Review: Joybee GP2 iPhone/iPad Mini Projector

Review of: BenQ Joybee GP2
Mini Projector:
BenQ
Version:
Joybee GP2

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On August 24, 2012
Last modified:September 29, 2014

Summary:

The Joybee GP2 from BenQ is a truly multifunctional mini projector. We can see it being used in a range of situations from home entertainment, to business, to leisure time. It has top of the line innovative features that you won't find on all projectors. We think it's a top pick and certainly the standout mini projector of the year.

If you’re one of the hoards of people who own an Apple device, be it an iPhone, iPad or even an iPod then the Joybee GP2 mini projector was made specifically for you. Feels nice, right?

BenQ have finally lent their signature styling to the world of mini projectors and they’ve entered the fray with style. It’s a sharp looking little projector with a modern look and features that will have even non-Apple fanboys drooling.

Mini Projector Features

Joybee GP2 Mini Projector BenQ have been around for quite a while now and they’re known the world over for putting out pretty decent LCD displays along with a range of other small hardware.

They’re no stranger to manufacturing projectors either, but it is the first time they’ve put out a mini projector and we think they’ve done a smashing job.

Instead of just another “me too” mini projector they’ve really put some thought into how they wanted to approach the market and came up with the idea of building in an iPhone dock right into the base of the projector. This is smart for two reasons…

First, it’s a segway into a competitive market. All the “me too” projector have very similar features and they’re constantly copying from each other. But the Joybee GP2 has taken cream of the crop and put a new spin on it.

Second it’s one of those features that is unique in it’s concept at first, but in hindsight seems to be a completely logical adaption making them the first to market with a must have feature. We think having the dock on board is great as it lends to the usability of the device. The only problem would be if you’re mounting it on the roof. Kind of hard to hang an iPhone upside down, right?

Joybee GP2 Mini Projector Anyway, the good news doesn’t stop there. There’s plenty of other excellent features and you can probably already tell we’re pretty pleased with it.

Not only is it small and styling, it has a detachable battery which makes it very light indeed (approx 500 grams or around 18 ounces). You can get a comfortable 3 hours of battery life which would be enough for most portable situations and long enough to watch a movie in the back yard without having to run a mess of cables.

It has 720p high definition resolution supporting WXGA (1280 x 800) and projects an image up to a whopping 160 inches! (over 4 metres!)

Brightness sits at 200 ANSI lumens which is very respectable and contrast ratio of 2400:1 which is quite good indeed.

Input include the dock for iPhones and iPods, but also a huge list of other connection options:

  • Computer in (D-sub 15pin) x 1 (via CEA 30 pin cable)
  • Composite Video in (RCA) x 1 (via CEA 30 pin cable)
  • HDMI (v1.3) x 1 (mini type)
  • Audio in (Mini Jack) x 1
  • Audio L/R in (RCA) x 1 (via CEA 30 pin cable)
  • Audio out (Mini Jack) x 1
  • iPod/iPhone Universal Dock x 1
  • Speaker 2W Stereo x 2
  • USB (Type A) x 1 (USB Reader)
  • USB (Type Mini B) x 1 (USB Display/File Transfer) Compatible with Win XP SP2 32 bit , Win Vista 32/64 bit , Win7 32/64 bit
  • Card Reader x 1 (SD, SDHC up to 16GB)
  • Internal memory 2GB (1.3 GB for user usage)

The Joybee GP2 has another unique feature that I think will be copied by other mini projectors soon enough and that’s the ability to connect your computer or laptop via USB rather than D-sub VGA or HDMI. The USB port is truly multi-functional because you have the option of just plugging in your USB stick and running movies, pictures and presentations straight from that or using it as a display port to connect a device.

There is also a quite decent sized storage facility inside the unit of up to 2GB which is enough to cram a season or two of your favourite TV show.

Did we mention that you can use the Joybee GP2 as a music dock when in standby mode? Well you can and that’s pretty darn cool and multi-functional of it. Thanks BenQ.

Mini Projector Technology

Joybee GP2 Mini Projector The Joybee GP2 runs on DLP technology (presumably Texas Instruments) and features a 3LED system of super bright LEDs. The light source is rated for over 30,000 hours at maximum brightness when in Eco mode.

It features a backlit touch sensitive control panel on top which has a very iPod feel about it.

The software is a great bit of work as well, for example, it features Auto Keystone technology which will help adjust and turn misshapen images, graphics and charts into a perfect square. It also support just about any media format you can think of from pictures and videos to PDFs and PPTs.

What’s in the box?

  • The BenQ Joybee GP2 mini projector
  • Remote Control w/ Battery
  • Carry Bag
  • Adapter (by region)
  • USB Cable
  • Power code
  • User Manual CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card (by region)
  • CEA 30 Pin Cable

Conclusion

The Joybee GP2 from BenQ is a truly multifunctional mini projector. We can see it being used in a range of situations from home entertainment, to business, to leisure time. It has top of the line innovative features that you won't find on all projectors. We think it's a top pick and certainly the standout mini projector of the year.

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