BenQ Joybee GP2

8/3/2012 11:43:08 AM

Ratings: 3/5

Price: $705

Description: BenQ Joybee GP2

BenQ Joybee GP2

Joybee 2 is a tiny LED projector with an installed iPod dock, which is designed to be with you for displaying videos. It has 1280x800 resolution and 200-lumen brightness, and will receive from many outputs, except for iPod. There are VGA, composite and video USB to connect to a PC, component and HDMI for game console and DVD players and a Blu-ray, and a microSD slot and a USB port for external storage. There is a useful 1.3 GB internal memory and you can copy file to the projector from PC through USB.

GP2 is equipped with a bag containing power supply and cables, and it weighs only 560g, so it is ideal for travelling businessmen. Thanks to the internal memory, USB and SD support, and installed iPod Dock, you even do not need a laptop with you. An external battery (product code is 5J.J3C01.001, $125 VAT included) will be available at the end of April, which BenQ will offer you 3 hours of displaying.

There is an exclusive port for supplied adaptor VGA/component cable, and iPod dock is above. GP2 has impressive file format support. Officially, it can play MJPEG, H.263 and XviD video in AVI, MOV and MP4 wrapper, as well as Flash video. You can also see JPG, BMP and PNG pictures and the Ogg and FLAC formats are also supported. MP3, AAC and WMA are, also.

iPod Dock is more limited. It only allows you to play videos through the projectors, and no image formats are supported. GP2 has touch-sensitive control, which is lighted on the upper surface, with the remote control which has the credit-card size with blister buttons. Player’s controls are not very quick-responsive and remote control prefers you use it on the left because this is where the receiver is located. 

Lively color

This is LED DLP, which means it uses the red, green and blue to create colors instead of one single while and a whirling color wheel. This reduces the rainbow-effect – where you can see the primary colors in black and white or quick movement, and it reduces the energy consuming dramatically. The only weakness is that the light just creates 200-lumen brightness, and it is not enough to view images under clear light.

Based on the high resolution, you can use Windows background without having to resize it to the lower resolution. However, GP2 still has problems in focusing thorough screen. There is an auto-keystone control, but we do not see any differences, so we turned it off because the the keystone adjustment degrades the image quality. You can adjust the wall color as well; choose the color for the wall from a list and the projector will balance the color to compensate, thus improving image quality.

Despite this, the color is not precise, but their boldness compensates for this at certain level. We can see some problems with the skin tones controlling the color temperature of GP2 cannot fix, and of course you will not use GP2 to judge images. However, it is good for watching movies – we have no problems with dark scenes in Royal Casino for example.

Task performance

The presentations are nice, but if you are using images, you will be advised to turn lights off, because the limited brightness of the projector means your audience will not see many details. However, the graphs are beautiful, and texts are clear – you will be fine with high contrast content, even under office light.

GP2 is the mobile multi-function projector with fair image quality and multi-connection. If you do not need a iPod dock, there will be cheaper choice -  PocketProjector MP180 of 3M and Showwx+ HDMI of MicroVision should be in you shortlist, depending on where you save your files and the format you want to present. And if you mainly use the VGA port of laptop, P1 Pico Projector of Asus has better image quality with $155-cheaper price.


Verdict: This mobile projector has high resolution, many connections and stable file format support, but it is expensive to competitors.

Mini projector: 1,280x800 resolution, 2400:1 contrast proportion, 20-ANSI-lumen brightness, 53x140x130mm, 560g, 2-year RTB warranty (1 year for the light).

Energy consuming: 1W for stand-by, 36W for performing

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