Battery or no? The Xgimi Elfin and Halo+ go head to head
Xgimi has been killing it in the 1080p projector space lately. Whether you are looking for something as your main TV like the Horizon or you want some easy to take to hotels or small to stow away like the Elfin, Xgimi has the projector for you. They have even updated the Xgimi Halo with a new plus version that has all the benefits of the battery-operated Halo, with the AI smarts of the Elfin. If you are looking to take a projector with you when you travel, there are only two real choices: the Halo+ and the Elfin. We put them head to head to see which is right for you.
Xgimi Halo+: A truly portable option
There is a lot to like about the Halo+, especially if you want to use it outside. In fact, outdoor events are where it truly shines and using it indoors is, frankly, a waste. Because the Halo+ is tall but thin, its center of mass sits perfectly on a tripod, making it secure while out in the backyard or at the park for movie night. It is still a little heavy — 3.5 pounds instead of 2.1 pounds for the Elfin — but that makes sense as it has a battery taking up space, as well as two 5-watt Harman Kardon speakers that give you a lot of big sounds to match your big picture.
|Xgimi Halo+||Xgimi Elfin|
|Brightness||900 ANSI Lumens||800 ANSI Lumens|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 (1080p)||1920 x 1080 (1080p)|
|Audio||2 x 5W Harman Kardon Speakers||2 x 3W Harman Kardon Speakers|
|Smart capabilities||Android TV 10||Android TV|
|Battery life||2 hours||N/A|
|Ports||HDMI x 1 (ARC Supported), USB2.0 x 1, Audio x 1, DC x 1||HDMI x 1 (ARC Supported), USB2.0 x 1, Audio x 1, DC x 1|
|WiFi||Dual-band 2.4/5GHz||Dual-band 2.4/5GHz|
|Weight||3.5 pounds||2.1 pounds|
While the 900 ANSI Lumens LED offers fantastic visuals at night, during the day, it just isn’t powerful enough to be your main TV, but as it is really designed for portable use, that isn’t too much of a problem. You aren’t going to be using the Halo+ in one room; you are going to be using it outside or while traveling.
The most significant advantage the Halo+ has over the Elfin, though, is the battery. While it only lasts around two hours on a single charge, the battery lets you set up the Halo+ in place that the Elfin can’t reach. We took ours down to the local water tower and watched Luca on Disney+. The movie is just one hour and 35 minutes long, so we had plenty of time to watch the film and even listen to a bit of music before we left. Of course, if you were hoping to watch the special extended edition of Lord of the Rings, you might not have as much luck, but two hours is enough for one standard movie at least.
Xgimi Elfin: Lightweight and made for travel
The reason this comparison exists is how Xgimi categorizes both of these projectors. Both are billed as perfect for travel, even though the Elfin doesn’t have a battery to help power it. Where the Elfin really shines is in its design. At just 7.5 x 7.6 x 1.8 inches and a little over two pounds in weight, the Elfin is easy to carry and fits comfortably in a backpack or small carry-on. This makes it perfect for short trips away where you might need a projector for work or even sat in the hotel. Using the Elfin in a hotel is something of a dream, especially as the Android TV setup just works without you having to mess around organizing your apps like Disney+. You can just plug in and go. The USB port and HDMI also make it great for presenting from a laptop or using a keyboard directly from Android TV if you like.
While carrying the Elfin around easily is great, not having a battery means that you are tethered to mains power. So while you can easily set it up on a tripod outside, you will need to stretch extension cords over to it. This can cause a trip hazard or mean you have to rethink your placement with that in mind.
The speakers and brightness are slightly less potent than the Halo+ — only 3-watt Harman Kardon speakers and 800 ANSI Lumen LED — so you really don’t want to use the Elfin as your primary TV. It’s a great choice for a child’s bedroom, or for taking with you to meetings though,
The Xgimi Halo+ vs The Xgimi Elfin: Which should you buy?
While the Elfin is lighter and easier to stow away than the Halo+, its lack of battery — even a short two-hour battery — like the Halo+ makes it harder to recommend. Both projectors have a fantastic AI that helps adjust your image to fit in tight spaces, avoid obstacles, and even straighten the image when the projector is at an angle.
In my mind, the $200 extra that you are likely to pay for the Halo+ is offset by the extra loudness of the speakers, brightness of the LED, and a battery that offers so much customization and freedom of movement. If you are looking for a truly portable projector, the Halo+ is the right choice.
Take it with you
The addition of the battery, the extra volume, as well as the 100 ANSI lumen bump makes the Halo+ the clear choice for your next portable projector
Fits in a backpack
Low profile style
While the ELfin isn’t ideal if you are away from mains power, the low profile design, coupled with the lightweight frame, makes it an excellent choice for traveling to hotels or staying in RV’s
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