XGIMI Halo+ Portable Android TV Projector Review

XGIMI Halo+ Portable Android TV Projector Introduction

XGIMI has been aggressively expanding its product portfolio with back-to-back releases over the past few months, and already the Neoseeker test bench is graced with its third XGIMI-branded projector. The Halo+ is a direct successor to the original Halo which I reviewed a while back.

While the Halo series of projectors share a similar look and design elements, the newly released Halo+ comes with a slew of upgrades that set it on a higher tier in the XGIMI product stack. This is a portable 1080p DLP projector that offers a solid feature set including the impressive X-VUE 2.0 advanced image engine, a built-in battery, maximum 900 ANSI-lumens brightness, built-in dual 5-watt speakers, and a snappy Android TV OS.

The Halo+ is currently available for purchase from the XGIMI official webstore for $849USD, a $50 increase over the cost of the standard Halo. The review sample was bundled with the sleek XGIMI X-Desktop Stand Pro, which is usually sold separately for $99USD .

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XGIMI X-Desktop Stand Pro Closer look

The X-Desktop Stand Pro ships in a sleek looking white box with minimal branding. The cardboard pieces inside hold the stand in place, and fold out of the way thanks to a clever design using two thin pieces of white satin fabric that are attached to the top section.

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Inside the box we find the stand and a user manual, both nicely wrapped in translucent white. The X-Desktop Stand Pro boasts a futuristic design with brushed silver and polished gold accents. The stand base has a diameter of 200mm (7.7 inch), with the supporting arm sitting at a height of 95mm (3.7 inch). The unit is fairly light for its size, weighing a total of 585g (about 1.3lb). It is still capable of supporting units up to 4Kg (8.8 lb) in weight. The stand is also compatible with most mountable electronics with a ¼ inch mounting mechanism.

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XGIMI Halo+ Portable Android TV Projector Closer look

XGIMI ships the Halo+ 1080p portable projector in a stylish box that lists the main features of the unit on most sides. We find the usual paperwork inside including a user guide, FAQ, thank you card, and warranty pamphlets. The unit comes with a laptop-style power adapter which is also used to charged the internal battery while plugged in.

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The bundled remote has a premium look and feel typically seen on those included with high-end TVs or Android boxes. It has a great design and offers a user-friendly button layout, with rubberised function buttons for power, menu, input selection, Google Assistant, settings shortcut, Return, and Home options. The navigation, OK, and volume buttons meanwhile have a black metallic finish with a textured surface. The remote is easy to navigate by feel, and I was able to use it without looking after a few minutes of playing with the projector's settings and functions. A microphone pin hole is located on top of the remote for Google Assistant voice commands. The bottom has a switch that changes the function associated with the volume buttons. By default, the switch is set to "VOL", for volume control. The "Focus" position allows users to manually adjust the frame.

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Out of the box, the XGIMI Halo+ looks almost identical to the original Halo. The seamless body is made of plastic on the top, bottom, and back section. The front and sides are wrapped in a metallic grill that makes the Halo look like a high-end wireless speaker. Weighing 1.6 kg (roughly 3.6 lb) and measuring 113.5x145x171.5mm (4.46 x 5.70 x 6.75 inches), the unit has a good heft to it, yet it is compact enough to be carried one-handed.

Like with the original Halo, the Halo+ packs an impressive amount of tech in a small frame. First, we get a 1080p LED DLP HDR projector that's built around a 0.33" DMD (digital micromirror device) and paired with an autofocus sensor. The unit also has 3D capability and is compatible with 4K content. Next, we get a full-blown Android TV system with all the bells and whistles, including AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0/BLE, and built-in Chromecast. To complete the package, we also get a pair of 5W speakers sporting the Harman Kardon brand, and an internal battery. Another thing to keep in mind are the unit's limited built-in controls, which only include Vol+, Vol-, and a Play/Pause buttons. Simply put, the Halo is unusable without the remote since we don't get any kind of built-in navigation and selection input.

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The Halo+ has extra connectivity features located on the back panel. Above the power plug, power button and 3.5mm headphone jack, we also find USB 2.0 and HDMI 2.0 (ARC) input ports. These will come in handy for connecting other devices to stream media from, as the unit's default 16GB internal storage might be not enough storage capacity for some power users. The bottom of the unit has a 360-degree rubber base and a mounting point for tripods or ceiling anchors. The built-in kickstand was useful for tilting the unit up a notch, but doesn't offer much control over the angle.

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XGIMI Halo+ Portable Android TV Projector Setup & Experience

The initial setup consists of the usual steps that are typical with most Android TV powered devices. Once the device is booted up after connecting the power, I had to pair the remote by following the onscreen prompts. After going through the rest of the setup process, including the mandatory Wi-Fi connection and Google account login, I was greeted with the Android TV 10 UI. From here, it was down to installing my favorite apps for streaming and gaming. It seems that XGIMI is still working on the Netflix certification at time of writing; the app installed just fine, but displayed an error message upon launch saying that the device was not optimized for Netflix. I was still able to login and browse the available catalogue, but any attempt at streaming a video would result in another message claiming that my account can’t be used with the device. This is not a huge deal breaker, since a quick online search should set you on the right path to get your Netflix fix.

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Just like the XGIMI Halo and Elfin projectors, the Halo+ is snappy and offers several QOL features. XGIMI equipped its latest creation with an Intelligent Screen Adaptation (ISA) that consists of several solid automatic image correction features including: auto focus, auto keystone correction, intelligent obstacle avoidance, and intelligent screen alignment. The unit automatically adjusts the aspect ratio of the display area to provide a clear, square picture while avoiding obstacles such as furniture or light switches on the wall. In a way, the Halo+ is a cross between XGIMI's Halo and Elfin, with higher max brightness. It inherits the Halo’s design and portability, while also boasting the solid image correction capabilities of the slim Elfin.

The Halo+ has two brightness outputs: 700 lumens when running off the 95W battery, and 900 lumens when plugged to the wall. In portable mode, the 700 lumens output provided a great picture quality in a dark to moderately lit environment. When plugged in, the Halo+ shows its inner brightness with an output of 900 lumens. This results in a brighter picture that looks amazing even with the overhead lights on. The Halo+ is visibly brighter than its predecessor, which fully justifies the $50USD price increase. I experimented in our dining room by positioning the projector at one end of the table, a bit over 100 inches from the wall. This rewarded me with a bright and crisp 90-inch image thanks to the native 1.2:1 throw ratio. The extra Lumens do make a difference in terms of picture quality, especially with darker scenes. 

In terms of audio, we get dual 5W Harman Kardon speakers that sound great for a unit of this size. The speakers will get the job done when out and about, or when setting up an improvised work presentation. They sound adequate for home media consumption and can get pretty loud without any noticeable distortion at higher levels. That said, XGIMI makes it easy to enjoy higher quality sound by hooking up a dedicated sound system via the 3.5mm audio jack, or connecting the projector to a Bluetooth enabled set of speakers or soundbar.

The overall picture quality of the Halo+ is noticeably superior across the board. Standard or HDR content looks amazing with vivid colors and crisp details. Darker scenes did not suffer much degradation either, thanks to the higher Lumens rating. It’s nice to see XGIMI staying on top of things and improving its product lines with each release. My only gripe with the Halo+ is the battery life, which seems to hold for a bit over two hours at most. A bit more juice would be welcome, even at the cost of a slightly bigger unit size.

As it stands, the $850USD Halo+ is the ultimate portable 1080p Android TV powered projector that money can currently buy. It offers high Lumens rating, amazing picture quality, and cutting-edge features in a compact form factor.

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