XGA DLP Microportable Projector
Placement flexibility. Since it has a fixed-focus lens, the projected image size is determined solely by the placement of the projector. The diagonal of the projected image will be roughly 90% of the throw distance - so, for a 60" diagonal 4:3 picture, you will need to place the projector 5' 6" away. The HX300G has an adjustable front foot, which can be used to raise or lower the projector. However, the front foot does not have a quick-adjust tab, meaning you'll have to twist it repeatedly to adjust the height. When you are traveling and trying to get set up as quickly as possible, this might slow you down a bit.
Perhaps the best, fastest way to mount the projector is to use the tripod mount. The HX300G has a standard tripod screw-hole in the bottom, allowing it to be used with any number of lightweight, portable tripods. This gives the presenter the maximum amount of adjustability and control over projector placement and image size, but it does require that you carry a tripod along with the projector. A mini-tripod, some of which are small enough to fit in a pocket, is a good option in this case.
Power brick. The HX300G is advertised as a 1.7-pound projector, which is technically true. On our scale, we measured exactly 1.68 pounds. However, what the marketing literature doesn't mention is that the HX300G requires a sizable power brick in order to function. This brick weighs 1.6 pounds according to our scale, giving the package a total weight of 3.28 pounds. if you include the carrying case, remote control, and a small VGA cable, the whole package ends up weighing about 4.5 pounds in total.
This is not unusual. Every projector requires some ancillary equipment in order to operate, even if that's just a power cable. All told, the HX300G's complete package still weighs less than comparable equipment for a four-pound presentation projector. Nevertheless, the buyer should not be misled by the 1.7 lb weight spec, since that number does not include the weight of the power supply.
The LG HX300G is a rock-solid, highly capable microportable presentation projector. Up to 300 lumens and a bevy of useful features make it a great choice for anyone presenting in front of small groups. The HX300G presents a stepping stone between pocket-sized pico projectors and the much brighter four-pound portables, and it contains some of the best features of both. Its relatively high resolution makes it a great choice for presentations involving complex, detailed documents. The on-board media and document viewer allows you to go completely PC-free, should you choose to do so, and likewise reduces setup time. The FM transmitter, while a little buggy, is a hassle-free way to hook your small projector into big sound.
It is not without its limitations. Placement flexibility is almost nil without the addition of a tripod, and the weight of the projector plus all the accessories you'd need is almost three times the weight of the projector itself. However, it is still a very light, fully-featured presentation machine, and it is a great choice if you present to small groups and you want easy portability.
With an MSRP of $799, the HX300G costs more than several other XGA projectors under four pounds. It lacks the brightness of these other projectors as well; many of them are rated at more than 2,000 lumens, but their high pressure lamps have much lower anticipated life spans. What it brings to the table, specifically, is extreme portability and computer-free projection. The HX300G is the only projector in this category that gives you a full presentation suite, computer-free, at less than five pounds, including accessories. If that's what you need, the HX300G is the projector for you.
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