The LG StanbyME Go is a great concept with a terrible name; a 27-inch LED touchscreen TV that pops out of a sturdy suitcase, pushed as the perfect “travel companion for on-the-go entertainment.”
Over the past few years, conceptual lifestyle TVs have been bringing some creativity back to what is usually a straight-down-the-line category of consumer technology. We’ve seen Samsung achieve great success with The Frame and last year LG added The StandbyME to its oeuvre. The latter is a 27-inch TV attached to a long, narrow, heavy base that could be rolled around on wheels with a display that could be oriented for either landscape or portrait.
The newest LG TV is obviously a play on the original, taking away the stand and stuffing it all into what looks like your garden-variety silver briefcase. Right now, it’s only available in the USA with a price tag of US$999.99, but the Australian market usually gets these things soon after.
Essentially, this is a full entertainment centre that can be easily taken anywhere. In usual circumstances, consumers would have to sacrifice screen size for portability so 27 inches is quite impressive for a product like this.
The TV, which as you can see from the video below pops out of the suitcase seamlessly, can be titled, rotated and oriented for both landscape and portrait. There’s even a table mode that turns the suitcase TV into a tactile gaming centre.
The StanbyME Go (don’t ask me why the “ME” is capitalised; it just is) also has a built-in 20-watt speaker that’s smart enough to shift audio depending on how the TV is oriented. Features include Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, LG’s webOS software, support for Airplay and voice control.
As for the suitcase, it also comes with compartments for storage and a built-in battery rated for up to three hours of viewing time.
Again, the concept TV can only be pre-ordered in the US at the moment but we’ll let you know when it arrives down under.