Although he has never talked about it much, there are many projectors that I have tested in recent years and, I must be honest, among the models that I have been lucky enough to try there have been few that have really convinced me. Because, especially in the world of video projection, it is difficult to find the right compromise between performance, price, portability and - above all - dynamism: the best projectors are very large and are sold at prices that are not suitable for my pockets, while portable projectors generally they are very limited, both in terms of video quality and in terms of functionality.
And then it has been for some time XGIMI has arrived, a company that has been producing this type of device for years now, but which had the brilliant idea of using AndroidTV as an operating system, opening up an infinite world of possibilities to its projectors.
And this is precisely the real secret weapon of XGIMI Halo, a portable projector among the brightest on the market, which with the integration of AndroidTV can be used for a myriad of things. And ok, it is very well made, has significant technical characteristics and is sold at a not excessive price, but it is precisely the Google operating system that (in my opinion) gives it that extra edge that will allow those who buy it to use it. in a thousand ways. And I'll give you a stupid but significant example, with the XGIMI Halo i can play ps5 remotely.
Which means that, if I wanted to play with it in the garden, I would not have to connect the console to the HDMI port, but I could use the Android TV app and play it totally wireless (connecting the DualSense via bluetooth). In short, there are many delicious things you can do with them.
Review XGIMI Halo: super bright and resourceful AndroidTV portable projector
Design and materials
L'XGIMI Halo it is a portable projector very far from the average of Chinese projectors. And it is not only in terms of functionality, but above all for its design and the materials used. The shapes are very elegant and from the first approach you realize that it is a quality product, characterized by a high-end production process and materials of excellent workmanship. It is also a very compact product, with dimensions equal to 113,5 x 145 x 171,5 mm, theXGIMI Halo è poco larger than the first Google Home, although it also integrates a battery to be used totally wireless.
Weight 1.6 Kg, it can be easily placed on any tripod, and in the back it has an HDMI input, a USB 2.0 port, the headphone output as well as, of course, the power button. and the input for the power supply. In the lower base there is also a support with which you can tilt the projector slightly, if it was placed on a horizontal plane, but personally I have never used it.
But if theXGIMI Halo can boast of a beautiful design and an excellent construction process, the same cannot be said of the remote control: it is made with a very light plastic, the keys are of average quality and, without too many words, it is not able to hold the qualitative comparison with the projector. Fortunately, however, it also has positive sides: it connects to theXGIMI Halo via Bluetooth and allows manual adjustment of the focus using a selector that will allow it to be changed using the volume keys. Too bad, however, that it is delivered without batteries in the box.
Technical features - XGIMI Halo
Let's start immediately with an assumption: anyone who has had to deal with fixed projectors will hardly be amazed by the 800 ANSI Lumen peak of theXGIMI Halo. The reality of the facts, however, is that it is a very high brightness for this type of projector: the vast majority of portable projectors can hardly reach 600 ANSI Lumen, and the 800 of theXGIMI Halo make it much more functional even for outdoor projections or in environments that are not necessarily dark.
The image is generated by a DLP system with a 0.33 "matrix and a maximum FullHD projection resolution (but, don't worry, given the product hardware you can also project videos and contents in 4K), the lamp should guarantee 30.000 hours of use and the maximum projection size is 300 ".
And yes, before you ask, with the XGIMI Halo you can play it without any problem. It can be done basically for two very specific reasons: the latency time, which is very short, and the very nature of the projection system. L'XGIMI Halo uses a digital light processing system, and is a technology capable of handling motion blur much better than LCD or silicon liquid crystal (LCoS) based systems.
Excellent audio system, entrusted to two 5w speakers made in collaboration with Harman / Kardon, a little less battery life which, I'll be frank, at maximum brightness does not guarantee enough autonomy to enjoy a movie without the risk of running out of battery due to the knocked out battery. The company guarantees from 2 to 4 hours of autonomy, but personally I have never been able to achieve these performances.
It features a 10.000-point autofocus system, which I found exceptional: with every shift, thanks to the integrated motion sensors, theXGIMI Halo it will refocus the image by projecting a logo on the cloth or the wall towards which it is pointed, with a very precise and decidedly fast result. And if we add this focusing system, with the presence of a good digital corrector of the geometry of the image (able to work at ± 40 °) we arrive at the conclusion that theXGIMI Halo is one of those do-it-all projectors, designed to also be used on the move.
But it does not end there, because given the presence of AndroidTV, theXGIMI Halo it is also equipped with an Amlogic T950X2 processor, flanked by 2 GB of Ram and 16 GB of memory: technical characteristics that are not prominent, but able to manage the Google operating system without problems, including games and apps that can be install from the Play Store, but we'll talk about this shortly.
Here are the full technical features of the XGIMI Halo:
- Resolution: 1080p
- Screen size: up to 300 inches
- Brightness: 600-800 ANSI lumens
- Refresh rate: 60Hz
- Connectivity: HDMI (supports 1.4 and 2.0), Bluetooth (4.5 and 5.0), 33mm audio jack, USB 2.0 port
- Wi-Fi Support: Dual Band (2,4GHz / 5GHz) 802.11A / B / G / N
- Sound: 2 x 5W Harman / Kardon speakers
- Battery life: up to 4 hours (based on usage)
- Operating system: Google Android TV 9.0
The first thing to keep in mind when using a portable projector is that it is best to avoid projecting images onto walls, even white ones. Because of course, the result is (almost) enjoyable, but given the nature of these devices, it's always better equip yourself with a good projection sheet: portable projectors are not as bright as “fixed” ones, and even using a white sheet could have negative notes.
My advice is to always use a good projection sheet that does not "absorb" the light and is able to reflect the image as much as possible and ok, a fiberglass sheet could perhaps be excessive, but on the net it is possible to find very cheap alternatives: in my case, I use a roll-up projection sheet from BlitzWokf, 100 inch big and good quality.
Anyway, the video quality of the XGIMI Halo it is surprisingly good when compared to its compact size. Sure, it's not comparable to that of larger, more resolute and brighter models, but among portable projectors theXGIMI Halo it definitely ranks in my top 3.
Looking closely at the image, you will notice a sort of layer on the projection, but it is a definite factor poco incisive that a few meters away becomes practically invisible. And even if it's not a 4K projector (but still capable of playing UltraHD video), FullHD quality is definitely good, also thanks to the excellent factory settings that, if necessary, can be balanced through a specific section of Android TV in which, among other things, you can also change the geometric correction which, however, let's remember, is only digital.
Android TV - XGIMI Halo
XGIMI Halo is a portable Android TV projector, in a nutshell it is a smart projector. This means that it is not a simple projector, but has the Play Store and allows the installation of practically all the applications available for Google smartphones (some of which will be installed via sideload). And if you've gotten to read one of my Mountain View OS animated TV reviews, you'll know how much I appreciate it.
The reality of the matter is that Android TV, when used with knowledge of the facts, opens up a world of possibilities to devices. Just think of the possibility of installing apps like Plex, XBMC (with all its plugins), Android games and streaming apps. Even if, and this we must say, it is precisely here that perhaps the only contradiction of the XGIMI Halo: the projector, to date, does not have certification for Netlix, which means that it cannot be used directly. The company has assured us that it is awaiting the release of the certification, which will be integrated with a software update, but for now if you want to use Netflix on theXGIMI Halo alternative methods will have to be used. Either way, Disney +, Amazon Prime Video, and all the others, all work flawlessly.
Let's not forget that Android TV also integrates a Chromecast and that it is possible to install an app for compatibility with AirPlay with which, in a nutshell, you can project everything that is displayed on your smartphone or tablet. And precisely because it is Android, onXGIMI Halo you will be able to use practically all Cloud Gaming services: GeForce It doesn't work a wonder, xCloud of Xbox (or rather, Game Streaming) goes a bomb, and through an app available in the Play Store you can also play remotely on the PS5, with practically zero lag and in FullHD.
In short, at the cost of being repetitive, the potentialities of Android TV are so many, and the fact of being able to exploit them on a portable projector (which, among other things, also guarantees excellent performance), is really a very comfortable thing.
Price and considerations
The sale price of the XGIMI Halo is 799,00 euros on Amazon, but through the box you find below you can access (for a limited period of time) to a coupon with 80 euro discount: is 719 € are a more than adequate figure for such a product, but be careful to activate the check under "Coupon" on the Amazon purchase page.
Sure, it's one of those projectors that deviates a lot from the 2000 and passes lumens of non-portable products, but its features make it among the best (if not the best) of the category. Apart from the lack of Netflix, I fell in love with this product, which is perfect for my needs, i.e. to use it on the go, perhaps in the garden, and not as a main TV.
When evaluated based on the size of the product, the quality of the image it's excellent and is far superior to the vast majority of competitors. Then, if you put fast and precise autofocus, and excellent quality audio, and a noise level of less than 30 decibels, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with it.
However, it is true that those of the company could have thought of including a lens cover and a transport bag in the package: their absence makes it more "dangerous" to carry the XGIMI Halo, if not with due precautions.
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