When I first started putting together my own PCs, ViewSonic was the go-to brand for affordable monitors with the trade off in aesthetic. That was couple of decades ago. The American/Taiwanese multinational electronics company have since grown, a lot and the designs too, have seen vast improvements.
The brand’s ViewSonic M1 Mini LED Pocket Cinema Projector is one of the testimonies of its design prowess. And it is not just me who thought it is a looker; iF, too, think so and recognized it for Design Excellence.
It is capable of projecting up to 100-inch images with brightness of 120 lumens (50 ANSI) and contrast ratio of 500:1. The visual treat is further boosted by JBL audio. Unfortunately, it does not claim to be high-resolution. Native resolution comes in at a modest 854 x 480 pixels.
Tipping the scales at mere 300g (10.58 ounces) and measuring a tiny 110 x 104 x 27 mm (4.33 x 4.09 x 1.06 inches), the ViewSonic M1 Mini LED Pocket Cinema Projector further features, interchangeable top plate for a customized look, integrated adjustable stand, along with 90-degree lens swivel, for multiple projection angles (ceiling included!), a HDMI input, a USB Type-A port, and a built-in battery.
I am not going to lie, the M1 Mini is indeed a beauty of projectors, but not without caveats. It is marred by the facts that it does not have Android built-in and it does not have Bluetooth capability. But hey, at $169.99 and a product of a well-known brand name, I guess we shouldn’t be asking for the world.