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Review: BenQ Joybee GP1 Projector

The term “pocket projector” is used loosely, but don’t let this fool you, as the BenQ GP1 projector is quite powerful.

BenQ Joybee GP1

Some key BenQ Joybee GP1 features:

Resolution: 858×600
Projection System: DLP
Brightness: 100 ANSI Lumens
Light Source: LED (3 RGB)
Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 16:9
Inputs: USB, RCA, AV, 15-pin computer monitor

For a detailed list of features go here.

BenQ Joybee GP1Review: Setup of the GP1 takes only a matter of minutes. You can literally be up and running in 5 minutes or less. The projector itself comes with an attached front peg which makes leveling quite simple. You can even mount the projector to a tripod, though we didn’t try this out. The navigational buttons on top of the projector are annoying at best. We found that it’s quite easy to hit a button by mistake, so we recommend the included remote control.

Just like the bigger, more expensive, projectors a dark room is best when using the GP1. We found that semi-lit rooms are still okay for use, but not ideal. Depending upon the color of your surface, the GP1 comes with a plethora of options to ensure that you get the best picture quality for your situation. Along with the front peg, the GP1 also incorporates keystone correction, which helps ensure a great setup.

The GP1 comes with a 2W speaker that is very lackluster, but for its size we didn’t expect much more. We highly recommend hooking the GP1 to some computer speakers or your home entertainment center.

Since the GP1 isn’t as powerful, in regards to lumens, it’s best to use the projector no more than 4 - 5 feet away from your broadcasting surface, this is where we found it worked best.

Final Thoughts: The Joybee GP1 is a low-cost projector that is user friendly and enjoyable to use. The biggest complaint I have is the input cable is no where near long enough. You practically have to have the GP1 no more than 3 feet away from the input device. The sound leaves something to be desired, but this is easily fixed with some computer speakers.

If you want to play Wii Tennis in (almost) life-size or just watch some movies at your home… the GP1 can’t really be beat.