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|Weight:|| 4.9 lbs|
|Lamp Life:||30,000 Hrs|
Composite, Component, HDMI (x2), Network, Audio Out, Wireless Networking, USB (x2),
480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60
LG PF85U Review
LED DLP Home Video Projector
April 10, 2014
LED light engine. Light Emitting Diodes have several advantages over traditional high-pressure lamps. They turn on instantly and come to full brightness immediately. They can be turned off and on again rapidly without causing degradation or reducing lifespan. They have longer life spans than traditional lamps; the PF85U is rated for 30,000 hours of use. They also use less energy and produce less heat than high-pressure lamps.
Connectivity. Even attempting to list all of the PF85U's connection options is exhausting. It has two HDMI ports, one of which is MHL enabled. It has two USB ports for flash media or other digital devices. It has both wired and wireless networking built-in (no dongle required), so you can hook the projector into your home network with ease. Once it's on the network, you can also have the projector stream media from any networked devices via DLNA. The projector has both 1/8" and S/PDIF ports for audio passthrough, which is useful when you're using the onboard apps or connecting to a remote server but still want to send audio to a heftier set of speakers than the PF85U's built-ins. And finally, the projector has a coaxial jack for connection to an antenna, allowing you to watch HD and SD broadcast television direct from your projector -- no external decoder box needed.
A quick word about Smart TV: the PF85U is a step or two beyond the onboard media players of yesteryear. Using real first-party apps, you can watch Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, and Youtube videos directly from the projector without an external source or media player. There are also non-video apps such as Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, and Picasa. These apps turn the PF85U into a home media center rather than a simple display. The projector has built-in access to both a web browser and an App Store, so you can get more content quickly without leaving the device.
Stereo speakers. Onboard speakers are never going to be as good as a real sound system, but the PF85U's dual 5W stereo speakers are better than your average tinny built-in. The speakers are situated on the left and right sides of the projector, so the channels are separated enough to remain distinct. The volume slider goes from 0 to 100, and up to 75 there isn't much in the way of serious distortion.
Warranty. The PF85U includes a two-year warranty on parts and labor, while its closest competitors have only a single year of coverage.
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