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LG CineBeam PH30N mini projector beams 100-inch image from 11 feet

LG CineBeam PH30N mini projector beams 100-inch image from 11 feet
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With summer drawing nearer, LG has announced the very timely launch of its next portable projector. Forget watching the latest blockbusters on a 40- or 50-something-inch TV, the CineBeam PH30N can beam a 100-inch image onto a screen or wall from just 10.8 feet.

Now available for $400 (about £320 / AU$570), the PH30N is the most modest model in LG's CineBeam projector range, which spans the much pricier, five-star CineBeam HU80KSW 4K portable projector, range-topping HU85LA 4K laser projector, and a handful of midrange home cinema models. 

To that end, it beams a 1280 x 720 HD resolution as opposed to an Ultra HD one, claiming a reasonably modest brightness of 250 ANSI lumens. The lamp behind its LED light source supposedly lasts up to 30,000 hours: up to 10 years based on a usage of eight hours a day, then.

Staying true to its portable ambitions, the PH30N is just five inches tall and wide and weighs a little over a pound – perfect for slipping into a bag and taking to a friend's backyard movie night. LG says its built-in battery allows for a completely cable-free experience for up to two hours – so you should be good for one (not too epic) movie on a single charge.

Audio can be wirelessly streamed to the projector via Bluetooth, too, while wireless smartphone mirroring and USB stick playback are catered for.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.