There’s a lot that goes into improving the viewing experience. Can the Viewsonic M1 Mini live up to the expectations of today’s binge-watching generation? let’s find out
Viewing content on a big screen is something we all want. TVs have moved from 32 inches to 65 inches and up. Projectors are an easy and inexpensive way to view content on a big screen. There’s a lot that goes into improving the viewing experience. Can the Viewsonic M1 Mini live up to the expectations of today’s binge-watching generation? let’s find out
At first glance, you won’t be able to tell that this is a projector that can project a huge screen. The USP of the Viewsonic M1 mini Plus is its small size and portability. The projector is very stylish, even you can carry it in your bag anywhere. The LED projector has a square design with rounded edges for better grip.
The hood that hides the lamp is intelligently designed so that it can also be used as a built-in stand. In addition, you get interchangeable cover plates that are easy to install and give the projector a new look every time.
When it comes to connections, the Viewsonic M1 mini plus has HDMI 1.4, USB 2.0 Type-A and USB Type-C for charging. There’s no control panel on the projector, meaning you probably won’t be able to use the remote if you misplace it. You also get a focus ring on the right corner of the projector to set the focus.
The LED projector uses a DLP chip and offers 854 x 480 pixels (480p resolution), which is common for small projectors. The light source is said to last 30,000 hours, which is typically longer than the life of the projector. Speaking of brightness, M1 Mini Plus offers 50 ANSI lumens and 120 LED lumens with Rec 709 colors. That means videos still stay sharp and bright despite the 480p resolution. During our use, we tried to reproduce larger screen diagonals (more than 100 inches), but the details were lost from 80 inches (diagonal). The best viewing distance with sharp and clear video details was around 2 meters from the screen. At 20 inches, you don’t need to turn off the ambient light, but as you increase the screen size, you need a darker environment for optimal viewing.
Viewsonic M1 Mini Plus video example
The M1’s sound quality is amazing, the built-in JBL speakers are sufficient for the small room (when sitting close to the projector) and even Netflix shows run with good SFX quality (Netflix is known to have a quieter cinema sound effect). In a medium-sized room, you’ll then need to connect it to an auxiliary speaker for better sound coverage.
In addition, you can mirror YouTube videos and your local gallery videos, but only do this when you have a strong internet connection, otherwise you may feel the lag and video and audio are out of sync. Also, you cannot mirror Netflix to the projector. However, you can watch it by downloading the Netflix app directly from the built-in app store.
What is missing now is the battery life. It offers less than 2 hours of battery life when using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth at the same time. If you want to watch movies on it, you may need to charge it in between to finish your movie. However, it also supports power bank charging, making it truly portable. We found during our usage that the battery has enough juice to shoot a full 2 hour movie when not using Wi-Fi and other streaming services to watch your content.
Viewsonic M1 Mini Plus is a well-designed and compact projector that offers real practicality for everyday use. You don’t have to think twice as it’s easy to set up and offers good picture quality for home use. If you’re a hodophile then this is the perfect companion for the nights out. If you’re looking for a pocket-sized projector that can also perform well, the Viewsonic M1 Mini Plus is worth considering.