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Monthly Archives: September 2011

  • The Top LED portable/pocket projectors for business or personal use are....

    This article is now out of date, for the updated version please follow the link to our review of the best performing portable projectors for 2017.

     

    If you’re looking for the best LED portable projector to fit your specific requirements, there are a whole host of factors to take into consideration ranging from resolution, birghtness (lumens) and features such as DLP (contrast enhancements) and features such as connectivity to ipads, HDMI and the ability to connect without a laptop.

    We've broken down the list of projectors into 2 categories: Business Use and Consumer Use and the business use ones considerably overalap with consumer use and most are also good for gaming purpososes with connectivity via HDMI, VGA or AV.

    Top for Personal use:

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Our smallest, lightest and brightest hybrid between pocket & palm projector is the best projector we have seen to date on the market with 300 lumens, WXGA resolution and a 90” image means it can handle anything you want to display in rich colour with DLP. Its the one to beat across all categories.

    Lumafire M200

    One of the newer models popular with busines users in the recession is the LumaFire M200 palm projector which offers excellent value for money. It is feature packed with a remote & tripod, offers 100 lumens of brightness has HDMI/USB/SD compatibility and yet remains remarkably small & light and extensive connectivity.

    3M MP180

    3M offer a robust gadget for those concerned with features. 4GB of onboard memory, a cool touch screen with Microsoft office, 2 hour battery, WiFi & Bluetooth. The ‘office’ compatibility and battery power make this a perfect choice for the business user on the go.

    Adapt 305/ iGo UP2020

    These 2 pocket projectors offer great value for money and connectivity all in one with a good image quality. The Adapt 305 comes with everything you need to go and play right out of the box. i.e. Free Apple cable, 4GB memory, tripod & remote. The iGo is smaller albeit not quite as bright but it includes multiple connection options including HDMI and also offers higher contrast via DLP playback for richer colour, It also won an award at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for design. In fact, the igo UP2020 is a hot-buy for Xmas 2011!

    Microvision SHOWWX/SHOWWX+

    Welcome to the world's first 'infinite focus' laser pocket projector; it's smaller and lighter than an iPhone with a mammoth 5000:1 contrast ratio that beats all others in its class. Included in the package is a set of Apple cables to connect to your iPhone4/iPad2 meaning you can connect to any device with a Composite TV/Video-Out to create a rich screen up to 100". There is also a VGA dock accessory for this device to connect to a laptop. Great for gaming.

    Top for professional use:

    Casio (Pro-portable range)

    The Casio range of projectors offer the best equivalent image of a tradional projector in a form that will easily fit into a laptop carry case. If you’re looking for something that will offer a more professional output with quality build then a Casio XJA projector is ideal. High brightness ratings starting at 2000 lumens, combined with high contrast ratios mean that you can present in most lighting conditions. It also offer streaming capabilities from your laptop.

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Our smallest, Lightest & Brightest hybrid between pocket & palm will offer you the professional output you need whilst still fitting into your overcoat pocket. WXGA resolution, a 90” screen with DLP technology will promote your presentations in rich detail and can handle video demonstrations too. 300 lumens of brightness mean that you are able to project in normal lighting conditions and maintain portability. It has a powerpoint, excel, word and pdf viewer built in too so you can leave your laptop at home and just travel with the projector.

    Lumafire M200

    See above.
    Lumafire offer a hybrid all rounder perfect for business, personal use and travel and great value for money.

    3M MP180

    See above.
    2 hour battery life at full brightness & and 80” screen mean that you can display presentations on the go.

  • Vivitek Qumi Review: on show at IFA exhibition, Berlin

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Vivitek

    Personal Projector Ltd have just returned from the IFA show in Berlin this week where the new Vivitek Qumi was on show. It delighted the huge crowds with whats quite simply the best LED projector made to date.  Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was streets ahead of anything else on show at IFA this year based on its overall design, image quality, performance, size, connectivity and other options such as 3D/HD ready. It also includes on the UK model free apple cables as well as all the usual features such as HDMI, VGA, AV in/out, speakers. An extended battery is also available as an option.

    Qumi has many added features not available on any other projector

    Whilst most users will probably run the projector from the mains power, you can buy an optional extra battery which is not much thicker than your thumb nail and very neatly docks underneath the Qumi so it still looks quite sleek even with the battery on there. The battery will give you around 1 to 1.5 hrs of power at a reduced lumens rating of 50 lumens (instead of the usual 300 lumens). We tested the Qumi battery at the show and it really was still a good image, in fact still a better brightness than most pocket projectors available today.

    What is also very noticeable is how small and light the Qumi Q2 is which fits in the palm of your hand and could even fit in a large overcoat pocket. In fact its so small it could even be classed as a pocket projector as it also has an optional battery. Overall its much smaller than any other products at this brightness level.

    Battery

    Having the battery makes it a great solution if you’re in an area where mains power is limited or you don’t want to be trailing power cables all over the place. For business users having the battery means you can simply turn on the projector and in less than a second and your presentation is running on the wall or screen. If you work on sites where this is limited power then you can be sure you are getting a large projection image at the highest quality available.  For consumers it means you can use the mini projector on holiday, camping, in the car or even for gaming.

    Image quality

    Apart from buying the Casio range of projectors the Qumi is now the best resolution available in a pocket or palm sized projector. It supports up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) with a standard resolution/output of WXGA 1200 x 800. Its also 720p providing great definition for your movies.

    The Vivitek Qumi projector is also HD Ready and 3D ready so you can be sure you are future proofing your purchase with the very latest features.

    The screen size in a dark room will easily go to 150 inches and even in normal lighting conditions its like having two 45 inch plasma TV’s in your pocket providing a 90” screen.

     

    Portability

    Weighing only 617g (1.4 pounds) and easily fitting in the palm of your hand, whether you want to present PowerPoint slides to 20 people in a boardroom or simply watch a movie then the Qumi Q2 you will find is ultra portable.

     

    Connectivity

    The UK product also comes with Apple cables included worth around £40. This provides simple connectivity to almost any Apple device so you can project video/photos from your iPhone or iPad.

    In the box there are 2 types of HDMI adaptors supplied:-

    • Mini HDMI --> Mini HDMI (For use with i.e. Flip, video recorders etc, some phones)
    • HDMI --> Mini HDMI (For use with i.e. computers, DVD, BD Players etc. This cable can also be used with an optional Apple HDMI adapter for iPad/iPhone or mirroring cable (available from the Apple store £35 approx) so you can see a mirror image of all your content on the ipad not just photos or videos).

    As standard the Qumi also comes with a universal dock connector so it means most connections will be available to connect to any mobile device such as a smartphone, TV or laptop.

    Also noticeable is the improved iamge quality available when connecting a pocket projector via HDMI eg from your laptop or smartphone you will see a big increase in quality and the Qumi performs well in this area.

    Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was the best LED projector at the show by far and we think it will be for quite some time with this range of features making it the brightest, smallest and lightest portable LED projector ever launched. At £499 its also a great price.

    Also: Check out our Lumafire M200 palm projector as another great option from just £379.98

    Vivitek Qumi Review: on show at IFA exhibition, Berlin

    Personal Projector Ltd have just returned from the IFA show in Berlin this week where the new Vivitek Qumi was on show. It delighted the huge crowds with whats quite simply the best LED projector made to date. Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was streets ahead of anything else on show at IFA this year based on its overall design, image quality, performance, size, connectivity and other options such as 3D/HD ready. It also includes on the UK model free apple cables as well as all the usual features such as HDMI, VGA, AV in/out, speakers. An extended battery is also available as an option.

    Qumi has many added features not available on any other projector

    Whilst most users will probably run the projector from the mains power, you can buy an optional extra battery which is not much thicker than your thumb nail and very neatly docks underneath the Qumi so it still looks quite sleek even with the battery on there. The battery will give you around 1 to 1.5 hrs of power at a reduced lumens rating of 50 lumens (instead of the usual 300 lumens). We tested the Qumi battery at the show and it really was still a good image, in fact still a better brightness than most pocket projectors available today.

    What is also very noticeable is how small and light the Qumi Q2 is which fits in the palm of your hand and could even fit in a large overcoat pocket. In fact its so small it could even be classed as a pocket projector as it also has an optional battery. Overall its much smaller than any other products at this brightness level.

    Battery

    Having the battery makes it a great solution if you’re in an area where mains power is limited or you don’t want to be trailing power cables all over the place. For business users having the battery means you can simply turn on the projector and in less than a second and your presentation is running on the wall or screen. If you work on sites where this is limited power then you can be sure you are getting a large projection image at the highest quality available. For consumers it means you can use the mini projector on holiday, camping, in the car or even for gaming.

    Image quality

    Apart from buying the Casio range of projectors the Qumi is now the best resolution available in a pocket or palm sized projector. It supports up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) with a standard resolution/output of WXGA 1200 x 800. Its also 720p providing great definition for your movies.

    The Vivitek Qumi projector is also HD Ready and 3D ready so you can be sure you are future proofing your purchase with the very latest features.

    The screen size in a dark room will easily go to 150 inches and even in normal lighting conditions its like having two 45 inch plasma TV’s in your pocket providing a 90” screen.

    Portability

    Weighing only 617g (1.4 pounds) and easily fitting in the palm of your hand, whether you want to present PowerPoint slides to 20 people in a boardroom or simply watch a movie then the Qumi Q2 you will find is ultra portable.

    Connectivity

    The UK product also comes with Apple cables included worth around £40 providing you simple connectivity to almost any Apple device so you can project video from your iPhone or iPad.

    As standard the Qumi also comes with a universal dock connector so it means most connections will be available to connect to any mobile device such as a smartphone, TV or laptop.

    Also noticeable is the improved iamge quality available when connecting a pocket projector via HDMI eg from your laptop or smartphone you will see a big increase in quality and the Qumi performs well in this area.

    Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was the best LED projector at the show by far and we think it will be for quite some time with this range of features making it the brightest, smallest and lightest portable LED projector ever launched. At £499 its also a great price.

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