BenQ Joybee GP2
A DLP projector with a lot of power
BenQ’s second generation mini projector is a friendly palm-sized device and is the company’s proof that cares for the quality of our presentations, no matter the location. The first Joybee was very innovative at that time but it wasn’t very close to good quality, being appreciated more for it’s small design rather that for what it could do. Now the things have changed with the BenQ Joybee GP2 which we are reviewing here. This DLP projector did an awfully good job during our tests, impressing us with the image quality first of all, but also with the other feature it comes equipped with.
Besides its small appearance the Joybee GP2 is also very light, around 565g, being very portable. This is not only thanks to its size but also to the fact that is not dependent on a computer. On top, it features an iPhone dock, which enables you to project the images, videos or other content right from your iPhone. In stand-by mode it can also play music, as it features two 2W internal speakers. Comparing it with the previous Joybee GP1, almost all features are doubled, guaranteeing better projection quality. In a very dark room it can reach a maximum 160 inch image, has better resolution up to 720p and has a brightness of 200 lumens. As for ports and inputs, the GP2 is again better than its predecessor. It has a card reader, miniUSB input, the mentioned iPhone/iPad dock, miniHDMI v.3 input, computer in, composite, audio in and out and an internal memory of 2GB. The mini projector offers support for a variety of multimedia formats, but it is very strange that for video it only supports FLV format. Very interesting, it comes with an integrated document viewer, so Microsoft Office and PDF documents won’t cause you any problems.
DLP projection technology
To be more specific about its size, our review model measures 5.5 x 2 x 5.1 inches and weighs around 1.25 lbs, so you can imagine how small it actually is. For the good projection quality, the GP2 uses DLP projection technology and uses 3LED illumination.
The DLP technology helps with delivering rich colors and the right contrast levels, and this was proven during our tests.
What will make the GP2 look a bit bigger is the optional battery pack which will look like a stand for the projector, being linked on the bottom of the device. The battery managed to extend the projector’s life with almost three extra hours but while on battery, the brightness decreases to half, meaning 100 lumens.
Bright colors provided
The projector does a good job in small rooms as well, as long as you have around one meter at your disposal. We put the Joybee GP2 at 1 meter distance from the wall and it was still able to deliver a big image, of 44 inches. What we also liked is that it is very good in delivering sharp and bright colors. It features a 2400:1 contrast ratio and the image quality was just great.
As for other interesting features, we should mention that it has a very modern design with a touch sensitive control panel whose buttons are lit by a pleasant and soft blue light. Another thing, which we also noticed on other projectors and liked, is that it can be turned off, and on, in a few seconds and you don’t have to wait for the long shut down process.
The BenQ Joybee GP2 is an efficient mini projector and its size doesn’t affect at all the image quality. We think it is the right projector for those who travel a lot and use this kind of devices, because it’s small, but good.
|Maximum Brightness provided||aprox. 200 ANSI lumens|
|Maximum Contrast Ratio||2400:01:00|
|Resolution||WXGA (1280 x 800)|
|Number of colors||1.07 Billion Colors|
|Aspect Ratio||Native 16:10 (5 aspect ratio selectable)|
|Maximum Image dimension||20″-160″|
|Focal length||F=1.93, f=26.95mm|
|Throw Ratio||1.13 (44″ @ 1m)|
|Lamp (Normal / Economic Mode)||LEDx3, 20,000/30,000 hours|
|Resolution Support||VGA (640 x 480) to UXGA (1600 x 1200)|
|External dimensions (W x H x D)||140.3 x 93.8 x 129.8 mm (with battery)|
|140.3 x 52.5 x 129.8 mm (without battery)|
|Maximum memory 2GB (1.3 GB for user usage)|