TVs are great if you use it a lot, whether it be for playing games or watching movies, but when it’s not in use, it can take up a lot of space. It can also be rather unsightly to have this huge black rectangle mounted on your wall or sitting on top of a cabinet, which is why some people choose to use projectors instead.
Projectors have come a long way from back in school where they were used as a teaching aid. These days, projects have the ability to display images that are considerably higher resolution than before, and in some cases, might actually look better than cheap, entry-level television sets.
Some also have the added advantage of being portable, meaning that you can place it wherever you want in your home, even take it with you on a camping trip. If you’re convinced that maybe you should invest in a projector instead of a TV, then maybe you might want to take a look at Xgimi’s Halo portable projector.
Xgimi Halo Projector Specs
- True 1080P resolution, support 4K
- 600 – 800 ANSI Lumens
- Official Android TV system with 5000+ apps
- Premium sound by Harman-Kardon
- Keystone correction projection
- Mirroring from your phone via Chromecast
- Voice control with Google Assistant
When it comes to the design of the Halo, we think that Xgimi actually did a pretty good job on this front. It looks classy, sleek, and not at all like what you might think a projector would look like. Its size and weight also put it on par with some bigger portable Bluetooth speakers out there, so if you have no problems moving that around, then the Halo shouldn’t pose a problem either.
Speaking of speakers, Xgimi has also built speakers into the projector itself, 2x 5W Harman Kardon speakers to be exact.
While you could hook it up to your own HiFi system, the Halo is about portability, so having a projector with its own speakers will no doubt come in handy when you’re outdoors and want to watch a movie or just play music.
So while the build and sound quality is decent, a projector is really only as good as the picture quality it can put out. The Halo is capable of handling 1080p visuals and can project as small as 30-inches, which is about the size of a decent modern monitor, and up to 300-inches, which is the size of a television that would cost you a small fortune.
Of course, the larger the projection the lower the sharpness, but at least you have a wide range to choose from so we imagine you should have no problems finding that sweet spot.
Brightness and battery life
Now, what good would a projector be if it wasn’t bright enough to show you what’s being projected, right? With the Halo, the project has a brightness of 600-800 ANSI lumens, which is actually surprisingly bright given its portable nature.
According to Xgimi, the bulb used for the projection in the Halo has been rated for 30,000 hours, which means that there is a very good chance that other components in the projector will fail before the bulb does, so you don’t have to worry about it dying on you in the next 2-3 years.
As for its battery life, the Halo will last you about 2-3 hours in standard use. This means that don’t expect to do a back-to-back Lord of the Rings marathon, but if you’re just hanging out in your backyard with friends, it’ll be good enough for one full movie to help you cap the night.
Powered by Android TV
Unlike some other projector systems that require an external source for its content, the Halo projector is billed as a smart projector. This is because similar to smart TVs, the Halo actually comes with Android TV installed on it.
This means that you’ll be able to access a bunch of apps through the projector, such as games, as well as stream content from video apps like YouTube and more. It should be noted that there are some streaming apps such as Netflix that won’t work with the Halo, but with there being hundreds, if not thousands of apps to choose from, you should be able to find something else.
There is support for Chromecast so if you want, you can just mirror what’s playing on your phone to the Halo projector, so don’t worry about having a lack of options when it comes to finding content to stream.
The Xgimi Halo projector is priced at $799. While it might not necessarily be the cheapest projector around, the fact that it is portable, runs on Android TV, comes with Harman Kardon speakers, and is one of the brightest portable projectors we’ve seen, it’s not hard to see why this price might be justified.
- 1080p Image 800 ANSI Lumens: Native 1080p FHD resolution paired with bright 800 ANSI lumens, 225% clearer than mainstream 720p projectors.
- Android Tv: Access 5000+ apps via Google Play, including YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, Disney +, HBO Max, and more! For Netflix, please download “DesktopManager” from Google Play. Open the app and...
- High Capacity Built-In Battery: Take Halo anywhere thanks to a strong built-in battery providing 2HRS of playtime on a 150" screen.
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