While the new BenQ Joybee GP2 mini doesn't supply a battery as a standard feature, for the first time it is available as an option. And since there is a little more real estate to play with in a mini-projector, the GP2 battery is no slouch with its operational range of 1 or 3 hours depending on the GP2's brightness setting or lumens, respectively. Another first is the embedded Apple docking connector on the top of the GP2. Just slide your iPod or iPhone onto the connector, and your Apple device sits at a comfortable angle for making selections.
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Mini projectors are a good compromise, with HD ready resolutions, decent brightness, and without overly slimming your wallet. Other specs include a 2, contrast ratio and maximum brightness of lumens. BenQ seems fond of a two-tone black and white glossy finish, which we also saw on the GP1. Still, if you use the included remote, the GP2 should remain visibly smudge-free.
However, the smaller connector uses DisplayLink technology to allow it to accept input from any Windows computer with a USB port. Audio is catered for by 3. BenQ could really take a lesson from ViewSonic here. The OSD is nice and colourful, and mostly attractive. So far, so good, and we were hoping the GP2 would be as accomplished as the best in its class. We tried various high-def MKVs which work fine on other projectors , but the GP2 would have none of it. Bearing this in mind, the picture was nice and crisp, even at its maximum usable throw distance.
However, the ViewSonic did edge this smaller projector out in overall image quality, and was less temperamental about its setup too.
Speaking of sound, our final complaint about the GP2 is that it gets very audible. We estimate that at normal brightness settings the projector should last around two hours, adequate for most movies, and installation is as simple as clipping it on. However, if you can live with this flaw and its added bulk and weight, the W has slightly more accomplished image quality, runs a tad quieter, comes with a better case and has a far superior remote with integrated laser pointer.
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BenQ JoyBee GP2 portable projector
The Good Highly portable. Decent image quality. Optional battery pack. The Bad Blown out highlights. Tinny speakers. The Bottom Line The Joybee GP2 makes a good case for itself if you need a projector that's affordable, has a good mind for business and is acceptable for casual use. Tiny usually translates to cute, and the Joybee GP2 doesn't go against the grain in this regard.
BenQ Joybee GP2 Pocket Projector
Campbell Simpson. BenQ's Joybee GP2 has a clear list of positives and a clear list of negatives. If you're the kind of person that can overlook some image quality problems in exchange for portability and connectivity -- a travelling executive or salesperson, maybe -- the GP2 would be a useful tool. Find a dark room and it's able to produce an acceptable picture for casual movie watching, although the integrated speakers aren't great at high volume. The other USB 2. There is some clipping of highlights and black, with a small amount of detail not visible that can be seen on a more accomplished projector or high-end plasma television. Images wash out quickly in a fluorescent-lit room and colours can become bland and lifeless.