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Hisense PX1 UST Laser Cinema Projector Unveiled Again?

Hisense Expands their UST Projector Line-up with the PX1 “Laser Cinema” but is almost identical to its previously announced PX1-PRO, but are the slight differences between meaningful or does it just add buying confusion?

Hisense PX1 UST Projector

When Hisense debuted their first UST Laser TVs (aka Ultra Short Throw Projectors) for home theater in 2007, it was uncertain if they would take hold with consumers. However, since that time, the UST Laser Projector product category has really taken off with an ever-widening selection of models from various brands. 

Recently, LG announced two UST Laser Projectors with almost identical model numbers, the HU915QE and HU915QB. Now it looks like Hisense is following the same path as earlier this year, they announced the PX1-PRO, and have now announced their PX1. Both projectors are in the Hisense UST Laser Cinema Projector category

Unlike their Laser TV models, the PX1-PRO and PX1 don’t come packaged with screens (hence the label Laser Cinema rather than Laser TV), but that allows consumers to buy the screen that’s right for them and pay a lower price for the projector. 

Hisense PX1 UST Projector Front Angle
Hisense PX1
Hisense PX1-PRO UST Projector Laser TV
Hisense PX1-PRO

Here are known differences between the PX1-PRO and PX1:


FeaturesPX1-PROPX1
ExteriorSlate GreyNavy Blue
Grille EmbellishmentYesNo
Lumens 2,2002,000
Dolby Vision SupportVia Firmware UpdateNo
Screen Size Options90 to 130-inches100 to 120-inches
MSRP – Actual Price May Vary$3,499.99$3,299.99
Hisense PX1 UST Projector Front
Hisense PX1

With so few differences, why buy the PX1 over the PX1-PRO? Most of what follows are the same on both projectors. 

UST Projectors 

What makes a UST projector different is that they have a built-in lens assembly that allows the projector to be placed very close to the screen and still project are very large image. This is especially beneficial to those that have a small space but still want to get that big 85, 90, 100-inch, or larger screen movie viewing experience without spending lots of money on a TV of equivalent size. Also, good luck even finding a TV that can display a 90-inch or larger image.

Depending on your chosen screen size, the PX1 can be placed as close as 12 3/4 to 16 3/4-inches from the screen.

Tip: The bottom of the screen needs to be 15-inches above the front of the projector. 

Hisense PX1 UST Projector Left Rear

The Laser Light Source

The PX1 features a TriChroma (RGB) laser light source that can output a maximum of 2,000 ANSI lumens with support for a 25,000-hour use life. 

How the PX1 Displays 4K Resolution

DLP 4K Pixel Shifting

The PX1 displays 4K resolution via TI XPR pixel-shifting technology.  What this means for the PX1 is that a .47-inch 1080p resolution DLP imaging chip (aka DMD – Digital Micromirror Device) from Texas Instruments is used. The chip contains 2.1 million pixels (very tiny mirrors). For the projector to display 4K, the pixels on the 1080p chip are shifted both vertically and horizontally at 240Hz (240 times per second), which is so fast it is classified as a 4K image once displayed on the screen. 

Features

Color: The TriChroma Laser light engine supports full BT.2020 (aka Rec.2020) color support and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. 

HDR: HDR10 and HLG HDR are supported. 

Filmmaker Mode: To optimize movie watching, the PX1 incorporates Filmmaker Mode. This feature automatically shuts off all unneeded video processing features and sets the correct frame rate and aspect ratio.

Gaming Support: For gamers, the input lag is listed as about 30 ms. ALLM is supported.

Audio: For audio, the PX1 incorporates a 30W speaker system. Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital decoding is supported. 

Hisense PX1 UST Projector Rear Connections

HDMI Connections: Two HDMI Ver 2.1  are provided (one HDMI port supports HDMI eARC – which can pass Dolby Atmos to an external sound system).

Note: While the HDMI ports accept 4K/120Hz input signals, the DLP imager limits projector display capability to 4K/60.

USB: 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 

Audio Outputs: 1 Digital Optical,  1 3.5 mm analog audio

RF Input:  Antenna/cable (the PX1 has a built-in TV tuner).

Internet Connectivity: Wi-Fi/Ethernet

In addition to physical connections, the PX1 provides the following wireless connectivity options.

Bluetooth Support: Yes

WiSA: the PX1 is also WiSA-ready for connection to compatible wireless surround sound speaker systems.

Voice Remote for Hisense PX1 UST Projector with Android TV
Hisense PX1 UST Projector with Android TV

Control: A wireless remote control is provided that includes buttons and Google Assistant. Alexa voice control is also supported via Echo and other compatible devices. 

Smart Features: The PX1 incorporates the Android TV platform with Chromecast Built-in for access to an abundance of streaming apps, as well as casting app content from compatible smartphones.

Dimensions and Weight: The projector cabinet is 6.3 x 20.5 x 12.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 20.3 pounds.
Hisense PX1 UST Projector Left Angle

Pricing and Availability

The Hisense PX1 has an MSRP of $3,299.99 but may be available for less via ProjectorScreen.com and Best Buy (Amazon coming soon).

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Unlike several Hisense UST Laser TVs and similar to the PX1-PRO, the PX1 doesn’t come with a projection screen. This is not necessarily a bad thing because you can buy the size and type of screen from 100 to 120 inches that suit you best.

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