The LG StanbyME has to be one of the outfit’s most niche products – a 27-inch TV perched atop a wheeled stand that you can easily move around, allowing you to take the same TV from the kitchen to the bedroom to the backyard for some open air viewing. While we have no idea how well that sold, LG seems encouraged enough that they decided to release a portable version in the form of the LG StanbyME Go.
No, they didn’t make a TV on a stand that you’re supposed to take with you when you leave the house. That just seems complicated. Instead, they put a 27-inch TV on a foldable arm inside a briefcase, so you can carry and set up a big TV on the go.
The LG StanbyME Go comes with a 27-inch 1080p TV that should have the same key features as the original version on the wheeled stand, so it runs the outfit’s webOS smart TV software, complete with full access to a wide selection of streaming apps, such as Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, and more. It supports mirroring via the ThinQ app with one-tap NFC support, as well as Apple AirPlay 2and Apple HomeKit for streaming and mirroring from Apple devices. For more traditional content sources (e.g. console gaming), they also threw in an HDMI port.Basically, it’s like any modern TV, albeit instead of mounting up a wall or setting down on a stand, you carry it in a giant briefcase.
There’s full touchscreen support, so you can just tap and swipe like you do on a tablet, although it also comes with a remote, in case you prefer navigating through the menu like a regular TV, and voice commands for hands-free operation. Built-in 20W speakers are also onboard, with a design that allows them to adapt the sound output to the angle of the display, so you can watch movies and TV shows with a loud speaker on the go. According to the outfit, the speakers even support Dolby Atmos content.
The LG StanbyME Go has a built-in articulated stand that allows you to prop up the TV at a variety of angles (it can go from flat to 90-degree upright to everything in between). The mount also allows rotating the panel by 90 degrees, allowing you to watch in either portrait or landscape, so you can watch TikToks and Instagram Stories to your heart’s content. Like any portable electronics, it runs via battery power. Since 27 inches is a pretty big screen, it uses up a lot of power, so the onboard battery is only good for three hours between charges. To make sure, no battery power is wasted, the TV automatically turns off when the case lid is closed (and turns on when it’s opened).
Being a portable device, this is going to be subjected to some sketchy handling. As such, LG has made sure it passed a litany of durability tests. Specifically, they claimed to have tested it for low pressure, high temperature, low temperature, dust, vibration, salt spray, shock, and drop, with the TV passing all tests capably.
The LG StanbyME Go comes out in July, priced at around $900.