XGIMI Halo+ Review: Is It Worth Buying?
XGIMI HALO+ PROJECTOR REVIEW.
After reviewing the XGIMI Halo Projector late last year, I learned not to underestimate the power of a small enclosure. Despite its size, the original Halo produced good brightness, even when powered by the internal battery in a highly portable setup. Well, XGIMI is back with the Halo+, an evolution that offers some nifty improvements including increased peak brightness, impressive auto keystone correction, and a game mode that claims to reduce latency to less than 26 hours. .5ms. This is the XGIMI Halo+ review.
The Halo+’s unboxing experience is similar to that of its smaller sibling, with few surprises. The units themselves look incredibly similar, although the telltale sign of the Halo+ is the automatic keystone sensor. This, combined with the “Fast Boot 6S” feature, makes setting up the Halo+ an absolute dream.
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Although I liked the portability of the Halo, I have to admit that setting it up in a new location could get tedious with the need to manually adjust the settings. With the Halo+, it’s as simple as turning it on and letting the automatic functions prepare the image. It is simply fantastic and ideal for those who will often move the projector.
Most entertainment apps work well
Finding and downloading my favorite entertainment apps was easy on the Halo+, too. Disney Plus and Amazon Prime Video were quick and easy to install. Netflix, on the other hand, needed a little workaround as I needed to grab an APK. This is obviously not ideal and I imagine the average user will pair the Halo+ with an Amazon Fire TV Stick or equivalent to avoid app compatibility headaches. XGIMI isn’t necessarily to blame here, but it’s worth noting that Netflix can be a pain!
As mentioned, though, I’m a tech-savvy type of guy who doesn’t mind getting my hands a little dirty with an APK or two. It’s certainly possible to get this version of Android TV loaded with all the apps you want, and once everything’s installed, it’s a perfectly smooth experience.
Unsurprisingly, the performance reminded me of the original Halo, which has been my daily pilot spotlight for home theater experiences and hotel stays. The extra 100 lumens of brightness is certainly noticeable, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a game-changer. It’s certainly nice to have and can help make the projected image a bit more noticeable in less than ideal conditions where the surroundings are still a bit bright.
The “Game Mode Boost” East a game changer, however. While the original Halo managed to deliver a smooth and responsive experience in The Last of Us 2, Deathloop, and Elden Ring, the Halo+’s lower latency of 26.5ms claimed is a treat for fast and frantic shooters where reactions fast can mean the difference between life and death. Call of Duty: Warzone, Gran Turismo 7, and Elden Ring all reward good reaction times and I was grateful to have the Halo+ variant on my team.
Despite outputting at 1080p, the downsized 4K image from the PS5 looked fantastic and crisp at 100 inches. While it’s important to temper expectations when it comes to pairing 1080p with a big screen, I’m still very happy with the overall sharpness and quality.
XGIMI also nailed the audio. The Halo+ once again looks brilliant considering the size of the device. With “Sound by Harman/Kardon”, I guess it’s expected, but I was still very impressed with the result. In addition, the fan noise is barely noticeable. Although it’s always on, it doesn’t seem to be speeding up, so there’s a constant sound that you eventually fade away. Once the movie or game audio starts playing, it’s a complete non-issue.
XGIMI Halo+ Review: The Final Verdict
At $849, the XGIMI Halo+ sits $50-100 above the original Halo. For those willing to put in the cash for the Halo, it’s worth considering the extra bit of dosh to upgrade to Halo+. The extra brightness, auto keystone correction, and game mode are my personal highlights and well worth it.
That said, the XGIMI Halo+ is still an expensive investment, and I think potential buyers should consider whether they’ll make enough use of the portability improvements. If you’re going to be moving around a lot, room-to-room, indoors-outdoors, etc., then the Halo+ can be extremely convenient and makes very few compromises to get that win.
The Halo+ projector review unit was provided by XGIMI.