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Hisense L5G 4K Smart Laser TV Review - Notable Features

Posted on July 1, 2022 by Philip Boyle


Blue diode laser light source
Blue diode laser light source

The L5G features the Hisense X-Fusion™ Laser Light Engine, allowing the projector exceeds the Rec.709 color space because of the laser light engine's high-quality light output.

The Blue Laser Light Engine typically produces a wider color gamut than lamp-based projectors, making blue laser light engines perfect for consumers who require color accuracy in their displayed content.


The L5G features 4K resolution, HDR10 support, and 2,700 lumens of brightness. It also offers really nice color and detail, picture clarity, and focus uniformity.

Video streaming platforms offer a growing amount of 4K movies, even in HDR, just not at 60fps or higher. The reality is that 24fps is the standard despite some filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Ang Lee shooting content at frame rates higher than 24fps.


HDR increases visible detail in shadow and bright parts of a picture

4K TVs offer great picture quality compared to SDR technologies. HDR enhances picture quality and makes the projected image look more realistic, like what you see with your own eyes. You will see a broader range of colors and depth contrasting lighter and darker shades with HDR versus SDR. This technology combines dimming and adjusting brightness levels to produce pictures with the highest Nit rating. A Nit is the measurement of brightness a TV screen can produce.

HDR10 was first announced by the Consumer Technology Association, a US-based consumer electronic association. The HDR10 standard sends static metadata to the video stream. Metadata is encoded information on color calibration settings required to make a picture look real. 

High Dynamic Range expands color and contrast so you can enjoy a stunningly vibrant picture with incredible depth and detail. The Hisense L5G supports multiple HDR modes to enhance video for deeper blacks and brighter whites, greater detail in the same image's dark and bright parts, and greater detail within an extended color space. Dynamic HDR support ensures that video is displayed at the ideal depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and widest color gamuts for various content.



When designing the L5G, Hisense heavily emphasized accurate color reproduction. The unit includes multiple picture preset modes for both SDR and HDR content including a dedicated Filmmaker Mode.

Filmmaker Mode was created by the collaboration of filmmakers, Hollywood studios, consumer electronics companies, and the UHD Alliance. Hisense can offer Filmmaker Mode on the L5G because they have agreed that the mode will abide by specific industry standards.

The Filmmaker Mode can be manually switched on from the projector's Settings Menu. It can also be automatically activated by metadata embedded in the video bitstream. Engaging this picture mode does the following:

  • Maintain source content frame rate & aspect ratio
  • Set White Point to D65
  • Switch Off Motion Smoothing/Interpolation
  • Switch Off Sharpening
  • Switch Off TV Noise Reduction
  • Switch Off any additional image "enhancement" processing

The goal of the Filmmaker Mode is to display SDR and HDR content exactly as the creator intended by switching off all post-processing for a more cinematic experience on a projector or flat-panel TV.


Big sound from a small projector
Big sound from a small projector

Premium features such as eARC for lossless audio, Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Digital Sound provide a listening experience beyond the built-in sound system's performance capabilities. The eARC function passes uncompressed audio through the projector to a multi-channel surround sound system. 

If you do not use eARC, your only other option is to connect the Optical Audio Output. Like most smart flat-panel televisions, the Optical Output cannot pass the latest immersive surround formats to an external sound system. Apps such as Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime are loaded with multi-channel content. eARC is very important because the Optical Output alternative will only provide your external sound system Stereo or Dolby Pro Logic information.

Alternatively, the built-in 30W Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital sound should deliver spatial audio without needing extra equipment. 


Transmit hi-resolution audio to WiSA-certified speakers
Transmit hi-resolution audio to WiSA-certified speakers

The Hisense L5G includes a nice sound system, but for those interested in even higher performance, the projector is WiSA-ready. Products bearing the WiSA-ready logo are "ready" to transmit hi-resolution audio to WiSA-certified speakers when an optional third-party WiSA transmitter is plugged into one of the projector's USB ports. Because every WiSA-certified component is engineered to work together seamlessly, the setup couldn't be more straightforward. Unpack, plug-in power, and enjoy. Forget the speaker wires and confusing setup.

WISA-ready makes setting up a complete home entertainment solution much easier without tremendous effort, whether a simple stereo system or a robust 5.1, 7.1 surround system. It also supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, and DTS:X systems.


7000 movies and television shows, games, and more
7000 movies and television shows, games, and more

The L5G utilizes the Android TV operating system, and you can also access many other popular streaming services, including YouTube, Vudu, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, Fandango Now, and Amazon Prime Video. Additionally, you can download various additional apps and games from the Google Play store.

Hisense brings its integrated TV OS experience to the L5G and provides the same Android TV smart platform found in their newest flat-panel TVs. The projector's menus and Android TV are seamlessly integrated, providing a smooth and well-thought-out user experience. 

The L5G comes with a voice-controlled remote equipped with a built-in microphone allowing the user to operate a wide range of compatible smart devices via Google Assistant. You just press the Google Assistant button in the center of the remote control to activate the Voice Assistant on the L5G. In addition to the projector, Google Assistant allows voice control for several third-party items such as a set-top box, lights, door locks, curtains, etc. Also, while the L5G uses an Android TV operating system for enhanced flexibility, it is compatible with Amazon Alexa.

The L5G also supports Chromecast. Just find a YouTube video or HBOMax show you want to check out, tap the Chromecast icon on your phone, select your TV, and send that video to your TV just like that.

The L5G has built-in wireless networking for users who want to move the projector from room to room while still accessing the unit's internal apps and services. The projector's media player can access files via USB to play all media types (videos, MP3, photos, etc.). You can also wirelessly stream videos, photos, and music from a compatible Android mobile device using Chromecast. The bottom line is if you're a frequent user of the Google Assistant on your phone, Android TV will feel very familiar.


The Hisense L5G is designed to be a viable alternative to a flat-panel TV, so Hisense included an onboard TV Tuner, a must-have for customers looking to replace their flat-panel TV with a projector. On the back of the L5G, you will find the standard 75-ohm coaxial connector along with the projector's other inputs. You can also plug in the Coaxial Cable from a set-top box, although most of today's boxes will offer the best performance from HDMI.

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