JMGO O1 and O1 PRO – Two Surprisingly Affordable Ultra-short Throw Smart projectors

JMGO O1 and O1 PRO  – Two Surprisingly Affordable  Ultra-short Throw Smart projectors

JMGO O1 PRO and O1 LED projectors are the latest additions to the company’s product lineup. The brand that launched almost a decade ago has been carving out a name for itself. These new projectors are UST (Ultra Short Throw) models that can project large images when placed a few inches away from the screen. Both of them use an LED light engine and feature Luna OS. Their low price tags make the models lucrative offerings. Let’s take a look at the models and check out if they are worth considering.

JMGO O1 PRO LED Projector

JMGO O1 PRO LED Projector is the bigger of the two models, weighing 4kg and having dimensions of 380.5mm x 311.9mm x 116.5mm. When it comes to the hardware specifications, it has 3GB RAM and 64GB ROM, providing a decent amount of storage space. A MediaTek MT9669 chip powers each projector and is known as a top-tier option in the smart TV segment. JMGO O1 PRO has a native resolution of 1080p, projecting imagery with 1920×1080 pixels. The device utilizes an LED light engine with a lifespan of 45,000 hours. Its brightness rating of 1,400 ANSI lumens is pretty decent for LED projectors and an upgrade from the initial 1,250 ANSI lumens that JMGO was targetting. JMGO O1 PRO LED Projector will be suitable for rooms with low to medium ambient light.

Its highlight is that JMGO has partnered with renowned camera manufacturer Leica to develop the projector’s optical engine, reducing the throw ratio of the O1 PRO projector to 0.21:1. Inputs from Leica have been implemented for improving picture quality. It can project 100-inch imagery when placed nine inches away from the screen. The best image size of the JMGO O1 PRO LED projector is 100 inches, although it supports 70 to 110-inch images. Its contrast ratio of 6000:1 yields good picture quality and is supplemented by various technologies.

The projector is equipped with auto image correction and real-time autofocus capabilities to provide a clear and sharp picture without user input. It also boasts of the Eye Protection System that reduces glare and eliminates spotlighting. Additionally, its Low Blue Light mode activates automatically according to content and minimizes eye fatigue. The wall color calibration feature adapts the brightness and colors of imagery according to ambient light for maintaining color accuracy. JMGO O1 Pro features enhanced intelligent anti-glare with diffuse reflection to eliminate spotlighting and a Low Blue Light mode that automatically activates when the corresponding content is played. The Eye Protection System shields your eyes and maximizes your home entertainment experience.

JMGO O1 PRO projector is equipped with Luna OS, Amazon’s Android-based operating system. The integrated Alexa support allows users to issue voice commands through the projector to control compatible devices. A remote control enables the user to command the device and comes with an integrated mic for Alexa access. Both the projectors support screen mirroring through AirPlay for Apple smartphones and the EShare app for Android devices. Netflix and some of the other streaming platforms may not support mirroring.

The I/O interface includes two USB ports, two HDMI ports (including one ARC port), one S/PDIF optical port, and an RJ45 port. Each of the projector models feature a Dynaudio speaker system and yield decent audio quality. O1 PRO’s speakers are more powerful, but those in the affordable model deliver decent sound nonetheless.

JMGO O1 LED Projector

JMGO O1 LED Projector is a slightly cheaper option among the two projectors. Most of its specifications and features are the same as the Pro model. It has 1080p native resolution and utilizes an LED light engine. However, its brightness rating is lower at 800 ANSI lumens, and the projector should be ideally used in dark rooms. JMGO O1 LED projector is the smaller of the two models, measuring 308.19mm x 235.88mm x 97.63mm, and weighs significantly less at 2.3kg. While the RAM capacity of the two models is the same, the O1 only has 16GB of ROM as compared to the 64GB of ROM on the PRO variant.

Another difference between the JMGO O1 and O1 Pro LED projectors is the image quality. The cheaper model has a 5000:1 contrast ratio, which is less than the more expensive offering. Its lower brightness and contrast ratio results in slightly lower image quality, although it still ensures an immersive experience. The maximum recommended image size for obtaining a decent picture quality is 80 inches for the JMGO O1 LED projector compared to the 100 inches of the Pro model. Overall, it can be used for 60 to 100-inch imagery.

While its optical engine has not been designed with inputs from Leica, it still has a throw ratio of 0.25:1 and may be installed ten inches away from a wall. Although it has autofocus, auto keystone correction, wall color calibration, and eye protection system, the JMGO O1 lacks the smart sleep mode, auto frame-fitting, and auto-brightness adjustment settings found in the more expensive model. Gesture control is also not supported by it.

Where to Buy JMGO O1 and O1 PRO LED Projectors?

Buyers who are interested in purchasing the JMGO O1 Pro or O1 LED projectors won’t be able to buy them from a retailer. JMGO is currently holding a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for these devices. It has already reached its intended goal with a few hundred backers. Individuals who want to get their hands on the devices can still back the campaign till the mid of July 2021. The JMGO O1 PRO LED projector costs $899, and the O1 model is priced at $699. At this price, both the devices are lucrative offerings considering their feature set. However, the JMGO O1 PRO LED projector is the recommended option as it has better specifications for a couple of hundred dollars more.

The JMGO O1 projector will start shipping in August 2021, and the JMGO O1 PRO model in September 2021. They will be backed by a one-year warranty and a 30-day full refund policy.

JMGO O1 on Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jmgo-o1-pro-ultra-short-throw-smart-led-projector

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