Solid build quality
Loud and clear sound output
Ben Q is known for making some pretty good and capable projectors. The company has a portfolio of projectors capable of delivering 4K resolution, high quality audio output, a wide range of connectivity options and more.
The company has recently expanded its product line with the launch of its new outdoor series portable projector – GS50. It’s sturdy and portable and to make it sturdy, BenQ didn’t compromise on features here. It comes with smart capabilities, remote control, 2.1 channel audio setup and an interesting touch.
In addition to that, it can provide a projector size of up to 110 inches with autofocus and keystone correction.
Undoubtedly, all of these features combine to create a pretty capable projector. But how does it work in the real world? And does it justify the price of Rs 79,990? Let’s find out in our full review:
BenQ GS50 review: Design
As mentioned, the BenQ GS50 is a compact projector that measures 186x154x146mm and weighs 2.3kg. The dimensions and weight of the projector are good enough to make it easy to transport. Besides, BenQ provided a very nice bag or carrying case for the projector to help you carry it safely anywhere you want.
Talking about the design of the spotlight, it features a rectangular design with a rubberized fitting on the sides with a waistband fitted with two buttons. In addition, each size has two openings for the speakers. The rubber material also sports a textured pattern and the whole design makes it look like a retro audio device. Overall the device looks good, sophisticated and solid at the same time. The company claims the projector is drop-resistant up to 2 meters and although we didn’t drop it, the projector seems sturdy and well-built to withstand some crashes.
As mentioned, the projector comes with a twist and that twist is the inclusion of a separate Android-powered streaming stick. The projector has a small vapor stick sized cutout with a USB port and an HDMI port. The stick fits snugly inside and once it’s covered, one can hardly notice that extra slit.
In our opinion, the separate stick is a crucial feature. For example, if there is a problem with the software part, you probably won’t need to bring the whole projector to the service center.
Overall, the BenQ GS50 is an aesthetically pleasing and well-built projector.
BenQ GS50 review: Projection, audio quality and more
BenQ GS50 is also easy to set up. All you need to do is a plugin that sticks and follows the on-screen setup guide. Alternatively, you can also use the Google Home app to set it up. Apart from that, the projector also requires a basic setup where it will ask you some questions on the screen and that’s it. You’re ready.
When it comes to projection, the GS50 can project up to a projection size of 110 inches. However, BenQ recommends a projection size between 80 and 100 inches, which is actually quite large. We watched a few shows and movies on this projector at a screen size between 90 and 100 inches.
The projector offers 1080p resolution and in our opinion that’s pretty decent. Brightness levels are managed automatically based on the time of day. Apart from that, the projector also allows users to control the brightness level in case they want to adjust it manually.
On top of that, the projector offers plenty of output adjustment options, including the ability to adjust contrast, brightness, saturation, color tone, and more. There is also an option to change the audio quality, but more on that later.
Meanwhile, the output quality is really good. It is punchy and dynamic and also offers a good level of contrast. It’s child’s play to watch in a completely dark environment. However, even with a few lights on, the brightness level and detail held up well. We didn’t encounter any problems here.
For audio, the projector comes with a 2.1 channel setup and the sound quality is loud and clear. The vocals are well pronounced and the bass effect is also acceptable. The only place we felt the speakers struggle is at the high volume level. On top of that, the projector also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, which is a nice touch considering the projector is intended for outdoor use.
Software-wise, the BenQ GS50 runs the Android TV 10 operating system and comes pre-installed with all major OTT platforms including Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, and Amazon Prime. The included cast stick also supports Google Assistant and Chromecast out of the box.
The projector also comes with a built-in battery that claims to offer around 2.5 hours of viewing time. During our test, the projector lasted about 2 hours which depending on the use is not enough. We expected it to deliver a bit more or at least the length of a full movie. Nevertheless, it is there and it is a good addition.
BenQ GS50 review: Verdict
BenQ GS50 is quite a capable projector, especially at this price point. This is a sturdy, well-built and feature-rich projector that delivers a very good visual experience and audio quality. So, if you are looking for a portable projector that offers all the modern elements without too many compromises, then BenQ GS50 is a good option.
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