At a size not that much bigger than the ViewSonic M1 mini Plus, the ViewSonic M1+ offers a much brighter screen, better room-filling sound, while still being very portable. Like the M1 mini Plus, the M1+ supports screen mirroring and comes with built-in Netflix. It’s a great portable projector, and a step up for those who want more of what the already good M1 mini Plus can already offer.
- 120 ANSI Lumens brightness
- Throw distance of 0.64m-2.66m, (38-inch @1m)
- Image size of 24 inches to 100 inches
- HDMI, USB Type-C, USB Type-A, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD, 3.5mm audio
The M1+’s design is very different from the M1 mini Plus. The projector is clad in a mesh, giving it a premium look. The projector stand flips to either the top or bottom, and also serves an on-off switch. It normally covers the lens, and when pushed up or down, turns on the projector. The projector’s ports are hidden under a cover — you can find the USB-C, HDMI, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio and a USB-A port there.
Setting up is simple, but you’ll need to use the included remote. The M1+ runs a modified version of Android, and comes with its own app store called Aptoide. Sadly, apps such as Disney+ aren’t on there. You can sideload, but the Disney+ app only starts up. Videos did not load at all upon pressing the play button. I also tried mirroring but that failed, too. Other apps, like YouTube or online videos, worked fine. Netflix seems to work fine, but navigating with the remote can be a pain. You should plug in a mouse to make it easier.
While the projector’s output is only 480p, you’ll hardly notice it when projected on a wall. It will get a bit more obvious if you’re closer to the projected image though. The M1+ automatic keystone works great on most surfaces. The Harman Kardon speakers do a good job in filling the room with sound. The projector’s onboard battery is rated for around six hours in battery saving mod. However, I found that that it would last around maybe one and a half hours.
The ViewSonic M1+ retails for S$649 officially, but I’ve seen it slightly cheaper online on Lazada and Shopee. The biggest discount seems to be on Amazon, where it’s around S$200 cheaper at $436. Definitely consider getting it at that price, especially if you’re looking for a good portable projector.
Note: Review unit provided by ViewSonic.