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Portable projectors have grown in popularity in recent years. They are much more flexible than the large bulky full-sized projectors and can easily be set up to use on any flat white surface and easily stored when not in use.

I haven’t reviewed a bad portable projector in the past few years, but at the same time, they rarely tick all the boxes for my personal needs. Resolution, brightness and sound quality are the main stumbling blocks.

The XGIMI Halo+ is probably one of the best options on the market, with a 900 ANSI lumens rating, 1080P resolution and dual 5w Harman Kardon speakers.

XGIMI Halo+ vs Anker Nebular Capsule 3 vs BenQ GS50 Specification

XGIMI Halo+BenQ GS50Nebula Capsule 3 LaserSamsung Freestyle
Price£749£729£799£699 RRP
£450-500 normally
Resolution1920 × 1080 pixels1920 × 1080 pixels1920×10801920 × 1080 pixels
Brightness900 ANSI lumen500 ANSI lumen300 ANSI lumen500 ANSI lumen
KeystoneAuto ID + 4 cornerAuto ID + 4 cornerAuto (vertical ±40°), Auto (horizontal ±40°)Auto ID
Speaker5W*2
Harman Kardon
5W*2 + 10W
2.1 ch treVolo
8W5W
Apps StoreATV 10ATV 9.0Android 11Own Web TV / Tizen OS
SVOD ContentsNetflix(Non-TV)Netflix(Non-TV)
Apps Manager
Netflix(Non-TV)
Apps Manager
Netflix
Samsung TV integrate
Key I/OHDMI with eArc
DC power
USB x 1
2 x HDMI 2.0
Arc 2 channel
USB type-C
USB Type-A
HDMI
USB
HDMI 1.4 with eArc
USB type-C
WiFi 5
Battery/PB2.5 hrs18,000 mAH, 3 hrs2.5 hrsNone
PortabilityN/ACarry Bag,
Leather Handles
carry handleCarry Case
Unique FeaturesHigh capacity batteryIPX2, drop prove180 degrees cradle stand

XGIMI Halo+ vs XGIMI Halo Differences

The new XGIMI Halo+ is almost identical to the older XGIMI Halo model, and it is basically a slightly updated specification, but these updates make it worth the extra money.

The three differences that I can see on the product specification sheet are:

  • 900 ANSI Lumens vs 800 ANSI Lumens
  • Halo+ has HDR10+
  • Halo+ has automatic keystone correction
  • HDMI Arc support has been upgraded to HDMI eARC
  • Bluetooth is listed as Bluetooth 5.0/BLE vs Bluetooth 4.2/5.0

I would expect the difference in brightness may be hard to tell in real-life scenarios, but every little helps. It will also help with the new HDR10+ functionality.

The automatic keystone correction will make your life much easier if you don’t have the projector in a fixed spot (which is likely, with it being portable).

The HDMI eARC functionality would likely be the big selling point for me, allowing you to plug this into an AV receiver or surround sound soundbar and make the most of advanced surround sound formats like Dolby Atmos.

Design / Features

The XGIMI Halo+ is similar to many other portable projectors with its cuboid design that is big enough to contain the projector itself but also a battery and half-decent speakers. It is less attractive than the BenQ models I have reviewed, and it lacks a carry handle, but these are not really things I’d say have high importance.

The built-in LED of the projector has a life of 25,000 hours which should be good for 10+ years of heavy usage.

The one big problem I have with this projector is the fact it uses a DC plug for power. Both the BenQ projectors I reviewed last year use power delivery USB-C, as does the Nebular Capsule 3. Looking at the power supply, it is rated for 90W, which is higher than those competing projectors. You can get 90W PD USB-C plugs, but they tend to incur a price premium. Therefore, the DC plug is still a problem for me, but I kind of understand why it is there.

Like most projectors, you have a female thread mount allowing you to use this with a tripod or permanently mount it somewhere.

This lacks any IP rating like the outdoor-friendly BenQ GS50. I can’t say I particularly need my projector to be waterproof, but I guess it is handy if you use it outdoors and buys you a little time to pack up if it starts raining.

Android / Set-Up

The projector has Google Android TV 10 built-in, and everything is set up using the Google app on your phone. This includes logging in to your account. There is barely anything to do, no typing in of user passwords. This is a relatively normal feature nowadays, but it is always a huge relief when it is this simple.

I believe the projector uses the MediaTek MT9629, which has a quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 CPU running at 1.5GHz with an Arm Mali-G52 2EE MC1 GPU and 2GB of memory. That sounds low end, but it is better than the Amlogic S905Y2 with a quad-core Cortex-A53 on the BenQ GS50 and better than the MediaTek MT8696 on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max.

Netflix / Disney / Amazon Prime Video

Like all projectors that I have tried, this lacks Netflix, and you need to sideload it. The problem with sideloading Netflix is that it will run at a lower resolution.

It does have access to Disney and Amazon from the Play Store, so I am not sure why Netflix makes things so difficult for people.

There’s also Chromecast functionality for streaming photos and video directly from a phone, tablet or browser.

As much as I like the built-in Google Android TV and there are no issues with performance thanks to the better-than-average chipset, I’d be inclined to use an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max purely for easy access to Netflix.

Page 2 – Image Quality / Sound Quality / Battery / Price / Conclusion

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Last update on 2024-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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