Posted on April 13, 2022 By Philip Boyle
The JMGO 01 PRO is an LED powered ultra-short-throw, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080p) projector selling for $1,699.99.
JMGO, pronounced JM Go, is a Chinese company that current CEO Eric Hu founded. CEO Hu describes himself as an avid fan of cinema movies who just wants to enjoy a big-screen experience at home. JMGO has brought quite a few projectors to market, and now they are offering the JMGO 01 PRO, a Full HD ultra-short-throw (USD) projector. The 01 PRO is a Digital Light Processing (DLP) projector powered by an LED light engine. The 01 PRO is co-engineered with Leica and stereo-sound-tuned by Dynaudio’s chief acoustic engineer. In addition to its high-end hardware pedigree, at least on paper, the 01 PRO is also a smart projector powered by Android-based Luna OS and several smart hardware features.
This review will give you a brief overview of the JMGO 01 PRO. After covering the basics and the projector’s highlights, I’ll move on to the most notable features of the 01 PRO. We will take a look at the choice of hardware and software JMGO chose to power this home entertainment projector. Most importantly, I’ll tell you how the 01 PRO stacked up on the test bench, as well as my observations of the projector’s overall quality, performance, and value. These assessments will include visual performance in brightness, color, contrast, picture quality, and the projector’s sound quality. Finally, I’ll summarize my test results and personal experience along with an idea of what projectors the 01 PRO is competing against. I’ll end with my choice of the pros and cons of the JMGO 01 PRO.
The JMGO 01 PRO is a Full HD, DLP ultra-short-throw projector. This projector offers an impressive list of technology and features, but its category-leading $1,699.99 price out of the gate is one of the most impressive. JMGO is offering an additional 10% off the 01 PRO’s selling price if you subscribe to their website as of this review’s publication date. JMGO hasn’t said how long this promotion will last.
The JMGO 01 PRO is powered by a Leica-tuned LED light engine that is supposed to provide sharp, bright, vivid images. The listed light-source life of the LED engine is 45,000 hours. The 01 PRO is listed as being able to display up to 120% of the NTSC color gamut, which means this projector should be able to reproduce a wide range of colors for the Full HD content it is designed to display. The 01 PRO’s Leica optical block provides a throw ratio of 0.21:1 that allows the projector to be placed nine inches from the wall or screen when projecting a 100-inch image.
The JMGO 01 PRO uses a Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing (DLP) chip to deliver its Full HD image. The 01 PRO has a dynamic contrast ratio listed at an underwhelming 6000:1, but I will reserve judgment until after my testing. When it comes to brightness, the story gets a little more confusing. The JMGO product web page has a sales video on the 01 PRO listing the projector’s brightness as 1,250 ANSI, but the JMGO Indiegogo page lists the brightness as 1,400 ANSI. Finally, head back to the JMGO product page and scroll down to the key features graphic, and the brightness is listed as 1,500 ANSI. It’s a good thing I’m going to measure the projector’s brightness.
The 01 PRO also offers a pair of 10-watt, full-range speakers that produce a stereo sound tuned by Dynaudio’s chief acoustic engineer, with dual certification from Dolby Audio and DTS-HD.
The 01 PRO is a smart projector using JMGO’s Luna OS, an Android-based smart TV system providing access to many popular streaming apps such as Netflix, HBO Max, etc.
The 01 PRO offers a range of smart settings, including a sensor that automatically squares the projected image should the projector be bumped out of alignment. The 01 PRO has a built-in auto-brightness sensor that adjusts brightness based on the amount of ambient light in the room.
The projector’s auto wall calibration is designed to tune color settings to compensate for projecting an image onto a wall that is not white in an attempt to maintain color performance. The 01 PRO can be controlled using a series of hand gestures to adjust features such as volume should the remote not be available and is compatible with smart systems such as Amazon Alexa.
The manufacturer says the 01 PRO is quiet and includes a one-year international warranty and a 30-day return policy.
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