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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Simply click on the question you would like to know the answer to below. If your question is not listed, you can search above or contact us.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Delivery - how long does it take for delivery in UK, EU or Rest of World?

What sort of payment do you accept?

How do I use the 'Compare Projectors' comparison facility?

Vivitek Customer Services & Techical Support

How do I connect the Pico Genie M550 to my Laptop/Mac wirelessly?

Pico Genie M550 Plus FAQ 

What's the difference between Pico, Ultra Portbable and Portable Pro Projectors?

Do you accept payment by invoice for schools, local authorities etc?

How can I enhance the quality of my powerpoint presentations when using the onboard memory of my pocket projector?

Where can I obtain support on 3M pocket projectors?

How can I play/project videos from my iphone using my Adapt projector/iGo UP2020?

How do I increase the brightness/contrast on the Adapt 305?

How do I connect my laptop to the Adapt 305?

What are the benefits of LED? ; why choose LED Projectors?

What’s the Pocket Projector quality / brightness like?

How long does the battery tend to last?

Who should buy one?

Where can I buy an LED pocket projector on the high Street?

Can I use the Adapt Pico Play for presentations?

How can I connect my Xbox 360 to my projector?

I'd like to use a pocket projector for assisting with artwork, presenting onto a canvas as a guide. Which model would you recommend?

How can I use my projector with a Mac?

3M MP180 battery is not charging correctly?

How do I mirror my iPod/iPhone/iPad's display?

Top 10 projectors for image quality

I'm looking for a rear projection portable projector

Import duties/ taxes - How do I work out what mine will be?

Pico Genie P100 Manual

3D capability from Vivitek Qumi Q2 / Q2 Lite / Q5 projectors with DLP link

Purchasing from a BFPO address 

Trouble connecting myVivitek Qumi Wi-Fi dongle to WiFi / it keeps timing out

How do I download apps on my Qumi Q3?

How do I connect to my Vivitek Qumi Q7 projector via WiFi dongle?

How do I connect to my Pico Genie M400, Wireless Dongle

How bright (lumens) is the Philips Screeneo projector?

What is the throw ratio of the Pico Genie P50 Pro?

How Do I Connect to a Microsoft Surface Pro?

 


 

What sort of payment do you accept? 

We accept most forms of payment including:-

Credit cards: Visa, Maestro, Solo, Mastercard including corporate cards.

We do not accept AMEX

Debit Cards: All (£1.50 discount per order)

We do not accept Pay Pal 

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 “Bank Transfer/Invoice” 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:-

  • - Bank of Scotland
  • - Barclays
  • - Santander
  • - Halifax
  • - Citibank
  • - Clydesdale (including Yorkshire Bank)
  • - Co-operative
  • - Danske (Northern Bank)
  • - HSBC
  • - Lloyds TSB
  • - Other – see faster payments website and enter your sort code here

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 unless ordering via our eBay store.

Next day delivery is normally guarnateed if the order is placed on our site before 4pm. Please also note that:

  • - If paying by credit card you must use the 3D Secure authentication i.e. it will ask you to enter your pin number for added security.
  • - If paying by Bank transfer – make sure it’s a Bill Payment (not a Bacs) to ensure it arrives within 2 hours to our account. Payment would need to be made by 12.30pm to guarantee next day delivery although often payments are instant on the Faster Payments transfer
  • - 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-10.30.

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.

What's the difference between Pico, Ultra Portable and Portable Pro Projectors? A quick buying guide:

Pico (battery), Ultra Portable and Portable Pro are terms used to differentiate between the different ranges of portable projectors on the market.

  • - Pico Range is ideal to present content to 1 -12 people and all come with an inbuilt battery
  • - Ultra Portable is ideal to present content to 1- 25 people
  • - Portable Pro range can present to large 1 - 100+ 

More info on brightness.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in those ranges, or you’re looking for something a bit different, check out the ‘Other projectors’ range which also includes lamp based projectors.

More info on brightness.


How do I use the 'Compare Projectors' comparison facility?

Our product comparison feature is very helpful and simple to use. Follow this step by step guide.

How do I connect the Pico Genie M550 to my Laptop/Mac wirelessly?

1. Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network or 3G/4G Access Point.

2. Open the "eHomeMediaCenter" App on the Pico Genie M550 and click "Media Player"

3. On your Laptop/Mac, right click an image/video you would like to stream to the projector select "Play to" and then "eHomeCinemaCenter".

4. The content should now be displayed through the projector. To display a different file, simply repeat step 3.

For full screen mirroring from your Laptop/MacBook, please see our blog here and take a look at the mirroring dongle.

 

What’s the Pico Projector quality / brightness like?

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 Ultra Portable range goes to about 1000 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):- 

  • - Pico Range is ideal to present content to 1 -12 people and all come with an inbuilt battery
  • - Ultra Portable is ideal to present content to 1- 25 people
  • - Portable Pro range can present to large 1 - 100+ 
  • - For more info see our buyers guide


How long does the battery tend to last?

Most of our protable projectors with inbuilt battery will last for up to 2 hours. However the latest Pico Genie M550 inbuilt battery can last up to 3 hours.

Who should buy one?

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, smart phone, games console (Wii, PS4, Xbox One, PC etc), PDA or other electronic device. Great for sharing with friends, colleagues, clients…

Where can I buy an LED pocket projector on the high Street?

Currently, most of our portable projectors are exclusively available online. We do however attend numerous exhibitions throughout the year such as BETT Show and Gadget Show Live so keep your eyes peeled as we usually take stock to these events. If you require any further information about the product then let us know, our team are experts in portable projectors so should be able to guide you to the most suitable projector.

How can I enhance the quality of my powerpoint presentations when using the onboard memory of my pico projector?

Powerpoint presentations can be projected from the onboard memory of a pico projector by saving as .jpg (though some models support .ppt such as Pico Genie M550 or Vivitek Qumi Q6). 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:

  • - Connect to a smartphone wired/wirelessly and mirror your smartphones display to the projector OR
  • - Use the HDMI cable and a small notebook laptop for ultra portability to play ppt direct from the laptop

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.

Can I use the Adapt Pico Play for presentations?

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).

How do I increase the brightness/contrast on the Adapt 305?

Using the remote:

  • - Turn on the projector until you get to the blue screen.
  • - Load up the main menu by pressing the play button for 5 secs
  • - Point the remote control to the back of the device and press menu (under the power button).
  • - Press OK to select the contrast menu
  • - You can scroll through the menus with “up” and “down” and select a menu with OK.
  • - Use volume up and down to change the values.

How can I play/project videos from my iPhone via a cable?

For mirroring via a cable you will always need a Digital AV adapter and a HDMI cable or Apple TV! Depending on the model and type of device you have, there are currently 2 cable (wired) options available:

  • - The 30 pin Digital AV adapter, for older Apple devices. See and purchase this adapter through Apple by clicking here
  • - The Lighting Digital AV adapter, for newer Apple devices. See and purchase this adapter through Apple by clicking here

Configuration:

  • - Connect the iPhone to the projector using one of the above cables.
  • - Turn on the projector and select HDMI from the menu unless already mirroring.
  • - Your iPhone/iPad/iPod display should now be mirrored through the projector

 

 How do I connect my laptop to the Adapt 305?

 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:

  • - Power the projector on (slide switch at side of unit and then press the reset button (bottom left) on main panel). You should see a blue screen on the projector
  • - Power on your laptop
  • - Plug it into the laptop VGA port first and then plug the VGA cable into the projector (if this doesn’t work try other way around)
  • - If your laptop doesn’t auto recognise the projector, use the toggle key  (usually this is one of the keyboard function keys eg F7 or F5) to switch between your laptop screen and the projector screen

 

How can I connect my Xbox 360/Xbox One to my projector or my Playstation 3/4 to my projector?

Simply connect using a standard HDMI cable. More info available from Microsoft, here. Please note that a Component HD AV Cable is not compatible. The HDMI makes connection even easier, with Playstation 3/4 you may need to change the settings in the menu or use a specific boot up sequence to change from VGA / composite to HDMI output, for more information we recommend looking at the Playstation guide on connecting via HDMI before you attempt connection.  

Which models would you recommend for use in artwork?

Our pico projectors are very popular with artists. See our blog on projectors in art here. These are the models we would suggest:

Pico Genie P55 or Pico Genie P85

This projector is the world's brightest pico projector for its size with inbuilt rechargeable battery and such a wide range of connections. At 650 lumens it is perfect for using to project outlines or images to draw over.

Pico Genie M550

What are the benefits of LED? ; why choose LED Projectors?

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:

  • - Battery powered so you can use anywhere
  • - Use as a stand alone device: with onboard memory there is no need to connect to any other device, just project straight from the projectors own memory, USB or SD card
  • - Ultra portability: ultra light weight and portable with most pico projectors being the size and weight of a mobile/cell phone
  • - Connect to smartphones, DVD players, tablets, Sky Boxes, TV’s, games consoles or laptops etc
  • - Use the latest connection with HDMI
  • - No cables or wires: use wifi, Bluetooth, screen mirroring

Find out more about image quality of LED projectors here

Do you accept payment by invoice for schools, local authorities etc?

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.

How can I use my projector with a Mac?

Find out how to connect your projector to a Mac by checking out our dedicated blog here.

Where can I obtain support on 3M pocket projectors?

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.

3M MP180 battery is not charging correctly?

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.

Delivery - how long does it take for delivery in UK, EU or Rest of World?

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-10.30.

UK - We offer fast delivery worldwide including a range of timed delivery options in the UK including before 12pm and before 10.30am as well as Next Day (before 6pm). Orders placed before 4pm are normally guaranteed to be delivered within these delivery times (unless otherwise stated). If after 4pm 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.

Import Duties and taxes - How do I work out what mine will be?

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. 

Mirroring my iPhone/iPad/iPod - How can I do it with the supplied apple cables?

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.

For mirroring via a cable you will always need a Digital AV adapter and a HDMI cable or Apple TV/equivalent dongle! Depending on the model and type of device you have, there are currently 2 cable (wired) options available:

  • - The 30 pin Digital AV adapter, for older Apple devices. See and purchase this adapter through Apple by clicking here
  • - The Lighting Digital AV adapter, for newer Apple devices. See and purchase this adapter through Apple by clicking here

- 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.

 

Top 10 projectors for image quality

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 Pico Genie P100 appears similar to some other projectors yet the image quality it provides is far superior due to excellent build quality 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 the link below. This allows you to conveniently compare the image quality of our portable projectorsPlease note that the following ranking reflects image quality alone and does not reflect other features such as size and connectivity.

Click here to see the list 

Find out about our 'compare projectors' facility here, which you may also find useful.

Rear projection is increasingly common in Pico projectors. The following projectors can utilise this technology:

Pico Genie M400 Pro, Pico Genie M550Vivitek Qumi Q6, Acer range

 

Pico Genie P100 Manual

To view the PDF manual for the Pico Genie P100 LED mini projector please click here

3D capability from Vivitek Qumi Q2 / Q2 Lite / Q5 with DLP link

you will need the following to get a 3D image from your Vivitek Qumi projector:

  • - PC with a quad buffered graphics card
  • - 3D media player
  • - “Active” shutter 3D glasses with DLP Link™
  • - 3D content/software”

The above information plus DLP setup information is available at: http://myqumi.com/technology.php#3D

 

Purchasing from a BFPO address based within the EU

 Before we can issue a VAT refund for an order dispatched to a BFPO address which is within the EU, UK VAT legislation requires us to obtain a "certificate of entitlement" confirming that the items have been dispatched to, and received by, a qualifying body or person as set out in paragraph 14.2 of HM Revenue and Customs Notice 725 dated December 2009. Personal Projector Ltd will accept a copy of the order receipt which is dispatched with the item(s), signed and stamped by the head or acting head of the embassy, high commission, consulate, visiting force contingent or international organisation, with evidence of the official status of the signatory.

For goods which are dispatched to BFPO customers in Cyprus or Germany Personal Projector Ltd requires a certificate from the person placing the order, uniquely identifying the supply for which relief is claimed, and claiming entitlement as follows: 

  • - For British forces in Cyprus - under Article 14(1)(g) of EC Council Directive 77/388/EEC, or
  • - For a visiting force in Germany - under Article 15(10) of EC Council Directive 77/388/EEC.

Personal Projector Ltd requires this certificate in accordance with Section 14 of HM Revenue and Customs Notice 725 dated December 2009. If this certificate isn't supplied, Personal Projector Ltd cannot make a refund. Please send the stamped receipt or certificate, quoting all the qualifying order numbers for which VAT has not been refunded to us at: enquiries@personalprojector.co.uk or ask for our postal address

Trouble connecting my Vivitek Qumi Wi-Fi dongle to WiFi / it keeps timing out

Make sure WiFi settings under Configure set to Auto Assign IP not Manually Assign

Also try:

  • - Ensure you are using the correct dongle for your device, i.e. The black Vivitek Qumi Q5 dongle with Vivitek Qumi Q5 projector or the white Vivitek Qumi Q2 dongle with the Vivitek Qumi Q2 projector. The dongles are not universal and will only work wit the model they are intended to work with.
  • - Test the connection with a laptop, this is the easiest way to make sure the connection between the laptop and projector via the dongle is working 
  • - Then test the connection with a smarpthone / portable device.

How do I download apps on my Qumi Q3?

 

The Qumi Q3 has a Google Play Store app so you can browse the android app store. The Q3 is only compatible with android version 4.2 and so does not have access to the full google play range of apps.

How do I connect to my Vivitek Qumi Q7 via Wi-Fi dongle?

  • - Install MirrorOp program on PC/Laptop/Mac from mini-disk supplied with Qumi WiFi dongle or download it from the Vivitek website
  • - Insert Wi-Fi dongle in the USB port on the Vivitek Qumi Q7 projector.
  • - On the Vivitek Qumi Q7, (use remote, it’s easier), using < > arrows, go to Main Qumi Menu (the Blue Menu Screen)
  • - Select WiFi (press Enter key in middle of arrows)
  • - You should now see Network Settings Screen
  • - Device name/SSID should show Qumi7
  • - WiFi should show Disabled
  • - Key down to WiFi hotspot and press Enter
  • - You should then see a screen with "Wifi hotspot" text and a series of internet settings (numbers) on
  • - Enable should be highlighted in Orange,
  • - Press Enter and the word Disable will be highlighted
  • - Press Exit to return to the Network Settings Screen
  • - Press Exit key again to return to Main Qumi Screen
  • - Using < > arrows, Select WiFi Display Icon
  • - Press Enter
  • - You will then see a green screen showing that it is waiting for connection from PC client
  • - Open MirrorOp on PC/Laptop/Mac, you should see a 'Quick Connect' screen showing the SSID, Remote Box IP and User Name
  • - IP Address on Qumi Screen should match IP Address on MirrorOp
  • - Press Connect, PC/Laptop/Mac should connect in 5-10 seconds.
  • - If taken to a screen requesting Remote Box IP, type in IP address as seen on Qumi Green screen
  • - Then select Connect, connection should then occur.

 

How do I connect to my Pico Genie M400 wireless dongle? 

If you are looking to connect your Pico Genie M400 to a device wirelessly and have the additional (optional) wireless dongle for the Pico Genie M400 projector then read this instruction document to help set up and project.

 

How bright (lumens) is the Philips Screeneo projector? 

Although there is no official lumen rating for the Philips Screeneo short-throw LED projector, we estimate that the actual rating is around 600/700 lumens of brightness. However as it is a short-throw projector and is placed closer to the wall its effective brightness is equivalent to that of a 1,500 / 2,000 lumen projector. These are not official figures and are estimations only.

What is the throw ratio of the Pico Genie P50 Pro?

Throw ratio is 1.6
From 1m away you will get a 31" image 

 

How do I connect to a Microsoft Surface Pro device?

Please check Microsoft's official guide on this (click HERE). Generally, most projectors can be used with a Surface Pro however you will need to ensure you have the correct adapter for the MiniDisplay Port on your Surface Pro. Consult Microsoft's guide for more information.


Vivitek Customer Services & Techical Support

Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00

English (UK): 0333 0031993
Germany: 0231 7266 9190
France: 018 514 8582
International +31 (0) 20 721 9318

http://www.vivitek.eu/support/tech-support

Pico Genie M550 Plus FAQ and Happycast support

Please use the following document to view trouble shooting issues on the Pico Genie M550 Plus. This includes How To Vidoes on connecting your Ipad, Iphone and Macbook and using Happycast. It also contains Apps for Happy Cast and TV File manager used to access USB and SD cards in the projector. - view here

 


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