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3 Reasons BenQ GV30 Ceiling Bedroom Projector is Better than XGIMI MoGo Pro

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2022/12/12

Portable projectors offer the great benefit of big screen entertainment in almost any location. However, projection angle remains a thorny issue for many models. And also for you, if what you want is to get really cozy, lie down on your bed, and turn your ceiling into a big screen. Not many portable projectors support this, at least not without resorting to all sorts of makeshift solutions like stacks of books and supportive pillow fortresses.

 

In this article we’re looking at a pair of popular portable projectors, namely the BenQ GV30 and the XGIMI MoGo Pro. A highlight of the BenQ GV30 is having been designed to make comfy ceiling projection in bedrooms easy. But we’ll do a pros and cons comparison so you can decide which is better for you. 

Ease of Setup with Ceiling Projector

PK Content Visual Design Brief Update

 

 

The BenQ GV30 bedroom ceiling projector comes in a round shape that’s more than cute. This rather rare design also features a rotating lens that easily goes up and down independent of the angle at which the projector overall sits. With up to 135 degrees of movement, the GV30 could be sitting on your bed or on the floor next to your bed with its lens pointed directly at the ceiling. No additional props needed. Likewise, you could have it on an elevated surface like a shelf, with the lens pointing straight ahead or downward. This kind of flexibility isn’t commonplace among any category of projector, making the BenQ GV30 quite unique. With such simple ceiling projection, the ultimate laid back movie or TV marathon is within your grasp. Thanks to its design, the GV30 comes in as one of the only true ceiling projectors available. 

 

By comparison, the XGIMI MoGo Pro may be a fine projector, but it has a fixed lens that doesn’t rotate or tilt. That rules out very simple and convenient ceiling projection setup, and brings you back to the realm of improvised supports and bases, which are never all that stable. The last thing you want is for your projector to slide off a pile of old magazines in the middle of a favorite movie. You could go and get a tripod, which the MoGo Pro supports. This could help, but it’s also another cost and more setup hassle. Also, more stuff to store and keep track of, compared to the all in one approach of the GV30, which doesn’t need any extra accessories to give you that big screen ceiling thrill. 

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Video and Audio Quality

While you shouldn’t expect high end home cinema projector image quality out of portable projectors, you still want good visuals in order to make the most of your entertainment time. It’s important to have sufficient resolution, balanced colors, good contrast, and of course integrated, powerful sound. Just like that tripod we mentioned, you don’t want to have to buy or hook up external speakers to your portable projector. The idea is to keep things simple, not get into additional purchases and components that’ll clutter your viewing area. Even better, the GV30 bedroom ceiling projector with its “everything onboard” approach is great for on the go entertainment. No need to lug anything else whether going to a friend’s or out camping in the woods. 

 

The BenQ GV30 has a resolution of 720p, or regular HD. That’s not the highest, but more pixels don’t always mean better picture quality. What really counts is how pixels are used, and the GV30 has balanced cinematic color, with 98% of Rec. 709, the most common color space for movies and TV. Contrast is great, as is brightness, resulting in very impressive visuals wherever you are, as this PC Mag article explains

 

The XGIMI MoGo Pro highlights the reality that more pixels aren’t always better. It works in full HD 1080p, but has a tendency to green shift colors and oversaturate the image. Side to side, GV30 displays look more detailed and realistic, while the MoGo Pro appears somewhat exaggerated. 

 

For sound, the BenQ GV30 inherits the fruits of BenQ treVolo audio technology for an aural experience not easily found among its competitors. Dual 4W speakers and an 8W subwoofer mean true 2.1-channel sound with enough power to encompass your bedroom, living room, or a clearing in your favorite forest. Just make sure to not disturb the bears, as they may want to join your movie night. Beyond raw power, BenQ engineers worked hard to ensure the GV30 has clear and clean audio, free from rattle and distortion.

On the XGIMI MoGo Pro front, you get two OK-ish 3W speakers, and that’s it. That’s less sonic output power than GV30, and no subwoofer, meaning almost absent bass and rather flat sound. It does in a pinch, but won’t leave a lasting impression on you, your friends, or even the bears.  

BenQ GV30 GS50 have great built-in speakers for their trevolo sound technology

Smart Features

The days of simple projectors are fading, just like with TVs. You now get to have your beloved streaming apps on a big screen while on the go. Out of the box, the GV30 arrives with Android TV fully loaded and installed, including the most popular streaming apps ready to go. All you need is to sign in. Of course, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are a given. Android TV is quite similar to the Android you know from smartphones, and very intuitive to use as an operating system. To mirror content from other sources you can use the pre-installed Wireless Projection app.

The XGIMI MoGo Pro also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but lacks a fast way to mirror content when you get it out of the box. It also uses Android TV, but requires you to download and install the AirScreen app from the Google Store to mirror content from external sources. The MoGo Pro uses Android TV 9, while the BenQ GV30 is on Android TV 10. 

Other Things to Consider

Warranty lengths show you how much faith manufacturers have in their products. The BenQ GV30 is backed by three years, while the XGIMI MoGo Pro only has a one year warranty. Enough said, really. Peace of mind does count.

 

Both portable projectors have nice remotes, although the GV30 follows a more recognizable design that should be very intuitive to nearly all users. The GV30 has far more shortcut buttons to popular features compared to the perhaps overly simplified remote of the XGIMI MoGo Pro.

 

You may think that carry cases aren’t all that important, but these are portable projectors after all. The BenQ GV30 ships with a stylish carry case in the box, while the XGIMI MoGo Pro doesn’t include a case. You can buy one for it, though. 

Comparison Table

 

BenQ GV30

XGIMI MoGo Pro

 

MSRP

BenQ GV30

$499

XGIMI MoGo Pro

$499

 

Brightness

BenQ GV30

300ANSI

XGIMI MoGo Pro

300ANSI

 

Resolution

BenQ GV30

720P

XGIMI MoGo Pro

1080P

 

Picture Quality

BenQ GV30

Cinematic Color

XGIMI MoGo Pro

N/A

 

Sound Quality

BenQ GV30

2.1-ch dual speakers and subwoofer

XGIMI MoGo Pro

2 x 3W Harman Kardon

 

Connectivity

BenQ GV30

Bluetooth, AirPlay, Chromecast built-in

USB-C, HDMI x2, 3.5mm mini jack

XGIMI MoGo Pro

Bluetooth, AirScreen, Chromecast built-in

USB-C, HDMI x1, 3.5mm mini jack

 

Mirror Casting

BenQ GV30

Pre-installed Wireless Projection app  

XGIMI MoGo Pro

Requires AirScreen app from Google Play

 

Remote Control

BenQ GV30

Auto Focus, Keystone, Setting

XGIMI MoGo Pro

Auto Focus

 

Battery Life

BenQ GV30

2.5hrs 

3 Battery Modes

XGIMI MoGo Pro

2.5hrs

 

App Compatibility

BenQ GV30

Apps: 5000+

XGIMI MoGo Pro

Apps: 5000+

 

Operating System

BenQ GV30

Android TV 10

XGIMI MoGo Pro

Android TV 9

 

Carry case

BenQ GV30

Yes

XGIMI MoGo Pro

Optional

 

Ceiling Projection

BenQ GV30

Wide angle projection

XGIMI MoGo Pro

No rotation or tilt

 

Gaming Latency

BenQ GV30

51ms (1080p@60Hz)

XGIMI MoGo Pro

N/A

Meet GV11 Ceiling Projector: Same Cute Roundness, but More Compact!

If you’re interested in our GV30 bedroom ceiling projector but want something smaller in size and budget, then GV11 is right for you. The cuddly GV11 is a member of the same family as the GV30, and they share a unique round design that gives them wide angle projection and makes viewing content on any surface easy, including your bedroom ceiling. That’s ultimate relaxation right there. Enjoy your laid-back movie time with the BenQ GV series of portable projectors with even more choice.

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