You've heard of plasma TV, LCD TV, LED and even OLED TV, but now we're throwing a new term to mix into the salad bowl: laser TV. LG has one in Australia now, and it's freaking enormous and just as impressive.
The product's full name is the LG Laser DLP Display. Essentially, it uses technology called ultra-short throw which grabs the image and projects it onto the screen within 55cm, rather than from a projector at the back of a room.
The image is projected through 10 spherical lenses before passing it through an aspherical concave mirror to be thrown onto the display screen itself. It's a 100-inch full-HD 1080p image, chucked from a projector which sits at the base of the black, anti-contrast, anti-glare screen.
First of all, holy crap: it's a giant 100-inch screen with a throw distance of 55cm. Take a second to realise how impressive that is.
Previously, if you wanted a giant projector on your giant screen, it was an effort to get the projector mounted the correct distance away from your silver screen, and then the obnoxious job of cable-concealment would begin. When you're done it might look good, but the job of expanding your system becomes considerably more difficult when working with that particular set-up. The LG Laser Display eliminates these issues by putting the rather fetching looking projector right in front of your display while still cleverly concealing the cables and keeping them in reach if you need them.
The lamp is also considerably impressive: with other projectors, you'd need to replace it every couple of years. LG promises that the lamp in the DLP Laser Display will go for 25,000 hours. That's five hours per day for 13 years. Not bad at all.
The screen that the projector throws the image onto is actually made from anti-glare material, which means that you won't need to dim the lights entirely to have a high-contrast viewing experience. The screen is also black rather than silver to help dissipate light reflection when viewing. The screen also has a tiny bezel that disappears into the background when the images play.
The Laser Display is also compatible with DLNA and Intel WiDi so you can throw your content at it easily without having to fumble around.
Probably the most convincing aspect of the laser display is the price. It comes in at $8999 with free installation and a bundled twin-tuner recorder for watching and recording free-to-air programming. Compare that to the price of a larger plasma display which will run you easily over $10,000, and you're onto something.
The LG Laser Display goes on sale from early July.