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XGIMI MoGo 2 Projector Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 13, 2024 at 10:37 am
Latest change: Writing modified Feb 26, 2024 at 09:46 am

The XGIMI MoGo 2 is a lightweight 720p HDR projector. It's small and light, making it easy to carry around, and it's easy to install and use with Auto Keystone correction, intelligent obstacle avoidance and screen alignment, and an autofocus. The projector uses an LED bulb as its light source with a rated lifespan of 25,000 hours. It can project an image between 40" and 200", although XGIMI recommends that users stick to 60-120 inches for optimal image quality. It has many smart features with the Android TV 11.0 smart interface, Chromecast, Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 5.0. Finally, it has two built-in 8W speakers with Dolby Audio, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus support.

Our Verdict

5.9 Movies

The XGIMI MoGo 2 is sub-par for watching movies. It's just not bright enough for even moderately lit rooms, and its contrast is mediocre, so it looks fine but unimpressive in dark rooms. The projector has poor pre-calibration image accuracy, and you can't improve it much through the device's limited calibration options.

Pros
  • Full suite of smart features.
  • Small and light, and has a slew of image correction features for a quick install.
Cons
  • Poor brightness levels results in very dim images.
  • Poor pre-calibration accuracy that can't be improved enough through its limited calibration options.
  • 5.9 Movies
  1. Updated Feb 26, 2024: Mentioned the newly reviewed XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro in the Contrast section of this review.
  2. Updated Feb 13, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the XGIMI MoGo 2 mini projector. It's the cheapest projector in XGIMI's Portable Projectors lineup, sitting below the XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro and the XGIMI Halo+.

Model Battery Resolution ARC/eARC
MoGo 2 No 720p ARC
MoGo 2 Pro No 1080p ARC
Halo+ Yes 1080p eARC

Compared To Other Projectors

The XGIMI MoGo 2 is a small and lightweight projector. It's not very good, but it's quite cheap and better than other products in its price range, like the Kodak Luma 150. It'll do fine if you're looking for a super lightweight projector that you can quickly throw into your backpack, but if you can stretch your budget a little, the XGIMI Elfin and XGIMI Halo+ are better products in almost every way.

XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro

The XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro is better than the XGIMI MoGo 2, but it comes at a cost. While the MoGo 2 has inadequate pre-calibration color accuracy, the MoGo 2 Pro's pre-calibration accuracy is even worse. You can improve it through calibration; otherwise, it's just bad. The MoGo 2 Pro does have much better contrast than its cheaper sibling and projects a sharper 1080p image versus 720p for the MoGo 2.

XGIMI Elfin

The XGIMI Elfin is better than the XGIMI MoGo 2. The Elfin has superior contrast, so it looks better in dark rooms, and is the much more accurate of the two projectors. The Elfin can also passthrough advanced audio formats through its eARC port, while the MoGo 2 Pro is limited to ARC.

XGIMI Halo+

The XGIMI Halo+ is better than the XGIMI MoGo 2, although, unfortunately, the Halo+'s pre-calibration accuracy is much worse than the MoGo 2's already inadequate accuracy. Thankfully, you can improve the Halo+'s accuracy significantly through calibration. The Halo+ has otherwise better image quality, better brightness and contrast, a slightly wider color gamut, and projects a sharper 1080p resolution image versus 720p for the MoGo 2. The Halo+ also has an integrated battery, making it even more portable than the cheaper MoGo 2.

Samsung The Freestyle 2nd Gen

The Samsung The Freestyle 2nd Gen is a bit better than the XGIMI MoGo 2, but unfortunately, this is offset by how dim the Samsung is. The XGIMI is also very dim, but it's brighter than the Samsung. Still, the Samsung has better contrast and is the more accurate of the two projectors.

Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser

The Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser is a slightly better projector than the XGIMI MoGo 2, especially if you use it as a portable projector. The Anker has a built-in battery pack, which they advertise to be good for up to 2.5 hours of playback. The Anker also delivers slightly better picture quality thanks to its higher maximum resolution.

BenQ GV30

The XGIMI MoGo 2 is better than the BenQ GV30. They're both small and light projectors that are easy to carry around. The BenQ GV30 has an integrated battery and can be rotated vertically on its stand, while the XGIMI doesn't have those features but has a full suite of auto keystone correction features. The XGIMI offers better image quality, with higher peak brightness and better color accuracy, although you need to calibrate the XGIMI for its colors to be decent.

KODAK LUMA 150

The XGIMI MoGo 2 is much better than the KODAK LUMA 150. The KODAK has one advantage: portability. It's so small that you must see it to believe it, and it even comes with an integrated battery. Unfortunately, that extreme portability comes at a cost, as the KODAK's image quality is abysmal, with terrible brightness and poor contrast, as well as some of the worst pre-calibration accuracy possible, which you can't even improve through calibration.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Portability
Height 6.3" (16.1 cm)
Width 4.2" (10.7 cm)
Depth 4.7" (11.9 cm)
Weight
2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)

The XGIMI MoGo 2 has a compact design and weighs only 2.4 pounds, but it doesn't have an integrated battery, so you still need to plug it into an outlet. It has full Auto Keystone correction and autofocus, so it's easy to set up. The projector has two integrated 8W speakers, so you won't need to worry about connecting it to a soundbar or audio system when bringing it with you.

Design
Projector Technology
Imaging Technology
DLP
Light Source
LED
Resolution
720p
Aspect Ratio
16 : 9
Minimum Throw Ratio
1.20
Maximum Throw Ratio
1.20

This 720p DLP projector uses an LED bulb as its light source, and it's rated for up to 25,000 hours by the manufacturer, so you likely won't ever have to worry about replacing it.

Picture Quality
4.8
Picture Quality
Brightness
White Light Output
313 lm
Color Light Output
293 lm
Brightness Uniformity
96%
Screen Brightness
34 cd/m²

The XGIMI MoGo 2 is a dim projector, so you need to turn off the lights for a pleasant viewing experience. It does have stellar brightness uniformity, so there's little variation in brightness between the sides and the center.

6.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
109 : 1

This projector's contrast is mediocre, as its blacks are just not that dark when contrasted with its very dim whites. Overall, it will look fine but unimpressive in a dark room. This product's higher-tier sibling, the XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro, has much better contrast.

5.1
Picture Quality
Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
5.24
Color dE
5.86
Gamma
2.17
Color Temperature
6,366 K
Picture Mode
Cinema
Color Temp Setting
No Color Temp Setting
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting

This projector has inadequate color accuracy out-of-the-box. Its white balance and colors are quite inaccurate, with reds being overrepresented in most shades of white. All colors are inaccurate to a degree, with blues being the worst. Thankfully, the projector's color temperature is fantastic, even if it's slightly on the warm side.

7.3
Picture Quality
Post-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
2.15
Color dE
4.28
Gamma
2.06
Color Temperature
6,415 K
White Balance Calibration
1 point
Color Calibration
No
Picture Mode
Custom

The projector only has one-point white balance calibration, so you can't do much. Still, you can improve the projector's white balance significantly, minimizing accuracy errors in the process, although some colors are still overrepresented in certain shades of white. Unfortunately, while calibration improves colors, they're still inadequate, with blues still being the worst.

8.2
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Rec. 709 xy
96.51%
Rec. 709 uv
95.69%
Rec. 2020 xy
64.04%
Rec. 2020 uv
76.85%

The projector has a wide color gamut. It covers nearly all of the Rec. 709 color space used with SDR content, although its blues are noticeably inaccurate. It does a decent job with the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

Features
Features
Inputs & Connectivity
HDMI
1
ARC/eARC
Yes (ARC)
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Data Ports
1

The device has Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0.

Features
Smart Features & Sound
Smart OS
Android
Cast Capable
Yes
Speaker(s)
Yes

This projector has Android TV 11.0 with full Chromecast integration, so you can share your phone or laptop screen directly to the projector.

Features
In The Box

  • Power supply
  • Remote control
  • 2x batteries
  • User documentation