Just when you start to think that if you’ve seen a portable projector you’ve pretty much seen it, the Xgimi Halo+ comes through and exceeds your expectations.
I’ve tested my collection of projectors, portable or not, smart or not, and it’s getting really hard to find something that really stands out. So when I was invited to test and review Halo+, I really wasn’t expecting to be impressed.
One of the newest projectors from Xgimi, the Xgimi Halo+ is apparently the brightest, most advanced, and most portable projector ever.. However, it’s packed with things other projectors wish they had, like Smart Obstacle Avoidance, a 10-watt speaker system, and a built-in battery. All this in addition to its X-VUE 2.0 picture engine, which delivers picture quality so pure that you don’t feel like you’re watching a movie on a projector, especially if it’s also compressed.
How does it compare to other projectors on the market? It outperforms the larger competitors you might think would perform better, and trust me when I say you’ll want to try it out before trying all the others. Really, the only thing holding it back is that it’s not for consumers on a budget. But hey, if you want the best, it doesn’t come cheap.
To test the Xgimi Halo+, I set it up in my office, the same location I’ve used for all of my previous monitor tests, and used it for several days.
In the box we find:
- Halo + projector
- AC adapter
- Bluetooth remote control
- warranty card
Xgimi Halo +: installation
My least favorite part of testing the projector is the setup, but I have to say it didn’t bother me too much with the Xgimi Halo+. With its fast performance and intuitive user interface, Initial installation is quick and painless. Remote pairing is easy, as is downloading and installing streaming apps.
It gets even easier if you already have Google Play set up with all of your favorite streaming apps. With the exception of Disney+, which for some reason remembers your info and automatically signs you in, you’ll still need to manually sign in to all accounts. But since the projector is fast, it won’t take long, especially if you go to the QR code or smartphone login path, which most apps provide.
If you have your own screen, it also comes with Smart Screen Fit, which intuitively adjusts the displayed screen to fit your screen perfectly. Auto keystone correction works wonders if you don’t have it.
Xgimi Halo +: Design
Measuring 113.5 x 145 x 171.5 mm and weighing 1.6 kg, The Xgimi Halo+ may be a bit larger and heavier than other portable projectors, but it’s still in the realm of a backpack. Its cube shape makes it incredibly compact and easy to transport, and one thing that would make it more portable would be the addition of an integrated handle, perhaps something similar to the Nebula Mars II Pro.
Despite its vertical cube shape, it’s impressively stable. Even when I placed it on a rickety shelf, it showed no signs of bumping or shaking. The projected image is not disturbed either. I’ve found that some portable projectors have to reset their focus every time the surface shakes, but this one doesn’t even flinch.
Made from the highest quality materials, Halo+ is tough and should last a lifetime of challenging adventures. Even the touch-sensitive media buttons on the top panel are top notch: They react to the slightest touch, making them easy to control and giving a simple Sonos feel. You won’t need to use it often, thanks to the included remote control, which has all the necessary controls, including a Google Assistant button and a switch that lets you use the +/— buttons to adjust volume and adjust lens focus.
It features a three-sided grille that is part of the built-in speaker system, allowing it to Two 5W Harman Kardon speakers provide a 180-degree sound experience. All that’s left is the back panel to accommodate the air vent, which is surprisingly small. Not that the projector needs it. It handles heat well and stays cool even under pressure. And while its internal fans are a bit loud, it’s not loud enough to overwhelm the speakers and spoil your experience.
There’s a good selection of ports too, with an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The HDMI and USB ports are great for connecting other video input sources, such as a streaming stick or a USB flash drive, while the 3.5mm audio jack has you covered acoustically.
Unless you have a specific video file to use, you probably won’t use it much. Dual band 2.4/5GHz and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi should let you use the streaming capabilities with ease, while Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity lets you connect to more other devices, including Bluetooth speakers.
Finally, on the bottom panel, you’ll find a kickstand that allows you to orient the projector and a female tripod thread for mounting it on a suitable bracket, especially when you’re out and about.
Xgimi Halo +: features
While many portable projectors sacrifice an overall feature or two for a lower price tag, Xgimi seems to have taken a different approach with Halo+. It is a slightly more expensive model, but it has all the necessary features. And I have to say, I’d rather do that than sacrifice features like the built-in battery just to save a few bucks.
Maybe it’s just me, but having a built-in battery seems vital for a portable projector. Otherwise, you can only use it when there is a power supply. Luckily, Halo + is equipped with a 59Wh battery which, according to the brand, offers up to 2 hours of battery life.. In my testing, it gave me 2 hours and 10 minutes of watching Disney+ with brightness set to 50% and everything else, including Wi-Fi, on.
There are plenty of other features that you won’t find in other projectors, such as different preset picture modes and the ability to adjust the refresh rate. It has four preset picture modes – Movie, Football, Office and Game (only available in HDMI) – plus a Custom mode. All picture modes are somewhat customizable, but Custom mode offers even more settings for customization: brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, noise reduction, and color temperature, as well as local contrast, HDR, and motion compensation (or refresh frequency).
for compact display, Offers 200 inch image widthBut it’s not just size that matters. Halo+ also features Smart Screen Alignment, which allows it to automatically adjust the displayed image based on screen size. It also has a Smart Obstacle Avoidance feature, which allows it to adjust the displayed image accordingly when it detects obstacles, which works very well.
It comes with an HDR10 mode, which apparently offers a higher contrast ratio and better dynamic range with compatible sources, but I didn’t notice a difference in the movies I watched. Fortunately, the Android TV 10.0 operating system, built-in Chromecast features, and Google Assistant work well.
The last feature worth noting is 16 GB storagewhich should allow you to leave your external SSD or USB drive at home.
Xgimi Halo +: performance
Xgimi Halo+ doesn’t just excel in features and design. View on It also performs better than any mid-range portable projector I’ve tested.
Auto keystone correction is very accurate, while autofocus is fast. It also wakes up quickly and is faster than its competitors when launching apps or opening content. Many smart projectors are slower than TVs, so if you don’t have much patience, you should consider this one. Plus, unlike other projectors, it gives you multiple options when you hit the power button: hibernate, shut down, restart, and turn off the display.
The 5W Harman Kardon DTS and Dolby Audio speakers are also impressive. Not only do they deliver 180-degree sound, ensuring everyone in the room gets the same audio experience, but they’re also surprisingly loud.
The only downside to having 180-degree sound is that you can’t expect a great sound picture. While speakers try to deliver the same level of sound in this 180-degree space, they have to sacrifice the placement of all of these different elements. For example, you won’t be able to hear a character from a TV show you’re watching running from left to right, even if you’re sitting in front of the projector.
On the other hand, the sound projection is very broad. So it’s not only loud, even at 20-25%, but it can satisfactorily fill a small room to give you a more cinematic experience. Plus, there’s an audio balance setting you can turn on to boost the mids a bit, which comes in handy when you’re struggling to hear dialogue.
Great picture quality
however, It’s the image quality that will impress you the most with Halo+. With Xgimi’s X-VUE 2.0 picture engine and 60Hz Motion Compensation (MEMC) technology, you are guaranteed incredibly clear, crisp and vibrant images.
The visuals you get with Xgimi Halo+ are simply far superior to anything I’ve seen before. I previously tested a 1080p projector with a brightness of 900 ANSI lumens, but it couldn’t match the picture quality and brightness level of the Xgimi Halo+.
And if you don’t like the realistic movements on the screen, you can adjust the refresh rate a bit. But, even with the low refresh rate, you can get sharp images.
Xgimi Halo +: Verdict
Xgimi Halo+ blew me away. There are many smart portable projectors out there, but only a few are truly excellent. If you want the best, Xgimi Halo+ is worth considering, even if it has a slightly higher entry price.
It’s a complete product, with all the features that make it a portable projector that you can use anywhere. Add to that fast performance, an easy-to-use user interface, and above all, an immersive visual experience, and you’ll see why it’s worth the investment a little more.
Unless you want to spend a lot, you’ll be hard pressed to find a projector as impressive or as balanced as this one. And with the current offer of 15th% During Black Friday, you will be delighted! In fact, You will be able to buy it for 718 euros instead of 849 euros.