View Powered by Trusted Reviews Projectors are a great alternative to televisions for big-screen entertainment, providing larger viewable pictures for less money. The only major cons are that they usually need a darkened room and require occasional but expensive lamp replacements. LED also allows projectors to be smaller and lighter. At the other end of the scale we have pocket-sized Pico projectors like the Vivitek Qumi Q2 , but those compromise by offering sub-HD resolutions and low maximum brightness.
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Able to view photos, video clips and more, directly from a USB memory card or thumb drive though its USB port Measured lumens in brightest mode, and still pumped out 75 lumens in a quickly calibrated User mode, optimized for movie viewing.
While those older mini projectors were about the same size, they are no match for the BenQ GP1 in brightness and contrast. And while the lumen claims varied a lot between those two, neither was able to hit even 40 lumens output when we measured. As a result, this BenQ is about three times as bright! And that changes everything! They would take them out in the field — visiting poor villages, etc. At Infocomm, for example, BenQ showed the Joybee, and also another small unit.
I should note that the first popular portable projector, the Proxima DP from , was only lumens. At the time it was considered bright enough to handle a large room all lights off.
Of course today, we consider lumens the minimum for a large room. Serious presenters will still have to consider whether to save the money and size and go with the BenQ GP1, or spend a few hundred dollars more for a projector maybe 3 times the size, but at least 10 times the brightness and higher resolution too. On the other hand, the big market for the GP1 may well not be presenters, but general enthusiasts looking for a new toy, one that can project computer games, YouTube videos, movies and TV.
I was actually rather blown away how well it did, for example, projecting about a 50 inch diagonal image for movie viewing, in terms of brightness. The BenQ is impressive enough that it may well be the very first projector in its class to be truly successful measured by sales, and customer satisfaction.
Time will tell! Projected image of approximately 50 inch diagonal screen in a darkened room. Most of the light in the room is coming in from the blinds you see, below the screen that the image is projected on. It all happened last night. It started when I plugged in a small hard drive I use to store the tens of thousands of images taken for our reviews, as well as a few thousand photos of family and friends that I also store on the drive.
I had just finished taking product shot photos on my kitchen table. I had the projector fired up, and then plugged in a USB flash drive that we sometimes use around here to transfer family photos from one computer to another.
Then I thought — hmm, will the hard drive work? It did, and actually rather flawlessly, except that with over Gig of photos, it took a couple of minutes before it cataloged the drive I assume that was what it was doing , before the first images were ready to appear. Well, that worked just great. One camera, one cable, one projector. The Joybee had no problem with the images even though most were 10 megapixel files that even as jpegs, were a good 5 megabytes each.
Because I was in the kitchen, I just pointed the projector at the nearest wall, and viewed the whole GP1 photoshoot at about 40 inches diagonal. Even with low lighting in the kitchen, the GP1 worked well. With the lights all off, it looked rather impressive some color issues discussed later, notwithstanding. It was too easy! Sure, there are brighter, and sure, some are not that much heavier, or drastically larger, but all of a sudden, the GP1 — and its ilk, starts to make sense for me, and, I assume, for many others.
There must be some interest out there. BenQ confided that they had at least a couple of hundred pre-sale orders that shipped out, when the first batch arrived a week or so ago.
BenQ GP1 Joybee LED Projector Review
Controls tricky to use Must convert PowerPoints before playback Not as lilliputian as a pico projector nor as big as an ultraportable, the BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector is well suited for business users who want to travel light, but still need to show clients a crisp, bright presentation. Design Measuring 5. Still, it easily fits in the palm of your hand. A silver ring protruding from the top makes it easy to adjust the focus. The top of the Joybee GP1 features an indented circular panel of touch controls backlit in blue, and is easy to see in the dark. However, you have to know exactly where to press--not on the icon itself, but on the edge of the circle--otherwise, nothing will happen.
Able to view photos, video clips and more, directly from a USB memory card or thumb drive though its USB port Measured lumens in brightest mode, and still pumped out 75 lumens in a quickly calibrated User mode, optimized for movie viewing. While those older mini projectors were about the same size, they are no match for the BenQ GP1 in brightness and contrast. And while the lumen claims varied a lot between those two, neither was able to hit even 40 lumens output when we measured. As a result, this BenQ is about three times as bright! And that changes everything! They would take them out in the field — visiting poor villages, etc. At Infocomm, for example, BenQ showed the Joybee, and also another small unit.