Xgimi’s latest 4K projector is super bright for the price

Home projector upstart Xgimi announced its new Horizon Ultra model, dubbed the “world’s first 4K long-throw projector with Dolby Vision.” It’s certainly a very bright all-in-one Android TV 11 projector for well below $2,000. The Horizon Ultra uses a new “Dual Light” laser and LED hybrid light source to produce 2,300 ISO lumens. That’s a 27 per cent increase in brightness compared to the reasonably bright (1,760 ISO lumens) Xgimi Horizon Pro projector. Of course, that brightness is measured at the bulb, and the image brightness falls off considerably the farther away you move the unit in order to grow the display to its 200-inch suggested maximum. That, in addition to lacking the ability to turn off individual pixels to create true blacks, is why you should be skeptical about HDR offering any noticeable improvements on projectors, especially in this price range. As Xgimi’s flagship projector, the Horizon Ultra features updated Intelligent Screen Adaptation 3.0 tech, which can automatically optimise the image (brightness, contrast, colour, focus, keystone, and zoom) when the projector is moved and as the ambient light changes throughout the day and night.