- XGIMI Halo which operates completely wirelessly with batteries.
- True 3D and Full HD projection with a physical resolution of up to 1920x1080.
- Combined with 600-800 ANSI Lumens of brightness, Halo has become the brightest 1080p portable projector available.
Review XGIMI Halo with Android TV. When we heard that this was a projector for individuals, it was highly thought that it was a product for fans of AV devices that built a viewing environment together with a screen, but recently a product that is compact and can easily be used as a portable device has also appeared. The XGIMI Halo, with +Style launched on July 2, is also a portable projector that has a built-in battery.
Apart from its function as a projector, “XGI MI Halo” also functions as an Android TV. Since apps like Netflix are provided on Android TV, video content can be played independently without being connected to another video output device.
Review XGIMI Halo: 800 ANSI lumens for viewing in bright rooms
As a projector, the projection resolution is 1920 × 1080 dots and the brightness is 600 to 800 ANSI lumens. The projection method is DLP, the projection magnification is 1.2: 1, and the projection size is 30 to 300 inches or more. The projection distance of 2 m is 76 inches according to the guidelines.
Most mobile and portable projectors have specifications of 150 to 200 ANSI lumens, so the 600 to 800 ANSI lumens of the XGIMI Halo is a pretty high spec. The higher the number, the clearer the projection, and the easier it is to see the resulting image even in bright environments.
In addition, the projection resolution is 1920 x 1080 dots and full HD. Many mobile / portable projectors have a projection resolution of 1280 x 720 dots, and if you increase the projection size you will get a slightly blurry impression. However, the XGIMI Halo has a combination of brightness and resolution, so you can enjoy high-quality images even if it is a portable projector.
I actually projected the room in bright light, but the brightness is sufficient to see. My own 150 lumens mobile projector is opaque unless the room is darkened, but the XGIMI Halo is convenient because it doesn’t have to force the room to be darkened.
By the way, it looks better when projected on a projector screen, but if it is flat it can be projected on a white wall as is. If you pay attention to the exhaust heat and design the installation method, you can use it for ceiling projection.
However, its main body size is large enough for a portable projector, approximately 113.5 × width × 145 × height 171.5 mm. Because it weighs up to 1.6 kg, it is not an easy size to carry from home. It is only used for moving around in the house or when you go out in the car.
By the way, there is a tripod screw hole at the bottom of the main unit, so it can be used by mounting it on a tripod. It is more convenient to use this type of projector as a set with a tripod for adjusting the angle, etc. It is difficult to use a simple tripod that is used for smartphones, etc. Due to the weight of the main unit. I want to use a tripod that has a clear load capacity, which is used with interchangeable lens cameras.
Review XGIMI Halo: Project wirelessly from your smartphone
Apart from the power button, USB 2.0, HDMI, and a power port are located on the back of the main unit. HDMI is an input terminal that can project input from other video equipment, connect a PC or game console, and output to a large screen. Also, if you connect a USB storage device such as a USB memory or HDD or SSD to a USB terminal, you can play movies and music files stored there.
Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n. Since it also supports Chromecast, you can project your Android smartphone screen wirelessly. If your iOS device also supports Chromecast like the YouTube app, you can project wirelessly just like you would with an Android smartphone.
This speaker is equipped with two 5W. In collaboration with Harman Kardon, tuning for high sound quality has been done, especially human voices that are easy to hear, so you can enjoy drama with lots of conversation without stress. However, I felt that the bass was a bit unsatisfactory. For action movies and sci-fi, it feels more satisfying to have headphones and a speaker system that covers the bass steadily.
Since Bluetooth (4.2 / 5.0) is also installed, wireless earphones and headphones can also be used. Bluetooth headphones are recommended when the XGIMI Halo pairing location is far from the display location, or when you want to enjoy the high volume.
By the way, many projectors generate heat, and many models have cooling fans. The same goes for the XGIMI Halo, where the fan continues to rotate during projection and the actual measurement is around 45.3db. This is basically the same for all projectors, but if the mount and display locations are close together, fan noise will be a bit of a concern. In such cases, it seems that people using closed headphones or headphones or earphones with a noise canceling function can concentrate.
Review XGIMI Halo: Voice operation is also possible with Google Assistant
There is a volume control button and a play / stop button on the top of the main unit. Use the attached remote control for other operations. The remote control is equipped with a microphone and has a button to call the Google Assistant. You can also press the button to operate with a sound such as “Play YouTube movie ●●”. It’s difficult to enter text from a software keyboard with such a remote control, but you can use text to enter text in forms, which is convenient because you can quickly find the program or video you want to watch.
The settings to use are “auto focus” and “vertical keystone correction,” so that’s fine in some cases. If you move the main unit slightly, it automatically enters adjustment mode, and focus and vertical keystone correction are performed. However, because there is no automatic adjustment to the horizontal direction, the left and right directions need to be adjusted manually, so first adjust the left and right direction with respect to the wall or screen to project, then let XGIMI Halo adjust automatically, If it is still distorted, You can correct keystone manually. The manual adjustment is ± 40 degrees both vertically and horizontally.
You can install apps such as YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, dTV, TVer, Abema TV, DAZN, and other major video distribution services on Android TV. If you are already using these services on your smartphone or computer, you can watch them with the same account. Also, when I tried it, I installed “torne mobile” and was able to watch videos and TV broadcasts recorded with “nasne”.
Review XGIMI Halo: Recommended for People Who Want to Improve Their Home Video Watching Environment
As a portable projector, it is an expensive model with a direct selling price of 96,800 yen, but its performance as a projector is quite high. Also, because it has a battery, it can play videos for 4 hours (in energy-saving mode) if it is fully charged, so if you have about one film, you can use it wirelessly. XGIMI Halo is a product I recommend for users who spend more time at home and more opportunities to watch videos at home.
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