The Chinese manufacturer XGIMI has unveiled another interesting model of a portable LED projector called XGIMI Halo.
Previously, the XGIMI brand has already shown good devices such as the XGIMI MoGo Pro and XGIMI MoGo. But today’s hero exceeded all my expectations, as he received a number of very interesting features.
Immediately, I note that the new generation projector is not budgetary and therefore the price tag at the time of this writing was a tidy sum of $800. At the same time, let me remind you that the older brother MoGo will cost you $400, but the MoGo Pro will cost $620.
Therefore, I immediately have a question, for what will we have to pay that kind of money? Let’s go through the main technical specs and then begin a complete and detailed inspection of the device.
The first thing I should say is that the XGIMI Halo projector has received a very compact size. It also has a native resolution of 1080p and a maximum brightness of 800 Anti Lumens. It is also worth highlighting that the device received a built-in battery with a capacity of 17100 mAh.
Other features include the presence of an auto focus function, and the ability to project a screen up to 300 inches. In addition, inside the case there are built-in speakers from the Harman/Kardon brand and the projector is controlled by the Android TV operating system.
Okay, on the technical side, I found out the main capabilities of the device. Therefore, now I propose to start a closer inspection of the projector itself and find out its strengths and weaknesses in real life.
XGIMI Halo: Specifications
|Screen aspect ratio:||4:3/16:9|
|Native resolution:||540p or 1080p|
|Brightness:||800 ANSI Lumens|
|Projection screen size:||40-300 inches|
|Video Formats:||1080p, 720p, AVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-4|
|Built-in Speaker:||Dual 5W|
|Lamp Life:||50.000 Hours|
|Size:||113.5 x 145 x 171.5 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
A new projector from XGIMI came to me for review in a rather small white package. On the front, you can see a drawing of the projector with the model and company name. But on the side ends of the package, there are the main features of the device, which I have already described earlier.
Meanwhile, inside the package, I found the projector itself, which, in turn, was well-packed in protective foam. In addition, there was a separate box under the projector in which there were other less demanding accessories.
For example, here I found instructions in various languages with a warranty card. Also in this box was a white remote control, a charging cable, a power adapter, and even an HDMI cable.
Well, I figured out the complete set, now let’s find out about the main nuances in appearance and analyze its quality of performance.
Design, build quality and materials
Without exception, the appearance of the new XGIMI Halo projector with the naked eye resembles its older brothers in the workshop. It is a small device with dimensions of 113.5 x 145 x 171.5 mm and weighs about 1.6 kg. Therefore, if you have been looking for a compact portable projector for work or educational purposes for a long time, then perhaps the option from XGIMI will be a good choice.
Also, you might think that the device was made of gray aluminum alloy on the outside of the case. But in reality this is not the case, it uses high-quality hard plastic with a lot of small holes throughout the body. Indeed, the design of the device is attractive and tends to be minimalist.
Meanwhile, on the front of the XGIMI Halo projector, there is a camera for automatically focusing the projection image. There is an LED lens next to the camera.
But on the right and left sides of the projector case, you can find stickers with the Harman/Kardon designation. This means that a speaker was installed on each side with a power of 5 watts. In practice, the sound quality was pretty good. In addition, the sound had a surround sound and there was a strong bass in it, including. So I have no questions about the sound of the Halo projector model. It is also worth noting that the device can be used as a portable speaker for listening to music.
I can also remind you that a built-in 17100 mAh battery was installed inside the Halo projector case. My practice has shown that a full battery charge will last for 2 hours of battery life when watching a video. Moreover, if you use the device as a wireless Bluetooth speaker, the battery life will be up to 6 hours. I find this to be a good result for a small, compact and lightweight projector.
The back of the device has received a small number of useful connections. These include the DC power port, headphone jack, HDMI and USB ports. There is also a button next to the ports to turn on the device. But in the central part of the device on the back side, there are ventilation holes through which hot air comes out.
Above is a touch panel with three buttons. This is an increase or decrease in the volume level, and between them there is a play and pause button. Above the touch buttons, there is the XGIMI brand logo.
A rubber pad can be found on the bottom of the projector body to prevent accidental slipping. There is also a threaded tripod in the center section and an extendable foot for adjusting the angle of the projector.
In addition, I would like to talk more about the remote control. As I mentioned from the unboxing section, it was made of white matte plastic with black buttons. The remote control has a small number of buttons, but from the useful ones I can single out the presence of a voice control button. The remote control is also powered by two AAA batteries, which, of course, were not included.
Image quality and settings
Before talking about the quality of the transmitted image, let me go through the user interface and settings of the XGIMI Halo device. An official version of the operating system called Android TV 9.0 was installed on board the projector.
The main user interface screen will be familiar to most users. Since it can often be found on various other TV boxes, televisions and other devices. Of course, a large number of useful applications from Google are already installed here. For example, YouTube, Chrome and other applications. All of them worked without any particular complaints and performed their functions exactly as intended.
If you go to the settings section, you may notice the following categories. These are closing background programs, setting 3D, picture modes, sound output, keystone correction and all settings. As for the work of the 3D picture, I had no particular complaints and the picture worked very well. In the picture modes section, you can select categories such as light, standard, shallow, office, games and others.
In other settings, you can set the function for transferring images via a smartphone or PC. This feature worked without much issue. There are also Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network settings. If you go to the section of projection settings, then it is possible to find several useful sections – these are brightness modes, projection method, focus adjustment and others. In the brightness settings section, you can choose modes such as energy saving, office, standard, or customize your settings.
Okay, now let’s talk about the quality of the projection image. The XGIMI Halo projector uses 1080p native resolution. Given its price tag, I’d like to see native 4K resolution here, but it’s not here. But despite this factor, the picture of the projection image turned out to be quite rich and bright. The detail was enough for playing videos, reading text in presentations, or even for gaming purposes. I also managed to play videos on YouTube in 4K format without any problems. The picture was very rich and detailed.
Besides, I really liked the balanced picture. The color scheme was correctly adjusted and had no problems during my testing. Naturally, below I will leave some examples of how the projector depicts colors and you can see for yourself.
I also liked how the automatic focusing of the image works. To do this, we install the device at a distance of 1 meter or more. After that, the focus will automatically adjust the picture, without any blurring. As you can see from this picture, the focus was completely even and the image was sharp.
If we talk about the level of brightness, then the projector is able to easily demonstrate the picture even in a bright room. Therefore, if you need a high-quality projector for work purposes, then perhaps this option from XGIMI will be a good choice for you. At the same time, if we compare the brightness with previous generations of XGIMI MoGo Pro and XGIMI MoGo projectors, then the new device will have an order of magnitude better brightness.
But from this we can conclude that depending on the brightness level of the projector, the battery life of the device will also depend. That is, in my case, with standard brightness settings, the projector worked for about 2 hours. But if you choose the highest brightness, then the device will last about 1 hour. The latter case will be useful for presentations where maximum brightness is required during daylight hours.
The device uses a 60 Hz refresh rate. Therefore, if you connect a game console via HDMI cable, you can get a very smooth picture on a big screen. Gamblers will definitely like the compact and small projector, which will give them very intense emotions during gaming processes.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
Of course, the new model of the XGIMI Halo projector turned out to be of very high quality and had only positive emotions after my testing.
The first advantage of the device is its small size and weight. Therefore, you can easily transport the projector with you to the open air, office or study.
I also liked the maximum values of the brightness level, the detail, how focus works, the color gamut and many other aspects. In addition, the presence of a built-in battery is able to use the device without an outlet for watching a full-fledged football match, movie or other purposes.
But the main disadvantage when choosing this model is its price tag. Thus, buying this model for home use does not make much sense. I think the XGIMI Halo Projector Model will be useful for business. For example, if you want to open a summer outdoor cinema in a park or other similar options.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Buying the new XGIMI Halo Projector model will be quite a costly purchase as the price tag is currently $799.99.
If you have this budget, then I can definitely recommend this projector model for purchase. But if you do not have enough money, then I will leave some other options that will be no worse than today’s hero.