Projector Reviews

Hisense L5G 4K Smart Laser TV Review – Hardware

CHASSIS

The L5G is a new design that visually sets this projector apart from other Hisense Laser TV projectors. The design aesthetic looks like a split between the L9G’s curved design and the PX1-PRO’s sharp edges.

The Hisense L5G dimensions are 21.5″ x 13.6″ x 6.2″ (L x W x H) and the projector weighs 24.3 lbs.

BUILT-IN WiFi AND BLUETOOTH

Control4-compatible, with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, Google Assistant, and Alexa, the L5G can be integrated into your smart home ecosystem to create multiple automations to your heart’s content.

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS DLP

The inventor of Digital Light Processing (DLP) technologies
The inventor of Digital Light Processing (DLP) technologies

The Hisense L5G utilizes a Texas Instruments Digital Light Processor (DLP) (0.47″ DMD) chip to deliver a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) resolution. The 0.47″ DLP chip has 2.2 million pixels, or in this case, micromirrors. The response time of these micromirrors is so fast that each one can be quickly moved back and forth to form four separate pixels on the screen. This approach works very well because it is tough to see a difference in resolution when comparing a 4K DLP projector to a native 4K display. The projector can also accept signals up to 4K@60P via two HDMI/HDCP 2.1 compatible Inputs (HDMI #1&2).

The DLP system used on the Hisense L5G is sealed, keeping dust and dirt away from sensitive components. A sealed light engine prevents dust particles from settling inside the light path. This maximizes the projector’s life expectancy, which is critical for a display designed to replace the living room TV.

Also Since the L5G is a single-chip DLP projector, you will never have any convergence issues that may occur with a 3LCD projector. Therefore, the L5G images will remain sharp throughout the projector’s life without periodic adjustment. From a reliability standpoint, you can set it and forget it.

100 OR 120-INCH ALR SCREEN INCLUDED

A matched screen is included with the projector
A matched screen is included with the projector

The L5G comes with a perfectly paired Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screen to remove the guesswork of which screen you need to get the best overall picture from the projector. The ultra-short-throw (UST) ALR screen is designed to provide the best overall picture under most lighting conditions.

THE LENS

The lens provides a uniform image on the screen
The lens provides a uniform image on the screen

The Hisense L5G UST projector’s optical system uses complex mirrors to project images at steep, extreme angles. Even with the projector eleven inches from the screen, the L5G did a good job evenly spreading light. This brightness uniformity is notable because this was not always the case with ultra-short-throw projectors.

INPUTS AND CONNECTIONS

Three HDMI inputs and a USB 3.0 for the fastest connections
Three HDMI inputs and a USB 3.0 for the fastest connections

The inputs and connections are all located on the rear of the L5G. The Hisense L5G’s comes with three HDMI inputs including two HDMI 2.1 and one HDMI 2.0 input. Theoretically, HDMI 2.1 inputs can support bandwidth up to 48 Gbps for playback of 8K/60p and 4k/120p content. Unfortunately, this projector’s DLP chip only supports up to 4K@60Hz video playback, these types of HDMI inputs still offer a few notable benefits, including ALLM and eARC.

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) automatically switches the L5G to a low-latency, low-lag game mode when game content is detected. When low latency is no longer needed, the source disables the signal, and the display reverts to its previous mode for watching content like movies and TV shows. This ensures optimized gaming and movie-watching experiences automatically.

HDMI 2.1 supports enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC). Standard HDMI ARC supports multi-channel audio, including Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital, but Standard HDMI ARC can only deliver a compressed audio signal due to bandwidth limitations. 

The increased bandwidth capabilities of eARC allow the transfer of uncompressed audio such as Dolby TrueHD for the highest sound quality.

The L5G can also control connected devices such as an A/V receiver via HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). This means you can use your TV remote instead of reaching for a different remote to control each connected device.

Other available inputs include a USB 3.0 Type-A Input, a USB 2.0 Type-A Input, a LAN Port, an Optical-Digital connection, Analog Audio Outputs, and an RF Antenna Input for the unit’s built-in ATSC 1.0 Tuner.

REMOTE CONTROL

The included remote is slim and backlit

The included remote is slim and backlit. In addition to the projector controls, there are also dedicated Service Buttons for many of the built-in streaming media services. They include a quick access button for the projector built-in Media player, Prime Video, YouTube, Disney+, Tubi, and Google Play are all on the remote. Bluetooth pairing ensures the projector can be controlled even if it’s not in the line of sight.

Located at the top center of the remote is a dedicated Google Assistant Button for voice control of a wide range of smart features, including but not limited to Voice Search, Compatible Projector Switching, Hardware Controls, and many Internet of Things (IoT) compatible devices.

MENUS

The L5G is a smart projector since it is equipped with Android TV along with its seemingly endless range of applications, games, and entertainment options. I’ve tried to show a few more notable sections in the most-used sub-menus (App Store, Image Adjustments, etc.).