Hisense PX1 Pro Ultra Short Throw Laser Projector Review
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The Hisense PX1 Pro is a brilliant ultra-short-throw (UST) projector that manages to weave its way perfectly between some serious competition from the best projectors on the market. At $3,499 (about £2,850, AU$5,035) it’s not budget home theater equipment, but it does provide a significant upgrade over some more expensive projectors and doesn’t drop too much below those whose price is lower.
Although it only takes up a small space on a shelf or media center, the Hisense PX1 Pro can cast an image from 90 to 130 inches using a triple laser light source. It’s on the safe side at 2,200 lumens, although that’s well below the 3,000 lumens of the L9G sitting above in Hisense’s UST projector lineup.
The bright image of the PX1 Pro is wonderfully complemented by its color, which comes from these three red, green and blue lasers. Overall the PX1 Pro dazzles when in a darkened room, although it doesn’t do so well showing off dark landscapes unless the room’s ambient lighting is reduced.
Hisense’s package here is pretty well rounded. The built-in speakers will get the job done in a pinch, though they’ll be easily beaten by even a modest soundbar. However, these speakers can still come in handy as the projector is easy to move around at just a hair over 20 pounds and can adjust focus for different setups, connect to Wi-Fi and pull content through its interface. AndroidTV.
The PX1 Pro doesn’t offer as loud a show as the L9G, but it’s more flexible and much cheaper. The L9G costs $2,000 more, though part of that cost covers an included screen that rejects ambient light. It tops out at $2,499 / £2,149 (around AU$3,550) Aura of Xgimi, which does not offer such good color performance. There’s stiff competition from Epson for those who don’t have a preference for the UST design, like the LS1100 (slightly scaled-down sibling to the phenomenal Epson Pro Cinema LS12000) gets brighter at 2,500 lumens and costs just a bit more, though it lacks a smart TV platform and speakers.
If you’re looking for a great all-in-one theater system, the PX1 Pro can definitely deliver. Ultimately, the configuration will be what you make of it. An extra $200 for a soundbar and blackout curtains can give the PX1 Pro a big boost that virtually erases its weaknesses. If you already have a streaming stick and speakers, you may be better served by the Epson LS11000, while other UST projectors like the LG HU85LA CineBeam and Optoma CinemaX P2 could serve as upgrade options for a higher price.
Price and availability
The Hisense PX1 Pro is available for $3,499 (about £2,850, AU$5,035) although it can regularly be found at a discount.
Design and features
- All-in-one unit
- Modest built-in speakers, but with plenty of options for external sound
- Built-in Android TV
The Hisense PX1 Pro UST laser projector makes a nice addition to the living room, not only for the impressive home theater experience it can bring, but also for its sleek profile when placed next to the wall. It has a sleek little casing that takes up about as much space as you might expect from an AV receiver. In this footprint, the PX1 Pro packs a triple-laser DLP projection system, smart TV rig, and a pair of 15W speakers. The all-in-one unit weighs just 20.3 pounds , which makes it much easier to install.
Hisense has opted for a somewhat old school aesthetic to accompany this more futuristic technology. The silver accents and asymmetrical styling make it look like they wouldn’t be out of place next to a record player. Curiously, just like the Hisense L9G, there’s a small slab on the back of the projector that looks like it could serve as a cover for the optics, although it doesn’t move. The PX1 Pro uses a pair of sensors to detect if someone is getting close and will dim the lasers, eventually turning them off, to protect people’s eyes.
Unlike its Hisense “Laser TV” siblings, the PX1 Pro is designed for more flexible setups. To that end, it has variable focus so it can be used to deliver an image from 90 to 130 inches. It uses separate red, green, and blue lasers as light sources, delivering 2,200 ANSI lumens while boasting a 25,000 hour lifespan.
The PX1 Pro has built-in Android TV, which makes it efficient enough without doing much more than plugging it into the mains and connecting it to Wi-Fi. It’s one of the many smart projectors that can’t get Netflix, though. Luckily, that shortcoming aside, it has plenty of smarts in the settings to tweak the image the way you like it. (Whether it’s filmmaker mode or as bright and saturated as possible with tons of motion smoothing is up to you.)
The system can also connect to many other devices. It has two HDMI 2.1 ports, one with eARC, optical and 3.5mm digital audio jacks, antenna, two USB and Ethernet ports. Both Bluetooth and WiSA wireless audio are supported.
- Flexible 4K image (90-130 inch 4K) bright (2200 ANSI lumens) and vibrant (107% Rec.2020)
- Low input lag
When the conditions are right, the Hisense PX1 Pro is a fantastic watch. Its 2,200 lumens of brightness paired with a wide color gamut for HDR can put on a spectacular show. Bright content can sing even in daytime in a room with a bit of light filtering, like basic blinds, and when you dim the lights at night, the PX1 Pro will continue to excel.
This beautiful image works even when stretching the projection to considerable sizes. Given that this projector takes up less than two square feet of space on a media center, it’s amazing how good a 100-inch image can be. With 4K resolution, that big picture remains satisfyingly sharp, too.
Hisense PX1 Pro Specifications
Supported screen sizes: 90 to 130 inches | 8K: No | HDR: Yes | Optical technology: Tri-Laser DLP | Smart TVs: Yes | Dimensions: 12.8 (w) x 6.3 (h) x 20.5 (d) inches | Lester: 26.5 pounds | 3D: No | Submissions: 2xHDMI 2.1 (1 with eARC), optical digital audio out, 3.5mm analog audio out, two USB ports, Ethernet, Bluetooth and WiSA wireless audio
The biggest flaw with projectors is showing dark visuals in a bright room. There’s really no winner in these conditions for a projector, although some extremely bright options like the Epson LS12000 fare a bit better. The situation could be improved by a projection screen, but the installation of blackout curtains would also make a huge difference. The latter solves the problem of brightness, but a projection screen can also solve any problem of projection on a wall that is not perfectly smooth or flat.
Although the Hisense PX1 Pro doesn’t exceed 4K/60Hz, it manages low enough input lag to make for a fun gaming screen. Our entries in Smash Bros are quickly displayed on the screen, following the frantic pace of the game.
Pretty much the only piece of the package that doesn’t hold up here is the speakers. They can fill a small room with enough sound, but it lacks low end, gets a bit crowded in the mids, and doesn’t even stand up to a budget soundbar with a subwoofer.
Should I buy the Hisense PX1 Pro UST projector?
Buy it if…
You want everything in one purchase
Just like a TV, you get your picture, sound and content access all in one with the PX1 Pro.
You have good light control
As long as you can darken one room, the Hisense PX1 Pro can handle the rest. Its image is excellent in a darkened room, although it could still work well for lighter cartoons and sitcoms in a dimly lit room.
You like a bit of portability
The Hisense PX1 Pro largely benefits from its all-in-one nature and decent portability. You may get a better picture or a lower price, but this projector makes power something you can easily move from place to place.
Don’t buy it if…
You can’t darken your room
While many pieces are easily toned down with a few shades, that’s not necessarily true for everyone. If you enjoy daytime viewing but can’t dim ambient light, this projector (and many others) will struggle with some content.
You care about frame rates in games
4K/60 can be nice, but there are options that can go faster than that. Some require a dip to 1080p but can go up to 240Hz while others, like Epson’s LS12000, can hit 4K/120Hz.
You’re not picky about image quality
The PX1 Pro costs a pretty penny, but it gives you a pretty picture that you can adjust to your liking. If you’re not all about it, you can save a little while still enjoying a similar experience with the Xgimi Aura.