Projectors have historically been go-to devices for schools, universities, theatres and keen video gamers, but they are fast becoming more popular in the home – and for good reason.
Improved specifications – particularly in the areas of display resolution, brightness and weight – have made these devices much sought after by home owners eager to watch the next big blockbuster film or football match on a big, high-resolution display.
However, projectors have to date largely been confined to use indoors, with even the most modern, high-definition models lacking the brightness, contrast, power and portability needed to work effectively outside.
As such, while enjoying videos on large screens has long been an indispensable attraction for most movie lovers, this has been a dream for outdoor types, who simply don’t want the hassle of dealing with cumbersome, heavy devices with tangled wires.
A wireless HD projector for outdoor
This issue is now at end, though, with BenQ announcing the release of its portable GS1 LED projector, which produces high-resolution images, has a portable case and comes with a long-lasting battery.
With a 60-inch projection at an HD resolution of 720p 1meter away from the display surface, the wireless GSI is perfect for outdoor use. Plus, it’s battery will last up to three hours, which is more than enough time for you to enjoy the latest Hollywood epic.
At under 1kg, the palm-sized DLP projector is lightweight, cable free, plus is so simple to set up that even non-technical users will be up and running within a few seconds. In addition, the BenQ GS1 can show films at a movie-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio.
Critically for an outdoor projector, the GS1 is also weather and shockproof, coming with flexible material surface and IPX Splash Proof certified design with a rubber case that ensures it can withstand rain, spilt drinks and falls of up to 60cm. For those with young children, the BenQ also maintains a low operating temperature, making it safe to be around with young children.
In addition, with guaranteed LED light source life of 20,000 hours (Economic mode 30,000 hour), the projector is not only portable and suitable for outdoors use but also offers several distinct viewing modes, which allow the viewer to optimize the display depending on the content they are watching. For example, for outdoor playback the Camping mode offers slightly higher brightness than standard Movie mode, making it ideal for anywhere the ambient light is scarce. Other viewing modes include Vivid, Bright and Office. Both Movie and Vivid modes are configured for use in the home, with Vivid offering enhanced colours and brightness, making it perfect for watching animated films.
Separable battery and easy set-up
The detachable battery can be replaced in seconds, while the lack of tangled cables ensures you can easily set up the device on a camping trip or in your garden.
Furthermore, a comprehensive line-up of two USB ports (1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0), a microSD slot, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, means the BenQ supports all your multimedia connectivity needs, from playing home movies and films to streaming videos from YouTube. Alternatively, you can download your favourite shows from Netflix or iTunes to your mobile device over the internet/ in advance, and then experience these with family and friends through the GS1’s mirror function.
The GS1, then, is perfect for the outdoors lover, who demands unprecedented visual entertainment with family and friends surrounded by nature. The projector’s easy set-up and cable-free design keeps the viewing experience simple and neat, and lets you spend more time watching your favourite content with your loved ones.
Compact, powerful and versatile, the GS1 is crafted to improve outdoor entertainment and make open air visual enjoyment unforgettable.
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