XGIMI has announced the launch of their first laser projector, the ultra-short throw Aura that is the least expensive home theater 4K UST currently available. The laser light source is rated at 2,400 ANSI lumens and offers a lifespan of 25,000 hours of use. The Aura is a DLP projector that uses a 0.47-inch DMD chip for a 4K (3840x2160) native resolution and supports HDR10 signals.
With a throw ratio of 0.233:1, the Aura laser TV is capable of projecting a 150-inch diagonal image sitting only 17-inches from the screen (to the back of the projector). That distance is only 8.2-inches for a 100-inch image. XGIMI has an 8-point keystone correction system that allows for vertical and horizontal correction ±40 degrees.
The XGIMI Aura comes with the Android TV 10.0 streaming platform built-in, so there won't be a dongle taking up one of the projector's HDMI ports. As is customary with Android-based projectors, the Aura also supports Chromecast from mobile devices and computers.
There are four 15-watt Harman-Kardon speakers (two tweeters and two woofers) that include Dolby Audio support and can be used as a Bluetooth speaker for your devices. An optical out on the back allows you to connect the projector to a home theater system if you so choose.
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Also on the back panel are three HDMI 2.0 to connect sources, three USB 2.0, Ethernet (the Aura also supports dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless connectivity), a headphone out, and a Mini USB for service.
The XGIMI Aura measures 5.89 x 23.86 x 15.79 inches (HWD) with a base that is a couple inches less wide on either side, and weighs 32.92 pounds. It's available now with a retail price of $2,499—$200 cheaper than the Wemax Nova released last year, $300 less than the VAVA 4K, and $800 less than the Optoma CinemaX P2.