XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K projector review: A brilliant home theater projector

Test of the XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K projectorSource: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central

XGIMI has made a name for itself over the past five years with its portable projectors and is now venturing into the high-end segment with its first 4K projector, the Horizon Pro. The flagship projector has a sleek design, great features like automatic keystone correction, and runs instantly on Android TV with the Google Assistant.

It uses DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology, has a brightness of 2,200 lumens and can project an image up to 300 inches with a throw ratio of 1.2: 1. You also get HDR10, MEMC for sports content, built-in dual 8W speakers tuned by Harman Kardon, and all the connections you need. It’s also portable and the tripod mount on the bottom makes it relatively easy to set up in your living room.

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The best thing about the Horizon Pro is that it sells for $ 1,699, undercutting its competitors by a decent amount. So if you’re looking to upgrade your home theater, the Horizon Pro might be the ideal choice.

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XGIMI Horizon Pro

XGIMI Horizon Pro

Bottom line: The Horizon Pro 4K projector offers incredible image quality, and marquee features like automatic keystone correction make setup a breeze. Combine this with a sleek design, a variety of wired and wireless connectivity options, and ready-to-use Android TV, and you get one of the best 4K projectors available today.

The good

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Android TV ready to use
  • Integrated audio sounds great
  • Slim design
  • Undercuts rivals

The bad

  • Problems with pre-installed Netflix and Disney +
  • Some menu options are not in English

XGIMI Horizon Pro: Price and Availability

Test of the XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K projector

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XGIMI’s Horizon Pro debuted May 10 and is available for pre-order now for $ 1,699. XGIMI also sells a 1080p version of the projector called the Horizon, and that model retails for $ 1,099.

Both models should be on Amazon after general availability begins on June 21, but for now you can pick them up directly from the XGIMI shop. XGIMI takes early bird orders and bundles a free floor stand with the Horizon Pro, with orders to be delivered by the end of June.

XGIMI Horizon Pro: What You Like

Test of the XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K projector

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The Horizon Pro continues the same design aesthetic as XGIMI’s portable projectors, but scales them. The projector has a matte aluminum finish with a grille that covers three sides, giving it an elegant look. It is clear at first glance that this is a premium product.

The Horizon Pro combines a slim design with portability.

The aesthetic ensures that the projector blends in seamlessly with the background, and while the design is undoubtedly high quality, it is also unobtrusive at the same time. The Horizon Pro doesn’t necessarily attract attention, and at 8.2 x 8.6 x 5.4 inches and weighs 6.4 pounds, the projector is more portable than other options in this category. That means it needs to be plugged into an outlet and has no battery.

While there is a grille that covers three sides, the back has easier ventilation that acts as an exhaust for the fans. On the top of the Horizon Pro there are controls for volume, power and media playback, on the back there are connection options: two HDMI 2.0 ports (one with ARC), two USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, S / PDIF on and audio off . Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

Setting up the Horizon Pro is as easy as it gets. It has a tripod mount on the base that makes it easy to set up in your home, and since it runs on Android TV, it takes less than five minutes to install. The first thing you will do after turning on the projector is to pair the included bluetooth remote control; Like the projector, it’s made of aluminum and has a tidy design with only the buttons you actually need.

After you’ve signed in to your Google account, you’re ready to set up Android TV. The user interface itself should be familiar right away if you’ve used Android TV in the past. The projector runs on Android 10 and you will find your favorite streaming services installed right away. There’s also Google Assistant integration and you can use the digital assistant to play your favorite TV shows and movies and control smart home devices.

With AI-assisted keystone correction, setting up and using the Horizon Pro is a breeze.

Once you’ve set up Android TV, you can use one of the projector’s betting features: automatic keystone correction. The Horizon Pro uses AI to make sure the projected image is always centered, and it does an excellent job. It corrects up to 45 degrees horizontally or vertically, and even though I had the projector set up to one side of the bedroom, it was able to set up the screen correctly in seconds. If you’re using a screen, the AI ​​can detect the screen size and automatically scale the image – which is just plain cool.

The AI ​​tool also automatically adjusts the focus and can also detect obstacles in the way and avoid them. In all fairness, this is one of the best features of the Horizon Pro and it makes the projector a bit easier to use. Another nifty addition is a quick start mode that takes just six seconds from turning on the projector to starting it up.

I tested the Horizon Pro with an 80-inch projection with the projector a little more than two meters from the wall. To achieve 150-inch projection, you must place the Horizon Pro 13 feet from the wall. For the past three years I’ve used Xiaomi’s Ultra-Short-Throw Mi laser projector (it’s also set to 80-inch projection) and that served as the base.

When it comes to image quality, the Horizon Pro does an incredible job. The projector processes 4K HDR10 content particularly well and, in conjunction with an NVIDIA Shield TV Pro, provided excellent graphics. The brightness of 2,200 lumens was more than sufficient for my application; I haven’t had any issues with brightness even when using the projector during the day, but if you have a lot of ambient light this can be an issue.

The projector misses Dolby Vision, but the image quality is mostly excellent. You get vivid colors, and XGIMI’s X-VUE image engine does a great job at increasing contrast levels. The outstanding feature for me is movement smoothing; I usually watch soccer and Formula 1 on the projector, and the motion smoothing makes the action a lot more exciting. The feature is disabled by default, but you can go to Settings and toggle it.

With a latency of 35 ms, the Horizon Pro also performs well for games thanks to a dedicated game mode. Of course, FPS shooter cannot be played on the projector, but it holds up pretty well for other genres.

The built-in 16W speakers sound amazingly good too, and while they don’t fill a large room with sound, they come in handy when you’re using the projector in a portable environment. And although the projector has a built-in fan that dissipates heat to the rear, it doesn’t get too loud. I got a reading of 30dB with the standard mode selected and fan noise shouldn’t be an issue when using the projector.

XGIMI Horizon Pro: What takes work

Test of the XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K projector

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Right now my main problem with the Horizon Pro is the software. Even though Android TV is running instantly and Netflix and Disney + are pre-installed, I was unable to use the streaming services.

You need a streamer like the Shield TV to maximize the Horizon Pro’s potential.

Netflix issued a warning that it wasn’t working on the platform and Disney + kept crashing. I haven’t had any issues with YouTube, Prime Video, or the myriad streaming services I usually use, but the fact that Netflix and Disney + don’t work out of the box is a huge disappointment. A software update can fix these issues, and we’ll have to wait and see if these bugs are fixed in time for general availability.

The Horizon Pro sometimes struggles with 720p or SD content and you can see noise easily. This isn’t the case with all 720p or 480p content, but I’ve come across it while streaming older TV shows.

Finally, some of the Horizon Pro’s menu options – keystone correction and image quality adjustments in particular – are in Mandarin, so you’ll have to use Google Translate to see what’s highlighted on the screen. Like all other problems related to the software, it should be fixed with an update.

XGIMI Horizon Pro: The competition

Test of the XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K projector

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There’s no shortage of great 4K projectors, and the Optoma UHD51A stands out for its price-conscious pricing and image quality. The projector reaches up to 2,400 lumens and works with HDR10 content, and you get Alexa and Google Assistant integration. With a stated performance of 15,000 hours, it won’t last as long as the Horizon Pro (25,000 hours) but is cheaper at $ 1,100.

If you are looking for a short-range 4K projector, the Vava 4K laser projector is a particularly good choice. It’s more expensive at $ 2,800, but you can put it right next to a wall and still get a 150-inch projection. It reaches up to 2,500 lumens, has an integrated soundbar with 60 W power and works with 4K HDR10 content.

XGIMI Horizon Pro: Should You Buy It?

Test of the XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K projector

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You should buy this if …

  • You want a 4K projector with great image quality and HDR10
  • You want a projector that you can easily move between rooms
  • You need the convenience of Android TV and Google Assistant
  • You need decent built-in audio

You shouldn’t buy this if …

  • You want bug-free software

Overall, the Horizon Pro ticks all the boxes. The design feels high quality and should blend in with your home effortlessly, the picture quality is fantastic, and you get Android TV ready to use with Google Assistant. Sure, there are a few software bugs out of the box, but those should be sorted out by the time the Horizon Pro goes on sale.

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What really sets the Horizon Pro apart is portability. The picture quality you get here is on par with options that cost twice as much, but it’s still portable enough to easily move between rooms. The onboard audio is loud enough to fill a small to medium-sized room, and when you factor the cost, you get a real bargain. Of course, if you don’t need 4K playback, you can save some cash and get the 1080p Horizon.

XGIMI Horizon Pro

XGIMI Horizon Pro

Bottom line: The Horizon Pro 4K projector offers incredible image quality, and marquee features like automatic keystone correction make setup a breeze. Combine this with a sleek design, a variety of wired and wireless connectivity options, and ready-to-use Android TV, and you get one of the best 4K projectors available today.

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