Projector tech is getting good. I proceed to be amazed on the big-screen energy that comes from a tool not a lot bigger than a field of Pop-Tarts. Xgimi’s Mogo and Halo fashions, for instance, ship native 1080p decision, baked-in Android TV, Harman/Kardon audio system and hours of battery-backed play time.
And proper now, three of them are on sale. I not too long ago spent a while test-driving the Mogo Professional Plus, so I am going to begin there. Have a look beneath for ideas on which projector could be the very best match for you.
Observe that the Mogo Professional and Mogo Halo are discounted at this time solely as a part of an Amazon sale (at near-historic-low costs, by the way in which). The Mogo Professional Plus low cost comes from a CNET-exclusive promo code and ought to be obtainable for a pair days.
The Mogo Professional Plus affords native 1080p decision (and never simply “supported” 1080p, which is a fallacious projector declare) and 300 ANSI lumens, which means it is sufficiently brilliant so long as your room is sufficiently darkish. I did a little bit of casual testing with a 100-inch display and located pictures to be crisp and colourful — however at that dimension you actually do need nearly full darkness.
Though it makes a good bit of fan noise when beginning up, it is nearly fully silent when working. That is good, as a result of whereas the built-in speaker sounds first rate general, there’s solely so loud it might get. I am glad it does not need to compete with the fan.
There’s excellent news and dangerous information on the OS entrance: It runs Android TV 9.zero, which is 95% nice. Proper out of the field you’ll be able to set up and stream from nearly any app, or you should use Chromecast to stream out of your cellphone, pill or laptop computer.
Nevertheless, Netflix is not supported — interval. Not on this model of Android TV and never through Chromecast. Apparently there is a workaround through a third-party app, nevertheless it’s an annoyance all the identical. The one good workaround is to plug in a Fireplace TV or Roku streaming stick.
That may also assist compensate for the unfinished distant, which features a Google Assistant button for voice instructions however lacks play-pause, repeat and skip buttons.
The Professional Plus weighs simply 2 kilos and might run for as much as four hours on a cost, in keeping with Xgimi. Nevertheless, it ships and not using a case, and there is not any lens cowl. On the underside, there is a small fold-out stand that may alter the vertical angle as much as 30 levels. There’s additionally a threaded gap to be used with a tripod (not included).
Extra excellent news and dangerous information: The projector affords auto-focus (which works properly) and auto-keystone (which does not). In my assessments, I needed to manually alter the 4 corners to suit my display — however from there it was easy crusing.
There is a related projector, the Anker Nebula Capsule II, that sells for $580. It additionally runs Android 9.zero (and has the identical Netflix limitation), however tops out at 720p decision and 200 ANSI lumens. It does solely vertical keystone and lasts solely about 2.5 hours on a cost.
So though the Professional Plus has some points, at $629 it is head and shoulders above many projectors in the identical class. However see beneath relating to the Halo and Mogo Professional.
The Mogo Professional is barely a slight step down from the Professional Plus by way of options. It has a smaller battery (good for about 2.5 hours, in keeping with Xgimi) and no stand constructed into the underside. Aside from that, all the things is fairly related. And in case you add a mini tripod like this one (which is nice to have regardless), who cares concerning the stand?
So, yeah, in case you like what the Professional Plus has to supply and do not thoughts shorter battery life, that is the deal to seize.
The Halo affords solely 2 hours of operation on a cost, and its auto-keystone capabilities are restricted to vertical; horizontal changes should be made manually. (As famous above, you could find yourself doing all of your keystone tweaks manually anyway.)
So why select this mannequin? In a phrase: brightness. The Halo delivers a formidable 800 ANSI lumens, almost triple what the Mogos can do. In most different respects it is the identical.
Mockingly, the mannequin I truly examined is my least favourite of the three right here. I believe the Mogo Professional is the very best purchase, however the Halo is value further if you cannot at all times watch in a darkish room.
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