For those rainbow sensitive (RBE) like me, the Hisense seems to have a mid-speed color wheel, probably a 3X. I see more rainbows with the Hisense (on the type of scenes that bring out the rainbows – mostly dark areas with fast moving bright white objects), than I do with many DLP projectors, but still less than the Acer laser projector, which is the one competitor with noticeably better black levels. Because I’m one of the (est. 5% or less) of the population who is RBE sensitive, I wouldn’t buy the Acer – despite the black levels) and probably wouldn’t buy any DLP without a 5X wheel. But, then, I’m the exception. Most folks don’t have to deal with any RBE, so can focus on the benefits.
In addition to some laser based 4K UHD projectors what other competition might you consider?
Well for more money ($9999.99) there’s the brand new Sony VW695ES which will offer better black levels, in a traditional projector design. You’ll need a proper screen however, so pricing will be roughly 30%+ more. The less expensive VW295ES I recently reviewed has black levels on par with the Hisense, or perhaps a touch better, and it has better color, but again, is more geared for better rooms (darker surfaces, etc.)
JVC serves up a 1080p pixel shifter (4K capable) with great black levels for $3999 and their first native 4K projector for $6999. Count that native 4K as a serious alternative, but again, designed to be best in that really dark theater.
Epson’s 5040UB – least expensive traditional HT projector with excellent black levels is $2500, add at least $1K for an ALR screen, but the Hisense fits your living room much better than any of those traditional ceiling mounted projectors.
Only the LG HU80KA provides a lower cost and interesting smart alternative – The LG 4K UHD home entertainment laser projector beats the Hisense when it comes to smarts, because with the LG – as you might expect, the smarts all work, since they provide the same smarts as in their LG TVs. The LG is more of a mobile projector, while the Hisense, is definitely for setting up a common room as your place to enjoy the big screen experience.
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