Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector
Chip: 0.47 "DMD 1080p
Light source technology: ALPD 3.0
Brightness: 5000 Lumens
Brightness Uniformity JBMA> 80%
Color Space: NTSC 80% ~ 85%
Center Contrast 2500: 1 ~ 3500: 1
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Picture format: 16: 9 (4: 3)
Projection size: ~ 150 "
Projection Ratio: 0.233: 1
Contrast Ratio: 3000: 1
3x HDMI 2.0 (1x ARC)
1x 3.5mm jack (audio out)
1x USB Type-A 2.0 jack
1x USB Type-A 3.0 jack
1x S / PDIF
Speaker: 2x Full Range - 2x Tweeter
Audio: DOLBY, DTS
Smart TV: MIUI TV
3D support: Yes
Lamp life:> 25.000 hours
Power consumption: 250W / 0.5W (standby)
Size: 410 × 291 × 88 mm
Weight: 7 kg
Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector
Update 23. December 2021
November is bargain month! It starts with Singles Day, for which Banggood has the Xiaomi MIJIA 1S 4K Cinema Laser Projector, the Xiaomi Mi 4K UHD Laser Projector and the Xiaomi MIJIA Ultra-Short Throw Laser Projector on offer at a greatly reduced price.
The MIJIA 1S is the latest laser projector in the series, which projects a high-resolution 4K image (pixel shift) with up to 2000 ANSI lumens. The short-throw projector is on offer for 1381 euros.
€ 300 Coupon - Xiaomi MIJIA 1S 4K Cinema Laser Projector
Also on offer for 1320 euros is the Xiaomi Mi 4K UHD Laser Projector, which has a lower light intensity with 1300 ANSI lumens, but also generates a 4K image (pixel shift). The projector is sold as a global version, which is why real Android TV 9 is already preinstalled.
500 € Coupon - Xiaomi Mi 4K UHD Laser Projector
The somewhat older Xiaomi Laser Projector with native 1080p resolution and the global version with Android TV is available for 989 euros.
170 € Coupon - Xiaomi MIJIA Laser Projector (Global)
Shipping is from the EU warehouse (2-3 working days), so there are no further import fees. You can call up the offer via our deal box. As a suitable screen, we recommend an ALR UST screen, which Banggood has on offer from 292 euros (Link).
What is a laser projector?
Anyone who has never heard of laser projectors will probably think of a laser beam, similar to a laser pointer, that throws the image onto the screen. In fact, laser projectors make use of long-established projection technologies such as LCD or DLP. Only the lamp technology will be replaced. Instead of a lamp, a laser module is used, which is equipped with numerous laser diodes that generate the light beam. The main advantages of a laser projector are a longer service life (~ 5.000 hours vs.> 20.000 hours) of the laser module compared to conventional projection lamps, as well as lower heat emission, which means that the warm-up and cool-down phase is almost zero.
History of the Xiaomi Laser Projector
Over the past few years, Xiaomi has built up and expanded its own home theater division. The starting shot came with the Xiaomi Laser Projector, which was released for the Chinese market in the summer of 2017 and was also the most expensive Xiaomi product at the time at the equivalent of 1300 €. The laser projector also made a small breakthrough in this country as an import. The only catch was and is the Chinese MIUI, which is difficult to adapt for local users.
More than a year later, at the end of 2018, the Xiaomi Laser Beamer appeared in a "Global Version". Instead of the Chinese MIUI, the projector relies on Android TV, which benefits international users. What sounds like a strong advantage over the Chinese model unfortunately also has some disadvantages. The global version manages without a 3D function and offers fewer setting options for the display.
At the beginning of 2019, Xiaomi released a revised model for the Chinese market. As the name suggests, the Xiaomi Laser Projector 4K is a 4K laser projector. Another 0.47 inch DLP DMD chip is installed, but the projector now understands pixel shifting, which creates a (fake) 4K experience. The Laser Projector 4K has not yet been released as a global version and is only available as an import.
All models of the Xiaomi projector
The Xiaomi laser projector is now available in 8 different versions with different manufacturer and model names. The manufacturer of all projectors is "Fengmi Technology Co., Ltd", which was created in 2016 in cooperation between Xiaomi and Appotronics.
1080p models (MiProjA1 - code name: rainman)
- Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector (Chinese) | Model: MJJGYY01FM
- Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector (International) | Model: MJJGYY02FM
- Xiaomi MIJIA ALPD 3.0 ((Rear Throw Laser) | Model: L185JCN
- Wemax One 7000 | Model: FMWS01C
- Wemax One Pro | Model: FMWS02C
4K models (MiProjLas2 - code name: batman)
- Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector 4K (Chinese) | Model: MJJGTYDS01FM
- Xiaomi MIJIA 1S 4K | Model: MJJGTYDS04FM
- Wemax A300 | Model: L1668FCF
- Fengmi 4K Cinema Laser | Model: L176FCN
- Fengmi 4K Cinema Pro Laser | Model: L176FCNPro
- ??? | Model: L246
Equipment of the Xiaomi Laser Projector
DLP technology and short throw projection
Let's now deal with the equipment of the Xiaomi projector. The projector uses digital light processing projection technology (DLP). The image is digitally projected onto the screen via micromirrors. The maximum resolution of the 0.47 inch DMD chip used here is 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD). As a short distance projector or "Short Throw Beamer", the Xiaomi Projector is able to project a particularly large image even at the shortest possible distance. This results in multiple possible uses, such as enabling an appropriate home cinema experience even in the smallest of spaces. The projection ratio is 0.233: 1. The loss-free projection surface is specified by Xiaomi with up to 150 inches.
Advanced Laser Phosphor Display 3.0
The laser module used in the projector is based on the "Advanced Laser Phosphor Display 3.0" (ALPD 3.0) technology from Appotronics. This manufacturer is best known on the Asian home theater market and is already one of the largest suppliers of laser technology there. The module consists of GaN-based, blue laser diodes. Primary colors are generated by illuminated color filters. According to Xiaomi, the service life is at least 25.000 hours. The lumen value of the Xiaomi short distance projector is 5.000 ANSI lumens. This value is sufficient to produce a sufficiently bright picture even in a non-darkened room. The NTSC color space is covered with up to 85%, the contrast ratio is 3.000: 1. Keystone correction is possible.
Smart TV function
Depending on which model you choose, the projector is equipped with a different user interface. The Chinese Xiaomi Laser Projector uses MIUI TV, based on Android 6.0. The international model again uses Android TV version 8.1. There are also differences in the TV box hardware used.
- MIUI TV Box: Amlogic T968 with Mali T830 GPU | 2GB DDR3 and 16GB eMMC
- Android TV Box: Amlogic T962 with Mali 450 GPU | 2GB DDR4 and 16GB eMMC
Similar to the Smart TV function of a television, the Xiaomi Mi Projector is equipped with a dual-band AC WiFi module and Bluetooth 4.0. This allows playback material to be streamed directly to the projector. However, MIUI TV is withheld from the Chinese market. The user interface is entirely in Chinese and works without Google Apps. The Google PlayStore, Netflix, YouTube and other useful apps are missing.
But also the Android TV of the international model is not the yellow of the egg. As already mentioned above, the 3D function is missing and there are fewer setting options for the image. Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are also of limited use. Due to the lack of Widevine L1 support, Netflix can only be streamed in SD.
The firmware of the international model and the Chinese model are not compatible with each other. Android TV cannot be flashed to the Chinese model! However, 75% of the Chinese MIUI TV user interface can be translated into English with the help of a Settings app. The following steps are necessary for this:
- The startSettings.apk (Link) and copy to a FAT32 formatted USB stick.
- Connect the USB stick to the started projector. A notification window appears. There select the first option.
- Select the APK file. A warning message for apps from unknown sources appears (Chinese).
- Confirm with left selection (OK). The settings for apps of unknown sources are called automatically. Then install the app.
- Open Settings in the app selection. Scroll to "Globe" to change the language. Select English.
However, the numerous apps, which are mainly intended for the Chinese market, remain on the system. The Google PayStore can be installed via a sideload.
HiFi sound and connection options
The Xiaomi Mi Projector is equipped with a total of 4 speakers, which are divided into 2 full-range speakers and 2 tweeters. The system supports DOLBY Audio and DTS HD for cinema-quality sound. The connection options amount to 3 HDMI 2.0 sockets, one of them with ARC support, two USB sockets, one of them USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0, a 3.5 mm audio output, an AV input, a S / PDIF socket and an Ethernet -Rifle.
The dimensions of the projector are 410 × 291 × 88 mm, the weight is 7 kg. To protect the eyes, the Xiaomi projector also has a sensor that detects movements in front of the projection surface and darkens the image. The power consumption is a maximum of 250 watts. According to Xiaomi, the projector consumes less than 0.5 watts in idle. The manufacturer specifies the fan volume as less than 32 dB. The device is delivered including a multifunctional remote control.
Practical test of the Xiaomi Laser Projector
Brightness, black level and contrast
Xiaomi specifies the brightness of the laser with 5000 lumens. The brightness can be regulated using a total of 3 projection modes “Normal”, “Cinema” and “Highlight”. There is no eco mode! The brightness measured on a 90 inch projection surface (gain 1.0) in the middle and in the brightest mode “Highlight” is 1035 lumens. The measured black value is 0.43 lumens. The measured contrast ratio is 2419: 1.
The projector is rather unsuitable for projection surfaces> 90 inches in daylight. Enclosed test images, on a conventional 130 inch projection surface in daylight and in the dark. Better results can be achieved with a high-contrast screen (ALR). Such a screen can cost more than 1000 €.
The projector has a native resolution of 1080p with a maximum of 60 Hz. The 4K upscaling works without any problems. Individual pixels can only be seen when viewed very closely. The image sharpness is convincing overall and the distribution of sharpness towards the corners is also not objectionable, even if a slight blurring can be seen. Here is an overview of the distances.
Grayscale and color rendering
With the factory settings, a lot of blue is mixed in to get a brilliant white. In general, the colors are far from the Rec. 709 standard. From the factory, the Xiaomi projector runs, so to speak, in a shop mode with really bright colors. Image enhancers have a dynamic contrast mode and a dynamic color mode. If you calibrate the projector, you can achieve good results that are only associated with a slight decrease in brightness and contrast. If you don't want to calibrate yourself, you should select the color temperature "Warm" in order to achieve reasonably precise results.
"Warm" color mode
Sound and volume
The Dolby audio system delivers excellent sound. Lows are clearly noticeable A really great speaker system and better than some sound bars.
The sound pressure level measured at the laser projector was 42 dB. At a distance of 3 meters, a value of 27 dB was measured. The volume is acceptable. In quiet movies, the fans of the beamer are indeed heard through a high-pitched hum, but at normal playback volume, the hum is largely submerged.
MIUI TV and OSD
The menu navigation is a bit clumsy, as only 75% of the Chinese can be translated using a Settings.apk. But you get used to it very quickly. The Smart TV function is mainly aimed at the Chinese user. Android apps can be installed by sideloading. Netflix is not supported. Kodi runs up to version 17.4, the Kodi Fork SPMC can run including version 17.6 Alpha 2. The integrated media player is very good. It plays pretty much everything! Connecting a Chromecast, Apple TV or any other TV box to the Xiaomi Laser Projector is no problem.
It is now also possible to root the projector. At the XDA-Developers (Link) resourceful developers have released the Mi ProjecTivy Tools, which add useful functions to the Xiaomi laser projector. The OSD is built into MIUI TV. There are setting options for keystone correction (4-fold and 8-fold), the manual focus and the display (projection mode and color mode). There is no such thing as an intermediate image calculation. The only image enhancers are the aforementioned dynamic contrast mode and dynamic color mode.
Ceiling mounting is possible. There are threads for a bracket. The image can be rotated 180 ° within the settings, i.e. turned upside down (flip mode). It is also possible to project the image mirrored (Mirror) and both combined, i.e. rotated and mirrored (Flip & Mirror).
3D and gaming
The projector (China model only!) Supports the 3D DLP-Link format. The display is pleasantly calm and bright. Ghosting does not occur. A change between SBS-H / TAB / FP is possible via the OSD.
The Xiaomi Laser Projector is less suitable for gaming. The input lag is clearly noticeable at more than 65 ms. There is a special gaming mode, but this is only an additional display profile. Image enhancers are not automatically switched off in this mode.
The power consumption measured in "normal" mode is 180 watts. In the "Cinema" and "Highlight" modes, the consumption increases to more than 210 watts. The stand-by consumption is an acceptable 17 watts.