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Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • 3 Groundbreaking New Projectors (Press Release)

    PRESS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Three groundbreaking LED Pocket Projectors enter the market: wifi, windows, DLP, £99...

    It’s easy to see why Pacific Media Research, specialists in the world of micro projection and LED projectors, heralded this year as the year of the LED Pocket Projector. This year, there have been some interesting breakthroughs in terms of price, picture quality and features such as wifi and the ability to surf the internet directly from a pocket projector without any other device. It’s also great to finally see such impressive projectors now coming to market in the UK and Europe.

    Personal Projector Ltd, the LED and pocket projector specialists, have just announced the launch of 3 exciting new pico projectors ranging from a new £99 pico projector with keystone correction to a new ultra sharp DLP pocket projector with Flip cam connectivity plus the world’s first Windows CE wifi pocket projector with wifi keyboard/mouse.

    All 3 models are available now for pre-order at www.personalprojector.co.uk. Read on for more info.

    1. iGo UP2020 DLP Flip-cam enabled pocket projector: stylish delivery of DLP

    The new iGo LED mini projector is a unique mid-range pocket projector which uses sophisticated DLP technology (Digital Light Processing). This provides a higher contrast ratio and sharper images for watching movies or viewing photos or slides and it offers 20 lumens of brightness.

    This projector is also extremely well made and is of a superior build quality for a projector in this category.

    Not only is this pocket projector compatible with the incredibly popular Flip camcorder, it is remarkably small and light with numerous connectivity options such as iPad, Flip cam, iphone 4 (cable supplied separately). As this is designed to work with the ever popular Flip camcorder simplicity is the key with this projector making transferring, storing and projecting videos, photos or slides a doddle. The iGo supports Micro SD memory cards/micro USB as well as mini HDMI and VGA.

    Portable, pocket-sized with sophisticated DLP, at only £249 inc vat is highly recommended. Pre-order here.

    2. i500 Wifi Windows CE with wifi keyboard/mouse

    The i500 is another impressive new pocket projector with a whole host of unique features.

    This projector is ideal for delivering business presentations in controlled lighting conditions, with 30 lumens, built in Windows Mobile and a Wi-Fi keyboard and mouse. Portability is maximized like never before. Not only does the i500 support Word, Excel, PPT and PDF, the user is able to surf the web (mobile enabled sites) and store data/media on the 2GB internal memory or through the micro SD slot. The wifi keyboard enables you to drop a projector anywhere and start using windows with an internet connection anywhere.

    The i500 is available exclusively from www.personalprojector.co.uk. Pre-order here.

    3. Adapt Pico Play: Pocket projector: World’s first pico projector with keystone correction for £99 arrives in UK

    The Pico Play is the world’s first pico projector with keystone correction and is the first to break the magical £99 inc vat price bracket without sacrificing quality so it’s sure to become one of the most popular pico projection gifts this Christmas.

    The first pico projectors came out over 2 years ago and were launched at around £299 so the new price tag of £99 inc vat is a real breakthrough in both price and features. The Pico Play can claim several world firsts: – it’s the first under £100, first with keystone correction and it’s the smallest and lightest LED projector made to date.

    Its real unique feature is it’s the first pico projector to have keystone correction onboard, a feature normally only seen on high end projectors. The keystone feature means the image maintains a perfect square without any distortion when the projector is tilted at an angle or when it’s on its mini inbuilt stand. Coupled with this, the projector includes a standard SD card, rather than a micro SD card slot, so you can easily transfer from cameras and camcorders directly onto the projector (without the need for a PC).

    The projector is aimed at consumers who want to share movies or photos and is also the ideal gift for anyone with a smartphone wanting to share videos on a much larger screen. Its high quality build and feature packed specification mean it’s sure to be a big hit this Christmas. Pre-order here.

    Spec

    - Keystone correction (adjustable viewing angles)

    - 8 lumens

    - 6” to 50” screen

    - SD card (Standard, allows micro sd card adaptors)

    - 0.5w speakers

    - In built mini tripod stand (plus universal tripod slot)

    More information:

    The Pico Play is available exclusively from www.personalprojector.co.uk (pre-order available now).

    Contact: click here.

    Images:

    Pico Play, iGo, i500


  • THE NEW PICO PLAY: It’s play time!

    Exclusive to Personal Projector, the new PICO PLAY is now available for pre-order!

    Everybody's talking about this exciting new product: it is the smallest, lightest, best value LED projector on the market – here is the lowdown:

    - Only £99.99 inc vat!

    - Approximately the size of a pack of playing cards, shorter and lighter than an iphone:

    - 8 lumens of brightness. Turn the lights out and you’ll have a pocket cinema...perfect for a night in!

    - 1GB of storage for fantastic media portability PLUS a standard SD card slot

    - Features keystone correction

    - Built in speaker

    All in all a great low end projector that will be lots of fun, making it an ideal gift.

    The Pico Play – about the size of a pack of playing cards... it’s play time!

    Full Press Release Click Here

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here.

  • Pico Play (Press Release)

    PRESS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Pocket projector £99 breakthrough

    World’s first pico projector with keystone correction for £99 arrives in UK…

    Personal Projector, the LED and pocket projector specialists, have just launched the world’s first pico projector with keystone correction at an amazing price of £99. The projector is called the Pico Play (from Adapt) and it is set to become one of the most popular pico projection gifts this Christmas.

    The first pico projectors came out over 2 years ago and were launched at around £299 so the new price tag of £99 inc vat is a real breakthrough in both price and features. The Pico Play can claim several world firsts: – it’s the first under £100, first with keystone correction and it’s the smallest and lightest LED projector made to date.

    Its real unique feature is it’s the first pico projector to have keystone correction onboard, a feature normally only seen on high end projectors. The keystone feature means the image maintains a perfect square without any distortion when the projector is tilted at an angle or when its on its mini inbuilt stand. Coupled with this, the projector includes a standard SD card, rather than  a micro SD card slot, so you can easily transfer from cameras and camcorders directly onto the projector (without the need for a PC).

    The projector is aimed at consumers who want to share movies or photos and is also the ideal gift for anyone with a smartphone wanting to share videos on a much larger screen. Its high quality build and feature packed specification mean it’s sure to be a big hit this Christmas.

    Spec

    - Keystone correction (adjustable viewing angles)

    - 8 lumens

    - 6” to 50” screen

    - SD card (Standard, allows micro sd card adaptors)

    - 0.5w speakers

    - In built mini tripod stand (plus universal tripod slot)

    More information:

    The Pico Play is available exclusively from www.personalprojector.co.uk (pre-order available - click here).

    Contact: click here.

    Images:

  • Thriller! Top ways to use a Pico Projector this Halloween...

    Halloween is just around the corner and Personal Projector have some spooktacular projection ideas for your fright night party or night in! Why not even incorporate your pico projector into your costume and whip it out whilst outside or in a bar - project some ghoulish looking ghosts or Count Dracula as in our image above! Alongside our ideas putting both the portable projector's audio and visual abilities to use, we’ve compiled our top 3 Halloween videos – perfect to project from Youtube on October 31st!

    Spooky stuff - use your projector to add the thrill factor this Halloween!

    Why not project a classic scary movie onto your living room wall. Don’t forget a nice big bag of popcorn to accompany you. We were thinking the family-friendly The Addams Family or the recent remake of the classic ANightmare on Elm Street. NUMBER THREE in our top videos countdown this Halloween is the trailer for the horror spoof comedy Scary Movie:

    More TREAT than TRICK, our next idea is to project a slideshow of images as a centrepiece at your party. You can download some great Halloween images for free at http://www.morguefile.com – just search ‘Halloween’. NUMBER TWO in our top Halloween video clips is the old TV Advert for the Haunted House ride at Alton Towers theme park...ghoulishly good fun!

    Thirdly, and fitting perfectly with our NUMBER ONE Halloween video clip – is to use your projector for musical purposes. Fully supporting audio – turn your portable projector into a portable sound system and load it up with some Halloween themed music...why not upload the Ghostbusters theme tune for example! Our Adapt 305 has built in stereo speakers, or easily attach your pocket projector to external speakers for extra oomph! And what tune fits Halloween better than Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’? It’d be DEAD easy to project this multi award winning, zombie-tastic short film (the full version is 13 minutes) to enjoy this Halloween. Our number one video choice is the live performance of Thriller! “Aaaow!”

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here.

  • 'Open up' your iPhone with the Adapt 450

    Crowded Brain recently gave an extensive review of the Adapt 450 Pro Projector, which received a ‘Recommended’ Award. The Tech Reviews/News website concluded that the 450 is a ‘a really nifty portable projector’. In addition to the review, Crowded Brain offered some top tips about using the personal projector with the iPhone and iPod Touch:

    “When we spoke to Personal Projector a short while ago they also lent us an iPhone/iPod Touch TV-out cable. We then got talking about how useful such a cable would be, given that Apple restricts the output to iPod functionality only, thus leaving the rest of the phone unusable when displaying content such as word docs... With the iPhone Jailbreaked and the small projector in place, they both make an ideal portable solution for presentations!”

    What’s a 'jailbreak' you may ask?

    "A jailbreak is simply the ability to run apps and use themes and tweaks not approved by Apple. Jailbreaking doesn't slow down your device or use any extra battery. A jailbreak lets your device be how you want it" (jailbreakme.com)

    Crowded Brain recommend ‘Jailbreaking’ your device, for those users still on iOS 4.0.1 or lower. You can just head over to jailbreakme.com on your device and follow the instructions. After this you can install a small app called ‘TVOutTuner’ and abracadabra you're away!


    Crowded Brain’s suggested solution means you can ‘truly open up’ your iPhone or iPod Touch, now able to display any screen from your operating system...a word document...Angry Birds...whatever you need or fancy. This yet again demonstrates the 450’s appeal for both business and pleasure.

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here. You can read the original review in full at Crowded Brain.

  • Should’ve gone to Personal Projector…

    Here is this week's Friday vlog...Woody the Woodpecker is having a little trouble with his projector!

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here.

  • Adapt 450 Pro Review and Award

    This week Crowdedbrain.co.uk reviewed the Adapt 450Pro, our ultra light palm projector ideal for business or leisure. It was given a brilliant 8/10 and a ‘Recommended’ award. We have collated some snippets of the review for your convenience below, or you can head over to Crowded Brain for extensive analysis complemented by video footage!

    “The Adapt 450 Pro is a really nifty portable projector, given its size it will be ideal for those who need to conduct PowerPoint presentations on the fly.”

    Crowded Brain’s praise for the product spec:

    *Robust build quality

    *Bright and could be adjusted to view dark films really well

    *Has built-in SD card/USB stick reader.

    *Image quality was respectable during all-tests (DVD, TV, Laptop and Console).

    *Built-in speakers are good and when viewing TV can be adjusted to different surround effects, such as cinema

    *Can display quite a large image onto any service (150Inch)

    *TV Tuner could pick up 67 Freeview channels when plugged into wall socket

    *Can run off the supplied battery

    “Its cost is still quite high, but when you consider that it uses LED technology, you won’t have to fork out for replacement bulbs, so in this sense the cost evens itself out overtime.”

    Our full spec of the 450Pro can be found here. Thanks to Crowded Brain for the review.

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here.

  • How eco is your Pico?

    Going green is not always easy in today’s technology dominated world. However, a new breed of gadget has the answer, and seeks to put the consumer completely in control by presenting all the information needed to manage your individual energy usage. Fascinating stuff.

    Earlier this year British Gas pledged to put these ‘Smart Meters’ into a million homes by the end of 2010. It is estimated that this could cut home energy bills by approximately £1 billion in the next ten years. This will certainly be advantageous to big businesses and industries too. By allowing the user to view their energy consumption, the meter highlights power-greedy appliances. Using this information, the user is able to be more selective about their energy usage. Power to the people!

    A few days ago, the BBC’s Spencer Kelly wrote on this newfound ability to save the planet “one gadget at a time”:

    “Gadgets such as smart meters are part of the government's plan to cut carbon emissions. Due in your home sometime after 2013, they show you exactly what electricity you are using, and how much it is costing.” (http://bbc.in/brSIIH)

    Have a look at E-On’s advert encouraging the nation to get energy ‘fit’ using these Meters to analyse their energy usage here.

    There are even new iphone apps which can sync with Smart Meters to show you this information! So with these devices you can easily switch things on and off in your household to see how your energy usage is affected by specific objects and appliances. Resultantly, you can be more careful with those that are energy guzzlers and also check what is still on before you go to bed. Sounds pretty handy to me. Of course, all this still requires human effort but, overall, the Smart Meter is a hugely empowering gadget!

    Rest assured that all our Personal Projectors are environmentally friendly with

    - Lower running costs; low power consumption

    - No mercury

    - Longer life LED (no pricy replacement bulbs necessary)

    We are looking forward to testing our Projectors with one of these nifty Smart Meters!

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here.

  • Glossary (Updated)

    Not everyone knows as much about projectors as we do - after all, we are experts. That’s why we’ve put together this quick glossary. Once you are confident with the lingo, you can visit our guide to buying a projector and the comparison guide of our most popular products.

    Seen a word and don’t know what it means? contact us and we will add it to the list for you.

    Pico Projector - Pico Projectors are minitaturised projectors which use LED technology instead of traditional and expensive lamps. Also known as the pocket projector and micro projector, the pico projector is a highly portable and lightweight gadget perfect for business and leisure use, projecting media by connecting to other devices (laptop...smartphone...ipad etc) or acting standalone from storage (SD...USB...onboard memory etc). We have a great range of pico projectors and accessories. We also sell a range of portable Palm Projectors (slightly larger) and Portable Pro Projectors.

    Composite Cable – A cable which allows you to connect your Personal Projector to any video outsource (e.g DVD, TV, Games Console). All our Projectors come with one.

    Keystone Correction – When an image is projected onto an angled surface, ‘Keystone Correction’ adjusts the image so that it is not distorted, appearing square as it should. Our Casio range and the BenQ Palm Projector feature Keystone Correction.

    LED - Light Emitting Diode. They are tiny lights that replace bulbs, they last longer and are brighter.

    Lumens - These measure the brightness of the projectors LED’s. The higher the number of lumens the brighter the projector. The Adapt 305 is the world’s brightest pocket projector.

    SD Card – An ‘SD’ (Secure Digital) Card is a small portable memory card, used for storing data. An SD Card can be used in all our Adapt Projectors.

    USB – ‘USB’ (Universal Serial Bus) is a type of connection. A USB flash drive/’stick’ can store data. An advantage of the Pico Genie M300 is that it is compatible with USB flash drives.

    VGA Cable - (Video Graphics Array) is a type of connection. A standard VGA port has 15 holes over 3 rows inside a trapezium shape and is often a blue colour. Many mobile devices and some laptops will use mini-vga. There are adapters available to allow you to connect a device without a VGA port to a VGA device, for example: HDMI to VGA, DVI to VGA, and VGA to SCART adapters.

    HDMI - (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is a type of connection that carries high-definition video (and usually audio) from your device to the projector. HDMI ports are common in most new electronic devices, from Laptops, TV's, DVD players even memory sticks and WiFi dongles. A lot of mobile devices like smartphones will use a mini-HDMI port.

    iPhone / iPad projector - Projectors for iPhone and iPad come in all shapes and sizes, almost all projectors on www.personalprojector.co.uk can be connected to your beloved Smartphone and tablet to provide a big image from a tiny device.
    Good news if you're one of the millions of Apple users out there! The Pico Genie A100 is the original sleeve for your iPhone 4/4s that provides a 4-in-1 system with a Projector + Battery + Speaker + Case

    MHL Adapter / Android projector - You can connect your Android device to almost all projectors at Personal projector Ltd that have a HDMI input port, as long as you have an MHL adapter and your device has video out capabilities. Simply purchase the correct MHL cable for your device and connect it to a HDMI cable then plug it into the HDMI port on the projector. If you plan to connect to a smartphone via MHL cable, we recomend you check the list of MHL compatible mobile phones before purchase by clicking here

    If you still need some guidance, you can contact us or phone +44 (0)845 121 8800

  • Back to the Future

    Today ‘Back to the Future’ has been re-released in cinemas worldwide – in the style of Marty Mcfly we’ve decided to do a spot of time-travelling ourselves here at Personal Projector...

    A brief look at the history and the future of the Projector

    In Victorian times the ‘Lantern Projector’ was used to wow audiences at spooky ‘Magic’ Shows, creating the illusion of ghostly apparitions. The technology simply used a concave mirror and a lamp to project an image from a slide onto a screen. Have a look at this optical lantern: http://bit.ly/cU40iJ

    Traditional modern overhead projectors have been around since the army put them to use in the Second World War, becoming a fixture in schools and academic institutions from the 1950s onwards. Using mirrors and bulbs, information from a transparent plastic sheet could be shone and focussed onto a screen.

    Whilst they did the job they were bulky, noisy and inefficient ...

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    Thankfully, expensive replacement bulbs, noisy fans and poor quality projection are a thing of the past! It’s the twenty-first century and Projectors are now pocket-sized, portable and independent of a laptop or PC due to onboard memory. Energy efficient, today's Pocket Projectors are even eco-friendly. Quite the technological advance from the traditional Projector!

    Modern - see the Adapt 305's impressive spec here

    Casting our eyes back to the future, we are getting very excited about the imminent release of the all singing, all dancing Adapt i500:

    A sneak peek

    Boasting Wi-Fi capabilities, a touch screen interface and high efficiency LED, this palm-sized projector is a thing of the future! With built in Windows Mobile, this projector will allow you to surf the internet or browse your PC anywhere. Watch this space for updates on this positively futuristic product!

    And for good measure, take a trip down memory lane... Back to the Future:

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here.

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