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ViewSonic M1 Portable Projector with Dual Harman Kardon Speakers HDMI USB Type C Auto Keystone Built-in Battery, Stream Netflix with Dongle
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- PORTABLE PROJECTOR: Ultra-portable WVGA (854x480p) LED projector that delivers convenient entertainment in nearly any room
- BIG SCREEN PROJECTION: Shorter throw lens project up to 100-inches from 8-feet 9-inches
- PREMIUM AUDIO: Built-in Dual Harman Kardon speakers deliver room-filling audio
- EASY SETUP: Simple setup and control, just plug & play your presentations, videos, and pictures
- LONG BATTERY LIFE: A built-in battery provides up to 6 hours of power, and can charge mobile devices via USB Type C when the power adapter is plugged in
- INDUSTRY-LEADING WARRANTY: 3-year limited parts and labor coverage, and access to our US-based customer service team
- FLEXIBLE CONNECTIVITY: Supports most media players, PCs, Macs, and mobile devices with input options such as HDMI, USB, and more
- INCLUDED IN THE BOX: M1 Projector, USB Type C Cable, Remote Control, Projector Case, Quick Start Guide, and Power Adapter
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Projection on the Go
The ViewSonic M1 is an ultra-portable LED projector delivering convenient entertainment in nearly any room. With a built-in battery and over 30,000 hours of operational life, this projector will deliver years of multimedia entertainment wherever it goes.
Small and compact
Weighing less than two pounds, the M1’s compact and lightweight design makes it ideal for moving from room to room, or for indoor/outdoor usage.
Versatile connectivity options include a MicroSD card slot, USB Type-A, and USB Type-C – making the M1 a great option for sharing and displaying videos and other multimedia content.
- Entertainment in nearly any room
- Dual Harman Kardon speakers
- 16GB internal storage
- 360-degree projection with smart stand
- USB Type-C for video and power
- Integrated Micro SD card slot
- Built-in battery with up to 6h power
- Integrated smart stand provides for simple 360-degree setup, while also doubling as a lens cover
M1 is a must-have for your next camping trip or outdoor excursion. The built-in battery provides up to 6 hours of entertainment so you don’t have to deal with tangled power cords. And with a 16GB of internal storage, you can enjoy up to 4,000 songs and up to 4 hours of movies
Compact, Palm Sized
M1 is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and weighs less than 2 pounds – making it easy to put in your suitcase for presentations on-the-go.
USB Type-C for Video and Power
A USB Type-C port delivers fast data, audio, and video over a single cable. The USB Type-C port can also provide convenient charging* of mobile devices when the projector’s power adapter is plugged in.
*The M1 power adapter must be plugged in for USB Type-C charging. When the M1 is not plugged in and operating on battery power alone, it can still play content from a mobile device connected via USB Type-C, but it cannot charge the mobile device.
Dual Harman Kardon Speakers
Dual speakers by harman/kardon deliver vibrant treble, balanced mids, and strong bass for an all-around immersive experience whether you’re watching movies, music videos or listening to a live concert.
360° Projection with Smart Stand
The integrated Smart Stand provides for simple 360-degree setup, allowing the projector to be placed in different positions at nearly any angle. The Smart Stand also doubles as a lens cover that automatically turns off the projector when closed.
Perfectly Proportioned Images Everytime
Say goodbye to distorted images. M1 projects perfectly proportioned images at every angle via the auto keystone feature that corrects images automatically from any angle.
Streaming from Wireless HDMI Dongles
Turn M1 into a wireless projector by connecting wireless dongles such as GoogleCast, and Amazon Fire TV Stick. Dongles stay powered on via the integrated USB power supply, allowing you to mirror images and videos from your phone or tablet and share them anywhere you go.
Projection distance and Size
Project 100” images from only 8.9 feet away via M1’s shorter throw ratio – perfect for projecting large images in small spaces.
|ViewSonic M1 Mini||ViewSonic M1||ViewSonic M1+||ViewSonic M2|
|Resolution||VGA (640x480p) to Full HD (1920x1080p)||VGA (640x480p) to Full HD (1920x1080p)||VGA (640x480p) to Full HD (1920x1080p)||Full HD (1920x1080p)|
|Brightness||120 LED Lumens||250 LED Lumens||300 LED Lumens||1200 LED Lumens|
|Weight/Dimensions||0.66 lbs / 4.1"x1.1"x4.1"||1.65 lbs / 5.7"x1.6"x5.0"||1.65 lbs / 5.7"x1.6"x5.0"||2.9 lbs / 8.8"x2.9"x8.8"|
|Auto Focus & Auto Vertical Keystone Correction||Auto Vertical Keystone Correction||Auto Vertical Keystone Correction||Auto Vertical Keystone Correction||Auto Focus & Auto Vertical + Horizontal Keystone Correction|
|Speaker||JBL||Dual Harman/Kardon||Dual Harman/Kardon||Dual Harman/Kardon|
|Bluetooth Speaker||-||-||✓ (In)||✓ (Out)|
|Wi-Fi and Smart TV||-||-||✓||✓|
|Built-in Battery||Up to 2.5 hours (compatible with power bank)||Up to 6 hours||Up to 6 hours||-|
|Connectivity||HDMI 1.4, USB 2.0 Type A, Micro USB||HDMI 1.4, USB 3.1 Type C, USB 2.0 Type A||HDMI 1.4, USB 3.1 Type C, USB 2.0 Type A||HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1 Type C, USB 2.0 Type A, Micro USB|
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The View Sonic M1 is an ultra-portable WVGA LED projector that delivers convenient entertainment in nearly any room. With a built-in battery and over 30, 000 hours of operational life, This projector will deliver years of multimedia entertainment wherever it goes. Weighing less than two pounds, The M1’s compact and lightweight design makes it ideal for moving from room to room, or for indoor/outdoor usage. An integrated Smart stand provides for simple 360-degree setup, while also doubling as a lens cover. Once the lens is uncovered, the projector automatically powers on with full brightness for instant entertainment. The lens also features a safety auto-off feature that powers down the projector when objects are detected too close to the lens. Dual Harman Karson speakers provide crisp and clear sound for multimedia content, while a short throw lens can display large images in small spaces. What’s more, versatile connectivity options include a micro SD card slot, USB Type-A, and USB Type-C - making the M1 a great option for sharing and displaying videos and other multimedia content. Frequency Horizontal is 15h~135kHz and Frequency Vertical is 23~120Hz. Voltage: 100-240 VAC.
Visible screen diagonal
10" / 24 cm
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Overall, resolution and brightness is good enough for watching movies on the go. Best in darker rooms or at night. If you want full 1080p resolution at higher lumens, then you’ll have to pay more for a home theater projector which this isn’t positioned to be. M1 comes with two 3W Harman kardon speakers which sound amazing- very impressed with the sound quality!! We play YouTube and Netflix on Samhain Galaxy S8 connected through USB C. I think the most clever thing is its product design- the lens cover functions as a stand so you can adjust it in different angles like projecting an image on the ceiling (sounds silly, but our kids love it!).
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The M1 fits nicely in the hand. It is a very portable size. It has a nice short throw, meaning a big screen even when close to a wall. It has a lot of automatic features, so you don't have to worry about clicking through a ton of menus to do everything. Auto on/off when the stand is opened/closed, auto image adjust as you change the projector orientation, auto input selection, etc. The speakers are one of the standout features on the M1. They have really good sound that fills the room. No need for a separate speaker unless you want to feel the thunder of a powerful system. The stand is well designed and really makes it easy to position the projector how you want it.
So why did we go with the LG? In the end, the LG had better brightness and resolution than the M1, although at $100 more it should right?! We figured that we could make up for lower quality speakers with other solutions, but we couldn't make up for the image difference. We needed to be able to make out finer details, like little words and such, so the LG was a better fit, but we were impressed with the M1 so much that we wanted to give it a shout-out as a good projector at a good price. You will just need a darker room to bring out the best in it.
The brightness on this thing is far far better than all of the "easy-bake oven" toy projectors that Amazon seems to be selling these days. I've been duped by a few of those ~$80 toy projectors in the hope that they would be good enough for y kids. This is easily 10x better! During the afternoon, we just have to draw the window shades and they get a bright ~60" inch screen from their beds!
The sound on this thing is super impressive as well. Reminds me of the little circle UE bluetooth speaker I have; super solid. This is a strong contender for some Xmas gifts this year!
Changed batteries twice. No luck. Even the fire stick remote is off so I suspect it's the device and not the actual remote that has
.device is going back. Too bad.
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1. The picture is generally very good. It is sharp and in good focus across the screen.
2. Image brightness and colour seem to be very uniform across the image.
3. A lot of image adjustments are available, some on-screen (i.e. the image can be adjusted while watching: colour, hue, sharpness and 3-d functions only).
4. The on-board sound is convincing and loud enough for me. No need for additional speakers.
5. The rotating stand works very well and is quite stable even with cables attached. It holds the projector at any angle without slipping, is easily and rapidly adjustable and allows a lot of versatility in where to project (including the ceiling). It does rely on standing on a level surface, but there is a tripod mount where this is difficult. Amongst othe places, I've had it stood stably on a cushion tray at the end of the bed. The auto turn on/off when the stand is rotated is a neat feature.
6. Rapid set-up is helped by the automatic keystone, which works very well.
7. The battery life between charges is long. The claimed six hours in battery saving mode seems about right and you can get through a movie at high brightness levels. The battery also charges while projecting; some don't. The battery is a boon in such a portable package but also a possible drawback as it could well limit the device life. It is not user-replaceable and might not be cost-effective to return for service replacement, even if this is possible. Unfortunately, the specifications don't give any idea of the life-expectancy of the battery, possibly understandably as it might depend on how it is used. It is worth asking yourself whether you really need this level of self-contained operation - it is surprisingly useful though.
8. There is a useful charge level indicator on the back of the device.
9. The USB port can power a Fire stick or other streaming device (drawing up to 1 amp), even in battery mode, making a self-contained streaming unit.
10. The cooling fan noise is very subdued. It is inaudible to me until the unit is about foot from my ear, and my hearing isn't particularly poor.
11. The remote sensor is on the front of the device and responds well when the remote is directed at the projection screen, rather than the projector, at least at the distances where this short-throw projector is likely to be used. This is much more practical and flexible than having the sensor on the back where cables get in the way of the beam. The remote works well and is reasonably ergonomic.
12. There is a good array of modern inputs, including USB-C.
13. You get some useful items in the box: a soft case and USB-C cable.
14. There is a native Office suite on-board, with functions like scrolling and slide movement via the remote. The projector is bright enough to make a 40-60 inch presentation in subdued light, i.e. in enough light to take notes by, rather than in total darkness. Total darkness is best for films and TV though (unless you are happy with a very small screen).
15. Given that the device can easily be picked up and waved about the automatic lamp shutoff could be quite useful. The projector could also be used at close quarters for (say) tracing artwork where the shutoff could save your eyesight - or possibly be a little annoying depending on how close to your hand or surrounding surfaces get to the sensor. In this case, there is an option to suspend auto-shutoff.
16. The construction seems high quality. It is reassuringly solid.
17. It is backed by a reputable company with a support team and a 2-year warranty, though for some reason this is a year less than that in the US. The product is firmware upgradeable by a not-too-difficult process should any further upgrades be made.
18. The instructions say it is 3-d compatible. I've put this last as I probably won't use it.
Doubtless there are other features that I have not yet noticed. The projector may be one of the higher priced WVGA offerings, but it is a solid, chic-looking all-in-one solution. That being said there are bound to be compromises in putting such a package together. The following are some acceptable compromises (or non-essential improvements).
1. The device really could do with brightness and contrast controls in the on-screen display (OSD). You can control hue, sharpness and saturation from the OSD while watching video. Adding brightness/contrast would be very useful a device such as this. The reason is that ambient light affects the picture a lot and you end up wanting to adjust these more often than on a normal TV. It is a real hassle to have get out of the video, get into menu mode, guess what brightness and contrast are needed (a tonal panel at the bottom left helps a bit), get out of the menus, back into video … and then repeat the process if it not quite right. There are also three ways of adjusting brightness, which introduces further complication here.
2. There is a faint circle of stray light well outside the picture area. I think that it is scatter from the case around the lens. Baffling this area might help – but then it would not look so chic. It isn’t a problem really.
3. The focus wheel is quite sensitive; a millimetre or so can take it off focus. This appears to be a common issue with the small focus wheels on portable devices. I didn't have any problems but perhaps not easy for those with slight unsteadiness.
4. The PowerPoint version installed is not 100% compatible so you don’t always see what was originally generated on a PC. Native PowerPoint is a handy feature though, and the occasional reformatting is easy to work round by suitable preparation and rehearsal. There may be compatibility issue with the other Office packages - I haven't checked. But it is certainly better to have them than not.
5. As with all DLP projectors with a single DMD chip, there are sometimes rainbow artifacts if you are sensitive to them (I am, but many are not). It is difficult to get away from this.
6. Because the projector is at its best in the dark, an illuminated remote would be useful. You eventually memorise which buttons are which, and fortunately the OSD button is the big one in the middle, but there is some frustration beforehand.
7. There is a headphone socket but no on-board Bluetooth for remote audio. However, the on-board speakers are very good and remote speakers can be connected, if desired, via the Bluetooth on any attached streaming device (e.g. Firestick).
8. Though it handles all sorts of inputs, the native resolution of this device is WVGA (854 x 480). However, the picture quality is very good and, apart from a very few instances, I can't say that I have noticed the lack of higher resolution.
There are also a couple of compromises that take a bit more getting used to (for me, anyway).
1. Projected images are surrounded by a light outer frame (a few inches in width on a 50 inch picture) that makes it look like you are watching a TV with a greyish bezel as shown in the attached screenshot. This frame does not keystone with the picture, with the result that at moderate tilts you have the appearance of watching a movie/TV show on a large trapezoidal TV set. It is particularly noticeable during dark scenes, such as the example; the light ones tend to swamp with light reflected round the room it or at least focus attention back to the rectangular movie area. Projecting onto a screen sized to the picture area, rather than a wall, would remove or alleviate this, and it can also be made less noticeable in some circumstances by setting an appropriate picture brightness. I'm told that this frame is an unavoidable side-effect of the DMD chip in DLP projectors, but it is the first time I've noticed it. I have another, otherwise inferior, portable that does not show it.
2. Despite the claimed contrast ratio, shadow detail is not great. For example, the dark scenes in Sweeney Todd (and it is mostly dark scenes) weren't handled particularly well no matter what adjustments I made. Darks are difficult for projectors, but it is possible to do a bit better in a portable format.
Notwithstanding these issues, if you want something to watch the football at night on a big screen or give presentations to small groups in subdued lighting, with the convenience of needing no mains power, then you've come to the right place.
My 2 downsides for this projector are resolution and lumens.
Once you know and accept this you will be amazed by the value this offering presents.
The 2 negatives may seem a deal breaker but this was my approach.
Resolution is low. Not HD. HD is incredible but I feel when the movie is rolling and the action commences there is no time to count pixels. Pixels are really noticeable when movie is paused.
Lumens. You cannot watch during they datime. This projector performs better the darker it is. You need to block out the light. Once you know and understand this and take measure (bloack out curtains etc.) The problem no longer exists. Sit back enjoy movie/tv.
Where else can you get 100 inch movie for this price. The sound delivery is excellent from Harmon Kardon. We don't have a massive lounge.
It's portability because of inbuilt battery is another huge plus for us.
Our first one stopped working within 14 days which was concerning. Amazon replaced in 2 days so cannot get much better service than that. They said this was first faulty return. Fingerscrossed our replacement lives strong. I would not want to lose it. We don't have a TV which frees up space in the lounge area.
Tv's tend to go on just for the sake of it. Projectors do require a bit of set up.
That's all folks...
Rein von den technischen Daten war das hier die eierlegende Wollmilchsau mit Akku, USB-C und HDMI sowie Steckkarten und USB. Die Lautsprecher-Partnerschaft beeindruckt mich wenig und war auch nicht wichtig für mich.
Das Design ist chic. Die Lösung mit dem Ständer, der eingeklappt das Objektiv schützt ist toll. Klappt super und lässt das Bild auf unterschiedliche Höhen gut einstellen. Die Trapezkorrektur rechnet dann kurz und passt das Bild an. Per HDMI habe ich verschiedene Geräte angeschlossen und es funktioniert wie ein normaler Beamer sehr gut. Lichtqualität hat mich positiv überrascht, allerdings sollte man bei dieser Größe und dem Preis keinen Konferenzbeamer erwarten.
Nun zu den Störfaktoren:
Ich habe kein einzige USB-C Gerät dazu überreden können, etwas an den Beamer zu liefern. Weder Laptop noch Tablet oder Telefon senden ein Signal erfolgreich an das Gerät. Meine Anfrage beim Support wurde retourniert mit einer Liste kompatibler Geräte. Mein sehr weit verbreitetes Huawei Telefon und mein 1 Jahr alter Lenovo Laptop waren nicht dabei. Ich verstehe die Idee eines Standards anscheinend falsch, aber das ist Humbug, wenn absolute Standardgeräte nicht funktionieren. Mein Telefon schliesse ich also per HDMI Adapter an, was totaler murks ist, aber immerhin eine Lösung.
Ich habe eine Speicherkarte eingesteckt und diese wurde nicht gelesen. Verschiedene USB Sticks konnten ebenso wenig gelesen werden. Ich habe von Fat auf NTFS formatiert und umgekehrt und bisher ohne Erfolg.
Die Idee den internen (kleinen) Speicher zu nutzen fand ich charmant. Nur wie kann ich Daten überspielen, wenn die Schnittstelle sich nicht ansprechen lassen?
Als Ladegerät liegt ein eigenes Netzteil mit einem eigenen Stecker bei. Schade. Hätte man sich hier mal auf USB-C zum Laden eingelassen, wäre das ein echter Mobilitätsvorteil.
Also: Ich habe jetzt einen kleinen Beamer der so funktioniert, wie meine bisherigen Geräte. Mit viel Kabelsalat. Ich werde ihn behalten, da es dennoch ein hochqualitatives Gerät mit schönem Design ist. Wer allerdings wie ich auf die USB-C Schnittstelle starke Hoffnung gesetzt hatte, der wird wohl enttäuscht werden.
Ansonsten liegt eine kleine ganz nette Tasche und eine Fernbedienung bei. Die Tasche ist so genau geschneidert, dass die Fernbedienung schon nicht mehr dazu passt. Aber das machen andere auch nicht besser.
Ich hoffe auf Firmware Updates, die das Kompatibilitätsproblem lösen. Wie ich das dann aber eingespielt bekomme ist mir derzeit noch ein Rätsel.
Ich bin nach wie vor enttäuscht, dass das Ding eigentlich nicht wirklich per USB-C klappt, sondern nur mit besonderen Geräten. Ich habe jetzt einen Adapter von USB-C auf HDMI gekauft und das kann ja eigentlich nicht der Sinn der Sache sein.
The only cons I have encountered so far:
- over time, the arm seems to have sagged. My picture is now crooked if I am projecting straight. A bit frustrating, and we always prop it up to get it straight
- the fan can be a little loud, sort of like a 10 year old laptop running its fan on full. The speakers are loud enough to cover this though
- the dial on the side for the focus occasionally unfocuses after a little bit. Can be annoying
Decided to put it to the test and connect my PS4 and was blown away. Immaculate sound quality and more than decent picture quality. Family weekends away will be a breeze as i intend to save all the kids favorite cartoons on a memory stick and carry it wherever we go. Well deserved 5 stars! Will be looking to purchase another one in the near future
Nun kommen wir zur Peinlichkeit in ihrer Perfektion, 150 Trauergäste warten auf die Präsentation, aber es passiert nichts, der Stick wird nicht mehr erkannt. Zum Glück hatte ich die Daten auf einem Reserve-Stick, also diesen hineingesteckt in meinen schönen Projektor, aber es passierte wieder nichts.
Ich habe immer nur eine Chance, und in diesem Fall eine glatte Peinlichkeit und Blamage, von der Enttäuschung der Angehörigen ganz zu schweigen.
Wer das Gerät für den professionellen Einsatz benötigt, lieber nicht kaufen.
For Apple users, get the official certified lightning to HDMI adapter (see my separate review) - bite the bullet and fork out £50 for it as no other adapter will work. Once you get it, it connects and streams seamlessly from iPhone and iPad. As at end of October 2018, I’ve streamed Netflix, Amazon Prime, BT Sport, Apple TV, BBC iPlayer, YouTube plus loads of other apps. As another reviewer has said, Sky Go does not stream due to licensing restrictions.
Only slight cons I feel worth mentioning:
- there is a bit of light bleed around the edges of the projector
- some people may find the fan slightly noisy (although I find that once the audio is playing, it’s not that noticeable)
- the stand doesn’t quite stand true so you may need to adjust it
None of the above mentioned cons materially change the experience for me - the overall quality and functionality of the product at this price is amazing.
- Sound quality is super crisp and so incredibly clear, I live near the main road with lots of cars going past and I could hear every single word of a lecture I was listening to on volume level 3 (this goes unto 10) with my windows open, with my current pico projector by Yuafey I can barely hear anything on full volume even when my window is shut, my only choice is to use a bluetooth headset/speaker
- Picture quality is super sharp & bright even on battery saver mode, I really cannot praise this company enough for achieving such great and consistent result in such a small device
- I used this device for 5.5 hours on one charge while on battery saver mode. I watch a few films during daylight with the curtains open and could see the projection just fine
Here's what I wish the device had...
- wifi connectivity is a must for me (the only real option is to connect Chromecast, fire stick etc. to make it a smart system
- Android OS 7.1 (or latest version) - that would really have made a big difference
Again, I really liked the device, the sound quality is just amazing and I can't praise ViewSonic enough for this. I will probably consider buying this again if it drops to £200. The speakers on its own on this device is probably worth at least £150 (yes it really is that good).
Es portátil y cuenta con batería interna que puede dar duración de entre 2 y 6 horas (según el uso).
La mayoría del cuerpo es una bocina Harman Kardon que si bien no es la gran cosa, cumple muy bien con su función.
Su ventilador no hace mucho ruido.
Tiene varios puertos de entrada: HDMI, USB C, USB y Micro SD. Para audio, la salida es de 3.5.
Tiene una memoria interna de 16 GB (12 en realidad).
La base permite proyectar en cualquier ángulo fácilmente. También tiene rosca para colocar en un tripie.
Su control remoto es de fácil uso.
Sin tantas opciones, es muy intuitivo.
La resolución es muy pobre a 480p! Las películas se ven OK, pero si buscas detalle no lo tendrás, los objetos pequeños y letras pequeñas se ven como pixeles. Aunque puedes conectar una consola de videojuegos, el perder detalle afectará tu experiencia.
Hay proyectores con mucha mejor resolución nativa (WXGA- 1280 x 800p, o 720p) a un precio similar o menor. Comparándolo, 480p es la resolución de una TV análoga, como las TVs viejitas, mientras que WXGA y 720p son resoluciones HD aceptables y 1080p es la resolución estándar de una pantalla Full HD que seguro tienes en casa (sin contar las 2K, 4K, etc.).
No cuenta con Bluetooth para mandar la señal de audio de forma inalámbrica.
Tampoco puedes conectar de forma inalámbrica otro dispositivo a menos que tengas algo como un Chromecast.
La batería se descarga sola cuando no usas el aparato, por lo que tendrás que recargarla antes de su uso.
Si no configuras la intensidad de luz al mínimo, la batería se drenará muy rápido. Por cierto, la intensidad de luz se desconfigura al apagarlo, así que se tiene que reconfigurar en cada uso.
El cargador es demasiado grande y no puedes conectar el proyector a la corriente de otro modo, por lo que tendrás que cargar con él siempre (no soporta carga via USB).
Su precio no es tan pequeño como el aparato.
En resumen, es un buen proyector de entretenimiento para viaje, pero sacrifica buena resolución por portabilidad. Lo recomiendo para aquellos que quieren proyectar videos o fotos ocasionalmente fuera de casa, pero si planeas usarlo como proyector fijo o para presentaciones profesionales (incluso de documentos de word), mejor busca una opción que tenga mayor resolución.
Excellent, very nicely made.
Excellent, nice and loud with decent base.
Built in media player;
To be honest it is a bit hit or miss, the main issue I had was unsupported audio (mkv, vob files tested). Some files, mainly mkv’s at 1080p didn’t play very smoothly. M2TS files would not play for me.
Software, user interface;
Has lots of settings, can adjust brightness, sound etc. Selecting sources is straight forward.
It comes with Aptoide preinstalled. Sadly there is very little choice in terms of apps. I installed BBC iPlayer but it would work as the app needs a mouse.
I was a little disappointed with the projector’s performance in a room with low light (curtains closed in day time). At night I tested the projector and it was much better, the difference was amazing, I was very impressed with the image and brightness. Each time I tested the projector it was about 6 feet away from the wall/ceiling.
I connected a 4TB mini HDD and that was picked up straight away, no issues with powering the HDD. A Blu-ray player was connected via the HDMI input, that looked stunning on the projector.
Jetzt kommt das Aber:
Der Player spielt bei MKV-Film-Dateien keinen Sound ab.
Zum Vergleich habe ich einen 6 Jahre alten Samsung Blue-Ray-Player genommen, einen 30 € China-Beamer, einen Android-Media-Player (10 Jahre alt) und einen China-Beamer für 50 €. Alle Geräte spielen MKV mit Sound, nur der Viewsonic nicht. Wer also vor hat wie ich, öfter mal MKV Format unterwegs zu nutzen, wird gezwungen einen Mediaplayer mit zu schleppen, der vielleicht dann nochmal genau so Groß ist, wie der Viewsonic M1 selbst. Das meist genutzte Format in meiner Sammlung ist MKV! Ich habe mich per Email an Viewsonic gewendet und gefragt, ob ein Firmware-Update kommen wird um das Problem zu beheben. Die Antwort: Es ist nicht geplant. Na dann danke Viewsonic. Das Gerät kann ich so nicht gebrauchen. Mein China-LED-Beamer ist nicht so hell, nicht so hübsch, aber wenn ich unterwegs bin und im Hotel einen Film an die Decke projizieren will, brauche ich nur den USB-Stick einzuschieben und es läuft. Hier muss ich jedes mal den Media-Player als Zuspieler extra transportieren. Für mich nicht akzeptabel. Sorry.
The other glitch I had was when I connected a Linux laptop (Ubuntu 14) with an HDMI cable. Instead of screen mirroring (which works beautifully with an iphone) there was some sort of software conflict.
Overall, I like the gadget but I won't be travelling with it. Its good for home use where I can work around the lack of compatability.
Bluetooth works well, great audio. Picture quality is good and the controls are intuitive. Good value for money.
The M1+ has no noticeable extra brightness over the M1 and the 'streaming' features and apps are just terrible. You will definitely need to use a Chromecast and Fire Stick device to stream without issues.
The little issues that damage the experience are the fan noise and the INCREDIBLY annoying focus issue. The fan when the unit is plugged in will cool the bulb down to a safe temp and then wind down, then back up and down up and down up and down driving you nuts if you are close enough to hear it. I find myself turning the brightness down to the lowest level so that the fan ticks along at a much lower level. It's much more bearable.
The other unforgivable issue is the focus. It just plain sucks. The focus is handled by a little wheel at the side of the unit and it seems to have some tension or pull on it, because you will get the projector in focus get yourself all settled in for your film and then 'pop' the view is nothing but blurry smears! The wheel seems to just move on its own and you have to get up and do it all over again. It is infuriating. I have never come back the projector and found it to still be in focus, I have had to focus it each and every time I've used it.
That being said it is a great machine. The design in fantastic for setting up on a headboard of a bed and projecting on the ceiling, perfect.
M1 or M1+? There is mo difference really. Just go for the cheaper option as you will need to get a dedicated streaming device to attach to it if you want judderless/bufferless decent connections.
The projector was spec’d for my bedroom and I understood the limitation for a micro projector but the size and inbuilt speaker is worth the trade-off.
Firstly the item is packaged well and the build quality feels premium. The resolution/brightness when first turned is impressive for something so small.
Sadly; this is the only positives I can highlight.
The ability to Cast remotely does not really work. The unit connected to my internal Wifi no problem. But the unit was not visible on android phones S10 and P20 or my work Apple. The simple guide to create active is pretty useless.
I could initiate a cast from my PC and MAC via VLC player but the internal codec with Sonicview causes the unit to crash. Casting from google chrome works. Casting via Netflix/Prime does not work.
I had planned to buy a Chromecast device as a workaround but I have decided return the unit as the deal breaker was the HDMI signal not being pickled up. Several different HDMI cables were tried along with output from a MAC/surface10- no joy. I found reducing the native resolution on the laptop allowed for the unit to pick up the signal. But this should not need to happen. It looks like the manufacture has not tested the item.
You need to focus the projector onto a wall/screen using a little dial on the side - shame this isn't automatic as it seems to lose it's focus after about a minute and you need to refocus, after which it stays. I'm not sure if this is due to it heating up or what
If you use the USB to power this then the battery life really doesn't last very long, so definitely best to keep plugged in. I probably wouldn't buy again, I'd probably splash out and buy a more expensive one.