At IFA, Xgimi unveiled its latest product. The Horizon Ultra wonderfully merges compactness, high definition and technological advances, raising the bar even higher for the competition.
During the IFA, the Chinese brand Xgimi, already well known to aficionados of compact video projectors, did well. His latest addition, theHorizon Ultraseems to be the perfect synthesis between compactness, performance and technological innovation.
Between compactness and state-of-the-art technology
The Horizon Ultra is cleverly positioned halfway between small video projectors and more traditional models. It is an all-in-one proposition of an Ultra HD video projector running under Android TV 11. Its native definition Ultra HD is 3840 x 2160 pixelsmade possible thanks to the technology of “ wobulation “.
What is wobulation? This is an image processing technique which makes it possible to double the definition displayed by making the DLP micro-mirrors “oscillate” very quickly. In other words, each pixel is displayed twice in slightly different positions, thus making it possible to obtain an image with twice the effective resolution without increasing the number of micro-mirrors.
But the Horizon Ultra doesn’t stop there. Compatible with the Dolby Visionthe projector promises surgically precise colors with impressive coverage of 95% of DCI-P3 color space. To achieve this, Xgimi cleverly combines an LED light source and a laser sourcethus making it possible to achieve a light power of 2,300 ANSI lumens.
In practice, this translates to an ability to project a diagonal image of up to 200 inches that should be as bright as typical large 4K projectors.
Connectivity and practicality at the rendezvous
Under the hood, the Horizon Ultra runs thanks to a MediaTek MT55 Cortex-A9612 SoC, supported by a Mali-G52 GPU and supported by 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Its connectivity is also rich: two HDMI 2.0 ports, two USB ports, an RJ-45 port, an analog jack and an optical audio port. In terms of wireless connectivity, it is at the cutting edge with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.
Another major advantage lies in its ability to configure quickly. The projector takes into account the distance from the projection surface, its alignment and even the trapezoidal angle. Better yet, it is able to recognize an installed screen and adjust its image accordingly.
In terms of sound, the Horizon Ultra features stereo speakers developed with Harman Kardon. Despite a limitation inherent to the proximity of the two speakers, the sound reproduction should be of quality. He must eARC to HDMI and an optical audio jack. Additionally, the device can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker.
Compact, it weighs just over 5 kg (6 kg with power supply), but can be mounted on a tripod or suspended from the ceiling. The manufacturer announces a lifespan of 25,000 hours for its non-replaceable light sources.
At 1,899 euros, Xgimi’s Horizon Ultra doesn’t just make an impression. It is a bold statement that shakes up the traditional tenors of the sector. Further proof that Chinese manufacturers today have all the cards in hand to redefine market standards. Our test should not take too long.