You probably have heard of the brand Viewsonic before, easily identifiable by their colored three finch logo, for almost 30 years they have been revolutionizing the computer peripheral industry and there is a good chance that the monitor you are reading this on now or use at work is one of theirs. In fact, the company’s core mission has always been to develop and deliver advanced visual display products at an affordable price. Their latest offering, the M1 Ultra-Portable Projector is an entertainment lover’s dream and encapsulates ViewSonic’s drive for innovation, quality and value.
To date, ViewSonic products have earned more than 2,000 quality awards and recommendations. In fact, for the seventh time in the last eight years, ViewSonic has been recognized as a “Channel Champion”-the market-leading vendor of monitors in the United States. So, it’s no surprise that the M1 has some unique features that make this a worthwhile investment and it starts with the build quality.
The M1 is unlike any other projector we have tested, weighing in a less than 2 pounds, it features a unique 360-degree smart stand that doubles as a lens cover. This unique design allows the projector to be used at different angles depending on user preference and are not limited by conventional turn screw lift or lower mechanisms. The smart stand when moved also automatically powers on the unit for quick operation in any environment. Also, integrated into the build is a rare pair of powerful speakers by industry leaders Harmon Kardon. This is a welcome change from the tinny uninspiring sound that the inbuilt speaker of a projector normally offers, and we were simply floored by the sound quality, not only are they loud but they also offered some impressive bass and clean mid and upper tones.
The projector also features the usual array of connectivity options including HDMI, MicroSD and USB inputs but another notable inclusion is a USB type C input, delivering fast data, audio, video and quick charging over a single cable. More importantly, it allows users to hook up their smartphones and tablets with a lot more convenience to stream movies or their favorite photos or video.
Speaking of imagery, the M1 delivers a 1920 x 1080 (max) Full HD resolution thanks to its latest solid-state LED technology that is both mercury-free and lamp-free. The LED light source provides a vivid and bright 250 Lumens at a 1.2 throw ratio with WVGA resolution for crisp image quality. The fixed zoom 16:9 lens combined with a long lasting built-in battery that provides up to 6 hours of power means users can watch movies and share videos without the hassle of wires or cables and thanks to ViewSonic’s’ commitment to integrating this new power efficient LED technology, it promises at least 30,000 hours of usage in its lifespan.
The Viewsonic M1 is an impressive piece of hardware and truly is the only projector that is productively portable. It delivers the perfect balance of picture quality, sound and connectivity and is small enough to slip inside a bag or briefcase with many usages in the business world, on family vacations or just to fulfill your every entertainment and multimedia needs.