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BenQ shrinks the projector, builds it for iPhone and wireless content

By Staff writers | 4:50 pm 04/07/2013

There are times when you want your friends to gather round so you can show them a trailer on your phone, but why resort to a small screen when you can have an entire wall. BenQ is showing the world how to do just that with a new lamp-free pint-sized projector.

Built for 720p HD streaming in a portable environment, the BenQ Joybee GP3 is a small projector that can forgo the plug pack and wall wart for a few hours, projecting video against a wall, the side of a tent, or anything else that’s clear enough for video.

BenQ’s battery is set to last a little over two hours on a fully charged battery, with 150 ANSI lumens pushed out, and a 1 metre short throw producing a 40 inch screen size at high definition.

Controls can be handled on the top of the small projector, or even with an iPhone plugged into the dock connector up top.

The obvious downside to BenQ’s GP3 iPod dock is that this is the old iPod dock, the one that was supported up until Apple changed things in the iPhone 5.

That said, there are more ways to send video to this projector than just the old school dock connector, with multiple USB ports, SD card slot, AV in, HDMI, and even streaming support for sending video to the projector over DLNA on iOS, Android, and even Windows.

“The concept of home entertainment is not just for audiovisual enthusiasts and professional techies – anyone can operate the GP3 and no installation is required,” said Martin Moelle, Managing Director for BenQ Australia.

Pricing for the GP3 comes in at a recommended retail price of $699 with an availability of now. Extra rechargeable batteries come in at $129, though for a limited time, the projector will be bundled with one of these batteries.

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