LG BU50NST ProBeam Laser 4K Projector Review

Make those presentations shine in 4K.

The Lowdown: 

The LG ProBeam BU50NST brings an incredible 4K resolution made for boardrooms and conference rooms that’s bright and powerful enough to be used against ambient light.

The Review: 

When I first saw the LG ProBeam BU50NST, I initially thought it was a projector made for home cinema use. Considering the 4K support, you would think that specification is only made for movie viewing but as it turns out, applying it to a business projector does have its advantages.

The BU50NST is a laser projector that is comparable to a 5,000 lumen-based projector – this means that it is bright enough to project images even inside a well-lit room. Along with a 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio, these specifications alone also makes the BU50NST ideal not just for business or classroom use, but even in public places like museums. The projector’s size is similar to other products in its category, but you’d be surprised that it weighs almost 10 kilograms. 

If you’ve ever used an LG product, then you’d feel easily comfortable using the BU50NST. Featuring HDR support, the projector runs on webOS so it is easy to navigate through the user-friendly interface. Other features include a built-in browser, DLNA support and even wireless mirroring support for mobile devices.

You can set up the BU50NST in any orientation that you like, and it also features 1.6x zoom lens shift, horizontal and vertical lens shift as well as XPR fast-shirt pixel shifting that basically offers a faster image display, ultimately getting rid of those extra-long pauses that occur during presentations.

For connectivity, there are USB inputs for connecting drives that can be easily read by the built-in media player, as well dual HDMI ports plus 5-watt speakers. There’s also Wi-Fi, Ethernet and a 3.5 mm jack for connecting external speakers or if you don’t like wires, you can also connect via Bluetooth.

While the BU50NST has a game mode and cinema mode as part of its image settings, this projector wasn’t simply built for that. Yes, HDR support is present and it still managed to offer a decent image quality for movies and games – but it’s clearly made for business use, and that is where it shines.

It perfectly displayed vivid and detailed images as well as 4K HDR videos we’ve played on it, not to mention the clarity and detail of the text that we viewed on a presentation or spreadsheet. It easily connected to our mobile devices as well, which made group presentations somewhat interactive.

Overall, the LG ProBeam BU50NST delivers what it was made for: a decent 4K laser projector made for business use. It might weigh a lot to be carried around easily, but its performance did not disappoint.


We Love: 

+ 4K HDR support

+ Incredible detail

+ Bright enough against ambient light

We Hate:

– None to mention

Final Rating: 4.5/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.