We all know projectors as a staple of traditional meeting rooms and school environments, and that’s great. There’s a ton of excellent full-sized projectors out there for those applications. But what if you’re a freelancer that needs to present to clients in a wide range of venues? What if you’re traveling and meeting customers outside the office? Or a teacher conducting classes beyond conventional school settings? Portable projectors come to the rescue. Light, compact, resilient, and bestowed with efficient LED-based projection technology, portable models like the BenQ GV1 turn every available room, every coffee shop, even a vacant wall in a park, into a canvass for you to express yourself upon.
From business PowerPoints to academic presentations, portable projectors bring big screen visibility wherever you go, whether you’re part of a corporate team, self-employed, a teacher, a student, an artist, or any other occupation where knowledge needs to be shared, which is pretty much all of them.
You have confidence in your ideas and work and seek to impress your clients or students. What’s wrong with that? Nothing! And impressing people sure works better (plus more honestly and in greater detail) on a big, bright display. Less so on a crowded laptop or tablet screen. It’s also neater and healthier since with a mini portable projector everyone takes in your presentation at once rather than passing a small display among the group, which isn’t the best solution these days, and was always time consuming.
Since good portable projectors easily hook up to your laptop or other smart devices, projecting PowerPoint files and Google Slides is a breeze. Be it a coffee shop or a convention center rest area, your portable projector offers everything you need to create impressive, dynamic, and memorable presentations on the spot. It’s simply the best way to visualize your ideas and make sure your audience experiences what you have to say in the best format possible.
We’ve talked about huddle spaces before, and for good reason. They’re here to stay. As work becomes more ad hoc and an increasing number of people work remotely, impromptu meetings will increase in frequency. Say you’re a freelance designer who works mostly from home, but once a week you’re asked to come to your client’s office. Do you want to mess around with their corporate projection system? What if they don’t have one? What if all the rooms with projectors are taken? A portable projector transcends all of those hurdles. Fitting nicely in your bag, something like the GV1 offers the same impressive projection power of a full-size device on the go. Once you have a room and your audience, setup takes a minute and you don’t even need a screen – just a wall will do fine.
Huddle spaces and spontaneous, focused, small scale meetings fit perfectly into our changing work landscape as more professionals turn to project-based schedules and telecommuting.
Sales people are another demographic that tends to visit customers onsite and therefore stands to gain a lot from a good portable projector. Imagine dazzling clients with a literally eye-popping presentation where every stat and number stand out in crisp detail. So much better than trying to explain things off a 13” laptop screen, don’t you think?
Startups and young independent agencies looking to make an impressive entry likewise should consider a portable projector. Not only will your presentations look more convincing and impressive, but by showing that you’re prepared and not dependent on the IT resources of clients, you establish yourself as having initiative and foresight. Customers love contractors that take care of technical details, and what better way to introduce yourself than being the one that didn’t wait for the client to fuss with the local projection system for ten minutes.
Portable projectors work everywhere, and that includes when you’re back home from your travels. We’ve talked about bringing presentations to your clients with increased freedom, but sometimes your clients come to you. What if a friendly customer’s in the area and you want to host them for a couple of hours at home? Might as well make the most of the opportunity and share a presentation. A portable projector turns your walls into giant displays, much bigger than your TV and therefore more appealing and memorable. Portability isn’t a buzzword, it’s an essential trait in an increasingly flexible and spontaneity-flavored professional lifestyle.
As a parting note of caution, do keep in mind when we talk about portable projectors we assume certain attributes. Good quality, multi-lens LED technology, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, diverse connectivity (HDMI, USB), image resolution upscaling, good brightness, and long battery life. Those are some of the things that make a good portable projector, so please check before buying!
The Photographer Dustin Abbott tried out GV1 to present his photo work and said, "I see the GV1 as a way for photographers to potentially get some additional sales when photographing events, weddings, or portrait sessions. It’s easy to transport and bring along, and the ability to easily connect your camera right to the projector and display photos right at the event increases exposure…which will lead to increased sales. I can see it quickly paying for itself when used to showcase a photographer’s work to potential clients at the moment when they are most engaged and interested." Check out his video below.