ViewSonic PX701 4K NPA
The ViewSonic PX701-4K

ViewSonic has announced the upcoming Q1 release of three new projectors. Two are sub-$1,000 4K projectors—the PX701-4K and PX748-4K—and one is the 1080p-resolution M2e portable—an update to the M2 selected for ProjectorCentral's 2020 Best of the Year Awards.

There are only five projectors currently being sold for under $1,000 that display 4K resolution and two of them—the PX727-4K and PX747-4K—are already from ViewSonic. The two new ViewSonics being added to that list both stick with a traditional lamp light source and use the latest DLP chips with XPR pixel-shifting technology from Texas Instruments. They also both support HDR and are capable of a rated 5ms input lag time while outputting a 1080p signal at 240Hz.

The PX701-4K has a light output of 3,200 ANSI lumens and can display an image with a diagonal up to 300 inches. Light source life in Eco mode can be expected to last up to 20,000 hours (6,000 in normal mode). The 1.1x optical zoom has a throw ratio of 1.5-1.65 (check ProjectorCentral's Throw Distance Calculator to see if it fits your space). There are two HDMI 2.0 and one USB 2.0 inputs, a 3.5mm audio out, and a RS232 out on the back. The projector weighs 6.2 pounds and measures 12.3 x 4.3 x 8.7 inches (WxHxD). The PX701-4K is expected this month with an MSRP of $899.

PX748 4K NPA
The ViewSonic PX748-4K

At 4,000 ANSI lumens, the PX748-4K has a 1.2x zoom and a throw ratio of 1.47-1.76. The lamp can last up to 15,000 hours in Eco mode. Two HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 1.4 inputs and a USB-C input are included on the back. The projector can be connected to a home automation system via a LAN connection and there's a 12V trigger input. The PX748-4K will be released in March with an MSRP of $999.

In addition to the two 4K projectors is the 2.2 pound M2e portable projector. It has the same form factor as ViewSonic's M2. Two Harman Kardon speakers are built in or the projector can be connected via Bluetooth to external speakers. For signal input there is a single HDMI 1.4 with HDCP 1.4, a USB-C, USB type A, MicroSD card (supports up to 64 GB) and Wi-Fi connectivity. The M2e can also screen mirror with an Android or Apple mobile device. The M2e will be available in March for $549 ($100 less than the M2).

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our ViewSonic PX701-4K projector page.

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Comments (14) Post a Comment
Brady Herring Posted Jan 12, 2021 6:15 AM PST
Will there be any 8K projectors being released this year or in the near future and what would be an estimated price range
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Jan 12, 2021 7:09 AM PST
Brady, I've not heard anything at all about 8K projection for consumers beyond the 8K pixel-shifting currently done in JVC's top of the line DLA-NX9/RS3000 model. This is a native 4K projector that uses pixel shifting to put an apparent 8K resolution on screen, but the projector only accepts up to 4K signals.
Mike Posted Jan 13, 2021 12:21 PM PST
Any ideas on when projectors that meet the HDMI 2.1 spec will come to market? I only know of the LG, and I am really hoping for a UST to pop up at CES. Even the new Hisense doesn’t seem to be HDMI 2.1.
hdmkv Posted Jan 13, 2021 12:28 PM PST
Don't forget PX748-4K will also support 3D per the owner's manual.
Mike Posted Jan 13, 2021 1:14 PM PST
Any ideas on when projectors that meet the HDMI 2.1 spec will come to market? I only know of the LG, and I am really hoping for a UST to pop up at CES. Even the new Hisense doesn’t seem to be HDMI 2.1.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Jan 13, 2021 1:40 PM PST
Dale, no sample in house yet of the PX701-4K. We hope to acquire it soon.
Dale Peterson Posted Jan 13, 2021 3:36 PM PST
Will you be posting a review of the PX701-4K, and if so, do you have a sense of when?
Chris Posted Jan 15, 2021 4:18 PM PST
I don't understand if the PX701-4K is a true UHD projector. Does pixel-shifting/XPR technology actually produce 4k resolution natively, or is it a projection onto 4k?

In other words, if you put this side by side with a more expensive true UHD projector, how different would the resolution look?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Jan 15, 2021 4:20 PM PST
Chris, these particular projectors have a native 1080p micromirror chip that flashes up 4 sets of offset pixels during each frame of video to express all the information in a UHD signal on screen. This happens so fast due to the nature of the technology that your persistence of memory blends them all together. Our tests suggest that from normal viewing distance it works about as well as a true native 4K chip. Most of the differences we see with native 4K projectors (JVC and Sony are really the only ones that make them) have more to do with the quality of the optics or the contrast of the projector (things look more detailed when contrast is better).
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Jan 15, 2021 9:18 PM PST
Mike, so far I am only aware of the LG. And please note that the LG is limited to 24 Gbps, so it falls short of doing 4K/120Hz from the new game consoles.
Vish Posted Jan 29, 2021 4:44 AM PST
@hdmkv - I saw the owner manual here in Australia through a vendor. Viewsonic website has not yet listed PX-748. It does show 3D button in the remote picture but no details anywhere else in the manual. Also it says, 3D in selected models. Not sure what that means. I contacted local sales team, got conflicting answers, one said it will support 3D, while another said it will not come with 3D out of box but MAY support in future with firmware support. Sigh! Nowhere I can find the answer whther PX - 748 will support 3D or not! Not that I desparately want it but I think it is good to have just in case kids want to watch once in a while. Can somebody confirm?
Scott Posted Apr 28, 2021 11:52 AM PST
Viewsonic website for PX748-4K currently indicates 1.3 optical zoom and 1.13-1.47 Throw Ratio.
hdmkv Posted Apr 30, 2021 12:25 PM PST
@Vish, you're right, very conflicting info on 3D support for PX727-4K and PX748-4K... from different ViewSonic reps.
hieppo Posted Jan 21, 2022 8:09 AM PST
According to the calculator, when this projector is ceiling mounted it needs 11" above the top of the screen and no lens shifting. Is this correct? Kind of put a damper on mounting this in a low ceiling basement setup. The screen will practically sit on the floor if you have a large enough screen..

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