LG HU85L projector needs but two inches to cast a 90″ picture

Good news, fans of home cinema projection: LG announced the imaginatively named HU85L, the second in its CineBeam Laser 4K family of ultra-short-throw projectors.

The company claims that the HU85L just needs 2" of clearance from a wall to be able to slap a 90"-diagonal image on it. Increasing the distance to a still-short 7" nets a picture 120" across. The outgoing HU80K was able to throw an image 150" across if mounted to a ceiling, so it's likely that the newcomer can perform that feat equally well.

The projector's resolution is 3840×2160, and LG says the bulb should be capable of putting out 2500 lumens. LG says the HU85L has a "wide color gamut" but doesn't mention many more tech specs. If the older model is any indication, though, there could be HDR10 support on tap and a contrast ratio as high as 150,000:1.

Fancy, magically tidy and wire-free living room available separately

USB, Ethernet, and HDMI connectivity round out the port selection, and there's 12-point keystone adjustment for getting a perfect fit to your living room wall. Additionally, the HU85L has an almost-intelligent voice assistant that should be able to understand simple commands like shutting down the projector after a movie's done.

LG isn't talking pricing just yet (it likely will at CES 2019), but the previous-generation HU80KA currently rings in at close to $2500. Our guess is that the newcomer is likely to carry a larger price tag.

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    • Sargent Duck
    • 10 months ago

    [quote<] just needs 2"[/quote<] That's what she said.

      • Grahambo910
      • 10 months ago

      She said she wanted 8 inches.

      I said “No problem! We’ll just go four times!”

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 10 months ago

    The closer the projector gets to the wall, the more people will recognize how poorly the house was framed and walls finished. Not sure they can have enough keystone adjustments to get out all the depressions in your wall.

      • Waco
      • 10 months ago

      Point further enforced by the [i<]product photo[/i<] showing a wrinkle on the wall. 🙂

    • mark625
    • 10 months ago

    Pretty sure that’s a bedroom. The bed kind of gives it away. Or maybe it’s one of those hideous “efficiency” apartments with one big room for everything.

    Oh yeah, tech stuff. The projector is cool, especially how it projects black pixels to make the white wall look dark in a daylit room. Most projectors can’t do that. Maybe it’s the lasers.

      • Acidicheartburn
      • 10 months ago

      [quote<]"efficiency" apartments with one big room for everything[/quote<] So... a studio.

      • Kretschmer
      • 10 months ago

      Studios are a decent way of life in expensive cities. Location, location, location.

        • Goty
        • 10 months ago

        That’s like the yuppie version of the “This is fine” comic.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 10 months ago

    The top of the image has to be way darker than the bottom, right? I can’t figure out any way around that, unless the bottom isn’t as bright.

    Edit: I also want that phone the guy’s holding, which can apparently cast directly to the projector with zero lag.

      • cygnus1
      • 10 months ago

      I don’t think these laser projectors have a bulb like light source. I think they can control brightness of each line on these laser scanning projectors. There’s a prism and lens system that moves to aim the laser. I think it works similar to a CRT in that the laser scans the image onto the projection surface. So if it can control brightness per line, then it can dim as it scans down to create close to uniform brightness.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 months ago

        Ok that makes much more sense thank you.

        • ozzuneoj
        • 10 months ago

        I haven’t seen one myself yet but I’ve heard that laser projectors can provide CRT-like motion clarity because of the CRT-like way the image is displayed. I’m not really interested in having to project onto a wall or even a pull down projection screen but if it can make a 90″ image at 2″ I’d be very interested to have a rear-projection like display with CRT clarity. Could be very cool. I don’t know the specifics of whether it can be done or not… Mostly for eye safety reasons.

      • GTVic
      • 10 months ago

      We’ll have to wait until they develop technology where different pixels can be different intensities and colors. Until then I guess I’ll have to continue to enjoy watching that featureless grey rectangle.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 months ago

        This is quite possibly the dumbest “sarcastic” comment I’ve read on this Internet Portal.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 10 months ago

    “Images simulated” is missing on the picture. Maybe on a 50″ projection you could get that bright, but no way at 120″ with 2500lumens.

    • notfred
    • 10 months ago

    I love this new generation of projectors that have the magical ability to suck in light and render a black darker than the wall they are projecting on.

      • Chrispy_
      • 10 months ago

      If they depicted projector output realistically in a daytime setting they’d never sell another projector ever again.

      • jihadjoe
      • 10 months ago

      It just works!

      • DPete27
      • 10 months ago

      No kidding. VA monitors only do 3000:1 contrast. 150,000:1 from a projector?….gimme a break. I wouldn’t even believe 1/100 that.

      • chuckula
      • 10 months ago

      Well duh, haven’t you heard of a [i<]black[/i<] light??

      • Wirko
      • 10 months ago

      Well duh, haven’t you heard of black wall paint?

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 10 months ago

        I have a dark grey projector screen actually.

          • jihadjoe
          • 10 months ago

          Grey screens ftw! I’m using a 0.75 gain myself and so long as the projector is bright enough the contrast is amazing.

        • Mr Bill
        • 10 months ago

        You would sure need something on that wall to make it actually smooth to avoid those ghost face with flashlight effects.

      • Wirko
      • 10 months ago

      I see a white beam, but there’s no black beam directed towards the dark parts of image, so obviously something’s photoshopped.

      • green
      • 10 months ago

      1. download image
      2. open in image editing program
      3. zoom in on car shadow
      4. select eye-dropped tool
      5. be amazed at how many pixels are very dark blue, very dark red, or a combination of both
      6. see [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checker_shadow_illusion[/url<] also, misleading materials in marketing materials? well this is a first...

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 10 months ago

      Wait, so is this a dark sucker or a light emitter? Confused.

      • Laykun
      • 10 months ago

      Perhaps he’s using a black projector screen?

      [url<]https://youtu.be/MssmLgmMwtA[/url<]

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