BenQ Joybee: Bottom Line
After my initial skepticism of the value of a small portable projector with only 100 rated lumens, I finally figured out what the appeal would be. While the GP1 LED projector can be used as a small business projector for small screen presentations - say up to 60 inch diagonal, or even 80 inches (with the lights off), that's not going to be the primary draw of this mini projector. This is a projector for folks that want to do some "PC free" work, and more importantly, for people who have several portable devices that they would like to project from, be it a digital camera, camcorder, MP3 player, portable game machine (i.e. Sony PSP), and even your favorite backup hard drive. And let's not forget hooking it up to the Apple iPods and iPhones. Unfortunately, I didn't get the cable I needed to make my iPhone work with it, but based on my working with the other portable devices, I can see people using the GP1 projector with the iPhone, iTouch, and iPods, to view photos, video clips and YouTube videos. I plan to pick up a cable at the Apple store, and after hooking it up to my iPhone, add to this review.
My point is, the GP1 is definitely reasonably bright. It seems birghter looking than the early 20 pound (110 lumen) portable projectors of the previous decade, that got the whole projector industry rolling.
Very cool! And, to further explore the GP1, I just got BenQ's permission to hang on to this projector for another month, so I can take it with us on a family vacation to NYC. I'm going to have my daughter use the software provided to download a movie to a flash drive, plus use it to view the pictures and movie clips we take each day (Including those pictures I take with my dSLR, and those taken with my iPhone.
While this class of projector is new, and future models will no doubt be a bit brighter, and further down the road, higher resolution, the GP1 passes muster. Many folks will really like it. It's a very interesting, and rather impressive compromise between portability and sheer horsepower, and one that many of the portable device crowd should really like. I certainly didn't expect that the Joybee GP1 would earn a Hot Product award when I first discussed reviewing it. In fact, it wasn't until last night, when I threw every portable device I could think of at it, that I was convinced. Bottom line: The BenQ Joybee GP1 is deserving of our Hot Product award, and so it has been awarded it.
Not a bad achievement, for a projector I wasn't even sure I wanted to review!