The XGIMI MoGo and XGIMI MoGo Pro use Google’s Android TV and offer an excellent experience of media consumption, but they miss some very important pieces of content, unfortunately.
Projection, Hardware, and Remote
Any projector’s most important part will be the projection itself, the image it throws on your wall.
In the XGIMI MoGo Pro case, the picture is a sharp 1080p projection that looks great even when used in a large size. You’re looking at 540p for the smaller MoGo. That’s not nearly as impressive, but I think it looks perfectly fine as long as you’re a good distance away. Colors are solid on both sides and even the 210 lumens on the cheaper unit and 300 on the Pro are more than enough for indoor viewing as long as you are not in a bright room. In either case, such as the Anker Nebula Capsule II, this is brighter than comparable alternatives.
Of course, from a projector like this you would expect decent quality nowadays. What I found impressive was the XGIMI software that was added to Google’s Android TV. There’s a switch at the bottom of the remote that allows you to trigger autofocus that works very well. Instead, if you leave the switch there and press up or down on the volume buttons, you can manually focus.
In addition, the app provides options to help fix uneven surfaces or even to use the project from a sharp angle of up to 40 degrees. Helping the device be used in more scenarios is a very useful choice.
The XGIMI MoGo and MoGo Pro are well-equipped across the board, looking at the hardware itself. All devices have a wireless remote that controls power navigation, and also has a button to use Google Assistant. The remote is very responsive and it also feels pretty nice You will also find a 3.5 mm audio port, HDMI-in, USB, and a power socket on the back of both machines I wish it was a USB-C power cable, but I can overlook it.
The whole body is also well-constructed. It’s nearly all plastic, but it still feels strong. The style itself is also very attractive although I wish the silver / white was offered in black. The unit with its internal battery, which is apparently rated for 4 hours, has a nice heft. This seems to be about consistency in my testing.
Buried on the XGIMI MoGo and MoGo Pro under the grill is a speaker array that is not bad at all in all honesty. Harman Kardon powered the speakers and delivered 6W of power. For a home theater, that’s not nearly loud enough, but it’s enough to watch a movie or show on the go.
The sound itself is pretty crisp, but it’s not easy to produce lows and bass, despite having a built-in woofer. Watching Spider-Man: Far From Home wasn’t a perfect experience, but my environment was great for more casual content types such as YouTube videos. Luckily, the audio can always be streaming out via Bluetooth or backwards using the audio port.
XGIMI also advertises using the MoGo as a Bluetooth speaker, but frankly, from much more affordable speakers you’ll get better sound.
The fact that they run Android TV was the thing that really got my attention with the XGIMI MoGo and MoGo Pro projectors.
This is the same Android TV you can find on a Shield TV, Xiaomi Mi Box, and other Google-certified devices in terms of interface. That also means that with thousands of apps and games you have access to the Play Store.
How is it doing? I was mostly happy with how the MoGo held up to navigation using 2 GB of RAM and a quad-core Amlogic processor. This lags just shortly after loading and overall apps run smoothly. My biggest gripe was Hulu, who would freeze while playing any content for whatever reason.
Netflix or Disney+?
The two tools they are not able to access properly are by far the biggest problem with XGIMI’s MoGo and MoGo Pro. There are no shows here, both Netflix and Disney+. Technically, both can be sideloaded and Netflix has a guide to explain how to do that. To my eyes, though, these are big negatives. Heck, I was not even able to get Netflix to work in my testing
For anyone who buys such a projector, a major downside is the absence of the two main streaming services. However, advising a consumer that they need to sideload apps manually is something the vast majority won’t want to do.
The easy workaround for Disney+ is Chromecast. Like any other Android TV, both of the MoGo’s have built-in Chromecast and you can easily bring content from your phone to the projector. Making things even better, compared to most Android TV devices, I found Chromecast worked slightly better on MoGo. It’s just a shameful Netflix blocks device support as a cast target.
Nevertheless, XGIMI mentioned to me that it aims to support Disney+ as well as Amazon Prime Video by the end of 2019, a deadline that is fast approaching.
Pro or No?
The XGIMI MoGo series has two options. The standard model is $399 compared to $550 for the Pro. For the price difference of $150, all you get is upgrades to the quality of the picture Sharper 1080p instead of 540p video Instead of a high of 210 lumens, 300 lumens.
Both are excellent upgrades but for most people, I really don’t know if they’d be worth the upgrade. Nevertheless, the extra brightness may be more useful than the extra sharpness. You’re going to have to decide which one is best for you but, personally, I’d stick with the sales-focused base model. The base model was priced with sales as low as $299, which is a fantastic deal.