Compact Full HD projector throws Android TV on the wall
Many of the projectors released by China's Xgimi have been somewhat blocky units that stand out, rather than blend in. For its latest multimedia model, the company has opted for a compact, stylish design for the bedroom, living room or even the boardroom.
Xgimi says that the compact Elfin DLP projector can throw Full HD content at up to 200 diagonal inches, features a LED light source that's reckoned good for 30,000 hours of use, and manages a brightness range of between 600 to 800 ANSI lumens – which means that thrown content is probably best watched with the blinds drawn or lights dimmed.
It comes with Android TV 10 cooked in for accessing streaming apps like Hulu and Disney Plus, with 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 in tow, and has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage onboard. Chromecast caters for screen mirroring from smartphones, and there's a game mode boost to get latency down to 26.5 ms for low-lag big-screen gaming action.
The projector includes what the company claims is industry leading auto keystone correction, which adjusts the vertical and horizontal by +/-45 degrees to present a rigid rectangular image even if the unit itself is not facing the wall or screen full on, while an AI-powered algorithm is reported capable of identifying viewing obstacles (such as wall art) and scaling the projection area to avoid them.
Flexible placement is helped along by autofocus too, with quick adjustments promised if the projector is nudged, and the unit will even automatically align its thrown image with a projection screen.
Users can control the action with a Bluetooth remote, physical ports shape up as one HDMI 2.0 and one USB 2.0, and though the 192.1 x 193.19 x 48.31-mm (7.5 x 7.6 x 1.9-in) unit is described as portable, users will need to be set up near a wall outlet as there's no integrated battery.
Viewers can choose to plug headphones into the 3.5-mm audio jack for private listening, but the Elfin also sports two 3-W Harman Kardon speakers designed specifically for the this projector and supporting DTS and Dolby Audio, for an all-in-one-like multimedia package.
The Elfin Smart LED projector is on sale now for a suggested retail price of US$649.
Product page: Elfin