ViewSonic debuts ultra-portable M1 projector with Harman Kardon speakers

ViewSonic added a new projector to its lineup today. This projector is aimed at consumers that are on-the-go and need to share content quickly and easily. It joins 3 other ultra-portable projectors currently available from ViewSonic, but notably it comes in at the lowest price point.

ViewSonic got its start in 1987 under the name of Keypoint Technology Corporation. A few years after its founding, the company began shipping a line of color monitors named ViewSonic. Shortly after the launch of these monitors, the company’s name was changed to ViewSonic.

At CES 2007, ViewSonic debuted one of its most interesting products to date, the world’s first MFi (made for iPod) projector. It allowed users to dock their iPod on the top and then display videos on a screen up to 300-inches in size. The projector supported a resolution of 1024×768 and measured 3.5 x 11.3 x 7.5-inches.

Fast-forward to today, ViewSonic’s new M1 projector measures just 1.6 x 5.8 x 5.0-inches. It supports HD inputs, but displays them at a resolution of 854 x 480. Not an ideal resolution, but is respectable considering its compact form-factor and price point. It is also 3D-ready if you drop around $50 for a pair of PGD-350 glasses.

The M1 offers a short throw distance which can display content at a size of 40-inches from about 3-feet away and up to 100-inches from a little over 8-feet away. The projector is battery powered and ViewSonic touts that it will last users around six hours per charge. ViewSonic boasts that this portable projector will produce great sound thanks its built-in dual Harman Kardon speakers.

“We’re continually adding to our line of high performance, eco-friendly projectors that fit the needs of our customers,” said Sean Liu, product marketing manager for ViewSonic Americas. “Sharing content, whether for work or play, should be done on the best quality projector possible, and with the M1, ViewSonic has a lightweight projector that delivers great picture and sound.”

The M1 packs also packs charging via USB-C, the all-in-one port that Apple implemented on its latest MacBook releases. Input sources include a MicroSD card slot, USB, and HDMI. It is propped up on what ViewSonic is calling its Smart Stand, which allows users to the projector in different positions at nearly and angle while also doubling as a lens cover.

If you are in the market for a portable projector then take a look at the M1 product page on ViewSonic’s website for more information. The ViewSonic M1 is available for order today at Amazon and is priced at $299.99.

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