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BenQ GV1: Adorable, but not quite lovable

The tiny BenQ GV1 looks great... on the outside.

Geoffrey Morrison
Geoffrey Morrison is a writer/photographer about tech and travel for CNET, The New York Times, and other web and print publications. He's also the Editor-at-Large for The Wirecutter. He has written for Sound&Vision magazine, Home Theater magazine, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Home Entertainment magazine. He is NIST and ISF trained, and has a degree in Television/Radio from Ithaca College. His bestselling novel, Undersea, and its sequel, Undersea Atrophia, are available in paperback and digitally on Amazon. He spends most of the year as a digital nomad, living and working while traveling around the world. You can follow his travels at BaldNomad.com and on his YouTube channel.
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BenQ GV1

Dōmo-kun, the official mascot of Japan's NHK public broadcast network, spots the BenQ GV1 in the wild, and cautiously approaches. 

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Dōmo and GV1

Dōmo and GV1 meet. It is tense. The world holds its breath.

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Friends

They have lots in common!

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So long!

Dōmo departs, happy to have made a new friend.

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GV1

Meanwhile, the BenQ GV1 is a tiny portable projector with 480p resolution. For our full review, check out BenQ GV1 review: Tiny portable projector will break your heart.

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Keeping your head up

There's no lens shift, but you can tilt the top back to angle the lens upward, which works great and reveals the lovely yellow accent.

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Little lumens

The GV1 is rated for 200 lumens. I measured a bit less.

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Nice profile

The focus wheel is very small, making it a little difficult to get a precise focus.

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Apps

The GV1 uses the Aptoide store, which isn't great. Some apps, like Netflix, work fine, but others, like Vudu, don't load correctly.

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Controls

You only get volume and Bluetooth buttons, meaning you have to use the remote or BenQs app to control any other aspect of the projector.

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Input

One of the GV1's main problems is the lack of a real input. Instead, it's got a single USB-C connection and comes with a USB-C-to-HDMI dongle. It occasionally causes issues.

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Tripod

The tripod mount on the bottom is a nice touch.

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Dongle

The only way to get an HDMI source into the GV1.

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Remote

The remote reminds me of the old Apple TV remote, but has raised rubbery buttons. 

For our full review, check out BenQ GV1 review: Tiny portable projector will break your heart

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