For a growing number of individuals who are happy using their smartphones, tablets, and notebooks for the bulk of their media consumption, a projector makes a lot of sense vs. a traditional TV for occasional big-screen viewing, and XGIMI’s new H1 is an even better fit than most for the mobile generation.

What is the XGIMI H1?

The XGIMI differs from other DLP 1080p projectors is that it uses the new .47″ DMD from TI, which is specifically designed for LED projectors. The projector is about the size of a medium-sized Bluetooth speaker, but provides a screen of up to 300-inches in size with true 1080p output, better sound than you’ll hear from far more expensive projectors, and a built-in, Android-powered computer that means you really don’t need any other devices to get a full home theater experience.

Is it hard to setup?

Projector setup is a frustrating process, especially when it comes to getting the angle right. But the XGIMI H1 has automatic keyframe adjustment, and it’s effective enough that you can able to gets a clear, aligned picture working pretty much out of the box with minimal fuss. That’s a big benefit, especially when the total package is small enough that you can see yourself moving the projector around frequently to use it in different places.

Want to experience a Cinematic effect on your TV?

Projectors are usually very hit or miss with their picture quality. But, I do not think anyone will face this problem with the H1, on multiple surfaces, and with varying sizes and it always looked good. The H1 is rated to go as big as 300 inches, it’s running at about 150″ on your home’s wall. From the pictures or the video, you can see that it gives the cinema quality image on a wall last repainted about 10 years ago. The wall also has clear thumbtacks on it that you can’t notice.

How good are the Speakers?

More than the picture quality, you are definitely more impressed by the H1’s built-in Harman Kardon speakers. It’s actually very reminiscent of the look of a Sonos Play: 1 speaker, which is actually a good thing because it blends seamlessly into most decors, just like the Sonos does. It can surely beat any television speaker or even a basic dedicated soundbar.

H1 can definitely hold its own and offers very clear dialogue for TV and films in addition to rich music playback. It’s far better than the typical built-in speakers offered on much more expensive projectors, and it’s definitely capable enough to act as its own Bluetooth speaker for your smartphone – which it can do, with pairing as easy as it is for your average dedicated mobile sound system.

Android Onboard

The XGIMI is unlike other projectors in another, much more positive way; while smart TVs have loaded in operating systems, apps and access to services, most mainstream home theater projectors are basically just output waiting for cable connections to other devices. The H1 has its own processor, 3GB of RAM, and an Android-based OS that provides direct access to content-filled apps like Netflix and Plex.

The interface isn’t native Android TV; it’s XGIMI’s own flavor of the mobile OS, reconfigured for big-screen use. Android TV is a little more visually rich and user-friendly, but XGIMI H1 interface is very usable, especially with the included Bluetooth remote/gaming and motion controller the company includes into eh box.

Take it Anywhere

The XGIMI H1 is a bit big in terms of devices that typically classify as “portable,” but in this case, the moniker definitely applies. It’s not heavy, despite its size, and it’s basically the size of a small muffin tray or a large Bluetooth speaker, both things you’d definitely pack for a friendly visit or a road trip.

The H1 is almost small enough that you will comfortable packing it in a suitcase for use in hotels, but that’s a bit extreme. It’s definitely road-trip worthy, however, and paired with an external power source like a backup car battery, and a bed sheet, you could definitely use it to make yourself a mean little camp-side movie theater.

Specifications

  • Native 1920x1080p high definition resolution (supports 2K and 4K resolutions)
  • 900 Lumen ANSI brightness
  • Harmon Kardon Audio system 45mm dual subwoofer speakers
  • Android 5.1.1 Operating System
  • Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Size of this projector is 20.00 x 20.00 x 13.00 cm
  • Weight 2 kilograms and 120 grams
  • 1.75 GHz Quadcore processor
  • Supports 2.4GHz + 5 GHz dual-band WiFi
  • The lamp is LED with power being from 80 to 130W
  • Lamp life 30000 hours
  • HEVC/H.265 form 60fps
  • 3 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM
  • WIFI and HotSpot enabled connections
  • Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
  • Keystone correction vertical and horizontal

Inputs/Output

  • Power Jack
  • HDMI 1
  • HDMI 2/ARC
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • 3.5mm speaker jack
  • Ethernet port
  • Optical fiber port

Electrical Parameters 

  • Noise less than 30Db
  • Power dissipation80-130W
  • PowerAC100-240V, 50/60Hz

Final Verdict

If you have been waiting for the big screen experience in your living room and things such as lamp replacement and ambient light have been stopping you, this projector has a lot of promise. The choice about whether its right for you will probably depend on what you want to do with it; the XGIMI H1 is a great all-arounder and almost certainly your best bet at this price point.

Price: $849.99

Available On: Aliexpress, Amazon  

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