BenQ GV30 Portable LED Smart Projector Review – Hardware

September 23, 2021 / By Project Reviews Staff

CHASSIS

Easy to grab carrying strap on top of the GV30.

The GV30 is circular and measures 4.7-inch(W) x 7.7-inch(H) x 7.3-inch(D). The GV30 only weighs 3.53 pounds. The white chassis with grey accents look nice, and the yellow carrying strap on the top comes in handy when moving the projector around.

Inputs and connectors are located on the left side of the projector.

Inputs and connectors are located on the left side of the GV30. The projector has two HDMI 1.4/HDCPI 1.4) ports. One of the HDMI ports is internal and situated on the right side of the projector. The internal HDMI port is concealed by a removable cover located on the right side of the projector. The internal HDMI port is used for the included QS01 Android TV dongle.  Along with the primary HDMI port, located on the left side of the GV30, are the USB Type-C port and power adapter input.

The GV30 has a four-button control panel on top of the chassis.

A small control panel is on the top of the GV30. The control panel has a power button, volume up button, volume down button, and a Bluetooth button to activate Bluetooth speaker mode.

LENS

Auto Focus – Auto Keystone – High Definition

The GV30 has a fixed lens with a fixed zoom ratio. The lens is powered focus, and the autofocus camera is located below the lens.

The BenQ GV30 has a throw ratio of 1.2:1. BenQ provided the image below for optimal viewing distances and screen size. The GV30 could almost be set up anywhere, thanks to its short throwing distance.

BenQ GV30 optimal viewing distance and screen size.

BenQ states, “Projection screen size can reach from 30” to 120” depending on viewing distances. For ideal viewing enjoyment, we recommend a screen size between 80” and 100” when seated 6.9 feet to 8.9 feet (2.1 meters to 2.7 meters) away.”

MENUS

The GV30 Projector Menu is uncluttered and straightforward to use.

The home screen menu of the GV30 is well organized. You can access popular streaming apps, the Google Play Store, or Google Play Games from the home screen menu. The push-button on the remote that looks like a gear is the Shortcut Settings button; it takes you directly to the general settings menu. Scrolling down to the All Projector Settings tab from the Shortcut Settings menu or Pressing the Projector Menu on the remote control will take you to the GV30’s Projector Menu. The Projector Menu is an advanced menu where the end-user can adjust the image quality and sound quality. The Home button, which looks like a house, brings you back to the home screen, once again allowing access to apps and other entertaining services.

REMOTE CONTROL

The remote is lightweight and functional.

One remote is used to control the GV30 projector, and the included Android TV QS01 dongle. The remote has all of your standard projector control features on it, including but not limited to a button for power, focus, keystone, D-pad, projector menu, Android TV Home, Google Assistant, and volume control. The remote control also has one-button access to Amazon Prime.

End-users can bring up the Picture Mode while watching content by pressing the Projector Menu button on the remote. Users can then choose any of the six preset picture modes for quick changes.

The remote control also has a dedicated BenQ FamiLand Kids Channel (TV) access button. BenQ states, “BenQ FamiLand Kids Channel (TV) collects content most suitable for kids to watch from YouTube and channelize these playlists to let kids choose the channel they want to watch.”

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