Hisense today officially announced and shared details on its PX3-PRO living room UST projector, the first of its 2024 laser projector line-up expected to reach market.

Hisense PX3 left facing

Scheduled for a third-quarter release with an MSRP of $3,499, the PX3-PRO replaces the PX2-PRO that began shipping in June 2023, which previously replaced the PX1-PRO from early 2022, a ProjectorCentral Editor's Choice honoree. Unlike the projector/screen bundles Hisense sells under the Laser TV moniker, the PX projectors are sold alone and dubbed Laser Cinema models, and they come with a variable focus lens that can accommodate a range of screen sizes.

The PX3-PRO, in particular, boasts an image size of 80 to 150 inches diagonal (16:9), which is up from 90 to 130 inches found in the prior PX models. To help support the larger image size, the PX3-PRO will also offer much more light output, with a jump from 2,400 ANSI lumens in the PX2 to 3,000 ANSI lumens, a brightness previously offered only in the company's top-of-the-line L9 series Laser TV models that tapped out at a 120 inch diagonal screen size.

Hisense PX3 social slider hero

Along with a sharp-looking cosmetic redesign, another potentially significant improvement is in the built-in audio system behind the shapely front grille, which has gone from a poorly performing 15 watt x 2 speaker system in the earlier PX models to a 50-watt front-firing Harman Kardon system. Hisense has repeatedly scored at the bottom of our audio testing in the ProjectorCentral/ProjectorScreen.com Laser TV Showdowns, while most projectors whose manufacturers have partnered with Harman Kardon—even inexpensive ones—have scored near the top. As before, the sound system will offer Dolby Atmos compliance.

The light engine uses Hisense's TriChroma triple-laser RGB technology as well the company's LPU (Light Power Unit) tech, and promises the ability to show 110% of the BT.2020 color gamut. The projector's sophisticated video processing will now boast what Hisense calls "Pro AI Algorithms" to provide real time enhancements to brightness, contrast, and noise reduction.

Other key specs include a claimed native 3,000:1 contrast ratio, Dolby Vision HDR compliance along with that for HDR10+ and Imax Enhanced content, and the addition of 1080p 3D support, something that was missing from the earlier PX models and has been absent from a number of new UST and other projectors in recent years. Gaming is said to be supported with unspecified "high refresh rates" though no specs were given for low input lag, a spec that measured a relatively high 49.3 milliseconds on the PX2-PRO in our tests.

Rounding out the feature list is the Google TV streaming platform first introduced to Hisense laser UST's last year, an improved system from earlier Android executions that most notably includes a working Netflix app along with Disney+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and most other major services available through Google's app store. The platform also supports voice commands through Google Assistant.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Hisense PX3-PRO projector page.

 
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Ian Posted Apr 25, 2024 4:25 PM PST
We're almost half way to 2025. No HDMI 2.1 is non negotiable at this point. I can promise most people these days immediately look to see what HDMI version these things have.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Apr 25, 2024 5:15 PM PST
Ian, they didn't specify if they have 2.1 on this and the full specs are not posted yet; they have offered that on prior models and it won't surprise me if these are also marked as 2.1 with a 4K/120Hz input option. However, and this is a BIG "but," there are no affordable single-chip DLP projectors at this point in time -- none, as in zero -- that can actually display 4K/120 along with low latency for gaming. Even Hisense's own units that advertise the acceptance of a 4K/120 signal downgrade the signal internall to 4K/60 for display. This is a limitation of the current DLP chip options available to the projector makers, who have been waiting and waiting for Texas Instruments to release a more capable chip. I have heard through the grapevine that this device will finally be available this summer and that maybe, just maybe, we'll see a DLP gaming projector or two before end of the year with 2.1 capability featuring true 4K/120 display capability. Most will likely come in 2025, however. In the meanwhile, the only projectors that can actually offer this and some other key gaming benefits of HDMI 2.1 are the 3-chip LCoS JVC models and maybe the advanced high end 3-chip LCD Epsons.
Reuben Posted Apr 28, 2024 6:32 PM PST
Can you help me figure out how to get a 2.35:1 (21x9) image out of ultra short throw laser projectors? I think HiSense had a demo at E3 doing it with 2 UST laser projectors and edge blending software, but there wasn't much info after that.

I used to run a sim2 HT380 projector with a panamorph anamorphic lens, I shouldn't have sold that setup! It was a 14ft wide 2.35 image. I'd like to do that again, I wonder if we can achieve it with 2 UST laser projectors and edge blend them!
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Apr 29, 2024 8:15 AM PST
Unless Hisense announces this as an integrated feature in an upcoming consumer UST, the only way to do this is with third party software and possibly hardware. At least two commercial UST projectors I know of -- the Epson PowerLite 810E and the Panasonic PT-CMZ50 -- do have integrated features to permit edge-blending of two projectors and should also accommodate a 21:9 aspect ratio from a single unit via their menus. Keep in mind that the best case screen for any UST you plan to use in a lit environment is a lenticular ALR screen designed specifically for UST, and these don't presently come in 21:9 except by special order that would no doubt be very costly. On the other hand, if you plan to watch in the dark, you should be able to get a wide 2.35:1 from most of the major screen makers, and some brands (Da-Lite comes to mind) are now specifically producing 21:9 screens (which is actually 2.37:1) to accommodate Microsoft Teams Front Row conferencing applications.

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