Aniluda ResiddyJune 3, 2021 11:42:39 IST
I had some serious concerns when BenQ suggested sending me a portable projector for review. Projectors are grumpy creatures, even at their best. To use it, you need to consider ambient lighting conditions, screen quality and cleanliness, projection technology, keystone correction, lens focus, and many other factors. It’s not just about putting the projector in the middle of the room and wanting the best.
But with GS2, that’s exactly what BenQ expects.
The GS2 is a relatively small battery-powered projector designed to work in all respects. It is supposed to be put in a bag and carried on a camping trip. Because you see a projector, a USB drive with a movie, a tripod, a background stand, a screen and watch a movie around the campfire?
Well, I wanted to test this projector with that element, but now I’m in the middle of a pandemic. That doesn’t mean we haven’t found a creative way to use your device.
This little cube is portable, means up to 3 hours of battery life, and has a wireless connection that supports Google Cast and AirPlay. This gives the GS2 dreamy freedom.
Did I take it to the kitchen and watch the movie while cooking? You must have done me. Did you take it to your bedroom and turn the white ceiling into a theater-sized screen? I did too. Bathroom? Check (GS2 IPX2 splash resistance claims had to be tested). living room? check. dining room? check. balcony? check. The wall of the building opposite me? I also tried it (unfortunately the projector wasn’t powerful enough for this task).
There is no doubt that we have converted all faces to screens as much as possible. I enjoyed this expensive toy, but honestly I couldn’t find a reason to spend Rs 80,000 on it.
For one thing, it was fun to convert the kitchen walls and bedroom ceiling into a theater, but there are still a lot of complaints about the quality of the images. The GS2 lamps are rated at 500 lumens, but from the white walls. The maximum measured with the projector placed exactly 5 feet away was 60 lumens. I think 120 lumens is enough for indoor use.
The image is dull and significantly blurry due to the 720p resolution. A sharp-eyed person will notice that the individual pixels are projected at 6 feet.
The color gamut of the GS2 is 85% sRGB, but calibration is urgently needed. The most accurate setting I found was in “user” mode with the color temperature set to warm colors. Without calibration, you’ll lose the details of a messy scene due to the distinct bluish tinge and lack of contrast.
For someone like me who was too particular about display quality, this was exceptional.
In terms of features and features, the GS2 is well-endowed. It has support for 5 GHz WiFi band, USB-C DisplayPort, dedicated HDMI port, automatic keystone correction, autofocus and more. The mount is very stable and the base tilts up and down 15 °. Google Cast and AirPlay work great, and many popular apps are already accessible from the UI. However, it’s notorious for not being in Prime Video.
For audio, it supports Bluetooth headphones and speakers, a 3.5 mm line output, and an integrated 2 W speaker that’s loud enough for personal entertainment in a pinch.
Overall, the device is easy to set up and use.
Verdict: iPad is better
The problem is: The GS2 costs Rs 80,000 and is not cheap. At that price, you’ll get a stunning 55-inch 4K TV and a high-quality wired projector. And for those who need portable entertainment, the Apple iPad is an option.
Other than portability and the option to project large numbers of images on every surface, the GS2 has many features. The GS2 might have been more fun if the projected image was brighter and the colors were more accurate.
More importantly, in this post-COVID world, we don’t know where portable and outdoor projectors will fit.
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