The XGIMI Horizon Pro is a great 4K projector, at least on paper. The specifications speak for themselves. It runs on Android TV OS 10.0, with 2200 ANSI Lumens, dual 8W Harman Kardon speakers, and two HDMI ports (among others). It also comes in at under $2000, which is pretty impressive as well. It retails for $1,699. It’s all well and good, but how well does Horizon Pro work in everyday use? Let’s find out in our full review of the XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector.
Picture quality is very clear
Let’s start with what may be the most important aspect of a monitor, which is the image quality. This is a 4K projector, so we expect it to be high-resolution. It’s also rated at 2,200 ANSI lumens, so it should be fairly bright. It can also offer a screen of up to 200 inches, which is really cool.
The image quality here is really great, compared to other projectors I’ve used recently. It is crisp and clear. It’s also very bright. I’ve been using some very short-throw projectors now that have gotten a lot brighter lately, but these also cost a lot more than this model. For most people, this would be a lot of light. I was able to view the content on this projector with ease, even with daylight coming in from the windows.
I will say, it was a little difficult to see the content that was much darker here. Say the shows that happen mostly at night, when it’s very dark. It was a bit hard to watch, but if you also watch it at night, without any sunlight coming in, you should be fine. We’d definitely like to see a brighter LED headlight here, but that’s good enough for this price.
Each time you turn on the projector, it will automatically adjust the auto focus and trapezoidal mode automatically. So that it is a straight image. However, I have noticed that it is not a cornerstone every time. It’s a little weird, but after it does its own auto skew, you have the ability to adjust the four corners to your liking.
The auto-keystone works really well. It will even adjust the image if something is in the way. Even something as small as two Govee lamps from the TV Immersion set. So I had to put those in to get the full picture. Having an auto switch to skew every time it’s turned on was a bit annoying to me. I wish the projector was smart enough to know that it wasn’t moved, and that the auto gimbal would not happen again. But it only takes a minute, and then you can go to your apps to find something to watch.
It’s not right in 4K
As with most projectors, this is not a 4K projector. And even if it were, the image would not look like 4K, especially at a maximum distance from the wall. but no problem. The image quality here is really great. Everything was so clear and crisp during my time with him. I’d even say it’s better than the AWOL 4K projector I have in my bedroom, regarding fragility.
The colors are very vivid, although it lacks a bit of contrast. But for the most part, everyone will be happy with the image quality on this monitor.
However, there is some light leakage, especially when the projector is not straight against the wall. It’s not as bad on this model as we’ve seen on other monitors, but on darker screens — like the Android TV home screen — it’s more noticeable.
Harman Kardon speakers do the heavy lifting
Inside the XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K are 8W Hardman Kardon speakers, which sounded really good during the review period. The bass was nice and booming, while the mids and highs were pure. It can also make a very loud sound without appearing distorted, which is rather impressive. Especially when you consider how small this monitor actually is.
However, if you’re like me and live in an apartment and can’t pin this to the ceiling, you may not find the experience great. This is because the monitor is closed to the side. Depending on where you are sitting, compared to the projector, the sound may sound too loud or too quiet. I’d actually like to connect the Sonos Beam to the HDMI ARC port on the back and set up a surround sound setup with two Sonos One speakers with this projector. Then the sound will be perfect.
What is also important to note here is that the projector itself is also very quiet. I’ve never heard it work, even with the cooling fan turned on. I’ve been running it for hours upon hours without the fan getting loud.
Android TV is here
So, XGIMI has Horizon Pro running Android TV OS 10.0 out of the box, which you think you’d be excited to review. Well, that wasn’t the case. I have reviewed quite a few other Android TV monitors, and the biggest issue I had with them was Netflix. As you can see, the Netflix adoption process for new products is poor. They will only believe in a product that will sell over a million units. So a lot of cheaper monitors won’t get certified by Netflix. Which means you need to download the phone version of the app, which is a nightmare to use with the remote.
And that’s the case here with XGIMI Horizon Pro. You will get a message that the app is not optimized for this device when you launch the Netflix app. And you can log in, but it will be the phone app.
The Android TV interface here is exactly the same as any other Android TV device on the market. It’s a bit surprising that they didn’t go with Google TV for this show though. It was a favourite. But I’m fine, as long as Netflix is working properly.
There are some customizations here. Like the settings button on the remote control, it does not display the Android TV settings menu. Instead, it shows Quick Settings which includes things like picture mode, keystone correction, clear cache, and then the option to go to full settings at the bottom. It’s simple and it works. That’s what matters here.
Horizon Pro . installation
Like most projectors, you can mount this to the ceiling with ease. There is also a tripod on the bottom, which is what I installed. Allowing you to place it on a tripod and adjust the height more easily, and tilt it to better occupy your space.
Of course, you can also place it on a bookshelf across the room and point it toward the wall. I did that for the first week or so and then switched to a tripod.
The build quality is top notch here
I was honestly surprised at how powerful this projector unit was. It’s pretty heavy, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise. But it’s all aluminum and it’s a solid piece. The front has a wall-mounted projection LED, and a laser beam on the other side to assist with autofocus and auto trapezoidal distortion. At the top, you’ll find the power button, as well as the power and volume buttons. To be honest, I’ve never used it – except for the power button on my first turn on.
On the back, you’ll find the barrel connector for power. In addition to an optical port, two USB 2.0 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports (one of which is HDMI ARC), as well as an Ethernet port and an audio jack. So there are quite a few options here for adding peripherals to your monitor.
The sides are where you’ll see the speaker grilles for the 8W Harman Kardon subwoofers.
Should I buy XGIMI Horizon Pro?
Let’s wrap up our XGIMI Horizon Pro review. If you’re in the market for a new projector and don’t want (or need) a very short-throw projector, this is a good choice. The only real downside is Netflix, but luckily you can connect a Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast, or something else and get around this issue.
Ultra-short-throw projectors are generally more expensive, but they are also generally brighter. So you will need to decide which route you want to take here.