The BenQ Joybee GP1 fills the bill for users who need something bigger than a pico projector but smaller than a full-sized portable projector, reviewers say. Barely bigger than a soda can and weighing just 1.4 pounds, the BenQ Joybee GP1 is terrifically portable. Colors are described as vivid, but some reviewers say they are oversaturated and inaccurate, and color controls are limited. Ease of use is good, but there's a bit of a learning curve in mastering the nuances of the GP1's sophisticated menu system. Reviewers disagree regarding the projector controls. Some say they are stiff and unresponsive, others say they are overly sensitive.
At just 100 lumens, the GP1 shines brightest in a small room. The ability to display different types of data, image and video files from an attached USB drive means that you can leave your laptop at home for simple presentations. The power supply is heavy and oversized, users say, a significant negative for a projector this small and lightweight. The LED light source is rated to last 20,000 hours, which is far longer than typical projector lamps. Though small and lightweight, it is no match in those regards for pocket-sized pico projectors like the highly regarded Optoma PK301 (*Est. $380) . If you need a brighter projector for larger gatherings, the value-priced Vivitek D511 (*Est. $475) is worth a look.
Reviews giving the pros and cons of the BenQ Joybee GPI appear in a variety of places. Barbara Krasnoff of Computerworld magazine describes the GP1 as a very portable unit that offers bright, sharp projections and many professional features. ProjectorReviews.com's Art Feierman concludes that the GP1 can be used effectively as a small business projector for small screen presentations. Others offering their opinions in useful reviews include Government Computer News and ComputerShopper.com.
Barbara Krasnoff's review underscores the BenQ Joybee GP1's versatility in handling file formats from a USB drive without the need for a connected laptop. The power supply is criticized for weighing nearly as much as the projector itself. Images are called clear and bright, though they are viewed in a room lit only by indirect sunlight.
Review: Review: Mini Projector from BenQ Brightens Your Presentations, Barbara Krasnoff, Nov. 16, 2009
Art Feierman of ProjectorReviews.com says he was surprised by the performance of the BenQ Joybee GP1, which he admits he almost didn't take the time to review because he thought it was a gadget that would only be appreciated by technogeeks. After testing, he casts aside his prejudice to decide that the GP1 can be used effectively as a business projector for small-screen presentations up to 60 inches diagonal, or even 80 inches with the lights off. He gives the BenQ Joybee GP1 a Hot Product Award designation.
Review: BenQ GP1 Joybee LED Projector Review, Art Feierman, July 2, 2009
3. Government Computer News
Reviewer Greg Crowe likes the value (B rating), features (A+) and ease of use (A) of the BenQ Joybee GP1. However, performance (rated as a C) comes in for a bit of a hit. The low brightness is a liability unless the ambient light is well controlled.
Review: Pocket-sized Joybee GP1 Projector Travels Well, As Long As Your Destination is Dark, Greg Crowe, July 27, 2009
4. Computer Shopper
The GP1 is called "wow-inducing," but a few drawbacks "keep it just shy of greatness," reviewer Matt Stafford says, citing an oversized power supply, short video cable, and some issues with audio in video files played back via USB. Those complaints are offset by vivid colors and ample brightness -- at least when light levels are kept reasonable. He awards a rating of 7.8 out of 10.
Review: BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector Review, Matt Safford, June 2009