LG PF1500 1080P DLP Projector
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Last year LG set a benchmark by putting out a first of its kind 1080p LED projector at a reasonable price with the full backing of a major manufacturer. The reviews were strong on that model, but LG was just getting started as they now introduce the revolutionary new PF1500. LG has leveraged their long standing research with televisions and brought that technology to front projection.

Coming in at $999, the PF1500 delivers like no other LED driven projector before it. A manual 1.1 zoom range, a rating of 1,400 lumens, 30,000 estimated LED lamp life, Wi-Fi, internal tuner, Smart apps, USB playback, and full 1920x1080 output resolution. Oh, and unlike almost any other home theater model out there, this one is a good deal smaller than your typical loaf of bread.

Viewing Experience

If you've owned a projector before, you will know right away that this is something different. The LG PF1500 powers on within just a few seconds. The LED light engine puts out a bright image almost immediately. About ten seconds after hitting the power button, the PF1500 went through a number of basic setup steps including a brief introduction to the remote control which acts similar to a wireless computer mouse. Similar to a TV, it asks if the projector is at home or in a store, the time and time zone, then gets the projector on the network. From there, it's right into the Home screen which features a multitude of options, applications, and a video preview window. Any of these different options can be selected using the on-screen cursor from the Magic Remote control.

Being excited to see what this projector could do, my first viewing was not in a controlled space, but just on a wall using the internal speaker. Since LG designed the PF1500 to be extremely portable, it almost makes sense to start things off this way. A WDTV was connected via HDMI and the projector proudly brought up the menu for the media player. Unfortunately, the USB drive with some recent camera footage could not be played back by the WDTV unit. So, the drive was moved to the PF1500's side USB input, which immediately recognized the video files on the drive and playback was started. About a 100" diagonal image was presented on a white wall and the image was excellent. The high definition camera footage, shot skiing on a Gopro camera, had all the high-definition goodness one could hope for. Colors appeared a bit off, but out of the box, with no calibration, the projector was certainly watchable, and it's a great way to show your home movies to friends and relatives.

The projector was put through a basic calibration using the Disney 'WOW!' Blu-ray disc and an image of 108" diagonal was projected onto a 1.3 gain white screen. It took a little bit of work to dial through the different settings of the LG, and the Magic remote took some getting used to, but eventually the LG presented an image with very good color, free of false contouring, with good brightness, and smooth motion. As a DLP projector, it has comparable black levels and shadow detail to other entry level DLP models.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on Blu-ray is an excellent test disc for black levels and shadow detail on a projector. At the screen size in use, the projector really needed to be in high power to deliver a solid punch from the whites, but there was never a point where it felt that shadow details were being lost. The PF1500 delivered a solid image which felt smooth, and put forth sufficient contrast to immerse a viewer in the movie experience. The single chip DLP light engine produces an acceptably sharp image. A better lens might deliver a sharper image, but the small lens on the PF1500 produced no softness from normal viewing distances.

Viewing hockey and other high-motion films was a great experience. The LG PF1500 puts up an accurate image. Sometimes fast motion content is blurry, and the larger the image the more apparent that becomes, but that is true of all large screen projection. But, at over 100" diagonal it was quite the experience to sit down and watch that action. Turning on creative frame interpolation (CFI), which LG calls TruMotion, helps some with fast action, but worked best with slow pans. LG didn't push too much with their implementation of CFI so the image didn't fall apart on fast paced scenes like some other displays are prone to do. It also didn't clean up the motion as much as some are capable of either. This kept CFI from showing too much of the digital video look which CFI often presents, and selecting a level of 2 or 3 for TruMotion yielded very watchable results.

Set Up and Configuration

The LG PF1500 is certainly not the easiest projector to setup in a dedicated home theater environment. It has a very limited zoom range which gives about 10" of diagonal for each foot of lens to screen distance and a 1.1 zoom lens which gives very little play in that range. For a 100" diagonal image, the lens to screen distance must be between 121.2 inches and 133.4 inches. This will put the projector at the same distance that most people will want to sit and view the projected image. If mounting the projector permanently, the one foot variance in throw distance may not allow the projector to be mounted to a ceiling joist. It also doesn't allow for much screen size variation, so it's important to double check the distance before pulling wires, or putting a projector mount on the ceiling.

On the plus side, the PF1500 has multiple mounting points, which is very rare. It can be mounted to a standard tripod mount, which makes it easy to setup on the fly when portability is a requirement. It has three mounting points for a standard projector mount, and the very low weight of just 3.3 pounds means that it can be mounted almost anywhere, using almost any projector mount. The projector itself has 0% offset from the screen bottom. This means that the centerline of the lens will intersect the bottom edge of the projected image when the projector is right side up. If ceiling mounted, the projector must be upside down, and the top of the image will be even with the center of the lens. There is no lens shift to raise or lower that image from the centerline of the lens, so measure three times, hang once.

If you can't hit the center of the screen, then the PF1500 has some nice features to help in a less than perfect setup. First and most noticeable is that when the PF1500 is upside down, it automatically recognizes this and flips the image for you. Beyond the standard right side up/upside down mounting, it includes the typical ability for rear projection. If the projector is tilted up or down, it can automatically use digital keystone to keep the image appearing square. Since this is typically a feature that should not be used for best 1080p video quality, LG ships with this automatic feature disabled. If the PF1500 gets off center, additional keystone features can be used to help to square the image up. This is accomplished using a feature called four-corner keystone. It allows for corrections in all four corners of the projected image to get that image right where it needs to be on screen. While LG does an excellent job maintaining video quality, the use of four-corner keystone does impact image quality, brightness, and resolution and should be avoided in favor of just putting the projector where it belongs.

The PF1500 offers several more ports than most of the competition. It has two HDMI ports, one of which is Audio Return Channel (ARC) enabled for supported HDMI devices, the other is Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) enabled for compatible phones. It has a 1/8" mini A/V connector that allows for composite video and analog audio to be fed to the projector through an included cable. It also has a matching 1/8" connector for component high-definition video through another included cable. Additional connectors include a headphone jack, a digital audio output connection, a pair of USB ports, a LAN connection, and an antenna connection.

All these connections means that if hard-wired Ethernet is desired, and audio needs to be fed from the projector back to an A/V receiver, additional cables may need to be run. If over-the-air broadcasts will be fed directly to the projector, then a cable will need to be run for that as well. On the other hand, if the projector is to be used for Netflix or viewing from a USB drive using the internal speakers, then all that is needed is power which is fed from an external power supply about the size of a typical laptop charger.

The PF1500 sports a remote control that is extremely unique for projectors and may take some getting used to for many. The LG Magic Remote allows you to operate the projector by putting a cursor on screen which you can then move around and click on features you want with the remote. Similar to a Wii remote, it can be a bit tricky to get used to. There are additional buttons on the remote control to adjust channel, volume, and to go to the home screen, or navigate. There were times when using the up/down/left/right functions were much easier to use than the on-screen cursor controls, and the remote handled those functions very well. But, the remote is not backlit, so key functions, such as the Home button, could be difficult to find in the dark. The remote accepts voice commands as well, but this didn't appear to hit some of the key functions, such as input control, and often opened a web page with search results instead. It did an accurate job of recognizing words, and was far easier to use than trying to use an on-screen keyboard.

Picture controls are ample on the LG PF1500. Not only were the basic controls available, with some preset picture modes, but advanced settings including a Color Management System (CMS) are provided for tweaking the image as desired. A real plus to the projection newbie is the Picture Wizard III. This is a built-in image optimization tutorial that sets the projector up for viewers based upon a series of questions. Once the wizard is completed it stores the settings into one of the two available expert presets and is used for viewing.

Key Features

Everything But the Kitchen Sink. LG hit a home run on what they put into the PF1500. Most projector manufacturers don't make televisions, but LG has been putting out some top shelf televisions for years and they've leveraged their television Smart platform with the PF1500 to include a long list of bells and whistles. Streaming, wireless, PC connectivity, Netflix, Vudu, Hulu+, web browsing, voice searching, direct USB playback, and more is all included. Onboard speakers are small, but they are there if you need them. Connectivity for standard HDMI is there along with legacy connectivity for analog video sources. Other than zoom range and lens shift, there is very little in the way of features which this projector lacks. If you have any questions, the 139 page manual included on a CD was detailed and walks through the features that the PF1500 offers. Still, the projector is so easy to use right from the start, that the long manual may not be needed at all.

LED Life With No Rainbows. The LG PF1500 has at its core a separate red, green, and blue LED. When combined with the DLP chip inside the projector, it delivers a stunning long lasting projection light engine that does not use a spinning color wheel like traditional DLP projectors use. The LEDs flash on and off at a sufficiently high rate of speed that it virtually eliminates rainbow artifacts that are common on many DLP projectors. In viewing, every now and then some color separation did occur but it was extremely minimal and comparable to what a high quality home theater projector with a 6x color wheel may deliver. For those who are very sensitive to DLP rainbows it may be worth checking the PF1500 out prior to purchase, or buying from a store with a good return policy. But for most people, the PF1500 will deliver a rainbow-free image that's about as good as it gets.

Bright Enough to Play in the Big Leagues. The number one problem with LED projectors for years has been their lack of brightness. Our test unit pushed out 763 lumens in the brightest mode after calibration. This is ample to fill a 120 inch screen without any problems at all. While listed as a portable projector, the PF1500 is a solid option for home theater. It not only raises the bar for LED projectors, it sets a new benchmark for performance. Sure, bring it over to a friend's home for a quick viewing from Netflix using the internal speaker. But, when the fun and games are over, bring it back home for a serious viewing in your home theater setup on a nice 120" screen using the good surround system. The PF1500 delivers like no portable LED projector before it has been able to.

Image Quality Controls. The LG PF1500 has an extensive set of image optimizing features that should leave most people thrilled with what they are seeing. While some projectors out there only give basic contrast, brightness, and color settings, and others give a few more options, the PF1500 stacks options on top of options. This includes dynamic contrast, dynamic color, super resolution, gamma adjustments, and a full color management system to adjust saturation, tint, and luminance of colors individually.

For those looking to make the most of their viewing experience right out of the box, start things off with the Picture Wizard III. This is a very nice tutorial and set of screen shots that helps owners get an image they are happy with right from the outset. Calibration was performed using the Disney WOW! Blu-ray Disc and while contrast was pushed to a very high 89 out of 100 setting, this didn't crush the blacks or blow out the whites, but was needed to get an accurate image on screen. Brightness was left towards the middle of the range (51), while tint needed a bit of a push towards green to even out skin tones and provide the most natural looking image. From there, it all seemed to be user preference. Some controls have a subtle impact -- dynamic contrast, dynamic color, and super resolution require close examination to see any change from them at all. On the other hand the edge enhancer shows a clear difference when enabled. TruMotion, LG's implementation of Creative Frame Interpolation, did a better than average job of knocking down judder and motion artifacts without causing too much of the digital video effect, and without falling apart when the action got intense.

Performance

Brightness. Our test sample delivered over 900 lumens in its brightest setting with the lens at its widest angle position. This is quite a shortfall from its 1400 lumen spec and produced a very green image that was not enjoyable to watch and would not be recommended for normal use. Light levels dropped about 10% when the zoom lens was set to maximum telephoto. In practical use this drop is not visible but it is more than we'd expect from a 1.1x zoom lens.

After calibration, the calibrated brightness achieved was 763 lumens in brightest mode. This was plenty to light up a 120" diagonal image on a 1.0 gain screen in a darkened room with very good color, contrast, and shadow detail. Lowest brightness mode cut lumen output by about 45% to 422 lumens. This is still plenty for a 92" to 100" diagonal image if a low gain screen is used. The medium brightness setting falls right between the two with 583 lumens falling on the screen.

Brightness uniformity. The PF1500 has less than 10% brightness roll off throughout most of the image. The exception is the upper left corner which dropped off just over 20% in brightness. In a pure white field, this produced a visible dimming in the upper left corner of the screen. Fortunately, most viewing has a mix of different shades so no issues with image uniformity were noticeable during normal viewing.

Contrast/black level. The black levels of the PF1500 appeared to be average for an entry level DLP projector. They weren't particularly black, yet were not so grey as to objectionable during normal viewing. The PF1500 uses the brand new Pico class .47" DLP chip from Texas Instruments and this chip has no problem competing with the large DLP models when it comes to putting out good black levels in an entry level model. After adjusting contrast of the projector, black level performance was very good and whites appeared pure and natural without crushing in dark areas, or blooming in bright scenes.

Image sharpness. No visible image or sharpnes problems were caused by the lens throughout the zoom range. The PF1500 delivers a clean image with visible pixel structure upon close examination, and a 1:1 pixel grid showed solid definition between pixels on screen. The lens itself could be a bit touchy to focus, so it took longer than average to get the image dialed in on screen, but once in place, a quality image remained without any drifting of focus.

Input lag. The LG PF1500 measured in at a full 70ms of lag time in its fastest Game Mode setting. In all other settings the projector was steadily delivering 170ms of lag. Multiple tests were run to determine if these times could be improved upon, but times were locked in at 70ms and 170ms.

Limitations

Input lag. Perhaps the biggest failing of the PF1500 comes in the form of input lag. Throughout multiple tests and different modes, the PF1500 couldn't get faster than 170ms of lag time in optimized image modes. Switching the projector to Game mode knocked a full 100ms of lag time off and brought it down to 70ms. Care was taken to remove any additional video processing which could impact lag time, but nothing helped. Not only is this time weak, equating to over four frames of video in fastest mode, in a more typical viewing session it works out to over 10 frames of delay with 60hz video. That amount of delay produces lip sync issues when watching television. An A/V receiver with lip sync correction was required to match up people's lips with the dialog on screen.

Where is My 3D? No 3D, simple as that. It is almost unheard of to deliver a projector these days that doesn't include 3D. It becomes even more shocking when considering what the PF1500 delivers in so many other feature packed areas. It has been confirmed that there is a Korean version which includes 3D, but this version doesn't have it. The LG website states that 3D is not planned to be added to the PF1500.

Ring Around The Image. The LG PF1500 has a band of light around the image itself, which is not unusual for inexpensive DLP projectors. This band does match the black that the rest of the projector produces, but is about one inch wide on a 100" diagonal image and on all projected material, this band of near black would be visible at all times. This ring has no visible impact on the image, but is a bit of a distraction when watching a more serious movie in a good dark room. While there is no way to remove the black ring, a projection screen with a black fabric frame will go a long way to hiding the ring and increase perceived image contrast.

Weak Onboard Audio. A couple of 3-watt speakers isn't going to cut it for most viewers. It sounds similar to what a laptop may produce. While it can fill a room, the sound quickly begins to get worse as volume is raised. The PF1500 doesn't deliver a quality room filling sound, but it does have sound that works in the right situation. That situation isn't going to be movie night with the family or game day with some friends. Certainly a nice home theater audio setup will deliver the best in audio quality, but even a set of decent computer speakers plugged directly into the projector will deliver a great deal more audio quality for any listening environment.

Fan Noise Disparity. If you are running in full power mode, fan noise may be an issue. The PF1500 doesn't get loud compared to other projectors, but in full power mode it is significantly louder than either of the lower power modes. The fans are low in pitch, so not particularly intrusive. But the projector is suddenly heard during quiet scenes, or during dialog. If the PF1500 is kept in low power all the time, nobody will ever care. If action flicks are always on screen, then nobody may notice. If high power is called for, then some care should be taken to mount the projector at least a few feet away from those seated nearby to reduce fan noise a bit. In the lower power modes, the fan noise is nearly inaudible and in a class by themselves. Compared to them the jump to high power mode comes as a shock.

Very Limited Placement Flexibility. In the world of micro projectors having any zoom capability at all seems like a gift, but the LG PF1500 is pretty chintzy with that gift. The 1.1 zoom range is similar to what bottom of the line business class projectors often offer. For use as a portable projector, this may not have much impact on things, but it's a shame that placement flexibility is so restricted. The lens has zero offset, which places it dead even with the top edge of the screen when ceiling mounting. For low ceilings this may be perfect, but for a more typical eight foot ceiling it means the projector will likely need to be dropped several inches, or perhaps a couple of feet, to be even with the top edge of the projected on screen image.

Conclusion

There is no question that the LG PF1500 has set a benchmark for features which no other manufacturer of LED projectors has been able to touch (arguably, no other manufacturer of any type of projector has been able to touch it). It is priced right, is feature packed, has a lamp that never needs replacing, and is still small enough to take over to the relatives for some quick movie viewing. When that movie is done, you can bring it home and fire it up in your home theater space and watch to your heart's content knowing that the 30,000 hour lamp life will let you enjoy 8 hours of viewing, every single day, for the next ten years, while maintaining an image that is bright enough to be enjoyed on a screen of about 120" diagonal without any problems.

For years the micro and Pico projectors have been a bit of a fish out of water. With brightness that has ranged from low to very low and resolution that has been about half, or less, of what is considered standard for home theater, it has been hard to find a place for these models. But the LG PF1500 brings brightness up and prices down. It is clear that right place to store this projector is right up there on your ceiling so it can light up the 120" screen on your wall. Add in a thundering surround sound system, and the LG PF1500 will put a smile on the faces of you and all of your family and friends.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our LG PF1500 projector page.

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chris Posted May 15, 2015 12:41 AM PST
Great Review! I have one major concern: the warranty. A member in the AVSforum wrote that there was a warranty card with the projector that indicates a year warranty. Further, the warranty EXCLUDES the light engine.

Is the light engine of the PF1500 excluded from warranty? If there is a problem with the light engine, is there an estimated replacement/repair cost provided by LG?
davidm Posted May 15, 2015 9:02 AM PST
Thanks for the detailed review, including particular attention to fan noise. Any level of fan noise can be obtrusive. I'm surprised LED projectors with their lower heat haven't resolved this, such as how it's solved on silent workstations, with larger slower moving fans for example. I presume this is just not a priority for the industry. I am also surprised the price of LED projectors is still high. This is a very conservative, incremental industry that is focused on product tiers. I'm excited with what's developing in laser projectors. With their perfect black levels and ability to run silently they will hopefully shake things up.
Paul D. Vail Posted May 20, 2015 5:53 AM PST
Chris - The website states that there is a 2-year warranty on the PF1500. The LG warranty excludes user-replaceable lamps. Since the PF1500 does not have a user-replaceable lamp, the LEDs should be covered. It should be noted that it was determined that the LEDs within the projector can be removed and replaced as they are not soldered to the main board. This means that if there is a LED issue, they can be replaced. But, during the first two years this will be covered under warranty, and they are rated to last for many, many years.

David - I thought it was great that LG put out a design that could deliver near silent performance. I continue to hope that they will improve upon that concept and design and deliver more and more lumens with near silent noise levels. Laser projection certainly offers some interesting opportunities, but isn't as straightforward as LED and brings with it some dangers that are associated with lasers. I'm not sure how much to expect in the next 3-5 years from that technology.

LED products are one I have been vehemently opposed to for years. They haven't been bright enough for home theater, they haven't been 1080p, they have had noisy (whiney) fans. They were little more than toys. Great for the kids at 50" or so. But, with last years 85 model and this years 1500 model, LG is really setting LED up as a mainstream product for theater use. They still have room to grow, but they have crossed a line from toys to serious home theater product, and it's great to see.
Marcus Posted Jun 13, 2015 10:14 PM PST
I have been running Epson projectors for the 10 yrs and the cost and frequency of replacing bulbs has gotten t be a bit much. I really have considerd this LG projector, but I have a few concerns. 1) led's wont last as long as they claim, and no pricing for their replacements. 2) I keep hearing from everyone I know in the industry, Lg has the worst customer service and doesn't back their warranties. 3) the lumens just don't seem to be quite bright enough yet. Which surprises me since led's can be made for extreme brightness. So if anyone coild clear up these issues for me, I would probably make the leap.
Sam Velu Posted Jun 16, 2015 7:22 AM PST
I'm always excited about using LED as the light source for projectors. LED provides immense opportunities for the projector designers to 1) reduce the noise level, 2) reduce the size, 3) increase the MTBF (mean time between failures) for the lamp (which means not needing to replace the light source for the life of the projector), and 4) reduce the price. I'm seeing all these in this product.

But 1500 lumens of light output is simply not bright enough to make a commitment. Will wait for another year.
Don Posted Jun 18, 2015 8:27 AM PST
According to the manual The Bluetooth is compatible with an extreme low number of devices (about 4 types of headphones). They do not list any soundbar or home theatre sound system as compatible, so any actual compatibility to any other device may be pure coincidence. Do not assume the projector comes with Bluetooth, because for most practical purposes, it does not.
The Posted Jul 23, 2015 2:03 AM PST
it works with all bluetooth
Lazarus Dark Posted Aug 13, 2015 7:17 PM PST
I am considering this for my first projector (in part because my wife needs to use it once a week for work, so I need something portable and figured with this she can use it during the week and I can mount it for weekend use) I am currently using a LG 50ps60 50" plasma from 2009. I purchased this LG plasma specifically because it was one of few affordable displays at the time that properly displayed a 24hz signal for bluray use. I find trying to watch 24hz video on a 60hz display to be painful. So my main concern for this projector is: does it only project at 60hz or does it project at some multiple of 24hz when fed a 24hz signal?
ZengShen Posted Aug 16, 2015 12:09 PM PST
Just returned this projector. The Smart TV Apps aren't enabled: No Netflix, No Hulu + as the article and the specs claim. LG Tech support/customer service is no help! The projector did produce high quality and very smooth picture but the room needs to be completely dark. But this is the case for high def only. On the lower res. the picture is really bad. I'd concur with the article the lumens at the brightest settings are about 900 not near what is spec'ed.
Shane Posted Aug 25, 2015 3:44 PM PST
I have heard that renaming an input PC reduces the lag. Is there any way to test this or does anyone know if its true?
Farhad Posted Sep 24, 2015 8:56 AM PST
I'm planning to buy my first ever projector soon but don't know what to pick between BenQ w1070+ and LG pf1500. I'm gonna use it in my living room and it has two huge Windows, no matter what I do it won't get very dark during the day, and I'm gonna use my projector for play games. Could some one plz give some valuable advise?

Many thanks
mnn Posted Oct 1, 2015 4:37 AM PST
Doesn't the built-in AV Sync feature deal with lip sync issues?

"Synchronizes video and audio directly when they do not match. If you set AVSync.Adjust to ON, you can adjust the sound output (projector speaker, SPDIF, or Bluetooth) to the screen image."
Ed Decker Posted Oct 27, 2015 5:44 AM PST
I've owned the PF1500 for just over a week now, and I can pass along some observations: First, if you're interested in gaming, the PF1500 is just not for you. Even broadcast TV sometimes requires adjustment at either the receiver/amp or the projector (there is now and audio sync menu option built-in, but since I prefer adjusting audio sync on the amp I haven't tried that yet). Second, if TV and movie-watching is still of interest to you, there are a number of ways to darken windows, including opaque blinds and pull-down shades--the last I purchased, from IKEA, did the job nicely to shut out light from a sliding-glass patio door. I found a source online for calibration settings which I applied (with a couple of minor tweaks to increase color intensity and gamma) and am now very happy with running the PJ on full power, on a sturdy tripod perhaps two feet behind our seating area. [The top of the image is about 10 inches down from our 8 ft. ceiling, and the projected area is about 88 in. horizontal width.]
Carl Rutschow Posted Nov 24, 2015 2:13 AM PST
I just purchased the LG PF1500 for use in my home theater, which is a dark room. I am happy with it's performance. It gives a bright, snappy picture on my 100" screen (screen gain of 1) when used at the medium power level (Energy setting of Medium).

One tweak I did to get a better gray scale and a more natural looking picture was to set the Gamma to the minimum value in the Advanced Control section. The default gamma value tends to crush the black levels and make the picture look somewhat flat. With that I set the contrast to 100, the brightness to about 45, and the Dynamic Contrast to low.

It gives a noticeably better picture with improved contrast and color over my old Ben-Q projector (whose color wheel failed) that had the typical Xenon arc lamp light source. Also uses only about a quarter of the power.
Sluggie Posted Jan 4, 2016 10:50 PM PST
Still holding back with my purchase decision. After +4 hours reading reviews from Euro and US sites, I found the European is totally different projector.

The lumen/contrast performance and specs doesnt apply at all to European version. Calibrated Euro version compared to equally calibrated US version is about 300 lumens behind US version. Less lumens leads to lower contrast and black performance also. Most stunning thrill from LG was when they dropped XD- engine and 120Hz option away.
Gary Posted Jan 6, 2016 9:06 AM PST
PF 1500 South African model with the normal square remote. I get hd quality pictures when inputting hd material 720 or 1080 and can see this projector is quite cappable but using the hdmi inputs with different cables and source equipment i only get a picture looking like dvd resolution. Avatar looks like a vhs copy on the PF1500 compared to how it looked on my HW300G before it doed after 4 years. I returned the PF1500 was looking for it for the past year to replace the dead unit but now i am very disapointed. Did lg do something to the units destined for our markets leaving out some video processors. The reviews was mouthwatering.
Valentin Posted Mar 7, 2016 9:22 AM PST
Working fine with displaying photos and films. There is a problem viewing large PPTX files. Even 50 MB files can't be displayed. In the manual the limitations in the size of files are not mentioned. Even not how to solve this problem.
Wynand Radyn Posted Jun 23, 2016 6:25 AM PST
Hi Gary from SA. I'm in the process of buying a projector for my home cinema and was considering this LG. I'm now rethinking it. Any advise on alternatives? Something that would not break the bank and land me in divorce court.

Much regards, Wynand.
Chris Posted Oct 3, 2016 10:13 AM PST
Did you test the lag of the PF1500u with the input modes set to PC/Laptop and Bluetooth disabled?

I have used my dual PF1500u (layered images)setup for five months as a giant screen secondary computer monitor and I do not notice the lag with the inputs set to PC/Laptop and Bluetooth disabled in any of the the other modes if those conditions are set.
Baothan Posted Dec 24, 2016 4:37 AM PST
Bluetooth connection to speakers isn't maintained (Beoplay S3). A fuss through the menu to make the connection each time the projector is started.
Penny Jeter Posted Jun 4, 2017 6:00 AM PST
Just bought the 'updated for 2017' PF1500W. It seems they've put an Android box into an LED projector...the integrated wifi and OTA /cable tuner makes this more of an "all in one" unit... Tied to the LG store for apps and potential media purposes. Picture wise (subjectively) seems brighter than the Qumi Q5 (previous LED "500 lumen") projector only...but not quite as bright as an old 1200 lumen traditional bulb I used at work... But unable to objectively evaluate the 1400 lumen claim with instrumentation and test patterns in the home. I do notice some very slight blurring on edges, and some "rgb chromatic trailing in high contrast movement-- for example when watching Star Trek, a white trail moving across the black background I can see some r g b trails on the edge of the white moving item-- but not all family members seem to notice it? Interested in discussing with other PF1500w owners also.
Michael C. Barens Posted Oct 5, 2017 11:37 AM PST
I have owned the LG PF1500 for a year now. I have many projectors in my home to include three LG projectors. The LG projectors have very good color compared to other LED-based projectors I have used.

I have owned a Vivitek HD1185 for more than two years. I really like this projector. It has 3D and looks beautiful on a 120-inch screen. I don't use this projector for anything but movies because I don't want to burn out the bulb. I bought a cheap Pyle projector to use for watching the news and using the projector in background mode in order to not put so many hours on the bulb.

I put the PF1500 in my office. I have it on a 96-inch screen. I find that the image on the LG is as good as the Vivitek at this size. I use the LG all the time as I am not worried about burning out the bulb.

For me, any sacrifice in image quality is made up by not having to deal with the anxiety of burning out an expensive bulb. Most people who see the PF1500 tell me it looks like a big TV.

I do not like the lens on the PF1500. It needs focusing frequently and there is little or no granularity dialing in the focus. I don't use any of the SMART TV features as I feed the video signal into my receiver where I have a Firestick, Roku, PC and Google Caster connected.

I highly recommend the PF1500. I bought it when I saw it on sale at Amazon for $699.95. I have not seen it this cheap again but I understand that Fry's had it for less at one time.

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