Announced in April, the XGIMI Horizon Pro has arrived at the editors and we’ve subjected it to our usual array of tests. Now it’s time to give you our verdict on this amazing little 4K projector.
First of all, if we are able to offer you a complete test of the Horizon Pro, which has just been released, it is because we agreed to test a pre-production version. However, the importer of the product for France has assured us that, apart from a few translation problems in the menus, the product is in line with what customers who buy the final version will receive.
Like the MoGo Pro and Halo models, the Horizon Pro has a rather compact design, certainly not as small as the first two mentioned, but nevertheless much smaller than a traditional home theater projector.
The Horizon Pro measures approximately 20.8 cm wide by 21.8 cm deep and 13.7 cm high, for a weight of 2.9 kg, which means that it is quite easy to carry.
The Horizon Pro benefits from a few extra elements to justify this move upmarket, starting with a charcoal gray skin that gives it a slightly more premium look than the H1 and H2.
The optics flanked by a golden 4K Ultra HD logo sets the tone. We also note on the front, on the right, the presence of the small camera used for the automatic focus of the image. Even the geometry is managed alone.
To do this, the Horizon Pro projects a patterned test pattern, thanks to which the small camera can then focus, but also correct the trapezium defects. And every time you move the product, the operation is restarted.
Of course, all the options are available in the menus to adjust the settings manually. You can see here that there is still a lot of Chinese text, due to the pre-production model, which can complicate the settings.
It should also be noted that the Horizon Pro does not have a zoom lens. It is a fixed focal length with a projection ratio of 1.2:1 that will allow you to have beautiful and large images provided that you give it the necessary distance.
At the back, the connectivity consists of two HDMI 2.0 sockets, two USB sockets, an optical digital audio output, a headphone socket and an Ethernet port to support the Wi-Fi connection if necessary.
The remote control, with its metal body, is well designed. The fact that it is Bluetooth is another asset, especially for controlling Google Assistant. On the other hand, it is rather minimalist and you have to multiply the clicks in the menus to control the projector.
Note that with such a format, this 4K projector does not include its transformer! Beware, the power supply unit alone weighs nearly 850 grams – not very discreet in mobile use – but it has the advantage of providing a cable length of about 2.4 meters. It’s up to you to see if that’s enough.
Finally, the Horizon Pro has a screw thread on the bottom of the block, in case you have a tripod that is sturdy enough to mount it. Some might have preferred that Xgimi provided a more conventional VESA mounting system. By the way, for a ceiling installation, the large power supply could become a major drawback.
Without being a model of accuracy in terms of colorimetry, the Xgimi Horizon Pro nevertheless offers a very convincing 4K Home Cinema experience. Despite its small size, it provides bright, high-contrast projections. Between its Full HD mode at 120 Hz for occasional gaming and its 4K mode at 60 fps for your sports content, there’s something for everyone.