JmGO View Portable Smart Projector
Announced at this year’s CES, JmGO View is a powerful Android-based portable projector that has many exciting uses and features. Not only does it look pretty slick, it offers high definition picture for a home theater experience. With its portable design, you can easily extend its use at the office or outdoors.
Design & Aesthetics
It’s not everyday that you see a good looking projector like this one. JmGO View’s cylindrical design defies the notions of conventional projectors, which are typically rectangular and made of plastic. The device has an aluminium alloy housing which gives it a polished metallic finish, and only one power button at its rear. Despite its modern and elegant design, the team did not compromise on its functional quality. Whether you plan to use this in the living room or the office’s conference room, the JmGO View will brighten things up nicely.
Resembling a regular water bottle in size and just 1kg in weight, this projector is made to travel, and will fit snuggly in your backpack or handbag. In fact your can purchase a JmGO travel case separately, tailor-made for this model.
Every unit comes with a metal magnetic stand which you can use to rotate the JmGO View to project at different angles, or use as a lens cover (as you can see in our unboxing video). Both sides of the body has a 4W speaker and are also the ventilation openings to allow the device to cool down during use. Given that this projector is quite compact and made of metal, it makes building a good cooling system a very tricky job. Our team was actually very impressed by JmGO’s engineering of this device, as it was only mildly warm after two hours of use.
Picture and Connectivity
The JmGO View did a fairly decent job of projecting in a dim room when we tried it in our offices last week. The device features 250 ANSI lumens which is bright enough for a good contrast whether you’re trying to watch a movie or read some text, but for best results you should try to keep the area as dark as you can. You can use it for short throw at 10” distance or at a further distance, you get a stunning 180” big screen.
The JmGO View also supports 3D playback. I’m not much of a 3D movie enthusiast, but I have to say the JmGO View did a great job at it. We were also sent JmGO’s Active 3D glasses to experiment with the 3D functionality, and were impressed with the highly vivid pictures. We believe fans of 3D gaming and movies will love this.
JmGO has both USB and HDMI input available, so you can connect to your laptop, USB pendrive, game console, or even your smartphone with Miracast and Happycast (JmGO’s alternative for AirPlay). We tested Happycast with an iPhone 6s, and experienced an error on the first connection, but once connected successfully, there was no issue with screen-casting and mirroring the iPhone. With Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, there isn’t much this projector can’t connect to really. The product has an impressive battery capacity of 15,600mAH, so you can enjoy a full movie once you’ve got everything set up.
The projector comes with a remote control with a disappointingly boring design like a regular TV remote, but works perfectly. You can also download JmGO’s app to fully control the device.
There’s no doubt that the built-in speakers are one of the best features of this portable projector. With many projectors, you will need to add extra speakers for it to do a decent job of playing your movies or games. Not with the JmGO View. Equipped with two 4W Dolby Digital Plus speakers, with DTS 2.0 and DTS TruSurround, it’s capable of producing powerful stereo sound that will make your experience feel like you’re in a cinema. You can also use the JmGO View as a Bluetooth speaker by switching to speaker mode, which lasts for 8 hours on a full charge.
Set up is fairly straight forward. Just position the projector to face a flat white surface, then turn on the device. You can use it wirelessly if it’s fully charged, or even leave it plugged in while operating. The UI is based on Android 4.4.4., and it comes pre-installed with some useful apps like Google Playstore, Youtube, Netflix, etc. You can download apps of your choice from the Playstore of course. One thing to note though, as with any other similar devices, you’ll have to use a USB mouse or Airmouse to control the navigation in certain apps like Youtube.
You can easily adjust the focus in the Settings. JmGO View is equipped with electromotion focusing, so you can find the perfect focus easily using the remote. You can also adjust keystone angle, digital zoon, aspect ratio and more through the Settings.
This will be great for those who love a good Netflix watchathon at home, or for travellers who’d like to bring their entertainment with them. Business users who make frequent presentations at client offices and don’t want the hassle of setting up wires will also find this very useful. As a matter of fact, we can envision this product being used in a huge variety of scenarios given its convenience and flexibility.
Where can I buy this?
The JmGO View is now available exclusively on Indiegogo starting from $449, get yours today!
Disclaimer: We were kindly sent a sample of the JmGO’s latest projector, the JmGO View, to try out. This review is not sponsored, and merely shares our thoughts from after using the device for a day.