At CES 2022, ViewSonic announced two new 1080p (1920x1080) LED projectors coming in April 2022—the X1 and X2. The two projectors offer the same specs (detailed below) except for throw. The X1 has a standard throw lens with a 1.3x optical zoom while the X2 is a short-throw projector with a 1.2x optical zoom and 0.69-0.83:1 throw ratio that will project a 100-inch diagonal image from just over five feet away from the screen. They both have vertical lens shift, digital horizontal/vertical keystone and four-corner adjustment.
The projectors use a maintenance-free LED light source—ViewSonic touts it as second generation LED technology—rated for 3,100 LED (not ANSI) lumens with a life of 30,000 hours and quick on/off. ViewSonic says the two projectors are capable of 125% of the Rec.709 color space thanks to the company's Cinema SuperColor+ technology.
Connections on the back of the projectors include two HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2, USB-C, two USB-A (one for service), 3.5 mm audio in and out, and RS232. The X1 and X2 also have built-in Wi-Fi (that can conveniently be used for firmware updates) and Bluetooth connectivity. ViewSonic has continued their partnership with Harman Kardon with both projectors including two speakers.
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Streaming apps can be downloaded from the Aptoide store and used on both projectors—they both come with 16GB of built-in storage. A smart devices screen can be mirrored on the X1 or X2, and the ViewSonic vCastSender app can be downloaded from your mobile device's app store and used to navigate and control the projectors.
Both projectors will be available April 2022. The expected street price for the X1 is $999, while the short-throw X2 is expected to be $1,099.