The Hisense Laser range got a major expansion this week at CES, gaining three new devices across the Laser TV and Laser Cinema categories. The company says this comes as a result of increased demand for the technology in 2022.
For everyday TV use, the L9H TriChroma Laser TV is available in both 100” and 120” options, using TriChroma X-Fusion Laser Light technology to beam a giant 4K picture with Dolby Vision. It will use the VIDAA U6 operating system for smart functionality, along with Chromecast and AirPlay 2 functionality. The Laser TV comes with an ambient light-rejecting screen, and claims to have better colour control than almost any other TV.
For cinephiles, there are two new Laser Cinema models for 2023. The PL1H is a single laser option, is available in stores now for $3,999 and has an optimised range of 80”-120” with a brightness of 2100 ANSI Lumens. It’s also got Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Because of the nature of laser technology, it has a lifespan of 25,000 hours, unlike traditional bulb projectors.
The crown jewel Hisense Laser Cinema
The new hero for 2023, though, is the TriChroma PX1H which, as the name suggests, is three times the lasers for a better picture. The PX1H has a variable screen size of between 90-130 inches, with the press release boasting that it can use a white wall or existing screen in the home. Its upper 130″ upper limit marks a size increase over last year’s 120″ TriChroma Cinema 120L9G.
Like the PL1H, the PX1H also focuses on Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos Audio, suggesting it likely doesn’t have the HDR10+ and IMAX Enhanced features of the traditional television range. The PX1H also runs on VIDAA U6, while the 10th anniversary Mini LED range will run on VIDAA U7. The PX1H is 4K and uses TriChroma X-Fusion Laser Light technology.
If you’re not sure about how Laser TV and Laser Cinema works, they’re basically short-throw projectors. They can be placed very close to the screen/wall and project giant pictures (a 130” screen is 288cmx162cm). Traditional projectors use bulbs, which can get equally good pictures, but bulbs burn out much faster than lasers and are quite expensive to replace. The benefit of going for a laser TV over a traditional TV is that a 120” TV will run into the tens of thousands of dollars (if you can find one), while a laser TV is easier to manufacture and ship, thus being much more affordable. The downside is that laser TVs tend to have fewer features and aren’t as bright. The input lag can also be a bit higher than traditional TVs when not used with a dedicated gaming mode.
The difference between Hisense Laser Cinema and Hisense Laser TV is that the TV models come with a screen, while the Laser Cinema ones will work with any white wall or you can buy a screen separately. For this reason, the Laser Cinema range is the more affordable option. No release or pricing information is currently available for the new Hisense Laser range, but we’ll update you as we get it.