Small, portable projectors that can easily be transported and set up anywhere are extremely popular right now. They are used for everything from entertainment to business, or any activity where having a big viewing area can enhance the experience. They are especially good for today’s hybrid work environments, where business is conducted outside of offices in places not specifically designed for meetings or presentations.
Almost all of the currently available portable projectors are tiny compared with their 10-pound predecessors, although most also still require being tethered to something — a laptop, smartphone, wireless network or even a power outlet — to operate. The new M1 Mini Plus Projector from ViewSonic is the first to completely cut all of those ties, providing a fully functional and portable device with no support or secondary equipment needed.
DISCOVER: Find out how the ViewSonic M1 Mini Plus Projector helps business presentations.
- Self-Powered: Includes an internal battery to drive presentations with no power outlet needed
- Supreme Sound: A JBL Bluetooth speaker provides big audio with a small footprint
- Theater Anywhere: Projects large images from 25 inches to 7 feet away from a screen or surface
The device is a tiny, 4-inch block that is 1 inch tall and weighs less than a pound. All that makes it even more surprising to discover that the M1 has an internal battery that can drive presentations for almost two hours per charge. A user simply opens up the lens cover, which doubles as the stand that the M1 rests on, to automatically switch it on and start presenting. From that point forward, everything is controlled using a small remote that’s about the size of a few stacked credit cards.
The ViewSonic M1 Plus Mini Projector Is Easy to Set Up
ViewSonic has made setting up the M1 extremely easy. The projector automatically adjusts vertical keystone measurements to make images look good regardless of whether they’re being projected on a wall, ceiling or other irregular surface. Presentations themselves can be streamed from 4 gigabytes of internal storage or through an HDMI cable, USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection. Sound comes from an internal 2-watt JBL cube speaker that sounds amazing, especially considering its size, and is loud enough for anyone within about 10 feet of the unit to easily hear everything.
The M1 projects at 120 lumens. At a short throw distance, with the projector just 40 inches away from a surface, images are clear across the 40-inch viewing area even in daylight conditions. However, if you want to create a larger screen by moving the projector farther back, you should dim the lights.
Device Type: Portable LED Projector
Native Resolution: 854x480
Audio Output: 2-watt internal JBL speaker
Dimensions: 4.3x4.1x1.1 inches
Weight: 10.58 ounces
As a portable presentation tool, the ViewSonic M1 Mini Plus Projector is both amazingly effective and an impressive feat of engineering. Offering such an effective business tool, which can double as a personal entertainment device, at a consumer-friendly price would not have been possible even just a few years ago.