We do not expect good black levels from any home entertainment projector, and definitely not from a pocket projector such as the ViewSonic M1. The M1 is priced at $337, and we don’t expect to see what we would consider to be good black levels until we’re talking about dedicated home theater projectors priced at well over $1,000.
This pocket projector is geared for the on-the-go crowd, such as gamers and college students looking for a larger picture than a typical TV. Typically, DLP projectors have batter black level performance than 3LCD projectors, but again, we don’t expect that to make any real difference on a pocket projector. What I can say is that you can tell that black areas of the image are trying really hard to be black, and you can tell they are trying, but they’re not quite there.
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When a projector doesn’t have great black levels, we can still usually find some decent quality dark shadow detail. That is to say, we can see details in darker scenes that might otherwise be darkened out on a projector with better black levels. Just take a look at the above photos and notice the details that would be missed if the background was made darker.
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