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Benq GP1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the reliability and value for money. There are some mixed views about the noise.

usability, image quality, design, size

value for money, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Benq GP1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Benq GP1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Benq GP1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Projectors on Amazon.com.

usability, image quality, design, size

value for money, reliability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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BenQ Joybee GP1

 

This mini projector offers better performance than the pico competition at an affordable price.

Small, compact design ; Bright, clear images ; Automatic keystone adjustment

Loud fan ; Controls tricky to use ; Must convert PowerPoints before playback

The BenQ GP1 is a very capable projector for those looking to travel light. Its brightness is more suitable than pico projectors for business presentations in larger rooms, and the $499 price makes it half as expensive as larger (albeit much brighter)...

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BenQ Joybee GP1

 

At 1.4 pounds (3 pounds traveling weight), the compact BenQ Joybee GP1 ($499 as of 8/7/09) is the second-smallest LED projector in the group of seven projectors (four lamp-based and three LED-based) that we tested for our recent ultraportable...

Combination projector/media player ; 20,000 hours of LED light

Low brightness (100 lumens) ; Short input cable

This compact LED projector displays good-looking images with or without a PC attached, but it works best only in low lighting.

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BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector

 

Companies that manufacture ultra-portable video projectors like BenQ's Joybee GP1 typically aim these devices at the business market, targeting corporate road warriors who travel from client to client making PowerPoint presentations. In an interesting...

Compact footprint ; lightweight ; can act as USB host ; automatic keystone correction

Video cable is far too short ; requires a very dark room ; low native resolution

This is the best-performing small projector we've seen, but it's not without compromise.

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BenQ Joybee GP1 Review

 

Our previous run-ins with pico-projectors have left us vaguely disappointed, with units that will certainly fit in your pocket but underwhelm in their performance. BenQ's Joybee GP1 has sized itself out pocket-portability but promises improved quality...

Not as portable, then, and – at $499 – a little more expensive than AAXA and BeamBox’s offerings, but the BenQ Joybee GP1 feels more usable and less toy-like. If the company can slim down the PSU and include a sensible bag rather than the half-solution...

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BenQ Joybee GP1 Pocket Projector unboxing and demo videos

 

For $499, you get the world's first-ever LED-based projector with a USB reader. Specs wise, you'll find a Texas Instruments DLP projection system outputting 858 x 600 resolution, 100 ANSI lumens, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, a built-in 2-watt speaker and...

PhlatLight LEDs work in conjunction with Texas Instruments’ digital light processing (DLP) technology and the combined technologies enable PhlatLight to work more efficiently, making this projector an ideal choice for on-the-go professionals and other...

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BenQ Joybee GP1

 

As with all palmtops so far, the GP1 is built around a DLP chip along with an LED light source meant to last for the life of the projector. The LEDs, rated at 20,000 hours, help keep the total cost of ownership down. Standard projector lamps typically...

Highly portable. Surprisingly loud audio. LED light source with 20,000-hour lifetime. Shows photos, presentations, and video from USB memory key

Some minor image quality flaws for data projection

The BenQ Joybee GP1 is small, lightweight, and bright, and it offers built-in audio, making it the most impressive palmtop projector yet available.

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BenQ Joybee GP1 LED Projector Review

 

Projectors have gone through several iterations in the time I've been around. From old, clunky CRT systems to DLP and LCD systems, projectors have gotten brighter, smaller and more feature-rich. But with the introduction of the BenQ Joybee GP1, LED...

Small footprint ; Bright LED output ; Great for portability

Fixed lens ; Large external power supply ; Included case only holds main projector unit

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Best micro-portable projector

 

The BenQ Joybee GP1 fills the bill for users who need something bigger than a pico projector but smaller than a full-sized portable projector, reviewers say. Barely bigger than a soda can and weighing just 1.4 pounds, portability is terrific. Colors...

Small and light, good image quality, easy to use, long bulb life

Some color complaints, steep initial learning curve, limited brightness, complaints about projector controls, power supply big and heavy

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BenQ Joybee GP1 Pico Projector

 

The BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector is an easy to use projector with fast setup times, making it perfect for bringing it to a friend's house and enjoying a big…

Small ; Easy setup ; Auto keystone ; Low power ; Quiet fan

Limited file compatibility ; Video conversion software not included ; Short A/V cord ; Fickle on-unit buttons

The BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector is an easy to use projector with fast setup times, making it perfect for bringing it to a friend's house and enjoying a big screen an any spare wall.

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Mini projector from BenQ brightens your presentations

 

The small Joybee GP1 digital projector is highly portable and offers high-quality images

Product Specifications

The BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector is a palm-sized, pocket projector designed to keep you entertained wherever you go! All you have to do is plug in your personal media device to turn downloaded movies, photos, and even music videos into great big fun! This mini projector is LED-lit to deliver stunning images up to 80" in size! It also comes with an integrated 2W speaker to further enrich your audiovisual enjoyment. So have a seat, relax, and enjoy! With the BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector, things are certainly lookin' great! At last! Break free of the typical constraints that come with traditional projectors! A grand expedition is just about to begin - just let your imagination work it! The BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector is packed with various thoughtful features designed to keep everything running nice and smooth - giving you outstanding projection performance wherever you go!

Audio Output

Type:Speaker(s)

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.7in
Height:2.1in
Weight:1.4lbs
Width:5.4in

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Display Resolution Abbreviation:SVGA
Image Brightness:100ANSI lumens
Max Image Size:6.7ft / 80in
Max Resolution:858 x 600
Min Image Size:1.2ft / 15in
Native Aspect Ratio:4:3
Portability:Pocket
Recommended Use of Projector:Presentation and multimedia
Type:DLP projector

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:BenQ
Model:GP1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:BenQ Joybee

Projector Lamp

Lamp Life Cycle:20000hour(s)
Lamp Type:LED

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL / SECAM
Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB
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