Posted on December 1, 2022 By Philip Boyle
The Hisense PX1 is a Tricolor laser-equipped smart ultra-short-throw projector with a brightness rated at 2,000 ANSI lumens priced at an MSRP of $3,299.
The PX1 is the little brother to the Hisense PX1-PRO. The PX1 shares many of the same features and specifications as the PRO model with a few exceptions, which I will cover in more detail below. Even with the exceptions, it is still an attractive option for someone looking to buy a high-performance ultra-short-throw projector while saving a little money in the process.
The Hisense PX1 uses the company’s fifth-generation laser technology, 4K displayed resolution, and features 2,000 lumens of brightness, HDR, and the same built-in sound system featured on the PX1-PRO.
Let’s take a closer look at the Hisense PX1 and see what this projector is made of.
Hisense was founded in 1969. This company has seen it all, from the early days of bulky CRT projectors to the current crop of sleek, powerful laser projectors. But Hisense isn’t just a company that makes video projectors — they’re also passionate about the technology.
Hisense projection provides high-quality Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) projectors that are increasingly seen as a viable replacement for the living room television thanks to advancements in light sources, imaging sensors, and image processing technologies.
The Hisense PX1 utilizes a Texas Instruments Digital Light Processor (DLP) (0.47″ DMD) chip to deliver 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) 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 can be quickly moved back and forth to form four separate pixels on the screen.
Hisense combines the performance advantages of DLP with their TriChroma triple laser light engine. Hisense TriChroma projectors can create any color in the BT.2020 gamut. Laser diodes also resist damage from vibration. The TriChroma laser light engine is sealed, keeping dust and dirt away from sensitive components. Hisense projectors maximize life expectancy, which is critical if a projector is going to replace the living room TV. The Hisense TriChroma laser light source has an estimated light source life of up to 25,000 hours at full light output.
The Hisense PX1 can produce 2,000 ANSI lumens of peak brightness, giving the projector plenty of light output that, when paired with an Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screen, looks it’s absolute best even in rooms that don’t have total lighting control.
The PX1 is listed as having 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast. While this number is lower than some manufacturers may publish, Hisense traditionally does a decent job of creating better details in the brightest and darkest areas of the displayed content. The big question I have is how black are the blacks on this projector?
Hisense also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) on the PX1. HDR expands color and contrast so you can enjoy a stunningly vibrant picture with incredible depth and detail.
The Hisense PX1 offers additional picture processing and performance features, such as microsecond-level processor response. Hisense describes this processing as “buttery smooth,” so motion is not lost to blur, and images look crystal clear.
Hisense offers a range of preset picture modes so that out-of-the-box performance is at its best for various content. For example, FILMMAKER mode disables several image processing adjustments from the projector settings to ensure viewers see content exactly how the moviemakers intended. The GAME and ALLM modes detect when a gaming console is the active source and automatically adjusts projector settings to optimize game performance.
The PX1 features the same built-in, high-quality, 30-watt Dolby Atmos sound system as the PX1-PRO. The PX1 produces a big sound that wraps around users and delivers better sound quality than many stand-alone flat-panel televisions and soundbars.
The PX1 supports eARC technology allowing a high-resolution video signal to be transmitted through an HDMI cable to connect to an external sound system to reproduce the highest-quality sound.
For those interested in cutting-edge audio technology, the projector is WiSA-ready. The projector can transmit high-resolution audio to WiSA-certified speakers when an optional third-party WiSA transmitter is plugged into one of the projector’s USB ports. Every WiSA-certified component is engineered to work together seamlessly, and setup couldn’t be more straightforward.
Finally, the PX1 speaker system can also connect to a Bluetooth audio source to act as an extremely high-quality Bluetooth speaker.
Install apps from the Google Play Store and log in to your favorite streaming services
The PX1 is powered by Google’s Android TV operating system, giving users access to thousands of apps and games, movies, and TV shows from a wide range of streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and YouTube. Customers can watch their favorite shows and movies without purchasing a separate streaming device as long as they are not on Netflix. Come on, Hisense, get Netflix.
Android TV OS is easy to use, with an interface that is simple to navigate and familiar to anyone who has used an Android-powered device. Android TV OS also offers voice search and gives users a personalized experience, with recommendations for content based on what they have watched in the past.
There’s little doubt that these newer ultra-short-throw projectors offer the features and performance needed to replace the living room television. To effectively replace living room televisions, these projectors must be able to be used day or night. These projectors must deliver vibrant colors regardless of ambient room light and have all the functionality expected in flat-panel TVs. Still, Hisense Ultra-Short-Throw projectors like the PX1 do this by offering built-in Wi-Fi and an HD tuner, allowing the projector to be the heart of a smart home system.
The Hisense PX1 TriChroma Laser Cinema 4K projector offers all the traditional features typically found on a living room television. But unlike a flat-panel television, this laser cinema projector project an image up to a 120-inches. For reference, a 120-inch image is the equivalent of four 60-inch flat-panel televisions.
The PX1 is one of two Laser Cinema projectors offered by Hisense. Hisense also offers Laser TV projectors that come bundled with a 100-inch or 120-inch ALR Daylight or Cinema screens. This is the primary difference between Hisense Laser Cinema and Laser TV projectors. Click on the model numbers below to be linked to the full reviews of each model.
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