Xiaomi Mi Ultra Projector: Laser precision and cinematic quality
Real cinema in your bedroom? Thanks to the new Xiaomi Ultra projector, it is now totally possible. Laser light source, the ability to display a screen size of up to 150 inches and Dolby sound are some of the features that will allow you to enjoy cinematic experience in your own home.
Xiaomi Mi Ultra Projector: Specs
|Display resolution||Full HD ( 1920 x 1080 )|
|Light source||ALPD 3.0, 0.47 cala DMD|
|Screen size||150 inch|
|Color gamut||NTSC 80 – 85%|
|CPU||T968 Cortex-A53 4-core 1.8GHz / 64bit|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3|
|Internal memory||16GB eMMC Flash|
|Inteface||Ethernet x 1, SPDIF x 2, audio out x 1, AV 3.5 x 1, USB 3.0 x 1, ARC x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1|
|Power consumption||Up to 250W|
|Speakers||2 x full frequency speaker, 1 x high frequency speaker|
|Size||41.00 x 29.10 x 8.80 cm|
|Box contents||1 x Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x Chinese User Manual, 1 x Power Cable|
Xiaomi Mi Ultra Projector: Pros and Cons
- Short projection distance
- Laser imaging with capability to display in dazzling 2K quality
- Huge screen size
- Extremely durable light source: 25,000 hours of product life
- Great sound quality with Dolby Audio and DTS
- Easy to use with standalone operating system
- Interface is only partially translated into English
- A bit pricey comparing to your typical LED projector
The ALPD 3.0 laser display guarantees incredible picture quality and high image refresh rate. Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 px is about the same as movie theater projectors quality and provides a perfect visual experience, especially at the contrast of 3000:1. Also, 85% of NTSC gamut color reproduction corresponds more or less to the color quality displayed on the flagship phones and tablets from Xiaomi or Apple. You won’t experience here poor color saturation, encountered in older and cheaper projectors. Videos played on this device seems to be alive and almost real!
The Xiaomi Ultra projector can be controlled by a smartphone, a remote control included in the kit, or even through a voice commands. Interestingly, you don’t need to focus the lens, as it fine tunes itself, although it can of course be done manually, along with the settings of keystone, brightness, contrast and other image parameters.
The device operates on its own MIUI TV operating system, which is simply Android 6.0 modded to the needs of projector. This allows you to install Google Store apps, which are stored in a 16 GB internal memory. In addition to watching videos, you can even enjoy the latest games from Google Play. Just connect the controller via USB or Bluetooth and you can start playing on a really big screen in a 2K quality. The Quad Core T968 Cortex-A53 1.8GHz / 64bit processor and 2GB fast DDR3 RAM is a fast enough config to run the latest apps.
Hardware and design
The ALPD laser light source used here can achieve a large depth of field of 0.233: 1, which allows for an extremely short throw distance. Just place the projector 50 cm away from the screen (or a wall) to deliver 150-inch screen projection. Entire image display system is extremely durable and according to the manufacturer, it has a durability of 25,000 hours, which translates into 34 years of use if using 2 hours a day.
In addition to the internal memory, you can also store your movie files on the external SSD drive, thanks to two USB inputs or you can stream videos online, from Netflix, Youtube and other VOD portals. High-speed internet connectivity is provided by two-channel WiFi and a cable LAN Ethernet port.
Sound is on par video quality. While commonly projetcors feature only a single speaker that can hardly transmit low and high frequency tones, you’ll find here full high-fidelity Dolby Sound system with three speakers. Two are responsible for medium frequencies in the left and right channel, and the third is a high frequency speaker. You can also plug in your own sound system to get 5 + 1 full surround sound or other configurations. Entire device is enclosed withinin a typical minimalistic Xiaomi casing and its elegant design was awarded by the Good Design Award.
Xiaomi Mi Ultra is a perfect projector. It can display a really big screen at a short throw distance, making it ideal for small and big rooms, and 2K laser image quality is so good, that it can hardly be compared with cheaper devices. This is recently released gear, so the user interface is currently only partially translated into English, but as you can expect, Xiaomi will probably provide a full software update soon. For now, you can download partial translation patch from GearBest.
Xiaomi Mi Ultra is obviously pricier than your average budget projector, but you get a real cinema-class device worth its price.
Where to buy?
You can buy the Xiaomi Mi Ultra projector at a special price of $1839 using the “XMLPP” coupon code. In addition, the first 50 buyers will receive a Xiaomi TV Box worth about $75 as a free gift. Buy it now on GearBest!