ViewSonic wins a 2020 IF Design Award for its latest mini projector

The ViewSonic M1 Mini LED Pocket Projector. (Source: ViewSonic)
The ViewSonic M1 Mini LED Pocket Projector. (Source: ViewSonic)
The ViewSonic M1 Mini LED Pocket Projector has won one of the IF Design Awards for 2020. It has been conferred due to its innovative and functional stand, which also doubles as a lens-protector when not in use. It also packs a battery rated for up to 2.4 hours of cable-free use and a speaker from JBL.
Deirdre O Donnell,

ViewSonic has announced that it has received an IF Design Award 2020 for its M1 Mini LED Pocket Projector. This honor is largely due to this product's clever, almost visor-like stand, which fits into the rest of its body as a lens cover when not in use. The same component also supports ceiling-mounting thanks to its adjustable nature.

This distinctively integral stand also makes the mini projector particularly compact and portable, with dimensions of 110x104x27millimeters (mm) and a mass of 300 grams (g). ViewSonic has also made it compatible with different, swappable backplates for increased customizability. The device also has an on-board battery that, according to the OEM, sustains projection for up to 2.4 hours off-cable, as well as a 2 watt (W) cube speaker tuned by JBL.

However, the IF foundation clearly doesn't pay attention to specs when assigning its acclaim. The M1 Mini has an ANSI brightness rating of 50 lumens (which could be higher), and LEDs that deliver a 0.2-inch WVGA window, or an effective resolution of 854x480. On the other hand, it has a minimum throw (or distance it can practically be from a wall) of 0.64 meters, meaning it can generate a 39-inch projected screen at just 1 meter of throw.

The new ViewSonic projector also lacks a USB type C port for charging, although it does have USB type A and full-sized HDMI ports for input. It currently lacks pricing information, although pages for it are live on the manufacturer's website.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-17 (Update: 2020-02-17)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.