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1080p Outdoor Projector with Extra Bass Bluetooth Speakers, IPX2 | GS50


  • 1080p Full HD Resolution & 500 ANSI Lumens

  • 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Speaker with Extra Bass

  • Autofocus & Side Projection

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  • What devices does GS2 support for wireless projection?
  • Can I use GS2 to watch Netflix?
  • Can I install any apps on GS2? How?
  • Can I control GS2 with a mobile phone?
  • Can I connect GS2 to any game consoles?
  • Besides wireless projection, can GS2 project using other cables?
  • Can I use GS2 as a bluetooth speaker? Or, can GS2 connect to blutooth speakers or headphones?
  • How to have a smooth wireless casting experience with GS2?
  • Can GS2 do the wireless projection in the wifi-less environment?
  • What makes GS2 a projector for children? Is there a GS2 product video?
  • Can I use GS50 to watch Netflix?
  • Yes. It is possible to watch Netflix:



    < Install the Netflix app on GS50 >

    To use the Netflix app, you need to:

    1. Install the dedicated app “Apps Manager” via Google Play

    2. Install "Aptoide"

    3. Install the "Netflix" app within Aptoide

    Here is a video to take you through the steps:

    Most importantly, please be sure to install “BenQ Smart Control” app for navigation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h9kw3dphwM

     

    <Use your own laptop (Windows/MacOS) to stream media>
    Make sure both GS50 and the laptop are under the same wireless network.
    Please refer to the video for more details: https://youtu.be/Bh0RNPDqtlE


    <View with Plug-Ins>
    Watch using Apple TV/Setup Box/Game Console/laptop with a HDMI cable.

  • How do I watch other streaming VOD?
  • GS50 can support the major streaming services below:

    Device

    Ways to stream YouTube Netflix Amazon Prime Video Google Play Movies HBO GO Disney+ Apple TV+ iTunes Movies

    Device

    GS50 + QS01 ATV Dongle
    Ways to stream
    Download from Google Play
    YouTube
    Yes
    Netflix
    Yes*
    Amazon Prime Video
    Yes
    Google Play Movies
    Yes
    HBO GO
    Yes
    Disney+
    Yes
    Apple TV+
    No
    iTunes Movies
    No

    Device

    Windows Laptop & MacOS Laptop
    Ways to stream

    Google Chrome Browser

    (Wireless Projection)

    YouTube
    Yes
    Netflix
    Yes
    Amazon Prime Video
    Yes
    Google Play Movies
    Yes
    HBO GO
    Yes
    Disney+
    No
    Apple TV+
    No
    iTunes Movies
    No

    Device

    Mac OS Device
    Ways to stream

    Safari

    (Wireless Projection)

    YouTube
    Yes
    Netflix
    No
    Amazon Prime Video
    No
    Google Play Movies
    No
    HBO GO
    No
    Disney+
    No
    Apple TV+
    No
    iTunes Movies
    No

    Device

    iOS / iPadOS Device
    Ways to stream

    AirPlay

    (Wireless Projection)

    YouTube
    Yes
    Netflix
    No
    Amazon Prime Video
    No
    Google Play Movies
    No
    HBO GO
    No
    Disney+
    No
    Apple TV+
    No
    iTunes Movies
    No

    Device

    Android Device
    Ways to stream

    Google Cast

    (Wireless Projection)

    YouTube
    Yes
    Netflix
    No
    Amazon Prime Video
    No
    Google Play Movies
    No
    HBO GO
    No
    Disney+
    No
    Apple TV+
    No
    iTunes Movies
    No

    *Netflix can be downloaded in the suggested ways. Please refer to the question "Can I use GS50 to watch Netflix?" 

    Note: Apps provided and operated by parties external to BenQ. Service quality and technical support are subject to the respective app publishers.

  • Can I install any apps on GS50? How?
  • To install apps:
    1. Go to the Google Play store, then search for the app and download and install it.
    2. After installing the app, you can tap "Customize channel" and then choose whether to let the app appear on the launcher.

  • Can I use voice control on GS50?
  • GS50 supports remote control with Bluetooth. Make sure the remote control is connected to GS50 via Bluetooth, and then hold the mic button on the remote control to start voice search.
  • Can I launch apps on GS50 using the Google Assistant?
  • Yes. All apps downloaded from the Google Play store can be activated by using the Google Assistant.
  • Can I control GS50 with a mobile phone?
  • Please download the BenQ Smart Control App. Once installed, you can control the projector with your own mobile phone and benefit from its intuitive UI.
  • What devices does GS50 support for wireless projection?
  • GS50 supports wireless projection with smartphones (iOS & Android) and laptops (Windows, Chrome & MacOS).


    There are 3 ways to stream audio and video contents via wireless projection: WLAN mode, hotspot mode and mobile hotspot mode.


    * Please note that, due to the content protection mechanism of subscription-based streaming services, mobile devices cannot mirror or stream the content of certain streaming services, such as Netflix, Fox+, Catchplay, iTunes, etc.



    The content you can stream via Airplay and Chromecast:

    1. Photos, videos, and music files on your mobile phone.
    2. Webpages
    3. Content on YouTube
    4. Music apps (e.g., Spotify)
    5. Office Doc and email apps.

  • How to have a smooth wireless streaming experience with GS50?
  • It depends on the Internet bandwidth provided by the Wi-Fi router as well as how many competing wireless devices there are in the environment. If stuttering occurs during projection, please check whether the Wi-Fi is working properly or if it is congested.

    GS50 has both 2.4G and 5G channels. We'd recommend switching both your home’s Wi-Fi router and GS50 to the 5G channel for a smoother connection.

     

  • Can GS50 project wirelessly without Wi-Fi?
  • Besides WLAN mode, it also offers 2 types of wireless projection modes:
    1. Use your mobile as the Wi-Fi hotspot: Turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot on your iPhone or Android phone, connect GS50 to it and start the wireless projection.
    2. Use GS50 as the Wi-Fi hotspot: Turn on the Wi-Fi Hotspot on GS50, connect your mobile to it and start the wireless projection. Please note that your mobile won't be able to connect to an external network via your 4G network and only pictures or videos stored in your mobile can be streamed to GS50.

  • Can GS50 project using other cables/external devices?
  • Yes. You can connect to GS50 using a HDMI, a USB-C (to connect to mobiles or laptops that support DisplayPort) or a 1.5 A USB connector to read the multimedia files in a USB flash drive. 

  • Does GS50 support screen mirroring via USB-C cable from a smartphone or PC?
  • Yes, such feature is supported, but please note that devices connected via the USB-C port require a USB-C cable and must support DisplayPort (version 1.1 or above) to project videos.

     

  • Can I use GS50 as a Bluetooth speaker? Or can it connect to Bluetooth speakers or headphones?
  •  

    You can connect to it via Bluetooth:

    1. And use it as a Bluetooth speaker.

    2. Or connect to external Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

     

     

  • Does GS50 support Chromecast / Amazon Fire / Roku / Apple TV?
  •  

    Yes. You can connect using the projector with a HDMI port.

     

     

  • Which connectivity of GS50 supports HDR10/HLG?
  •  

    GS50 will automatically detect HDR10/HLG and display compatible signals by connecting the image source to HDMI (HDCP2.2). 

     

     

  • What capacity of USB flash drives does GS50 support?
  • GS50 supports USB flash drives with capacity of 128GB or below; the format needs to be NTFS, FAT or FAT32. 

     

     

     

  • Can I play media content directly through a USB-C or USB-A port?
  •  

    Playing media content is supported with USB-A, but not with USB-C.

     

     

  • Can I use GS50 to watch Netflix?
  • Yes. It is possible to watch Netflix:


    < Install the Netflix app on GS50 >

    To use the Netflix app, you need to:

    1. Install the dedicated app “Apps Manager” via Google Play

    2. Install "Aptoide"

    3. Install the "Netflix" app within Aptoide

    Here is a video to take you through the steps: https://youtu.be/DyiZbJrW96U

    Most importantly, please be sure to install “BenQ Smart Control” app for navigation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h9kw3dphwM

     

    <Use your own laptop (Windows/MacOS) to stream media>

    Make sure both GS50 and the laptop are under the same wireless network.
    Please refer to the video for more details: https://youtu.be/Bh0RNPDqtlE

     

    <View with Plug-Ins>

    Watch using Apple TV/Setup Box/Game Console/laptop with a HDMI cable.

  • Can I connect GS50 to any game consoles?
  •  

    Yes. You can connect GS50 to a Switch, PS4 and Xbox console using an HDMI cable. 

     

     

  • How much is the input lag of GS50?
  •  

    The input lag is 42.7ms.

     

     

  • If I connect GS50 with my Bluetooth speaker, will there be audio lag?
  •  

    Yes, there will be some minor audio lag, around 300ms. Listening to music should be okay, but you may experience minor latency when watching movies.

     

     

  • Can GS50 connect to an iPhone and project directly?
  •  

    If you want to connect an iPhone directly to the projector, you can choose the Lightning – HDMI cable.

     

     

  • What is the recommended projection distance and image size?
  •  

    For ideal viewing enjoyment, we recommend a screen size between 80” and 100” when seated 6.9ft to 8.9ft (2.1m to 2.7m) away.

     

     

  • Can I use GS50 without a screen?
  •  

    Yes, you can project on a flat, white wall with GS50.

     

     

  • How does keystone correction work on GS50?
  •  

    You can set it up instantly with the GS50 built-in auto focus and 2D Keystone (Auto Vertical, Manual Horizontal ± 40 Degrees).

  • What kind of power bank does GS50 support?
  •  

    GS50 can be charged via USB-C with power bank that supports power delivery (45W, 15V, 3A).

     

     

  • Does GS50 support car chargers?
  •  

    No, GS50 doesn’t support car chargers.

     

     

  • Can I play media content from a USB drive and charge GS50 at the same time?
  •  

    Yes, you can play media content from a USB drive and charge GS50 with an adapter at the same time. 

     

     

  • Why is GS50 safe for children?
  •  

    Unlike LCDs, mobiles and tablets, which emit blue light, projectors project light onto a wall or screen so that it does not hit the eyes directly, producing less irritation and damage.
    Equipped with an Eye-Protection Sensor, GS50 will shut down the LED light automatically to prevent strong light from entering the eyes in case that curious kids peep into the lens.
    What's more, GS50 is IPX2 splash-proof and 2.3ft(70cm) drop-proof. Your kids can play indoors as well as outdoors carefreely, without safety concerns.

     

     

  • How do 2.1 channel speakers work on GS50?
  •  

    The Built-in 2.1 channel (5Wx2 midrange tweeter + 10W woofer) speakers by treVolo bring strong sound and a powerful bass. The ported cabinet design creates more output at low frequencies to deliver cinematic sound effects. You can hear more details with uncompromised, immersive sound. 

     

     

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