LG HECTO Laser Projector

LG Hecto Laser Projector: Truly big-screen TV

It's ironic that months after Mitsubishi finally killed the rear-projection TV, LG is creating its own maverick big-screen projector. The "LG Laser TV," code-named Hecto, is essentially a deconstructed rear-projection television -- the only thing that's missing is a cabinet.

Available this April for the hefty sum of $8,999, the Hecto is a unique product. It consists of the projector unit itself, designed to sit atop a low cabinet, and an included 100-inch screen. The distance between the screen and the projector is very short, fixed at just 22 inches. Through the magic of modern technology ("Mirrors!") the projector somehow manages to fill the screen from that distance and angle.

In person, the Hecto behaves more like a TV than a traditional projector. You can get up and walk around the room without casting a shadow on the image, or having to mount it on the ceiling. And much like a TV, the Hecto is designed to produce an image that doesn't wash out in normal room lighting.

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