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  • Top 10 Novel & Unique New Applications For Portable Projectors & LED Displays

    Projectors are not just useful for business or home cinema these days – they have an endless list of uses and applications! Here are 10 of the more innovative uses of projectors and LED displays we’ve seen in the last few weeks ranging from projecting  recipes from a barcode in the kitchen to hiding projectors in places to create works of art, a snazzy lounge or a 4k perfect home cinema!

    Read on for our countdown of ten of the best...

    #1. Tasty Recipes

    Want to get tasty recipes for your food? A new gesture controlled pico projector concept hides inside a lamp in the kitchen. Just scan the barcode and it projects the recipe on the kitchen worktop.

    #2. Hiding in the Lounge

    Well we thought the Screeneo 2 was amazing but the Sony 4k ultra short throw home cinema takes your lounge to a whole new level - and it hides inside a stylish cabinet so you won't even know it's there. New model coming soon.

    #3. The (Pico) Genie is in the Lamp

    It's amazing what you can fit inside a light these days to create interesting displays in the home or office or just as pieces of art. Pico projectors have got really small now and ultra bright so your applications are endless.

    #4. Outdoor Displays

    Need a snazzy TV to work outdoors whether you need it for the yacht or to accompany the hot tub? These sleek outdoor TVs won't look out of place on a Sunseeker although you might need to sit down before you get the price so consider a projector screen that folds away if you need a more cost friendly alternative with a bigger image!

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    #5. Feature Walls

    Your cubby holes in the house or office will never look so good with these LED screens brightening up the office, bar, museum or even the lounge!

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    #6. Serve Up a Treat in the Bar

    Here's a great way to spice up the average bar with this LED projection with edge mapping to link the images together. Great for shopfitters and perfect for marketeers wanting to run ads to encourage drinking/eating or for all those artists out there looking to make a good artistic impression behind their bar

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    #7. Projection Mapping

    Projection mapping is the buzz word at the moment and Hitachi shows this in action with their pool table which triggers a light show each time you bang that ball in the pocket

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    #8 Amazing Light Shows

    Waterfall Projection on a curve is eye popping. Its a bit like watching the Northern Lights and you simply cant take your eyes off these displays. Need to project onto a curved surface? Just call us on 0845 121 8800 and we can help create the perfect projection display.

    #9. Navigation

    Need your satnav to get around? It’s commonplace these days but it can be distracting to keep looking down to your dashboard, especially in the winter months when you can face fog and ice! Projection can be used to project a Heads Up Display (HUD) of your dashboard directly onto a part of your windscreen, giving you your dashboard and satnav directions while letting you keep your eyes on the road.

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    #10. Amazing Artworks

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    See these amazing large scale artworks from Projection Artworks. Transform a space of any size – from a tiny corner to whole building exteriors – into an amazing show of light and sound.

  • Buying Projectors on Amazon: Buyer Beware of Top 10 Chinese Fakes

    Many of our customers have been asking us how is it possible that projectors listed on Amazon's Top 15 projectors are 1000 lumens yet only cost £50.

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    We decided to investigate back in September 2016 and purchase one of the Top 15 projectors on Amazon to see what was going on. We discovered a large amount of false trades descriptions which we have reported to Amazon. Unfortunately though its not in Amazons interests to do anything about it as they get paid for every sale whether you return it or not. Even when you return it they still take a 7% to 15% commission - so its a Win Win for Amazon and a pain for you as the customer to be duped by false trades descriptions! We reported the issue at the beginning of the year and 12 months later the problem still exists despite numerous complaints to Amazon.

    We reviewed the best selling Amazon projector: Elephas Full Color 130" Portable LED "Pico" Projector. This review highlights the major flaws in all Amazon's best selling projectors and shows how many manufacturers are massively exaggerating features and specifications of these projectors. This review/guide will help you to avoid buying fake products and to understand how these companies selling on Amazon's marketplace (and even via Amazon Prime FBA) are breaching trading standards and are blatantly lying to customers.

    Lumens Test: The biggest false description on Amazon

    The most important test is brightness so we compared the popular Pico Genie P55 which is a genuine 50 lumens to the Elephas Full Colour 130" which is stated as "1000 lumens". The Elephas is well priced at £54 on Amazon which is impossibly cheap for a projector of "1000" lumens.

    Below the image shows the brightness difference between the Pico Genie P55 (bottom image) and the Elephas (top image). If anything, the Pico Genie P55 is brighter and also has a better resolution. This is fairly shocking when you consider the Elphas is being listed as 20x brighter than the Pico Genie? Yes, 20 TIMES! Amazon’s top 15 projectors state they have 800-1500 lumens which is simply false.

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    The alarm bells should initially start ringing when you see a headline figure of 1000 lumens and a price of anything less than £400.

    To see what a real 1000 lumen projector looks like take a look at the Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus - its a world apart, its like watching a home cinema and the brightness looks like a printed graphic showing perfectly and clearly in normally lit conditions. Then take a look at a projector that does a real 500 or 650 lumens in this video and you will see instantly the difference.

    Focus: Dont be limited to a fixed focus and fixed size image

    The Elephas and Amazon’s top 15 projectors often will have a fixed focus meaning it has to be an EXACT distance from the wall to be able to view it otherwise its out of focus. Thus it has to be exactly 1.5m away to create an image of 50-60”, as can be seen in the above image. If the Elephas is moved any closer to the projection surface, it is instantly out of focus so you just cant see it.

    In other words its useless if you want to put the projector anywhere other than 1.5m away from the wall.

    On some of the other top 15 Amazon projectors, if you have a small projection area you could end up with a screen size that is far too big for your projection space as well as it being out of focus.

    Pico Genie and other premium brand projectors can be focused as small as 15cm from the projection surface to create a tiny image or over >100" simply by moving them closer/further from the projected area.

    Check its got real DLP

    DLP is a premium image chip from Texas Instruments meaning your image quality will be viewable and far superior to the chinese versions listed on Amazon. It usually also means the projector itself is much smaller as can be seen with the Elephas versus the Pico Genie above.

    The costs of these DLP chips are high so as a rough guide anything advertised under £140 on Amazon is more than likely not going to have a real DLP chip inside. Its also likely to be a much larger size projector in terms of its dimensions (as can be seen in the photos above the Pico Genie is tiny in comparison to the Elephas).

    Size / Portability

    The P55 is a fraction of the size of most of the top 15 projectors listed on Amazon and is more pocketable. Also the quality is not compromised because of its size as Pico Genie projectors use DLP rather than poor quality LCOS.

    As can be seen below the Elephas is almost 4x bigger than the Pico Genie.

    Weight – even with a battery this product is lighter and smaller than the majority of the top 15 projectors, it’s therefore ideal for quickly moving or taking away on your travels. Unlike the Elephas that would need a larger back to be transported.

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    Battery

    All Pico Genie products include a battery as standard. The Pico Genie P55’s inbuilt battery will last for up to 2.5 hours. In comparison to Amazon’s top 15 which are 4x the size and do not have any battery at all. Pico Genie projectors are ultra portable and can be used anywhere.

    Fan Noise/usage & burning smells

    The Pico Genie P55 makes very little fan noise when in use and can be used for as long as required on mains power. Amazon’s top 15 projectors such as Elephas are incredibly noisy and kick out a lot of heat. They also state they should not be used for more than 3-4 hours at any one time. This also highlights a major safety concern. We used the Elephas for around 1-2 hours and it became very hot and produced some unusual burning smells.

    Build quality

    The Pico Genie P55 is built to a high quality and is highly robust. Aesthetically the P55 design is far superior to Amazon’s top 15.

    Trusted Portable Projector Brands Online:

    Below we have listed out a number of brands that have an excellent reputation across the projection market.

    • Acer
    • Pico Genie
    • Vivitek
    • Casio
    • Philips
    • Epson
    • BenQ
    • Optoma
    • Aiptek

    Beware Of:

    • Elephas
    • Uvistar
    • Crenova
    • Yokkao
    • UNHO

    SUMMARY:  Tips to Avoid Buying Fake Projectors from Amazon & Online 

    1. Claims its New < £80: If it's brand new and less than £80, don't bother. The projector is more than likely being way over sold by a Chinese company. LED projectors of any decent quality that are new with DLP and a minimum genuine lumens of 50 lumens start at £150 / €180 / $195
    2. Claims its New <£300 and claims over 600 lumens - it's quoting "Chinese marketing lumens" and maybe 10 or 20 times overstated and probably 50 lumens with no DLP and is fake
    3. DLP? - Ensure the projector has Texas Instruments DLP, this provides superior image quality and is the industry standard.
    4. States "use in a dark room" - If the projector has over 200 lumens and states "Use in a dark room", usually means its less than 50 lumens so avoid
    5. 1080p - this is one of the biggest lies - there are very few 1080p models out there and certainly none by any lesser known brands not listed above. The likelihood is that if you've not heard of the brand and its stating 1080p then its not 1080p. It should say "supports" 1080p ie supports Full HD but instead they just claim its Full HD when in fact its probably 2 or 3 grades down from that at VGA resolution - whats in a word eh !
    6. Catches Fire - If it says "it needs to be turned off after 2-4 hours", give it a miss. It is more than likely dangerous and prone to catching fire. It has been made very cheaply and so key safety processes can easily be missed.
    7. Common Sense - If it sounds too good to be true, it is!! Remember if you buy cheap you usually end up buying twice so just buy the product that's right for you first time around.

    How to get results with a complaint on Amazon in the UK

    We spent 14 months writing to Amazon to complain about fraudulent trades descriptions on Amazon as they continue to allow resellers, predominantly Chinese, to describe goods however they like without any resemblance to the truth. Amazon fail to do anything about it whatsoever so here are some steps you can take if you have similar problems.

    1. Try raising a case through seller central if you are a reseller or via Contact Us on Amazon as a consumer. If you get standard responses like we did for 14 months whereby its clear they are just not reading or listening to the complaint then go to step 2
    2. Report it to Trading Standards which has to be done via the Citizens Advice Bureau either by phone 03454 04 05 06 or Id recommend going to this online form at the bottom of their website. Get a case number
    3. Call the European Consumer Credit Center on 01268 886690 - Get a case number
    4. Write a letter to Amazon UK’s offices. This address is quite well hidden and hard to find so we’ve listed it below. Make sure you send it recorded delivery and inform them of the case numbers and the issues
    5. The main issue is Amazon’s HQ is outside the UK so they often like to pass the buck so the next step is to also report it to CMA - Competition & Markets Authority and this can be passed onto the equivalent trading standards bodies in the relevant countries – email for CMA general.enquiries@cma.gsi.gov.uk and again get a case number to pass onto Amazon

    Amazon UK Office Address

    Amazon EU SARL, UK Branch, 60 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD, United Kingdom

    Registered in England & Wales

    Company No. FC032354

    UK Establishment No. BR017427

    UK VAT Number: GB 727255821

     

    Amazon EU HQ

    Amazon EU SARL, Société à responsabilité limitée, 5 Rue Plaetis, L2338 Luxembourg

    Share Capital: EUR 37,500

    Registered in Luxembourg

    RCS Luxembourg No: B-101818

    Business Licence Number: 134248

    Luxembourg VAT Registration Number:  LU 20260743

    We are here to advise customers on their needs and requirements and are familiar with all the projector products on the marketplace so please dont hesitate to contact us for more advice via email, Tel 0845 1218800 or our live chat at www.personalprojector.co.uk

  • Want to WIN a £150 Pico Genie Portable Projector? Here's How

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    Special moments with friends and family are meant to be shared. This holiday season, why not turn your living room into a private cinema for family and friends and watch some festive TV, or share your 2016 holiday snaps on up to a 100" screen?

    The Pico Genie P55 is the perfect easy-to-use portable projector for sharing moments with family, and its tiny size means you can take a 100" display with you anywhere for holidays, camping trips and even work presentations.

    Entering couldn't be easier:

    Just LIKE our Facebook page (click HERE) and you'll be entered into the draw!

    Thanks to MagicFreebies for working with us on this.

    Competition ends on 9th of January. Only one entry per household, terms and conditions apply.

  • Review: Philips Screeneo 2.0 HDP2510 Full HD Home Cinema Projector

     

     

     

     

     

    Looking for a complete Home Cinema experience?

     

    When it comes to home cinema the Philips Screeneo 2.0 HDP2510 is certainly a top of the range product.

    At 2000 ANSI Lumens and with a 200,000:1 contrast ratio, this short throw projector boasts a lamp life of 10,000 hours, capable of giving you a 50” image when only 10cm from the wall, increasing to 120” at 42cm. The full HD resolution is projected from the bottom through an angled window, and the Dolby 2.1 inbuilt sound system adds a real cinema feel, as sound is thrown across the room. Its versatility also allows it to be used to stream music from smartphones and tablets.

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    Although the HD2510 weighs in at 8.5kg it is portable, and its bucket like appearance, smooth rounded contours and subdued colours allow it to blend in with any style of house décor. Packed with features, this projector offers HDMI, USB, VGA, Bluetooth, headphone port, audio input and output, and it is compatible with 3D glasses, which are however not supplied.

    The incredible range of tones and colours produced create the high definition images and clear pictures desired. This complemented by Cinema Lamp and Daylight modes the use of which is certainly advised. The impressive Wall Colour Correction option neutralises any wall décor meaning that the picture can be projected on to any wall without the overall image quality being affected.

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    There are a couple of down sides, namely that the Vertical zooms is manual, which can be rather tricky specially when using a screen as backdrop rather than a wall. Furthermore the Motorised Focus Adjustment is very slow and imprecise, and about as noisy as a steam train. The remote is typically bland and the keys require some coaxing

    All in all the positives outweigh the negatives by a long way and make the Philips Screeneo 2.0 HD2510 short throw projector a very desirable addition to any household. Taking up much less space than any TV, yet projecting perfect images, this highly innovative home cinema projector is modestly priced at around £1,499 RRP. Our Personal Projector special launch price is just £1,248 inc VAT.

    It was also highly rated, 4/5 by Trusted Reviews, the specialist review site: "The Screeneo 2.0 outperforms expectations on every front to deliver an innovative and genuinely effective big-screen solution for home-cinema fans.”

    Check out the Philips Screeneo 2.0 here!

     

  • Going Away Camping This Summer?

     

     

     

     

     

    If you're planning on getting away this summer for a relaxing break but don't want to leave all modern creature comforts behind then a pico projector with easy viewing with TV, website/battery and apps built into the projector could be the perfect bare necessity to keep you entertained. The all-in-1 Pico Genie M550 comes with Android OS so you can download your favourite apps, up to 3 hours of battery life for ultra portability and 650 lumens of brightness for crystal clear images!

     

     

    Don't miss with Olympics whether you are camping or in a tropical villa or download the latest episode of Game of Thrones. The new Pico Genie M550 measures just 20 x 14.5 x 3.8cm and weighs just 900g so it won't take up much room in your luggage and has a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 3 hours. Connect it to your smartphone, tablet or laptop and you instantly have a portable media centre at your fingertips.

    Want to keep up to date with the latest Olympics results? Connect the M550 up to a Wi-Fi network or a 3G/4G hotspot and have all the sport you need at your fingertips. Simply open the App or webpage you need and off you go! With the inbuilt battery that lasts up to 3 hours you don't need mains power either.

    Easy Viewing with TV, Website and Apps Built into the projector

    Even better the M550 comes with a host of features ideal for taking away on holiday. The in-built Android interface lets you use it like a Smartphone and you can simply connect the projector to wifi or a 3G/4G hotspot and download or stream content directly to the projector. Watch everything from CatchUp TV, Netflix, Kodi, Show Reel, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime or your favourite collection of movies on a USB, you can play any content directly through the projector at up to 200". The projector becomes a TV projector!

    Mirror your Smartphone/Tablet Screen on the projector

    With the newly launched Pico Genie M550 you also have the advantage of being able to watch the content through your phone/tablet and run it straight through the projector.

    Take a look at the small but mighty Pico Genie M550:

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    See the full range here http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/

     

  • Why Ultra Portable Projectors Are Ideal For Learning And Development

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Why ultra portable projectors are ideal for learning and development

    Whilst most educational organisations these days have access to fixed projectors, many areas inside and outside can now be transformed with money saving ultra portable LED projection and portable screens. Potential uses for tiny LED projectors include:

    Education Applications

    Applications:

    • - Back up projector: Save money with no more teaching downtime when the old bulbs go!
    • - Maximise space where there is no fixed projector (staff room, head's office, Sports, Music, corridors, "catch up corner" etc)
    • - Intervention / Breakout groups
    • - Connect to iPad, Smartphone, visualisers, laptops, netbooks, DVD players and more
    • - Pupil premium spaces
    • - Special Needs / Create portable sensory rooms / Bigger, brighter images for children with profound learning difficulties
    • - Outdoor provision - Record and project back from devices with wired & wireless screen mirroring

    Top education projector we recommend: Pico Genie M550

    Video: See portable projectors in action inside a school, Click here

  • Watch This Years Summer Of Sport On a Pocket Projector Anywhere At 200”

     

     

     

     

     

    Watch this years Summer of Sport on a pocket TV projector anywhere at up to 200”

    There’s an exciting summer of sport ahead and there is no better way to watch it than on your own big screen or wall. The Pico Genie range of ultra portable battery powered projectors mean you can watch multiple channels at once wherever you are in the world even if it means you are camping in the middle of a field.

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    Check out our pick of the bunch Pico Genie M550 here, ideal for this years summer of sport. http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/pico-genie-m550.html

    Easy Viewing with TV, Website and Apps Built into the projector

    Even better the M550 has an in-built Android interface so you can use it like a Smartphone and you can simply connect the projector to wifi and download or stream content directly to the projector. Watch everything from CatchUp TV, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime or other TV websites. The M550 is your personal TV projector.

    You can even download any app directly onto the projector so you can keep up with the latest betting or get the Wimbledon app to keep abreast of the scores across all sports in one go – Great for office lounge downtime!

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    Mirror your Smartphone Screen on the projector

    With the newly launched Pico Genie M550 you also have the advantage of being able to watch the content through your phone and running it straight through the projector.

     

    Impressive Image and Long Lasting Battery

    All Pico Genie products come with high performance batteries in-built and the new M550 can run standalone for an amazing 3 hours – enough time to watch almost every game.

     

    Should I Buy a Projector Screen?

    You don’t have to buy a screen, all you need is a white wall or a screen. However there are a wide range of portable and full size screens available.

    If you want to really impress you can always go for a giant outdoor screen.

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    Please call Personal Projector on 0845 121 8800 and we can source you any screen and in any size you desire – we can even go electric if you really want to impress – inside or outside.

    See the full range here http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/

  • Be in control of your next meeting with Pico Genie!

     

     

     

     

     

    Make your presentations more effective with a Pico Projector and these 40" or 50" ultra lightweight Portable Screens. Be in control in your next meeting and project anywhere without being restricted by none-white or textured walls. Total Portability from Pico Genie!

     

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  • Create A Wireless Home Cinema With Any Android Device

     

     

     

     

     

    Want to wirelessly connect your Android device and create an image up to 150"?

    Watch this awesome Ski video being wirelessly streamed through the Pico Genie M400 Pro! We'll also explain exactly how you can do this with your device!

     

    1. Enabled the ScreenShare feature on your Android device

    2. On the Pico Genie M400 Pro, enable the WiDi/Miracast feature from the home menu

    3. Wait for your devices to link up (5-10 seconds)

    4. Enjoy your full Android display up to 150"!

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    Want to wirelessly connect to an Apple device? See our blog here!

     

  • Connect your GoPro/Camera/Smartphone/Tablet/Laptop to your LED battery projector!

     

     

     

     

     

    Connect your GoPro/Camera/Smartphone/Tablet/Laptop to your LED battery projector!

    As the snow begins to fall once again in the Alps, it’s time to get yourself ready for this year’s Ski season!

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    Forget watching those hilarious Ski moments back on your tiny Smartphone screen, our LED battery powered projectors let you instantly create an 100” image straight from your device. Whether you’ve splashed out on a GoPro or you’re simply using a Smartphone or iPad, all your devices can connect to the Pico Genie range! You’ll be amazed at how small, light, yet powerful mini projectors are!

    Wirelessly connecting a GoPro/Camera?

    Via Micro SD connection the Pico Genie M400 Pro can instantly project glorious HD footage from your GoPro or Camera without any other cables! If your camera has all share/Miracast you can wirelessly connect and fully mirror your camera display e.g. Samsung Galaxy Camera.

    Wired connection to GoPro/Camera?

    Alternatively, if your camera has an HDMI port you can connect straight to the projector using this.

    Wirelessly connecting to a Smartphone/Tablet (Android/Apple)?

    If you’re using an Android device you’ll be able to wirelessly mirror your Smartphone screen to the projector without any cables! To wirelessly connect to an Apple device you will require an additional dongle or Apple TV, please see our blog for more info on connecting to Apple devices.

    Wired connection to Smartphone/Tablet (Android/Apple)?

    Apples devices will need an Apple AV HDMI Adapter, this will allow you to fully mirror your iPhone/iPad screen straight to the projector. For more info on connecting to Apple devices, see our blog.

    Taking your laptop?

    Link up any laptop via a HDMI connection, the projector will mirror or extend your display up to a massive 100”, perfect to show all your favourite Ski memories!

    The top Ski picks!

    Pico Genie M400 Pro

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    Ideal for:

    - Use with a GoPro (Micro SD)

    - Use with a Camera (DLSR/Compact/Video Recorder) wired or wirelessly

    - Wirelessly connecting to Android Smartphone or tablet

    - Connecting to your Apple Device via the Apple AV Adapter or wireless dongle e.g. EZ Cast/Chromecast

    - Projecting HD Video’s and Images

    Pico Genie P100

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    Ideal for:

    - Connecting to GoPro via HDMI

    - Connecting to your Camera via HDMI

    - Connecting to Apple Devices via the AV Adapter

    - Connecting to Apple Devices using an HDMi dongle e.g. Chromecast/EZ Cast (not supplied)

     

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