LG PH550 Minibeam Projector Review

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LG PH550 Minibeam Projector Review

This elegant, portable projector can be used as an on-the-go TV or a handy companion for business presentations. LG's PH550 Minibeam Projector combines style and substance, making it a device you'll want to show off.

What Kind of Bulb Does It Use?

This projector uses an LED bulb to project images which should last up to 30,000 hours.

What Works

  • Other than in its 1.7 inch thickness, this projector has a similar silhouette to many flagship smartphones. It also includes a case which makes it even easier to carry around.

  • You can get a great picture with a 60 inch screen from about 6 feet away. The screen size ranges between 25 and 100 inches, depending on the projector's placement.

  • At 550 lumens, this is one of the brightest portable projectors you'll find.

  • The internal battery can last for up to 2.5 hours. Most portable projectors of this size can only last 1–2 hours on a full battery, but the PH550 can handle most feature length films.

  • This is the only projector in our recommended picks that can connect to devices and speakers via Bluetooth™. Since it only has a few ports, this connectivity opens up the possibilities for what users can project.

  • Speaking of ports, it has a USB and MHL-enabled HDMI port (great for streaming sticks) in addition to a composite video input for DVD/some Blu-ray players.

  • In rare form, this projector has a TV tuner. If you're interested in picking up some local channels or connecting a set top box, you're one coaxial cable away from watching your favorite shows live.

  • Users have noted that owning a Chromecast adds more value to this projector.

What Could Be Better

  • The native resolution is only 720p. This can display great presentations, but might not be up to some people's standards for watching videos.

  • Though a 100 inch screen can give detailed presentations, 80 inches is the maximum recommended size for home theater purposes.

  • You won't use the internal speakers. Though the actual sound quality is okay, the volume is too low for most purposes. Fortunately, you can connect speakers via Bluetooth or an analog audio cable.

  • The power cord is bulky and doesn't fit in the carrying case. Since the projector itself is less than 2 pounds, jostling the cable can move the projector while it's in use. This issue is somewhat common in projectors of this size. Having to carry the cable separately from the projector, however, feels like an oversight considering they went out of their way to make a case.

Warranty and Customer Service

The PH550 has a one-year warranty that covers repairs and replacements, but we couldn't get any concrete information on whether or not the LED bulb could be replaced. Customer support was fairly formal and unhelpful.

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