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JmGo View review: Setup
Setting up the JmGo View couldn’t be easier. You press the On/Off switch on the rear, connect to Wi-Fi (there’s no ethernet port on this portable device), then use the supplied remote to navigate to Settings, Graphic. The View supports vertical +/-40 degrees keystone correction and electromotion focusing: you simply tap one of two buttons on the remote to focus the screen, and correct the keystone to square the display.
The other option you’re likely to want here is digital zoom, which may come in handy if you can’t move the projector back any further in the room. The View has a throw ratio of 40in at 1- to 1.2m, 80in at 2.1- to 2.4m, 100in at 2.6- to 3m, 150in at 3.9- to 4.5m, and 180in at 4.8- to 5.5m.
Other options in the Graphic menu are brightness and aspect ratio controls, plus the ability to toggle on ceiling- or rear projection mode (perhaps not so useful in a portable projector). The View supports an HD (1080x720) image with a projection size of between 10- and 80 inches and an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 4:3. Rated at 250 lumens the View is reasonably bright for a portable projector, but you’ll still want to turn off the lights and close the curtains for best results.
A standout feature of this mini projector is that it can also display 3D content when paired with active-shutter glasses (although confusingly the option to activate 3D is not in the Graphic menu). The idea of being able to stream movies to a screen up to 180in in size is likely to appeal to many customers, but to also have images pop out the display will completely change the home movie-viewing experience. Also see: Best projectors.
JmGo View review: In use
The View is reasonably pricey for a smart projector, but it’s incredibly well featured. In common with the JmGo G1, this projector runs on a customised version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat with full Google Play support, which means you can install Android apps for streaming services such as YouTube and Netflix, plus browse the web and social media.
You’ll be prompted to log into your Google account when you first launch the Play Store, which we found kept crashing until we updated Google Play Services (we were also plagued with Wi-Fi dropouts until everything had been successfully updated). You can then install apps directly from the Play store or tap on the shortcuts to apps such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We were surprised to find no web browser was installed by default, but you have plenty to choose from in Google Play - we downloaded Chrome.
Lots of apps are available, but not everything will be compatible with the View. For example, we were unable to install the Geekbench 3.0 benchmarking app on the View, although both AnTuTu and GFXBench were installed successfully.
In many cases the supplied remote control is easily capable of navigating apps, but unlike the G1’s there is no mouse function - at times you might prefer to attach a mouse to the projector’s USB port. When using the remote control’s directional keys to navigate the user interface we found the whole display would jump in that direction, which took a little while to get used to.
We expected to find the same UI as on the JmGo G1, but this is a far more basic, user-friendly affair. On the home screen are options for signal source, wireless, settings and power options, and you simply tap the down key on the remote to access apps. The first option here takes you to a ‘Media Center’ but in essence file browser for managing the device’s internal storage.
In the Settings menu you’ll find options for altering the screen and sound, plus changing the language, time and such forth. There’s also an optimise feature, which cleans system memory, the app cache and unwanted installation packages, for what use it’s worth.
At the rear of the device are HDMI 1.4a and USB 2.0 ports, enabling you to plug in anything from a TV tuner to a USB mouse or hard drive. Compatible media formats include AVI, MPG, DAT, VOB, DIV, MOV, MKV, RM, RMVB, MP4, MJPEG, TS, TRP, WMV, ASF, FLV.
The View made a great job streaming Netflix and YouTube videos, but its performance in AnTuTu (13,206) and GFXBench T-Rex (6.5fps) suggest the only gaming that will take place on this Android box will use the View merely as a display. Screen mirroring of Android and iOS devices is supported via Miracast and HapyCast (like AirPlay), and the HDMI port could easily be used to plug in a PlayStation or Xbox.
JmGo View: Specs
- HD (1080x720), 3D (active-shutter) DLP projector)
- 0.3 DMD + RGB LED
- 30,000 hours life
- high transparence coated lens
- electromotion focusing
- vertical +/-40 degrees keystone correction
- 250 lumens, 98% uniformity
- 1000:1 contrast ratio
- 10- to 80in projection size
- throw ratio of 40in at 1- to 1.2m, 80in at 2.1- to 2.4m, 100in at 2.6- to 3m, 150in at 3.9- to 4.5m, and 180in at 4.8- to 5.5m
- 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat-based UI
- dual-band Wi-Fi
- HDMI 1.4a
- USB 2.0
- 2x 4W speakers with Dolby Digital Plus
- supports AVI, MPG, DAT, VOB, DIV, MOV, MKV, RM, RMVB, MP4, MJPEG, TS, TRP, WMV, ASF, FLV
- magnetic stand
- remote control
- 3D active shutter glasses and travel case available
- 15,600mAh battery (between three- and eight hours life)
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