The Aura utilizes many of XGIMI’s popular features and proprietary technologies discussed in detail in our XGIMI Halo and XGIMI Horizon Pro review. I will, however, summarize some of the more notable XGIMI features found on the Aura.
XGIMI X-VUE 2.0 IMAGE ENGINE
The Aura has XGIMI’s unique X-VUE 2.0 image engine system. X-VUE 2.0 increases the clarity and fidelity of dynamic pictures. The X-VUE 2.0 image engine technology adopts 60Hz motion compensation technology that works with XGIMI’s MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) to solve any potential image flutter or tailing problems that might occur when projecting high dynamic ranges. In addition, XGIMI states that image quality is made clearer and smoother, resulting in purer and more realistic colors, bringing a truly immersive user experience.
SMART CAPABILITIES INCLUDED
The Aura utilizes Android 10 which is the latest version of Android TV, meaning you have access to 5000+ Android TV native apps. Best of all, the Android TV is built-in, so you do not have to worry about an Android TV dongle taking up a valuable HDMI port. End-users can stream TV shows, movies, live sports, news, and play video games directly from the Android TV interface.
Note that while you can download the Netflix app from the Google Play Store, Aura, like many other Android TV-equipped projectors, cannot stream the Netflix because it is not a Netflix-approved device. I got a warning stating, “This device is not optimized for Netflix (-14).” When I went on the login to Netflix anyhow, I got an error that read, “Sorry, your account can’t be used on this device.”
For Netflix to play on the Aura, you could always cast directly to the projector from a laptop. You could also use a device like a 4K Apple TV, 4K Fire TV Stick, Chromecast with Google TV 4K, Roku Express 4K+. All the mentioned devices have Netflix support. You could also just enjoy the 5000+ other apps that work perfectly with the Aura without needing an additional device; the choice is yours and yours alone.
XGIMI stated, “These features combine to make the Aura an ideal hassle-free projector for the whole family and will finally give TVs a run for their money as the most immersive home entertainment centerpiece.” Vice President of Global Sales, Tex Yang, at XGIMI Corporate, also said, “We are seeing the shift in technology that has already impacted every other area of our lives coming to our home entertainment. With the XGIMI Aura, your next TV is not a TV.”
The Aura is equipped with voice control via Google Assistant. With its built-in microphone, the remote is used to control a wide variety of functions using only your voice. Press the Google Assistant mic button, and you are ready to control the projector with your voice. For example, you could use voice control to ask Google Assistant, “give me the weekly weather forecast,” “show me good movies that are out right now,” and “tell me a joke.” Google Assistant replies are conveniently displayed on the projector screen, sometimes accompanied with an audible reply.
The Aura utilizes the DLP cinema-grade (active shutter 3D imaging) technology for 3D viewing with XGIMI’s active shutter 3D glasses. The 3D video setup can be found by pressing the shortcut settings button on the remote. The Aura has settings for 3D side-by-side, 3D top and bottom, 3D to 2D side-by-side, and 3d to 2D top and bottom.