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Benq’s GP10 is a new breed of LED projector where it uses three LED’s instead of a LCD lamp.

In my past corporate life I have bought and used many data projectors so I am used to comparing them. Here is the benefit of my experience.

Use

The GP10  is classified by Benq as a home projector and while I agree with that its 1.5kg compact size and LED light makes it a possibility for small business portable use as well.

It has a short throw meaning that you can get a 40” image at 1 metre from the screen or a 240” at 6 metres although it is not intended to be a large venue projector. The image shown includes an optional DVD player underneath it.

What is an LED projector?

LED sends light through three RGB LCD panels or a DLP chip. The prime benefit is an extremely long lamp life without significant degradation. Benq quotes 30,000 hours but most LED projectors state 50,000 or more. Typically an LCD has 2-5000 hours life and costs a few hundred dollars to replace. For this reason alone LED will eventually take over from LCD.

Specifications

  • WXGA native 1280x800 720p, 16:10 (better for PC’s) – will handle up to 1600x1200. 3D compatible with glasses.
  • 550 ANSI Lumens 10,000:1 contrast ratio. Slightly warmer colours than LCD. Note that LED lamps will typically have lower Lumens but in practice I could not see much difference between a 20,000 Lumen LCD and this in a darkened room.
  • Remote and navigate buttons on top – auto keystone (out of square) adjustment excellent
  • HDMI/VGA/Composite video/SD/USB/ with Window, Mac, smartphone, tablets, games consoles. Benq Wi-Fi dongle compatible and PC free projection.
  • Kidsafe – cuts off projection if something passes 20-30cm from lens.
  • 2 x 3w speakers – surround sound but poor in comparison with even a small USB sound bar.
  • Optional detachable DVD (not tested)

Can be used in office but text seems to be a little less crisp than LCD. Bright office lighting does defeat it – dim rooms work best.

Benq is a quality manufacturer with excellent after sales support and warranty.

There is an inane video at (you have to see it to understand what I mean)

RRP is around $999 but online shoppers will save about 10-15% (plus the cost of freigth).

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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