LG PH 550 is a portable projector that meets both home and business needs. It isn't the smallest among its category but it is still portable in size and weight. It has moderate brightness and average image quality, but this portable projector can both be used in most light and dark viewing environments. Its battery is long enough for one to watch a full movie or presentation before recharging. While it is rated average in many aspects of performance, LG PH550 shines most in the aspect of connectivity. LG PH550 is listed as one of the best among portable projectors of 2017 by PCMag.com and TopTenReviews.com.
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Pro Good picture quality
Although the colors can be a bit too vibrant, they can be tuned down in the settings to make them balanced. The projector is also bright, so you can use it in a family room for watching movies. Although the resolution is 720p not 1080p, the PH550 has overall a brighter and more detailed picture than most portable projectors.
Pro Works for presentations
The picture is detailed enough for data presentation. Also the overly vibrant colors are not an issue when presenting text slides.
Pro 3D support
There is no crosstalk (picture meant for one eye is seen by the other) in 3D mode, which is an issue for a lot of projectors. On the downside, there is just one 3D color preset and also a few motion artifacts can be seen. Besides that, the projector is bright and therefore works well with 3D content.
Pro Very few rainbows
DLP projectors often show flashes of red, green, and blue on bright objects in darker movie scenes. They are called rainbow artifacts. These artifacts are not a major issue for the PH550. They can appear every once in a while, but it's definitely nothing bothering.
Pro Built-in TV tuner
LG PH550 can be used to project videos or images like a TV screen through its built-in TV turner. The user can project the images from a cable box or home TV through a coaxial connector.
Pro Rechargeable battery
The battery can last up to 2.5 hours, which is enough to watch one whole movie or give a lengthy presentation.
Pro Wide range of connectivity options
LG PH550 has ports for HDMI, VGA, USB ports and AV-in video jack. It has AV-out jack and Bluetooth for sound outputs. To connect to a cable box or TV, one can use a coaxial connector. The remote control is also big enough for scrolling.
Con No android OS built in (not smart).
Con Grayish blacks
The contrast is a little low and makes the blacks seem rather gray. Though with the lights on, it doesn't matter, since any deep blacks would get washed out anyways.
Con Bulkier than most portable projectors
Compared to other projectors in its class, LG PH550 is at the upper end in terms of size and weight specifications.
Con No support for microSD
Amidst the wide connectivity range, LG PH550 does not support microSD.