With our pupil on the point of return residence it was time to setup the den upstairs. The timing couldn’t have been higher as a result of BenQ obtained in contact and requested us if we’d like so as to add considered one of their transportable projectors to the Automated House.
What Is It?
Described because the ‘World’s First 2.1CH Audio Moveable Projector’, the GV30 is an all-in-one projector with sound, roughly 12cm x 20cm x 2cm and weighing in at 1.6 kg. It makes use of a DLP chip to supply its native 720p picture (1280 x 720) and might deal with as much as a 4K UHD enter (3840 x 2160).
With brightness rated at 300 ANSI Lumens, you want a darkish room to get essentially the most from the GV30. BenQ quote the lifetime of the LED gentle supply as 20,000 in regular mode. To place that in actual world phrases, for those who used the projector for five hours a day, 6 days every week, it ought to final for over 12 years.
The noise ranges of the cooling fan are very low so to not intervene with the motion and the highest mounted buttons enable for straightforward management of the unit. There are 3 audio system on-board, a 4 watt unit for every of the left and proper channels, plus a 3rd 8 watt woofer for some decrease frequencies. Which means this one field transportable answer offers a 2.1 channel setup.
The audio system create a sound that’s a step above many flat display screen TVs and it’s loads loud. There’s additionally a 3.5mm audio-out jack if you wish to feed the sound into an exterior system. With onboard Bluetooth it’s also possible to ship you music out of your telephone and many others and use it as a Bluetooth Speaker.
As a part of the setup course of you utilize a bit guitar-pick formed software to prise the case aside and set up the BenQ QS01 Android TV Dongle on the interior HDMI. The quilt snaps again on giving a clear look with out something protruding of the unit.
There’s a second HDMI on the facet (1.4b/HDCP1.4) if you wish to use your individual streaming stick or different system. The USB-C socket can be utilized as a DisplayPort enter too.
The round formed projector then sits onto a magnetic base, permitting it to rotate to the specified angle. Eradicating the magnetic base reveals a helpful tripod socket, making it even simpler to mount when you have one handy.
On the Films
As soon as the blinds are closed the image involves life, together with the wow-factor that a big projected picture brings. We’re projecting the picture onto a plain painted wall, which works rather well with none particular paints or a ‘correct’ display screen.
There’s no zoom operate on the GV30 so the picture dimension is decided by how distant you place it out of your wall. The BenQ suggest a picture between 30″ and 120″, and with its 135° projection angle, you’ll be able to web site it nearly anyplace. On a espresso desk, a shelf, and even on the ground. Anybody that’s used a transportable projector earlier than will in all probability recognise the situation the place you’re searching for a stack of books, simply the best peak, however this easy however intelligent swivel base means it’s simple to regulate. In our room the perfect image dimension / high quality was obtained by placing the unit behind the couch which gave us the 118″ diagonal within the photograph above.
There’s auto-focus and a Vertical Keystone characteristic that straightens these trapezoid’s into rectangles mechanically (+/- 40°) and there are 6 image modes – Vivid, Cinema, Day Time, Residing Room, Sports activities and Recreation with an enter lag of 51 ms ([email protected]).
Streaming Media, Native Recordsdata
Among the best issues in regards to the BenQ GV30 is that in-built Android TV, together with the wi-fi streaming that the onboard Wi-Fi brings (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G and 5G).
You’ll be able to forged out of your cell system to the projector, or play from Android apps immediately. To put in Netflix first you’ll must seize the “Apps Supervisor” from the Google Play retailer. Subsequent, open the apps supervisor and discover and set up “Aptoide” and use it to obtain “Netflix”.
The built-in battery means you’ll be tempted to take your motion pictures on the go, and even strive it outdoor or perhaps even on a tenting journey. You’ll be able to play your individual media plugging a reminiscence stick into the USB-C port in case you are off grid too. In testing we obtained round 2 hours use on battery energy. The projector comes with a very nice carry case too which holds the included distant management and energy lead.
We’ve tried just a few transportable projectors through the years and this one is a step above. Whereas it prices a bit greater than somebody of the cheaper choices round, in our opinion it’s properly value the additional.
The transportable GV30 feels properly constructed and has the advantages of that inbuilt Android TV and the flexibleness that the onboard battery energy offers too.
It has already supplied hours of leisure and has rapidly develop into a everlasting fixture in our den. When you’ve watched a film on an enormous display screen it’s exhausting to return to a traditional TV!