BenQ GV1 projector review: Cute, but that’s about it
Giving credit where it deserves, the BenQ GV1 projector is compact, handy and looks very cute. But unfortunately, that’s where the story ends.
Product: BenQ GV1
Key specs: 480p resolution, 200 lumens brightness, 5W speaker chamber, native aspect ratio 16:9, Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909, Wireless Projection (for iOS/macOS, for Android, for PC), USB-C DisplayPort and Reader, 15∘Tiling Lens and Auto Keystone
The first image that pops into your head when you hear the word ‘projector’ is probably a conference room or a classroom with a bulky device in the middle, casting a big screen in front. For the BenQ GV1, the big screen part is right, the rest isn’t.
This is one of the most compact projectors we have come across. For the most part it doesn’t even look like a projector! Don’t be surprised if you mistake it for a bluetooth speaker at first glance. It’s cute, super portable and can project a 100-inch picture. Sounds great right? Umm, hold on.
The main case you can make for a projector is that it can give you a huge screen without you having to splurge on a TV of that size. And this particularly matters in houses where space on walls is an issue. True, you do need a big enough empty wall to project the screen — 100 inches is no joke — but in place of a wall, a white sheet/screen also works.
The BenQ GV1 has an added advantage as far as space and size is concerned. Standing just six inches tall, you really don’t need to make space for it. Priced at ₹30,990, the BenQ GV1 is also affordable compared to other projectors in the market. However, while you gain some, you lose some too.
Size does matter
The top part of the device is the projector while the bottom is the speaker. The buttons are placed neatly on top, they control the volume and also allow you to toggle between projector and bluetooth speaker mode. So you can use the BenQ GV1 as a speaker, but it isn’t loud enough. On the right side, you get a dial to help you focus the projected image. And you also get a remote.
Since the BenQ GV1 is tiny, you can easily place it on a table of a decent height and get going. The upper part of the device can be manually tilted to 15 degrees, allowing you to adjust the image size.
As far as connectivity is concerned, there is no HDMI port, unfortunately. There is a USB-C port that you can use to connect the BenQ GV1 to a laptop. You can also connect your smartphone to it via Bluetooth and there is also AirPlay and Screencast support. You can also mirror your smartphones, however, while this works for YouTube etc smoothly, you cannot use this for Netflix or Prime Video.
While the projector is super easy to set up and get going, the whole interface feels laggy while you navigate. The remote also feels cumbersome to handle at times.
We recommend you connect the BenQ GV1 to external speakers, because you will find its own sound capabilities wanting.