Thursday, September 16th 2021

BenQ Launches a Pair of Portable Projectors With Android TV Support

BenQ might not be your first choice of consumer electronics, but the company keeps churning out some interesting products and its new GV30 and GS50 portable projectors are adding some new features to an already crowded market. First of all, both models have integrated 2.1 speakers and although we doubt you're going to get a cinema level experience from these speakers, it's much better than most of its competitors.

More interestingly, both projectors come with Android TV support, which in itself might not be very unique, but the way BenQ has added this support is unique, as far as we know. It's done via BenQ's QS01 Android TV dongle, which is neatly integrated into the projectors via a hidden compartment. This way it's possible to upgrade the "smarts" once the hardware gets updated or stops receiving updates, a feature we'd like to see on the so called smart TV's out there. The QS01 dongle is based on an unspecified Amlogic SoC, paired with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of eMMC, has dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and is running Android TV 9.0.
Looking at remaining specs, the GV30 has 720p 0.23-inch DLP Pico projector that can muster 300 ANSI lumens courtesy of its LED backlight. It has one user accessible HDMI 1.4b port, as well as a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort, as well 45 USB-PD for powering the projector, in addition to a regular DC power connector and a 3.5 mm audio out jack. The GV30 comes with a stand that allows you to tilt the projector at up to 135 degrees angle. The built in speakers are comprised of a pair of 4 W tweeters and a "powerful" 8 W woofer.
The larger GS50 features the same size 0.23-inch pico DLP projector, but ups the resolution to 1080p and the brightness to 500 ANSI lumens. Now we're also getting support for HDR10 and HLG, although it's hard to imagine that this portable projector will do justice to HDR content. This time around, we're looking at an HDMI 2.0b port, in addition to the USB-C port with DP and PD support, as well as a USB-A port and a 3.5 mm audio out jack. The audio has also been upgraded with a pair of 5 W midrange tweeters and a "powerful" 10 W subwoofer. Both models also come with a remote control.
Neither project is what we'd call cheap though, as the GV30 will set you back US$599 and the GS50 is US$799.
Sources: BenQ, via AndroidPolice
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4 Comments on BenQ Launches a Pair of Portable Projectors With Android TV Support

#1
Tardian
GV30 has 720p 0.23-inch DLP Pico projector with 300 ANSI lumens. Complete lack of interest.

GS50 with 1080p and 500 ANSI lumens. The might be useful for road trips. A TPU review?
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DeathtoGnomes
TardianGV30 has 720p 0.23-inch DLP Pico projector with 300 ANSI lumens. Complete lack of interest.

GS50 with 1080p and 500 ANSI lumens. The might be useful for road trips. A TPU review?
The GV30 has a higher cuteness over the other one, a box.
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Tardian
DeathtoGnomesThe GV30 has a higher cuteness over the other one, a box.
The GS50 is green.
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DeathtoGnomes
TardianThe GS50 is green.
pffft, anyone can use a can of Rustoleum.
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