XGIMI Horizon Ultra vs Pro (Hands-On Comparison)

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XGIMI has been really focused on creating small, home-theater 4K projectors, but it’s not necessarily obvious on paper which will be the best model for you.

I’ve thoroughly tested both the Horizon Ultra and Horizon Pro – XGIMI’s top 2 short throw 4K projectors – and crucially have compared both in side-by-side tests so you can see exactly which is better in every scenario, from small rooms in daylight to night-time viewing in a home theater.

XGIMI Horizon Pro vs Ultra: Overview

My Top Pick

High-End Image for a Mid-Range Price

XGIMI Horizon Ultra
  • tick4K UHD picture (from a 0.47″ DLP chip)
  • tick2300 ISO Lumens from Dual Light: Laser + LED
  • tickHarmon / Kardon Sound
  • tickQuick Autofocus and Auto-Keystone
  • tickAndroid TV
With the addition of Dolby Vision in a well-designed and stylish body, and with the quietest fan of any projector I’ve seen in this class, the Horizon Ultra is my go-to for a 4K home projector.

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XGIMI Horizon Ultra Review

Top Portable Projector

XGIMI Horizon Pro
  • tickStunning 4K UHD picture
  • tickSuper-Bright 2200 ANSI Lumens
  • tickGreat Sound
  • tickQuick Autofocus and Auto-Keystone
  • tickAndroid TV
With a stunning 4K image that looks good even at 200-inches across, the XGIMI Horizon Pro is my top pick for a value-for-money home projector.

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XGIMI Horizon Pro Review

Quick Comparison

Differences between the XGIMI Horizon Ultra & Pro
XGIMI Horizon Ultra
XGIMI Horizon Ultra
XGIMI Horizon Pro
XGIMI Horizon Pro
  • tick 4K
  • tick 4K
  • tick Very easy
  • tick Very easy
Autofocus and auto keystone
  • tick ISA 3.0 with wall color adjustments
  • cross ISA 2.0 uninterrupted adjustments
Remote Controls
  • cross Aluminum/Plastic
  • tick Aluminum/Plastic
Picture Quality
  • tick Dolby Vision with cinematic colors
  • cross Great image but can be over-sharpened
Supported Apps
  • tick Android TV 11.0
  • cross Android TV 11.0
Sound Quality
  • tick Rich bass response and loud speakers
  • cross Great sound but less room-filling
  • tick Big and heavy
  • cross Small enough to carry
Fan Noise
  • tick Averages 34-decibels within 1/2 meter – very quiet
  • cross Averages 41-decibels within 1/2 meter – noticeable in quiet scenes
Daylight Usage
  • cross Can’t be used in direct sunlight
  • cross Can’t be used in direct sunlight
  • tick 10/10
  • tick 9/10

Setup & Ease of Use

It takes less than 5 minutes to get either projector up and running, particularly if you have an Android phone as you can simply copy your WiFi and Google account settings across using Bluetooth.

The only differences are found when you look at the intelligent screen adjustments (ISA) versions, with the Ultra having ISA 3.0 compared to the Pro’s ISA 2.0.

Both projectors have:

  • Intelligent Obstacle Avoidance
  • Intelligent Screen Alignment
  • Automatic Keystone Correction
  • Autofocus

The Horizon Ultra additionally has:

  • Intelligent Wall Color Adaptation
  • Variable Iris
  • Optical Zoom

You can see details on the shared features in the individual reviews for the Ultra and Pro, but to briefly go over them:

Intelligent Obstacle Avoidance scans the wall that you are projecting onto, and moves the projected image to avoid lightswitches or other objects. This works extremely well and has always been accurate in my tests.

object avoidance on XGIMI's projectors
the ISA features of XGIMI's projectors

Intelligent Screen Alignment and Automatic Keystone Correction both fit your image to your screen or wall and align it regardless of whether you are pointing your projector straight at the screen or at an angle.

The Horizon Ultra has a few brand-new features including wall color adaptation, which is incredibly useful if you don’t have a screen, and are likely to use your projector on non-neutral walls.

You have to switch this option on from the settings menu, and it then takes around ten seconds to adapt the colors. This runs every time you then start the projector.

wall color adaptation on the xgimi horizon ultra

From a few tests, it generally works well but is never going to deliver the same colors as projecting directly onto a neutral surface.

You can also modify the colors manually, which is perhaps a more useful feature if you are using a projection surface that is not suitable, although this is more fiddly than the automatic system.

The iris control gives you the option to manually change brightness by opening the iris, or increasing contrast (but decreasing brightness) by closing it down.

The optical zoom means that you can use the projector on a longer throw ratio of up to 1.5:1, which helps to minimize the image looking washed out.

You can see all of the features of ISA 3.0 from the Horizon Ultra in action in the video below.

Picture Quality

On paper, both projectors seem to offer very similar image quality, but there is a noticeable difference in practice, particularly when it comes to Dolby Vision enabled content.

The Horizon Ultra offers:

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
  • Dolby Vision Support
  • 2300 ISO Lumens

The Horizon Pro offers:

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
  • 2200 ANSI Lumens

ISO and ANSI Lumens are not directly comparable, as they measure light intensity on different parts of the image, but in practice, the Ultra and Pro seem to offer similar levels of brightness.

On non-Dolby Vision 4K content from YouTube, sharpness is comparable between both models, as is a differing color cast – the Ultra has a slightly warmer tone straight out of the box, although you can of course change the color cast of both manually.

xgimi horizon ultra vs pro color comparison
Non-Dolby Vision content

It isn’t easy to know which is technically better though, as in some scenes the extra warmth of the Ultra works well, while in others it can be too warm.

xgimi horizon ultra vs pro color comparison
Non-Dolby Vision content

But the Ultra does become noticeably better once you start playing Dolby Vision content, from Disney+, Paramount+, or most of the other streaming providers.

From an initial look, the Horizon Pro appears to have a sharper image, but once you get your eye in, you can see that the picture is over-sharpened and this creates extra noise and haloing in the picture, rather than the smoother, more cinematic look of the Horizon Ultra.

xgimi horizon ultra vs pro dolby vision comparison
Dolby Vision used on the Ultra.

Neither one is strictly “better” – it really comes down to personal preference: do you want a super sharp image, or a picture with a more careful gradation of tones?

Looking at close-up shots of the image reveals exactly what I mean here.

xgimi horizon ultra vs pro picture comparison
Up close, the Horizon Pro is too sharp and looks more unnatural.
xgimi horizon ultra vs pro picture comparison
Extreme close-up with Dolby Vision content.

What you can’t see clearly in these photos is that the Horizon Pro definitely has a noisier image caused by the extra sharpness.

You can see a better comparison of the two projectors’ image quality in the video below with both standard 4K YouTube footage and Dolby Vision content.

And you can see the Horizon Ultra and Horizon Pro at larger screen sizes in the separate videos below.

Unlike some cheaper projectors, it is just about possible to use either the Horizon Ultra or Pro in daylight, although you get a much clearer image in the dark.

xgimi horizon ultra vs pro daylight test
If image size is kept small (<60 inches) then you can use either projector in direct daylight.
xgimi horizon ultra vs pro daylight test
In daylight with the curtains closed, you get a near-perfect image.

You can see a comparison of the two projectors in daylight and near-darkness in the video below.

I also have separate videos for both the Horizon Ultra and Horizon Pro individually, showing them under different lighting conditions at much larger screen sizes.

Sound Quality

Sound quality is at least very good with both projectors, although I find that the Ultra has a louder sound, more suited to larger rooms or outdoors, which shouldn’t be surprising given that the Ultra has 2 x 12W speakers compared to the Pro’s 2 x 8W.

You can hear how they compare on the same sound source in the video below.

The real difference is in fan noise though, with the Ultra remaining quiet under load, while the Pro does tend to be noticeable during quiet scenes.

The Horizon Ultra has:

  • around 35 decibels of fan noise at about 0.5 meters in front of the projector
  • dropping to the low 30s at around 1 meter.
  • You can’t hear the fan at all.

The Horizon Pro has:

  • around 41 decibels of fan noise at about 0.5 meters in front of the projector
  • dropping to the mid-30s at around 1 meter.
  • You can hear the fan during quiet scenes.

You can hear this difference for yourself at the end of the video on sound quality shown below (click play to jump to the correct timestamp).


Neither projector is particularly portable, although the Horizon Pro is smaller and lighter, and is therefore more suitable for taking out of the home.

The Horizon Ultra is much more suited to sitting on a shelf, or being put away between uses, but not moving it too far.

xgimi horizon ultra
Horizon Ultra

The Horizon Ultra weighs 5.1 KG (11.5 lbs) for the projector and an additional 1.5 KG (3.4 lbs) for the power brick.

xgimi horizon pro size
Horizon Pro

The Horizon Pro weighs 3.8kg (8.5lb) with all accessories, including the power brick.

Apart from weight, size, and design (with the Ultra looking more expensive and high-end), there are no other major differences, with both having the same ports, tripod screw, and identical remotes.

xgimi horizon ultra vs pro ports

Both models have:

  • Optical Audio port
  • 2 x HDMI
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • LAN
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth connectivity for audio (and the remote)
xgimi horizon ultra vs pro ports
The Bluetooth remotes are identical with an aluminum body and plastic top.

So, Which One Should You Go For?

xgimi horizon ultra vs pro side by side

There’s a lot of overlap between the Horizon Ultra and Pro, but for my money, the Ultra takes the win with its Dolby Vision, impressive sound, and very quiet fan.

The Horizon Ultra also looks much better at home, with a fabric grill covering the lens when not in use, and the cream/gold case fitting into my home much better.

The Horizon Pro is very plastic-y, which isn’t a problem if you intend to put it away in a cupboard or drawer when not in use, which is completely feasible given its smaller size and weight.

You’ll never really be bothered to put away the Ultra as it’s just so big and heavy, so make sure you have a permanent space where it can live within easy reach of where you want to use it.

If the prices are identical, then I would have no hesitation in recommending the Ultra.

The Ultra is also definitely worth more than the Pro, but how much more?

I would say that if you can find the Pro for at least $400 less than the Ultra, then that would sway me, but otherwise, I would stick with the Ultra.

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