Review: ViewSonic M1 mini Plus Pocket Cinema LED Projector
So, Moore’s Law posits that technology may become more compact as time goes by and that is true for ViewSonic’s latest pocket-sized projector, the M1 mini Plus. In this review, we will unbox the product and unravel if it’s truly worth its price tag of RM799. Let’s check it out.
Design and Body
The ViewSonic M1 Mini Plus comes with three different body plates that allows you to change them at will. This makes it a tad more lifestyle-ish for those who love accessorizing. It is purely for aesthetics and we do wonder if it’s a necessity at all in the first place. Well, at least you don’t have to ponder about which color to get.]
Accessories and Stuff
The remote controller is a standard. But this is pretty essential to navigate the operating system when you power on. So don’t lose it. We will cover more about the OS navigation below.
It also comes with a classic handstrap for those with butter fingers. Safety first as always.
The charger allows you to swap between three different pin types so effectively, you don’t need a travel adapter. Notice that it is a USB Type-C at the other end, but only purely for charging. So please take note of that.
Operating the M1 Mini Plus
On the rear is the power on/off slider. It’s not a button. Very likely the remote controller sensor is situated on the rear as well.
The left side sits the focus adjustment roller, power in port and USB port.
While the right hand side has an HDMI port.
Notice how it lifts midway? Well, this is the actual correct way to use this projector. The swivel stand is meant to lift the projector ever so slightly.
Even ViewSonic don’t recommend using the stand is such a position as the projector is clearly tilted.
Just for a size reference, it fits perfectly on your palm.
Projection Test Start
Moving to a location with a white wall, the M1 Mini Plus is like the perfect bedroom cinema projector. With this projector, gone are the days you would actually need to lug or mount the entire TV set in your bedroom. All you need is a solid surface (I use a keepsake box) and you’re practically all set to use it.
System And Navigation
Here’s the projection quality under normal daylight. As you can tell, the projector works effortlessly in the day. But of course, you would get greater clarity and colors if the room is darkened.
Just as a matter of comparison, you’d definitely get a much better visual representation if you would darken the room.
The first thing you’d want to do is to connect to the WiFi. The navigation on board the M1 Mini Plus is fairly straight-forward and can be controlled using the remote controller alone. Yes, you can also use it to type albeit a little bit tedious.
Here are the settings features that you can access. It’s really pretty simple and user-friendly.
Some of the things you can do right out of the box is access YouTube. We accessed a local channel just to test the connectivity and it works just fine.
Here’s a different kind of content and colors just turn out great!
On a different note, you can also download apps because the OS is well-designed with ongoing updated for dedicated applications. Popular apps like Netflix allows you to practically watch content just as you would on a Smart TV.
The app looks just like the one you would access from your smart devices. So this makes the M1 Mini Plus pretty versatile gadget in the content streaming department.
Bluetooth Pairing and Smartphone Screen Casting
Next, we tested the Bluetooth pairing and screen casting ability of the M1 Mini Plus with a smartphone.
Just so you are aware, Bluetooth pairing automatically converts the M1 Mini Plus into a Bluetooth speaker. So it won’t be projecting anything.
Via Bluetooth pairing, the M1 Mini Plus becomes a Blueooth speaker. While it isn’t the best Bluetooth speaker in the market, it does a fairly good job at outputing higher volume audio with clear mid and high notes.
Screen mirroring is pretty easy for iOS (being iPhone users ourselves). Key in the Airplay password and you’re set to cast content on screen.
Screen mirroring basically replicates everything you see on your smartphone screen including maximized content such as this music video. There’s little to no lag time from input command to visuals so you need not worry if the projected visuals are going to lag behind the smartphone.
Storage and Files Settings
Last but not least, the M1 Mini Plus allows you to manage internal storage files and folders. This makes it possible to access content from a USB drive if you would like to.
The ViewSonic M1 Mini Plus is indeed a cinema pocket projector but one that is pretty ‘smart’ in terms of technologies thanks to its app-ready operating system, which allows you to surf the web, download app and manage files and folders on top of being a competent projection device.
If you’re in the market on the lookout for an on-the-go projector or even an actual projector that performs solidly and make do without all the wiring hassle, then the M1 Mini Plus would truly be the perfect fit for that endeavor that fits just right in your pocket.
Finally, if you’re reading this ViewSonic is offering a FREE Sonic Gear Bluetooth Earpump for every purchase of the M1 mini Plus but only if you get it through this Lazada link. Hurry up!