Hisense PX1-Pro Review: A Gorgeous Home Theater in a Box | MarketingwithAnoy

If you’ve ever done that Considering buying a projector to live out your home theater fantasies, the idea has probably quickly been thwarted by basic logistics. Mounting a projector, laying cables and finding a compatible surround sound system is all a pain.

Projector manufacturers know this. In the last few years, we’ve seen a huge increase in so-called “short throw projectors” – simpler, all-in-one systems that you typically place on a TV stand a few feet from the wall instead of to hang them up from your ceiling.

As long as you do not want to watch Netflix, Hisense’s new PX1-Pro is among the best in the pack. This beautiful 4K laser projector runs on Android and has a built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar, so you do not have to worry about sound. Take yourself a screen (and another Roku Stranger Things) and you’re off to the races.

All for one

Photo: HiSense

For a device that can project up to a 130-inch screen and fill your space with surround sound, the PX1 Pro is surprisingly slim. It’s a rectangle the height of any projector you’ve seen in schools and offices, 20 inches wide and 13 inches deep.

At 20 pounds, the sleek silver rectangle is easier to place than any TV. Just place it in front of your projection screen, level it with the adjustable feet at the bottom, and turn it on. Voilà! Movie time!

The PX1 Pro is a tri-chroma laser projector, which means it has clear red, green and blue lasers that bounce on a mirror and then on your screen at close range. This makes it super bright and means it actually has some of the best color accuracy I’ve seen on any projector right out of the box. And you do not have to worry about dazzling yourself! It detects when you get too close and turns off the lasers. Sorry, Dr. Evil. You’re welcome, OSHA.

Its 2200 lumens maximum brightness means you can technically use it during the day as well. Like the vast majority of projectors that do not run in pitch-dark spaces, the image looks washed out when you do this, but the shorter throw distance does it better than most.

The specification sheet is rounded off with 30 watts of built-in Dolby Atmos-enabled sound that provides more than enough volume for small to medium-sized rooms. You probably want a more robust surround sound system or soundbar for “real” cinematic sound.

Plug, Play

Once you’ve put the thing down and connected it, just log in to Wi-Fi and your various accounts on the built-in Android TV interface, and you’re off. A strangeness? The version of Android that came with the PX1-Pro does not have a compatible Netflix app. It’s a huge oversight for a … streaming projector. If I lived with this thing in the long run, I would just buy a Roku. This version of Android TV is not that bad, but Roku is still better and it has all the apps in one place.

Using the projector with external audio systems like Platinum Audio Monaco (8/10, WIRED recommends) was a breeze, thanks to the included HDMI eARC (Audio Return Channel) port on the projector. With a single HDMI cable, I got enhanced sound. But you really do not have to jump for a giant surround sound system if you just lost all your bread on this projector. The included 30 watt sound is actually quite well-tuned, allowing for clear dialogue and even some decent rumble low.

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