LG HU80KA review & specs

LG HU80KA: Laser Type 4K/HDR Projector with Wireless Connectivity

LG HU80KA

This high-end LG HU80KA 4K UHD projector is innovative and full of features including the native 4K UHD image quality, HDR support, wireless streaming, and so on.

The unit is versatile and can be installed upright on any surface. It has an unusual design, can provide a crisp colorful picture from different distances to the screen, and supports the share function with smartphones and tablets.

The HU80KA has an intuitive and simple setup and supports the LG smart platform. Its only disadvantage is the non-serviceable laser appliance, which, however, should serve five times more than regular DLP projectors with lamps.

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Design

The first thing to describe in the HU80KA review is its unique design. The long rectangular box with the vent grills and the handle doesn’t remind of anything projector-like. The lens is situated in the upper part of the box and can project the picture directly onto the screen or via the mirror reflection. The mirror is built-in, the lens cap can be removed.

On the side of the projector are the zoom and focus dials, and all connections are located on the bottom part. The carrying handle is adjustable and can serve as a prop for the projector installed on the tabletop.

Features

The LG HU80KA produces native 4K resolution and formats with lower resolution as well (e.g. 1080p). It’s HDR10 compatible but doesn’t support HLG or Dolby Vision. The integrated DLP technology enhanced by the laser CineBeam technology enables the contrast ratio up to 150,000:1.

The connections include two HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI ports, one of which is ARC-enabled. There’s no VGA input, but the projector is fitted with the Ethernet port and wireless options. The projector sends the sound to the wireless speaker through Bluetooth or perform screen sharing via WiFi. The audio inputs and outputs enable connecting the soundbar, the speaker set, or the AV receiver.

The LG HU80KA review would be incomplete without mentioning the WebOs platform implementing the smart TV in this projector. The Smart TV and browser access are operated easily through the Magic Remote having the mouse function.

Performance

The image produced by LG CineBeam HU80KA remains contrasting and full of colors. and shades in both dark and lit environment. 8 million pixels of 4K resolution projected with the 2,500 lumens provide bright peaks and subtle color transition, with natural skin tones. The blacks are deep and the greys and whites are uniform. The color accuracy is high, while the yellows might be a bit oversaturated in the semi-lit environment.

The projector has the built-in stereo speakers with a decent sound, rated at 7W each. The set is enough for watching TV shows or conducting the presentation, but the music doesn’t sound impressive due to thin bass.

The device works quietly, with 30 dB of maximum volume, which is unnoticeable when watching the movie. The adjustment options include the throw regulation and zooming for 1.3X. The screen can reach as large as 150 inches in diagonal without affecting the picture quality.

Common features

Product

LG HU80KA

Model

HU80KA

Brand

LG

Rating

4.2 of 5

Reviews

30

Resolution

Native resolution

3840 x 2160

Max resolution (resized)

4096 x 2160

Resolution abbreviation

4K

Properties

Projection screen size, inch

40 - 150

Projection distance, m/ft

1.1 - 4.3/3.2 - 13.1

Aspect ratio

16:9

Brightness, lumens

2500

Contrast ratio

150000:1

Throw ratio range

1.32:1 - 1.58:1

Color reproduction

1.07 billion

Pixel number

8847360

Projection system

DLP

Noise level, dBA

30

Input lag, ms

70

Power consumption, W

250

Features

Remote control

Mouse functions

HDR

3D

Security

Kensington lock, password protection

Projection method

front, ceiling mount, tabletop

Lamp

Lamp type, W

Lamp life (normal mode), hours

20000

Lamp life (eco mode), hours

20000

Connectivity

HDMI

2

VGA input

Composite video input (RCA)

1

Audio input (RCA)

1

Audio input (3.5mm)

Audio output (3.5mm)

SPDIF (optical)

1

Ethernet (RJ45)

MHL

RS232 (DB-9pin)

12V trigger

USB

2

USB (service)

Audio

Integrated speakers

Speaker power, W

14

Sound type

stereo

Video compatibility

NTSC

PAL

SECAM

Lens

F-number

Focal length, mm

Lens shift

Zoom ratio

Settings

Keystone adjustment vertical, +- degrees

Keystone adjustment horizontal, +- degrees

Operating temperature

Min, C/F

Max, C/F

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, сm/inches

18.5 x 6.2 x 6.2/47 x 16 x 16

Weight, kg/pounds

6.7/13.2

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