You will have to have it connected to a video source, so do that first to work out how far away from the source you can have it. Pop it on a side table and a stool, and then you can move on to sorting out your screen. Step two: rig up your sheet Obviously, if you have a blank white wall in your garden, you can skip this step because you will be projecting straight onto that.
However, if you are using a sheet, we think the least damaging way to get it up is to peg it to a washing line — you could try using a solid masking tape to tape it to a wall too. Step three: get decorating So with the essentials sorted now comes the fun bit, making it look like the most Instagrammable thing you have ever created in your life. Basically, that means string up A TON of fairy lights - the more, the better.
We love the look of festoon lights, and you could also add some lanterns to create even more of a lovely glow. And if you are feeling really extra, bring out your duvet and hang up a net canopy to create an almost outdoor bedroom. Make sure you've got the best garden furniture with plenty of cushions, and roll out one of our choices for the best outdoor rug to create an even more outdoor living room feel.
Pop some blankets in baskets and over the back of your furniture, and if you want to get really cosy, add a fire pit or a chimenea. You could even toast some marshmallows — kids and adults alike would love it! Caroline has been part of the Real Homes ecommerce team in the UK since the start of , after working for the last decade as a journalist across publications in technology, entertainment and more. In her spare time she's usually obsessing about space-saving and DIY hacks for small spaces, and how to affordably make a rental feel like a home.
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England and Wales company registration number Real Homes Real Homes Create your dream home on any budget. Select your region. Sign up to our newsletter Newsletter. By Caroline Preece published 26 November Specifications Type: DLP. Native resolution: p. Brightness: lumens. Contrast ratio: , Noise: 24dB. Distance: 1. Screen: ". Lamp life: 30, hours.
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Brightness: 60 lumens. Screen: up to ". Dimensions: 2. Nebula Capsule. Set up your projector in the evening for the best results, but the higher your projector's light output level, the more watchable the image. You'll also want to think about sources. You could use a streaming dongle such as a Chromecast with Google TV to get a picture, if you can get a decent wi-fi signal in your garden.
The easiest way to solve that conundrum would be to opt for a projector with built-in wi-fi and maybe even some onboard storage too. You should save a chunk of your budget for a portable projector screen. In theory you can project video onto a white sheet or white wall, but picture quality will be compromised. Check out our handy guide on how to choose a projector screen for more on that. Ok, you're primed and ready to buy.
Here's a comprehensive list of the best outdoor projectors we've tested, including HD and 4K options It's a shade pricey for an entry-level device but, make no mistake, this is the king of affordable 4K projectors. You'll get a great image right out of the box without needing to be any kind of expert at tinkering with the settings. All the preset modes are very well judged and it gives an excellent level of black depth and dark detail for a projector at this price. Colours are balanced and motion is naturally smooth.
That said, it's as much the convenience of this machine that makes it so good. Bluetooth allows for direct connection with a wireless speaker or soundbar, and the high luminance means that it's usable in even moderately well lit conditions. In other words, an AVR, speaker package and home cinema room are not entirely necessary.
How's that for a superb family projector? One of the most feature-laden projectors we've tested, the LG CineBeam is a marvellous box of tricks. It presents a decent 4K HDR image between 66 and in, has stereo sound and offers plenty of sources — both smart and local. It's blessed with the excellent webOS platform, which means direct access to all your video apps over wi-fi assuming the signal stretches into your garden , and its Miracasting and Bluetooth abilities make for easy and intuitive ad-hoc connections to a range of mobile devices.
The built-in 7W speakers are supplied by Harman Kardon, but there's Bluetooth, a 3,5mm aux and optical connections for external speakers. It's expensive, but for those who want the flexibility to throw a film up in their garden whenever and however they choose, this is a fantastic option.
While not quite as serious for brightness and picture quality as the company's more traditional home cinema machines, it still has a way with contrast and shading that's beyond the reach of most portable projectors. What's more, its sound system is streets ahead of the one tacked onto the TW at the top of this list. It's a 2 x 5W set-up that's been tuned by Yamaha. It's remarkably expressive with just enough precision to hold its own even in scenes with heavy action.
There's no iPlayer, Netflix or All 4 apps on the smart platform and we'd like Epson to have fitted an internal battery too but these are relatively minor gripes and nothing that neither a media streamer nor an extension cable can't solve.
Definitely one for your shortlist. Read the full Epson EF review. This is Anker's best Nebula projector to date and also a very, very good portable in its own right. Feature-wise, it's got almost everything one could need in an outdoor projector.
There's an excellent smart platform, a three-hour battery life, a good degree of brightness and plenty of source material options. What tops it off, though, is some really rather impressive picture quality. There are brighter machines out there but, for this price, there's a great blend of both punch and subtlety to the image. In the right setting, it's just the ticket.
Do be warned that the app platform is missing a few of the UK catch-up services, iPlayer included, but otherwise, this feels like one of the best projectors out there for taking on your travels. It's small, convenient and very well appointed. Read the full Anker Nebula Solar Portable review. This entry-level 4K projector is the baby brother of the Epson at No. The chassis and most of the features are the same apart from the missing internal speakers on this model which is of note when planning some outdoor viewing.
Fortunately, both Bluetooth and a 3. There are differences on the inside compared to its bigger brother too. It's still a 3LCD machine but the projection technology will only allow for a picture with a stated contrast ratio of 40, compared to the , on the TW That said the picture performance is still excellent and very fair for the money. HDR handling and dark detail are very good and, considering the price point, this projector is capable of some brilliant detail. Black depth and motion processing isn't a patch on more expensive models but the results are very appealing nonetheless and give a wonderfully naturally cinematic feel for very little outlay — a masterclass in budget projection.
The great thing about the Mars 2 is that it needs no other piece of technology to function, making it a superb option for casual movie nights. It's a true all-in-one solution comprising built-in speakers, wi-fi and a range of streaming apps. It has its own dedicated app store where you can download Netflix, BBC iPlayer and countless other apps to run directly from the Mars 2.
Simply pair the device with your smartphone and you're in business. You can even download games; your phone's touchscreen doubles as the controller. It offers p Full HD resolution rather than 4K, but produces a great image around 75in. It's a breeze to use, with little in the way of set-up quirks. If you only have a bedsheet or white wall to view it on, this could be a good option.
Brightness is lumens, so this projector works best after dark, but the contrast is good, with solid black levels and a nicely balanced, colourful picture that isn't hugely compromised. If you're looking for a fuss-free, battery-powered outdoor projector capable of streaming movies out of the box, the Mars 2 is a great shout.
Read the full Nebula Mars 2 review. It might not be the obvious choice to take into the garden, but if you want top-notch performance at a competitive price, this sophisticated, 4K-capable, HDR projector will please movie, sports and gaming fans who want to take the action outside. The UHD65 is smaller than you might expect, measuring around 50cm wide and around 30cm deep. The throw ratio comes out at 2. Considering there are more expensive models on the market that are neither 4K nor HDR-compatible, those looking for a great home cinema projector to use indoors and out should give the Optoma UHD65 serious consideration.
Read the full Optoma UHD65 review. This Capsule is another ingenious piece of tech: a tiny, beer can-sized projector with a built-in Android-like app store and the ability to double as a dedicated Bluetooth speaker. Picture quality is good given the specs, and despite the maximum brightness level being just lumens, its handling of colour and skin tone is natural and balanced and there's a solid level of detail on show for the money.
The built-in speakers do a good job, but it's a shame there's no 3. Still, factoring in the size, stylish design, battery life and impressive smart tech on board, the Capsule is good pound-for-pound fun. Read the full Nebula Capsule review. The M1 is a clever pint-sized projector with a handle that doubles as a stand.
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