirm if the media player on this projector can play MKV (720p/1080p) files via a USB attached device?

Posted May 16, 2010 5:26:31 PM

By Nabi

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Taking an awfully long time to work up to 1080p with the portables, aren't they? I'm already up to my ears in projectors. I guess we are expected to sit still and buy whatever is foisted off, with patience. Trouble is, by the time they finally get to 1080p the public's gonna have better options. The industry's gonna be stuck with geeks who like Edsels. I can tell you that I am almost cured. Their model is wrong: if they had improved resolution more quickly most people I know would be using beamers.Maybe it's time to think about giving this site a more generic name.

Posted May 13, 2010 1:11:23 AM

By Saied

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Is there any indication of rainbow effect? I understand that LED technology was supposed to eliminate these but some people are still seeing them on LG, Samsung and Casio machines.

Posted May 12, 2010 8:02:13 AM

By Brett

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I also would like to know where one can be purchased. Sounds like a great projector with no worry about bulbs. Thanks!

Posted May 5, 2010 7:33:34 PM

By Marcos Augusto

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Thanks for the review Bill; I've been waiting for one since becoming aware of its impending release, right after i bought a LG HS-201 in January. I was and still am so/so very impressed with the performance of my little HS-201 (same as the HS-200, which was reviewed last October) that i decided to buy a HX-300G as soon as it was released. You quoted a figure of 248 lumens output at its brightest level, a figure significantly less than the 300 lumens specified by LG, and i wonder if you could find out what was the lumen output of the HS-200 that was tested by Projector Central, so that we owners and prospective buyers of the HX300G have at least that info to serve as comparison between the units. Do you think the HS-200 specified 200 lumens of output to be somewhat of an exaggeration, just like on the HX300G ? Thanks again....

Posted May 5, 2010 12:32:48 PM

By Ryan

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Thanks for the review!

Can you tell us where you purchased/received the HX300G or when it will be sold in the states?

Also, I'd love to see a review of the new Casio XJ-A series of laser-led projectors.

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