The ViewSonic M1 is a pico projector, and as such, it didn’t really stand a chance against the other projectors in the Under $1000 range. Pico projectors are a class of their own. The M1 could likely do battle with a few of the projectors from our 2018 Pico and Pocket Projectors Report, so stay tuned for more info in that department, should Art decide to continue with this new report.
That said, the ViewSonic M1 is a WVGA (854 x 480) resolution projector. This is considered standard definition – not HD – though it can accept 1080p content. It has DLP technology and an LED light source with a lifespan of up to 30,000 hours. It weighs in at just 1.5 lbs, has a fixed focal length (as do most pico and pocket projectors), and has its own protective carrying case. Its small size makes it ultra-portable, and it can easily fit in a backpack, messenger bag, or carry-on luggage, and it has its own stand, plus 360-degree projection.
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It has a $337 price tag, and a brightness claim of 250 lumens. This is hardly enough to make this your all-the-time living room projector, but as a projector used for travel, summer movie nights, or for your kids’ personal “home theater,” the ViewSonic M1 should do just fine. Our reviewer who handled the M1 mentions that animated films look better than films like The Hunger Games and The Greatest Showman, as the M1 doesn’t do a stellar job on skin tons. Oh well, that’s to be expected from a projector like this.
The ViewSonic M1 has an onboard Media Player that allows PC-free playback from internal storage or USB storage and smart devices. It comes with a whopping 16 GB of internal storage, allowing for up to 4,000 songs and 4 hours of video to be stored directly on the device. It is 3D ready – another good trait for the kiddos – as well as an Eye Protection Setting, which will temporarily turn off the light source when something gets too close.
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