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XGIMI H2 Review: Home Theater Projector of Your Dreams

As the new flagship of this year, the XGIMI H2 has been greatly upgraded in terms of brightness, contrast, motion compensation, etc. Though this projector doesn’t cost too much and can compete with many under-$1000 models, it’s not an ultra-cheap product. So many want to get answers to their questions before hitting the Buy button. Hope we can provide all the necessary information that will help you in making your decision.

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XGIMI H2 Key Features

The H2 uses Texas Instruments’ 0.47 chip with a brightness of 1350 ANSI lumens, a resolution of 1080P and is compatible with 2K/4K. As for the CPU and GPU, the XGIMI H2 is using the mainstream Mstar 6A838 Cortex-A53 64-bit TV chip, with 4 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. At the same time, it is equipped with a Mali-T820 MP4 GPU, a 2GB RAM, and a 16GB ROM.

XGIMI H2 Unboxing and Design

The projector comes in a white simple packaging.

On one of the sides, we can find the Harman Kardon logo.

The rest of the ‘cube’ carries information about the company as well as the XGIMI H2 itself.

Inside the box, we can find the main unit, a remote control, a user manual, and a power cord.

The body of the H2 is dark gray with black top, bottom and lens cover. On the front, we can also notice the Harman Kardon logo. By the way, this design won the CES Innovation Award, iF Design Award, and Red Dot Design Award.

Actually, the XGIMI H2 comes with a 1-year warranty and you can free return it in 7 days.

The top surface is frosted.

On the front, we can see the XGIMI logo on the lens cover. By the way, it’s automatic now. But its main function is to keep the lens protected from dust and other damages.

The cover has a matte surface, and it uses a piano paint treatment. The matte-finished body is more pure and delicate under the light and shadow.

The XGIMI H2 uses a quad-channel optical path design with a brightness of 1350 ANSI lumens, a variable aperture function, improved picture contrast, auto-focus, and motion compensation. As you have managed to guess, there are built-in Harman Kardon speakers, supporting stereo surround, with a two-way passive bass diaphragm.

On the lower back part of the XGIMI H2, we can see various interfaces, including a headphone output, S/PDIF (light solder) output, USB2.0, USB3.0, HDMI/Arc, HDMI, LAN port, and power port.

On the top side, the XGIMI H2 also carries four physical buttons – Play/Pause, Seek, Sound Mode, and Power Button. However, the long red bar is not a decoration. It’s a sliding touch adjustment volume button.

From this angle, you can see that the top of the pole meter H2 is not flat. There is a certain degree of curvature, and the small things placed on the top of the machine are less likely to slip.

In the middle of the bottom of the XGIMI H2, there is a tripod with a standard interface, which can support the front projection as well as the rear projection. Next to the woofer, a symmetrical two-way passive bass diaphragm is used.

The remote control of the XGIMI H2 is very simple and compact. There are a switch, direction selection and return/homepage, menu and voice control buttons.

There is a button at the bottom of the remote control. The +/- is used to adjust the volume in VOL mode, but +/- is used to fine-tune the focus in Focus mode.

The power adapter is relatively big.

The size of the body is 201x201x135mm and the weight is 2.5kg. It is a very portable home appliance.

Put it on the bedside table, and change the bedroom to the home theater.

Of course, you can also put it in the magazine cabinet next to the sofa, and the whole family can enjoy big-screen movies in the living room.

Installation and use

The installation of the XGIMI H2 is relatively simple. Turn on the power and press the remote control or the key of the body to open the host. After entering the system (maybe you need to see some light), there will be an autofocus process, which is more convenient.

For the first time, it requires a trapezoidal correction. The XGIMI H2 provides three kinds of reminder correction methods – one-key correction, manual trapezoidal correction, and advanced trapezoidal correction.

UI Interface

The XGIMI H2 comes with the GMUI3.1 system, which is easy to operate and supports remote control and mobile phone control.

Our protagonist comes with built-in Mango TV, Galaxy Kiwi, and Sohu video multi-content source. At the same time, it supports voice search.

The XGIMI H2 also specially created a children’s table. Here you can find a content created for kids only.

There is also a special area for 4K content only.

All the system settings, software, resource manager, etc. are under the ‘Application’ column. There are interesting things like the screening assistant. This function can mirror the smartphone screen content to the XGIMI H2 in real time, and it can make the phone easily become the remote control.

The app market allows users to download and use many other apps, games, etc.

Network settings, screen settings, and sound settings can be adjusted through system settings.

Image Quality Performance

To check the brightness of the XGIMI H2 and the picture quality performance, we selected photos (above) and projected them on the wall (below).

It can be seen from the comparison that, in general, the display of the XGIMI H2 is fine and clear, the details are rich, and the color reproduction is more accurate.

Video performance

First, we tested the XGIMI H2’s video effect, with the following conditions: no-light, semi-shading, and nighttime environment at noon on sunny days.

Test environment 1: no light shading at noon

Due to the interference of noon strong light, it has a great influence on the video performance of the H2.

Test environment 2: noon light half-transparent curtain shade

After the upper half of the blackout curtain is pulled, the ambient light still has a certain influence on the actual picture, but there is no problem in normal viewing.

Test environment 3: At night, almost full shading environment

The video playback mode is U disk in-line playback, and the recording device is the iPhone 6S.

Sample 1

The second test is the live broadcast of the World Cup game watched by Youku APP.

Sample 2

After the testing, it can be seen that thanks to motion compensation technology and high-performance CPU and GPU, the video playback is smooth and clear, and some high-speed braking scenes and ball photography have no smearing and jitter. At the same time, HDR10 decoding and variable aperture are supported, the details are more abundant, and the details of the light and dark are in place.

Audio performance

The XGIMI H2 uses a Harman Kardon audio with Dolby decoding and symmetric passive bass diaphragm. At the same time, it can switch audio mode freely through WIFI-Bluetooth. So the H2 can play music through WiFi connection network, or connect a smartphone and other devices via Bluetooth. Thus, it can play local music and turn it into a Bluetooth/WiFi speaker.

Sample 3

We tested it through a built-in FM, which combines the sense of hearing. The sound field is wide, the middle and high notes are clear, the low volume is not much, but the elasticity and dive are acceptable for this size, and the performance of the woofer is OK.

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Conclusion

After a few days of use, the XGIMI H2 left a positive impression on us. It provides a deep sound and the small body has a good performance. So it can be put anywhere in the home and turn it into a movie theater.

The overall performance of the XGIMI H2 is remarkable. Both the video and audio performances show a high level. The workmanship is similar to that of the first-line manufacturers. The rich expansion interface and Bluetooth support make the H2 change into the audio-visual entertainment. Of course, our protagonist has a few selling points, including the one-button intelligent auxiliary correction and AI voice support.

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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