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ViewSonic M1
Optoma GT1080Darbee
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ViewSonic M Series Projectors (2018) vs Optoma GT1080 2017

Analysis:

The ViewSonic M1 is an example of a great Home Projector at its $340 budget.

In the case of the Optoma GT1080Darbee, however, we weren't able to find enough data to come to any reliable conclusions.

The ViewSonic M1 was loved by reviewers at TechGearLab, a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "The Best Projectors of 2020" roundup where it was named its "Best Affordable Portable Pico Projector", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

Taking a look at the Optoma GT1080Darbee, it got featured in roundups from two reliable sources that conduct their own testing - TrustedReviews and Expert Reviews - but it fell short of earning a top spot in either.

We couldn't find any sources that tested both of these Home Projectors, so we only analyzed how they performed in reviews from different sites.

We first examined which sources rated each of these best and found that the ViewSonic M1 got its highest, 9, rating from ProjectorCentral, while the Optoma GT1080Darbee earned its best, 8.2, score from Lifewire.

Finally, we calculated their average review scores from all of the data we could find and compared those to Home Projectors in general. It turns out that the Optoma GT1080Darbee, with its 8.1 average, got reviewed considerably better than most of its competition - the overall average for Home Projectors being 8.0 out of 10 points - whereas the ViewSonic M1 performed worse than most, with an average review score of 6.6.

However, it's worth pointing out that a direct ViewSonic M1 vs. Optoma GT1080Darbee comparison might not be entirely fair, because some sources have a tendency of not taking value for money into account when reviewing products.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
TechGearLab
ProjectorCentral
Expert Reviews
Techradar
Android Authority
Digital Camera World
Reviewed
TrustedReviews
What Hi-Fi?
Lifewire
Tech. Specs Comparison
ViewSonic M1
$289
Optoma GT1080Darbee
Below average expert review score
8.1
Overall Avg. for Home Projectors
6.6
Avg. Review Score
Score
Has average expert review score
8.1
Overall Avg. for Home Projectors
8.1
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommended by trusted experts
TechGearLab
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Affordable Portable Pico Projector
in “The Best Projectors of 2020” 
Last updated: 3 Feb 2020
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best portable projector: The best tiny, lightweight and battery-powered projectors from £260” 
Last updated: 8 Apr 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best portable projectors of 2020: the top mini projectors for work and play” 
Last updated: 10 days ago
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 6
in “The Best Portable Projectors of 2020” 
Last updated: 12 Oct 2019
Recommended by trusted experts
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 6
in “Best projector 2020: The best 1080p and 4K-ready projectors you can buy” 
Last updated: 27 Apr 2020

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