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Hisense PL1 4K Laser Cinema UST Projector Review

Posted on May 5, 2024 by Philip Boyle
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The Hisense PL1 may be the entry-level model in the company Laser Cinema line, but its performance is excellent.

The Hisense PL1 Laser Cinema is an ultra short throw (UST), 4K, blue phosphor laser projector with a rated brightness of 2,200 ANSI lumens and an MSRP of $2,799. Although it may be an entry-level Hisense ultra short throw projector, the PL1 shares many features and specifications with the PX2-PRO model, with a few exceptions, such as its blue laser phosphor light source.

The PL1 uses a Hisense next-generation X-Fusion laser light source that delivers a stunning 4K (3,840 x 2,160p) resolution. Its brightness can overcome moderate ambient light while maintaining color accuracy and decent dark area detail. Compared with Android TV, the new Google TV OS focuses more on content while providing a more curated experience across all your favorite streaming apps.

With its 30-watt Dolby Atmos sound system, the PL1 can transform your living room into an immersive home cinema experience. It delivers powerful audio to match the expansive 120-inch image it projects.

The PL1 also supports advanced HDR formats like Dolby Vision along with HDR10 and HLG.

The Hisense PL1 Laser Cinema projector is an attractive option for those seeking to upgrade to a high-quality, ultra short throw projector without breaking the bank.

Let’s look at the Hisense PL1 Laser Cinema projector.

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Hisense PL1 Specs
Price$2,799 MSRP
Displayed Resolution4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim2200 ANSI Lumens
Light SourceBlue Laser Phosphor
Contrast2,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Zoom Lens RatioFixed
Sound System 30 Watt Dolby Atmos
Dimensions(WxHxD) 20.9" x 4.7" x 13.2" inches
Weight17 lbs.



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Utilizing Ultra Short Throw Technology, the PL1 Laser Cinema projects vivid images, from 80 inches to 120 inches.

Founded in 1969, Hisense has evolved from its early days of bulky CRT projectors to the sleek and powerful laser projectors it is known for today. Hisense’s underlying technology fuels its modern projectors, positioning them as viable replacements for traditional living room televisions.

Each generation of Hisense projectors brings steady advancements in brightness, contrast, color, laser, and other technologies that contribute to the exceptional performance of modern Hisense ultra short throw projectors.

Laser Cinema projectors are not locked into a specific screen size because they feature a variable focus adjustment, allowing them to project an image anywhere within the manufacturer's screen size range. Hisense Laser TV projectors come from the factory packaged with a specific screen size and type.

The Hisense PL1 uses a 0.47-inch Texas Instruments DMD to create a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) pixel on screen image.

Like all of Hisense’s UST projectors, the PL1 uses a 0.47-inch Texas Instruments Digital Light Processor (DLP) Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) to deliver a true 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160p) projected image.

The 0.47" DLP" chip used in the PL1 employs XPR pixel shifting technology to shift the projector's native 2.2 million pixels (or micromirrors) four times to project 8.3 million pixels onto the screen. This process occurs faster than the human eye can perceive. For a more detailed explanation of DLP and XPR, click this link. This approach is so effective that it's difficult to see a difference in displayed resolution between pixel-shifting and native 4K sensors. Typically, any perceived differences in picture detail between the two technologies are due to contrast rather than displayed resolution.

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The Hisense PL1 can reproduce 85% of the DCI-P3 color space using up to 1.06 billion colors.

The difference in MSRP between the Hisense PL1 and the step-up PX2-PRO is about $700, largely attributed to the cost savings of using a blue phosphor laser light source instead of the RGB laser light source found in the PX2-PRO.

While BT.2020 offers a wider color gamut than DCI-P3 and REC.709, most content we consume today is not yet mastered with this color space’s full range in mind. Most content we consume is still mastered for DCI-P3 or even Rec.709. So, for everyday use, a projector like the Hisense PL1, which uses DCI-P3, will probably offer excellent color accuracy for the content you are likely to watch on broadcast, cable, and even in most streaming service libraries.

While most 4K movies are labeled as being mastered using the BT.2020 color space, the reality is that studios are only required to ensure the film displays the full DCI-P3 color range within BT.2020. In simpler terms, all 4K UHD Blu-ray movies are mastered in BT.2020, but they may not utilize the entire BT.2020 color range. There are exceptions, of course. Some films, such as Aquaman, leverage BT.2020’s color range in specific scenes with vibrant reds or heavy CGI but most of the movies we watch typically fall back to the DCI-P3 range of colors.

Conversely, some newer CGI movies like Inside Out can fully utilize BT.2020 throughout. With each new release, the number of films pushing beyond DCI-P3 is growing, but only incrementally. DCI-P3 remains the dominant color space for most content, even within the BT.2020 framework.

The PL1’s laser light source displays 85% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and over a billion colors.

The Hisense PL1 uses a sealed laser light source and dust-proof light engine to protect sensitive components and extend the projector’s lifespan.
Hisense X-Fusion laser light engines are particularly dependable, offering an estimated 20,000 hours of operation at full brightness.

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The PL1 is listed as having a 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast. While this number is lower than some other manufacturers may publish, Hisense traditionally does a decent job of creating better details in the brightest and darkest areas of the displayed content.

The PL1 supports multiple HDR (High Dynamic Range) formats. All HDR-encoded physical media should display increased color and contrast, like 4K UHD Blu-rays and much of the newer content on popular streaming services encoded in HDR. The PL1 supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision. It can automatically adjust the color and brightness of the projector on a frame-by-frame basis for Dolby Vision-encoded content in real-time.

The PL1’s laser light source displays 85% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and over a billion colors.

The Hisense PL1 uses a sealed laser light source and dust-proof light engine to protect sensitive components and extend the projector’s lifespan.
Hisense X-Fusion laser light engines are particularly dependable, offering an estimated 20,000 hours of operation at full brightness.


Hisense offers a range of preset picture modes to ensure that out-of-the-box performance is at its best for various content, including a FILMMAKER mode that turns off image processing to ensure viewers see content exactly as the moviemakers intended.

Like other Hisense Laser Cinema projectors, the PL1 features dedicated GAME and AUTO LOW LATENCY (ALLM) modes. These modes remove the need to manually change picture settings when players turn on their connected game systems to play the latest games. ALLM detects when a gaming console is the active source and automatically adjusts projector settings to optimize game performance.

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Like all previous Hisense projectors I've reviewed, the PL1 features Motion Estimation / Motion Compensation (MEMC) technology. This technology uses an advanced algorithmic technique to predict where a frame is in video content and inserts an additional frame between each original. MEMC is a type of frame interpolation technology designed to smooth out the blur when watching content that requires a clearer image, such as sports and video games.

The PL1 includes six motion compensation presets: FILM, CLEAR, STANDARD, SMOOTH, OFF, and CUSTOM. In CUSTOM mode, users can make manual adjustments.

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The Hisense PL1 makes it easy to enjoy a fantastic audio experience. It comes equipped with the same high-quality, 30-watt Dolby Atmos sound system as the PX2-PRO, delivering rich, immersive sound that outperforms many TVs and soundbars. eARC technology lets you use a single HDMI cable to transmit the highest quality audio for a seamless connection to your existing sound system. The PL1 is also WiSA-ready – simply add a WiSA transmitter (sold separately) and connect to compatible speakers for an incredibly easy wireless setup. Finally, the PL1 doubles as a premium Bluetooth speaker. Connect your Bluetooth-enabled device and let the projector play your favorite music through its speakers.

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The PL1 is far from the first SMART video projector Hisense has produced, but this is the first year that Hisense has integrated the new Google TV OS into all its USA ultra short throw projectors like the PL1.

The new Google TV OS is designed to help you find something to watch. It presents tailored recommendations across your subscribed streaming services, helping you discover new movies and shows based on your interests. Google TV learns what you like and picks out things you might enjoy. The more you use it, the better it gets.

Since Google built this whole system, you can use your voice and Google Assistant to search using plain speech, giving verbal commands such as “Find funny sci-fi movies from the 90s.” Since you are talking to Google like you would to anyone, it will understand you and give accurate recommendations based on your requirements across your favorite streaming applications.

Google TV can also set up individual profiles for different household users, ensuring that each person gets personalized recommendations and a separate watchlist based on what they watch instead of presenting recommendations based on the entire household’s browsing history. Google TV is far more polished, less cluttered, and focused on helping you find the perfect entertainment experience quickly and easily compared to Android TV.

Below is a feature and pricing comparison chart for current Hisense Laser Cinema models other than the PX2-PRO and two Laser TV models. Remember, Laser TVs are packaged with a screen, resulting in a higher cost to the consumer. Prices will vary depending on the size and type of screen in the package.

Hisense 2024 Laser Cinema Projectors
New Google TV OSNew Google TV OS
2200 ANSI Lumens2400 ANSI Lumens
X-Fusion Blue Laser Phosphor Light SourceTriChroma RGB Laser Light Source
HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG HDRHDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG HDR
2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast3,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast
Project an image between 80 to 120 inchesProject an image between 90 to 130 inches
30 Watt Dolby Atmos 30 Watt Dolby Atmos
(WxDxH) 20.9 x 13.2 x 4.7 inches(WxDxH) 20.5″ x 12.8″ x 6.3″
17 lbs.20.3 lbs.



  • 4K (3,840 x 2,160p) displayed resolution
  • Texas Instruments 0.47 DLP with XPR technology
  • X-Fusion (Blue Laser + Phosphor) light engine
  • 2200 ANSI lumens of brightness
  • 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • Can reproduce 85% DCI-P3 color space
  • 25,000+ hours of light-source life
  • Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG support
  • Dynamic tone mapping for better HDR detail
  • Dedicated FILMMAKER, DOLBY VISION preset picture modes
  • GAMING mode with a reduced input lag as low as 10 ms
  • Built-in 30W stereo Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital sound system
  • HDMI Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
  • Fully integrated Google TV OS with a single remote control
  • Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) ready for multi-channel wireless surround sound system connectivity
  • White Balance and Color Management System (CMS) adjustments are available for advanced calibration
  • 2-year parts and labor warranty



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The Hisense PL1 showcases a fresh design language, diverging from the established style of the PX series. The PL1 is its own distinct Laser Cinema projector, and its aesthetic appears to blend elements of the L9G and PX series designs. I think the PL1 is the best-looking projector in Hisense's current line. It is also a good size and weight, measuring (WxHxD) 20.9" x 4.7" x 13.2" and weighing a modest 17 lbs.

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The PL1 features two HDMI ports on the projector’s rear that support HDMI 2.1 features. HDMI input 2 supports Enhanced Audio Return (eARC) functionality. Theoretically, HDMI 2.1 inputs can support up to 48 Gbps bandwidth for 8K/60p playback and 4K/120p content. While 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 PL1 to a low-latency, low-lag game mode when game content is detected. When low latency is no longer needed, the source turns off the signal, and the display reverts to its previous mode for watching content such as movies and TV shows, providing an optimized gaming and movie-watching experience.

The PL1 can also control connected devices, such as an A/V receiver, via HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) to control each connected device.

Other available inputs include a USB 3.0 Type-A and a USB 2.0 Type-A input on the side. The projector also has a LAN port, optical-digital, and L/R analog audio outputs.

Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Google Assistant, and Alexa allow the PL1 to be easily integrated into a smart home ecosystem and enable users to create multiple custom automations.

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The included plastic remote sports a slim, metal-look design. It offers convenient features like a dedicated Google Assistant button for versatile voice control and one-touch access buttons for essential streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and YouTube.

The remote uses Bluetooth as its primary connection protocol. Still, the PL1 remote also features Infrared (IR) functionality, allowing users to control the projector or a third-party cable/satellite box. For custom installations, the PL1 supports RS232 control as well.

I particularly appreciated the two dedicated shortcut buttons on the remote. These provide instant access to preset picture and audio modes, ensuring a streamlined and enjoyable user experience.

My only complaint about this remote is that the backlight is very dim and shuts off too quickly.


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The Hisense PL1 UST projector excels in image uniformity. Its advanced optical system is constructed using a complex series of lens elements designed to project images at extreme angles without creating any optical distortions that can distract from the movie you are watching on-screen.

Even with minimal distance between the projector and screen, the PL1 achieves an impressively even spread of light. There are some slight variations in focus across the screen, but this is typical of even the best ultra short throw projectors. Hisense is particularly good at minimizing these variations and limiting them to the most extreme edges of the image, where the image softens a bit.

Because this projector is not an RGB laser projector, its image is free from the color fringing you always see, even on the best triple laser projectors. The PL1 does not display any red or blue highlights along the edges of objects in the image, meaning you can sit closer to the screen for a more theater-like experience. Images are sharp and crisp, with virtually no fringing to be seen.

Hisense offers two distinct ultra short throw lines: Laser TV and Laser Cinema. Laser TVs come packaged with a screen, while Laser Cinema models like the PL1 do not. This flexibility allows the PL1 to pair with any compatible UST screen between 100 and 120 inches, and its Digital Lens Focus enables you to fine-tune the projector’s overall image sharpness.

The PL1 features both Automatic and Manual Geometric Correction. The Auto tool uses your phone to help configure screen geometry for a perfectly aligned image. While these tools are convenient, it’s important to know that digital image adjustments can impact image quality. Projector Reviews strongly recommends manually aligning the projector to your screen for the best results.


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The Hisense PL1 uses the new Google TV operating system, a step up from the Android TV OS found on the previous generation of Hisense ultra short throw projectors in the USA.

The PL1 includes a full suite of picture calibration adjustments, including multipoint white balance and CMS controls to optimize image quality based on exact room conditions.

Google TV gives users access to all the streaming, entertainment, and gaming content available on previous Android TV options while adding brand-new control functions, letting users make the projector a control hub for other connected devices in the home. This new Google TV OS allows users to connect to the entire range of Google and Google-compliant smart devices available today. For example, users can access home security cameras or a smart doorbell and view the feed on their big screen. Users can also connect a webcam to the projector and make video calls via Google Duo, and the new Google Home app controls the projector via an Android phone.

Google has not completely changed the menu flow, but you will notice that some control locations have changed a little compared to Android TV OS. Overall, these changes are for the better.



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The PL1’s laser light source displays 85% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and over a billion colors. Although this projector does not use an RGB laser light source, the X-fusion light source produces an impressive image. The PL1 can precisely adjust its color output to match the content viewed, and it did a fantastic job reproducing the Rec.709 color gamut found in SDR content and the colors in the HDR content that I threw at it. Most of the content people watch does not utilize the extended colors of BT.2020. Displaying content using the Rec.709 color palette means that, unlike some RGB laser projectors, the various preset picture mode colors on the PL1 do not massively oversaturate the displayed image, which I prefer. If you want that highly saturated look, the projector can be adjusted to provide it.

This projector has four preset picture modes for Dolby Vision, eight for HDR, and eight for SDR content.

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Out-of-the-box color performance, the primary thing we focus on here at Projector Reviews, was excellent.

The most accurate picture modes were THEATER NIGHT and FILMMAKER. The THEATER DAY mode is a good option when viewing content under ambient lighting. Skin tones are good overall, but due to the reduced brightness, these modes work best in environments.

With the lights out and shades closed, the STANDARD preset picture mode was the best choice for everyday usage. It works well even with some lights on and my windows open.

The VIVID, GAME, and SPORTS modes are the brightest and are designed to fight through high ambient light. These more brilliant modes are bluer in tone, but not so much that it becomes a problem.

We used Portrait Displays Calman color calibration software to measure the color accuracy of the Hisense PL1 before and after adjustment.

Since your room and screen material significantly impact the overall picture, we don't recommend using someone else's calibration adjustments. If your room is brighter/darker or your walls are a different color, your settings would probably be different.

Also, the color characteristics of different individual projectors can vary. Therefore, copying someone else's results can be detrimental to the picture quality rather than improving it. The charts below show my measurements before and after calibration.

If you want to make quick BRIGHTNESS, CONTRAST, and SHARPNESS adjustments to improve the picture quality of your projector in your room, there are several free test patterns available on t the Murideo website and their YouTube channel. Murideo also has written instructions in the resource section of its website. Also, check out our YouTube video on utilizing several test patterns called Optimize The Image of a Projector or TV Using Free Murideo Test Patterns.

Pre-Calibration Color Tracking and Grayscale

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We measured and adjusted THEATER DAY, one of the most accurate picture modes. The color reproduction was good in this mode, but like the THEATER NIGHT and FILMMAKER modes, it was a little warm. Our Grayscale measurements indicated that the image contained a little too much Red, resulting in an average color temperature of 6300K, which was slightly lower than our target of 6500 K. 

The Gamma measurement was about 2.0, higher than our target of 2.2. While this is fine for viewing the content in rooms with moderate ambient light, black levels will look slightly evaluated in a dark room. 

The Hisense PL1 uses a blue laser phosphor light source, so it can’t produce the massive range of colors possible with a tri-laser light source. However, the PL1 did well tracking the REC709 colors found in SDR content, which often look wildly oversaturated on Tri-laser-equipped projectors.

  • Picture Mode: THEATER DAY
  • Gamma: 2.0
  • Color Temperature: 6300K
  • Average Grayscale dE: 1.8
  • Average Color Tracking dE: 2.45

Post-Calibration Color Tracking and Grayscale

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While the PL1 is a blue-laser phosphor projector, its SDR color reproduction was similar to the PX2-PRO we just reviewed, Since the average color temperature was very close to my target of 6500K, I left the COLOR TEMP setting at its default of Warm 1.

I used the projector's 2pt GRAYSCALE adjustment to achieve better RGB balance by reducing the amount of RED GAIN while increasing the amount of BLUE GAIN in the image. The projector also includes 20pt white balance adjustments, but I did not feel the need to use them.

To achieve my Gamma target of 2.2, I switched the projector’s GAMMA setting from BT1886 to 2.2 and reduced the BRIGHTNESS setting. The PL1 also includes multi-point Gamma adjustments, which can be used to further fine-tune the projector's performance, but it wasn’t necessary.

The projector's pre-calibration color tracking was good, but I used the COLOR TUNING (CMS) to improve color tracking. While I corrected the tracking of colors displayed at lower IREs, some of the brightest colors (Red, Cyan, and Blue) remained oversaturated.

  • Picture Mode: THEATER DAY
  • Gamma: 2.17
  • Color Temperature: 6523K
  • Average Grayscale dE: 1.6
  • Average Color Tracking dE: 1.4

When evaluating color reproduction, a Delta E measurement of 3 or less is considered ‘Excellent’ and imperceptible by the human eye. Even before any adjustment, the Grayscale Delta E was less than 2, which is excellent. The PL1 also did a good job tracking colors, but even after adjustment, some brighter colors remained oversaturated.

Film buffs might want to tweak the settings to make things just how they like them, but for most users, the colors as they are will be high enough quality for most home entertainment applications.

Compared to other Laser TVs at the same price point, the PL1 SDR color reproduction is above average. Most Laser TV customers who buy sub $3000 units will not pay several hundred dollars to calibrate the projectors. The good news is that the PL1 is so accurate that there isn’t a need to.


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The Hisense PL1 Laser Cinema is rated to produce 2,200 lumens of peak brightness, giving the projector plenty of light output to faithfully recreate sparkling highlights, punchy colors, and deep blacks. While a good performer in any space, the PL1 looks its absolute best in a light-controlled space. However, even in areas with a small amount of uncontrolled ambient light, the PL1 maintains much of its displayed color and contrast.

How close was the PL1 to hitting its manufacturer’s rated brightness? To find out, I set the PL1 to the brightest picture mode, VIVID. Then, I took three to four readings about 15-20% out from the center of the lens.

The Hisense PL1 measured 2,296 lumens, 196 lumens higher than the manufacturer's rated brightness specification. I also measured the brightness of the remaining SDR preset picture modes. Please see the chart below.

While it is great that the Hisense PL1 beat it manufacturer rated brightness we are starting to see more projectors in this price range with better brightness. If this projector were a little brighter it would lift the projectors overall performance.


 Hisense PL1 Preset Mode's Brightness

Picture ModesBrightness Measured (ANSI Lumens)
VIVID2296 ANSI Lumens
GAME2258 ANSI Lumens
SPORTS2271 ANSI Lumens



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Hisense lists the PL1 Dynamic Contrast as 2,000,000:1. This projector delivers a good black level, in line with expectations for a high-quality blue laser DLP projector. As the images above demonstrate, the PL1 excels at displaying both shadow and bright area details in light-controlled environments like mine. In these conditions, the picture is great. If you can control the lighting or plan to use it mostly at night, the PL1 offers better-than-average blacks with decent dark area detail. To further improve dark and highlighted details, enable HDR to make a noticeable difference in detail and color, though this comes at the cost of some brightness. Remember that at 2,200 ANSI lumens, the Hisense PL1 has little brightness to spare, even in a light-controlled space. I’ll discuss this more in the HDR section below.

I recommend calibrating this projector for optimal picture quality because professionally calibrated projectors always offer the best overall performance.

Aside from brightness differences, I expected that the PL1 would perform similarly to the L5H Laser TV model, and it completely met those expectations. The projector’s black levels were decent but still leaned closer to dark gray than deep black. You might pair it with a high-gain ALR screen to achieve the deepest blacks possible from the PL1. This pairing will boost displayed brightness, compensate for uncontrolled room lighting, and enhance black levels.



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Most movies, television shows, and games are still created in Standard Dynamic Range (SDR). The PL1 projector displays this content exceptionally well, with rich colors and strong brightness. Some SDR content is expertly mastered, while others are poor transfers from older formats. Fortunately, it does an excellent job of handling both types of content. For most movies, the FILMMAKER mode delivers exceptional results. As noted in the COLOR section, the PL1 gives users extensive control for fine-tuning images.

Skin tones will look even better in person than in the included photos. Here are some screenshots showing skin tones under various lighting conditions.

Overall, the PL1 offers excellent skin tone reproduction. Like the PX2-PRO, the PL1’s CINEMA DAY, CINEMA NIGHT, and FILMMAKER picture modes provide the most accurate skin tones, although you will trade some brightness for this accuracy.


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As time progresses and technology improves, newer projectors can show the value of HDR more and more, even though seeing a big difference between HDR and SDR on a projector is still challenging, especially in spaces with some uncontrolled ambient light sources. Still, in my light-controlled space, HDR content looked better on the Hisense PL1 than on many other similarly specced 4K HDR projectors I have reviewed.

The PL1 supports 4K HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG. Each of its picture preset modes is tuned differently to provide the best results for the content and environment. When watching HDR-encoded content on this projector, I saw an improvement in black level and even some details, but this improvement came at the price of the image’s overall brightness. This is where I think your viewing space and personal tastes will come into play regarding how you set the PL1 in your home.

Having excellent control over your room, lighting HDR10, and Dolby Vision can be a positive experience. As you can see in the screenshots above, dark area detail is improved. Still, the gains are incremental and are often not worth the perceptible drop in brightness that comes with watching HDR-encoded content on this 2200 ANSI lumen projector. At this brightness level, it also comes down to the actual content you are watching.

I preferred watching Oppenheimer in HDR, enjoying the color and mainly highlighting area details on the screen. I had a similar experience with DC’s Aquaman in HDR, where the PL1 displayed details in the highlight areas that would have been blown out except when viewing the Dolby Vision version. Overall, I preferred getting as much brightness as possible for other content like the new Wonka, especially for the darker movie scenes.

HDR Pre and Post-Calibration Measurements

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    The out-of-the-box HDR10 Grayscale (RGB Balance) was excellent.
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    The out-of-the-box HDR10 Grayscale (RGB Balance) was too cool.

Based on our measurements the Hisense can reproduce 85% of the DCI-P3 color space used to master most HDR content. The Hisense PL1 has dedicated picture modes for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, each of which can be adjusted. The most accurate HDR10 picture modes were HDR FILMMAKER and HDR THEATER. Like their SDR counterparts, these modes delivered good out-of-the-box grayscale but were a little warm. You can use the projector’s WHITE BALANCE to fine-tune the RGB further, but it is really not necessary.

The PL1 includes three DOLBY VISION picture modes, but they are all too cool. Switching the projector’s COLOR TEMPERATURE from Standard to Warm brought the color temperature closer to my 6500K target. Of course, you can use the WHITE BALANCE setting to adjust the RGB balance further if desired.

The Hisense PL1 includes an Auto HDR tone mapping feature that increases the average screen brightness when viewing HDR10 content. While tone mapping was effective, higher light output would have been helpful when displaying HDR content because it reduces the need for tone mapping.

Whether viewing HDR10 or Dolby Vision, I also set the ACTIVE CONTRAST to Low and reduced the BRIGHTNESS, improving perceived black levels without crushing shadow details.    


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The sound of the PL1’s built-in 30-watt sound system performed impressively. The PL1 offered slightly better sound performance than I got from the Hisense PX2-PRO, which is surprising since the audio hardware seems identical. The only thing I can think of to explain the difference I heard is the projector chassis design.

The PL1 features six out-of-the-box presets: STANDARD, THEATER, SPORTS, MUSIC, SPEECH, and LATE NIGHT.

The front of the PL1 cabinet holds a 30-watt (15-watt x2) amp and speakers. Yet again, Hisense has built an internal sound system with better sound than many entry-level soundbars I have listened to.

Hisense ultra short throw projectors with built-in sound systems are typically some of the better-sounding UST projectors available. The PL1 provides users with an excellent simulated surround experience that seems to come around the room rather than being centered on the projector.

I found the PL1 to be a quiet projector. I could barely hear the fan noise except when it was turned up at its highest light level.


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Ultra short throw (UST) projectors are changing the game for those wanting a cinematic experience without the hassle of complex installations. The Hisense PL1 Laser Cinema 4K offers a user-friendly, space-saving design. The PL1’s significant advantage lies in its ability to be positioned just inches from your wall or screen while projecting an image ranging from 80 to 120 inches.

The PL1 looks good and displays impressive image quality for its price point, making this UST projector a compelling option for anyone looking to enter the UST category or step up to a better ultra short throw projector.

Despite not having a top-of-the-line RGB laser light source, the PL1 delivers surprisingly punchy and vibrant colors from its X-Fusion blue laser phosphor light source. The PL1 is at its best in a light-controlled space where this projector makes the most of its modest 2,200 ANSI lumens of brightness. While black levels are not the inky blacks found on OLED TVs, the PL1 renders dark scenes commendably.

The PL1 supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, adding a layer of dynamic range that enhances highlights and shadows. I did prefer SDR on this projector  where picture modes like FILMMAKER, THEATER DAY, and THEATER NIGHT provide excellent accuracy, making movies pop without extensive tweaking.

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Gamers will also appreciate the PL1’s responsiveness. The projector features a dedicated GAMING mode for minimizing input lag, allowing for smooth and fluid action in fast-paced titles. While it might not satisfy the most demanding competitive players, it’s perfect for casual and enthusiast gamers.

The speakers sound good for a projector, but for the bigger sound, you’ll want to connect the projector to an external sound system for a truly cinematic experience. Thankfully, the projector supports Dolby Atmos passthrough via the eARC HDMI port to send high-fidelity surround sound to a compatible soundbar or receiver.

The PL1 is a smart projector using the latest Google TV OS. It offers a familiar user experience that provides the best Android TV while offering users a new content curation experience. Google TV OS has all the major streaming apps, including a native Netflix application and the best in Google search and voice control capabilities via Google Assistant.

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Some degree of light control is ideal for the best experience. You can also consider adding a high-gain ambient light-rejecting (ALR) screen to boost brightness and enhance black levels.

While this projector's color performance is good enough for use in spaces with modest amounts of uncontrolled ambient light, if you want to display colors outside the REC.709 color space and push further into BT.2020, you should get the Hisense PX2-PRO.

The Hisense PL1 Laser Cinema strikes an excellent balance between performance, features, and price. Its user-friendly setup, top-tier feature package, and superb image quality make it a compelling option for anyone seeking to build a simple yet immersive home theater.



The Optoma CinemaX D2+ offers 4K displayed resolution via a single chip Texas Instruments DLP imager. This Optoma projector is designed to deliver sharp, lifelike images and rich colors, allowing viewers to sit close to the screen and enjoy a more immersive experience.

The new CinemaX D2+ series supports HDR10 and HLG and can display a 100-inch image while sitting less than 12 inches away from a screen. While both projectors have similar technology and features, the Hisense PL1 offers Dolby Vision HDR, whereas the Optoma offers only HDR10.

The CinemaX D2 series has a rated brightness of 3000 lumens, with an impressive 1,800,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for high-quality lights-on or lights-off viewing. These numbers are excellent for this type of ultra short throw projector, and the extra brightness of the Optoma outperforms the Hisense, making the CinemaX D2+ better equipped to handle rooms with higher amounts of uncontrolled ambient light.

The new CinemaX D2+ series supports HDR10 and HLG and can display a 100-inch image while sitting less than 12 inches away from a screen. While both projectors have similar technology and features, the Hisense PL1 offers Dolby Vision HDR, whereas the Optoma offers only HDR10.

If you are looking for a projector that supports 3D, then look at the Optoma CinemaX D2+. The Hisense PL1, like all Hisense UST projectors, does not support 3D.

WEMAX Nova - $2,699 MSRP

The WEMAX Nova is a 2100 ISO Lumen (2089 ANSI Lumen *Projector Reviews-measured) UST projector that uses a blue laser plus phosphor, ALPD light source. Both the Hisense and the WEMAX use blue laser phosphor light sources.

The Hisense is a little brighter than the WEMAX, but they are within a couple hundred lumens of each other. Both projectors use a 0.47-inch Texas Instruments DLP system with 4K displayed resolution.

WEMAX states that the Nova covers up to 100% of the Rec.709 color gamut range, slightly higher than the Hisense PL1.

The Hisense PL1 offers an advanced Color Management System (CMS) where the WEMAX does not rely solely on its factory-calibrated modes.

Regarding HDR support, Hisense provides on-board support for Dolby Vision HDR, but WEMAX stops at HDR10.

Both systems offer high-quality built-in sound systems. WEMAX partnered with Definitive Technology, and Hisense uses its own in-house developed sound system. The big difference in sound is that Hisense offers Dolby Atmos support, whereas WEMAX stops at DTS sound. I would have to give Hisense sound advances in codecs and overall performance.


  • Display a massive 80–120-inch picture just inches between the projector and your wall, eliminating the hassle of ceiling mounts or complex wiring.
  • Enjoy bold colors and a clear picture even in moderately lit rooms. Thanks to the projector’s support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, you can experience greater detail in highlights and shadows.
  • Excellent Upscaling for and support for non-HDR content brings new life into your collection of DVDs, Blu-rays, and older TV shows.
  • Dedicated FILMAKER picture mode allows you to enjoy movie content as the director intended with accurate out-of-the-box color reproduction.
  • Fine-tune the picture to your exact preferences with extensive color management controls.
  • Minimized input lag with a dedicated GAME mode offers smooth action for an immersive gaming experience.
  • Send crystal-clear surround sound formats like Dolby Atmos to a compatible soundbar or receiver via eARC HDMI.
  • Thanks to the integrated Google TV OS, you can access all your favorite streaming apps and control the projector with your voice.
  • 2 Year parts and labor hisense warranty provides peace of mind.


  • If this projector were a little brighter it could utilize less aggressive tone mapping which usually results in a better looking HDR image.
  • There is no 3D support.
  • Black level and contrast, while better than most, still can improve.
  • The backlit remote control needs to be brighter with a longer time-out.


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Hisense PL1 Full Specifications
Projector ModelPL1
Price$2,799 MSRP
Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
Displayed Resolution3,840 x 2,160 pixels (4K UHD)
Native Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Brightness 2200 ANSI Lumens
Light Source TypeBlue Laser Phosphor
Light Source Life25,000+ hours (Normal)
Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Zoom Lens RatioFixed
Power Zoom/FocusYes - Focus
Lens ShiftNo
Interchangeable LensNo
Ultra-Short ThrowYes
Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Built-in Rechargeable BatteryNo
Blu-Ray 3DNo
Sound SystemDolby Atmos 30 watt sound system
Noise Level (-dB) 
Low Lag GamingYes
Smart FunctionalityYes
Special Features 
Dimensions (HxWxD)(WxHxD) 20.9" x 4.7" x 13.2"
Weight17 lbs.
WarrantyLimited Two (2) Year


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