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Review: Viewsonic M1

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With the summer finally here in the region, many are either getting ready to fly off to cooler destinations for holidays or getting their camping gear ready to hit the desert. I love camping outdoors and even though the entire experience is excellent, something I miss is on the go entertainment. While you can certainly watch content on a smartphone, nothing beats watching a movie on a bigger screen with your family snuggled up beside you.

Viewsonic has a trick up its sleeve that solves this issue – it is called M1. The M1 is an ultra-portable LED projector that comes packed with dual Harman Kardon speakers built-in. This is a lightweight LED projector that is designed to deliver multimedia content for users on-the-go. The Viewsonic M1 is a compact and lightweight and weighs just 680 grams.

The Viewsonic M1 also features 250 ANSI lumens of brightness and offers a contrast ratio of 120,000:1. What’s more, it is also packed with a short-throw lens that can display large images in small spaces. The ViewSonic M1 comes with a built-in battery that provides up to six hours of power.

You also get 16GB of built-in storage, and LED technology that provides you with up to 30,000 hours of usage. Connectivity options on the Viewsonic M1 include HDMI, USB 2.0, and USB Type-C, audio out, and a microSD card reader.

The overall design and build quality of the M1 is good. The design includes a swivel stand, which can be used as a stand to prop the projector up, while also making it easy for you to carry it around. Once the projector is turned off, the swivel stand can be used to cover up its lens. 

The Viewsonic M1’s buttons are located at the back of the projector, while the ports are under a flap on the side. There are two 3W Harman Kardon speakers on the top, while the bottom features a tripod mount. Inside the box that the projector comes in, you also get a USB Type-C cable, an HDMI cable, a power brick and a cable for charging, and a cloth pouch to store the projector and carry it around in.

The Viewsonic M1 is not a full HD projector and hence it offers a maximum viewing resolution of 854×480 pixels. The projector can project a screen size of up to 100-inches in either the 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios, with a minimum throw distance of 1m. You also get auto keystone correction with the M1.

Even though the Viewsonic M1 is a portable LED projector, the quality of the projection was very good. It was bright enough even in a room with a little bit of sunlight peeping in. On a single charge, we were able to clock around 3.5 hours of battery life, which is lower than the advertised 6 hours of battery life. While there is an audio out to connect to external speakers, the M1 does not come with Bluetooth connectivity option.

The Viewsonic M1 is a good portable projector that offers a range of ports allowing you to get content for a wide range of sources. It also features a neat design and its simple UI is easy to get used to without any learning curve involved. For a price of AED 1300, the Viewsonic M1 can be a very good portable projector for home and office use.

Price: AED 1300

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BenQ Intros New Wireless Android TV Portable Projector

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BenQ has launched the GV30, a smart portable projector available with 2.1-channel Bluetooth speakers, offering extra bass, crisp details, deep sound effects, authentic colors, and vivid contrast for genuine cinematic experiences anywhere. “Our new portable projector provide meaningful all-in-one cinematic experiences by combining wireless Android TV streaming and powerful Bluetooth multichannel audio with high mobility and versatile connectivity, with 135-degree rotation,” said Manish Bakshi, Managing Director of BenQ Middle East “GV30 complements unique lifestyles, covering from indoor to outdoor respectively, with creative new ways of enjoying entertainment and music on a grand scale for theatre experience enthusiasts and adventurous families without compromise.”

The GV30 brings 2.1-channel audio systems with separate high / mid-range drivers and a dedicated woofer for resonant bass, bringing true cinematic texture to film and video viewing. Tuned by BenQ’s treVolo audio team, the system employs acoustic and psychoacoustic sciences to balance cinematic sound properties and enhance depth, clarity, definition, presence, and stereo field imaging. GV30 with its versatile Cinema, Game, Sports, and Music Modes, also work seamlessly as battery-powered portable Bluetooth speakers to provide rich soundtracks to active lifestyles.

In addition to Bluetooth, GV30 is completely wire-free, with onboard Android TV for instant access to Google Play and live-streaming apps, movies, shows, sports, and games, as well as social media and wireless casting from iOS and Android devices and laptops. Powered by CinematicColor and delivered vividly by the Rec. 709 color gamut, the new GV30, with 300 ANSI lumens brightness and 720p HD clarity, offers BenQ innovations through meticulous tuning and professional dedication in picture precision, presenting true colors of realistic images. Specially-designed modes such as Cinema Mode and Day Time Mode offer vibrant contrast and precise high-definition detail in diverse environments, even under ambient lighting.

Tailored for cinema connoisseurs, GV30’s functionally elegant design provides a wide 135° projection angle range for versatile placement, creating novel opportunities to display curated content and share social media trends in a uniquely personalized fashion. The GV30 offers generous battery life to enjoy full-length feature films, 30,000-hour LED light sources, and universal connectivity to smart devices, laptops, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, and USB media.

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Panasonic Launches its PT-MZ880 Laser Projector Series

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Panasonic Marketing Middle East and Africa FZE (PMMAF) has announced the launch of its versatile PT-MZ880 Series LCD Laser Projectors in the region. Ideal for the corporate, education, and museum market, the PT-MZ880 comes in a sleek design and features superior image quality, as well as a hassle-free set-up. An upgraded version of the PT-MZ770 range, the new Solid Shine Series has multiple models, including PT-MZ880 (8,000 lm), PT-MZ780 (7,000 lm), and PT-MZ680 (6,000 lm) WUXGA with a refined Multi-Laser Drive Engine for the optimal balance of high brightness, vivid colour, and low-maintenance operation. In addition, there is a built-in Edge Blending functionality to facilitate seamless images across multiple screens.

A future-proof solution for the region’s demanding display market, the series is compatible with the new Panasonic zero-offset Ultra Short Throw zoom lens, which is slated for release later this year. Ideal for creating immersive viewing experiences in venues such as museums and arenas, the projector features unmatched picture quality with refined optical engine balances and brightness, enabling users to enjoy immersive viewing even in bright light. The versatile device can fit any space and allows for flexible installation, which will be particularly helpful during corporate, education, and museum exhibitions. The vivid, flexible, and cost-effective LCD projectors can easily bring the shows to life.

Hidetoshi Kaneko, Director and Head of System Solutions and Communication Division, PMMAF said: “Our goal is to create engaging images that provide an immersive experience to viewers and enable our customers to create super creative spaces. The versatile new series of projectors with UST Zoom lens is perfect for delivering superb quality images across single or multiple screens in a wide variety of conditions. They are eco-friendly, incredibly reliable, and flexible to use in any environment.”

Incredibly reliable and eco-friendly, the new series offers a stable LCD projection while also reducing energy consumption around 20% lower than its previous models. The Washable Eco Filter and failover-protected Multi-Laser Drive Engine delivers an estimated 20,000 hours maintenance-free. These power savings can be instrumental in minimising the carbon footprint.

The Crestron Connected, Art-Net DMX, and PJLink compatible projectors are ready to integrate and future-proofed with 4K input capability. The series supports Panasonic Multi-Monitoring & Control Software featuring optional Early Warning functions to streamline device management and enhance system reliability. The Smart Projector Control app enables On Screen Display menu adjustment in standby mode and intuitive control from compatible smartphones and tablets.

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BenQ Launches Gaming Projector in the Middle East

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BenQ has launched a brand-new gaming projector segment with its new TK700STi 4K Gaming Projector, bringing users the unprecedented combination of 4K resolution at 16ms low input lag for a premium all-in-one entertainment hub without sacrificing performance and powered by Android. This launch follows BenQ’s most recent milestone of having achieved “No.1 market share” in the 4K projector segment in 2020 Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa for three consecutive years, demonstrating BenQ’s ongoing commitment to enriching consumers’ lives with world-class innovations and diverse product segments to fulfill home cinema, streaming and gaming needs.

The pandemic has transformed the consumption of visual entertainment due to quarantines and travel restrictions. Video games, in particular, have surged in popularity, with widespread increases in both game sales and usage. Rising to meet this demand, the BenQ TK700STi 4K Gaming Projector combines decades of display technology expertise and next-generation gaming to produce a purpose-built, first-of-a-kind projector. TK700STi powers immersive visual and gaming experience with lightning-quick 16ms input lag in unprecedented true 4K resolution, and HDR game compatibility that gives users access to a wide variety of options, from Fast-Paced Sports to First-Person Shooter (FPS) and Role-Playing (RPG) games.

“Consumer entertainment habits have very quickly evolved during the course of the pandemic, and the rising demand for truly premium lifestyle technology is a trend that is here to stay. As the number one player in the 4K projector segment for three consecutive years, BenQ is proud to launch a new gaming projector segment with TK700STi, which satisfies these customer expectations and more, providing a never-before immersive experience for gamers,” said Manish Bakshi, Managing Director of BenQ Middle East & Turkey. “This is a product that was engineered for the discerning gaming audience, a commitment reflected in the projector’s optimized specifications, true 4K resolution, and pairing options to a wide variety of gaming consoles and entertainment devices” he added.

The BenQ TK700STi 4K Gaming Projector features impressive brightness at 3,000lm, a 96 % Rec. 709 and HDR gaming compatibilities to provide the finest visual experience along with the fastest response time in any environment. Users can enjoy the benefits of clear and vivid imagery at true 4K UHD 8.3 million pixels resolution on an expansive 100-inch screen at only 6.5 feet (1.99 meter) short throw distance, on top of the flexibility to fit TK700STi into any room with 2D keystone and digital rotate adjustment.

To the avid gamer, BenQ TK700STi uniquely elevates the elite gameplay experiences with its Fast Mode option which offers a minimum response time of 16ms at 4K resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. This is the lowest latency offered by a projector without compromising the 4K resolution, image clarity and vivid HDR colour, regardless of home lighting conditions. Three exclusively tailored FPS, RPG, and SPG (Sports Game) modes give users perfect control over visual, audio, and latency settings for different types of games, guaranteeing stunning definition and breathtaking details. The projector is compatible with newly released and classic AAA games, and can be paired with the PlayStation series, Xbox series, and Nintendo Switch.

Delivering superior sound and graphics quality for spectacular entertainment effects, TK700STi 4K Gaming Projector comes with BenQ’s exclusive CinemaMaster Audio+2 and powerful 5W built-in audio that provides customized sound modes for movies, music, sports and games. The BenQ TK700STi also comes with Google-certified Android TV streaming, allowing users to access Google Play Store for Android TV and stay connected to a world of entertainment—more than 5,000 Android apps, movies, TV shows, live sports, news, games and music—within the comfort of their homes. Its wireless projection capability promises to enhance convenience and enjoyment by delivering fast access to users’ Android or iOS devices.

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