XGIMI Elfin Smart 1080P LED Projector Review – Hardware

August 19, 2021 / By Project Reviews Staff

THE CHASSIS

The Elfin measures 7.5 inches wide x 1.96 inches tall x 7.5 inches deep and weighs just two pounds. The unit's slim form factor makes it easy to carry in a backpack or computer bag, It's shallow height also makes the Elfin less noticeable when sitting on a coffee table in front of the viewer.

XGIMI Elfin Connections are located on the rear

The projector’s HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack, USB 2.0 port, and DC input are located on the rear of the chassis, along with the power button. Personally, I could have used another HDMI port.

No chassis-mounted controls. The remote must be used to control the projector

The Elfin does not have a control panel on it. I did not find myself wishing for a chassis-mounted control panel while I had the projector. The remote control worked just fine for me. If you misplace the remote control, you can still power the projector off and on with the power button located on the rear of the chassis. However, you would not be able to control anything else on the projector.

THE LENS

The ToF sensor is located to the left of the lens

The Elfin has a fixed lens with digital zoom and a powered lens focus. An autofocus Time-of-Flight (ToF) is located next to the lens. The projector uses ToF technology for its super quick autofocus feature.

The Elfin has a throw distance of 2.6 –26.2 feet and a throw ratio of 1.2:1. The chart below shows the throw distance for a few common screen sizes.

XGIMI Elfin Throw Distances
Screen SizeThrow Distance
70"74 inches (1.87 meters)
80"84 inches (2.1 meters)
90"94 inches (2.40 meters)
100"105 inches (2.67 meters)
120"126 inches (3.2 meters)

MENUS

I found the home screen menu to be well organized and easy to navigate. Once you are on the Elfin home screen menu, you can do things like selecting a specific input, streaming app, media player, or explore the Google Play Store. The push-button on the remote that looks like a gear is the Shortcut Setting button; it takes you directly to the basic settings menu. Scrolling down and pressing the All Settings tab from the Shortcut Settings will take you to the projector’s more advanced settings. The Home push button, which looks like a house, allows you to access apps and other entertaining services.

While watching content, users can bring up the Shortcut Setting button on the remote and adjust the five Image Modes. Users can choose any of the five image modes presets, or you can customize your perfect image mode from one of the Custom image modes.

REMOTE CONTROL

The black and white remote not only looked good, but it also felt good in the hand. The remote has all the standard buttons one would expect for the everyday operations of the projector. In addition, the remote also has a Google Assistant microphone button that is used for voice control of the projector devices.

The Google Assistant button on the remote is not hard to find; it is the only colored button on the remote. As an added perk, the XGIMI Elfin remote was able to control my Apple 4K TV via HDMI CEC.

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