BenQ GS50: Rugged water resistant projector

BenQ GS50
BenQ GS50

To make portable projectors more functional, manufacturers often give them the capabilities of Bluetooth speakers – they get a more powerful audio system and they can be used in two ways. BenQ has taken this a step further with BenQ GS50, a rugged projector that, like Bluetooth speakers, resists moisture and small shocks.

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The portable BenQ GS50 can be called very conditionally: the dimensions are 186x154x146 mm, and the weight is 2.3 kg. But unlike its younger brother, it is equipped with a large lens with a projection ratio of 1.21, a chip with a Full HD resolution, and its luminous flux is 500 ANSI-lumens.

BenQ GS50 audio system is also more powerful. It has a 2.1 configuration with stereo speakers and a 2×5 W amplifier, as well as a 10 W subwoofer. All this is controlled by a platform based on an Amlogic S905 Y2 chip with four Cortex A53 cores and 2 GB of RAM.

The projector is connected not only via Bluetooth, but also via Wi-Fi, and runs on Android TV 9.0 OS. Accordingly, it can play video and audio files not only from a flash drive, but also from online cinemas like Netflix, as well as from any external player when connected via HDMI.

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The main thing is that BenQ GS50 has IPX2 protection, that is, it is not afraid of high humidity and splashes and can withstand drops from a height of 70 cm. That is, you can safely take it outdoors. True, the design of the novelty does not imply a vertical installation for projection onto the ceiling, despite its seemingly suitable almost cubic shape.

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The projector is not cheap – in the US they will ask for $ 800 for it.

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