Projectors have always attracted a niche audience. Ifor home users, you’ll generally only find enthusiasts (like myself) that have a projector setup along with a dedicated wall to show it on while many business users have stopped carrying projectors for presentations as venues usually have a large screen TV with DSUB or HDMI to connect their laptop to. I doubt they will ever become mainstream- but thats not to say that there won’t be an audience for them. We look at the LG PB60G today and see if it has what it takes to attract an audience.
Packaged in a small little cardboard box, the LG PB60G comes with a remote control, a carrying case and a VGA cable right away suggesting that the Projector is intended more towards a business user than a home user. If you are a business user than carries a projector, then you’ll be happy to know that the LG PB60G measures a paltry 158x103x33mm and weighs 450g which will certainly be easy on your shoulders.
The front of the unit has the lamp while the left side has the focus ring to get the best picture. On the back, you have all sorts of connections such as AV (for standard definition video), VGA/DSUB and HDMI covering pretty much all your video needs. A 3.5mm stereo output jack is also present if the built-in speakers feel underpowered. Other than the video connections, you have the power connecter and a USB port that you can use to stream media from.
Touch buttons are present on top of the projector that light up when tapped and allow you to navigate through the menu of the projector that lets you do things like zooming in on the video, selecting a file from the USB driver or adjust energy settings and inputs. Operating the unit is fairly straight-forward and even someone new to projectors should have no issue getting it up and running quickly. The bottom of the projector has three feet- two on back on one on the front which can be adjusted for getting the right height. LG also gives you the option to connect the projector to a tripod through a mount.
Coming to the specs, the LG PB60G can project a 40” image at 1.3m and has an brightness of 500 (ANSI-Lumens) with a contrast ratio of 15000:1. The projection system is DLP with LED and although the projector accepts a 1080p signal, it outputs at a maximum resolution of 1280x800 which is sufficient for 720p. At high brightness the unit produces 34 db noise which at economy mode it goes down quite a bit to 26 db. Inside the unit there is a pair of speakers that can produce decent output for a small meeting room.
I tested the LG BP60G in our office meeting room as well as my home. At home, I connected it to my Boxee media center and streamed a high-definition video with the projector placed about 15 feet away from a wall. This resulted in a reasonably big output display which I did not measure but my guess would be around 150 inches or so, however the brightness levels were too low and the picture looked a bit washed out. The speakers also proved to be a bit under-powered to enjoy home cinema so I had to connected an external pair.
At the office it was a different story. In a smaller room and a smaller screen size, the LG BP60G performed pretty well with a sharp and clear picture from our laptop as well as our PS3. In a smaller room, sound was not much of an issue either. Clearly, the LG PB60G is more comfortable in a boardroom than your living room.
If you are looking to carry a projector for work, then we have no issues recommending the LG PB60G. It’s very portable and good enough to throw presentations and videos while not being too noisy. The USB port allows you to playback Divx media straight from a USB drive so you can get away without carrying laptop or a streamer for a quick video gathering.