Our previous run-ins with pico-projectors have left us vaguely disappointed, with units that will certainly fit in your pocket but underwhelm in their performance. BenQ's Joybee GP1 has sized itself out pocket-portability but promises improved quality to make up for it; SlashGear put those claims to the test.
The SlashGear team have been surprisingly mobile this week, with part one of our Lincoln MKS road-test, and toting Sprint's version of the MiFi 2200 portable EVDO hotspot around. We still found enough time to get frantically excited about the Palm Pre, though, which we now know will launch on June 6th for $199.99.
That excitement is tempered with the ongoing rumors that stocks may be severely curtailed on launch day. Not only have Best Buy and RadioShack insiders been talking of minimal handset numbers come June 6th, Sprint's own CEO is warning that the Pre will likely be in short supply for the first couple of months. The concern is that all of Palm's momentum since CES back in January could fizzle out, as Apple are expected to announce a third-generation iPhone two days after the Pre's launch.
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?!
ASUS has been snubbed by the Chinese government, as the only member of the top five branded PC vendors to not be found eligible for subsidies under that country's rural stimulus program. Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer all qualified for the scheme, which attempts to promote market growth in rural areas of China where an estimated 800m of the country's 1.3bn population live.
BenQ have announced their own all-in-one desktop PC, and while some manufacturers go for touchscreens and others superlative media playback, the nStation i91 is all about ease of use. In fact, BenQ are saying that, thanks to their intuitive control knob on the lower right-hand side of the display, the nStation i91 is as straightforward as a TV. Behind the glossy bezel there's an AMD Semperon 210U processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive, while the non-touchscreen display itself is 18.5-inches 16:9.
It's hard to believe, but after all we've seen of the BenQ S6 MID, we've not seen a video unboxing. Perhaps that's because of the mobile internet device's limited availability; so far, Italy looks like your best bet to get a hold of the S6, courtesy of carrier TIM. Anyway, there's at least one S6 outside of Italy, in the hands of Ewan Spence on the MID Moves tour, and he's shared not only his video unboxing but some hands-on feedback about the compact 3G device.
Unboxing video of the BenQ S6 MID after the cut
While visiting CES 2009, the folks from Luminus gave me a short 5 minutes walk-though on their PT-39 LED Chipset that used to power all those ultra bright and color accurate mobile-size projectors. I was more impressed with water-cooled Chi Lin and Vivitek full-feature projectors; but after a second look on the mini-projectors’ throwing images, I have to say the composes of three individual LED chips were not joke when it came to brightness and color reproduction. It can throw 100 of lumen and claim 20k hours of lamp life, the light source is about 10 times more usable than my home projector. If you want to give it spin, BenQ has recently announced the availability of GP1 Pocket Projector, which incorporated Luminous PhlatLight’s PT-39 chipset and Texas Instruments DLP technology to produce the on-the-go mobile beamer at its best.
Most monitor-makers are already headed toward the low cost 16:9 TN panel displays, why not BenQ? The manufacturer has quietly announced new G series monitors on their global site, dished out a sum of 10 LCDs, ranged from 15.5-inch to 24-inch with a variety of resolutions to choose from.
The G Series offers five 720p (20” G2020HD/HDA, 18.5” G920HD/HDA, and 15.6” G610HDA) and five 1080p (24” G2411HD/HDA, 23.6” G2410HD, or 21.5” G2220HD/HAD)
models. All models come standard with an exclusive image enhancement engine, Senseye+photo feature, and optimized preset modes to display Standard, Dynamic, Photo and Movie pictures. Dynamic contrast rating boasts from 10,000:1 to 40,000:1 with ultra fast panel response rate from 2ms (GTG) to 5ms.