BenQ GV1 Portable Projector - First Look

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Standing just 15.5cm high the BenQ GV1 is an incredibly smart looking portable wireless projector. Due to be released soon the GV1 will offer a perfect mobile projection solution with built in wireless casting and airplay for iOS.

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For presentations hook up your laptop and you’ll be amazed at the quality this little device delivers. Text is crisp and images are surprisingly bright and colour reproduction surprisingly good. There are some things we would like to see improved in software and or future updates, i’ll come on to those.

Check out the video below for the full review or scroll down for tech specs and pro’s and con’s.

Pro’s & Con’s

Now let’s address the elephant in the room….480P - Now I know what your all thinking and yes, we also wish that this was at least 720P but it does perform surprisingly well and this is helped by the contrast ratio being 100,000:1

This device is not designed, I believe, to replace or be a home cinema projector. It fits much better as an occasional or back up projector but more likely a travel projection system. With a perfectly adequate output, great sound delivered by the 5 Watt speaker and a 3 Hour battery will mean that this can easily be used for Outdoor garden cinema, Meeting and Presentations or ideal as a kids / bedroom projector.

We would really love to see some changes both in software and hardware in future releases / updates.

Add an HDMI input - ideal for a firestick or similar

Add the ability to install Apps via the BenQ Android interface - Netflix and Prime Video etc.

Increase the resolution to 720p or ideally 1080p, this would make the project a really serious device and home cinema alternative.

LOVES

We love the Bluetooth Speaker feature where you can turn of the projector and connect to the speaker and therefore have a great mobile speaker delivering a punchy sound.

The build quality and design is a 10/10 feature and gives an amazing first impression

Despite the low resolution, for the purposes discussed, we were very happy with the output.

*The model we tested was a pre production unit and therefore may be subject to some changes before final release. for more information check the manufacturers website here.

Tech Specs (from manufacturer)

Main Specifications

Brightness

200 ANSI Lumens
Contrast Ratio (FOFO)

100,000:1
Speaker

5W Chamber x 1

All Specifications

Display

Projection System

DLP 3430
Resolution

480p (854 x 480 pixels)
Brightness

200 ANSI Lumens
Contrast Ratio (FOFO)

100,000:1
Display Colour

16.7 Million Colors
Native Aspect Ratio

Native 16:9 (5 aspect ratio selectable)
Light Source

Osram Q9 LED
Light Source Life (NArmal/Eco/SmartEco)*

20,000/30,000 hrs (Normal/Eco)

Optical

Throw Ratio

1.3 (35"@1m)
Zoom Ratio

Fixed
Keystone Adjustment

1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees
Projection Offset

100% ± 5%

Audio

Speaker

5W Chamber x 1

Compatibility

Resolution Support

VGA(640 x 480) to Full HD(1920 x 1080)

Power

Typical Power Consumption

24W(Max)/ 16.7W(Typical)/ 13.1W(Battery)/ 0.5W(Standby)
Standby Power Consumption

0.5W Max. at 100 ~ 240VAC
Power Supply

VAC 100 ~ 240 (50/60Hz)

Dimension and Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)

80mm x 155mm x 80mm

Weight

708g

Operation Condition

NAise Level (NArmal/EcoNAmic mode)

29dBA/28dBA

Operating Temperature

0~40℃

Accessories (Standard)

Carry Bag

x1
Remote Control w/ Battery (RC model name)

x1 (RCI014)

Quick Start Guide

Yes

Warranty Card (by region)

Yes
OSD

Language

Arabic/ English/ French/ German/ Hindi/ Japanese/ Korean/ Portuguese/ Simplified Chinese/ Spanish/ Traditional Chinese (11 Languages)
*LED lamp life results will vary depending on environmental conditions and usage.  Actual product's features and specifications are subject to change without notice.