Ahead of CES 2022 next week, Hisense has announced their next progression in the laser ultra-short throw market with two new projectors—the PX1-PRO TriChroma Laser Cinema and the L5G 4K Smart Laser TV.
The PX-1 PRO includes the same triple-laser light source design found in the L9G (that was given ProjectorCentral's Editor's Choice distinction in its review). The projector is rated for 2,200 ANSI lumens with a laser life of 25,000 hours. And since it uses three different lasers for primaries, it doesn't require a color wheel and is able to achieve the full BT.2020 color space—Hisense rates it as 107% of BT.2020. The PX-1 PRO uses a 0.47-inch DLP chip capable of 4K (3840x2160) resolution. Hisense lists its dynamic constrast ratio as 1,000,000:1. The projector also supports HDR10 and HLG signals and includes Filmmaker Mode that will automatically shut off all extraneous processing features and set the proper frame rate and aspect ratio for the displayed content. Input lag is listed as approximately 30 ms (low enough for some casual gaming).
Unlike the L9G and L5F (and its new version, the L5G discussed below), the PX-1 PRO is not packaged together with a projection screen. Instead you're able to use it with any screen or surface sized between 90 and 130 inches. A throw ratio of 0.25:1 places the back of the projector between 10.75 and 19.3 inches from the screen and the projector uses a digital lens focus to keep the details sharp. The graphite-colored chassis measures 6.3 x 20.5 x 12.8 inches (HWD)—so add that 12.8 inches on to the above distance from the screen to determine the necessary stand depth. The PX-1 PRO weighs 20.3 pounds.
The projector runs on the Android TV OS with Google Assistant. Over 5,000 apps are available to download from the Google Play store (it's unknown at this time if Netflix is approved for download with this projector, but it is not on streaming app lists that's I've seen). Chromecast capability is included to stream from other devices, and the projector works with both the Google and Alexa home ecosystems.
Built in to the PX-1 PRO is a 30W speaker system that can decode Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital signals. One of the two HDMI 2.1 ports comes with eARC to pass that Dolby Atmos signal to an external surround setup, if desired. (While the ports are both HDMI 2.1, as with the L9G, the DLP imager liimits the projector to displayiing 4K/60 instead of 4K/120.) In addition to the HDMI, the PX-1 PRO also has two USB (one 3.0 and one 2.0), digital optical out, 3.5 mm analog audio out, RF for antenna or cable, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connections. It is also WiSA-ready for wireless speaker connections.
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The L5G is an update to the existing L5F series and follows the concept of the Hisense laser TV by including either a 100- or 120-inch screen with the UST projector. There are some significant improvements in the L5G over the L5F, including eARC for passing Dolby Atmos to an AVR or soundbar, Filmmaker mode, a game mode with ALLM (auto low latency mode), and it's WiSA-ready. It also comes with a built-in 30W speaker system that can decode Dolby Atmos. And while it goes down to 3 HDMI ports (from 4 on the L5F), two of them are now HDMI 2.1 (although like the PX-1 PRO above, the projector is not capable of 4K/120). One of the two USB is also 3.0 with the second being 2.0.
A blue laser+phosphor light source is rated for 2,700 ANSI lumens (like the L5F), has a life of 25,000 hours, and covers 83% of the DCI-P3 color space. It has a 0.47-inch DLP chip, a 0.25:1 throw ratio, and a listed dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.
The L5G runs on the same Android TV OS as the PX-1 PRO above, with access to download over 5,000 apps through the Google Play store, Chromecast for casting content from your mobile devices, Google Assistant built-in, and the ability to use it with Google and Alexa.
The projector measures 6.2 x 21.5 x 13.6 inches (HWD) and weighs 20.3 pounds. The 100- and 120-inch ALR screens weigh 26.5 and 49.6 pounds, respectively.
Both the PX-1 PRO and L5G are available now. The PX-1 PRO has a MSRP of $3,999, and the L5G lists for $4,499 with the 100-inch ALR screen and $4,999 with the 120-inch version.