XGIMI HALO+ projector: the very large screen for your home
By Chetan Nayak
I’m a fan of big-screen experiences, especially when watching movies and live sports. However, as someone who moves between houses frequently, the pain of setting up and moving a large TV is pretty obvious to me. So when XGIMI contacted me for an Android projector you could carry around, I was excited. Having used the XGIMI Halo+ for about two weeks now, I can say this is the only gadget I could have used during the first few months of Covid lockdown.
The XGIMI Halo+ has quite a few things going for it, but the first would be its design. The super-compact Halo+ is small enough to fit in any backpack and can be easily picked up and placed elsewhere with just one hand. The gray projector aesthetic is also fairly classic and works well in most setups. Things like a little clip that you can lift at the bottom to increase the elevation angle, a few handy buttons on the projector, and a slot to attach the same to something more concrete like a stand or stand makes it a full set. Setting up the Halo+ wherever you go is a job that can be done in less than 60 seconds.
XGIMI Halo+ can provide a very flexible viewing experience. It can project a display up to 200 inches onto any white wall or projection screen. But after turning it on, that’s where the magic begins. The Halo+ can sense twisted angles, clock-like objects on the wall, and even distance to intelligently configure its display output and focus levels to give you the perfect projection every time. It even allows you to adjust it to your liking.
The display quality itself is surprisingly good, provided the environment you’re in is dark. Adequate brightness and HDR10 support mean you get very good image quality even in the darkest scenes. XGIMI Halo+ also has a built-in battery that charges when the device is plugged in via an included cable. It also has good built-in speakers.
What’s wrong ?
The first of these is Netflix support. During the two weeks of testing, Netflix did not work successfully on the XGIMI Halo+. The Halo+ is also, like most projectors, quite dim during the day. Unless you have a proper setup in your bedroom or living room to keep out sunlight, the projection won’t be as pleasing.
Additionally, the Halo+ is a 1080p projector. So if you’re looking for extreme image clarity, when projecting anything above 50-60 inches, you’ll need a 4K display, as the 1080p display output starts to get soft.
The XGIMI Halo+ is a solid deal if you’re looking to buy a portable projector that doesn’t cost too much. At 99,999, the Halo+ costs about as much as some large, feature-rich LED TVs.