It sounds crazy, I know. But actually, if you’re looking to make camping and garden parties more fun, the GS1 has more going for it than you might think.
The GS1 looks good with its rounded sides, unusual rubberised finish and boldly designed front grille make it look more like a toy than a projector.
Finally, it’s fun. It ships with the option of a bright orange rubber sheath for a little more protection from the elements, or if you simply fancy a change from the projector’s regular white finish.
Clipping the battery onto the GS1’s bottom edge adds around 20mm of height and a chunk of weight to the otherwise svelte design.
Even though there’s a spacious set of control buttons built into the GS1’s top edge, it ships with a remote control.
BenQ GS1 Projector Review
Setup - BenQ GS1 Projector Review
The GS1 is easy to set up. It has automatic vertical keystone correction to help you get the sides of the picture perpendicular. There’s also a wheel jutting out from the front edge for adjusting the projection angle.
There’s no zoom, so your image size is determined simply by where you place the projector. With this in mind, it’s good to find the GS1 using a short-throw lens capable of delivering a 60-inch image from a 1-metre throw distance.
There’s a straightforward focus wheel on the right-hand side, and a set of easily accessible connections on the rear. Most of the time you’ll have the GS1 ready to rock in a matter of seconds.
Uniquely, the GS1 includes unique daylight, ‘starry evening’ and campfire settings to compensate for typical outdoor scenarios. There’s also a Movie setting, though, if you want to use the GS1 for the occasional indoor movie night. You should use the one most appropriate to your viewing setting, as it does make a difference.
The only complication is the pairing process required to use the GS1’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities. In truth, though, this is straightforwardly handled by the GS1’s Android operating system.
BenQ GS1 Portable LED Projector (Built-In USB Reader and Bluetooth, Wireless Display, Android, HDMI, HML, Docking Battery, Short Throw 60-inch at 1 m, 1 kg, IPX1 Water Splash Proof) for Outdoor Family £518.00