At the 2013 CES trade show, LG debuted their Hecto Laser TV, which was in fact an ultra-short throw projector bundled with a screen. There was virtually no spec information available at the time, but with an anticipated April ship date, the company has recently released details.
The single-chip DLP projector has a laser-based illumination system with an expected 25,000 hour life. The included 100-inch screen is a dark, angular reflection screen meant to reject ambient room light, maximize on-screen contrast and is optimized for viewing in a moderately lit room. The projector can be mounted or placed on a table just 22 inches from the screen.
The LG Hecto Laser TV has an on board ASTC tuner, built-in Wi-Fi and apps like Netflix and YouTube, and two 20 watt speakers. HDMI, RS-232, WiDi and Miracast are also included. The system is operated via LG’s gesture-based Magic Remote. The Laser TV is set to begin shipping this month with an MSRP of $8,999.
Analysts at PMA Research have long thought that the best way to replicate the movie-going experience at home was with the use of a home theater projector – yet projector use in the home still has plenty of room for growth. LG’s move in marketing this as a “TV” may help to spark new interest in home theater projectors.