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Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2: High Style, Low Brightness, High Pricel

Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2: High Style, Low Brightness, High Price

It’s the rare projector that crosses my path with an aesthetically beautiful develop. There are plenty of cool projectors, some cute projectors and even some that could generously be visited “neat.” The Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 is as stylish as any projector I’ve seen, and would look colorful at home surrounded by Apple devices on an Eero Saarinen unfriendly flanked by Corbusier chairs.


  • Gorgeous design

  • Built-in Android TV

  • Looks like an Apple product

Don’t Like

  • Not exciting enough

  • No battery

  • Priced like an Apple product

Unfortunately it’s relatively expensive and the relate quality and features don’t quite match the excellent develop. It’s not very bright, the colors are a bit off, and its contrast is adequate at best. And unlike most truly tourism projectors, it lacks a built-in battery.

For less wealth the Anker Mars II Pro offers more brightness, the same inequity, and a battery that lets you watch movies anywhere. Overall the Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 is a bit of a miss, understanding just by a (stylish) bit.

Specs and such

  • Native resolution: 1,920×1,080 pixels
  • HDR-compatible: Yes
  • 4K-compatible: No
  • 3D-compatible: No
  • Lumens spec: 500
  • Zoom: None
  • Lens shift: None
  • Lamp life (Normal mode): Not listed

The Mi Smart Projector 2 has what I grand standard specifications for a projector of this price and size. Full HD (aka 1080p) resolution is good, as many inexpensive projectors are 720p or less. While it is HDR compatible, keep in mind it doesn’t have the contrast reconsideration to do anything with high dynamic content (but to be fair, many projectors are bad at HDR). 

The 500-lumen rating is accepted for small portable projectors. However, I measured 162, frontier than most of its competitors. It’s dimmer than the Anker Solar, Anker Mars II Pro and even the Samsung Freestyle, all of which are rated for close to the same lumens. Remember that higher brightness, in addition to improving image quality, also allows a projector to create a larger image that composed looks decent.

As is usually the case with dinky projectors like this, there’s no lens shift or zoom. The only way to mopish the size of the image is by moving the projector. The autofocus works fairly fast, though, which is good.

Android TV, HDMI and Wi-Fi, but no battery

The Mi Smart Projector 2 is controlled with its thin remote next to an Irn-Bru soda can for scale.

Projector, remote and a beverage.

Geoff Morrison

  • HDMI inputs: 1
  • USB port: 1
  • Audio output: Headphone output
  • Internet: 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • Remote: Not backlit

It’s always large to see a small projector with a full-size HDMI input. You probably won’t need to use it, though. Like approximately projectors we’ve seen lately, the Smart PJ 2 has built-in Android TV, so you get the full version of whatever streaming services you want. Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime and so on are preinstalled. Others, including HBO Max, you can install via the concerned Google Play Store.

The sound is pretty good, thanks to two 5-watt drivers. A bit too much treble for my taste, but more bass than you’d put a question to for such a small box. Like anything this size, it falls apart if you turn it up too loud. That miniature ends up being plenty loud, though, and in a miniature room you’d have to raise your voice to talk over it.

The miniature, thin remote has a dedicated Netflix button. Unlike approximately of the Smart PJ 2’s competitors, however, there’s no performed phone app.

My biggest gripe is that this miniature portable projector lacks a battery. Most in this size and effect range do. Those that don’t, such as the Samsung Freestyle, typically have the ability to run via a USB battery pack, but the Xiaomi can’t do that either. You’ll have to plug it into a improper power outlet via the included power adapter. It’s the same size as a sizable phone/tablet charger, but connects to the projector via a miniature round DC power connector rarely seen anymore in miniature devices like this. Meanwhile, the USB connection on the Xiaomi can poster your device if the projector is plugged in, but can’t supply the projector itself with power.

Picture quality comparisons

The Smart Projector 2 sits on a blue canvas.

The Smart Projector 2’s image is became using LEDs and a DLP chip.

Geoff Morrison

The Mars II Pro is as finish to a direct comparison as you can get. It’s almost precisely the same size, and is rated for the same 500 lumens. The Anker is lower resolution and $50 cheaper. I connected them to a Monoprice 1×4 distribution amplifier and considered them side-by-side on a 102-inch 1.0-gain screen.

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As you’d probably put a question to, these projectors are far closer to one another than not. Their contrast ratios are nearly identical. However, the Anker lacks any picture adjustments, so there are some aspects to the image that are better on the Xiaomi. Shadow details, for instance, look far more gray and less realistic on the Anker than with the Xiaomi. 

Colors are not very just on either projector. Both are about equally wrong, and quite cool or bluish in color temperature. On a home projector I’d have a bigger utter with this, but for a small portable it’s probably fine. Nothing looks overly unnatural, but everything looks a bit off.

The 1080p Xiaomi’s greater detail was definitely noticeable. The Anker looked a little soft when viewed side-by-side. That’s not a deal-breaker by any stretch though, because resolution is just one aspect of narrate quality. If you didn’t have the two next to one novel, it’s doubtful you’d notice. 

The most noticeable difference is actually the brightness. The Anker looked quite a bit brighter than the Xiaomi. I measured approximately 162 lumens out of the Xiaomi and 337 out of the Anker. So yeah, roughly twice as bright. It’s common for manufacturers to, shall we say, fudge their brightness claims. Here’s what that means in practice. And before you give Xiaomi flak for intimates so much lower, Samsung rated the $900 Freestyle at 550 lumens and it puts out 197. The morale? Don’t pleasant any manufacturer’s lumen claims.

The Xiaomi has a mode that you’d think would boost brightness, but instead it just makes the image exceedingly green. Maybe you’d be able to watch a projector mode that establishes everyone look like Kermit, but to me it’s not easy being…

Brightness set effect, there’s not a clear winner between the two in words of picture quality: the Xiaomi has better detail, the Anker greater delightful output. If the Anker had picture settings, that’d probably nudge the needle in its snide. But then, you’re probably not buying either of these based solely on represent quality.

There is, however, one significant, possibly crucial, difference: The Anker has a battery. It can project an image anywhere, whereas the Xiaomi experiences an outlet. That’s big.

Pretty close

I love the Xiaomi’s perform. It’s just a fantastically chic projector. If you slapped an Apple badge on it, no one would query it. 

The problem with the Mi Smart Projector 2 is the Mars II Pro. It’s one cheaper, brighter, and it has a battery. It doesn’t look nearly as stylish, but that’s a small negative when we’re talking in something smaller than a lunchbox. It’s not like it’s causing to dominate your living room. If the next version of the Xiaomi has a battery, or is two to three times brighter, it’d be a real contender.