LG Minibeam PF1000U Portable Projector : I absolutely love it

Very impressed with the product (for what i paid for it) and much smaller than i expected and throws a great image but very disappointed to discover this is yet another product crippled by lg that has reduced functionality in the uk. No smart functions, no wireless, ethernet which is not entirely clear as most pf1000u reviews online all tell you its a smart model. As i am only really using this for gaming it is not such an issue for me right now but i am sure i will be cheesed right off in the future if i wanted to properly use it for watching movies as i’ll now need to fudge it to do that.

I have received it yesterday and since then can’t stop using it :)for a long a while i was looking for a projector to watch movies and sports on my leaving room wall (~120 inches) that will be portable, deliver at least hd(720p), and good projecting power. This projector has fully answered my expectations. I have connected it a google chromecast and using mobile devices and pc(with chrome) to cast to it. It is true that in order to get a nice picture you would need a dark room, but that is fine with me. If you are looking for a professional 1080p or 4k powerfull device this device is not for you. If you are like me, what to enjoy big screen experience once in while, this device is perfect. Pros:very portable – easy to set up and move between roomsno need for distance from the wallquitelooks very good in a dark roomeasy to use with bluetooth speaker3. 5mm headphone jackgood remote controlthe battery can give you a full movie timewhile the picture might not be amazing, it can still be seen in a lighted roomcons:speakers are useless. Not sure why lg has included them. Works much better on dark roomsthe kids are now fighting for ‘projector time’, to watch things in their bedrooms.

I had this for a few months and didn’t know what to expect at first. Before buying i asked myself this:1. Whould it be better than the tv ?i can say now that i’m not buying a tv in the near future, not even a 4k one. Whould the colours lose their tone in time?the led promise stand good so far, it’s precise, accurate, needs full darkness to shine it’s true potential. Whould it be a good investment for the next 5 year as 4k is strongly promoted?it’s very portable and for the moment i’m in rent and don’t see a better alternative. And most important whould i see movie wirelessly from my pc?it doesn’t do a good job. Maybe for presentations but not for movies.

To set my scenario clearly, i have a 65 i’m samsung qled 4k tv, but my crazy twin broke it. It still world but with horizontal and vertical lines. I don’t want to spend much, especially samsung is watchable for the kids but not me and a little bit of gaming. This projector makes my tv experience amazing. All my wall is painted white, so i watch the premier league in my room with no fuss or play game in my living to by protecting it on a wall. It works great at night or very dark room and washed out during the day or with ambient light. I recommend for not so exteme gamer because of the input lag and someone that wants to move tv round the house as long as you have white wall. About to order a pull up screen. Hopefully the quality of the display will improve significantly.

I’ve had this a couple of days now after an ‘impulse buy’ its the 1st projector i have ever had so don’t really have a bench mark to compare it with, but for an impulse buy it’s just awesome and i couldn’t be happier. Takes no space at all, i’m getting a huge 98′ screen from just 33cm from the wall in my little man cave, the wall is just painted white no screen and the picture is bright and vivid, good colour decent blacks, with the lights off of course. The sound is a bit crappy that’s to be accepted, i don’t think any projector gives decent sound through its own speakers, a trip to richer sounds may be on the cards very soon for a av receiver & speakers this should take it to another level and i can have my own mini cinema. Apparently it can connect to freeview if you plug a tv arial in and if you use a fire stick its basically a smart tv, i haven’t bothered, just connected to a ps4 with one hdmi 2. 0 cable & a hdmi switch so i can choose tv or projector with the press of a button this works perfectly and with the amazon prime, netflix & sky go apps on the ps4 i have all the content i could need, playing the ps4 games is great too with a massive screen and i can use the ps4 dvd/blu-ray player to boot. I would defiantly recommend the lg pf1000u projector if you want a big screen and space is an issue i don’t think you will be disappointed.

The pf1000u projector is a beautifully made device, light but sturdy, builtin freeview tuner, great connections and good sound from such a small device. Where it falls short, in my opinion, is the image quality. Don’t get me wrong, is not bad, if you never had a projector before it definitely has the wow factor when projecting the image. But, compared with a regular, long or short throw projector, the image seems a bit cartoony, not very bright and not focused enough. There’s a focus wheel, but it never feels that you can adjust a perfectly clear image. Another annoying thing was the top curved image, due to the mirror shape. Also, is very sensitive to the surface you have the device on if it’s not straight the image bends quite a lot. Fan noise on medium and maximum economy settings is fine, but on minimum economy is loud. So, if you want to project something fast and move quickly to a different room, yes, it’s the perfect device. But if you want the cinema at home feeling, not so great.

It needs to be very dark, otherwise it gets washed out. I have it on the maximum power save (lowest brightness, but almost no fan noise) in a room with almost no light. Hundred inch picture on the wall, headphone jack to an old bose speaker – the best viewing experience i have had. Better than the cinema, as there are no distractions and you can be as close as you like to a massive image. I worried that i’d never use it, but i use it regularly – paired with a fire tv stick.

This projector has everything except the number of lumens needed to watch tv in daylight, which is a real shame. I bought this together with the more expensive optima gt5000+ with 3000 lumens compared to the 1000 lumens of the lg to see which was best for me. Being led the lg light source will outlive the projector itself. There are other aspects of the lg that set it aside from many others, including the optima, such as: having an optical out for your soundbar; a usb in for photos etc; wifi connection allowing you to connect your phone etc; aerial socket for the built-in freeview and its physical size is a third of the much bigger optima. The remote is a quality unit and the menus are very clear and easy to understand. Because of all these factors i really wanted to keep the lg, but at the end of the day lumens take the biscuit. Whilst the image is pretty good, particularly at night with the room darkened, i want the projector in our ground floor extension that has a lot of windows and is therefore a very bright room during the day. Being able to watch both projectors side-by-side made the decision for me, it is just not bright enough for what i need. If you intend to darken the room each time you use a projector then this will do the job perfectly, hence my 4 star rating. With more lumens i would take this every time.

  • Almost perfect, just needs more lumens.
  • Don’t doubt it. For big screen experience at home only
  • Your home cinema.

LG Minibeam PF1000U Portable Projector (Full HD, LED, Ultra short throw, 150,000:1 contrast, 1000 lumens)

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I bought this because i have a large geeky collection of 3d blu-ray movies, and my last 3d lg tv let me down with an untimely demise. I searched around but 3d tv in general seems to have died a death, with major manufacturers, including samsung and lg, having abandoned the capability in favour of 4k only. The cheapest 3d tv i could find was a panasonic for about the same price as this projector. So i bought this due to potential screen size, and i have zero regretsit’s not for everyone, in daylight it’s a bit feint (clear enough though), and it isn’t a standalone system. If you want to use this you’ll need to plug in a smart tv box (i have an android tv xiaomi mi box 3), a speaker (spdif/jack/bluetooth) and an aerial to plug in for live tv (has built-in digital freeview tuner). Plus, for 3d you’ll need to get a pair of dlp glasses (got 2 pairs for £16 off ebay). I wish it was the smart version they sell in the far east but this is still a good projector. You get used to the picture being faint in the day, and the picture at night or in a dark room is awesome. I love how the picture fills my wall.

High quality picture and works without a problem. Super useful to bring anywhere and instantly get a big picture screen. I have been very clumsy with it and dropped many times – would have been certain it would break but keeps working without a problem.

Lgpf1000u :you are paying for the connectivity and ease of use, no faffing straight out the box connect a fire stick or cast from your appleandr devices and your away. The internal speakers are ok for dialogue but not much else, but connection via a aux out to my bose sound touch 30 makes movies come alive, you can also connect via blue tooth. Negatives: a slight curve on the screen when protecting 100″ and really not for viewing in the daytime, im sure there is a better picture from other ust projectors at this money, however for it connectivity, portability, true full hd, connected to a ps4 it’s great.

So close to the screen it’s almost unbelievablepicture quality is good too. Runs completely off grid on its own battery supplyfabulous.

The projector is pretty amazing with low ambient lighting. However if you have windows near by and are trying to watch this during the day, the picture will be faded. For night time movie watching its amazing, if your looking to replace your tv, i would suggest something with higher lumens for daytime use.

This projector is perfect for movies and gaming, colours are great and its very handy that you can keep the projector on a table close to the wall (short throw) works best in low light conditions. Recommend buying a screen for best viewing quality, i got this on black friday deals for £650 so was well worth every penny.

I have a cinema in my living room and i didn’t have to drill holes in my ceiling and mess about with wires in my loft, i just had to put it on a table and it was done.

Easy to set up, excellent connectivity. Very bright in a north facing room during mid day without any curtains drawn. A little fiddly to fix position on a flat surface like a table as the anti skid feet are a little smooth for my liking. Will buy again during november end deals as i returned the prime day deal due to a large scratch on the reflective mirror. Update: bought during black friday deals week for £650. Connected to bose soundtouch 300 and virtually invisible speakers via optical. Using hdmi pass through for fire stick through the bose soundbar. And computer hdmi for the second port, and tv available too. Projecting a clear 60 inch screen between two cabinets to keep it dark.

  • Almost perfect, just needs more lumens.
  • Don’t doubt it. For big screen experience at home only
  • Your home cinema.

LG Minibeam PF1000U Portable Projector (Full HD, LED, Ultra short throw, 150,000:1 contrast, 1000 lumens)

Nice small and good resolution. Only one think didn’t like which its doesn’t support apple wifi connection, require wired connection.

At this price it was an absolute bargain. The picture quality is at least as good as a sim2 i paid £4k for 10yrs ago and sold with the house. If it had a zoom it would be perfect. I will be buying more, as every friend i have taken my little cinema to now wants one.

This is without doubt the best projector i’ve ever owned, so clever.

Works well and is delightfully small. Found it hard to find the right manual to view how to use the remote.

Very good item if you need a portable large screen tv. Picture quality of course is not as a tv but you going to enjoy your movie. Just place your projector at distance of 2/3 meters, turn all lights off and connect a good bluetooth speaker.

After trying several cheap and not that cheap generic chinese branded projectors some of them including android box. First of all: any of this small ones with wifi or android box will mirror your phone’s screen well if you want to cast amazon prime video of netflix. I tried with my iphones and samsung and you can only mirror your screen to play photos and videos recorded in your phone but not to cast third party apps. Once this is understood let’s explain the projector. 3 went back to the seller and kept this. The brightness is the best for this money.

I was reserved at first, waiting to see how it goes down the line. A year on and it still does exactly what is promised. It’s easy to use and you can survive without the remote if you have to. It bluetooth links to a speaker fine and without lag. The projector usb charges my usb-c phone well enough whilst it’s hdmi connected (the lead cost 15 euro on amazon). It’s not the brightest projector but it’s good for movies with say 3m-wide projections, where bringing the room lights near-fully down. But then, lots of lumens weren’t its attraction. It’s resolution is fine and it is compact and reliable. The details work, like it’s easy to focus and remains fully focused between cold and warm.

I needed a projector for a function where there was no place for a screen or a table far in front to place a projector at a usually required distance. I was desperate and found this under the search of ultra short throw projector and it certainly is. We put a small table in front of a wallpapered grey wall and it projected a very larger approx 100 inch image that was very acceptable. The table was less than a metre from the wall. The small table we sat it on was up right up against the wall. So it was totally unobtrusive and caused no “into the room” issues. It totally solved the worries that we had for the event and i am very glad i found it. I was hoping it would have an sd card input and was worried about the usb connectivity but it was not a problem. I put the videos on usb thumb drives and also connected wd hard drives. All read the files and played without issue.

This little bad boy is awesome. I couldn’t afford a full on hd replacement for my optoma (which was itself full hd) so bought this to tide me over. Absolutely amazing for the price. It starts up almost instantly, is very quiet and has a great picture. It’s also tiny, compared to the optoma gt5000 for e. Which is huge and bulky and a bit of an eyesore (i tried one out). Sure, it’s only 450 lumens so it’s performance in ambient light isn’t going to be great but in a room with curtains drawn (daytime, as in the picture) it works just fine. Also, 720p might seem a little grainy to begin with if you’re used to full hd, but i don’t even notice it anymore. For a ust projector at under £500, you’d be daft not to.

We bought it for the living room, and it is perfectquality, colors, sound, size, really light, etc. Really easy to use, good price, i hope it will still work in few years ;).

Fantastic protector couldn’t be happier , the image quality is great and the fact that it is led and don’t have to worry about changing the bulbs is a massive plus , would recommend.

 the lg ph450u, it may be 450 lumens, one hdmi, tiny speakers, one usb, 720p, but after owning the lg pf1000 the 1080 model, i really cannot believe how good this is and if i got this originally i would be more than happy. Unfortunately my other lg died and at the time could only get a refund, then due to price increases could not get another one. After trying a few different alternatives, the ultra short throw option suited my needs. Therefore this was the only option really, or waiting for a while building up funds. Okay it’s not great with all the lights on and full daylight but is watchable in my environment, there is a couple of photos where i have ceiling light on and a corner lamp on, the other model was better, though still washed out, in darker environment, and sat further away it’s on par with pf1000u model though slightly more grainy. The remote for this one i much prefer, better laid out, settings seem the same apart from the other model has 2 hdmi options, optical settings and a tv tuner, where the 450 does not. Overall if you not bothered about 1080, 2 hdmi, 2 usb, optical, then this is defiantly a great buy, i thought this would make me want it’s the other model, more than happy. Speakers on both models are not great, bluetooth on both addresses this.

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