Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

With the ad­vent of pico pro­jec­tors, that big pic­ture is well within a reg­u­lar home’s means. But what do you look for when you are search­ing for such a pro­jec­tor? Ob­vi­ously, the porta­bil­ity of the pro­jec­tor is a big fac­tor. Then you would prob­a­bly plump for ease of use. Maybe, the life of the pro­jec­tor lamp is im­por­tant to you too. And, of course, don’t for­get the con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions. No use bring­ing home a ma­chine and then re­al­is­ing that it will only project im­ages from se­lect sources. But more than any­thing else, you would prob­a­bly want the pic­ture on the wall to be of high qual­ity. A bit too much of an ask if you wanted all th­ese and more? Not if you con­sider BenQ’s lat­est, the GP10.

If you want to see movies, pic­tures or other stuff stored in your USB pen drive or an SD card, the whole process is as easy as plug and play. And if you think this ease im­plies com­pro­mise some­where, you’d be sur­prised to see the crisp­ness on dis­play. We played a short clip from Ti­tanic 3D and the eyes of Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet stared back from the wall in all their blue-green clar­ity. Be­sides, see­ing me­dia stored on your lap­top or pro­ject­ing the movie from your DVD player or TV is but a mat­ter of at­tach­ing the HDMI ca­ble and see­ing the 720p res­o­lu­tion pic­ture. You have wire­less op­tions too, so you should be happy to bring home this 1.5 kg pro­jec­tor that has the di­men­sions of a medium-sized dic­tionary.

The GP 10’s lamp is rated for 30,000 hours and since it uses LED tech­nol­ogy, it is spar­ing in en­ergy con­sump­tion. Yet it has 550 ANSI lu­men bright­ness, which means you get bright pic­tures (but flex­i­bil­ity too since you have the usual choices of bright, cin­ema, stan­dard, gam­ing bright­ness lev­els). Its short-throw ca­pa­bil­i­ties would give you a 2-ft pic­ture from as close as half a me­tre away.

The one set­back to the GP10 is its au­dio. It comes with two in-built 3W stereo speak­ers, but for a pic­ture that reaches a di­ag­o­nal max­i­mum of 160 inches, you would find the sound anaemic. Yoke it to a proper noise maker and you are ready for a the­atre-at-home ex­pe­ri­ence.

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