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BenQ Joybee GP2 review

  • BenQ Joybee GP2
  • BenQ Joybee GP2
  • BenQ Joybee GP2
  • BenQ Joybee GP2
  • BenQ Joybee GP2

Verdict:

A portable projector with a fairly high resolution, plenty of connections and comprehensive file format support, but it's expensive compared to the competition

Review Date: 29 Apr 2012

Price when reviewed: £450

Supplier: http://www.apple.com/uk

Reviewed By: Barry de la Rosa

Our Rating 4 stars out of 5

The Joybee 2 is a miniature LED projector with a built-in iPod dock, which is designed to be taken with you to show off your videos. It has a 1,280x800 resolution and 200 lumens brightness, and will take an input from a range of sources apart from iPods: there's VGA, composite and USB video for connecting to a PC, component and HDMI for games consoles and Blu-ray and DVD players and finally an SD card slot and a USB port for external storage. There's also 1.3GB of usable internal memory, and you can copy files to the projector from your PC over USB.

BenQ Joybee GP2

The GP2 comes with a carrying case with room for the power supply and cables, and weighs only 560g, so is ideal for travelling businessmen who can present with the lights off. Thanks to its internal memory, USB and SD card support and the built-in iPod dock, you don't even need to take a laptop with you. An external battery pack (part code 5J.J3C01.001, £80 approx) should be available at the end of April, which BenQ claims will give you three hours of projection.

BenQ Joybee GP2

There's a proprietary port for the bundled VGA/component adaptor cable, and the iPod dock sits on top. The GP2 has impressive file format support; it can officially play MJPEG, H.263 and XviD video in AVI, MOV and MP4 wrappers, plus Flash video, but we managed to play MPEG4, H.264 and MKV files as well. You can also view JPG, BMP and PNG images, and the popular OGG and FLAC music formats are supported along with MP3, AAC and WMA formats. The iPod dock is more limited; it will only let you play videos through the projector, and there's no image support. The GP2 has backlit, touch-sensitive controls on its top surface, plus a credit-card-sized remote control with blister buttons. The player's controls don't give much feedback, whereas the remote prefers you use it on the left of the GP2, as that's where the receiver is.

BenQ Joybee GP2

It's an LED DLP projector, which means it uses red, green and blue LEDs to produce colour rather than a single white lamp and a spinning colour wheel. This not only eliminates the dreaded DLP rainbow effect - where flashes of primary colour are visible in fast-moving or black-and-white images - but reduces power consumption dramatically. The downside is that the lamps only produce 200 lumens brightness, which isn't enough to view images under bright lighting.

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