For $499, you get the world's first-ever LED-based projector with a USB reader. Specs wise, you'll find a Texas Instruments DLP projection system outputting 858 x 600 resolution, 100 ANSI lumens, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, a built-in 2-watt speaker and VGA / component / composite inputs. Did I mention that it's only 1.4 pound projector?!
The BenQ GP1 uses Luminus’ PT-39 LED Chipset that used to power all those other ultra bright and color accurate mobile-size projectors. There are three individual LED chips shining out 100 of lumen and claimed 20,000 hours of lamp life, the light source is about 10 times more usable than any home projector. I'm still working on a full review and should have it up shortly for your reading enjoyment.
The BenQ Joybee GP1 is currently available for you to pre-order, for $499.00. Trust me, if you travel a lot and want to enjoy a home-like theater experience in your hotel room or need to give impressive presentations, then the Joybee GP1 is your best solution.
BenQ Joybee GP1 Pocket Projector Unboxing video
BenQ Joybee GP1 Pocket Projector Demo video
Press release from January, in case you missed it:
Billerica, MA, January 27, 2009 – Luminus Devices today announced that BenQ’s new GP1 versatile and lightweight pocket projector is powered by the high-brightness PhlatLight® LED PT-39 chipset. PhlatLight LEDs offer high levels of brightness and performance not available today in pocket projectors using traditional lamp technologies, making the GP1 an ideal mobile entertainment companion for instant projection anywhere.
PhlatLight LEDs work in conjunction with Texas Instruments’ digital light processing (DLP) technology and the combined technologies enable PhlatLight to work more efficiently, making this projector an ideal choice for on-the-go professionals and other mobile system users, like gamers. The PhlatLight LED PT-39 chipset is designed specifically for projection systems that use micro-displays ranging from 0.4” to 0.55” with individual red, green and blue LEDs.
“PhlatLight LEDs are ideally suited for projectors today as opposed to traditional lamp technologies due to the high levels of brightness and to the fact that the light source should never need replacing,” said Matt Mazzuchi, General Manager, Projection Display Business Group, Luminus Devices. “Business travelers and video game loyalists alike will appreciate the new BenQ GP1 pocket projector with PhlatLight LEDs because they are offer vibrant images for presentations and video games, while providing unmatched system reliability.”
“BenQ is revolutionizing the pocket projector industry and award-winning PhlatLight LEDs are a key in providing our customers with the industry’s best products,” said Po Su, Marketing Director at BenQ America. “Our next-generation pocket projectors are flexible, making them ideal for multiple applications like home movies and gaming, as well as meeting room demos and mobile business presentations.”