LG expanded its Minibeam line of portable projectors with the announcement of the advanced PH450U, a 720p DLP projector which costs $650, that sounds archaic and overpriced in this age of itty-bitty laser projectors.

The PH450U is a ultra-short throw projector, which means you do not need much space to project a mammoth picture. You just stick it next to a wall and you are good to go. It can beam an 80-inch picture from about a foot away, and if you are crammed inside a small city apartment, you probably understand the draw of a huge picture with a small footprint.


LG PH450U Features:

LG says the ultra-short throw projector has a rechargeable battery that will last two-and-a-half hours — just enough time to watch a movie on side of your neighbor’s house — and also an LED lamp with a brightness of 450 lumens. That kind of brightness means you will still have trouble watching movies in broad daylight, but it’s vastly more powerful than similarly the portable projectors like Sony’s MP-CL1 and the Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector.

Another cool trait is that you do not have to plug a source into it. There is a built-in TV tuner, as well as Wi-Fi Direct and also Miracast casting features for Android phones. This new little projector has its own speakers, but there is also Bluetooth audio out.

LG PH450U Price:

The PH450U will be available for $649.99 at BestBuy.com this month, with other retailers starting to sell it in end of October.