BenQ GV30 Review : Portable Projector That Hides A Secret | Tech Reviews
If you are one of those who likes to improvise a cinema wherever you go, with this BenQ GV30 projector you will have an all-in-one pack with native 720p resolution and high-quality sound with up to 2.5 hours of autonomy.
First impressions are important, but much more than that is day-to-day performance and the rest of the characteristics of electronic devices. BenQ has done a great job with this model of portable projector it’s good, pretty and… ok just good and pretty.
This is a model that is accompanied by a perfect transport case to prevent it from being damaged during transport. It is clear that we are not dealing with a projector that appears to be of low quality due to its curious disc-shaped design and its finish in this anti-fingerprint white that we like so much.
In fact, to make matters worse, it has an accessory in the form of a magnetic base that allows the projector to be rotated 135 degrees vertically in order to enjoy a projection both on the wall and on the ceiling without effort.
|Dimensions and weight||120 x 195.8 x 185 mm | 1.6 kg|
Native resolution 720p
Projection ratio 1.2
|Maximum brightness||300 ANSI lumens|
|Light source duration||20,000 hours | 30,000 h ECO|
|Projection size||Up to 135 inches|
|Operating system||Proprietary (Android TV Dongle)|
|Extras||Remote control | sling transport|
|Voice control||Google Assistant|
|Sound||2 x 4 W RMS|
|Connections||2 x HDMI 1.4 external / internal
USB-C – DisplayPort
Salida 3,5mm minijack
Wi-Fi 2.4 / 5 GHz
The design of the BenQ GV30 is one of its strengths
This is a portable projector that stands out for its unusual design, with a wheel shape that attracts attention.
On both sides it has the output of the speakers offering a wide stereo field and with a level of bass that we did not expect .
In terms of the materials used, we are dealing with a plastic casing, but of good quality. It is a polycarbonate of remarkable thickness and that gives rigidity to the equipment.
Along with this projector comes a base to rotate it on the horizontal axis and allow projection both on a wall and on the ceiling. This base is held magnetically and makes this rotation very simple and does not require any effort, as you will see in a video afterwards.
In addition to that base, we have a perfect remote control to manage the entire menu, settings, and move around Android TV. It has rubbery buttons with a good touch and enough travel to know when you press and when not.
And yes, we say Android TV because although the projector does not integrate the serial software, it does keep a surprise inside.
If we remove the side cover, we find a perfect hole to insert a FireTV or the dongle that comes in the pack, connect it via HDMI and feed it. And the most interesting thing is that all this is collected inside under the lid , so we can use it without having to hang anything.
It is a projector with a very versatile connection system since it has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and physical connections HDMI , USB-C with DisplayPort support and USB-C PD power as well as 3.5mm audio output in case you want to connect it to an external audio system.
Fair image quality for a projector of these dimensions
There are several features that this BenQ GV30 excels at. However, in the image quality section is where it goes most unnoticed. Not bad either, don’t get me wrong.
It is a portable projector that stays at a native resolution of 1,280 x 720 px and a brightness of 300 ANSI Lumens . It is a fair brightness that will allow you to see an image up to 135 inches but in a dark room. Unlike other projectors with this same concept of portability, it lags a bit behind like Samsung’s The Freestyle , for example.
As extras we have an auto keystone and autofocus system that works very well and allows us to continue viewing content after changing the distance or angle of projection.
This projector has a mode of use called Daytime, but it is clear that it is not designed to work with ambient light at distances that are not short since that situation requires much more than the 300 ANSI Lumens that it can deliver.
And it is that in terms of technical specifications, we are left with a native resolution of 720p and depth of 24 bits, that is, it does not reach to be able to correctly offer HDR content neither by brightness nor by color depth .
The resolution is enough to be used on screens up to 80 inches , beyond those 720p they fall a bit short and we will start to see pixels if we look for them. Of course, the image treatment achieves a correct definition even in texts, something important if you watch series and movies with subtitles.
As examples to illustrate the issue of brightness, we can comment that in situations where the color palette is very vibrant, for example cartoons, it behaves quite well. The problem begins when we start to see darker content.
It is there where either you lower the ambient light or it will be unlikely that you will see series like The Mandalorian or Stranger Things correctly.
The problem with such low brightness projectors is that the dynamic range is very small, so from the darkest part to the brightest part there is little range compared to traditional projectors.
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The sound is where this projector really shines.
As we said in the previous section, this projector has audio support that other portable projectors would like to have and that is that it not only offers true stereo thanks to two 4 W RMS full-range speakers each. But they are very well balanced.
We are talking about a good balance in frequencies both in contained volumes where a certain punch in the bass is also noticeable .
When you turn the volume up it sounds good too for what we might expect from projector speakers. We are talking about good clarity in the voice frequencies and more acute and some bass than. without being very deep, they do stand out, have an impact and do not distort.
This projector can also be used to play music via Bluetooth as a portable speaker by turning off the projection system and that is another plus. If, on the other hand, you want to connect this projector to a more powerful or complete sound system, you can do it from the physical minijack connection.
Android TV is the safe bet for this type of device
Something that has surprised us and what I personally have been dealing with for years with other models is that this projector does not need to carry any dongle to view content from any streaming platform or even play a game.
This is possible thanks to an HDMI spike with Android TV . It comes in the pack and has the perfect measurements to be integrated into the hole under its side cover. It has similar dimensions to a FireTV Stick and is also powered from the inside.
Once the projector starts, if it has this plug connected, we have the HDMI source with Android TV. And we are not going to go into detail about what is possible with this operating system because we already know it , but we will have applications such as Prime Video, Disney Plus, Crunchyroll, Apple TV, HBO and much more thanks to its application store.