The XGIMI Horizon Pro is an excellent value in my book. I really appreciate the simple plug-and-play capability of the Horizon Pro; it almost sets itself up. Now add in the portability of the Horizon Pro due to its small size, and my friends, we have a winning combination before we even get into the projectors' technology and features. Now, if you're not interested in the 4K capability of the Horizon Pro, you could go with the Horizon, which is a smart all-in-one 1080p portable DLP projector.
I've recently tested out small and portable projectors like the Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 Smart Streaming Laser Projector, XGIMI Halo, Phillips PicoPix Max, and the BenQ X1300i. Out of these, I thought the BenQ was closest to the XGIMI Horizon Series. The $1,299.00 BenQ X1300i, which is a Full HD (1920 x 1080) 4-LED DLP HDR gaming projector is more in line with the $1,099.00 XGIMI Horizon Full HD (1920 x 1080) projector than the $1,699.00 XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K projector I reviewed.
The Horizon Pro is much smaller than the X1300i and the tripod mount on the bottom of the Horizon Pro makes it perfect for portability and placement almost anywhere. I put my demo Horizon Pro in my suitcase and traveled with it. The X1300i is a relatively small projector but was too big to fit into my suitcase and required a table to be placed on to be useable. The X1300i is brighter than the Horizon Pro, and the X1300i has lower latency (input lag) than the Horizon Pro.
The BenQ X1300i has two rear-firing 5W treVolo stereo speakers with Bongiovi DPS technology. My demo Horizon Pro has two 8W Harmon/Kardon speakers, one on the left and one on the projector's right side. Out of the box, I could comfortably listen to the X1300i at maximum volume without any distortion. The Horizon Pro at maximum volume was also free of distortion and provided impressive depth for such tiny speakers. The Horizon Pro can get too loud to be comfortable for casual listening; however, it would give the loudness required in a noisy environment, like a small gathering of friends. It should be noted that the X1300i does allow adjustments to the sound with preset Sound Modes and a User Mode where the end-user could fine-tune the sound to meet or exceed their audio expectations. Both are great projectors.