PREVIEW: IFA 2014 – LG Bluetooth MiniBeam PW700 projector
IFA 2014 – How about 60-inch movies on holiday?
Live from the IFA 2014 trade show, Berlin, Germany
Projectors don’t make the most obvious travel gadget, but for anyone regularly giving presentations on work trips, the recent shrinking of the tech is a bit of a God-send. Most of the major home entertainment brands appear to have swerved the genre altogether, but LG hasn’t hidden away in its IFA 2104 booth inside a small darkened side-room is a bevy of pocket-sized projectors designed not only for businesspeople, but for tourists and travellers, too.
The most versatile is the PW700, a 580g, 172x117mm device that has Bluetooth connectivity not only for sending video content to it, but for sending audio to a separate Bluetooth speaker. The PW700 is primarily designed to work with a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Everything else can be done over Wi-Fi, too, with the PW700 including WiDi and Miracast. It’s got a USB slot for playing any file type, from a USB stick, too.
Picture quality in our demo was pretty good, with the 700 ANSI-Lumens of brightness helping to produce an image of about 60-inches in size on a nearby wall that had decent colours, contrast and detail, though don’t expect wonders from its 1280×800 resolution.