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  • The Top LED portable/pocket projectors for business or personal use are....

    If you’re looking for the best LED portable projector to fit your specific requirements, there are a whole host of factors to take into consideration ranging from resolution, birghtness (lumens) and features such as DLP (contrast enhancements) and features such as connectivity to ipads, HDMI and the ability to connect without a laptop.

    We've broken down the list of projectors into 2 categories: Business Use and Consumer Use and the business use ones considerably overalap with consumer use and most are also good for gaming purpososes with connectivity via HDMI, VGA or AV.

    Top for Personal use:

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Our smallest, lightest and brightest hybrid between pocket & palm projector is the best projector we have seen to date on the market with 300 lumens, WXGA resolution and a 90” image means it can handle anything you want to display in rich colour with DLP. Its the one to beat across all categories.

    Lumafire M200

    One of the newer models popular with busines users in the recession is the LumaFire M200 palm projector which offers excellent value for money. It is feature packed with a remote & tripod, offers 100 lumens of brightness has HDMI/USB/SD compatibility and yet remains remarkably small & light and extensive connectivity.

    3M MP180

    3M offer a robust gadget for those concerned with features. 4GB of onboard memory, a cool touch screen with Microsoft office, 2 hour battery, WiFi & Bluetooth. The ‘office’ compatibility and battery power make this a perfect choice for the business user on the go.

    Adapt 305/ iGo UP2020

    These 2 pocket projectors offer great value for money and connectivity all in one with a good image quality. The Adapt 305 comes with everything you need to go and play right out of the box. i.e. Free Apple cable, 4GB memory, tripod & remote. The iGo is smaller albeit not quite as bright but it includes multiple connection options including HDMI and also offers higher contrast via DLP playback for richer colour, It also won an award at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for design. In fact, the igo UP2020 is a hot-buy for Xmas 2011!

    Microvision SHOWWX/SHOWWX+

    Welcome to the world's first 'infinite focus' laser pocket projector; it's smaller and lighter than an iPhone with a mammoth 5000:1 contrast ratio that beats all others in its class. Included in the package is a set of Apple cables to connect to your iPhone4/iPad2 meaning you can connect to any device with a Composite TV/Video-Out to create a rich screen up to 100". There is also a VGA dock accessory for this device to connect to a laptop. Great for gaming.

    Top for professional use:

    Casio (Pro-portable range)

    The Casio range of projectors offer the best equivalent image of a tradional projector in a form that will easily fit into a laptop carry case. If you’re looking for something that will offer a more professional output with quality build then a Casio XJA projector is ideal. High brightness ratings starting at 2000 lumens, combined with high contrast ratios mean that you can present in most lighting conditions. It also offer streaming capabilities from your laptop.

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Our smallest, Lightest & Brightest hybrid between pocket & palm will offer you the professional output you need whilst still fitting into your overcoat pocket. WXGA resolution, a 90” screen with DLP technology will promote your presentations in rich detail and can handle video demonstrations too. 300 lumens of brightness mean that you are able to project in normal lighting conditions and maintain portability. It has a powerpoint, excel, word and pdf viewer built in too so you can leave your laptop at home and just travel with the projector.

    Lumafire M200

    See above.
    Lumafire offer a hybrid all rounder perfect for business, personal use and travel and great value for money.

    3M MP180

    See above.
    2 hour battery life at full brightness & and 80” screen mean that you can display presentations on the go.

  • Vivitek Qumi Review: on show at IFA exhibition, Berlin

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Vivitek

    Personal Projector Ltd have just returned from the IFA show in Berlin this week where the new Vivitek Qumi was on show. It delighted the huge crowds with whats quite simply the best LED projector made to date.  Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was streets ahead of anything else on show at IFA this year based on its overall design, image quality, performance, size, connectivity and other options such as 3D/HD ready. It also includes on the UK model free apple cables as well as all the usual features such as HDMI, VGA, AV in/out, speakers. An extended battery is also available as an option.

    Qumi has many added features not available on any other projector

    Whilst most users will probably run the projector from the mains power, you can buy an optional extra battery which is not much thicker than your thumb nail and very neatly docks underneath the Qumi so it still looks quite sleek even with the battery on there. The battery will give you around 1 to 1.5 hrs of power at a reduced lumens rating of 50 lumens (instead of the usual 300 lumens). We tested the Qumi battery at the show and it really was still a good image, in fact still a better brightness than most pocket projectors available today.

    What is also very noticeable is how small and light the Qumi Q2 is which fits in the palm of your hand and could even fit in a large overcoat pocket. In fact its so small it could even be classed as a pocket projector as it also has an optional battery. Overall its much smaller than any other products at this brightness level.

    Battery

    Having the battery makes it a great solution if you’re in an area where mains power is limited or you don’t want to be trailing power cables all over the place. For business users having the battery means you can simply turn on the projector and in less than a second and your presentation is running on the wall or screen. If you work on sites where this is limited power then you can be sure you are getting a large projection image at the highest quality available.  For consumers it means you can use the mini projector on holiday, camping, in the car or even for gaming.

    Image quality

    Apart from buying the Casio range of projectors the Qumi is now the best resolution available in a pocket or palm sized projector. It supports up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) with a standard resolution/output of WXGA 1200 x 800. Its also 720p providing great definition for your movies.

    The Vivitek Qumi projector is also HD Ready and 3D ready so you can be sure you are future proofing your purchase with the very latest features.

    The screen size in a dark room will easily go to 150 inches and even in normal lighting conditions its like having two 45 inch plasma TV’s in your pocket providing a 90” screen.

     

    Portability

    Weighing only 617g (1.4 pounds) and easily fitting in the palm of your hand, whether you want to present PowerPoint slides to 20 people in a boardroom or simply watch a movie then the Qumi Q2 you will find is ultra portable.

     

    Connectivity

    The UK product also comes with Apple cables included worth around £40. This provides simple connectivity to almost any Apple device so you can project video/photos from your iPhone or iPad.

    In the box there are 2 types of HDMI adaptors supplied:-

    • Mini HDMI --> Mini HDMI (For use with i.e. Flip, video recorders etc, some phones)
    • HDMI --> Mini HDMI (For use with i.e. computers, DVD, BD Players etc. This cable can also be used with an optional Apple HDMI adapter for iPad/iPhone or mirroring cable (available from the Apple store £35 approx) so you can see a mirror image of all your content on the ipad not just photos or videos).

    As standard the Qumi also comes with a universal dock connector so it means most connections will be available to connect to any mobile device such as a smartphone, TV or laptop.

    Also noticeable is the improved iamge quality available when connecting a pocket projector via HDMI eg from your laptop or smartphone you will see a big increase in quality and the Qumi performs well in this area.

    Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was the best LED projector at the show by far and we think it will be for quite some time with this range of features making it the brightest, smallest and lightest portable LED projector ever launched. At £499 its also a great price.

    Also: Check out our Lumafire M200 palm projector as another great option from just £379.98

    Vivitek Qumi Review: on show at IFA exhibition, Berlin

    Personal Projector Ltd have just returned from the IFA show in Berlin this week where the new Vivitek Qumi was on show. It delighted the huge crowds with whats quite simply the best LED projector made to date. Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was streets ahead of anything else on show at IFA this year based on its overall design, image quality, performance, size, connectivity and other options such as 3D/HD ready. It also includes on the UK model free apple cables as well as all the usual features such as HDMI, VGA, AV in/out, speakers. An extended battery is also available as an option.

    Qumi has many added features not available on any other projector

    Whilst most users will probably run the projector from the mains power, you can buy an optional extra battery which is not much thicker than your thumb nail and very neatly docks underneath the Qumi so it still looks quite sleek even with the battery on there. The battery will give you around 1 to 1.5 hrs of power at a reduced lumens rating of 50 lumens (instead of the usual 300 lumens). We tested the Qumi battery at the show and it really was still a good image, in fact still a better brightness than most pocket projectors available today.

    What is also very noticeable is how small and light the Qumi Q2 is which fits in the palm of your hand and could even fit in a large overcoat pocket. In fact its so small it could even be classed as a pocket projector as it also has an optional battery. Overall its much smaller than any other products at this brightness level.

    Battery

    Having the battery makes it a great solution if you’re in an area where mains power is limited or you don’t want to be trailing power cables all over the place. For business users having the battery means you can simply turn on the projector and in less than a second and your presentation is running on the wall or screen. If you work on sites where this is limited power then you can be sure you are getting a large projection image at the highest quality available. For consumers it means you can use the mini projector on holiday, camping, in the car or even for gaming.

    Image quality

    Apart from buying the Casio range of projectors the Qumi is now the best resolution available in a pocket or palm sized projector. It supports up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) with a standard resolution/output of WXGA 1200 x 800. Its also 720p providing great definition for your movies.

    The Vivitek Qumi projector is also HD Ready and 3D ready so you can be sure you are future proofing your purchase with the very latest features.

    The screen size in a dark room will easily go to 150 inches and even in normal lighting conditions its like having two 45 inch plasma TV’s in your pocket providing a 90” screen.

    Portability

    Weighing only 617g (1.4 pounds) and easily fitting in the palm of your hand, whether you want to present PowerPoint slides to 20 people in a boardroom or simply watch a movie then the Qumi Q2 you will find is ultra portable.

    Connectivity

    The UK product also comes with Apple cables included worth around £40 providing you simple connectivity to almost any Apple device so you can project video from your iPhone or iPad.

    As standard the Qumi also comes with a universal dock connector so it means most connections will be available to connect to any mobile device such as a smartphone, TV or laptop.

    Also noticeable is the improved iamge quality available when connecting a pocket projector via HDMI eg from your laptop or smartphone you will see a big increase in quality and the Qumi performs well in this area.

    Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was the best LED projector at the show by far and we think it will be for quite some time with this range of features making it the brightest, smallest and lightest portable LED projector ever launched. At £499 its also a great price.

  • Adapt 305 Pocket Projector video

    Take a look at the Adapt 305 video to find out more information about the worlds brightest pocket projector.

    This post was written by Oliver. Want to talk to him? Do it here

  • Case Study: Pharmaceutical representative.

    We take a look at how a pico projector can benefit you in your profession.

    Your name:
    Alex

    Your job:
    Pharmaceutical representative

    What does it involve?:
    Traveling around my area speaking to physicians and other medical professionals about the latest drugs and providing drug samples. Sometimes I only have a small amount of time to talk to someone and in that time I have to relay a lot of information.

    Which personal projector did you buy?:
    Adapt 305

    What is your favourite feature?:
    I would say the portability, which is a major factor in my line of work. I'm on the road all day so in the morning I leave the house checking my pockets "Keys, phone, wallet, projector!"

    How has it helped you?
    I have a presentation with key points loaded onto the onboard memory, so I don't have to carry around a laptop. The battery slides onto the bottom which means there are no power leads. I simply take it out of my pocket, switch it on and present. It can project onto any surface, a wall, table, ceiling, even my folder. It's easier to catch the clients attention with visual aids and using the Adapt 305 is 10 times better than crawling about the floor looking for leads and waiting for my laptop to boot up. It's a conversation starter too!

    Would you recommend using a micro LED projector to others?
    Definitely. The Adapt 305 helps me do my job quicker and with less hassle.

    If you have bought a pico projector and use it for business or personal use, and you would like to tell us how you use it and where, then contact us and we will include you in the next case study!

    This post was written by Katie. Want to talk to her? Do it here

  • Taking a look at the new Nikon projector camera

    Nikon are due to release the replacement for the S1000pj. But what do we think?

    The Nikon S1000pj was meant to be a revolution, you could take photographs and then project them onto the nearest surface to show off to your adoring fans. However, it didn't sell as well as they had hoped, and there was rumours that they had been dropped by at least one major retailer.

    Now Nikon are planning on releasing a second generation projector camera, which supposedly, can also function as a conventional external projector. The camera itself contains 12 megapixels, and 5x wide angled zoom, but the projector only packs 10 lumens of brightness.

    Quality over quantity?

    There is a risk when trying to pack too many features into one product that you can loose the quality of those features. Unfortunately, when it comes to this specific camera, it seems to be the projector that is compromised. If you have spent time getting your pictures right, you want the projector to show them in their best light (if you will excuse the pun).

    Project anywhere, just not there.

    As with any projector, you have to be selective when it comes to where you project your images. So let's think for a moment where you would want to project when you have the Nikon camera. Outside on your walk? At a party? With only 10 lumens, the amount of places available to you to project becomes limited.

    So what do we think?

    We think it is a great idea, but, we think we'll wait until the projector has more lumens and a better picture.

    In the mean time, we will continue to show off our lovely pictures using our mini LED projectors. They can connect via SD card slot, USB or even via cable to a computer, or iPhone.

    This post was written by Katie. Want to talk to her? Do it here

  • Which pocket projector should I buy? Adapt 305 Vs. 3M MPro150 Vs. Adapt 450

    There are many things you need to consider before purchasing a pocket or palm projector, as LED projectors are different from traditional projectors and offer a range of features. For more information also see our buying guide or glossary.

    We have created a handy comparison table featuring the three most popular products we sell; the Adapt 305, the Adapt 450 Pro and the 3m Mpro 150.  If you need expert advice please dont hesitate to contact Personal Projector team on  +44 (0)845 121 8800 or contact us

    Main differences

    3m Mpro 150

    Adapt 305

    Adapt 450  and 450 Pro

    Comments

    Main feature

    Ideal for Office files

    Worlds brightest pocket projector

    Worlds first with Digital TV (pro only)

    Price (£ ex vat)

    £274.99

    £299.99

    £416.17

    Brightness (lumens)

    15

    45

    100

    Screen size

    Up to 50 inches

    Up to 100 inches

    Up to 150 inches

    For best results use in a controlled lighting environment

    Internal memory

    1gb

    4gb

    No

    External memory

    Micro SD card

    Micro SD card

    SD Card, USB

    2gb Micro SD card is included with 3m Pro 150

    Pass through device

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Can connect to TV's, DVD's, Laptops, Games consoles (wii, xbox) and Phones with the video out function

    Internal speakers

    x2 0.5 watts

    x2 0.5 watts

    x2 watts

    Can be connected to external speakers

    International Plug

    Yes Yes

    UK only (adaptors available)

    Video formats

    PAL, NTSC, H.264;

    MPEG1,2,4 AVI 3G, WMV9, VC1, ASF, RM, RMVB, FLV

    MPEG1,2,4 AVI 3G, WMV9, VC1, ASF, RM, RMVB, FLV.

    Powerpoint files can be saved as jpg for Adapt models

    Image formats

    BMP, JPG

    JPEG, BMP,GIF

    JPEG, BMP,GIF

    3m Mpro 150 Works with Microsoft Office (ppt, word, excel);Adobe PDF

    Audio formats

    MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR

    MP3, WMA, WAV, APE, FLAC, AAC, AAC+,MPEG1,2,2.5

    MP3, WMA, WAV, APE, FLAC, AAC, AAC+,MPEG1,2,2.5.

    Battery

    up to 2 hours

    up to 2 hours

    External (pro only) battery up to 1.5 hrs

    External Battery available as option on Adapt 450 (standard on Pro model)

    Remote control

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Credit card sized

    Tripod

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Fits standard connection

    Resolution

    Native 640 x 480

    Supported up to

    1280 x 800 WXGA

    800 x 600 SVGA

    800 x 600 SVGA

    Aspect ratio

    4:3

    4:3

    4:3 and 16:9

    Contrast

    -

    400:1

    1000:1

    Weight

    160g

    190g

    550g

    Dimensions

    125(L) x60(W) x24(H)

    110(L) x60(W) x25(H)

    125(L) x115(W) x45(H)

    See videos on product specs for size comparisons

    It's also worth noting the benefits of all of the projectors:-

    - Fast boot. Switch projector on or off in less than 5 secs without risking bulb damage

    - Can Pass through a TV out: act as a pass through system for any electronic device with a video out or TV out (RCA yellow cables) which means you can project from portable DVD players, games consoles, mobile phones etc

    - Are Environmentally friendly: are far greener than older projectors with no need to replace expensive mercury bulbs, and have less power comsumption

    - Have lower total cost of ownership than older projectors as bulbs last significantly longer, with no need to worry about filters or dust.

    - Have a 1-2 hour battery life - great for when there is a powercut or no plug/powersource and means you don't have wires everywhere

    - Improve heath and safety by not having to carry around a heavy laptop and projector, and choose one lightweight unit instead.

    - Increase sharing of content (how many times have you listened to someone go through a presentation and just seen the back of the laptop/ mobile)

    Ultimately, all the products are incredible advances in micro projection and will help deliver the wow factor to whoever uses/sees them. Overall, the final choice of which pocket projector to buy has come down to:

    - If you're a business user often working heavily with PowerPoint and prefer to carry a laptop around then most users will need the 3m micro projector, it includes a handy zoom feature. However those who can't predict their lighting conditions might benefit from the extra brightness of the  Adapt 305 and be content with saving powerpoint files as jpg directly from ppt.

    - If you're either a consumer or business user wishing to "Project and
    Go" just about anywhere and do impromptu presentations, watch a video or playback photos then most users will prefer the Adapt 305. It can fit into your pocket, and with 4gb of onboard memory you won't need to carry around a laptop.

    - Users who need extra brightness than a pocket projector but dont want to carry around a heavy traditional bulb projector would would like the Adapt 450 Pro/Adapt 450 palm projector as it has a much larger screen size (150 inches) and includes 2x 2w speakers and offers the best connectivity options of any projector on the market. You also have the added benefit of Digital TV anywhere (Adapt 450 Pro)

    This post was written by Oliver. Want to talk to him? Do it here

  • Adapt 305 T3 Pico Projector Review: Overall Winner

    Adapt 305 with VGA and micro SD card

    Adapt

    The new Adapt 305 pocket projector is due for release 30th October.

    T3 magazine recently voted this the best pocket projector on the market (overall winner). This new projector is revolutionary in terms of brightness, storage, video formats and connectivity and will be exclusively available at Personal Projector.

    Up unitl now if you wanted to purchase a pocket project you had to choose between either a projector with a pass through connnection to a laptop (like a traditional projector such as the 3M) OR choose a stand alone projector which had onboard memory/SD card (such as the Aiptek)...well now you can have both in the Adapt 305. Continue reading

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