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ViewSonic M2 Smart Portable LED Projector Review

This could be the most versatile and best-performing LED projector at the moment for business professionals at this price point.

For people on-the-go, entrepreneurs, content-creators and freelancers the ViewSonic M2 offers great performance in a compact form-factor. The projector also supports HDR content and is 3D-ready

The ViewSonic M2 is an ultra-portable LED projector with a native 1080p resolution. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as built-in premium dual Harman Kardon speakers, the ViewSonic M2 is a bright yet compact portable projector.

The M2 projector features a shorter throw lens that can display large images in small spaces, while its LED light source provides over 30,000 hours of usage time and 1,200 lumens of brightness. With its excellent reach ratio, it is able to display a 100 inch projection at a distance of just 2.7m, which excellent for both work and home usage.

Here is our ViewSonic M2 Review.

Specifications

TypeDLP LED
Brightness (Lumens)1,200 LED
ResolutionFull HD (1920×1080)
Display Size24 – 100 in / 0.6 – 2.54 m
Throw Distance2.1 – 8.9 ft / 0.6 – 2.7 m
Throw Ratio1.23
Aspect Ration16:9
Ports1x USB 2.0 Type A
1x USB 3.0 Type A
1x 3.5mm Audio Out
1x HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP 2.2)
1x Micro USB
1x MicroSD Card Reader
On Screen DisplayDisplay, Image, Power Management, Basic, Advanced, System, Information (See user guide for full OSD functionality)
Internal Speakers3W (x2) certified by Harman Kardon
KeystoneVertical (± 30º) / Horizontal (± 30º)

The model we received for this review is the ViewSonic M2 VS17808

Packaging

The unit arrives in an elegant box with very little specifications on the outside. The outer sleeve is black with actual packaging in brown. Inside the box, the projector is enclosed in a cloth sleeve. The rest of the accessories can be found under the projector case in a separate boxes.

ViewSonic M2 Smart Portable LED Projector

The accessory box contains:

  • ViewSonic M2 projector
  • Remote control with AAA batteries included
  • Carry bag
  • Power cord
  • USB Type-C cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Wi-Fi USB stick

For Wi-Fi connectivity, The included Wi-Fi USB stick needs to be installed in a dedicated bay at the bottom of the projector. What we found missing in the accessory set is an HDMI cable.

Design & Build

The ViewSonic M2 is very compact at just over 25 cm wide and long, and only 5.5 cm with the support stand folded.

The design is very elegant and minimalistic. There are no physical buttons on the projector, you can only control it with the included remote control or via the smartphone app.

ViewSonic M2 Review
ViewSonic M2 Review

It looks premium with copper colors on the sides and black for the rest of the body. All parts are made of good quality plastic, and it almost seems like metal at first glance.

On the front side of the projector, we have the projection lens. Next to it we have the sensors for automatic image focus & configuration; a small camera on the right side of the lamp and two other sensors on the left.

However there are no lens cover for protection, so you have be careful while moving it around. The M2 also has a built-in function, called the ‘Eye Protect’, which automatically disables the image projection if it detects an object too close to the lens.

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VBay for Wifi USB | ViewSonic M2 Smart Portable LED ProjectorBay for Wifi USB

On the lower side is a 3W double speaker configuration from harman kardon. The lower side also has a dedicated bay for the included Wi-Fi stick for W-Fi Connectivity.

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Ports | ViewSonic M2 Smart Portable LED Projector

All the ports are located at the back of the projector. The ports available here are:

  • 1x HDMI (HDCP 2.2)
  • 1x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1x USB Type-C (Data, video or to power the project via a power bank)
  • 1x 3.5mm Jack (Out)
  • Micro SD card reader
  • Input for power
  • IR sensor for remote control

The ViewSonic M2 has an adjustable stand that allows you to place it at almost any angle. Additionally, this projector can also be mounted on a tripod for better placement in different scenarios.

Setting it up

The ViewSonic M2 is pretty simple and straightforward to setup. It starts with a guide to help you select the location of the projector (table, ceiling or in front of the user). It is a very simple system in which the projector will adapt the image by automatically calculating the focus distance and the position of the lens. The rest of the setup procedure is pretty standard such as selecting your preferred language, connecting to the Wi-Fi network etc.

The setup and use of the ViewSonic M2 is done through the remote control, as there are no physical buttons on the projector. Additionally, the projector can also be setup via your mobile device by installing ViewSonic vCastSender (both devices needs to be on the same wireless network).

The apps can be found here: Android, iOS

Once the projector is setup, it allows you to stream directly to the projector from your Android, Windows, Mac, or iOS device via the Wireless network or via casting.

A thing to note here is that the projector does not automatically pick up the connected source. It has to be manually selected through the source selection button on the remote.

Image Quality

While LED projectors may not offer high lumens as the tradition DLP lamps, it does offer a good lamp life of 30,000 hours on standard use, at 1200 lumens.

The ViewSonic M2 has a native resolution of 1080p, with maximum image projection size of 100 inches diagonally. The projector also supports lower resolutions starting at 480p, as well as different formats such as 16:9, 4:3, 16:10 and ultra-wide 2.35:1, with maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz.

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Youtube Video in a Dark Room | ViewSonic M2 Smart Portable LED Projector

Expanding further on imaging performance, the RGBB lamp offers 10-bit color depth (1.07 billion colors in RGB). It uses its own ViewSonic Cinema Supercolor+ technology that enhances the vividness of colors and delivers a color coverage of 125% Rec.709. It also supports HDR10 content and Blue-Ray 3D content. It has FCC, cTUVus, ROHS certifications for blue light protection.

While the image quality is excellent in dark conditions, it looks somewhat washed out and dull in fairly lit environments.

Audio

Audio is powered by dual 3W speaker configuration from harman kardon and has detailed sound and a fairly high volume for use in small-medium rooms. External speakers and headphones can also be connected via Bluetooth or via the 3.5mm jack.

Menu & OSD

The OS is a variant of Android, a SmartTV-like UI where you can access the configuration options (voice control, power, audio equalizer, brightness, image mode etc.) and the available apps from ViewSonic.

Most of the configuration are also available in form of a smaller menu during playback mode.

Although a little slow, browsing through the options is fairly intuitive. There is also step-by-step tutorial to connect to Android, Windows, Mac, or iOS as long as it’s connected to the same wireless network. There are also voice skill apps available for to control the M2 via Google Home and Amazon Echo.

As the OS is a variant of Android, there’s no access to the official Google Play store for apps, instead you have access to the Aptoide store which offers only a limited number of apps.

Conclusion

The ViewSonic M2 portable LED projector makes for convenient presentations and content sharing via multiple multiple connectivity options such as HDMI 1.4, USB 2.0, USB-C and a MicroSD card reader. It also comes with a wireless Android screen mirroring feature that allows users to easily share content from the their mobile devices.

ViewSonic M2 Review

This may be the most versatile and best-performing LED projector at the moment for business professionals at this price point. As it uses DLP LED technology, it uses less power than traditional projectors thus generating very little heat and is silent. The projector can also be even powered by a power bank via a USB-C power bank.

7.5

ViewSonic M2 Smart Portable LED Projector

With a lamp life of 30,000 hours, Full HD @ 60Hz resolution, auto-focus and built-in speakers, The ViewSonic M2 is easy to setup and will come in handy for users with small rooms, office presentations or business meetings.

THE GOOD
  • Full HD resolution
  • Lightweight, compact and portable
  • Great connectivity options
  • Automatic focus
  • Built in Harman Kardon Speakers
  • Easy to setup
THE BAD
  • No Play Store
  • Image quality too light in bright environments
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