Transportable, however a Little Unpolished – Evaluate Geek



  • 1 – Absolute Scorching Rubbish
  • 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Rubbish
  • 3 – Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 – Some Professionals, Heaps Of Cons
  • 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 – Good Sufficient to Purchase On Sale
  • 7 – Nice, However Not Greatest-In-Class
  • 8 – Implausible, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 – Shut Up And Take My Cash
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Value: $583

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Projectors are going by means of considerably of a renaissance in the meanwhile. No matter your wants, there may be an possibility out there. There are projectors vivid sufficient for use exterior in daylight, low cost choices for folks with sub-$100 budgets, and a few are extremely compact.

The ViewSonic M2e projector falls into the latter class. It’s noticeably mild and compact, which means you’ll be able to throw it in a backpack or carry it round with out too many points.  A small carry case with pouches for a few cables or equipment comes with the projector, so you might use that. The projector can be pretty moderately priced. You’ll be able to decide one up for lower than $600, which places it firmly within the mid-range projector class. However nothing is free, if you happen to make one thing small, the worth often goes up, or different efficiency areas are likely to undergo. Let’s see if that’s the case with the M2e.

This is What We Like

  • Very mild and transportable
  • Good connectivity choices
  • Stable all-round projector

And What We Do not

  • The app choice is poor
  • Out of doors focus points
  • Its distant is fairly dangerous

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Specs As Reviewed

  • Native Decision: 1920×1080
  • Decision Assist: VGA(640 x 480) to FullHD(1920 x 1080)
  • Venture Dimension: As much as 100 inches
  • Distinction Ratio: 3,000,000:1
  • Mild Supply: LED
  • Brightness: 1000 (LED Lumens)
  • Lamp Life: as much as 30000 in Regular Mode
  • Throw Distance: .65m-2.68m(80″@2.14m)
  • Vertical Scan Charge: 23-120Hz
  • Horizontal Frequency: 15K-102KHz
  • Projection Offset: 100%+/-3%
  • Keystone Adjustment: H:+/-40° , V:+/-40°
  • Enter Lag: 66ms
  • Optical Zoom: Fastened
  • Digital Zoom: 0.8x-1.0x
  • Sound: 3W Dice x2
  • Inputs/Outputs:  HDMI 1.4, USB Kind C, USB Kind A, 3.5mm Mini Jack, Micro SD
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 5gn
  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 7.2 x 2.1 inches
  • Weight: 2.2 kilos

Setup is Simple

Cables plugged into the Viewsonic M2e
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The Viewsonic M2e is fairly straightforward to arrange. Simply level it at a flat floor round six ft away, and choose the nook adjustment possibility within the settings menu to sq. off your display. The flexibility to regulate all 4 corners isn’t current on all projectors however does make life rather a lot simpler. In most circumstances, the auto-focus will get your picture sharp for you; we’ll focus on one of many few exceptions shortly.

Relating to connectivity, there’s an SD slot, an HDMI slot, and a USB-type C slot out there. You can even join audio system to the projectors by way of a 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth if you wish to keep wi-fi. Casting from a telephone or pill to the ViewSonic M2e can be doable on Android and iOS. Setup is so simple as choosing display mirroring in your iPhone or scanning a QR code in your Samsung. An app retailer can be out there, and apps are easy to obtain as soon as your projector has a WiFi connection. Downloading apps on ViewSonic’s projector will not be that simple, as I’ll clarify later.

ViewSonic Nailed The Portability Side

Viewsonic Projector being used near a fire pit
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As talked about within the intro, this is likely one of the smallest, lightest projectors I’ve encountered. Whereas it isn’t “coke can” sized, it’s nonetheless small and light-weight sufficient to toss in a bag or carry round in its personal case with out impacting the individual carrying it. Whereas in its bag, it’s about the identical dimension and weight as a packed lunch, so if you happen to can take a sandwich, chips, and soda on a day journey, you’re able to taking the M2e to a household BBQ.

And the household BBQ is a reasonably excellent habitat for it. One of many first locations I examined the M2e was in a buddy’s backyard throughout a cookout, and regardless of some teething points, it carried out fairly nicely. The M2e is nowhere close to vivid sufficient to work in direct daylight, however as soon as the solar goes down, you’ll be able to level it at a vaguely white floor and luxuriate in your self. There was a problem with the projector’s autofocus function whereas utilizing the M2e exterior. We had been unable to find out if the irregular form of the floor induced the difficulty we had been projecting it on (it was the facet of a home), the sunshine from our fireplace, or moths fluttering previous the sensor. The autofocus labored completely indoors and was simply fastened open air by turning it off shortly after the projector booted.

The Image and Audio High quality are Fairly Good

Viewsonic M2e projecting onto a wall indoors
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Whereas it isn’t a 4k projector, the image high quality on the M2e is fairly good. You’ll be able to max out the display dimension with out distortion or lack of focus in any space. At 1080p, every part is sharp sufficient to get pleasure from. Equally, the built-in audio system aren’t dangerous in any respect. Customers can hear the audio clearly, even when open air or in a crowded room. They aren’t good, and a soundbar will nonetheless be a large enchancment if you happen to’re utilizing the M2e in a house cinema setup, however they do maintain their very own. That is nice, as having to lug round audio system would drastically cut back the machine’s portability. The noise the projector itself makes is minimal, near a low hum on the worst of instances. It is a bonus, because the fan noise of some projectors can break your audio expertise the second they get a bit sizzling.

You can even use the M2e for gaming. It isn’t marketed as a gaming projector and hasn’t obtained the specs an precise gaming projector has. Nonetheless, I managed to play FIFA 2022 simply wonderful indoors and Mario Kart whereas the projector was beaming it onto the facet of a home with none issues. When you ought to in all probability get top-specced, specialist gear if you happen to’re knowledgeable gamer — not everybody has these stringent necessities.

ViewSonic Did Skimp, However Not In Main Areas

The Viewsonic M2e remote
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The frustratingly dangerous bits of the M2e’s {hardware} isn’t in an space you’re prone to be bothered about. The distant feels fairly low cost and unresponsive, and that’s the one actual situation. As you’ll anticipate from an inexpensive distant, it’s very mild and has that low cost plastic feeling. It’s additionally frustratingly unresponsive. In case your distant is pointed immediately on the projector, from pretty shut vary, there’s an inexpensive probability your instructions will undergo. If it’s pointed even barely within the improper route, you’ll in all probability must strive once more.

This is able to be wonderful if, as with most issues, there was an app with a distant perform. These are likely to work over the WiFi community, so connectivity isn’t a problem. Additionally they run out of your smartphone, which implies you received’t commonly be looking out down the again of the sofa for a plastic object with one single buy. The excellent news is there may be an app; the dangerous information is the app isn’t nice both.

There Are Some Software program Points

The ViewSonic app selection
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Whereas the M2e’s {hardware} is fairly spectacular, the software program actually lets it down. ViewSonic has a few apps out there on each the App Retailer and Play Retailer. There’s a distance calculator app that may enable you to set your projector up and a distant app if you wish to forged the crappy plastic one down the again of the sofa and by no means give it some thought once more. The setup app is a pleasant thought, although in all probability pointless, as you’ll be able to set it up by trial and error in a couple of minutes. The distant app is sort of as dangerous because the bodily distant, which is unlucky because it might shortly remedy one of many projector’s few flaws.

The app choice on the M2e is hit or miss for a number of causes. Firstly, there is no such thing as a official Youtube app; you need to go together with a knock-off. The knock-off nonetheless provides you entry to the actual YouTube, however it’s nowhere close to as polished because the official app. Then there are official apps out there however these have been uncared for by their builders. The official MLBTV app is a main instance. Watching sports activities on a projector is likely one of the world’s finer dwelling leisure experiences. Sadly, the MLBTV app appears to be like prefer it hasn’t had an replace in two years. Then there are apps like Netflix which are official and performance however are tough to navigate because of the horrible distant and the occasional spot of lag on the projector’s half.

Whereas all of this seems like a possible deal breaker, there’s a simple repair. Whereas further purchases aren’t excellent, plugging one thing like an Amazon Firestick, Chromecast, or Apple TV into the projector’s HDMI slot immediately solves all of its main issues.

The ViewSonic M2e Strikes a Fairly Good Steadiness

Viewsonic M2 projecting onto the side of a house
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Within the $600 or much less value bracket, you’ll discover extra transportable projectors than the M2e, and also you’ll discover projectors which are higher for a house cinema than the M2e. Nonetheless, ViewSonic’s effort strikes an awesome stability between the 2. As a house leisure centerpiece, it isn’t disappointing, and solely the choosiest of tech aficionados will fault with it. Most individuals will simply go, “oh wow, he has a projector that appears fairly good.”

Equally, the M2e’s dimension makes it excellent for individuals who haven’t obtained a lot storage room and solely arrange their projector for particular events. It additionally makes the projector good if you wish to enliven a household gathering or go spherical a buddy’s place for a film night time. Projectors are closely specialised units, and with the M2e ViewSonic has introduced a strong all-rounder to the desk.

Right here’s What We Like

  • Very mild and transportable
  • Good connectivity choices
  • Stable all-round projector

And What We Do not

  • The app choice is poor
  • Out of doors focus points
  • Its distant is fairly dangerous

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