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.
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.
- 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).