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BenQ GP10 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £388
inc VAT

Has good image quality and range of connection ports, but limited 3D capability


1,280×800 resolution, 500 ANSI lumens, 62x220x177mm, 1.5kg

If you’d rather not plug anything into the GP10, the projector has 2GB of onboard storage for your files. Only around 1.5GB is available to the user, but once transferred we could open our files with ease. Files took a little while to load, but were typically ready to go within five seconds. The projector supports a good range of files, too, including PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, DOCX office files, JPG and BMP image files, AVI, MKV, DVIX, MPEG video files and MP3, OGG, WAV and AAC audio files.

You can connect a Wi-Fi dongle to the GP10 if you want to project wirelessly from your PC or iOS device, and connecting our laptop was simple. You’ll need to download BenQ’s EZ Qpresenter program and follow the onscreen projector instructions, but once you’ve connected your PC to the projector’s Wi-Fi network and opened Qpresenter, you can choose to mirror or extend your desktop onto your projection surface.

BenQ GP10

To connect the GP10 to an iOS device, you must download the GP10 QPresenter app. You can then project PDF files, photos, Microsoft Office documents and Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote files wirelessly and effortlessly.

The GP10’s only minor disappointment is its limited 3D capabilities. The GP10 is 3D-ready, but there’s a catch: it’s only compatible with 3D footage output from your PC. This means it’ll project games that use Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology, for example, but it won’t project 3D Blu-ray videos from a consumer Blu-Ray player or a games console such as the PS3. The GP10 doesn’t come with any 3D glasses, so you’ll have to buy them separately. All that said, it’s unlikely to bother most people buying a budget projector.

The BenQ GP10 has its limitations, but 3D issues aside it’s still a good home cinema projector. There’s plenty of scope for connecting multiple devices and the GP10’s picture quality is good considering its price. It wins a Budget Buy award.

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Price £388
Rating ****
Award Budget Buy


Projector technology DLP
Lamp brightness 500 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 20,000
Lamp life in economy mode 30,000
Contrast ratio 10,000:1


Native resolution 1,280×800
Max compressed resolution 1,600×1,200
Aspect ratio 16:10
Other aspect ratios 16:9, 4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft 82in
Throw ratio 1.2:1
Optical zoom 0.0x
Projection distance 0.5m to 6.1m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal 0%
Lens shift vertical 40%
HD Ready yes
Special view modes Standard, Bright, Cinema, Game, User


VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs 3.5mm
Composite input yes
S-video input no
HDMI input yes
Component input no
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output 3.5mm
Video output VGA, HDMI
Others inputs/outputs USB, mini USB, SD/SDHC card reader


Noise (in normal use) 36dB(A)
Size 62x220x177mm
Weight 1.5kg
Internal speakers yes (3W stereo)
Extras remote, power cable, VGA cable, carry case
Remote special features screen blank, home button, mute, DVD controls
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 128W


Lamp cost (inc VAT) N/A
Lamp supplier N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) N/A

Buying Information

Price £388

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