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  • New Full HD Portable Projector: Optoma EH330

    The new Optoma EH330 offers you a Full HD quality image in a tiny portable unit. Despite being small and light enough to fit in a bag or handbag, the Optoma EH330 offers an incredible 3,100 lumens from its lamp, making it bright enough to give you a clear image even in a normally lit room. Combine this with its native Full HD 1080p resolution and you get a projector that can be relied on to give you the best image possible whether you're using it for home cinema or a business presentation.

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    The EH330 also has a couple of different options for you when it comes to sound. You can use the onboard 2w speakers, or you can plug in external speakers via the 3.5mm jack.

    As this is a lamp projector, the lifespan of the lamp isn't what you'd get from a similarly priced LED projector, such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus. Whereas the M550 Plus gives you up to 30,000 hours of projection, the EH330's lamp will need replacing after only 5-8,000 hours. This is still mighty impressive for a lamp-based projector at this price however!

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    It also lacks a number of the Pico Genie M550 Plus' other features, such as battery backup, Android OS and short throw projection, so if you want a portable projector that can do it all, the M550 Plus may be worth a look. If you're looking for a simple, high-brightness and high-quality projector though, the Optoma offers tremendous value considering the high lumens and resolution.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Aiptek Launch a New Wireless Boombox Projector: Flicks!

    Are you ready for this years EURO 2016 tournament? Kick off your month of international Football with Aiptek's latest multimedia home cinema projector!

     

     

     

     

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    Flicks is a mobile party powerhouse bringing video and music to any environment. The LED HD projector projects ultra‐bright and sharp pictures from a HDMI source. With inbuilt 20 Watt speakers AND sub-woofer you can celebrate in style with the whole street! The DLP chip in use, known from large cinema projectors, provides rich colours and high contrasts. With an inbuilt rechargeable battery, Flicks is free from any power source for real mobile presentations and movie nights. The 3‐ways speakers with sub-woofer are well balanced and powerful enough for your party. Enjoy movies and music with Flicks wherever you are with the inbuilt battery lasting 4 hours a 700 lumens! Flicks is the ultimate all-in-one home or business projector.

    Key Features:

    • - Ultra‐bright portable HD projector
    • - Up to 700 lumens of brightness on battery power
    • - Image size up to 120” (300 cm)
    • - Inbuilt battery for up to 4 hours movie or 28 hours of music playback
    • - Powerful boom box with 3‐ways speakers (20 Watt speakers)
    • - HDMI and Bluetooth interface

    Cons:

    • - Weight- as the projector comes with excellent inbuilt 20 Watt speakers the weight of the Aiptek Flicks is 2.9kg which is considerably more than some similar projectors.

    Check out the brand new Aiptek Flicks here!

    Too heavy? Check out the Pico Genie M550 that allows easy connection of your wireless speakers!

     

     

  • The World’s Largest Projection at London’s O2 Arena! All In Support Of England Rugby!

     

     

     

     

     

    The event has been organised to highlight the telecom giant’s partnership with England Rugby. With the upcoming World Cup due to start on Friday, this huge stunt allows fans to have their tweets projected onto the O2 by using the hashtag #WearTheRose.

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    The 68 projectors and 144 moving headlight fixtures will be lighting up the O2 for the duration of the world cup, that’s a whole 7 weeks! Fans tweets will be visible from sunset to midnight and tweeters selected for broadcast will be sent an exclusive image of their message on the O2.

    This magnificent event was launched last week with England Official singer Laura Wright performing Jerusalem (English National Anthem). Laura performed from the roof of the O2 whilst being engulfed by the famous British Red Rose.

    Nina Bibby, marketing and consumer director at O2, said: "This is the pinnacle of our 20-year partnership with the England Rugby and is the ultimate demonstration of O2’s support for the team. We’re calling on the entire country to show their support and now we are handing over the incredible opportunity for fans to tweet their messages on The O2 to make the team feel like giants and inspire them onto victory."

    Why not create your own huge projection in your home? Our projectors can create an image over 100” or more, perfect for having all your friends and family round to support England’s campaign!

    Check out the Pico Genie M400 Pro and the Vivitek Qumi Q4/Q5 from £299.99! Both perfect for creating an awesome cinema experience!

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  • Want to Wirelessly Connect Your Apple Device to a Projector? Check out the below options

    Apple are rumoured to be releasing the new Apple TV 2 in September 2015 alongside the new iPhone 6s. The new hardware is set to include Siri, meaning you can command your TV/projector with your voice alone! And it will even chat back... just like the iPhone... How cool is that?!

    Apple TV provides the perfect solution to connecting your Apple devices to your portable projector. If you are looking to connect your iPhone / iPad / iPod / MacBook Pro to a projector or TV to get a big screen from a tiny device then look no further.

    Here are the different options to wirelessly connect Apple devices:

    MacBook Pro/Air

    1. Apple TV- Connect the Apple TV directly to the projector via HDMI. This then acts as a wireless HDMI link to your MacBook Pro/Air
    2. Wireless Chromecast Dongle- Connect the dongle to the projector via HDMI. This then acts a wireless HDMI link to your MacBook Pro/Air  (check out this computer world article for a list of the top 10)

    iPhone / iPad / iPod

    1. Apple TV- Connect the Apple TV directly to the projector via HDMI. This then acts as a wireless HDMI link to your iPhone / iPad / iPod
    2. Wireless Chromecast Dongle- Connect the dongle to the projector via HDMI. This then acts a wireless HDMI link to your MacBook Pro/Air  (check out this computer world article for a list of the top 10)

    If you don't need a wireless connection, see how to connect your device using a wired cable here.

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    All projectors that have an HDMI port can connect using this method, for example our Pico Genie and Vivitek range!

  • Pico Genie M100 Video Review

    Technology Evolution have reviewed the tiny Pico Genie P50 pro, LED portable projector.

    View their YouTube video below so see what they thought.

  • How to connect & project with your iPhone

    If you are looking for an iPhone projector to get a big screen from a tiny device then look no further. There are over 20 different projectors available that offer this capability, so whatever your need Personal Projector Ltd have a projector for you and your iPhone.

    iPhone 4 Projector (also for iPhone 4s / iPod Touch)
    The Pico Genie A100 iPhone projector lets you dock your iPhone 4 / iPhone 4s / iPod Touch into it to provide a complete 4-in-1 system consisting of: Projector + Rugged Case + battery + Speaker. As seen on the Gadget Show, Channel 5, Stuff TV and in T3 Magazine, it's the original and still the best!

    Does the iPhone 5 have a projector?
    As great as the iPhone is with its 4 inch Retina display, many of you are still (quite rightly) wanting more. To expand your 4 inch screen to 90"+ then take a look at our range of compatible projectors, from the nano tiny Pico Genie P50  pocket projector all the way up to the powerful, portable-pro range with 2000+ lumens of brightness. Connect simply and easily with a Digital AV Adapter from Apple which allows you to mirror out the screen of your iPhone4, 4s or iPhone 5, iPod 4th gen or iPad 2+ or iPad mini.

     Apps to use with your iPhone projector 

    Which is the right iPhone projector for you?

     Pico Genie LED iPhone Projector  Pico Genie P50 LED iPhone Projector Pico Genie P100 LED iPhone Projector
    Pico Genie A100 Pico Genie P50 Pico Genie P100
     Pico Genie M300 LED iPhone Projector  Vivitek Qumi Q5 LED iPhone Projector  BenQ GP10 LED iPhone Projector
    Pico Genie M300 Vivitek Qumi Q5 BenQ GP10
     Casio XJ A LED iPhone Projector Casio XJ-M LED iPhone Projector  ViewSonic LED iPhone Projector
    Casio XJ A Casio XJ M ViewSonic PJD / PRO

     

    Even Android, Windows and Blackberry mobile smartphones and tablets can connect to our range of projectors (e.g. Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, HTC, Sony and more) with an MHL adapter. For more about connecting to an Android Projector, click here

  • In Review: Pico Genie A100 Projector

    Personal Projector Ltd recently attended the Gadget Show Live 2013 Easter exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC area to showcase some unique new LED projectors, ranging from Pico (pocket) to home theatre. As part of the show we offered our visitors / followers / tweeters the chance to win a brand new, wireless, short-throw Elmo BOXi MP-350 projector or a Pico Genie A100 iPod / iPhone projector case with battery and speaker. After a record number of entrants we were happy to reveal the lucky winner of the Pico Genie A100 as Chris Davies. Here is his review and feedback on the Pico Genie A100 mini projector:-

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    “I would recommend the Pico Genie A100 to others who might use projectors to present to small groups, also my sons and I have used it to watch videos of YouTube which is great as you can see them better than watching them on the iPod and we just project them onto the wall in the house.  It also takes hardly any time to get it set up.”

    Chris Davies – Emergency First Aid Training, Winner Gadget Show Live Competition

    Chris is a first aid trainer and uses projectors a lot in his every day work so the Pico Genie A100 offers a great back up projector or a small, lightweight alternative that is great for projecting his work to around 6 people. The Pico genie A100 is “a nice bit of kit” and the quality of projection is good. We recommend trying out the ProjOut App with the Pico Genie A100 which allows you to show web pages, PDF’s, the camera and more from your Apple device

    Chris’s Pico Genie A100 pictures above projecting out a first aid webpage on a blank wall

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