The BenQ Joybee GP1 is a small and portable projector that makes movie viewing fun. It can liven up any room with its versatility and offers anyone a big screen experience anytime.
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The Joybee GP1 measures 136 x 57 x 120 mm and weighs 0.64kg, giving it that small and portable form factor. Unfortunately, users would have to lug along a two accessories to make the projector run – a bulky power adapter and a CEA 30-pin connector to connect the projector to a computer (D-Sub) or DVD player (RCA). This DLP projector supports VGA (640 x 480) up to SXGA (1280 x 1024) resolution, with projected image size ranging from 15-inches up to 80-inches.
What is so great about this projector is the fact that it is very versatile. You can plug your computer, notebook, set top box, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, and even a flash drive (since the unit has a USB port built-in) without any problems. What you hook up to the device is entirely up to you: the projector will display the image without any hesitations.
To get things started, users must connect the AC adapter to the projector, adjust the projector to the desired height, plug a source (D-Sub or Video), and do the necessary adjustments using the control buttons found on top of the projector or via the remote control. Various picture modes are available, allowing users to choose between Brightness, PC, Photo, Movie, and User (custom) mode.
The GP1 also comes with a ‘Wall Color’ mode that can help correct the projector’s colour to prevent possible colour difference between the source and projected pictures. Pre-calibrated colours include Light Yellow, Pink, Light Green, Blue, and Blackboard.
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We hooked up the unit to our notebook and decided to put the projector about 5 feet away from the screen. After a couple of adjustments, we were able to get a clear 60-inch image and continued on by playing a movie. The projector works best when a user is in a very dark room, but suffers terribly when any light sources are around. Games (hooked up using a component to VGA adapter) and TV shows did not look bad at all, although we recommend users to hook the audio up to a separate system as the built-in speaker sounds tinny.
The USB port can recognise flash drives, but had a problem recognising several external devices. Movies must be converted to MPG using the Arcsoft Media Converter 3.0 software or it won’t play on the projector. Users can also store photos on the USB drive and display them instantly.
The USB interface is pretty useful. You can load up the supplied USB drive with photos and movies. Even better, if you have a digital camera with an A/V cable, you can directly hook it up to the projector’s 30-pin connector and see photos on the big screen.
Overall, the Joybee GP1 is a great projector to have if you want to enjoy your movie nights even more. It may have its limitations, but it sure is fun when you can lie down on your bed and project a movie on your ceiling. The Joybee GP1 is available now for $899.