Ultra short throw projectors are a relatively new type of projector that sits directly underneath the cinema screen. These laser TVs are designed for well lit rooms as a big screen television replacement. But which UST should you buy? Which one is right for you? We'll answer these question as part of our ultra short throw projector shootout series where we compare two laser TVs against each other. Let's find out which is better, the ViewSonic X2000B and the XGIMI Aura.

Known for their bright, colorful and more affordable projectors, ViewSonic released the ViewSonic X2000B 4K ultra short throw projector with much less fanfare than this laser TV deserves. With a bright vibrant image, great contrast, small profile and powerful sound bar, this UST performed admirably at the 2022 Laser TV Showdown. Be sure to also check out our ViewSonic X2000B review.

Much like the highly praised Formovie Theater, XGIMI is a new brand to the United States, but not new to the world of projection. The XGIMI Aura is their first ultra short throw projector. This 2400 lumen laser TV is a very strong single laser UST. It offers a sleek, high quality image perfect for anyone who loves watching TV and movies. You can read more about it our review of the XGIMI Aura.

So which is better the XGIMI Aura or the ViewSonic X2000B?

Check out our expert comparison of these two fantastic single laser ultra short throw projectors to find out.

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XGIMI Aura

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ViewSonic X2000B

Our Thoughts:

Brightness

2400

2000

With 400 more lumens, XGIMI Aura offers more brightness capability.

Throw Ratio

0.23:1

0.22:1

The ViewSonic 4K UST sits a bit closer to the screen than the XGIMI unit.

Chipset

.47" DLP

.47" DLP

Both projectors use the smaller .47 DLP chip.

Light Source

ALPD® 3.0 single laser

Single laser

Both UST projectors use a single blue laser projectors. The XGIMI Aura gets an edge however thanks to its ALPD® 3.0 technology.

Color

80% DCI-P3

76% DCI-P3

Both of these laser TVs provide vibrant accurate colors but the XGIMI Aura has the edge.

Sequential Contrast Ratio

2,225:1

2,832:1

The superior contrast of the ViewSonic X2000B-4K shows up significantly when watching content.

Input Lag

43.1 ms

40.8 ms

Both projectors have good but not great lag times for gaming and are about the same

Audio

4X 15 Watt Harman/Kardon Speakers

Mid/Bass driver×2 + Tweeter×2 (50W) By Harman/Kardon

The XGIMI Aura delivered some of the best audio we’ve heard from an ultra short throw projector

Price

$2,349.00$2,349.00

$2,899.99$2,899.99

Both are affordable UST projectors but the XGIMI Aura comes in at $400 less expensive.

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Pros And Cons Of Each UST Projector

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XGIMI Aura

The Pros

  • Deep dark black levels
  • Produces a sharp image with good contrast and HDR handling
  • 2nd best built in speakers on a UST
  • Fan noise is nearly silent
  • Supports 3D
  • Can make an image size up to 150 inches
  • Has 3 HDMI ports

The Cons

  • Colors are a bit oversaturated
  • Limited amount of calibration controls
  • No accurate preset Movie mode
  • No eARC
  • No input button on remote, so you have to go into menus to do this
  • Netflix app is not included
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ViewSonic X2000B-4K

The Pros

  • Accurate colors and skin tones
  • Excellent contrast
  • Very good HDR support
  • Supports 3D
  • Compact body is smaller than most other USTs
  • High quality built-in soundbar

The Cons

  • Only has 2 HDMI ports
  • Limited built-in streaming features included a lack of Netflix
  • Not as bright as other laser TVs
  • Minor black crush in deep shadows
  • Long startup time

So Which Is Better, The XGIMI Aura Or The ViewSonic X2000B-4K Laser TV?

Both of these are affordable single laser UST projectors. Whether you buy the XGIMI or the ViewSonic laser TV, you'll get fantastic image quality and you'll be extremely happy with your purchase.

This comparison showdown is really close and it's difficult to definitively say one 4K UST is better than than the other. But a winner must be chosen. So between the ViewSonic X2000B-4K and XGIMI Aura the winner of this ultra short throw projector shootout is the………

ViewSonic X2000B

This really was one of our closest shootouts. The reason we picked the ViewSonic as the winner was mostly due to the better contrast. When watching content side by side the contrast was the main differentiator. The smaller chassis and slightly closer throw ratio also help give the X2000B an edge.

This UST has accurate colors and fantastic contrast. It also provides great motion handling and a sharp image. ViewSonic is also known in the projection industry for producing quality affordable projectors and the ViewSonic X2000B-4K ultra short throw is no exception at the affordable low price of $2,899.

The biggest knock against the ViewSonic X2000B is the lack of brightness it throws out. By all means it's still bright enough to work with the lights on, but if you want a high quality image in a brighter room you'll need to pair it with an ambient light rejecting screen.

All that being said, the XGIMI Aura still offers a phenomenal image for a great low price. If you plan to use the built-in soundbar or if you plan to watch most movies or TV shows with the lights on the XGIMI Aura would be a better choice than the ViewSonic X2000B.

We'll be breaking down the comparison between the ViewSonic X2000B and XGIMI Aura even further in our Ultra Short Throw shootout series on YouTube. So make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can get notified when our shootout goes live plus other great content in our pipeline. You can also see our other projector comparisons here.

If you have any questions on these UST projectors or anything else projection related don’t hesitate to hit us up at ProjectorScreen.com. Thanks for reading and keep on projecting!

Which projector do you think is better? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

Product List:

$2,899.99
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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
ViewSonic
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 3-5 Business Days
Lumens:
2000
Projector Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
3,000,000:1
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.22:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Input Lag:
4K/60Hz: 40.8ms| 1080p/60Hz: 37.2ms
3D Support:
Full HD 3D
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
3 Years
Standard Lens Focus:
Motorized

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$2,349.00
Quick Ship

Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
XGIMI
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 3-5 Business Days
Lumens:
2400
Projector Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
2,225:1 (full on/off)
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.23:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
No
Input Lag:
4K/60Hz: 43.1ms | 1080p/60Hz: 43.1ms
3D Support:
Full HD 3D
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
1 Year
Standard Lens Focus:
Motorized

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