A snappy and portable projector


(Pocket Ribbon) – The XGimi Halo+ is a battery-powered portable projector that you’ll want to take with you wherever you go.

That in itself is a lofty goal – and it’s a bit different from the XGimi Horizon Pro and HGimi Elfin, both of which are more concerned with providing a tip-top view and less with being portable.

But by giving you this level of freedom, has the company ultimately delivered a projector that bites more than it can chew?

We looked to find out – here’s our full verdict on XGimi’s Halo+.

Design

Dimensions 5 x 145 x 171.5 mm, weighs 1.6 kg 2x 5W Harman Kardon speakersHDMI, USB-A, 3.5 mm jack

About the size of a Sonos One speaker, this mini projector is essentially the successor to the 2020 Halo projector. It’s a small, lightweight and highly stowable projector, making it easy to take with you when traveling.

Packaged in a black mesh enclosure that doubles as a speaker grille, the projector comes with an integrated stand underneath, so you can place the projector in a corner without having to search for anything to do it for you. There’s also a standard tripod mounting screw on the base – as often found on a DSLR camera – if you can’t find a solid surface to mount it on.

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On the back is the power outlet (it comes with a standard charging block with a 2.5m cable), HDMI, USB-A, a 3.5mm headphone jack for connecting to more powerful speakers and a large fan vent to keep everything cool. Built-in sound is provided by two highly capable 5W Harman Kardon speakers.

There are also three touch-sensitive buttons on the top that let you play/pause and control the volume. They are handy to have, but usually it is easier to control the operation via the extensive included Bluetooth remote control.

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You don’t need a line of sight for this to work conveniently, and you’ll find all the buttons you need to get started quickly.

Software

Autofocus & Keystone Correction Runs Android TV 10 Support for Google Play Store Does not support Netflix

The XGimi Halo+ projector is powered by Android TV 10, making it a lot easier to get started.

Like the company’s other Android TV-powered projectors, the Halo+ comes with XGimi’s Auto Focus and Keystone Correction technology.

Their inclusion means installation is quick and easy, delivering an image that’s sharp and ‘square’ every time you turn it on – and even if you move it.

It’s a handy feature that not only saves you the hassle of focusing the photo in the beginning, but also ensures that you get the best shot possible.

Just turn on the Halo+, point it at the wall you want to project onto and the projector will do the rest.

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It’s a shame the Halo+ doesn’t come with the company’s screen-adjustment technology that avoids obstacles like light switches, but it’s enough to get by for those with big walls.

Like the company’s other Android-powered projectors, you also get access to the Google Play Store, which gives you access to various streaming apps, such as Disney+, Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV.

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Unfortunately, as we’ve complained with XGimi before, this list of streaming platforms doesn’t include Netflix. It’s available for download, but Netflix hasn’t certified the projector, so the app won’t work. frustrating.

The simple solution is to plug in a certified device, such as the Amazon Fire Stick, Roku Stick, or Apple TV box, but that will require you to have another device with you, which is something people looking for that hassle-free approach might wail.

Meanwhile, XGimi’s choice of Android TV – and not Android Mobile – means that the interface is more user-friendly and definitely more geared towards TV viewing and we’ve had no problems navigating the interface, as well as accessing the basic brightness, color and HDR settings.

Watch TV and Movies

Built-in battery delivers 2 hours of playback 700-900 lumens brightness 1080p HDR10+ resolution

The Halo+ delivers a brightness of up to 900 lumens and can display Full HD resolution up to a screen size of up to 200 inches.

Its 900 lumens brightness makes it one of the brightest portable projectors in its class and is good enough for daytime viewing in a moderately bright room, although you’ll need to plug it in to get that brightness.

If you rely on the built-in 59W battery, the brightness drops to 700 lumens. It’s noticeable when they’re side by side, but still delivers a great and, most importantly, clear image.

Whether you’re experiencing the Halo+ with a 900 or 700 lumens output, we’re not suggesting this is enough to handle full sun brightness, but it’s certainly enough not to worry about closing all the curtains to make something watchable. We weren’t expecting that either, so it’s a pleasant surprise.

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It’s obviously not the way to get the best picture from the projector, but it’s doable and should make the Halo+ more versatile than you’d expect.

We watched a range of movies and shows – from Star Trek Picard and Avengers: Infinite War to Spencer and Coda – and were more than happy with the results. Skin tones are good, movement is clean and colors are close to what you would expect.

It’s not 4K, but the HDR10+ does help by delivering that high dynamic range to the experience, which in turn makes things look a lot better. Turn it off though and you can definitely see the difference in the color rendering.

And as for battery life? We found that the Halo+ projector delivers approximately 2 hours after our testing. That’s enough to watch an average movie or a few episodes of your favorite shows, but certainly not enough to get stuck in a 3-hour epic. It may be portable, but for longer movie viewing sessions you’ll still need to have the projector plugged in, which will give you a brighter picture too.

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Frustratingly, there are two off modes: hibernate, which continues to use the battery until it runs out, and completely ‘off’.

As you can imagine, we experienced a few times during our testing where we accidentally went to sleep (a short press of the power button instead of a long press) and got a completely empty battery when we got back. It’s something to keep in mind if you plan on traveling without a cable.

verdict

The Halo+ projector is a simple, out-of-the-box projector that lets you watch your favorite TV shows and movies in your yard, at home, or really anywhere you want.

Portability and clarity are its standout features, while the included Harman Kardon speakers can certainly hold their own.

That said, the lack of 4K resolution will limit its appeal for those looking for the best shot they can – even if it’s also fair to note that you can’t have everything at this price.

If you want to give your movie nights a little sparkle, and you like the idea of ​​just putting this down and turning it on to get started with minimal fuss, this is definitely something to try.

Written by Stuart Miles. Editing by Conor Allison.

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