The Hisense P1X-PRO is the first 4K tri-laser ultra-short-throw projector to be sold for under £2,000. It makes few concessions at this price and boasts full connectivity, Android TV integration and Dolby Atmos audio.
- Very bright
- Good HDR management
- Quality lens
- Android integrated
- Easy to install
- Instant start-up
- Low power consumption
- Poor colourimetry
- Limited contrast compared to SXRD models
The Hisense P1X-PRO is an ultra-short-throw projector that can be installed just twenty centimetres from the wall. It centralises external sources in a TV cabinet and simplifies connection to an audio system. It is used like a television, except the room determines the black level in daylight. This model can be used with a white (perfectly flat) wall, a conventional screen or an ALR (Ambient Light Rejecting) screen, which improves contrast by filtering out ambient light.
The Hisense P1X-PRO houses a 0.47-inch 4K DLP chip and a tri-laser lighting system. This Texas Instruments DLP displays a native definition of 1920 x 1080 pixels and uses 240 Hz to produce four Full HD images side by side to display 8 million real pixels (3840 x 2160) at 60 Hz. It’s not a native Ultra HD 4K chip like those found on Sony’s SXRD models, but the image is indeed displayed in Ultra HD at 60 Hz and is indistinguishable from a native Ultra HD image, even on test patterns.
The laser source offers the advantages of LEDs, such as instant start-up and long life (25,000 h) combined with the high brightness of an ultra-high pressure (UHP) lamp. Hisense has announced a brightness of 2,200 lumens. In addition, three lasers (red, green and blue) broaden the colour spectrum and display all the nuances of the highly demanding Rec.2020 colour space.
The P1X-PRO has been designed as an alternative to a TV, with a 40W Dolby Atmos-certified audio system and Google’s Android TV operating system with all its apps. This projector can therefore operate as is without any external source.
The Hisense P1X-PRO is equipped with a fixed ultra-short-throw lens that can project an image from 1.65 to 3.05 m at a distance of between 15 and 27 cm. To take our measurements, we placed the projector 22 cm from the wall to obtain an image with a 2 m base. There is no optical zoom here, and you have to physically move the projector to change the size of the image.
The optics, however, are of very high quality. The image is sharp, even in the corners, with the excellent sharpness you need to enjoy Ultra HD. This model has an electric focus system that can be adjusted manually via the menus and a dedicated test pattern. The four feet are adjustable to correct any horizontal irregularities in the TV stand. The manufacturer also offers manual or automatic keystone correction using photos taken from a smartphone.
Delta E = 6.2
To obtain the best image quality, we chose the Filmmaker mode. Despite these settings, colour fidelity is far from the mark. We measured an average delta E of 6.2, knowing that the eye perceives a colourimetric drift when the value is higher than 3. The difference here is noticeable to the trained eye. However, this measurement has become commonplace for recent LED and laser projectors. Of the latest models tested, only the Sony VPL-XW5000 and the BenQ W1800i have a delta E of less than 3.
The native contrast ratio of 560:1 (on our 1% white test card) is relatively low in absolute terms and does not allow you to enjoy perfect blacks. By activating dynamic contrast in the image settings, contrast rises to 1010:1 on our 1% white test pattern. By way of comparison, the VAVA 4K UST Laser and the Samsung The Premiere LSP9T boast a contrast of over 1200:1. Our reference, the Sony XW5000, boasts a native contrast of around 2000:1 with a peak brightness of 207 cd/m².
The P1X-PRO does not use a colour wheel but three red, green and blue lasers to quickly mix colours. The rainbow effect, visible on all projectors using a single DLP chip, is limited. This phenomenon, which is more or less perceptible, depending on the person and the image, results in small rainbows around luminous objects against a dark background.
The scaling engine is fairly basic but displays 1080p sources on the Ultra HD matrix without distorting the original image too much. Admittedly, we would have appreciated a mode to disengage the DLP chip to enjoy a native Full HD image with a source of the same type. A solution made possible by other manufacturers that improve the sharpness of a Full HD image, which then benefits from the precision of the DLP chip without the process.
This projector also has a fairly powerful motion compensation engine, which improves the sharpness of moving objects, particularly when travelling. This reduces jerkiness at the cost of a slight camcorder effect.
Game mode reduces input lag to 44.1 ms, compared with 150 ms in other modes. This translates into a delay of two frames with the 60 Hz source. This delay limits the latency between the action on the controller and its repercussion on the screen. You can therefore play games on this projector without any problem, but competitive gamers will be looking for a monitor or TV with a display delay of less than 10 ms.
The Hisense P1X-PRO is a good 4K ultra-short-throw projector. Its tri-laser light source enables it to deliver very high brightness and, above all, a very wide colour spectrum. The integration of Android TV ensures total battery life, with the exception of Netflix, which is absent, as is the case with many projectors. At under £2,000, this projector is clearly one of the best value for money projectors around.
Hisense PX1-PRO 4K HDR Trichroma Laser Cinema Projector with Ultra Short Throw, Android TV with Google Assistant, Dolby ATMOS and HDMI 2.1
|Current Price||£1,999.00||September 24, 2023|
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