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A new mini video projector from BenQ includes DLNA compatibility for easy streaming.

The latest member of BenQ's mini video projector family, the Joybee GP3 can display a 40in 720p image with a throw of just one metre. Its maximum image size is 160in - not too shabby for a projector with a 13x14cm footprint.

This is achieved using a 3LED system in place of the conventional video projector lamp. The system puts out 150 lumens, down from the 200 lumens of the previous GP2 model.

The GP3's new Stream to Me feature means it can be used to display content from any DLNA-compatible source, including mobile devices, computers and NAS devices running appropriate software.

It also has a PC display mode for mirroring a Mac or Windows PC in 720p video.

Both of those options work across a Wi-Fi connection to the projector.

The GP3 also includes a iPod dock for use with the iPod classic, third and fourth generation iPod touch, fifth and sixth generation iPod nano, and iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S. Apps supporting TV-out are required.

Videos, photos, audio and certain documents (including PDF and certain flavours of Microsoft Office) can also be played directly from USB drives and SD cards, and there are conventional wired inputs for composite video, stereo audio and VGA-style interfaces all via a supplied adaptor cable, plus a mini HDMI socket (with an included adaptor for regular HDMI plugs).

One the audio side, the GP3 has built-in 2W speakers using SRS WOW HD technology for deeper bass, clearer high frequencies, and a wider sound field.

BenQ Australia managing director Martin Moelle said "The concept of home entertainment is not just for audiovisual enthusiasts and professional techies - anyone can operate the GP3 and no installation is required.

"Sit it on your coffee table when in use, and house it away in a cupboard or drawer when not in use.

"Sharing seamless audiovisual entertainment with friends and family has never been easier."

The Joybee GP3 will go on sale later this month, priced at $699. A $129 rechargeable battery will be included as introductory offer.

It weighs 1.05kg with the battery, or 0.56kg without.


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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.