You know that time you went camping and though to yourself..hmmm wouldn’t an outdoor cinema screen be good right about now?
Ok so maybe you have never thought that but can I tell you something you should, you should think that. BenQ released their first outdoor cinema projector last year and we have been testing it out ever since. We love it. We have had a BenQ projector at home for a few years after buying one for indoor use and this new GS1 model can be used for both indoor and outdoor screenings.
I’ve watched Game Of Thrones on it – so much more impressive on a big screen, mushy romantic comedies and so many animated movies with the girls. It has Netflix and Kodi already installed so you can start watching films as soon as you connect to your Wifi without worrying about cables and hdmi plugs. When outdoors and away from wifi you can connect it to media player or hard drive and watch any previously stored or downloaded films and shows. The first time we used it outdoors was on an early Autumn day last year, the girls had been a little trying that day shall we say and I felt like I was constantly looking for ways to entertain them. I got a heap of blankets, some bean bags, popcorn and I set up the screen – they were so excited and I had at least an hour of peace.
Typically the British weather has meant that since then we have only managed to use it inside but the girls have loved turning their bedroom into a cinema or having film festivals in the lounge. They have been introduced to classics like ET and anime films from Studio Ghibli as well as the obvious Frozen and Troll films on repeat. We have a portable screen to take outside and one which pulls down from the ceiling in our lounge also.
- Note – the screen can get filled completely, if you don’t have a 3 and 5yr old who like to constantly move the projector that is.
Let me tell you a bit more about the projector:
Ideally suited for people who are campervanner’s (is that a word?), as it means they can watch TV on a larger screen – most camper van screens are about 24 inches, whilst the GSI can project 60 inches from a distance of just 1 metre. So you pop it on your dining table, fire it up in 3 seconds and relax on the bed or chairs watching a film or you could project it straight onto the back of your van. It’s also great for camping, project onto the side of your tent or use the pop up screen that you can purchase alongside it.
Here are some of the best points about the family friendly outdoor projector:
If children are running around playing games or an adult trips, even if it’s accidentally knocked onto the floor, the GS1with its case is Drop proof, which means it will even survive a fall of 60cm.
IPX1 SPLASH PROOF
Perhaps you’ve put the GS1 on the camping table ready for the movie to begin. What if a drink gets spilt? There’s no need to worry because GS1’s rubberised case is also IPX1 Splash Proof.
Unlike other projectors, the GS1 emits low heat making it safe enough for inquisitive children to touch without hurting their hands.
The family friendly GS1 is the only outdoor camping gear you need for entertaining. These design features give parents additional peace of mind so you can relax and enjoy time together.
What I thought:
Its tiny. Like actually tiny. Just about the size of my palm and yet it does everything the normal projectors do and more besides. Space in the car is always limited on a camping trip. I was also amazed at the quality of the image when used in ambient light – there are various settings for different scenarios. It is just as good quality, if not better than my original full size projector. I at first thought it was fiddly to use, but no that is just me being a technophobe and I quickly sorted it out without having to delve into the instruction manual. I like that I know it doesn’t overheat so I don’t worry about the girls touching it and that I can charge it fully and then forget about having leads strewn across the room. I’ve recommended it to so many people and I already have plans for a Pizza, Prosecco and girlie movie night in the garden as soon as the weather gets a little warmer.
- I was gifted this projector as part of a press trip with BenQ last year.