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The LG StanbyME GO is a 27 inch TV with a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 20-watt, 4-channel speakers, and LG’s smart TV software based on webOS. It’s also a portable TV that comes in a briefcase, has a stand that lets you position the screen for use in a variety of situations, and a battery good for up to 3 hours of use on the go.

LG launched its TV-in-a-briefcase in South Korea earlier this year, and now it’s coming to the US. It’s up for pre-order from LG or B&H for just under $1,000 and coming soon to Amazon. The LG StanbyME Go should begin shipping to customers in September.

The TV’s stand allows you to open the suitcase and then adjust the height or angle of the display. You can even flip it 90 degrees for use in portrait orientation.

You can control the TV with a wireless remote or by voice, but it’s also a touchscreen display, allowing to use the screen like a great big tablet.

Other features include HDMI and USB ports for input, support for WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and AirPlay 2, and Dolby Vision.

Positioned as a TV you can take anywhere, I suppose it would be a better option for family movie night while camping than a smaller laptop or tablet screen. But this still seems like a very niche device.

 

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  1. I would have expected longer battery life; is the briefcase mostly filled with air?

    I can’t seem to find any specs about the watt-hours of the battery (or the brightness of the screen). If it’s >1000 nits, I could be a little more forgiving about short battery life. But I suspect if it was that bright, they’d say so. (Of course, it’s LG, so you can’t always trust the specs the do publish…)

    Also, it’s 28 pounds! If it’s not full of batteries, then where is all that weight going?

  2. That photo of the person setting it up on the beach makes me mad. It’s bad enough hearing Bluetooth speakers everywhere, the idea of people next to me on the beach watching TV just…

    1. The price is actually surprisingly comparable with touch screen monitors of that size, as I discovered trying to see if you could possibly make a DIY version for cheaper. Between the monitor, the batteries, and the case, you actually really can’t.
      I still wish they’d opted to give you a way to put a general purpose computer into the case and crammed more batteries into it even if it did cost a bit more, or heck, even twice as much, given it’s a luxury item already in a way a laptop isn’t. 3 hours of run time and requiring a second power source for whatever you want to plug into it still seems disappointing given the size of the thing.

      1. I mean, you could always just bring a laptop instead.

        But it’s the 27 part you can’t ignore.

        This thing is massive compared to your phone’s, tablets, and laptops. Which would justify its power drain. It also depends on the brightness. It’s not very pixel-rich, with a mere 1080p screen, and it’s “upto” 3hr rating isn’t that high. Which means either the battery is small, or it’s not very efficient, or both.