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  • 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)

    M550 New

    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.

     Wireless M550

    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.

    p85 ez cast

    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

    Wireless Compatability_Pico Genie

    *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


    • - 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.

    Facebook Olympics Ad


    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!


    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.



    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/

  • 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!





    Aiptek Flicks



    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


    • - 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!



  • Press Release: Pico Genie Launches 4 Amazing LED Projectors!


    Pico Genie launch an impressive range of new brighter portable LED projectors with increased brightness, wireless connectivity to Apple/Android and extended battery performance. This new range of mini LED projectors can meet all your needs from gaming to travel, educational, business or personal use! The new range massively differs to anything else on the market and will revolutionise the portable projector / display market!


    New Pico Genie Range April 2016


    FOUR new Pico Genie models will meet the portable projection needs of every business or consumer. Models now offer up to 650 lumens, include Android OS and are packed with every imaginable feature including unique benefits such as a 3 hour battery projecting at 650 lumens which is a world first!


    • Pico Genie M550: The world's first 650 lumen Android projector with battery power for up to 3 hours. The M550 has every feature a consumer could desire
    • Pico Genie P200: Uniquely offers 200 lumens standing out from the crowd with its slick design
    • Pico Genie P85: Breaking the mould, the P85 is a game changer for affordable wireless projection, wirelessly share Android or Apple devices at a great price
    • Pico Genie P55: An entry level product with incredible image quality and connectivity for a staggering low price.

    Ideal for home cinema, gaming, travel, education and more starting. Please take a look at the new range which starts from £149. 

    See the full specifications here: www.picogenie.com


    The full range is available exclusively at Personal Projector!


  • 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!


    Pico Genie Portable Screens Video

    Pico Genie Portable Screens

  • 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"!



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


  • A Personal Buying Guide: What’s The Best Projector For Me This Christmas?



    So it’s that time of the year (again), time to hunt down the perfect gift for that special someone. Whether you’ve planned to buy an LED projector this year or not, check out our ultimate guide to the top projectors money can buy, we’ll be sure to inspire you with the endless applications portable projectors present!

    - Are you planning to buy a projector for someone this Christmas?

    - Or just treating yourself to some high spec tech?

    - Need a big screen the whole family can watch the latest James Bond on?

    - Want to wirelessly connect a projector to your Apple Device?

    - Need a portable screen for your projector?

    Take a look at our Christmas best buys, we’ll guide you through the best projectors for your budget. A one stop shop for all things projector!

    New models for Christmas 2015!


    Pico Genie M400 Pro- The best all-round projector! Only £465 inc VAT. WAS £480

    Perfect for:

    - Creating a 100” screen anywhere with the built-in battery

    - Wirelessly streaming your Android/Apple* device

    - Watching those compulsory Christmas Movies with the whole family!



    The Vivitek Qumi Q6- Available in plenty of festive colours! Only £480 inc VAT

    Perfect for:

    - Streaming wirelessly from your Android/Apple* Device

    - Projecting a HD movie for the whole family

    - Slaying zombies on your new Xbox One/PS4/PC

    Vivitek Qumi Q6

    Casio XJ-V1 Core- A great budget Home Cinema Projector! Only £480 inc VAT + £50 Cashback

    Perfect for:

    - Use as a home cinema

    - Hooking up your Xbox One/PS4/PC to a huge 300” screen

    - Creating an ultra-bright image for the whole family to see

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    Do you have a budget in mind? We’ll break down the top projectors for you this Christmas!


    What’s the best projector for my budget?


    £100-£300 – Extra Small Pico Projectors


    1. Pico Genie P100- £249.99. This ultra portable device is perfect for connecting to your other portable electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, laptops and more with the HDMI input.

    Perfect for:

    - Projecting your other portable devices (Smartphone/tablet) almost anywhere

    - Battery powered projection for up to 2 hours!

    - Quick, Easy and Portable projections


    £300-£500- Ultra Portable Projectors


    1. Vivitek Qumi Q4- £336.00. Offering HD (720p) WXGA resolution and 500 lumens of DLP brightness for bright projection in almost any environment it’s ideal for movies, gaming, education and business use!

    Perfect for:

    - Use with any other HDMI enabled device

    - Streaming movies via Laptops or other smart devices

    - Projecting HD quality images

    Qumi Q4 White

    2. Vivitek Qumi Q5- from £412.80. The Qumi Q5 is the perfect portable projector for everything from business presentations, gaming and personal use. It offers some distinctive features, 2W internal speaker + 4GB of internal memory.

    Perfect for:

    - Projecting HD quality images with 500 lumens

    - Presenting Microsoft Office Documents (built in MS Office Reader)

    - Web Browsing (Wi-Fi Dongle required)


    3. Pico Genie M400 Pro- £465. The Pico Genie M400 Pro mini projector has received rave reviews on BBC and on Channel 5's Gadget Show. It is the very latest in mini projection with inbuilt wireless connectivity and true wireless screen mirroring so you can instantly connect and project whatever is on your tablet, phone or ultrabook at 100".

    Perfect for:

    - Wireless connection via DLNA, In-Built Wireless or WiDi

    - Ultra portable projection on battery at 300 lumens

    - Portable Home Cinema!


    4. Vivitek Qumi Q6- £480. The Vivitek Qumi Q6 LED projector is the world's smallest projector at 800 lumens of brightness with Wi-Fi built in. The Qumi Q6 offers some distinctive features, including built in Wi-Fi, full sized HDMI input, 2W internal speaker and 2.5GB of internal memory.

    Perfect for:

    - Wirelessly presenting via Apple*/Android Devices

    - High brightness portable home cinema

    - HD Gaming up to 150”


    5. Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus- £610.80. The Vivitek Qumi Q7+ ultra portable LED HD projector offers ultra performance at 1000 lumens in a tiny package and is stunningly designed delivering unrivalled multimedia capability. With a weight of just 1.4kg and with its super-thin design, the Qumi is the ideal companion for the business traveller or home entertainment enthusiast.

    Perfect for:

    - Ultra high quality media presentation (Movie/Gaming/Business use)

    - Projecting to an audience in a bright room

    - Wirelessly projecting photos, movies and websites (Wi-Fi Dongle required)


    £600-£1,000- Portable (Medium/Pro)


    1. Casio XJ-A142, 2500 Lumens- £942. Casio XJA 142 is a true revolution in projection and is the first laser combined LED projector offering a staggering 2,500 lumen brightness with 20,000 hours lamp life. The Casio XJA's ultra thin and lightweight design means it is truly portable allowing it to easily squeeze into your laptop bag.

    Perfect for:

    - A professional home cinema

    - Projecting to a large audience

    - Huge projections up to 300”!

    Casio XJ A251 Personal Projector £50 off

    £1,000+ Other Projectors


    1. Casio XJ-M156, 3,000 lumen- £1,062.60. The Signature Casio XJ-M156 offers versatile projection solutions using the cost-effective, environmentally friendly, 3,000 lumen Casio Laser & LED Hybrid light source. Connect wirelessly to your network with the USB/WLAN option.

    Perfect for:

    - Desktop or ceiling mounted projection

    - Projecting to a large audience

    - Connecting to a wireless network via USB/WLAN

    Casio XJ-M246

    Do you have a specific requirement for your projector?

    Here’s our top pick in each category!


    Portable Battery Powered Projectors (Small)

    Pico Genie P100

    Connecting to Apple Devices (iPhone/iPad) Wireless + Wired

    Vivitek Qumi Q6

    Connecting to Android Devices – Wireless + Wired

    Pico Genie M400 Pro

    Creating the ultimate home cinema

    Casio XJ-V1 Core

    Enjoy the latest Xbox/PS4/PC games on the big screen?

    Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus


    We also have a range of special offer bundles, all designed to bring out the best in your projector!

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    For more information on any of these models or if you have any other enquiries about applications of your projector, please give us a call on 0845 121 8800 or email us at enquiries@personalprojector.co.uk

    All prices include VAT.



  • What Is The Smallest Image I Can Project?






    Want to know the smallest size image your projector can create?

    Most traditional projectors struggle to project anything less than A4 size images whereas the Pico Genie range of projectors can project ultra small images as low as 12cm x 12 cm in sharp focus with an ultra bright image just 10cm away from the screen.


    Here is a contrast of the Pico Genie P50 Pro projecting at 12cm square versus the A4 standard image (45 cm away).


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    It’s ideal for artists or anyone wanting to use a projector for creative installations in small places as the projectors are not much bigger than match boxes and have good battery power as well.


    The Pico Genie P100 is also very popular with artists and used for installations in museums and visitor attractions around the world or for creative pieces hidden inside sculptures.

    Check out the Pico Genie P100 here!


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