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Credit cards: Visa, Maestro, Solo, Mastercard including corporate cards.
We accept AMEX; there is a 3.4% surcharge.
Debit Cards: All (£1.50 discount per order)
We accept Pay Pal; there is a 2.4% surcharge. PayPal is not accepted.
Cheques: Please contact us before making payment by Cheque. Alternatively, payment can be made via Credit Card, Bank Transfer, BACS. PayPal is not accepted.
Bank Transfer (preferred method):
If you wish to pay by bank transfer select at the Payment Info page “Check / Money order” instead of “credit card”. We accept bank transfers from all countries however please ensure if you are paying overseas that you ensure all the bank payment charges are paid at your end as we cannot ship goods without the full payment. This is our preferred method of payment. Any customers using the Faster Payments system in the UK can transfer funds in less than 2 hours and most transactions will appear immediately in our account from major banks such as:-
As soon you submit your order we will email you further details on how to pay by bank transfer.
We regret that we do not accept Money Orders from Western Union etc.
PayPal is no longer accepted.
Next day delivery is normally guarnateed if the order is placed on our site before 2.30pm. Please also note that:
Orders for ViewSonic, Casio, Aiptek & Optoma can be place up until 3:30pm for possible next day delivery. It is still advisable to order before 2:30pm to guarantee next day delivery. If you wish to place an order after 2:30pm and want next day delivery, please phone Personal Projector to find out more information.
Pocket, Palm and Portable Pro are terms used to differentiate between the different ranges of portable projectors on the market.
More info on brightness.
Our product comparison feature is very helpful and simple to use. Follow this step by step guide.
Take a look at the videos on the product pages (at the bottom of the description of most products) and you can see how good the quality is of each product in terms of brightness, connectivity, usability, storage etc. As a rough guide the more you pay the brighter the projector is and the higher quality the lumens are and the larger the projector is however they are nearly all designed to be ultra portable.
Remember there is always a trade off between size and image quality/brightness so the smallest projectors such as the pico range go up to around 50 lumens of brightness and are ultra light and portable whilst the palm range goes to about 110 lumens and the portable pro range goes to 3000 lumens which is more than bright enough for almost any indoor situation and brighter than many traditional bulb ie non LED projectors.
In terms of the number of people we would recommend presenting to with each type of projector we would suggest as a very rough guide (although these numbers can increase depending if video or text is being shown):-
From 1 to 2 hours
Consumers, businesses or travellers wishing to watch photos, videos, or presentations on a big screen. Or anyone wanting to enlarge the small screen on a mobile device such as a laptop, ipad/ipod/iphone, mobile phone, games console (Wii, PS2 etc), PDA or other electronic device. Great for sharing with friends, colleagues, clients…
Currently, most of the projectors are only available online however the Adapt 305 and Adapt 450 models are also now available in Harrods Gift department in the Libraries and Games area on the lower ground floor.
Powerpoint presentations can be projected from the onboard memory of a pocket projector by saving as .jpg (thought some models support .ppt). However we’ve been looking into other approaches in order to get the best results for business users other than the standard methods such as via AV, VGA or USB. Read on to find out more...
One method is by creating a video of your powerpoint files using free software called EM Free Powerpoint Video Converter which is readily available online. This software makes it quick and easy to convert even for multiple files at once from not only ppt to jpg, bmp etc but also to video formats!
Once converted, just save the video, e.g as a WMV or AVI, to the projector’s memory. You can then use the ppt video, simply pausing to stop/start the slides/video. Its also worth making your font sizes bigger and using a bolder black text to improve it even further.
Alternatively you can even:
The Screencast software is a good and very quick file conversion solution. You can download it here.
Other software customers have also used Handbrake software as an alternative although this is not something we have tested ourselves.
For presentations we would not advise using the Pico Play as it is more of a novelty projector than a professional one. Instead, we would recommend the Adapt 305 which has both SD card capability and onboard memory which also provides freedom from the laptop. It is much brighter than the Pico Play (45 lumens as opposed to 8). We advise that for best results the Adapt 305 is used in controlled lighting conditions (e.g lights dimmed, blinds down).
Using the remote:
We stock two cables:
Standard Cable (ipod, itouch, iphone 3/3Gs)
Advanced Cable (ipod, itouch, iphone 3/3Gs/4 and iPad)
The Adapt 305 easily connects to your laptop via the VGA cable. The optimum combination/order in which you connect and power on the devices is as follows:
Just simply connect using a standard Composite AV Cable - such as the original Xbox AV Cable. More info available from Microsoft, here. Please note that a Component HD AV Cable is not compatible. Some projectors now have HDMI which makes connection even easier.
Our pocket projectors are very popular with artists. These are the models we would suggest:
This is a great projector providing the very latest in DLP (Digital Light Processing) which delivers high contrast/sharp image with 20 lumens of brightness. It has recently been reviewed on BBC Something for the Weekend who praised its ‘incredible quality’ whilst it has also been honoured with a CES Design and Innovation Award 2011. Excellent visuals.
The Adapt 305 offers 45 lumens of brightness – one of the brightest pocket projectors in the world. Great 4gb onboard memory for outstanding standalone/portable use. It is our best all round projector and has been very popular amongst reviewers including The Gadget Show, T3 and the Daily Mirror. The Adapt 305 includes a mini tripod - perfect for projecting your visuals from.
No lamps – LED light source means there are no bulbs to replace so you save a fortune on bulb replacements which can be up to £400 every year
Continual Optimum Resolution – lamp projectors can often experience deterioration in colour, brightness from day 1 whereas LED projectors ensure even several thousand hours usage you’re still getting crisp bright images
No Maintenance – there are no maintenance costs on LED projectors and no dust filters to replace
Greener product – there is no mercury inside LED projectors which means these products are easier to dispose of and are much more environmentally friendly
Instant on/off – no hanging around for the bulb to warm up or cool down and no risk of damaging the “bulb“ when turning off too quickly so ideal if travelling
Extra Features – even entry level LED projectors generally have a huge array of features not usually available on lamp projectors such as:
Find out more about image quality of LED projectors here
We accept payment by invoice for schools, local authorities etc. To process your order you will need to add your goods to the shopping cart and then choose Bank Transfer / Invoice option at the Payment Information Page. In this way you will not need to pay until you receive the goods. As soon as you receive the goods please pay by bank transfer as per the invoice. After placing the order online please email us (see contact menu above) or fax to 0871 218 5074 with your Purchase Order Number and details. Your goods will not be processed until we receive the order online and the appropriate purchase order.
Find out how to connect your projector to a Mac, and control display settings, with our great how-to PDF document. Click here to download.
Click Here for more information on support for any of the 3M pocket projectors including the 3M MP180.
For user guides and manuals for the range of 3M pocket projectors click here.
Check that you have connected the mains cable to the correct port on the projector and that you have not accidentally connected it to the AV or earphone socket.
Also try disconnecting the battery and re-inserting it.
Finally, ensure that you charge it for 3 hours before its first use.
During December (due to the Xmas period) couriers are unable to guarantee that timed deliveries will arrive within the allocated time period but will endeavour to do so as close to it as possible. I.e. if you require a next day delivery, pick next day pre-12 delivery, or if you want next day pre-12 delivery, pick next day pre-9.
UK - We offer fast delivery worldwide including a range of timed delivery options in the UK including before 12pm and before 9am as well as Next Day (before 6pm). Orders placed before 2.30pm are normally guaranteed to be delivered within these delivery times (unless otherwise stated). If after 2.30pm please call us on 0845 121 8800 or email us as on some models its possible to still deliver even up to 5pm.
International - All goods are shipped from the UK. Our warehouse is situated next to Birmingham airport to ensure the fastest delivery speeds possible.
EU (including Channel Islands) - 2-5 working days
USA/Canada - 3-5 working days
Rest of the world - 3-7 working days.
We can also offer quotes for faster international deliveries on request. Please use our contact form or call us on 0845 121 8800 for a bespoke quote.
To work out your import duties / taxes for international orders we suggest that you use the link below to get an idea as to what they will be:
DISCLAIMER: This is a 3rd party source for information purposes only, we recommend that you seek definite costing before placing an order. We are not liable for an discrepencies between the price provided from above and your own calculation and cannot be held responsible for any resulting assumptions, costs or figures.
If you want to mirror eactly what you see on your device's screen, for example; you're projecting a piece of software to an audience in order to explain its uses, then there are a couple of requirements to be fulfilled.
-If you have an iPad 2/3, iPhone 4/ 4s or iPod touch 4th Generation onwards: The apple cables provided will allow for data transfer between the projector and your apple device if it exists in a piece of media software such as iTunes. If you want to actually mirror the display of your device, you will need to purchase Apple's mirroring cable through them. See http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MD098ZM/A for further details. You can purchase a HDMI or a VGA adapter.
- Apple have restricted mirroring from devices below the iPad2 & iPhone 4, so if you have an iPod touch/iPad 1, you will be unable to mirror the screen. However, there are many ways around this, you can use conversion software (like some that is suggested on this website, we like zamzars) to create alternative file formats for demonstration.
When choosing an LED portable projector, one of the most important factors to consider isimage quality. Often this is judged on brightness (lumens) alone, but it is crucial that other related specification details are evaluated too. For example, we assess contrast ratio, resolution, DLP capability, lens type, design/build and independent reviews – all in addition to the projector’s luminosity. For example, the iGo UP2020 pocket projector appears similar to some other projectors yet the image quality it provides is far superior due to excellent build quality which won it a CES 2011 Award and features such as DLP.
Based on matrixes of information for each of our products, we have ranked our current products according to the image quality - see below. This allows you to conveniently compare the image quality of our portable projectors. Please note that the following ranking reflects image quality alone and does not reflect other features such as size and connectivity.
The Ranking (with '1' being awarded the best image quality)
Casio XJA 250 Series - more info
Casio XJA 150 - 155 Series - more info
Casio XJA 140 - 145 Series - more info
Casio 130 Series - more info
Vivitek Qumi Q2 - more info
LumaFire M200 - more info
3M MP180 - more info
Adapt Pico Play - more info
Find out about our 'compare projectors' facility here, which you may also find useful.
To view the PDF manual for the Pico Genie P100 LED mini projector please click here
you will need the following to get a 3D image from your Vivitek Qumi projector:
The above information available at: http://www.vivitek.co.uk/v_vivitek3d.asp
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