• Resolution support: 854 x 480 (WVGA)
  • Brightness: 250 lumens
  • Light source: Lamp
  • Throw ratio: 1.2
  • Ports: 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x HDMI, 1x microSD, 1x 3.5mm audio out
  • Dimensions: 148 x 40.5 x 126
  • Weight: 700g
  • Pros:
  • Portability
  • Speakers
  • Inputs
  • Cons:
  • None

A Portable TV

Nothing excites us more than receiving something big in a small package, and just like previous incredibly portable projectors we know, we’re going to have a blast with the Viewsonic M1. The ability to carry around a projector easily wherever you go is actually quite an advantage. Not to mention, the advantage of not needing a power source to use the projector goes a long way.

The M1 can be said to be the size of a middle sized book, slightly bigger than maybe a hardcover copy of The Philosophers Stone. It has a built-in stand that not only works as a stand, but also doubles as a lens cover and a pseudo power switch. When you uncover the lens, the M1 lights up at full brightness for instant action. The stand also allows for a full 360-degree setup, so you never have to worry about angles.

In addition, the M1 comes a built-in safety feature that protects it by turning off the lens when someone is too close to the projector. Best used in rooms, the short-throw lens of the M1 is versatile with the amount of connectivity options available to it. Ranging from a simple microSD, USB Type-A and Type-C, and of course HDMI, the M1 covers all the options the modern age has. Just being able to use USB and microSD on-the-go is a huge advantage.

Why? The M1 has built-in Harman Kardon speakers, so you could carry it around with you. It’s like carrying a portable cinema that could fit inside a girl’s handbag. The sound from the speakers are great and although coming from a small device, it is loud, clear and suitable for a small group of friends getting together to catch up for a movie night in a small room. The M1 could also be a godsend to photographers who wish to share their pictures instantly to a group of people, whether it be on the job of for the family. Additionally, the projector comes with 16GB of internal storage, so you can easily carry around some music and movies to enjoy without having to bring anything else with you.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Viewsonic M1 is something you never knew you needed until you actually get one in your hand, then you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one.

(previously published in issue September 2018)