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Pros: - Great picture quality right out of the box. I set it up in Cinema mode, then ran my video calibration disc and only had to tweak the default settings slightly to make them perfect (see below).
- Plenty of lumens in a light-controlled room, and not too terribly washed out with a light on for watching TV. I've left it on the default medium energy savings mode.
- TV tuner works great for over-the-air HD channels; locks onto signal quickly. The entire projector is smaller than the standalone HD tuner for my TV!
- No focus issues (loose focus wheel) on my set.
- Fan noice is quite reasonable and not noticeable in anything but very quiet scenes.
- The set automatically recognizes which side is up, so you just flip it upside down and it knows it's in ceiling mount mode. I was surprised at first when those settings options were greyed out.
- The picture is only slightly less sharp than the mid-level CRT projectors I'm used to (but way better than an entry level CRT), but setup is so much easier without 3-bulb convergence to deal with. And 3 lbs vs 100+ lbs is a lot more manageable! Digital has really come a long ways the past few years.
- Works well doubling as a business projector, with a quality carrying case (which is good enough to be the packaging it ships in, which should make environmentalists happy) and typical hookups supplied for on-the-go usage.
Cons: - A small amount of zoom would be nice for fine tuning the placement.
- The regular remote died almost immediately. I called LG support and they walked me through the hard reset on both the projector and remote (see below), which aren't covered in the manual. Neither step fixed it, so they sent a replacement remote. Actually, it took three tries before the warranty claim was properly filed... The new remote arrived after five weeks. LG's support is friendly and easily accessed, but they don't always follow up on sending promised items or emails.
- 16x10 is awkward if you have a 16x9 screen... If you want the full screen width to be used, you have to live with a tiny bit of info spilling over the top and bottom. It's rarely an issue for watching movies, but it's a bit tough to read some of the menus without switching aspect ratios.
- The speakers are barely adequate for an alarm clock, let alone an A/V system. Use the headphone jack with a Y-splitter to run it to a real audio system when watching TV. Being a headphone jack, rather than proper Audio Out, plugging into it automatically mutes the speakers. That means you need to either use your audio system permanently or constantly connect/disconnect the cable.
- HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) does not appear to be supported for watching 5.1 TV broadcasts; it would need to be able to accept the TV input while keeping the HDMI input active to also function as an output. (I haven't tested this, as my receiver doesn't support it, either, but I don't see it in the specs or documentation.)
- The lens cap is ridiculously hard to thread on. The tab you're supposed to slide the string under has an opening at the bottom, so the string wants to go straight into the opening every time. It takes some patience to get it to curve back toward you.
Other Thoughts: For some reason, the specs and manual don't state the size of the mounting screws. I think they're pretty standard, since I used ones from another projector mount to check, but to save people some trouble, there are four of them (plus the tripod mount which is a different size thread) and they're M4 x 0.7.
The magic remote is pretty cool, as it doesn't need a direct line of sight. This can be quite handy, since a properly set up room will likely have the main seating position right below the projector and you'd have to bounce a signal off the back wall or contort over the back of the couch otherwise to get a regular IR remote signal to it. (Too bad their isn't a second IR sensor on the front of the projector, as that would allow you to easily bounce the signal off the screen in front of you.) As for having two remotes, think of it like a keyboard and mouse for your computer. The mouse (i.e., the magic remote) is a much quicker way of moving around than arrowing up/down/over, but the keyboard (i.e., the regular remote) is easier for small movements.
If you connect it to your computer via VGA (D-SUB), you'll be limited to 1024x768. Use DVI or HDMI to get the full resolution and the ability for the computer to recognize the monitor.
Projector Hard Reset (doesn't seem to change your customized settings):
1) turn off, 2) unplug, 3) wait 1 minute, 4) hold down power button for 30 seconds, 5) plug back in
Regular Remote Hard Reset:
1) remove batteries, 2) hold down Power and Settings buttons for 10 seconds
Everyone's set will probably be a bit different, but if you want to try my calibrated color settings, they are: Contrast = 74, Brightness = 31, Sharpness = 20, Color = 56, Tint = G2 (Component Input). Contrast = 91, Brightness = 56, Sharpness = 20, Color = 56, Tint = G2 (HDMI Input).
I haven't tried WiFi, USB, 3D, and the various apps.
Minimum energy saving mode lights up the picture a bit better, but you'll hardly miss the extra lumens in the default "medium" mode. (It would be nice if the manual specified bulb life for each of the three brightness modes, as well as how many lumens each is putting out.)
I had planned on waiting longer for more LED projector reviews, including long-term reliability, but at sub-$500 on special, it seemed like a good time to jump in. No regrets so far!
Pros: instantly recognized by Ubuntu 12.04, no configuration necessary; plenty fast for web browsing.
Cons: none yet
Other Thoughts: Haven't tested its effective range yet, but everything else about it is great, especially for $10 on special. Perfect for when a wired setup is inconvenient.READ FULL REVIEW