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Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K review: with 300 ”, HDR and Android TV the show is guaranteed

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After trying, a few months ago, theXgimi Halo, the “mission” of the now well-known Chinese brand was immediately clear to me, that is to try to democratize the sector of home projectors. And no, we are not just talking about the selling price, but about a much more structured concept which is - in fact - the main feature (and the reason for the success) of all Xgimi projectors: avoiding the need for setups that require a lot of space. and a lot of time for configuration, thanks to all-in-one products powered by that extra edge that only Android TV can give.

If you then add good video quality, excellent audio quality and extreme ease of installation, the reason why Xgimi projectors are among the most popular of recent times becomes very easy to understand. But if with the Halo, the company has made its potential clear, with theXgimi Horizon Pro 4K things become even more interesting, thanks to a series of goodies that few may not be able to appreciate, such as native support for 4K and an almost triple brightness compared to that of the portable projector we have already tested.

Xgimi Horizon Pro Review: 4 ”300K projector with Android TV

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Design and materials

Let's start immediately from an assumption: theXgimi Horizon Pro 4K it is not a portable projector like the Halo, but despite that, it is a rather compact model. Basically, the company's new projector looks like a large parallelepiped 208,4 x 218,4 x 136,2 mm and weighing 2.9 kg that integrates the standard support to the tripod attachment. And it is precisely the possibility of positioning the projector on any tripod which, coupled with the artificial intelligence integrated in the software of the device, which makes its installation practically immediate: just place it where you want, point it at any surface and turn it on to start immediately the excellent automatic auto-focus system and keystone correction.

The front area is dedicated to the positioning of the projection optics which, however, as in all the company's products, suffers from a problem that should not be underestimated: do not ask me why, but those of Xgimi have never thought of providing their projectors a corpilente, always leaving the optics exposed. Probably those of the company are convinced that it is more dangerous to remove and put on the lens cover rather than leave the optics totally free but, if for any scratches it is true, the same cannot be said for the dust that accumulates with an impressive speed. .

At the rear there are the entrances. L'Xgimi Horizon Pro it is equipped with two HDMI inputs, two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone output, a digital optical output and a (very convenient) ethernet input, to connect the device to the wired network, as well as - clearly - to WiFi.

The entire side area of ​​the projector is made of metal, while plastic inserts have been positioned above and below, and it is precisely through the metal grille that the sound from the excellent audio system created in collaboration with Harman / Kardon is diffused. But we get to that.

In the upper area there are 4 keys with which it will be possible to manage the switching on of the device, the volume and the reproduction of multimedia contents which, however, in my opinion, given the total absence of a touch surface and directional arrows, are absolutely not able to replace the remote control (which comes in the box).

And speaking of remote control, good news. If you have read or seen the review I published of the Xgimi Halo, you will remember that one of the features I least liked about that model was the remote control, which was made of very light plastic and with medium quality keys. Well, with theXgimi Horizon Pro 4K things change profoundly: the remote control is all new, it is made almost entirely of metal and has keys that guarantee excellent feedback.

Also the D-Pad is made of metal, and all the fast control keys related to Android TV are present, including that of the Google Assistant. Like all the remote controls that manage the Google operating system, even that of theXgimi Horizon Pro 4K it connects to the projector via Bluetooth and also allows manual adjustment of the focus using a selector that will allow it to be calibrated using the volume keys.

Technical features - Xgimi Horizon Pro

The image projected byXgimi Horizon Pro 4K it is generated by a DLP system with a 0.47 "matrix and a maximum resolution of 4K at 60 Hz. The lamp should guarantee over 25.000 hours of use and the maximum projection size is 300".

And yes, before you ask, with theXgimi Horizon Pro 4K it is possible to play without any problem even with the latest generation consoles, which take advantage of the other resolution and the good refresh rate. However, I admit that I appreciated its potential especially with Google Stadia which, with the new app for Android TV, transforms the projector into a real console.

But, source aside, gaming onXgimi Horizon Pro 4K it is very good, and it is for two very specific reasons: the latency time, which is around 35ms and is more than acceptable, and the very nature of the projection system. L'Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K 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.

Here are the technical features of the Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K:

  • Android TV 10.0 operating system
  • Single-chip DLP (Texas Instruments 0,47-inch DMD)
  • Standard resolution of 3840 x 2160, maximum resolution 4096 x 2160 at 60Hz
  • MediaTek MT9612 quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 CPU with Mali-G52 2EE MC1 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage
  • Bluetooth 5.0, ethernet and Wi-Fi (2.4 / 5GHz, 802.11a / b / g / n)
  • 2200 ANSI lumens from an LED light source with a rated life of 25.000 hours
  • XGIMI does not declare the contrast report, which however is often a lie
  • Projection ratio 1.2: 1
  • Dolby, DTS-HD, DTS Studio audio support
  • It supports 110% of the DCI P3 color gamut
  • HDR10 and HLG support for live HDR broadcasts
  • Two HDMI 2.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports for keyboard, mouse or game controller
  • Optical audio output and headphone jack
  • The projected image can be turned upside down for ceiling mounting
  • Auto keystone correction ± 40 degrees (horizontal and vertical)
  • Integrated Chromecast

As for brightness, the speech is simple: theXgimi Horizon Pro 4K is able to guarantee 2200 ANSI lumens which yes, it is an extremely very high value especially for a compact projector capable of supporting 4K in HDR, but which is nowhere near making it possible to replace a traditional TV, unless that you are not in dark environments. As it should be.

Excellent audio system, entrusted to two 8w full-range speakers made in collaboration with Harman / Kardon, the autofocus system is exceptional: with every movement, thanks to the integrated motion sensors, theXgimi Horizon Pro 4K 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 Horizon Pro 4K is one of those do-it-all projectors, designed to also be used on the move.

Video quality

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 might 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 BlitzWolf, 100 inch big and good quality.

Anyway, the video quality of the Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K it's surprisingly good, especially when compared to its size and supported resolution. And I am more than convinced when I say that among the projectors in the categoryXgimi Horizon Pro 4K it definitely ranks in my top 3.

And let's be clear, if the source is good, the definition of the image is very clear. And I'll tell you more, comparing the same source seen on a 4K QLED TV and with the projector, in terms of theXgimi Horizon Pro 4K in some cases it even managed to give an image with better sharpening.

The management of the dynamic range is also good, which can be customized 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.

But as we have seen in the Halo, also with theHorizon 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 imperceptible.

Android TV is the real bonus

We all know Android TV and its potential by now. And the fact that it is integrated into a projector makes managing all sources much easier. And I'll give you a stupid example: with a traditional projector, especially if positioned on the ceiling, life becomes rather complicated if you want to use "smart sources", while with the integration of the Google OS everything is practically ready to use. .

L'Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K it is not a simple projector, but it 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 Horizon Pro 4K: 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 Horizon Pro 4K you will need Desktop Manager, an app available for free in the Play Store. 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 Horizon Pro 4K 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 - Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K

The selling price ofXgimi Horizon Pro 4K is 1699 euros on Amazon Italy and it is also possible to buy a FullHD version for poco more than 1000 euros. And before misjudging the price, which is not decidedly cheap, I recommend that you do a market analysis and judge for yourself the direct competitors of this model, evaluating its characteristics and the selling price: there are models that cost the same. figure but offer less, or there are models with the same features that cost more.

In short, the reality of the facts is that we are talking about an excellent 4K projector that, especially in dark environments, will transform your rooms into a private cinema, guaranteeing you a huge and ultra-defined image. Then there is Android TV that runs very well and if you also bring fast and precise autofocus, excellent quality audio, and a non-annoying noise, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with it.




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