Simplebeam GP90 HD LED Projector Review

Simplebeam GP90 HD LED Projector Review

Buy it at Amazon: Simplebeam GP90 HD LED Projector [Affiliate Link]

Takeaway: Nice video quality, bright, good color, decent audio when hooked-up to sound system..

You'll receive the projector, remote control, 5 ft power cable, 7" A/V to RCA input cable, 5 ft VGA cable, cleaning cloth, and instruction manual. The projector measures 11"W x 9"L x 4"H and weighs just over 5 lbs. On the front of the projector is the 2.75" lens and hard plastic lens protector. On the top are onboard controls for navigating the menus, selecting source, and powering on/off the unit. The ports are in the back which include an audio out, RCA in, IR receiver, 2 USB ports, two HDMI ports, and a VGA port. The projector has a built-in 5 Watt speaker which sounds a bit boxy, but does get loud enough to drown out the fan noise (which is significant if you're close to the projector. For mounting options you have 4 threaded screw holes for a universal ceiling mount and a 1" fold out tilt foot. However, there's no 1/4" or 3/8" threaded hole for use with a tripod so a platform adapter must be used with a tripod instead. The remote requires 2 AAA batteries which are not included.

The projector has a stated brightness of 3200 lumens and at a projection size of about 100" the image is visible during the day but looks somewhat faded. In very brightly lit rooms you may not be able to see an image at all but if the shades are drawn and the lights are dimmed somewhat, the image is usually serviceable. The native output resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels which is HD but a non-standard ratio. While the projector can accept video feeds up of to 1080p in resolution, it gets downscaled when projected on the screen. I compared this projector to my other mini LED projector and the quality is much nicer. In comparison the GP90 has better color balance, brightness, sound, and saturation, but is a larger unit and the fan is louder. Thankfully, the audio out can be hooked up to a speaker or sound system and that makes the audio output much cleaner and loud enough to make the fan noise less apparent. This also relieves any issues that the onboard speaker has with audio distortion at higher volumes.

While the unit doesn't have any WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities built-in, I was able to use a Chromecast hooked up to the HDMI port and powered by one of the USB ports; this allowed me to stream video wirelessly over my WiFi connection. The color saturation and contrast are full and accurate but at larger display sizes the pixels became more noticeable (>100"). Overall, this projector great job at projecting large, high definition video. You'll get the best performance out of it in very dark settings, but in a room with some ambient light, it's still usable.

Buy it at Amazon: Simplebeam GP90 HD LED Projector [Affiliate Link]

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  1. Please help! I'm unclear about how to get sound from a laptop to the projector speaker. Thanks!

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    1. Hi! If you are connecting to the laptop via HDMI, the sound should be carried through the HDMI cable to the projector. However, if you are using the VGA input, to get the sound to output through the speaker, you'll have to hook up a male-to-male audio cable from the headphone port of your laptop to the A/V port (next to the headphone port) on the projector, like this one here: http://azon.ly/e8ox [Amazon Affiliate Product Link]

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