Xiaomi Mi Sensible Projector 2: Excessive Fashion, Low Brightness, Excessive Worth

It is the uncommon projector that crosses my path with an aesthetically lovely design. There are many cool projectors, some cute projectors and even some that would generously be referred to as “neat.” The Xiaomi Mi Sensible Projector 2 is as trendy as any projector I’ve seen, and would look proper at residence surrounded by Apple gadgets on an Eero Saarinen desk flanked by Corbusier chairs.

Like

  • Beautiful design
  • Constructed-in Android TV
  • Seems to be like an Apple product

Do not Like

  • Not vivid sufficient
  • No battery
  • Priced like an Apple product

Sadly it is comparatively costly and the image high quality and options do not fairly match the superb design. It is not very vivid, the colours are a bit off, and its distinction is enough at greatest. And in contrast to most actually moveable projectors, it lacks a built-in battery.

For much less cash the Anker Mars II Professional presents extra brightness, the identical distinction, and a battery that allows you to watch films wherever. Total the Xiaomi Mi Sensible Projector 2 is a little bit of a miss, although simply by a (trendy) bit.

Specs and such

  • Native decision: 1,920×1,080 pixels
  • HDR-compatible: Sure
  • 4K-compatible: No
  • 3D-compatible: No
  • Lumens spec: 500
  • Zoom: None
  • Lens shift: None
  • Lamp life (Regular mode): Not listed

The Mi Sensible Projector 2 has what I think about customary specs for a projector of this worth and measurement. Full HD (aka 1080p) decision is nice, as many cheap projectors are 720p or much less. Whereas it’s HDR appropriate, remember it would not have the distinction ratio to do something with excessive dynamic content material (however to be truthful, many projectors are unhealthy at HDR). 

The 500-lumen score is widespread for small moveable projectors. Nevertheless, I measured 162, decrease than most of its opponents. It is dimmer than the Anker Photo voltaic, Anker Mars II Professional and even the Samsung Freestyle, all of that are rated for near the identical lumens. Do not forget that larger brightness, along with bettering picture high quality, additionally permits a projector to create a bigger picture that also appears first rate.

As is often the case with small projectors like this, there isn’t any lens shift or zoom. The one technique to change the dimensions of the picture is by shifting the projector. The autofocus works pretty quick, although, which is nice.

Android TV, HDMI and Wi-Fi, however no battery

Projector, distant and a beverage.


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  • HDMI inputs: 1
  • USB port: 1
  • Audio output: Headphone output
  • Web: 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • Distant: Not backlit

It is at all times nice to see a small projector with a full-size HDMI enter. You in all probability will not want to make use of it, although. Like a number of projectors we have seen recently, the Sensible PJ 2 has built-in Android TV, so that you get the complete model of no matter streaming providers you need. Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime and so forth are preinstalled. Others, together with HBO Max, you’ll be able to set up through the included Google Play Retailer.

The sound is fairly good, thanks to 2 5-watt drivers. A bit an excessive amount of treble for my style, however extra bass than you’d anticipate for such a small field. Like something this measurement, it falls aside when you flip it up too loud. That restrict finally ends up being loads loud, although, and in a small room you’d have to boost your voice to speak over it.

The small, skinny distant has a devoted Netflix button. Not like a number of of the Sensible PJ 2’s opponents, nonetheless, there isn’t any devoted telephone app.

My largest gripe is that this small moveable projector lacks a battery. Most on this measurement and worth vary do. People who do not, such because the Samsung Freestyle, usually have the flexibility to run through a USB battery pack, however the Xiaomi cannot do this both. You will must plug it into a regular energy outlet through the included energy adapter. It is the identical measurement as a big telephone/pill charger, however connects to the projector through a small spherical DC energy connector hardly ever seen anymore in small gadgets like this. In the meantime, the USB connection on the Xiaomi can cost your system if the projector is plugged in, however cannot provide the projector itself with energy.

Image high quality comparisons

The Smart Projector 2 sits on a blue canvas.

The Sensible Projector 2’s picture is created utilizing LEDs and a DLP chip.


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The Mars II Professional is as near a direct comparability as you may get. It is virtually precisely the identical measurement, and is rated for a similar 500 lumens. The Anker is decrease decision and $50 cheaper. I linked them to a Monoprice 1×4 distribution amplifier and considered them side-by-side on a 102-inch 1.0-gain display.

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As you’d in all probability anticipate, these projectors are far nearer to 1 one other than not. Their distinction ratios are practically equivalent. Nevertheless, the Anker lacks any image changes, so there are some elements to the picture which are higher on the Xiaomi. Shadow particulars, as an illustration, look way more grey and fewer real looking on the Anker than with the Xiaomi. 

Colours should not very correct on both projector. Each are about equally improper, and fairly cool or bluish in colour temperature. On a house projector I would have an even bigger challenge with this, however for a small moveable it is in all probability advantageous. Nothing appears overly unnatural, however every little thing appears a bit off.

The 1080p Xiaomi’s better element was positively noticeable. The Anker appeared slightly gentle when considered side-by-side. That is not a deal-breaker by any stretch although, as a result of decision is only one facet of image high quality. If you did not have the 2 subsequent to 1 one other, it is uncertain you’d discover. 

Essentially the most noticeable distinction is definitely the brightness. The Anker appeared fairly a bit brighter than the Xiaomi. I measured roughly 162 lumens out of the Xiaomi and 337 out of the Anker. So yeah, roughly twice as vivid. It is common for producers to, let’s assume, fudge their brightness claims. This is what meaning in follow. And earlier than you give Xiaomi flak for being a lot decrease, Samsung rated the $900 Freestyle at 550 lumens and it places out 197. The morale? Do not belief any producer’s lumen claims.

The Xiaomi has a mode that you simply’d assume would enhance brightness, however as an alternative it simply makes the picture exceedingly inexperienced. Possibly you’d have the ability to watch a projector mode that makes everybody appear to be Kermit, however to me it is not straightforward being


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Brightness apart, there’s not a transparent winner between the 2 by way of image high quality: the Xiaomi has higher element, the Anker better mild output. If the Anker had image settings, that’d in all probability nudge the needle in its favor. However then, you are in all probability not shopping for both of those based mostly solely on image high quality.

There may be, nonetheless, one important, presumably essential, distinction: The Anker has a battery. It may venture a picture wherever, whereas the Xiaomi wants an outlet. That is massive.

Fairly shut

I like the Xiaomi’s design. It is only a fantastically stylish projector. If you happen to slapped an Apple badge on it, nobody would query it. 

The issue with the Mi Sensible Projector 2 is the Mars II Professional. It is barely cheaper, brighter, and it has a battery. It would not look practically as trendy, however that is a small unfavorable once we’re speaking about one thing smaller than a lunchbox. It is not like it is going to dominate your lounge. If the following model of the Xiaomi has a battery, or is 2 to 3 instances brighter, it would be an actual contender.

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