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Last summer there was a brief fad of projecting movies in your back garden, usually on to a white bed sheet. The middle-class loved it. But a typical British summer was not so keen and the fad died out. But for one brief moment the Glyndebourne Film Festival came to suburbia as Hugh Grant muttered and mumbled away over your fence and the neighbors you don’t like kept awake by The Terminator. I mean it’s a fun idea so why not?
The culture of a night with friends has moved away from pubs and into the home in summertime because high of beer prices and no smoking rooms and so why not have a BBQ and The Avengers Assembly to entertain your mates? Our rather middle - class neighbors tried it but gave up after the novelty quickly worn off and they began work on their new extension, which turned the drive-in cinema into a pile of bricks and mud. But we stuck with it and you are all invited for garden cinema next year. And we don’t wait for summer. We are doing a Halloween special next weekend with Alien and Starship Troopers and a November the 5th it has to be V for Vengeance!
So it’s basically no more sophisticated delivery than those old style projectors we had to suffer in history lectures at school. There are only so many shadow animals you can make to amuse yourself through the Battle of Hastings. Optima are one of three big manufacturers of this type of kit and the idea is you download your movies on to a memory or flash stick and play them through this onto a big screen.
The Bright SVGA projection is 3200 ANSI Lumens and I have no idea what that means. It has easy Connectivity with USB and 2x HDMI input for your home cinema hook up. It has a 2W speaker built in if you can’t manage that. It can also handle 3D films and fully WIFI to connect to your DVD or Blue Ray players etc. You really need your sound nearer the screen though. I use a couple of sound bars for sound surround. It has a nice carry bag to as you can show your movies anywhere you chose as it is battery operated, weighing in at about 2.5KGs. You can project a film on anything, anywhere, be it the top of a mountain or in your bedroom. We have taken it out and about and brilliant for camping holidays and stuff like that. It’s a really cool social tool and can draw a crowd for a beer and chat. You can also play your video games on these and really annoy the neighbors as you shoot up some nuclear apocalyptic landscape or two. They aint cheap though and prices well over £200 for the basic 3D one. I paid £75 in a second hand store in part exchange for a lawnmower we used for my bothers gardening business.