Hisense USA introduced this week its PX1 Triple-Laser Ultra Short Throw 4K/HDR DLP projector for Home Cinema applications.

Dubbed by the company “the PX1-PRO’s little brother”, the new Hisense PX1 (available now for a $3,299.99 suggested retail price) incorporates the famous Hisense TriChroma (Red, Green, Blue) triple-laser light engine technology that is listed as capable of covering 107% of the massive BT.2020 wide color space specification.

The Hisense PX1 4K TriChroma Laser DLP projector is available now in limited quantities from Best Buy and projectorscreen.com. It will be coming to Amazon shortly, the company said.

The differences between the new PX1 and previously introduced PX1-PRO are subtle, with the PX1-PRO offering slightly higher brightness, size and the PX1 will support HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range profiles, but not Dolby Vision HDR, like the PX1-PRO.

The company said its goal with the laser projector lineup is “to continue to expand model offerings so that there is a laser product that suits every consumer need and budget.”

The Hisense PX1 offers a remote controllable Variable Focus system to keep 4K images sharp even at screen sizes from 100 to 120 inches, the company said. For high dynamic range (HDR), the PX1 supports the HDR10 and HLG profiles.

The unit also supports the new Filmmaker Mode for projectors, to ensure picture settings for flim-based content can be adjusted automatically to match the creative intent of the director.

For smart TV streaming convenience, the Hisense PX1 incorporates the Android TV operating system offering a large library of the most popular streaming apps through the Google Play Store, as well as access to content mirrored from a mobile device using the Google Chromecast platform.

The Android TV OS is supported with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also supports Google Assistant and Works with Alexa voice control. For home integration control, Hisense also includes Control4 compatibility, to operate smart home ecosystem automation.

Inputs include 2 HDMI 2.1 ports with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) advanced gaming support and one offering Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) output, which means the projector is capable of passing through many lossless audio formats. It also includes one USB 3.0 input, 1 USB 2.0 input and one optical audio output.

Hisense has also made the projector compatible with the WiSA-Ready wireless speaker standard, enabling users to add on WiSA multi-channel surround sound speaker system without the need of an amp or receiver.

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Hisense lists the projector peak brightness output at 2000 Lumens, which is said to produce punchy colors, and deep blacks using an ALR screen. Hisense said for top results, a darkened viewing room environment is the best way to showcase the PX1.

Built-in sound support includes 30 watts of internal speaker output with Dolby Atmos decoding for a wider sound stage. The included eARC HDMI port will also pass through Dolby Atmos for a full multi-channel surround sound from home theater setups including height channels.

Hisense said the TriChroma laser light engine is rated for 25,000 hours of life expectancy without any loss of brightness performance. The instant-on system also offers fast power-up operation without the warm-up wait of some LED-based projection systems.

Motion processing is handled micro-second-level processor response, especially useful for clear live fast-action video events like sports. The projector lists a 60 Hz native refresh rate.

For those concerned with eye health, Hisense said the PX1 includes a (user-defeatable) eye-protection function that dims the picture when something gets a little too close, which the company points out is also great for keeping kids and pets from touching the projector.

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By Greg Tarr

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