XGIMI Halo – Design and Functionality
The box contains the XGIMI Halo, the operating instructions, the power supply and a remote control. Two positive things are immediately apparent here. Although the XGIMI Halo cannot be charged via USB-C, it has a cable, which is long enough that it can also be operated permanently with a cable. Many USB-C alternatives are tied to the original cable or power supply, which is always too short. Since I have the XGIMI Halo connected to the mains most of the time, this is a great advantage for me.
The second The positive aspect is the remote control of the XGIMI Halo, which is probably the best projector remote control I’ve had so far, because on the one hand, due to the Bluetooth connection, it also passes commands without holding the remote control in the direction of the projector and without having to adjust the reflection angle must calculate from the wall. It also has an integrated Google Assistant button and lets us control the projector by voice using the remote control. Many other projectors also have this button, but no integrated microphone that the assistant can use to hear. Also nice: a switch on the front of the remote control lets us use the volume buttons for focus control. The projector always focuses by itself if you don’t turn it off. But as with any other projector, the projector may misjudge the situation due to obstacles, so that you can manually intervene and readjust. If you want, you can also use the XGIMI smartphone app to control the device or connect a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth, such as the media / couch keyboard from Corsair , which I had tested once. But I think remote control plus Google Assistant is completely sufficient here.
The XGIMI Halo itself comes in a metallic design, but is largely made of plastic, which is nothing negative, as it is still very Looks high quality and the design is generally super modern. It is optically one of the most appealing projectors. In the front we have the projection lens, which is a little down, but that is completely normal, as the lens shines diagonally upwards, and next to it we have the autofocus sensor. The device has openings on all sides for ventilation and speakers. The “Sound by Harman / Kardon” branding can also be seen directly on the XGIMI Halo. On the back we have our connections for the power supply, headphones via 3.5 mm, HDMI, USB 2.0 and the power button. The USB 2.0 port can be used to play your own media, for example, but it also supports USB speakers and headphones. Even headphones that come with a wireless transmitter. Alternatively, Bluetooth 4.2 /5.0 can also be used here, since the system is based on Android. Otherwise we have the XGIMI logo at the top, a status LED and touch buttons for direct playback and volume control on the device. It’s nice that you can feel the position here. At the bottom we have a ¼ inch thread for use on a tripod or a wall bracket and another stand to move the projection a bit upwards.
XGIMI Halo operating system and apps
The operating system Android TV 9.0 runs on the XGIMI Halo with the classic interface, as you know it from Smart TV and other Android TV systems. Accordingly, no getting used to or the like is necessary here. It is clear, runs very smoothly and offers simple setting options. In addition, there is a very large variety of apps in the Google Play Store. In addition to the major streaming services such as Netflix, Disney +, Chrunchyroll, etc., you also have access to all streaming services, video portals, music apps, games, even TikTok, etc. available on Android TV, etc. You simply go to Play Sore as usual and load yourself down what you need. For people who want to watch Netflix, it is important that the projector shows that Netflix is not optimized for the device and accordingly does not start, it is not clear why this is so. But XGIMI has a simple solution for this. All you have to do is download the XTV Manager app from the Play Store and install and start Netflix within this app. There are also some other apps here that may not work. Netflix will be the only thing that interests users here.
As soon as the XGIMI Halo is connected to the internet, you can do practically anything. Furthermore, it is also possible to access local content, because in addition to a USB stick you can also stream through various apps from your NAS, which also works without any problems with some file manager apps or media players. The type of content is completely irrelevant. Music, films, pictures: everything is possible. Chromecast or content transfer via browser or smartphone are also supported.
XGIMI Halo – audio and video
In terms of sound, the XGIMI Halo is one of the most powerful portable projectors on the market, because the two 5 watt speakers not only come with Harman / Kardon branding, they also sound great. Even at high volume. Many projectors have a smartphone-like sound, where the volume is also drowned out by the fan. Instead, the XGIMI Halo comes with a lot of dynamics and a high maximum volume. The fan is also one of the quietest I’ve had so far. It doesn’t bother you and is still pleasant on the ears. You can also use the XGIMI Halo as a pure Bluetooth speaker by switching to Bluetooth Speaker Mode, where you can connect your smartphone or other hardware and deactivate the projector.
Otherwise we have a Full HD resolution with the XGIMI Halo, so 1920 x 1080 at 60 FPS and HDR 10 is supported. However, if the source is a signal up to 4K, it will also be recorded as 4K and scaled down to 1080 p, which means one quasi a has a sharper image with more details. The difference is definitely noticeable. What’s interesting is that the XGIMI Halo can even display 3D content, which makes it a little more unique. Unfortunately I don’t have the appropriate shutter glasses to test this.
Depending on how far you are from the wall, you have a larger picture at a distance of 2 meters, e.g. you come to 76 Inch. The maximum should be 300 Customs, but probably have most not the projection screen. So I couldn’t test it. On round 120 – 150 inches, which is the maximum in my house, the picture is still sharp in any case. Of course, the closer you are to the wall, the brighter and sharper the picture. Regarding the brightness, the XGIMI Halo comes to a maximum 800 lumens. That is significantly more than other portable FullHD projectors have to offer. The rule here is that the darker the room, the better, but this is the only projector in the price category where you can still see something with daylight. Some other projectors are still dark even in dark rooms. Accordingly, the colors of the XGIMI Halo are really vivid and just fun. I think that if you at least close the curtains or the blinds, that’s enough for a reasonable representation. Otherwise the picture is really always constant at 60 FPS, which I applaud in gaming. The input lag in gaming mode is around 35 – 40 ms. That is especially enough for casual gaming. Playing COD competitively will be difficult, but with everything that is a little quieter, such as role-playing games, you will not notice much of the input lag.
The projection modes can be front / rear / ceiling front and select ceiling rear projection. You can place the XGIMI Halo accordingly, depending on how you need it. The keystone correction works very well, provided that you are within the specified angle limits of ± 40 ° remains so that the picture is not distorted. It is also interesting to mention here that the image is diffused well enough that you are not dazzled by direct radiation or reflections.
XGIMI Halo battery
There is a 563 mAh battery with a playback time of up to 4 hours Beamer operation and 8 hours of loudspeaker operation. That actually works out very well. You have to be careful with some reviews of other websites that have not been tested by a 17. 100 mAh hours of battery because it was incorrectly stated on the product page. The manufacturer has also corrected the information here. With online content and high brightness, I would expect 3 to 3.5 hours. That is actually enough for almost all films. It might be a little tight on “Lawrence of Arabia”, but it should still be feasible. It then takes about 2.5 hours to charge. I use it most of the time in mains operation, which works well here because the power supply provides enough power and is also of a reasonable length. You know that from other projectors different.
XGIMI Halo – Price and Availability
The XGIMI Halo is already available through various portals such as Amazon and currently costs 799, 99 Euro. I think the price is actually quite fair when I look at what else is available on the market in a similar price range and where I had already tested almost every portable projector or was allowed to try it at least once. It’s technically and design-wise not only good, but far better than the competition. It’s no use to me if I buy a projector that has bad sound and 200 lumens. Here I prefer to buy the XGIMI Halo. If you are interested and can wait, I think that there will certainly be offers again where you can get it cheaper.