Xgimi MoGo 2 Pro series are the latest projector models from Xgimi, which were introduced in early 2023 and have been available since spring. We were able to try out the Xgimi MoGo 2 Pro for ourselves and tell you in this test report what you can expect from the small projector.
- Xgimi MoGo 2
- at Xgimi for 399€ | Amazon for €299
- Xgimi MoGo 2 Pro
- at Xgimi for €599 | Amazon for €509
Xgimi MoGo 2 & Xgimi MoGo 2 Pro
The projectors were announced in January 2023 at CES in Las Vegas. At that time, the ISA 2.0 technology was introduced. This is intended to enable faster and more reliable auto-adjustment of the image. This means the automatic keystone correction and autofocus. The autofocus is relatively self-explanatory and simply means that the projector recognizes the distance to the screen and focuses the image independently. Keystone correction means adjusting the corners of the image in order to produce an even, rectangular image even with diagonal projection.
|Model||XGIMI MoGo 2 / MoGo 2 Pro|
|resolution||1280x720p / 1920x1080p|
|max. screen size||up to 200 inches|
|brightness||400 ISO lumens|
|connections||HDMI 2.1, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio|
It is interesting that according to the data sheet only the Xgimi MoGo 2 Pro has this technology. The standard version Xgimi MoGo 2 also has auto focus and keystone correction, but without ISA 2.0. And it must also be said that this auto-correction and especially the focus work well beforehand with XGIMI projectors and projectors from other brands. For me it remains an advertising feature that does not make the projector noticeably better in practice and that does not even work 100% reliably – more on that in a moment.
The only other difference from the standard version is the resolution, which is only 720p on the MoGo 2. Since this makes a price difference of 200€, you might really think about going for the smaller version. For many, the normal HD resolution is even sufficient, even if I personally believe that Full HD should be the norm for a projector.
Packaging And Accessories
So the projector has been ordered and arrived – let’s first see what we’re getting here. We know the beautiful and simple white box from Xgimi but also from other manufacturers. Apart from a picture of the projector and the reference to Google services such as voice control and Chromecast, we don’t find any important information here either. So quickly opened and unpacked.
The projector is securely packed in foam; nothing can happen here if the package is handled properly. All accessories are stored in a small box in a very space-efficient manner. Apart from the charging cable, the remote control and a few booklets with instructions and warranty information, there is nothing to discover here either. It’s nice that two AAA batteries are included for the remote control.
The remote control is extremely simple with just six individual keys plus volume adjustment and arrow keys for navigation. That’s too little to simply list here: power buttons, autofocus and Google Assistant are at the top, with a ring with the direction buttons underneath. Next to each other sit “back”, the settings and a home button and at the bottom there is the double button for the volume. The remote control works via Bluetooth and must be paired with the projector when it is started for the first time. It only takes a few seconds, the instructions are shown first on the screen.
Small projector for on the go?
Like the previous versions, the projector is very compact . It can be held securely in one hand unless you have very small hands. The MoGO 2 Pro fits in any backpack and also in most handbags, the exact dimensions are 16.1 x 11.9 x 10.8 cm and it weighs 1.1 kg. Taking it with you and setting it up spontaneously is no problem at all. Unlike the Halo series from Xgimi, however, there is no battery installed here, the projector requires a power connection. Not a disadvantage, after all, almost every other projector needs it, but not that you have the wrong expectations here.
The overall processing is impeccable. Most Xgimi projectors have a rather high-quality “feeling” , and the device also looks really chic. In addition to the lens, there are also the various sensors for all the car functions on the front, while the various connections, openings for the fan and the loudspeaker can be found on the back. On the underside there is a standard thread in the middle for attachment to a tripod, for example.
The connections are clear, there is an HDMI and USB-A input and an audio output for connecting external devices such as headphones or speakers. Power comes through a USB-C port. The appropriate charging cable is included, but it also means that you can use other charging adapters as long as they have sufficient power. The Xgimi MoGo 2 Pro requires 65 watts.
The brightness is specified as 400 ISO lumens , the maximum projection size as 200 inches , although these two values do not go well together (the image is then simply no longer bright enough). 100 inches is already very large and more of a realistic size. The throw ratio is 1.2:1.
400 ISO lumens correspond to about 500 ANSI lumens. With another Chinese projector, the Xming Q3Max , I read about CVIA lumens these days. The fact that more and more different measured values are now appearing does not make it easier for buyers and is simply confusing.
In any case, the picture of the MoGo 2 Pro looks very good. It is razor sharp , the colors are natural and you can also make adjustments here in detail. As far as the brightness is concerned, as mentioned, it is simply not sufficient for large projections of more than 100 inches. It always depends on the ambient light; a 150-inch image still looks good in a dark room. During the day with the curtains/shutters open, however, this is not possible. You won’t go over 80 inches here, which is still larger than almost all TV sets and for which you also have to have space first.
The autofocus works flawlessly and focuses the image no matter where the projector is placed. I have absolutely nothing to criticize here. The situation is different with the automatic keystone correctionout of. Thanks to the ISA 2.0 technology, it’s supposed to be particularly good, but I can’t confirm that yet. I had the case several times that the projection was thrown onto a white, flat wall and the projector made the image smaller for inexplicable reasons and even distorted it.
Xgimi is only right about one statement, namely that the correction is really fast. But that doesn’t help either if the picture is crooked, which is why I always turned off the automatic correction at the end. Of course, you can still adjust the image manually.
What works well, however, is the obstacle detection and automatic image adjustment. An obstacle in front of the screen or just a picture on the wall is reliably detected and the picture is reduced accordingly. It seems a bit superfluous, because ideally the projector should be placed in such a way that you get an unobstructed image directly, especially since a digitally reduced image always reduces the resolution. It’s still nice to see how the projector adjusts the image by itself and projects a rectangle onto the wall exactly between two picture frames.
Sound And Fans
There are two 8W speakers for the sound , which is above average for projectors of this size. The loudspeakers no longer come from the well-known manufacturer harman/kardon. This has been a trademark of Xgimi projectors so far, the cooperation seems to have ended. Instead, you can find the lettering “Xgimi Sound” on the back of the speaker.
This doesn’t seem to affect the quality, because the sound quality is surprisingly good for a projector of this size . While watching, I never consciously thought about the fact that I was “only” hearing sound from a small projector. There will also be people here for whom the sound is not good enough (I’m thinking of you, Tim), but in my opinion this is significantly more than you can expect from a €500 projector.
The volume of the fans is specified as <30dB , which is roughly the limit from when a projector can really be considered “quiet”. For comparison, that’s about the equivalent of a whisper. If you watch in the evening, when it’s generally rather quiet, and there are also quiet scenes without much sound, then you can hear the faint hissing.
The same applies if you consciously try to pay attention to it. However, I watched some of the videos here, while in the corner of the room the fan hums quietly while I hear the traffic in front of the house from the half-open window next door. In addition to the noise of the speakers, the fan is really not noticeable anymore.
Android TV 11 is installed as the operating system, which supports all optimized apps for streaming providers . Google Chromecast is also on board. In addition, there are all the usual advantages of Google, so you can use your own Google account when setting up and get all access directly if you want it.
However, I had a small incident at the beginning of my test when I tried to carry out a proposed system update of the operating system. The download worked, but nothing worked after the installation and I had to reset the projector to the factory settings because Android no longer wanted to boot.
The Xgimi MoGo 2 Pro is a pretty good projector, but not perfect. If there’s anything to criticize, it’s the brightness, which just doesn’t suffice for every scenario when you want a picture that’s big and bright. And there are certainly cheaper projectors with the same or better brightness. I’m thinking of the Wanbo TT , which costs less than half as much. Also, the much-touted auto-correct isn’t mature enough; the feature could have been saved. Perhaps this can be improved with a system update.
Apart from that, everything is correct here. The Xgimi MoGo 2 Pro has perhaps the best sound I have ever heard from a projector of this size and price range. Appropriately, the fan is pleasantly quiet. The projector is well made, supports all important streaming apps with Android and offers a razor-sharp Full HD picture.
- Android TV 11 with all important streaming apps
- Very good speakers
- Quiet fan
- Auto focus and obstacle avoidance
- Compact size
- Automatic keystone correction unreliable
- Image not bright enough with very large display
The MoGo 2 Pro can be ordered from Xgimi or from Amazon. The price is €599, but offers are possible; the projector was already reduced by €50 in advance. I haven’t tested the MoGo 2, but if you don’t need Full HD, I would even recommend the cheaper model, because €400 instead of €600 is a huge price difference. This is based on the assumption that the projector performs as well as its big brother in all other respects.