Posted on May 27, 2021 By Kam Valentine
XGIMI has released its most powerful series of home projectors. I introduce you to the Horizon Series, the flagship of the XGIMI projector lineup. The XGIMI Horizon Series includes the Horizon and the Horizon Pro. The Horizon is a Smart all-in-one 1080p portable DLP projector, and the Horizon Pro is a smart all-in-one 4K compatible DLP projector. The only difference between these two projectors is the resolution. Both of them measure in at 8.2″ H x 8.6″ W x 5.4″ D. Their portable design makes them easy to bring anywhere you have a power outlet and a flat viewing surface, for a quick plug-and-play experience. A tripod mount is located under the projector to make placement even more effortless.
As I have said in the past, XGIMI’s products have won many different international awards over the last few years. These awards include the “iF” International Forum Design (Design Award), the CES (Innovations Award), and the Red Dot (Design Award). XGIMI’s MoGo Pro – Android TV 4K Portable Projector was a CES Innovations Award 2020 Honoree. Projector Reviews recently gave the XGIMI Halo the Best in Class award for being the best battery-operated portable smart projector in its price range.
If you are not familiar with XGIMI or you simply want to learn more about the company and their products, checkout Technical Editor and Lead Reviewer Phil Jones’ interview with XGIMI.
I was given early access to the XGIMI Horizon Pro for this review. The Horizon Pro has a small rounded square shape and took only a small amount of space. The matte black aluminum chassis and rounded square body give the Horizon Pro a nice and clean modern look that should be aesthetically pleasing in any setting.
A highly efficient LED light source is utilized in the Horizon Pro. The LED light source should allow the Horizon Pro to project bright and clear images for its LED lifespan of 25,000 hours. That’s eight hours of projector usage every day, for almost nine years, without ever needing to change out the lamp.
The Horizon Pro has Android TV built in and provides seamless access to streaming services, including HBO Max, YouTube, and Showtime, right out of the box. The Horizon Pro with the Android TV OS makes it a laidback experience to access the streaming entertainment you appreciate. Because the Horizon Pro is powered by Android TV and incorporates 5,000+ native Android apps, the interface’s simple layout is highly intuitive for Android users. I had a little learning to do since I’m coming from an iOS world.
With a $1,699 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), it is clear that the Horizon Pro’s target customer is the individual who is looking to step into the premium home cinema style of projectors but still desires a portable projector. The small and portable Horizon Pro provides a hassle-free home theater experience. Gaming (Android games, Xbox, PlayStation), direct casting via Chromecast from an Android or iOS device, and non-stop entertainment from Horizon Pro’s Google Play Store for Android TV ensure entertainment any way you want it.
The XGIMI Horizon Pro is a 4K DLP LED projector with an MSRP of $1,699. The Horizon Pro has a rated brightness of 2200 ANSI lumens. An ANSI lumen is a unit of measurement developed by the American National Standards Institute to measure brightness. The LED light source is rated to last up to 25,000 hours.
The XGIMI H2 1080p projector with 1350 ANSI lumens was XGIMI’s reigning champion. However, with 2200 ANSI lumens and 4K, the XGIMI Horizon Pro is XGIMI’s new top-of-the-line projector. The H2 is currently available on Amazon, click here.
The Horizon Pro can project an image as small as 40.38 inches and up to an image of 300 inches; the projector has you covered when it comes to screen size choice. The Horizon Pro is a 4K pixel shifting projector. Every pixel on the 1920 x 1080 DLP (0.47″ DMD) chip is rapidly shifted 1/4 pixel diagonally and horizontally allowing each one to do the job of four pixels. This system works so well that it would be difficult for any viewer to see a difference in resolution when compared to a native 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) projector.
Often, projectors fall short when compared to flat-panel televisions. One of these areas is the projector’s light source. In a traditional projector, the lamp can dim and require a replacement lamp after only a few thousand hours. A short lamp replacement schedule would add to the operating costs of the projector and be quite an inconvenience. Because the Horizon Pro uses an LED light source, this is no longer an issue when considering projection over traditional flat-panel televisions. The long life of LED illumination can provide years of maintenance-free operation.
The Horizon Pro is powered by the Android TV 10 OS. With Android TV 10, you have apps and capabilities that are also found included in Smart TVs. Horizon Pro includes Google Assistant, which allows you to control the Horizon Pro with your voice.
XGIMI also offers a less expensive model with less performance called the XGIMI H2 ($899.00 MSRP) with 1,350 ANSI lumens and projection up to 300 inches. For the past few years, the XGIMI H2 1080p projector with 1350 ANSI Lumens was XGIMI’s reigning champion. However, with 2200 ANSI lumens and 4K, the XGIMI Horizon Pro is XGIMI’s new top-of-the-line projector.
Stepping up to the Horizon Pro ($1,699 MSRP) adds a plethora of advancements. Some of those advancements include Ultra High Definition 4K, 2200 ANSI Lumens, Auto Screen Detection, AI-Powered Object Detection, and an Intelligent Spatial Sensor.
With a $1,699 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Horizon Pro and $1,099 for the Horizon, it is clear that the Horizon series target customer is the individual who is looking to step into the premium home cinema style of projectors but still desires a portable projector. The small and portable Horizon Pro provides a hassle-free home theater experience. Gaming (Android games, Xbox, PlayStation), direct casting via Chromecast from an Android or iOS device, and non-stop entertainment from Horizon Pro’s Google Play Store for Android TV ensure entertainment any way you want it.
Learn more about the XGIMI Horizon by visiting their site at: https://us.xgimi.com/pages/horizon-pro
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