This week I got my hands on the small but mighty XGIMI Halo. The XGIMI Halo is a smart 1080P portable DLP projector with a compact design that I really appreciated for its portability. I was so impressed by the Halo that I brought it over to Projector Reviews Technical Editor and Lead Reviewer Philp Jones’ residence to have him take a look. We decided to give the XGIMI Halo the Projector Reviews Best in Class Award for it being the best battery operated portable smart projector in its price range.
In fact, I’m not the only one impressed with some of the XGIMI projectors. XGIMI’s products have won many awards in several different international design competitions over the past several years, including Red Dot (Design Award), iF International Forum Design (Design Award), and CES (Innovations Award). A Red Dot Design Award was earned for the XGIMI Play X smart projector in 2019 and XGIMI A2 Pro ultra-short-throw projector in 2020. In addition, XGIMI’s MoGo Pro – Android TV 1080p Portable Projector was a CES Innovations Award 2020 Honoree. With XGIMI having earned so many awards, I had high hopes for the XIGIMI Halo.
XGIMI projectors are made with industry partners such as Texas Instruments, Harman Kardon, Google, and Baidu, Inc., a Chinese multinational technology company specializing in internet-related services, products, and artificial intelligence.
The XGIMI Halo has a small rectangular shape and took a minimal amount of space to set up. The Halo is capable of front, front ceiling, rear, and rear ceiling projector placement.
It utilizes a highly efficient LED light source, which should allow the Halo to project bright and clear images for its entire LED lifespan of 30,000 hours. XGIMI has calculated that to be eight hours of projector usage every day, for ten years, without ever changing the lamp. Now that’s a lot of years’ worth of maintenance-free operation.
With Android TV built in, the Halo provides seamless access to trendy streaming services, including Hulu, HBO Max, and YouTube, right out of the box. The Halo with the Android TV OS makes it easy to access the streaming entertainment you enjoy.
For maximum portability, the Halo is equipped with a built-in battery which, according to XGIMI, allows up to eight hours of music playback or up to four hours of video playback time
At an MSRP of $799.00, Halo’s target customer is the individual who doesn’t want to break the bank but wants everything in video entertainment packed into a small portable package. Gaming (Android games, Xbox, PlayStation), direct casting via Chromecast from an Android or iOS device, and non-stop entertainment from Halo’s Google Play Store for Android TV ensure entertainment any way you want it. The gray color and modern design allow the Halo to blend nicely into any room or environment.