BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector assessment

The Joybee GP1 Mini Projector is BenQ's most compact and portable projector. It offers image sizes up to 80 inches and has a unique USB reader that allows you to run media without the help of a computer or additional video input device.

When BenQ reached out to us to review the Joybee GP1 projector, we thought about it for a second as it deviates from our usual coverage of computer peripherals. However, the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtesting the minimalist projector sounded appealing from the point of view of a gadget aficionado who doesn't mind dumping a large monitor for a 60-inch projection screen under the right circumstances.

Furthermore, this is just the beginning of an evolving trend of pico or palmtop projectors which, in addition to using LED-based light sources, also offer form factor convenience. LED projectors eliminate the common problems associated with conventional projectors such as: B. the use of lamps that have to be replaced during their lifetime.

In the GP1 box, the projector is in a black carrying case, a power adapter, a remote control, a 2 GB USB flash drive, a quick start guide, a safety manual, a user manual on CD and a cable with several inputs. While this is the final version of the projector, BenQ announced that the commercial bundle will include software to convert all video files to a format compatible with the projector.

The multi-input cable provides connectivity for composite and VGA inputs. The user manual states that the best video connection method is component video, although component cables are not provided. Upon further investigation, we found that BenQ was suggesting using a component video to VGA adapter (not included) to use such a source.

The included remote control allows you to manipulate most aspects of the projector without physically interacting with the device. BenQ also includes a 2GB flash drive for storing videos or presentations that can be run directly from the projector without the need for a computer interface.

Although the GP1 is not the smallest projector on the market, it can still easily be classified as a mini projector. The device measures 5.35 x 2.12 x 4.72 inches (smaller than a Mac Mini) and weighs only 1.4 pounds.

The Joybee is white with a black top. The front of the projector has a ventilated exhaust port on the left, followed by the IR remote control sensor in the center and the projection lens on the right. The remote control must be held at a 30 degree angle perpendicular to the projector's IR remote control sensor for it to function properly.

As with other standard projectors on the bottom, in the middle we find a height-adjustable foot and a standard tripod socket in case you don't have a table or other flat surface to set up the projector.

The focus ring and external control panel are on top of the device, the latter being touch sensitive. The buttons on the control panel are labeled and glow blue when in use.

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