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Benq GP30 Projector

WXGA (1280x800) 36dB 900 ANSI Lumens Oct 2014
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Don't let a busy day-to-day schedule get in the way of spending quality time with your family! Light and compact at 1.5kg, the BeQ GP30 is an Ultra-Lite LED 900 Lumen Projector powered by... More
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14 Reasons For

Very Low Running Costs

The GP30 has an average running cost of only £31 over 1 year based on average energy prices, which makes it one of the cheapest to run data projectors of a comparable spec and age.

Benq Has Good Projector Reviews

Benq has good average ratings for its multimedia projectors as well as across its entire projector range compared to other brands.

Supports Wi-Fi

The Benq GP30 supports wi-Fi, unlike most of the other comparable spec data projectors that have been available for a similar time to the GP30 which do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative data projectors which support wi-Fi currently available which you might also want to consider include the Optoma W305ST[plb_1726307_price] which is cheaper; or the Benq GP20[plb_2231335_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as the GP30, the Benq GP30 has a built-in speaker(s).

Alternative data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available which you might also want to look at include the Epson EB-1930[plb_2594640_price], the Optoma GT1080[plb_2415608_price], or the Benq GP20[plb_2231335_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports 3D

Like most of the other projectors of this spec and age, the Benq GP30 supports 3D.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors which support 3D currently available including because of it's better review score, the Epson EB-1930[plb_2594640_price], the Optoma GT1080[plb_2415608_price], or the Benq GP20[plb_2231335_price].

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Benq GP30 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) projector, which is the most common resolution supported by comparable spec multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the GP30. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this multimedia projector. In addition, this data projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1280 x 800. Multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the GP30 supported graphics resolutionss range from 640 x 480 (VGA) (worst) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) (best).

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Very Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

The service life of lamp (economic mode)s of multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the GP30 range from 2,000h to 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 6,700h. With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of 30,000 hours, the Benq GP30 has one of the longest service life of lamp (economic mode)s amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

With a service life of lamp of 20,000 hours, the Benq GP30 has a fairly long service life of lamp compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the projectors of this age and type the service life of lamps range from 1,500h to 30,000h.

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Very High Horizontal Synchronization (max)

When compared to other projectors that have been around for more than two years that we have assessed the horizontal synchronization (max) of, the Benq GP30's horizontal synchronization (max) of 102 kilohertz is one of the highest. The horizontal synchronization (max)s of data projectors of this age and type range from 0.1kHz to 110kHz, and the average horizontal synchronization (max) is 89kHz.

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Supports Five Video Formats Supporteds

The Benq GP30 has a greater number of supported video formats than most multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This projector supports an AVI video formats supported, which is the most frequently supported video formats supported supported by data projectors of a similar age and spec to the GP30. The video formats supporteds "DAT", "MPEG", "MPEG1" and "XVID" are also supported by this multimedia projector.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Benq GP30 has a greater number of supported image formats than most projectors that have been around for more than two years. This Benq multimedia projector supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by projectors of a comparable age and spec to the GP30. The image formats supported "BMP" is also supported by this data projector.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very Light

The lightest multimedia projector of a comparable age and spec to the GP30 is 2.2g heavy and the heaviest is 26kg. The Benq GP30 is one of the lighter data projectors of this spec and age (only 1.5 kilograms) amongst projectors of this age.

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Very Low Power Consumption (economy Mode)

The power consumption (economy mode)s of multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the GP30 range from 3.7W to 290W. At only 60 Watts, the Benq GP30 has a quite low power consumption (economy mode) compared to most of the other projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD

Like most of the other multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the GP30, the Benq GP30 does not support full HD.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which also support full HD to this data projector and we think the GT1080[pl_2415608_price], the GT1070[pl_2503383_price], or the EH200ST[pl_2415609_price] all from Optoma which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The Benq GP30 has a fairly dim projector brightness (only 900 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the GP30. Across all the multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the GP30 the projector brightnesss range from 300 ANSI lumens to 9,200 ANSI lumens.

If this data projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to consider the Optoma X351[plb_2821583_price] (3,600 ANSI lumens and higher rated) or the H111[pl_2696721_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens and cheaper), or the W350[pl_2797870_price] (3,600 ANSI lumens and cheaper) both from Optoma.

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Quite Loud Noise Level

At 36 decibels, the Benq GP30 has a quite loud noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the GP30. Across all the multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the GP30 the noise levels range from 20dB to 47dB.

We compared this projector to all the other 36dB noise level projectors and we think the Benq GP20[plb_2231335_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

This projector supports a Fixed zoom ratio, which is typical of many projectors of a similar type and age to it.

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Quite Small Offset

The Benq GP30 has a quite small offset (only 100 percent) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the GP30. The average offset of projectors of a similar age and spec to the GP30 is 100%.

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Very Low Vertical Synchronization (max)

At only 0.12 kilohertz, the Benq GP30 has a quite low vertical synchronization (max) compared to most of the other projectors that were launched around the same time as the GP30. Multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the GP30 have vertical synchronization (max)s of between 0.12kHz and 120kHz, and the average vertical synchronization (max) is 76kHz.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity

The Benq GP30 is a one VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity projector.

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Only One HDMI Ports Quantity

The Benq GP30 is a one HDMI ports quantity projector. Most of the other multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the GP30 have between one and three HDMI ports quantitys.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Benq GP30

Released Over Two Years Ago

Benq released the GP30 over two years ago.

WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The Benq GP30 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 51% less resolution than a 1080p (1920x1080) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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Specification

Projector
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Vertical Synchronization (min)
Horizontal Synchronization (max)
Vertical Synchronization (max)
Horizontal Synchronization (min)
Zoom Ratio
Contrast Ratio (dynamic)
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Lamp Type
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
HDMI Version
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Maximum Memory Card Size
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
Audio Formats Supported
Image Formats Supported
Video Formats Supported
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Document Formats Supported
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (economy Mode)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

Expert Reviews

25 February 2015

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £27.24
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £30.93
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.15 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 4 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq 132728, benq p236491, benq p236491p, benq nbsp132728
Barcodes 04718755053429

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