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BenQ GP1 Mini Projector

By Kathie Felix - Posted Jul 1, 2010
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BenQ GP1 Mini Projector by Kathie Felix

The Product

BenQ GP1 Mini Projector

The Company

BenQ America Corp.

15375 Barranca Parkway, Suite A205

Irvine , CA 92618

Phone: (866) 600-2367


The BenQ GP1 Mini Projector offers a vibrant image, lamp-free 3LED technology, and the ability to project multimedia directly from a USB flash drive, digital camera, video camera, DVD player, HD television receiver, computer, iPod/iPhone/cell phone, or gaming console.

The palm-sized device measures 5.35" x 2.12" x 4.72" and weighs 1.4 lbs. The GP1 is powered by 3LED technology, a lamp-free projection system that incorporates three individual LED arrays—one for each color (red, green, and blue—or RGB). The RGB LED system offers more than 20,000 hours of LED life, requires no additional expenditure to replace burnt-out lamps, and presents no brightness decrease or color-fading problems.

The GP1 projects a diagonal image of 15"–80" with SVGA native resolution (858x600), 100 ANSI Lumens brightness, 2000:1 (full on/full off) contrast ratio, 4:3 native/16:9 selectable aspect ratio, 1.92 throw ratio, and full 16.7 million color palette. The unit is VGA (640x480) to SXGA (1280x1024) computer-compatible. The HDTV compatibility covers 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, and 1080i video modes. The video compatibility includes NTSC, PAL, and SECAM systems.

The projector is tripod-ready to aid image angling and adjustment. The wall color correction feature, designed to meet the projection demands of various classroom surfaces, offers a selection of five wall colors—light yellow, pink, light green, blue, and blackboard.

The automatic keystone adjustment results in an image that is a perfect square, with no misshapen views, graphics, and charts. The USB support includes JPG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF image files; MPEG1 and MJPEG video files; and MPEG-1 layer 2 and PCM audio files.

The GP1 features a 2W built-in speaker and ships with a remote control, power cord, CEA 30-pin cable, power adapter, soft carrying case, quick start guide, and 59-page user manual on CD-ROM. The CD also provides links to an Adobe Reader download and an Internet Explorer update. Optional accessories for the GP1 include an iPod/iPhone universal dock and Presentation Plus software.

The product incorporates a variety of “green” features such as its 100% mercury-free 3LED technology, 30% less power consumption compared to other projectors (due to the less than 1W standby power requirement), and the accompanying 70% recycled packaging materials.

The pricing for the BenQ GP1 mini projector begins at $499.

Kathie Felix

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