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LG HU80KA 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater Projector + $200 Visa GC EXPIRED

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BuyDig.com has LG HU80KA 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater Projector + $200 Visa Gift Card on sale for $1799.99 w/ promo code VOP17. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

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Features:
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K Ultra HD
  • Screen Size: 40" to 150"
  • Projection Image: 150"@14.1ft, 100"@9.5ft, 40"@3.6ft
  • Brightness: Up to 2,500 Lumens
  • Lamp Type: Laser (LD + Phosphor wheel) w/ up to 20,000 HR Lamp Life
  • Zoom: 1.2x
  • HDR: HDR10
  • LG Smart TV (WebOS 3.5 w/ Netflix, Hulu & More)
  • Bluetooth Sound Out
  • HDCP 2.2
  • 2-Year Warranty
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LG HU80KA 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater Projector + $200 Visa Gift Card [buydig.com] $1,800 using coupon cod VOP17

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YES!!!! I have the HU80KA!!! I'm a total techie and this was the best tech purchase I've ever made. If you want to know anything about this projector (and have 60 seconds), read below, photos included at the end Smilie

First let me talk about...
price!
$3,000 is the officially retail price (daily)
$2,500~ is the most common sale price (happens once a week)
$2,300~ is a great deal (once a month)
$2,000~ is a slick deal (once a year)
$1,800 + $200 GC? That is insane!

Second, let me be open and transparent and talk about the bad, to get the negative/haters out of the way.
If you plan on ONLY using this projector in a single spot (your theater), don't buy this. There are sooooo many better (color/contrast/etc) projectors for cheaper (HT3550). LG made this for people who need its portable functionality, which no other projector offers (not even short-throws or ultra portables).

There's 2 huge "portability" benefits here:
#1. Functionality. Literally, you don't need to plug in any cable to it. No cords, no media devices, no remotes, nothing.
• Built-in sound is very loud/crisp (no bluetooth/wired speaker needed)
• Built-in WebOS for Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/YouTube (no AppleTV/Roku needed)
• Built-in Wifi (no ethernet cable needed)
• 1 Remote to rule them all. The remote controls everything (navigation, volume, apps, projector settings). Also note the remote can be used as a "wand", aka mouse while using the built-in web browser, and also if you hook up an AppleTV to it, automatically the remote navigates the AppleTV interface.
• 1 Menu to rule them all. No need to go navigate different menus/inputs for different things (volume, projector settings, navigation, etc).
• 1 Cable to rule them all. Power cord retracts inside, adding to the convenience.
• 1 Handle to rule them all. Ready to visit family/friends/work? Grab the handle, don't need to bring anything else with you Smilie

#2. Design. The way it's design is just beautiful. Since it sits tall, you just set it down and enjoy scenarios like:
• Take it to the bedroom, project the video on the ceiling for some fun comedies (or other more personal videos, ohhhh ya 😏)
• Take it outside, enjoy a movie/show over a firepit/jacuzzi (I project mine 200" to the back-side wall of my house, see photo at the bottom!)
• Take it to work, project it on a wall to watch sports games, or work-related stuff like department numbers/goals
• Take it to friends/family events, project it to 100-150" on any wall they have in or out of the house
• Take it to my theater room at home, for regular movie watching
• As I type right now, I'm using this projector as a 4k monitor, in my living room, projecting on a wall, using a wireless keyboard, leaning back in a couch Smilie

Every person that has seen this projector (techie or not), is just mind-blown. Some people even use me for it, periodically I get texts like "dude, bring your projector over let's play some games/movies/family night/etc" Big Grin

The uses and benefits are countless & since it's laser you don't have to worry about replacing expensive bulbs/parts, this will last 10-30 years. I've accidentally left it on for 2-3 days.

If you made it this far in my comment, awesome thank you! I hope I've helped Smilie If you're still on the fence and want to know more (and have another minute), read on!

Let me now talk about common arguments I've seen:
"Is this a short throw?"
This isn't a short-throw.
If you need a short-throw, don't get this.
If you need a regular projector, don't get this.
If you need a portable projector, get this! It's designed from the ground-up to be portable. In all my scenarios above (projecting on ceiling, backyard, office, etc) you can't do any of that with regular or short-throw projectors (well, I'm sure technically you can with some duct tape or something). And I'm not saying it's better than short-throws or regular projectors, it's just in a category/league of it's own without any competition.

"This is st00pid, I can just carry my own projector around".
One can try so hard to make a regular projector portable, but in the end regular projectors are bulky, you need an HDMI cable, you need a media device, you need a Bluetooth speaker (unless your projector has sound), you'll need different remotes, and let's be honest you'll have your bulky projector in one spot, and a grocery bag of cables/remotes/devices.
But with this, grab the handle and your good. Everything is already inside, even the power cable retracts seamlessly inside.

"The X feature (contrast/color/etc) in this sucks, don't get it!"
Yes, other projectors have better color, contrast, blacks, etc... but this still has great color, great brightness (Lazer too! But no projector is good in daylight), great HDR, crystal clear 4K image... but your paying for the portability. It's like complaining your Ferrari can't go off-roading, you didn't buy it for that.

"You must work for LG!"
Nope just love this specific projector!!

Edit: For the next few days I'll constantly update my post here in case I forgot anything, or tackle some feedback in this thread!

Edit #1:
The projector interface uses WebOS. As some of you may know, Projector OS's suuuuck and they have for years, regular TV's have always used the best interfaces (WebOS, Android, Roku, etc)... so to finally see a projector with a good interface is a great little feature for people like me. If I were to rank TV interfaces:
#1 WebOS: Smoothest. Things flow really nice, almost has an "Apple TV" like buttery smoothness to it.
#2 Roku: Roku's is nice because it's super simple and to the point.
#3 Android: I feel Androids is a bit choppy, and doesn't flow as good as Roku/WebOS... but it's Android so you get countless benefits.

Edit #2:
"it's not Dolby Vision, it's not 120hz, you can't game, etc"
No projector is (not even $30k projectors), nor will there be one anytime soon. Dolby Vision requires a very very very bright screen which no projector can do yet. As far as input lag/latency, sadly projectors aren't made for gaming (at least 4k projectors). We're still 5~ years out for a solid 4k gaming projector. If you're a casual gamer, any projector will do. But if you're a hardcore gamer, you don't buy a projector, you buy a nice 4k TV or gaming monitor.

Edit #3:
"this is outdated, there are 4k projectors better"
There will always be better projectors, that's just the nature of electronics... but you buy this for portability. So although others are brighter/better contrast, this one is still incredible (look at my photos at the bottom of this post).

Edit #4:
Pictures!! Here's a couple photos I took:
https://imgur.com/5srGVz6 (backyard)
https://imgur.com/FdwhO3x (living room)
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Got this last time it was posted without tax. Buydig seems to be charging me tax for Texas (TX). Is this a recent change?
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Got this last time it was posted without tax. Buydig seems to be charging me tax for Texas (TX). Is this a recent change?

my guess since fall, the law went into effect
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Dolby Vision?
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my guess since fall, the law went into effect
Thanks for the info!

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Status: (Passed) 2019-05-24 - Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 1, 2019 [HB1525 Detail]
Source: https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB1525/id/1917618
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Is this a standard throw?
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Have this on floor using mirror to project on wall painted with Home Depot's "Silverscreen Grey"
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Is this a standard throw?
171" for a 150" display
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I really want one of these to replace HT3050 from BenQ but I'm cheap and my guess is that these will be $1000 refurb by the end of next year and I can wait. Looks great though and fair price with the $200 GC incentive.
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171" for a 150" display

I mean standard vs ultra short throw, where you can put it inches away from the wall. But I figure it's standard since ust is nowhere in the literature.
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Does mirror degrade picture at all? Do you have to use a special mirror?
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Does mirror degrade picture at all? Do you have to use a special mirror?
It has a built in mirror. You can either project directly or use the mirror to use it in standing position.
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