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Our experience so far with ‘ultra portable' projectors has been a real mix. There's been the good (Samsung's SP-400B), the bad (Optoma's Piko PK101) and the pretty (the BenQ GP1). As such I can honestly say that I really have no preconceived idea of how our latest pocket projector, LG's HS102, is going to shape up. Though with a surprisingly high price tag of £477.87 - more than £100 dearer than Samsung's P400B - it's fair to say that it really needs to sit nearer the Good end of the spectrum…
First impressions, at least, are promising. The HS102 is quite an attractive little number in its glossy black exterior, with red-lit buttons and little silver highlights. It's also markedly smaller than the Samsung P400B, at 154 x 117 x 50mm, and weighs just 780g. This arguably still doesn't make it genuinely pocket-sized in the way Optoma's extraordinarily tiny PK101 is pocket sized, but it's certainly ultra-portable - especially as it ships with a nicely designed fabric carry case.
It's a pity, perhaps, that there doesn't seem to be any easy way of covering the lens to prevent possible damage during transit. But then the lens is recessed quite a way in from the projector's front edge, so is less likely to be damaged than a protruding or flush lens arrangement.
Unfortunately, the HS102's generally positive first impressions initially seem to flounder as we check out its connections since, as is common with ultra-portable projectors, it's not exactly bulging with connections. All you get is a VGA input, a 3.5mm ‘AV input', a USB port, an infra-red input, and a headphone jack.
Things look up, though, as a rummage around inside the HS102's box uncovers an adaptor for getting composite video and stereo audio into the HS102's 3.5mm AV port, and even better, a separate adaptor for getting component video feeds into the VGA port. A similar adaptor with Samsung's P400B would have been greatly appreciated.