A big trend in video at CES 2024 was the increase in portable projector products from a variety of brands, from well-known brands to relatively unknown brands. CES had so many products on display at different venues that we only had time to actually look at a few at the show.
Unlike the best 4K projectors, the best portable projectors are usually models with 1080p “Full HD” resolution. They also typically have limited brightness and use Android TV for streaming. Android TV is notorious for its inconsistent usability and omission of popular apps like Netflix.
But the projectors announced at CES had the potential to revolutionize the portable category with new models featuring 4K resolution and advanced streaming platforms such as Google TV, LG's webOS, and Samsung's Tizen ( The latter two are now available to third parties). Another important piece of CES news). In addition to portable products, CES also introduced a number of new ultra-short throw (UST) models, a growing category that provides an alternative to traditional ceiling-mounted far-throw projectors.
Will the proliferation of new, sophisticated, mostly portable projectors spell the end of home theater as we know it? Few long-throw models were seen at CES, but this may be due to the nature of the show. It may reflect a change, with the current emphasis on gadgets and other types of technology rather than high-end audio/video and home theater. What's clear is that these new types of projectors perform better than ever before and offer a level of flexibility that allows them to easily fit into a variety of living spaces.
Samsung is committed to UST
Samsung announced a variety of new projectors at CES, including an 8K version of The Premiere UST. The company's new triple-laser DLP projector has an incredible 4,000 lumens of brightness, wirelessly receives up to 8K signals using the One Connect Box, and uses his Tizen smart TV system, the same as Samsung TVs. .
Another notable new Samsung UST is Premiere 5. This is a compact, portable model that projects a 100-inch image when placed 17 inches from the wall. Samsung didn't have a portable UST at its CES booth, but I received a demo of it at the company's headquarters in late 2023 and was impressed by its ability to double as an interactive touchscreen display for gaming.
LG's cool CineBeam Qube
LG's Cinebeam Qube portable projector looks like a heavy metal version of Samsung's The Freestyle. The company positions the Qube as a “stylish interior accessory,” and depending on your taste, it might just be that.
The new portable is a 4K DLP model with an RGB laser light source that can illuminate images up to 120 inches. It uses the company's webOS 6.0 smart TV platform for streaming and features popular apps such as Netflix, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime Video. Pricing and availability were not announced at CES, but given the design and specs of this projector, we expect it to be an expensive portable product when it launches.
Google TV is included in the projector
Hisense displayed its 2023 projector lineup at its expansive CES booth, also previewing a “pro” version of its C1 Laser Mini, a portable 4K model that supports Dolby Vision HDR. Although not available on the new portable, a notable new feature of the company's His UST projector is the Google TV smart interface, which is also featured on the company's His TV.
Hisense wasn't the only company to exhibit a Google TV-equipped projector at CES. Anker was showing off the new Mars 3 Air and Capsule 3. Both are 1080p portable models that run the Google TV platform and provide a quick fix for Netflix streaming no matter where you place them. These projectors feature built-in batteries with a 2.5-hour charge, and both cost less than $599.
XGIMI Horizon Max – The ultimate portable?
Perhaps no projector on display at CES 2024 embodies the “next generation portable” theme more than the XGIMI Horizon Max. This rather odd-looking 4K projector (with a strong 1970s sci-fi vibe) is a long-throw model that's compact enough to travel with, and features an intelligent screen adaptation feature that lets you save adjustments optimized for different environments. Masu. It's set itself. At CES, XGIMI will place the Horizon Max on a motorized gimbal (shown in the photo at the beginning of this article) to demonstrate the projector's ability to automatically align images on a variety of surfaces. This feature clearly worked as advertised.
Horizon Max's specs are impressive for a compact and portable model. Brightness reaches 3,100 lumens, uses a dual Light 2.0 light source that combines an RGB laser and a phosphor wheel, supports Dolby Vision HDR, and is IMAX Enhanced certified. XGIMI says the new projector will be available by the end of 2024 and will cost less than $3,000.
Along with Horizon Max, XGIMI was demonstrating the Aladdin (pictured above), a short-throw projector that doubles as a ceiling lamp and 360-degree Bluetooth speaker. Although the lamp section was considerably brighter than the 500 lumen image output by the projector, it's hard to deny that XGIMI came up with a clever and potentially very useful product concept here. Pricing and shipping information for Aladdin was not available.
Formovie becomes brighter
Formovie had a new 4K Max ultra-short throw projector at CES. There, its ultra-bright 4,500 lumen image performed brilliantly on a 150-inch projection screen under the equally bright Las Vegas Convention Center Central Hall lighting. The new Formovie UST, which supports Dolby Vision HDR, is available now for $3,699 from importer ProjectorScreen.com and comes bundled with an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for streaming.
Formovie's sister brand, Xming, was also at LVCC, showcasing a range of portable projectors including the new Page One. With 1080p resolution, Page One uses an LCD light engine to illuminate images up to 120 inches with up to 500 lumens of brightness. It also has Google TV for streaming and has Netflix among other apps.