LG HS200G SVGA DLP Projector
  • Performance
  • 4.5
  • Features
  • Ease of Use
  • Value
$549 MSRP Discontinued

Well we all do it, we skim down for a quick peek at the conclusion to see what the bottom line is, right? So let me save you the trouble and get right to it...

LG's latest entry into the burgeoning micro-portable niche, the HS200, is nothing short of amazing. Besides its array of innovative features that include embedded DivX, USB inputs, and wireless FM for your audio feed, you get user-friendly ergonomics and a 30,000 hour lamp life. This highly adaptable LED-based miniature projector boasts a lumen output between 20 to 100% greater than the most recent projectors in its genre. What does that mean in real life? Well, in the old days I was very content using a Dream Vision DL 500 rated at 400 lumens that sold for $6,000. Comparatively, this teeny weensy HS200 blows its doors off. If this is but a hint of what is to come using LED lamp technology, what can I say, LIFE IS GOOD.


Lamp Life - Green with Envy: With LG's 30,000 hour LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamp there is little need to ever have to replace it. That represents quite a value considering the price of the projector is not much more than some projectors' replacement lamp cost. The HS200 will produce a very respectable picture quality for let's say 20-40 years depending on your daily usage! Not only that, by consuming less electricity and not containing any mercury, it's greener too.

Portability: While it won't fit in your pocket, the HS200 is very portable. The unit itself weighs 1.7 lbs; fully accessorized it tips the scales at a scant 4 pounds. It measures 2.0 inches high x 4.6 inches deep x 6.1 inches wide, about the size of a good novel. As an alternative to lugging around DVD players and even laptops, you can use its USB flash drive and its embedded FM transmitter for a genuine portable projection experience.

Connectivity: This is where the HS200 excels. It has practically every connection you could possibly need: USB, RGB/component, HDMI, composite, and a 1/8 audio output jack. It also includes a USB device that is a snap to set up and operate. Once attached it automatically activates a DivX Home Menu. Then sit back and watch your slide show, perhaps add some mood music, play a game, or even share you favorite flick. It's really that simple.

Control: Another attribute is how much adjustability is available on this mini sized projector. The advanced control in the picture section was especially advantageous in dialing in just the right picture quality for theater reproduction, as is the blank mode for presentation applications. I found the full screen mode in the photo section using the USB interface to be exceptionally beneficial. Even the LED mode options allowed for three levels of brightness. The menus were easy to navigate and utilize.

Image Quality: While not a behemoth in lumen output compared to conventional projectors, at 200 lumens it represents an improvement over other micro-portables. So how does this translate to real world applications? On a 90-inch screen in a light controlled environment it produces a high quality picture with decent punch, color saturation, and clarity. Where there is ambient light, if you limit your image size to 35 - 50 inches maximum, you can still expect reasonable performance.

Surprisingly Quiet: A typical issue with miniature projectors is fan noise. This is not as bothersome with the HS200. Even when it is on full light output (presentation mode) fan noise is tolerable. On lower output settings (movie mode) it is barely perceptible.

Security: The unit comes with a Kensington security system connector if you plan to leave it somewhere unattended.


Not Too Bright: Lumen output is a limitation with current LED lamp technology. Though the HS200 is at the top of the heap in its niche, 200 ANSI lumens is paltry compared to traditional portable presentation projectors. For about the same money you can purchase a 4 lb. SVGA projector that puts out over 2000 lumens. The big difference is lamp life and lamp replacement cost. Your decision may boil down to a choice between lumen output vs. lamp life.

Installation: Like most of the LED-based projectors in this class, the HS200 has a fixed focal length and no lens shift capability. So it requires some effort to set up. Positioning is a matter of location, location, location, as the distance between the lens and screen determines image size. In order to project onto an 80-inch diagonal screen, you need a hair over 7 ft of throw distance. Mounting on a tripod (not included) allows for greatest flexibility both in terms of height and distance positioning. Then again in a pinch, your coffee or conference table will suffice.

If you place the projector flat on a conference table, the bottom edge of the projected image will be level with the table. So you either need to use a tripod or tilt the projector upward if you want the image higher on the wall.

Resolution: When projecting material in its SVGA native resolution you can expect more than an admiral performance, with clear text and graphics. However, despite its ability to display resolutions as high as 1152x864, if you feed it resolutions higher than SVGA you will experience some loss of detail due to compression algorithms.

Sound Quality: Even though this projector has an integrated speaker system accompanied with basic balance and treble adjustments (via its FM wireless function) do not expect concert hall performance. The sonic quality is more analogous to the fidelity of a laptop computer. With that in mind, there is a 1/8-output jack that lets you hook up either a set of headphones, some self-powered speakers, or perhaps a home theater receiver, which I highly suggest for theater and gaming. The stock audio is adequate for close proximity presentations.

The Case of the Missing Case: Considering that the HS200 primary market is portability, I was surprised to find out that it did not include a case. LG tells us that they will also market the LG HS200G in the United States. This is the same model as the HS200, but with a case, for a few dollars more.

Laptop DVD Compatibility: LG's owner's manual states: "This projector may not support output from laptops when the laptop screen is on." We could not display a DVD movie (using the stock RGB cable) with two Toshiba laptops, one older model and one more recent. No matter what we did, it simply would not play movies. That said, our review model worked flawlessly with numerous other brands of laptops that we tried.

Who Would Use It?

Perhaps it is better to ask, "Who wouldn't use it?" Seriously, in LG's brochure they list applications such as home theater, pubs and bars, retails displays, camping and gaming. During my review I put it through several uses including:

Home Theater: For small dark rooms with a decent screen, or even a white wall, it produces a very nice video image. Color saturation is very good to excellent. One nifty advantage is to be able to use the headphone output with a great set of wireless headphones.

Gaming: Using our family's Wii as a source and plugging the audio output into a set of amplified JBL speakers, our cottage gaming experience was an absolute blast. We played tennis and golf on an 80 inch + image, and everyone enjoyed the experience.

Business Presentations: Excellent choice, it's light, reasonably bright, and quiet enough, not to mention the excellent connectivity and wireless capability.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles and, okay, Boats: We tried it out on my friend's 40ft SeaRay. This was a novel application; using his ASUS Laptop as a source we projected the image onto a Masonite board painted with GOO Systems paint. We were both blown away!


The LG HS200 is very portable, puts out a great image, and is quiet as a mouse. It is ergonomically well-designed, simple to use, with a host of input options. It provides an economical and enjoyable viewing experience for a variety of uses. Finally its LED lamp will last so long it has the potential of becoming a family heirloom. If you are looking for a small, convenient projector at a modest price that you'll never have to replace the lamp on, the HS200 might be exactly what you've been waiting for.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our LG HS200G projector page.

Comments (30) Post a Comment
tony matazinski Posted Dec 1, 2009 4:15 PM PST
What's the MSRP for this unit?
heather Posted Dec 7, 2009 2:35 PM PST
it has been up on Amazon.com for about 2 weeks now. $499 today (was $449 a weekago), the US model number is 'LG HS201' It is white & comes with NO case :p

I hope they boost the resolution, make it 16:9 native & add a lens shift on the next gen.
Brian Park Posted Dec 8, 2009 8:16 PM PST
Yes, it is great to enjoy a movie, TV, Game, MP3 etc. HS200 and HS201 are a little bit different model and accessory. If you want a reasonable price product, it is HS201.
Nabi Posted Dec 13, 2009 12:51 PM PST
Funny how long they've been stuck at the entry level resolution with led technology though, isn't it? It's like they think we must all buy one clunker before they will start to produce the real thing.
Anthony Posted Dec 25, 2009 9:55 AM PST
I have an LG HS201G, got it as a Christmas Present a couple days before Christmas. Super nice feature, well made unit, I'm an engineer, and a gadget guy so this fits perfect for me when travelling. Wow, it does need a case though, looked for a camcorder case or something, but can't seem to find exactly the right size. I did find a little Ultra Pod device that folds really small and is light, this works perfectly for mounting the projector, can even project on the ceiling with it. I totally agree with some of the previous comments, needs lens shift, needs 16:9 native resolution and most of all needs more lumens. I come from a business environment filled with 2000-2500 lumen projectors and this does take some getting used to, but...don't get me wrong, I have never seen one of those expensive and bright projectors with the features and connectivity that this little projector has. I love it, I will buy another at 400 lumens...then again at 1000 lumens. I have a Planar conventional projector I use for work, almost as small as this one, it has 2200 lumens beautiful images and video...but not near the connectivity. Hope this is good information.
Rino Posted Jan 27, 2010 5:17 AM PST
I everybody. Where it's possible to by this small projector: LG HS200 - DLP projector and the LG HS102G - DLP projector?

Thank you
Daniel Posted Feb 2, 2010 5:06 PM PST
If anybody is thinking about getting this projector, i consider you to wait a little bit 'til the LG HX300 comes out this year. It's a LED Projector with at least a native 1024x768 Resolution, and has 300Lumens vs HS201's 200lumens. I'm not sure how much it will cost though. I can't find any information of the ETA and price.
Jason Posted Feb 16, 2010 3:38 PM PST
You can try iSival's MP720B1. Its native resolution is 1280x768, aspect ratio is 16:9, includes HDMI and USB interface.
frank Posted Jun 30, 2010 6:53 PM PST
How exactly does the "FM receiver" work? -Does it simply pick up FM stations OR -Does it transmit the audio it is being fed over the air to be picked up by your FM radio in order to amplify the sound?
Stream Direct Posted Aug 16, 2010 2:48 AM PST
I did find a little Ultra Pod device that folds really small and is light, this works perfectly for mounting the projector, can even project on the ceiling with it.
ddk Posted Jan 3, 2011 7:23 PM PST
The only problem that there is not software for the remote neither cable to connect the projector with the pc. Since hdmi only transmits audio-video I assume you would need an A/A usb cable to connect it to the PC.
pat Posted Mar 9, 2011 8:47 AM PST
I have a new LG projector for my computer. I am trying to make a power point presentation. The REMOTE will power on and off but when I push the page up or down function a message comes on that reads "This function is not available at this time". How do I get the remote to page up and down so that I do not have to utilize the arrows on the computer?
Rouby Posted Aug 31, 2011 5:26 AM PST
The FM Transmitter transfers the sound input over FM waves so you can use your FM radio/boombox, etc. in order to amplify the sound.

However, the projector does have a built-in mono speaker which is adequate if sound quality is not paramount.

You can also plug a set of powered speakers via the headphone jack, which makes it extremely ideal.
mohammad Posted Oct 9, 2011 9:05 PM PST
I just bought Lg HS200 projector yesterday. When I connected the USB flash , the projector would not recognize the file of the powerpoint presentation? The presentation was made using MS office. Is there a solution to this problem? If not then I have to return the projector to the store.
Rahulan Narayan Posted Nov 9, 2011 3:44 AM PST
FM Audio feature is good, if you want to watch movies, without disturbing nieghbours. LG HS - 200 can act as FM transmitter within a given set of frequency.I use the FM radio receiver in my mobile phone(E-72 - Nokia) to receive the audio, and use my headset to hear it... LG HS-200 is my new toy
majeed Posted Dec 5, 2011 5:59 AM PST
pls i have read a lot about this projector and am in love with it though am not ok with the lumens.. i want to ask if it will be good for a cenima or DSTV centre for showing football... will i get quality picture if i open it wide as to 60"x30" thank you
PATRICK GOMES Posted Feb 5, 2012 6:32 AM PST
GOOD DAY, TO ALL. I have an HS200 (LG-PROJECTOR DLP), I CAN NOT CHANGE THE RESOLUTION Pal to NTSC, OR OTHER RESOLUCTION. HOW CAN SOMEONE DO THIS AMENDMENT GUIARME PROJECTOR HOW TO GET TO SEE COLOR IMAGES. IF I TURN THE SPOTLIGHT ON YOUR PC, it works with colors normal mind, but when I turn the projector on a cable TV box, Brenco is black and ... who can help me. Thank you all, I hope support soon.
P.K.Rajan Posted Feb 7, 2012 4:05 AM PST
I got one unit.My primary purpose is to do PPT presentations from my Laptop. But iam unable to do.Is there a way??!! May be with some add on Software or adopter etc..
Rishelle Posted Apr 16, 2012 10:46 AM PST
Great read! I especially like the fact this particular led projector has a high lamp life as the replacements tend to be a little costly. The advantages are great, However, I would love to know what the disadvantages are as well.
rajan Posted Apr 25, 2012 10:59 AM PST
I have LG LED HS200G Projector..The projector was really amazing for close to one year, but all of a sudden there are some white dots on the projection.. Can any one tell me what would be the problem.
Soumen Dey Posted Dec 3, 2012 7:28 PM PST
When I turn it on, it flashes red lights but not image is shown, but the light. Is it a lamp problem or a more serious
sky Posted Jan 24, 2013 3:36 PM PST
same problems here , today i have 13 white dots on right plus on grey in the center. what is wrong LG ???
Phanos Posted Jan 31, 2013 12:07 PM PST

Had this great little miracle for one year now. I turn it on yesterday and I have these white dots on the top right corner! Seems like a burn in kinda of thing.

Any ideas any one
T.RAVINDRA Posted Jul 30, 2013 12:19 AM PST
When I turn it on, it flashes red lights but not image is shown, but the light. Is it a lamp problem or a more serious if it is lamp problem how can i get it bcz i am staying in andhrapradesh and i am not getting the lamp at service center of A.P please make sure that regards
aatish Posted Nov 4, 2013 9:14 PM PST
I have LG HS200G-je Projector..The projector was really amazing for close to one year, but all of a sudden there are some white dots on the projection.. Can any one tell me what would be the problem.
Prof. LFO. Obika Posted Jun 25, 2014 8:52 AM PST
I bought one of this Projector (LG HS200G LED Projector) since late 2011, from a shop in Victoria Island, the Hub Media Store, Lagos, Nigeria). I must say that I have enjoyed using it for my lectures to students - portable, light and easy to turn on. However, one day, about two months ago, I was giving my lecture and suddenly the projector went blank, except for a flickering red spot. I tried to fix it here in Benin City as well as in Lagos (even in the shop where I bought it), but they seem not to have a clue to the problem. Needless to say that I am a very unhappy and frustrated Professor of Physiology right now because of this.


Thank you so very much for the quick reply.

Professor LFO. Obika.
Prof. LFO. Obika. Posted Sep 9, 2014 2:39 PM PST
I have had this projector for about three years now and suddenly during my lecture it just went off and left only a roaming red sport. I contacted the shop I bought it from and they could not help. Even the LG Shop had no solution for me. What do I do as I love this very handy projector, even though I have not explored all the potentials - I used it just for my lectures to my students in Nigeria. Please help.
okm Posted Dec 2, 2014 4:31 PM PST
My DLP projector LG - HS 201 is showing white spots on projection. Mechanic said the CCD 3 is defective. Where to get this spare part in India
Mathews Daniel Posted Sep 19, 2015 10:23 PM PST
Regarding LGHS200G projector showing a red spot roaming pls open the back cover and remove 3 connectors which drives the LEDs and fix it back. I solved the same issue I faced. Good luck
Titan Posted Oct 3, 2015 10:36 AM PST
Hi! I tried to fix my projector this way, but there are a lot of layers... it's more complicated than a phone. I removed the cover from the top, and the bottom, and I still didn't saw anything.. only some different kind of screws i should remove. On the back there were only a cover that covered the connections. Removing it didn't helped much. If you could be just a little more specific about which cover I should remove, it would be very helpful of you! Thanks anyway.

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