Posted on November 6, 2018 By Chris Kahl
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Review – Hardware 2: Control Panel, Remote Control, The Menus
The ViewSonic M1 pocket gaming projector has a control panel that is about as basic as they come. There are only four buttons, lined up in a single row. Starting on the left, you’ll find the power button. Push once to turn on the projector (if it didn’t turn on the moment you rotated the Smart Stand) and twice to turn it off. The power button doubles as an Enter button. Next is a Minus button, followed by a Plus button. The final button is a Return, or Go Back, button.
Beneath the control panel is the battery indicator, which only works while the projector is turned on – presumably, to conserve power. There is one more button, but it’s hidden and not on the control panel at all! The tiny little reset button is hiding on the Inputs and Connectors panel, just above the MicroSD Card slot.
In this day and age, every remote control should have a backlight. This one does not. But that’s expected for a Pocket Projector, and even typical for higher priced home entertainment projectors. It just makes it that much harder to use the remote in a low-light environment.
I like the feel of the remote. It’s contoured and it has that nice matte, almost velvety black coating. I did notice that the icons and text on the buttons seem to be screen-printed on, and I could see there is potential for them to wear clean off over time and regular use.
This remote utilizes simple, every day AAA batteries, which are included. As the projector only has one IR sensor, and it’s on the front of the projector, pointing your remote at the back of the projector is futile. The remote must be pointed at the front of the unit, or pointed at the screen for the sensor to pick up on the signal.
The remote is laid out in a fairly simple way. In the top left, there is the red Power On/Off button. Across on the top right is the Settings button, which access the menus. The next row consists of three buttons. On the left is the Home button, which displays an input source menu, as well as the option to set wallpaper, access the settings menus and access projector information. To the right is a white Harman Kardon button, which toggles between the unit’s three audio modes. The last button in that row is a button that turns off the light source, but leaves the audio functions running, so music can be played without a projected image.
Next is a standard directional keypad: Up, Down, Left, Right arrows with an OK button in the center. The left button doubles as a rewind/back button, the right doubles as a fast-forward/next button, while up and down also adjust the vertical keystone correction. The OK button, which viewing video content, opens the small 3D menu.
The next row consists of a Mute button, Play/Pause, and Go Back/Return. The final row consists only of a Volume Down, Volume Up button bar.
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Menus – Home Screen: HDMI, USB-C, USB Reader, Local Storage, Micro SD, Wallpaper, Settings, Information
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Menus – Image Settings: Aspect Ratio, Auto Keystone, V Keystone, Brightness, Contrast
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Menus – Display Mode: Brightest, Standard, Theater
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Menus – Language: 22 Language Options
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Menus – Harman Kardon: Mute, Audio Volume, Audio Settings, Movie, Bass Booster, Instrumental
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Menus – Light Source Mode: Full, Eco, Extended Eco, Battery Saving
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Menus – Reset Settings: All Reset
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Menus – Eye Protection: Eye Protection On/Off
ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Menus – 3D: 3D Self Detect, 3d Sync Invert, Hu, Sharpness, Saturation
That does it for our tour of the ViewSonic M1’s hardware! Next up is our discussion of the projector’s picture and sound quality.
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