It's not a shark with frickin' laser beams on its head, but Dr. Evil would most certainly put the slick new Hisense 100-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV on the wall inside his evil lair. This isn't really a TV in the traditional sense, it's more like a projector and screen with a full speaker system right in the box.
"It's time to rethink TV," said Dr. Lin, Vice President of Hisense Group. "In addition to an unapologetically amazing viewing experience, the Hisense Laser TV can be easily incorporated into any home environment as it does not require a special darkened environment or cumbersome equipment. The thin, lightweight, 100" screen hangs effortlessly and elegantly, complementing any space or design style."
The system is also not cheap (as if the word "laser" in it's name didn't tip you off) with a price tag of $9,999. The projector portion of the system is a short-throw unit with a 3,000 lumen laser light source that is able to throw over eight million pixels onto the included 100-inch anti-reflective screen. The projector uses a Texas Instruments DLP 4K UHD DMD chip inside and promises to render images faster than a LED TV using Smooth Motion Plus tech. The laser light source is good for 20,000 hours over its lifetime.
Hisense ships the massive screen and projector with a 110W Harman Kardon audio system that features four speakers with two on each side and a 6.5-inch wireless subwoofer. The TV has smart features with integrated apps for Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube.
"To complement the amazing video offered by the Hisense Laser TV, our engineers had to set the bar very high for audio quality," said Dave Rogers, Senior VP & General Manager of Consumer Audio at HARMAN. "The result is one of the best-sounding Harman Kardon audio systems that we've ever designed and built. It's so good that there's no need for the end-user customer to utilize a separate sound bar or a component audio system. We're confident that Hisense customers will have an excellent entertainment experience with the Laser TV."
As costly as this system is, you might expect a plethora of inputs, but you only get a pair of HDMI inputs. That lack of inputs and the price are the two major downsides to this system.