Elfin XGIMI Projector Review: Is It Worth Buying?

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Test of the XGIMI Elfin projector.

Big screen games and TV are the end for many of us and the projectors are one of the best ways to make that dream come true. With modern advancements in projector technology, it is now possible to have a large, high-quality projected image in a relatively small space. Plus, it doesn’t have to break the bank and can be a legitimate alternative to a traditional TV, assuming the room can get dark enough. Portability is also another factor. Enter the Elfin XGIMI for review today, which aims to deliver in all of these areas.

In the box

The projector comes in a surprisingly small box, hinting at the overall compactness of the product. It contains the projector itself, as well as an AC adapter, remote control, and paper brochures. It’s a clean, lint-free unboxing experience.

Setup is just as simple, with an HDMI input inviting a game console, Fire TV Stick, or whatever else you’d like to project onto a wall or screen. Or, there’s the option to use the built-in Android TV, which offers all the usual apps, either natively or through workarounds. I mention “workarounds” because that’s what is needed for apps like Netflix.

Buy the Elfin XGIMI Projector from Amazon.com here.

Using Android TV on the XGIMI Elfin is made easy with the remote control, which is a sleek and well-formed bar. There is a Google Assistant button that gives it the only touch of color. Otherwise, it’s all white and black, which matches the projector well. However, the two AAA batteries required are not included.

Features and my experience

XGIMI Elfin review

Although I have experience with Android and use workarounds to install unsupported apps, I have found it easier to just plug in my Amazon Fire TV Stick and PS5 through a splitter and to bypass Android TV completely. I have a lot of Apple devices and they never played well with Android TV. For those with an Android device, however, the process will be much smoother because Chromecast is built-in. Fortunately, the XGIMI Elfin took everything I plugged into the HDMI and projected it with no problem.

Once started, the Elfin sets up quickly with smart screen alignment, automatic keystone correction, smart obstacle avoidance, and blazingly fast autofocus. All of this combine to make for a quick setup process, which means I don’t have to worry about moving it to a new location and waiting an age for it to reconfigure.

Capable of 80 ″ projection from a range of just 2.1 meters, the Elfin is superb for those with a smaller than average room. In addition, it can be mounted on the ceiling, which really increases its flexibility. I set up my review unit in my bedroom, where there is currently an empty space that we were planning to fill with a TV. Although we have windows, we found the brightness of 800 lumens to be sufficient for a very clear picture with our blackout curtains and blinds down. However, even with the curtains open right after sunset, the image is still impressively crisp, albeit a bit more washed out.

XGIMI Elfin review

Budget projectors have come an impressive way in recent years, and while the XGIMI Elfin’s 800 lumens are paltry compared to more expensive units pushing over 2,000, I would consider it a sweet spot in terms of price and quality. As long as the sun isn’t shining in the bedroom, I would be more than happy to use this Elfin for watching normal TV shows no matter the time of day. It’s a huge win considering how much I straddle the visual quality.

The Elfin claims to be the brightest spotlight of its size. It’s really small and slim, which makes it super portable – albeit without a battery – and easy to put away after a marathon of watching movies. It also means that it’s easy to move to a friend’s house, especially with its lightness.

Games

XGIMI Elfin review

Of course, GameRevolution.com is all about gaming first and foremost and I’m happy to say that the XGIMI Elfin projector satisfies here as well.

Although there is a limitation to 1080p, the massive projected image produced by the Elfin is still fantastic for video games. Playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on the biggest screen I’ve ever had at home was a joy. I activated “Game Mode Boost” to limit any latency and I was very impressed with the result. The projector is also great for games with split screen modes. It Takes Two felt like a dream, just like the Halo games.

It’s great to see XGIMI targeting the Elfin not only on movie and TV viewers, but gamers as well. While we have pushed the image size to just over 100 ″, Elfin’s marketing materials show it reaches 200 ″.

XGIMI Elfin review

While the sound from the Elfin’s speakers is usable and loud enough for comfortable viewing, it lacks that extra “oomph” that comes with the dedicated speakers. For such a thin unit, I would say that is quite expected. It gets the job done, but it would be better to invest in a low latency wireless audio solution.

The machine itself is also quite quiet. Again, considering its size and the limited cooling available in this sizable case, XGIMI has done well to keep noise to a minimum.

XGIMI Elfin Review: The Final Verdict

XGIMI Elfin review

At $ 649, the XGIMI Elfin is competitively priced compared to other 1080p projectors. The 800 lumens are significantly higher than the budget of 300 lumens I had previously used, so the price and quality on offer combine to make this a compelling option. Also, XGIMI support not only for watching movies and TV, but also for games, is definitely appreciated by me. It is capable of doing it all for a nominal life of 30,000 hours.

For those looking for a big screen experience that can be easily stowed away or portable, the XGIMI Elfin is impressive in many ways and worth considering.


The Elfin projector review unit was supplied by XGIMI.

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