Lonny Magazine: The Lonny Trials: Sony Portable Projector Throwing your TV for a loop. by Angela Tafoya
Welcome to The Lonny Trials — a new column where Lonny editors highlight a new (or new-to-us) item for the home. Whether an innovative gadget or simply a lovely smelling candle, we’re giving you the rundown of our time spent testing them just for you.
Truthfully, I’m not really one for a ton of TV time. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a household where I was constantly surrounded by it or maybe it’s the idea of sitting in place for too long that gets me a little antsy? I don’t know.
So, I was excited to see how the Sony Short Throw projector (part of Sony’s LifeSpace UX line) could possibly change my POV on this. What originally piqued my interest about the home projector wasn’t just its teensy size and portability (which is so great for small spaces), but it was its versatility in what you can use it for. Oh also, the minimalist design doesn’t hurt — you’d actually want to display it in your home.
It comes equipped with an HDMI port for streaming movies or shows via Roku or Chromecast — so it has the entertainment element covered in spades. Plus, who doesn’t want to watch GoT projected on the wall? And, yes, if you’re wondering it does work in broad daylight.
But, the product dives much deeper than that by displaying images and videos from your phone. Perfect for weddings or birthday celebrations — or if you feel like taking someone down memory lane on a whim, you can. You can create mini albums of videos and photos that you can continually supplement.
Or if you just feel like projecting am ambient or a design-driven image (like stars on your ceiling), that works, too. It also comes in handy as a fun tool for kids to trace artwork. Because of its short-throw depth, you just turn the projector on its side and BAM an instant art project.
But, for me, replacing a bulky television and freeing up space in the home is one of the main motivators for taking the plunge on the piece. It definitely doesn’t come with a light price tag (which I’d say is the only caveat) but when you think of the layers it provides, is worth it. The projector clocks in at $999 and the stand ($299) can be purchased separately. When not using it for movies or pics, you can easily throw it into clock setting and have a stylish, large timepiece displayed on your wall. Okay, while I may not be a TV person, a projector person? I think so.