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  • Personal Projector Ltd Exhibiting At BETT 2017 (Pico Genie, Acer, Philips, Vivitek)

    The biggest technology show in the UK's education sector is just around the corner and we're delighted to say we'll be attending the BETT Show for the fourth straight year. If you're attending, come and say hi - we'll be in Hall 15, at stand F354. Our focus this year is on great projector deals and portable interactivity, which could revolutionise the way you think about your interactive whiteboard. We're also have deals on large format displays (LFDs), new short throw portable projectors and wireless portable LED projectors with Android interfaces.

    If you've ever wanted a large format interactive whiteboard you can fit in your bag and set up in minutes, you will definitely want to read our sneak preview of what we'll be showing at BETT!

    Interactive (Portable) Whiteboards & Accessories

    We have two products that will be released in the very near future that will let you turn any flat surface into a touch-sensitive interactive whiteboard up to 120" in size!

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    The first to be released is the Acer Smart Touch Kit, which is compatible with a number of Acer projectors (U5520B, U5320W, U5220, S1383WHne (pictured above), S1283Hne, S1283e). It's a  dongle that fits onto the projector, along with an infrared sensor that you put on your projection surface, but there are a lot of features packed into this device! Although the projectors themselves are not portable the Smart Touch Kit turns any flat surface into a whiteboard with a 10-point touch screen, meaning large groups can all use it at the same time. It's also finger touch compatible, so you don't need to buy a load of expensive accessories to use it.

    The second accessory is the Pico Genie Touch Display, which is cheaper than the Acer model and while it only offers a 2-point touch screen and must be used with a stylus it's much more portable. it works with the new highly portable hand-held M550 Plus. The Touch Display connects as a separate accessory and takes advantage of the M550 Plus' 3 hour battery life to give you a truly portable wireless touch screen whiteboard you can take anywhere!

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    Both of these items are available for pre-order now.

    Ultra Short Throw Large Format Displays

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    Inspire students, parents and staff alike with large dynamic digital displays in your reception area, corridors, staff room, dining hall or classrooms. The real unique feature is how close this projector can sit to the wall and still be able to project a huge 120" image on any wall (even a coloured wall) so you are maximising space in small areas.

    The Philips Screeneo 2.0 offers a Full HD display and 2000 lumens. Since the Screeneo sits so close to your projection surface, those 2000 lumens go much further, giving you an ultra bright display that can be seen in any light conditions. It features automatic colour correction technology, meaning you can even project onto most coloured walls without having to worry about image quality!

    Wireless Projectors

    Projectors are evolving beyond simply being pass through devices - the new breed of projectors have WiFi, inbuilt Android OS (that works with Apple products too!) and onboard memory so you can save files and apps onto the projector. This means you don't even need a PC or laptop to project from, just set up and go! What's more, projectors such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus and the Qumi Q3 Plus (pictured below) which we'll be exhibiting at BETT, have long battery lives (the M550 Plus has up to 3 hours) so you can take a whole lesson without a single wire in sight!

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    Also at the show will be wireless dongles that turn any projector into a wireless projector that connect to your iPad, android device or laptop (Win 7 and 8).

    The Vivitek Qumi Q6 will also be at the show along with its bigger brother the Qumi Q7 with wireless dongle.

    Full HD Portable LED Projector: Vivitek Qumi Q8

    The long awaited, record-breaking Qumi Q8 will also be available to pre-order at the show. Its tiny size defies belief and it offers an amazing 1000 lumens and is the smallest Full HD (1080p) LED projector in the world.

    Ultra Portable Short Throw Projectors

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    The Acer K138ST is the latest in ultra portable short throw projection so you can get a bigger image close up to the wall. If you are tight on space  in your classroom then short throw projection is a must! The K138ST benefits from an 800 lumen LED light source and offers phenomenal value, meaning it is a quality budget option.

    To view our full range of short throw projectors, click HERE.

  • 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.

  • Best New LED Portable Projectors This Christmas: Qumi Q3 Plus vs M550 Plus Comparison

    If you're looking for an affordable portable HD LED projector this Christmas (or maybe you're hoping for one to appear under the tree!), there are two excellent options on the market that can do it all. Whether you're looking to give the gift of an unbeatable home cinema set up or you want an ultra-portable solution for business presentations, Vivitek's Qumi Q3 Plus and Pico Genie's M550 Plus should be on your radar. But how do they stack up against one another?

    Battery Life

    When you're after a truly portable projector for the festive season, you really want something with a lengthy battery life so you can take it anywhere and set up without having to worry about power. The Q3 Plus boasts an impressive 2 hour battery life with 8,000 mAh at 500 Lumens, which means it's perfect for even the lengthiest presentation or meeting. The M550 Plus goes one step further though, with a mighty 3 hour battery life and 13,500 mAh (that's three episodes of Game Of Thrones!), putting it in a class of its own when compared with any other portable projector on the market. So both projectors are great to handle any meeting, lecture, presentation or just binge watching loads of TV/Movies.

    Brightness/Image

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    The other key factor to consider when taking your projector out and about is brightness (or lumens) as you never know what kind of light conditions you'll be projecting in. Blackout curtains are always nice but they're not always available, which is why both of these projectors pack a great spec in terms of brightness, resolution and contrast. Coupled with incredible DLP chip systems they provide a clear image even in brightly-lit or sunlit rooms.

    The Q3 Plus clocks in at 500 Lumens, which is usually more than enough to project a crisp HD image in normal light conditions up  to 150 inches in size, making it ideal for classrooms or business meetings. It also has a high contrast ratio of 5000:1 which will really help your colours pop!

    The M550 Plus has an impressive 650 Lumens, really making it the ultimate all-rounder that can be used anywhere, anytime for anything. Also, it can project up to a 200 inch image, big enough for any purpose which puts the M550 Plus top of its class in its price bracket!

    Shorter Throw Projection

    The M550 Plus has a trick up its sleeve when it comes to projecting a clear image: it's a shorter throw projector meaning you can get a much bigger image even when it sits close to your wall or screen (or whatever you're projecting onto).

    At Christmas time, your living room can become a little crowded, so you may not always have 5 metres of clear space to project a big image. The M550 Plus doesn't need anywhere near as much space to project a large, clear image, so it's the much more practical option for everyday use particularly when you're projecting in a busy front room or meeting room!

    Check out the video below to see this in action.

    Sound

    A good sound system can be just as important as a clear image, whether you want a booming home cinema setup or an effective presentation tool. The Q3 Plus has onboard 2w speakers, meaning it sounds great in any environment. The M550 Plus goes one step further with its onboard 3w speakers. Both projectors offer wireless audio connectivity to external speakers but the M550 Plus also has a 3.5mm jack and supports 2.0 Stereo sound so you can hook it up to external sound systems for wireless or wired sound with amazing clarity.

    Ease of Use and Access

    So, both projectors offer a host of amazing features, but how easy are they to use?

    Both projectors are a doddle thanks to their Android OS, and The Q3 Plus comes with a remote control and you can download apps for iOS and Android mirroring, meaning you can mirror your smart devices onto a huge screen.

    However, if you need to access lots of files and apps quickly, the M550 Plus has a bit of a party piece for you: it comes with a wireless keyboard as well as a remote, so it couldn't be easier to flick through important files or search for your favourite TV shows on apps like Netflix, which comes pre-installed on both devices! 

    If that wasn't enough, the M550 Plus also has wireless mirroring for iOS and Android straight out of the box, making it one of the most easy-to-use projectors on the market today.

    What's In The Box

    With the Q3 Plus, you get;

    A Qumi Q3 Plus projector, remote control, power lead, HDMI cable

    With the M550 Plus, you get:

    A Pico Genie M550 Plus projector, remote control, power lead, HDMI cable, wireless keyboard, tripod and EU & UK plug (also available with USA plug).

    Overall

    The M550 Plus comes with a keyboard (with integrated mouse) and a remote control!

    Both of these projectors have every feature you could want from a portable projector, and there's a lot to love about both of them. They both have Android OS and 8GB of storage for saving files or downloading apps. They also both offer a range of audio and visual wireless connectivity options.

    The Q3 Plus is an amazing portable projector that packs an incredible punch for a device just 28mm thick. At just £429 inc VAT, it's also the ideal option for anyone looking for a versatile and highly portable projector on a budget. It's very bright at 500 Lumens, offers a wealth of connectivity options and has 8GB of storage for preloading files and apps onto it for PC-free viewing, while its 2-hour battery life means you can watch most films or a football match on it without worrying about where the plug socket is. You can even wirelessly hook it up to your sound system to create that big-screen cinema feel at home in your living room.

    The M550 Plus is a little more at £599.99 inc VAT, but for that extra money you get a world leader in portable projectors that is the ultimate in flexibility, ease of use and is future-proofed and able to work with any device, anytime, anywhere. Never worry about having enough space in your living room again with its shorter throw projection, allowing you to get a huge screen just a couple of feet away from your screen. It's bright enough for almost anywhere at 650 Lumens, has 8GB of storage which you can use to store files (and get to them quicker than before using the keyboard) and its 3-hour battery life means you can even watch Lord Of The Rings on it without hooking it up to the power (well, almost!). It offers an amazing range of features which makes it fit for any purpose, including a great wireless keyboard & mouse for easy browsing, and it comes with wireless mirroring for iOS and Android as standard, so there's no need to download any mirroring apps to use it with your smart devices.

    Take a look at the video below to see all the great features of both projectors in action!

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  • Just Released: The New M550 Plus Portable Projector Perfect All Rounder for Business or Pleasure

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    The Pico Genie M550 burst onto the scene earlier this year as the world's brightest battery/mains powered HD LED projector with an astonishing 650 Lumen lightshow and some seriously impressive hardware. If you thought that was impressive though, you ain't seen nothing yet! The Pico Genie M550 Plus, the big brother of the M550, offers the same 650 Lumen punch in the same sleek and ultra portable frame with a whole host of extra features that make it a world leader in ultra portable projectors!

    The new M550 Plus really is the ultra portable projector to beat at the moment with features to tick every box for most users whether its business or pleasure. The image performance is still excellent and easily capable of an 80” – 100” diagonal image or 2 meters wide in a normally lit room.

    m550_24__4As standard the original M550 came with Android OS so you can download any app from the Play store, wireless mirroring for almost every device, every connectivity option you could want, 8GB of internal memory, 3D and much more.

    The Pico Genie M550 projectors  are also a much shorter throw than comparative LED portable projectors which means you can place the projector much closer to the wall and get a much larger image. This is an ideal way to ensure you get the biggest image out of the projector especially if you are tight on space or using it in a meeting room.

    The new M550 Plus now adds a much needed portable wireless keyboard with an integrated mouse (and still includes the radio remote control as well) allowing you to easily control the onboard media interface and type text. You can download your favourite app directly onto the projector making this the ideal choice for games, movies, music or business requirements such as Powerpoint, Word, and Excel.

    Apps like Netlfix, Showreel or Kodi are very popular for instant home cinema use right now and in some ways you can think of the projector as one of the new popular Android boxes with a built in projector that are popping up everywhere for watching TV. The wireless keyboard also makes it much easier to setup your Wi-Fi and other settings on the device.

    Another favourite feature on the new model is the Apple iOS mirroring feature which means what you see on your iPhone, iPad or Mac is what you get on the projector. Wireless connectivity can sometimes be a pain to setup so this whole process has been simplified on the M550 Plus which means using the M550 Plus is now a doddle. As with the standard M550 model, you can also easily connect to other devices like Android or Windows devices via the myriad of wireless options.img_8454-1_2

    The battery is also now more efficient than before, now boasting 3 eco modes and guarantees up to 3 hours battery usage whether you’re out on the African plains, in a high-powered business meeting or simply want to watch the football or a blockbuster movie.

    Finally, the new model also weighs in at a lighter weight and is 100 grams lighter than the previous M550 model and is can easily be carried anywhere.

    The only thing to drop off the new model that was on the old model is there is no longer an AV RCA (red, white, yellow) cable connections or VGA cables (it does still have a VGA port, though) as these are now fast becoming outdated cables and have been replaced by wireless options or HDMI connections.

    It's an amazing piece of kit, and a clear leader in its price bracket. Drop it into any situation and its crisp display, powerful 3 watt speakers, amazing connectivity options and mighty battery mean it can handle anything, anywhere, anytime. If you're looking for a versatile projector that has enough bells and whistles to satisfy almost every user from the businessman to the hardcore tech fan while still being simple and accessible enough for even a novice to use, the M550 Plus is highly recommended.

    To find out more and for full spec details, please click 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:

    Pico Genie M550, Wireless LED HD Projector (650 lumens with battery / mains)

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

     

  • The Wireless Projection Guide- What Are the Options And How Does It Work?

     

     

     

     

     

    Fed up of cables? Need more information about wireless projection? We'll explain the different wireless options along with the best and easiest way to connect your smart device at 100" seamlessly.

    Whether it's for home use, travel, business, education, gaming, entertainment or art, projecting your smart device wirelessly can make life a whole lot easier. We do however know how complicated it can be to choose the most suitable wireless projector. This blog breaks down the top Pico Projectors, their Wi-Fi functionality and what you need to make them work for your needs.

    See our range of wireless projectors here.

    How does Full Wireless Mirroring work with a projector?

    This term is fairly self-explanatory and means your smart device (iPhone/Android Phone/Tablet etc) display can be fully mirrored through the projector wirelessly. Whatever is displayed through your device will be identical through the projector so what you see on one screen is what you get on the other screen. Apple call this AirPlay and Android call it Screen Mirroring / Quick Connect (amongst other terms). Some projectors have this function built in like the M550 which then mirrors all devices. Other projectors like the M400 Pro work with Android for full mirroring but do not work with Apple. However a variety of dongles can be purchased to make it work with Apple. Typically this feature is only available on high end projectors. See a video of the Pico Genie M550 projector in action using full wireless mirroring here.

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    These types of projectors work with a wide array of different sources such as DLNA, Miracast, WiFi and WiDi or Android apps that download directly to the projector itself for complete compatibility.

     

    How does wireless mirroring work with a projector using an App?

    Some projectors such as the Pico Genie P85 have tiny wireless dongles included that lets the user display content wirelessly. On either Android or iPhone the user can then download a free App like EZ Cast Pro and connect their smart device to the projector directly without the need for a router or 3g/4g data connection.

    The app works in a very similar way to the full screen mirroring and just means you need to go via an app to access the different functions. There are a massive number of options which pretty much mean that you can access everything from email, videos, the web, PowerPoint, music and much more. The only difference its not a direct mirror copy of your screen as you have to go through the app first but other than that it’s a great way to wirelessly project almost anything. See a video of the Pico Genie P85 projector in action using the wireless mirroring with the app here.

    A further consideration when using the wireless feature is whether or not you will need to connect via a router, hotspot, 3g/4g type connection.

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    What are the alternatives if there is no built-in wireless? Cables or Wireless Dongles

    If your projector has no wirelessly functionality built in, don't worry. You still have options to share your smart device wirelessly. The table at the very bottom of the page shows a wide variety of methods of mirroring whether its using a cable or a wireless HDMI type dongle or system like Apple TV or Chromecast.

    Cables - The simplest and easiest way will be using a cable. For Android users this may include an MHL adaptor which must be purchased for the exact model of your handset so its advisable to purchase it from the manufacturer directly. For Apple users there are a variety of HDMI and VGA adaptors that connect HDMI or VGA cables directly to a iPhone or an iPad. There are lots of copies on the market for this type of cable so beware of cheap imitations. See Apple’s website for more details.

    Wireless dongles can be connected to your projector via the HDMI port. This will allow your smart device to connect straight to the projector wirelessly. Using a wireless dongle is a great way for users to get Full Wireless Mirroring as above and is often a much cheaper way of getting this feature without paying £££ for a high end projector.

     

    Note that these dongles always require an additional power source so you need a plug for the projector (if its not being used on battery) and you need a plug to power the dongle. However some of the Pico Genie projectors like the P200, M400 Pro and M550 act as power sources ie the HDMI port carries power to the dongle without the need for an extra plug. This is a great feature to have. The best dongles work with everything such as this WiDi (Wireless Display) dongle here.

    Also note the dongles will all connect differently to your device. Some will need a wifi or hotspot or 3g/4g connection and others will simply connect directly to your device without needing an internet connection. See the table for compatibility with your phone.

     

    TV Dongles

    There are a large number of dongles available that are like Android sticks that plug into the HDMI port as well and allow you to get TV directly onto the device. The Pico Genie M550 also has this type of feature built into the projector so you can download anything from the internet onto the device via its Android operating system. This will create your personal TV projector.

    A further consideration when using the wireless feature is whether or not you will need to connect via a router, hotspot, 3g/4g type connection. See the table for more details

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    *The P100 (and very small projectors) do not work with WiDi dongles as the HDMI port is too close to the power port

    ** P85 does not require power for its own dongle but does require power for any other wireless mirroring dongle or TV chromecast dongle. See the best wireless mirroring dongle here.

    Alternative Accessories: How dongles/cables for screen mirroring connect - Directly or Via an App

    Wireless Dongle Options

    Recommended WiDi Dongle

    See Apple AV HDMI Adaptors here

    For a full list of Chromecast and other dongles please see this computerworld article: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2824189/computer-hardware/10-mirroring-devices-let-you-present-without-wires.html#slide3

    Overall, put simply the projector that connects wirelessly to almost everything is the Pico Genie M550 and the M400 Pro model is great for Android users and the P85 is the best value wireless projector for both Apple and Android users. You can also connect via the WiDi dongle and this will create wireless capabilities to most devices and can be a much cheaper solution.

     

     

     

  • 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/

  • T3 Magazine Discover the Magic With An 80" Portable Projector Screen!

     

     

     

     

     

    T3 Magazine Lifestyle Editor Duncan Bell this month discussed the Magic he discovered with a portable projector and 80" portable projector screen!

     

    Using his new projector and 80" screen Duncan explained that "once you get that size, something magical happens: movies become genuinely cinematic. That's why my discovery of the joy of projectors is my tech highlight of the year". We can only agree with Duncan, Projectors really can improve your home entertainment system or business. Watching your favourite movies at home and creating your own personal cinema is truly magical! It will give you that cinema experience right from your sofa!

     

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    Size isn't everything! "I don't think the effect is simply down to size; it's something intangible, born from the experience of having images beamed over your shoulder in a stream of flickering light... it's that kind of magic - not novelty, nor expense, nor peer-impressing specs - that can make tech great. It takes activities you enjoy, or once enjoyed, and helps you love them like the first time."  The applications for portable projectors and portable screens are endless, movies, sharing holiday memories, documents, websites, presentations, mirroring your smart device, art projects, training and best of all showing it all absolutely anywhere!

    With the upcoming EURO 2016 Football tournament, Rio 2016 Olympics and Olympics portable projectors could make your summer unforgettable! Get all of your family and friends round and watch on a huge 200" screen!

    Inspired by T3 Lifestyle editor Duncan Bell's magical experience? See our top picks for the perfect home cinema experience:

    1. 80" Mobile Projector Screen
    2. Larger Ceiling and Wall Screens
    3. Pico Genie M550 + 40" Mini Screen Bundle
    4. Pico Genie 40" Mini Desktop Screen
    5. Vivitek Qumi Q6 Portable Projector

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    80" Portable Projector Screen

     

    Want to know more about how you can create your own personal cinema? Email us on enquiries@personalprojector.co.uk or call us on 0845 121 8800

     

    Quotes used from T3 Magazine June 2016. http://www.t3.com/

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