In the real world we are just starting to see a number of smart projectors for home. LG for one has mostly been making smart pocket projectors, but now has their serious 4K UHD laser projector (should we call it a Laser TV)? We’ll even compare the two later on. Optoma is staring to show some smart projectors, but not too smart – yet, but we expect they will add more smarts (still no apps like Netflix when we reviewed, but some control via Alexa, Google assistant etc).
Most home projectors with speaker systems have, first of all, pretty weak sound (that LG laser is rare exception). Not so this Laser TV, but more on that below.
Hisense includes a 100” fixed projector screen – one with both ALR – ambient light rejecting abilities, and UST design to work with UST projectors only, also to reduce ambient light issues. For the new $7999 list price, the Hisense is looking like a very impressive alternative to 4K UHD LCD and OLED TVs.
True you can buy and mount a 71” LCD or OLED TV for well less than this laser TV. Popular 75” OLED TVs start in the low $2000s but mostly around $3K. And you’ll want a very, very, serious sound bar system to compete with the really impressive sound of this Hisense laser TV. Want something close in size to the Hisense? LG’s best 77” sells for about $7K online (no soundbar, or mounting hardware).
But let’s get serious: “economy” 85” TVs start at $4500 street price (a Sony, but it’s not OLED, and if you want to be serious, you want to stick to OLED). There just isn’t anything out there say 90” diagonal or larger that’s OLED, except, stuff we see at trade shows, usually with a six figure price tag attached to them.
Bottom line, you want a seriously large TV, this Hisense 100” Laser TV, is a bargain. Remember, its picture will be roughly 67% larger than a 77” TV. That’s about as much larger as a 71” TV is to a 55” TV. In other words, a couple of sizes larger, and folks that’s what real Home theater/TV is about – a big picture that immerses you in the content. (Same reason we visit movie theaters – we sure don’t go there for the expensive popcorn or the idiot next to you using their phone or talking loudly to their friends.)