Xgimi H1, what’s this?
The H1 is the second born from the Xgimi family, a new chinese company with ambitions in the video projector area. Just like their first model, Xgimi decided to go for crowd funding, their target was set to 100.000$ and in the end they got 1Mio$ ! When I saw all the positive reviews of their first model, I took my chance with this crowdfunding campaign in september 2016 and got the H1 mid-december 2016. As I was one of the lucky first, I got the H1 for a preferential price of 420€ and a couple of interesting freebies like tripod adapter, 2 active 3D glasses and a transport bag.
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Price XGIMI H1
670.39 USD - XGIMI H1 HD Beamer 1080P 900 ANSI Lumen 3D Smart L (eBay DE - DE)
699.99 USD - XGIMI H1 DLP Projector 900ANSI Lumens Full HD 3D 1 (Aliexpress - CN)
735.99 USD - XGIMI H1 1080p Projector DLP 900ANSI Lumens 3+16GB (Newegg - USA)
759 USD - XGIMI H1 Full HD LED Home Projector, 900 Lumens (eBay US - USA)
777.58 USD - XGIMI H1 Projector 900 Ansi Lumens Full HD 1920 x (Unbeatable sale - USA)
778.052 USD - XGIMI H1 1920x1080 DLP Projector Full HD Shutter 3 (Newegg - USA)
825 USD - XGIMI H1 Projector Home Theater 3D Smart Projector (eBay US - USA)
840 USD - XGIMI H1 Android Projector 3D DLP Home Theater 300 (eBay US - USA)
841.45 USD - Xgimi H1 LED Home Projektor, 4K, 3D-fähig, USB-/E (eBay DE - DE)
903.34 USD - XGIMI H1 Beamer (Full-HD, 3D, 900 ANSI-Lumen, ) (eBay DE - DE)
920.39 USD - XGIMI H1 Projecteur DLP Full HD 1080 P 900 Ansi 3D (Fnac - FR)
920.39 USD - XGIMI H1 Projecteur DLP Full HD 1080 P 900 Ansi 3D (Cdiscount - FR)
996.52 USD - XGIMI H1 Projecteur DLP Android 5.1 1080P Home The (Fnac - FR)
Price Xgimi H2
785.42 USD - Xiaomi XGIMI H2 Projector 1080P 1350 Ansi bluetoot (Banggood - CN)
790.033 USD - XGIMI - XGIMI H2 - Projector H2 1350 ANSI lumens F (Newegg - USA)
799 USD - Home Cinema Projector, LiveTV.Direct Enhanced XGIM (Amazon.com - USA)
839 USD - Projector, XGIMI H2 Native 1080p HD Android Smart (eBay US - USA)
849 USD - XGIMI H2 Home Cinema Projector, 1080p HD DLP Auto (eBay US - USA)
879 USD - XGIMI H2 Projector 1080P 1350 Ansi Full HD 3D 4K P (Aliexpress - CN)
879 USD - XGIMI H2 Full HD Projector 1920*1080 1350 ANSI lum (Aliexpress - CN)
879.02 USD - XGIMI H2 1920*1080 dlp Full HD projector 1350 ANSI (Aliexpress - CN)
887.61 USD - Original XGIMI H2 DLP 1350 ANSI Lumens Home Theate (Banggood - CN)
899 USD - Home Theater Projector XGIMI H2 Native 1080p HD DL (eBay US - USA)
899 USD - XGIMI H2 Video Projector 4K Full HD 1350ANSI Lumen (Aliexpress - CN)
899 USD - 4K Home Projector, Enhanced XGIMI H2 Home Native 1 (Amazon.com - USA)
899 USD - XGIMI H2 LED Smart Projector 1080P HD 1350 ANSI Lu (Amazon.com - USA)
899 USD - Home Cinema Projector, XGIMI H2 Global Version Nat (Amazon.com - USA)
899.99 USD - XGIMI Projector XGIMI H2 1350 ANSI lumens FullHD 1 (eBay US - USA)
899.99 USD - XGIMI H2 Projector 1350 ANSI lumens FullHD Global (eBay US - USA)
899.99 USD - XGIMI H2 19201080 dlp Full HD Projector 1350 ANSI (Amazon.com - USA)
999 USD - XGIMI H2 DLP Projector 1080p Full HD Shutter 3D 4K (Aliexpress - CN)
1002.21 USD - xgimi h2 1080p 4k projector hd led android os with (Newegg - USA)
1021.52 USD - 4K Proyector, XGIMI H2 Mejorado Proyector Casero 1 (Amazon.es - ES)
1021.52 USD - 4K Proiettore Home Cinema, Migliorata XGIMI H2 Hom (Amazon.it - IT)
1056.74 USD - XGIMI H2 DLP Projector Home Android Theater 1350 A (eBay FR - FR)
1079.47 USD - (eBay ES - ES)
1079.47 USD - (eBay DE - DE)
1079.47 USD - (eBay FR - FR)
1107.05 USD - XGIMI H2 videoproiettore 1350 ANSI lumen LED 1080p (Amazon.it - IT)
1135.14 USD - XGIMI H2 beamer (Bol.com - NL)
1135.14 USD - XGIMI H2 1920*1080 dlp Full HD Projector 1350 ANSI (Amazon.es - ES)
1135.14 USD - XGIMI H2 Video - Proyector (1350 lúmenes ANSI, LE (Amazon.es - ES)
1140.41 USD - Home Projector, LiveTV.Direct Enhanced XGIMI H2 Na (Amazon.co.uk - UK)
1140.41 USD - XGIMI H2 LED Smart Projector 1080P HD 1350 ANSI Lu (Amazon.co.uk - UK)
1140.41 USD - XGIMI H2 1920*1080 dlp Full HD projector 1350 ANSI (Amazon.co.uk - UK)
1140.41 USD - XGIMI H2 LED Smart Projector 1080P HD 1350 ANSI Lu (Amazon.co.uk - UK)
1141.66 USD - From UK Distributor XGIMI H2 1080P LED Video Proje (Amazon.co.uk - UK)
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In the package…
Thanks to the crowd funding campaign, I received a package with 2 active 3D glasses, one tripod adapter (very useful if you have a standard camera tripod), a USB remote control, power chord + adapters and a transport bag. The projector is very nicely packed, again this premium feeling in a nice cubic shaped black box.
In my current setup, my projection surface is around 141 inch and of course if you look from close you won’t get the same quality as on a decent TV but with a viewing distance of 1m50-2m, it’s already very good. Color accuracy is ok, I felt like the picture was a bit too reddish with factory defaults so I reduced the red to 75% and now I really like the color balance. Of course, that’s something very personal, everyone will probably find different settings.
There is nothing special about my wall, like I already wrote, I used normal white paint on a flat wall so I suppose I would get a slightly better quality on a real projection screen but finding one that size is nor easy nor cheap.
Important to note that the H1 also offer keystone correction and that’s very useful if you can’t put the video projector right behind you. I managed to fit the picture perfectly with my wall, I’m not wasting a single inch.
Some pictures I took:
Original video (without projector): https://youtu.be/L14nXRxJILg
White / Black balance
You can also use the H1 like a bluetooth speakers by switching to bluetooth speaker mode and using any connected device to stream. I connected my Nokia Lumia 930 and it worked like a charm, I did not have to try several times before gettting it to work.
I also tried headsets directly connected to the jack connector but there I was a little bit disappointed. Listing to music with a headset is ok but not watching a movie because for some reason music is very loud and voices are very low so you don’t understand voices very well.
Bluetooth audio kag
This Android version is pretty stable, I’ve never had a crash or any glitches. I previously was using a Minix Android box and it’s nothing close to what you have in the H1, even with the latest ROM, I still had regular crashes. The H1 has also a powerful CPU/GPU combination, reading an uncompressed 1080p movie plays smoothly without any interruption or buffering.
Check yourself with the video below (sorry for the quality but I did it in a hurry). Video has been taken less than 1m away from the projector. I have turned off the sound when the H1 was busy streaming a video. Clicks from the remote control make much more noise than the H1 itself.
Aptoide TV comes with an application called Moonlight, this application streams content from your regular PC to the H1, this way you can run your usual games from your computer and stream them to your video projector. Very nice feature in theory but I have never managed to make it work, I have a GTX 1070 but my PC has a different IP range than my projector so that might explain why my projector did not find my PC.
The H1 is not supposed to be a gaming projector because it has a lag around 50ms but from my experience, it’s doing a pretty good job at it. In the example below, I played a little bit with Need For Speed Shift 2 and the experience was really good. Check for yourself here below:
How can you calculate the screen size ? There is a little formula for this, even if it’s not scientifically accurate, it gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect. You simply need to divide the throw distance (distance between screen and projector) by 1.39 and 1.5 to get your screen width (not the diagonal). In my case, I would divide 4m by 1.39 and 1.5 which results in 2.6-2.87m and guess what, my wall has a width of 2.89m so it’s not bad at all.
Calculating the resulting diagonal requires some basic math. The projector has a 16:9 projection ratio. If you have a width of 100cm, it means that your height would be 56.25cm. Now to calculate the diagonal you need to use the following formula: width²+height² = diagonal². In my case I have something like 2.89² + 1.62² = diagonal². So if my math is not too rusty, I end up with a diagonal of 3.31m ( = 130.3 inch). In reality it’s a bit more, probably because my projector is not throwing the image right in front of the wall.
Here is something I have found on XGIMI’s forum, it should give you an idea without going too much into the math.
That’s the main menu with stepless zoom set on 7.
Remember that this calculation is only valid for my situation with a projection distance close to 4m and a projector placed on the right rear of the part (with keystone correction).
I have 2 3D glasses for the Xgimi, I am not a big fan of 3D but they are the only 3D glasses with which I saw 3D. The ones at the movies never worked for me. You can find 3D glasses from 14-15€ on Aliexpress. With this kind of amount, there is no risk with customs duties.
If you do not have furniture for your projector, you can always consider using a tripod. Xgimi offers an “official” tripod but any photo tripod will do. I used a tripod at 20€ but I opted for a placement on cupboard because it was more practical.
Tripod adapter Xgimi
If you don’t have a beautiful white wall at your disposal, you still have the possibility to buy a screen for your Xgimi. You can either buy a high-end screen in Europe or take a Chinese alternative that will probably be a little less good but this type of screen will cost 10 times less.
Have you lost or broken your remote control? Good news, you can easily find another one in China.
Google Play Services Update (Root XGIMI)
some users reported that the procedure here below works better if you first log in to your Google account through Kodi. If you’re not logged before starting, you may have to reset your projector to factory defaults.
1. Root your projector
From the home screen, click on System Setup > About > System Information
On this screen, press and hold the left arrow on your remote control until the following screen appears. There is a mix of Chinese and English here. Look for the ADB line and make sure you have the symbol as in the picture below.
2. Get your IP address
If your projector is connected through a wired connection: System Setup > Connection Settings > Wired Network
If your projector is connected through a wireless connection: System Setup > Connection Settings > Wifi
Note down your IP address, it should be an internal one with something like 192.168.xxx.xxx (depends on your network configuration)
3. Download ADB
To connect to your projector you’ll need a small program provided by Google. You can download it from here: https://dl.google.com/android/repository/platform-tools-latest-windows.zip
Install the content somewhere on your local drive like c:\adb (any location will be ok as long as you remember where you stored it)
4. Download Google Play Services
There are many version of this application on the web, you basically need an APK file so that you can install it manually. I have tested with the following ones:
A word of caution, I do not manage those files, they worked for me but you should make sure they are safe for you.
Once downloaded you need to store the file where you have installed ADB and rename the file in GmsCore.apk (case sensitive)
5. Connect to the projector
The following procedure is not complicated but if you are unfamiliar with command line instruction, you may be a little bit scared. This type of manipulation can alter the software of your projector so you should be very careful when doing this, don’t do something you don’t understand. I did this with my projector and everything went well but you take the responsibility to do it on your device.
Run the command line interpreter from Windows (type command in the search if you don’t know where to find it). A black window opens with the current directory. You now need to go to the directory where you have installed ADB. Once you have done this, you can start the following procedure:
adb connect XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX (replace X with your own projector IP)
adb connect XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX (replace X with your own projector IP)
rm -rf /system/priv-app/GmsCore/GmsCore.apk
adb push c:\adb\GmsCore.apk system/priv-app/GmsCore/ (don’t forget to adapt the location of your APK file)
adb disconnect youripaddress
From here you can swap your projector to normal mode again (see step 1 where you changed into root mode) and then restart your device.
You can check which version of Google Play Services you have by downloading an application called Play Services Info/Update. With the files mentionned above you should have version 11 or 12 depending on which file you chose (last version in April 2018)
Update Google Play Services (after version 1.5)
Then, you will have to install a new version of the Google Play Store, you can on the same site get a version 11.7 (again not the one for Android TV). To install the Play Store, you must use a USB key and run the APK directly from the key. I use ES file explorer to access my USB key and launch APKs. Still with ES file explorer, you can then launch the Play Store in Library > APP. You may have to go through an identification screen with a sign-in button. I couldn’t pass this step with the remote control, fortunately I have a wireless keyboard connected to the projector, where I could easily identify myself and access the Play Store as before.
This procedure works but will probably have to be reviewed at the next projector update where you will probably have to look for the best version of Play Services and the best version of the Play Store.
always check the integrity of the files you use (antivirus, antimalware,…) because I don’t know how reliable apkmirror.com is. There is indeed an indication before downloading the file but on several versions that I downloaded, the permissions were different, they asked for permission to make calls. For a projector it doesn’t matter, but still I didn’t take the risk.
Netflix in HD
If you have any experience to share about those hacks or on how to enable HD on Netflix, please share it here below in the comment section so that everybody can benefit from it.
I’ve been using the Xgimi H1 since mid december 2016, I think I’ve used it for more than 50h nows. I have encountered the following minor issues:
– remote control is not enough to enjoy the full experience, a mouse would be better
– picture seems to be less sharp around the edges
– sound through headset/jack is too loud and voices are difficult to understand
– did not manage to stream from the Amazon Prime app
– now that my four year old son has watched “Frozen” with the projector, I think I’ll have to endure that a couple of times now
Update February 2017
The sharpness issue is definitely linked to the projector position. I have now move the H1 to one corner of my room and changed the trapezoid shape and I’m now losing sharpness in a complete different place. I managed in the end to reduce the problem so that sharpness in the center is good, lack of sharpness is now only slightly visible on the extreme outside of the picture.
Update April 2017
I’m still very happy with the H1. I did a software update some days ago, it was a little bit scary as I did not know what to expect and with no feedback from other people, I was unsure of the outcome. It took a couple of minutes but everything went fine. I did not notice any changes.
I have recharged the remote control for the first time. I have been using it since december 2016 and it ran out of battery 5 months later, not bad!
Update March 2018
Xgimi is deploying a new update but they are deploying it silently. My projector was behaving strangely yesterday, I couldn’t go beyond the main menu, the projector was constantly going back to the home screen. I left the projector turned on for a couple of minutes without doing anything and suddenly a message appearing inviting me to install an freshly downloaded update.
After 10 to 15 minutes, the update was installed and my projector was working normally again. I understand the importance of update but it’s the first time that an update is forced without my consent. Xgimi should at least warn its users before starting the download.
Outside purists, I’m sure this device will make many people happy, the only thing that would make change my mind is if maybe Xgimi came with a 4k model.
Xgimi guys: you did a great job ! (and no i’m not working for them)
If you have any questions, shoot!