LG PF610P CineBeam Portable LED DLP Projector Review - Hardware

December 9, 2021 / By Project Reviews Staff

OVERVIEW

The LG PF610P is a compact home theater projector measuring approximately 8.9" x 7.6" x 2.7" and weighing just 3.7 lbs.


The PF610P front is very clean. Looking from the rear and top-down, only the lens is positioned on the side of the projector. On the top is a simple control panel. Just below the lens is a lever to adjust the lens focus. Next is a straightforward control panel that contains four arrow buttons with the POWER button located in the center. Finally, there are two stereo speakers, one located on each side of the projector. The air intake vent is located on the projector's left side, while the outlet vent is on the right. All the inputs and connections are located on the rear of the chassis.

INPUTS AND CONNECTORS

The inputs and connections are all located on the rear of the PF610P. Starting from the top section on the left is a DC input port to plug in the unit's external power supply. The projector utilizes an external power supply to reduce the PF610P overall size and weight to its absolute minimum. While using an external power supply does reduce the size of the chassis, I would have preferred if it had been built-in. Next to the power input is a LAN port.


There are two USB-B 2.0 ports that can be used to playback music and video content from a USB drive. The USB port can also connect USB accessories such as a mouse, keyboard, or game controller.

There is an optical digital audio output and two HDMI inputs that are 18 Gbps/HDCP 2.2 compatible. The HDMI #2 input also supports ARC allowing the transfer of uncompressed audio for the highest sound quality for the PF610P's built-in streaming apps.

Next is a headphone port which could be useful for viewing late at night without disturbing others. Note: the PF610P also has a Bluetooth transmitter, so you can wirelessly connect the projector to a pair of Bluetooth audio devices or a set of Bluetooth headphones.

LENS THROW AND SHIFT

The PF610P does not offer any horizontal or vertical lens shift, limiting its placement flexibility. Neither does the projector offer zoom, so you will still have to move the projector back and forth to fit the screen.

The good news is that the PF610P is incredibly compact and lightweight, so it is a breeze to move the unit from room to room, and most users probably will not permanently mount the projector. There is a good chance it will just be placed on a coffee table when it is time to watch something and then put away when done.

CONTROL PANEL

The control panel located on top of the PF610P is straightforward, so most people will only use it for initial setup, then rely on the remote control. The control panel is located behind the lens zoom lever. There are four arrow buttons usually used for adjusting volume (Left/Right) and changing TV channels (Up/Down), with the POWER button located in the center. You press the power button once to power the projector on. To turn the PF610P off, you press and hold the Power button for at least three seconds. Once you have adjusted the image size with the focus lever, there is a focus adjustment lever above the control panel.

REMOTE

LG AKB73975790

This remote control needs to be backlit!

The PF610P remote is packed with buttons. Most are there to control the projector's internal features. They can also control your set-top box, or Blu-ray player, etc., including powering these devices on and off. While you may still need to grab the set-top box or video player factory remote to access a third-party unit's setup menu, the PF610P remote has all the buttons required for day-to-day operation, including power, channel, and playback control.


While I will not cover each button on the remote in detail, I do want to point out a few notable ones. The button that looks like a gear takes you to the PF610P Settings menu. To access apps and entertainment, you need to press the button that looks like a house, which takes you to the projector app menu.

In between the four navigation buttons is an Enter button. Another convenient button is the Streaming Service button which takes you directly to the PF610P library of streaming services.

MENUS

The PF610P is a smart projector with a complex menu system, but it is well organized and easy to navigate. There are two different menus – one is for making picture adjustments, and the other is for accessing content, apps, and services.
The button that looks like a gear is the Quick Settings button which takes you directly to the PF610P basic settings menu. Pressing and holding the Quick Settings button will take you directly to the projector's advanced picture settings.


To access apps and other entertainment services, you need to press the HOME button, which literally looks like a house. Once in the projector app menu, you can select a specific input, a streaming app, the web browser, media player, or explore the LG Content Store.

Since the PF610P is a smart projector, there are dozens and dozens of menu/entertainment options. The menu images shown in this section represent only a small number of all the sub-menus available. I tried to show a couple more notable sections found in the most used sub-menus (app store, image adjustments, networking, etc.).

 

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