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.
Here are known differences between the PX1-PRO and PX1:
|Exterior||Slate Grey||Navy Blue|
|Dolby Vision Support||Via Firmware Update||No|
|Screen Size Options||90 to 130-inches||100 to 120-inches|
|MSRP – Actual Price May Vary||$3,499.99||$3,299.99|
With so few differences, why buy the PX1 over the PX1-PRO? Most of what follows are the same on both 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.
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
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.
|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.
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.
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.
Pricing and Availability
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.