ViewSonic M2 review: Battery-powered projector streams big

The ViewSonic M2 is tiny for a projector — about the size and shape of a small cake. Copper-colored flan, maybe. Aside from the tote-friendly size, a couple of unique features set it apart from the pack. Built-in streaming lets it project your favorite Netflix and Amazon Prime shows just about anywhere. And it can run off an optional battery, providing a big picture on the go.

Like

  • Compact, stylish design
  • Built-in streaming
  • Can run off a USB-C battery pack

Don’t Like

  • Worse picture than others at this price
  • Streaming options aren’t great
  • Battery not included

Unfortunately the M2’s picture quality comes up short for the price. The color is inaccurate, you can’t disable the Soap Opera Effect and it’s much dimmer than the Epson EF-100 ($800 at Amazon), another compact projector I reviewed recently. Its contrast ratio and overall picture quality are significantly worse than the BenQ HT2050A, my favorite home theater PJ under $1,000. Neither of those projectors can run off a battery, however, and both are much larger.

Since the M2 is a bit different, its mediocre performance has to be weighed against its convenience and versatility. This little unit can easily fit in

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Second stimulus check: Who could qualify for more IRS money? What we know right now

Just because you got a stimulus check the first time doesn’t mean you’ll qualify for a second payment, if there is one.


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Congress is expected to work on another coronavirus relief bill later this month that includes a second stimulus check, and we even have an idea when another IRS payment could come your way. 

“As soon as the Senate gets back [from its current break], we are going to sit down on a bipartisan basis with the Republicans and the Democrats,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Thursday. “It will be our priority to make sure between the 20th and the end of the month that we pass the next [stimulus] legislation.” 

But reaching a consensus over who should qualify for a second stimulus check and who shouldn’t forms the heart of a debate that’s expected to grow heated when the Senate reconvenes from its current recess.

“I think the people who have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 a year or less,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch

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Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro: A cheat sheet

Samsung is releasing a rugged smartphone for the first time in three years, and this one is built with businesses in mind.

The Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro. 

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In January 2020, Samsung announced the release of a new business-optimized and ruggedized smartphone called the Galaxy XCover Pro to minimal fanfare and only the briefest of mentions in the tech news cycle. It’s understandable that the XCover Pro didn’t merit a lot of buzz when Samsung’s other 2020 Galaxy devices pack so many flagship features. The XCover Pro isn’t a flagship phone, and it’s not packed to the gills with flagship features that enhance gaming, web surfing, and other consumer uses. 

What the Samsung XCover Pro does have is a design built with businesses in mind. There are a variety of applications for the IP68, MIL-STD-810G-compliant device that Samsung consumers probably won’t care about, but businesses looking for a fleet of dedicated, tough, state-of-the-art devices definitely will.

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What is the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro?

Samsung hasn’t released a ruggedized smartphone since 2017’s Galaxy XCover 4, and the Galaxy XCover Pro is next in that same line of

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