Once in a while, specs don’t tell the whole story. Take the LG PH450U projector. It’s a 720p DLP projector that costs $650, which sounds archaic and overpriced in this age of itty-bitty laser projectors.
But the PH450U is actually pretty cool. For one thing, it’s travel-friendly: The little box weighs just 2.4 pounds. You also don’t need to be anywhere near a power outlet to use it because it runs on batteries. According to LG, it’ll give you two-and-a-half hours of showtime per charge.
The PH450U is a short-throw projector, which means you don’t need much space to project a mammoth picture. You just stick it next to a wall and you’re good to go. It can beam an 80-inch picture from about a foot away, and if you’re crammed inside a tiny city apartment, you probably understand the draw of a huge picture with a small footprint.
Another cool trait is that you don’t have to plug a source into it. There’s a built-in TV tuner, as well as Wi-Fi Direct and Miracast casting features for Android phones. The little projector has its own speakers, but there’s also Bluetooth audio out.
Don’t expect the same kind of brightness you’d get out of a larger projector, but the PH450U is pretty bright for a portable battery-powered model. Its LED lamp blasts out 450 lumens, which is more powerful than your average pocket projector. And LG says the lamp is good for 30,000 hours of usage.