Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector - short throw projector tested
The Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector is probably one of the most ambitious Xiaomi products in recent years. In summer 2017, the manufacturer launched a full-HD short-distance projector that costs the equivalent of just € 1000 and still works with the latest laser technology.
In the following test, we take a closer look at the Xiaomi Laser Projector with MIUI user interface.
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 13. April 2021
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What is a laser projector?
Who never got anything from Laser projectors who will probably think of a laser beam, similar to a laser pointer, which throws the picture on the screen. In fact, however, laser projectors use the long-established projection technologies, such as LCD or DLP. Replaces only the lamp technology. Instead of a lamp, a laser module is used, which is equipped with numerous laser diodes, which generate the light beam. The advantages of a laser beamer are above all one longer life (~ 5.000 hours vs.> 20.000 hours) of the laser module, compared to the conventional projection lamp, as well as a lower heat output, whereby the warm-up and cool-down phase approaches 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 was made with the Xiaomi Laser Projectorin the summer 2017 for the Chinese market and was also the most expensive Xiaomi product at the time at the equivalent of € 1300. As an import, the laser projector also made a small breakthrough in Germany. The only catch was and is the Chinese MIUI, which is difficult to adapt for local users.
More than a year later End 2018, the Xiaomi laser projector is in one "Global Version" published. Instead of a Chinese MIUI, the projector is used Android TVthat benefits the international user. Unfortunately, what sounds like a strong advantage over the Chinese model also has some disadvantages. The Global Version does not have a 3D function and offers fewer display options.
Beginning 2019 Xiaomi has released a revised model for the Chinese market. The Xiaomi Laser Projector 4K is, as the name suggests, a 4K laser projector. A 0.47 inch DLP DMD chip is installed again, but the projector now understands Pixel shifting, creating 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 us now deal with the equipment of the Xiaomi projector. The projector uses the 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 included 1920 1080 x pixels (Full-HD). As Short-throw 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 Throw ratio is 0.233:1, The lossless projection gives Xiaomi up to 150 inch
Advanced Laser Phosphor Display 3.0
The used laser module of the beamer is based on the "Advanced Laser Phosphor Display 3.0" (ALPD 3.0) Technology of 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. The lifespan is according to Xiaomi at least 25.000 hours, The lumen value of the Xiaomi Short Distance Beamer is included 5.000 ANSI lumens, This value is sufficient to produce a sufficiently bright image even in non-darkened room. Of the NTSC color space will be with up to 85% covered, that Contrast Ratio is 3.000:1, A Keystone Correction (Keystone correction) is possible.
Smart TV function
Depending on which model you choose, the projector is equipped with a different user interface. The chinesische Xiaomi uses Laser Projector MIUI TV, based on Android 6.0. Das Union Model uses again 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 TV, the Xiaomi Mi Projector is with one Dual-band AC WiFi module and Bluetooth 4.0 fitted. This means that playback material can be streamed directly to the projector. MIUI TV is however withheld from the Chinese market. The user interface is completely in Chinese and does not require 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 and Chinese models is not compatible with each other. Android TV cannot be flashed to the Chinese model! The Chinese MIUI TV user interface can, however, be used with a Settings app to 75% in English translate. The following steps are necessary:
- 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 the “globe” to change the language. Select English.
However, the numerous and mainly for the Chinese market specific apps remain on the system. Of the Google PayStore can be installed via a sideload.
HiFi sound and connection options
The Xiaomi Mi Projector comes with a total of 4 speakers equipped with 2 full-range speakers and 2 tweeters. The system supports sound at the cinema level DOLBY Audio and DTS HD. connection options These include 3 HDMI 2.0 jack, one with ARC support, two USB jacks, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0, one 3.5 mm audio output, one AV input, one S / PDIF jack and one Ethernet jack ,
The Dimensions of the projector 410x291x88mm and Weight: is 7 kg, To protect the eyes, the Xiaomi Beamer also has a sensor that detects movements in front of the screen and darkens the image. The input is at maximum 250 Watt, According to Xiaomi, the projector consumes less than 0.5 Watt in idle. The Fan noise gives the manufacturer with less than 32 dB at. The device is delivered including a multifunctional remote control.
Practical test of the Xiaomi Laser Projector
Brightness, black level and contrast
Xiaomi gives it Brightness of the laser with 5000 lumens. The brightness can be regulated via the 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 center and in the brightest "Highlight" mode is included 1035 lumens, The measured Black Level is 0.43 lumens, The measured contrast ratio results 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) achieve. Such a canvas, however, gladly costs more than 1000 €.
The projector resolves in 1080p with a maximum of 60 Hz. The 4K upscaling works without problems. Individual pixels can only be recognized when viewed very closely. The definition is convincing overall and the sharpness distribution towards the corners is not objectionable, even if a slight blur can be seen. Here is an overview of the distances.
Grayscale and color rendering
With the factory settings, a lot of blue is added to get a brilliant white. Generally the colors are from Rec.709 standard far away. From the factory, the Xiaomi projector runs in a shop mode with really bright colors, so to speak. Image enhancers have a dynamic contrast mode and a dynamic color mode. If you calibrate the projector, you can achieve good results, which are only accompanied by a slight loss of brightness and contrast. If you do not 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 tricky, since only 75% of Chinese can be translated using Settings.apk. But you get used to it pretty quickly. The Smart TV function is mainly aimed at Chinese users. Android apps can be installed via sideload. Netflix is not supported. Kodi runs up to version 17.4, the Kodi Fork SPMC is executable including version 17.6 Alpha 2. The integrated MediaPlayer 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.
In the meantime it is also possible to root the projector. Both XDA Developers (Link) resourceful developers have the Mi ProjecTivy Tools released, which add useful functions to the Xiaomi laser projector. The OSD is integrated in 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 dynamic contrast mode and the dynamic color mode already mentioned.
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 this 3D DLP link Format. The display is pleasantly calm and bright. Ghosting does not occur. Switching between SBS-H / TAB / FP is possible via the OSD.
For Gaming the Xiaomi Laser Projector is less suitable. The Input lag is with more than 65 ms clearly noticeable. There is a special gaming mode, but this is only an additional display profile. Image enhancers are not automatically turned off in this mode.
The im "Normal" mode measured power consumption is 180 Watt, In mode "Cinema" and "Highlight" the intake increases to more than 210 Watt. The Stand-by consumption is acceptable 17 Watt.