Hisense PX1-PRO TriChroma Laser Cinema Review - Hardware

March 16, 2022 / By Project Reviews Staff

CHASSIS

The PX1-PRO is a new design that visually sets this projector apart from other Hisense Laser Cinema projectors. The PX1-PRO does not come with a bundled screen. This reduces its price and allows you to select whatever screen you wish to use. This projector enables users to adjust the screen size with a built-in zoom function not available in the previous bundled screen models such as the L9G. Let me give you what I know about this new Laser Cinema from Hisense in a little more detail.

The Hisense PX1-PRO is a little smaller than many of its competitors in the Laser Cinema category, and the new design choices Hisense made make the projector appear even more compact. The unit is 20.5″ x 12.8″ x 6.3″ (LxWxH) and weighs 20.3 lbs.

INTEGRATED TV TUNER

Bult-In Tuner
Bult-In Tuner

The Hisense PX1-PRO is designed to be a viable alternative to a flat-panel TV, so Hisense included an onboard TV tuner which is a must-have for customers looking to replace their flat-panel TV with a projector. On the back, with the other connectors, you'll find the standard 75-ohm coaxial connector used by TV antennas. You can also plug in the coaxial cable signal from a set-top box, although most of today's boxes will offer the best performance from HDMI.

BUILT-IN WiFi AND BLUETOOTH

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooh functionality

Built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, Google Assistant, Alexa and Control4-compatible, the PX1-PRO can be integrated into your smart home ecosystem to create multiple automations to your heart's content.

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS DLP

DLP by Texas Instruments. Powering Pro and Home Cinemas

The Hisense PX1-PRO utilizes a Texas Instruments Digital Light Processor (DLP) (0.47″ DMD) chip to deliver 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution. The 0.47″ DLP chip has 2.2 million pixels, or in this case, micromirrors. The response time of these micromirrors is so fast that each one can be quickly moved back and forth to form four separate pixels on the screen. This approach works very well because it is tough to see a difference in resolution when comparing a 4K DLP projector to a native 4K display. The projector can also accept signals up to 4K@60P via two HDMI/HDCP 2.1 compatible Inputs (HDMI #1&2).

The DLP system used on the Hisense PX1-PRO is sealed, keeping dust and dirt away from sensitive components. A sealed light engine prevents dust particles from settling inside the light path. This maximizes the projector’s life expectancy, which is critical for a display designed to replace the living room TV.

Also Since the PX1-PRO is a single-chip DLP projector, you will never have any convergence issues that may occur with a 3LCD projector. Therefore, the PX1-PRO images will remain sharp throughout the projector’s life without periodic adjustment. From a reliability standpoint, you can set it and forget it.

THE LENS

The Hisense PX1-PRO UST projector's optical system uses complex mirrors to project images at steep, extreme angles. Even with the projector placed only a few inches away from the screen, the PX1-PRO did a good job evenly spreading light. This brightness uniformity is notable because this was not always the case with ultra-short-throw projectors.

INPUTS AND CONNECTIONS

Every connection needed including a new USB 3.0 high speed input

The inputs and connections are all located on the rear of the PX1-PRO. There are two HDMI inputs on the PX1-PRO. HDMI inputs 1 and 2 support HDMI 2.1 with eARC on HDMI input 2.

Both of the Hisense PX1-PRO's two HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.1 features. Theoretically, HDMI 2.1 inputs can support bandwidth up to 48 Gbps for playback of 8K/60p and 4k/120p content. While this projector's DLP chip only supports up to 4K@60Hz video playback, these types of HDMI inputs still offer a few notable benefits, including ALLM and eARC.

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) automatically switches the PX1-PRO to a low-latency, low-lag game mode when game content is detected. When low latency is no longer needed, the source disables the signal, and the display reverts to its previous mode for watching content such as movies and TV shows. This ensures an optimized gaming and movie-watching experience automatically.

HDMI 2.1 supports Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC). Standard HDMI ARC supports multi-channel audio, including Dolby Atmos, but it delivers a compressed audio signal due to bandwidth limitations. An example of this is Dolby® Digital Plus. eARC's increased bandwidth capabilities allow the transfer of uncompressed audio such as Dolby TrueHD for the highest sound quality.

The PX1-PRO can also control connected devices such as an A/V receiver via HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). This means you can use your TV remote instead of having to reach for a different remote to control each connected device.

Other available inputs include a USB 3.0 Type-A input, a USB 2.0 Type-A input on the side. A LAN port, optical-digital, L/R analog audio outputs, and an RF antenna input for the unit's built-in ATSC 1.0 tuner.

REMOTE CONTROL

The included remote is slim, made of brushed metal, and is backlit. The Power and dedicated Service buttons for the built-in media player, Prime Video, YouTube, Disney+, Tubi, and Google Play are all on the remote. Bluetooth pairing ensures the projector is being controlled even if it's not in the line of sight. The remote control does include IR, which can be used to work the projector or a third-party cable/satellite box. For custom integration, the PX1-PRO can also be controlled via RS232.

Located at the top center of the remote is a dedicated Google Assistant button for voice control of a wide range of smart features, including but not limited to Voice Search, compatible projector switching, hardware controls, and many IoT (Internet of Things) compatible devices.

MENUS

The PX1-PRO is a smart projector since it is equipped with Android TV along with its seemingly endless range of applications, games, and entertainment options. I've tried to show a couple of the more notable sections in the most used sub-menus (app store, image adjustments, etc.).

TEXT-TO-SPEECH (TTS)

The Hisense PX1-PRO uses Android as its operating system. One of the benefits of that system is the ability to use Google's built-in Text-to-Speech mode to navigate many elements of the projector's menu system.

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