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Monthly Archives: September 2017

  • Android projectors: The smart solution from the living room to the conference room

    At home and at work we limit ourselves to the small screen yet its true that size is everything. We want our devices to be as small as possible but our images as large as possible so what’s the solution to capture all that content in one box?

    TVs, laptops and computers with set top boxes and dongles are stalwarts of modern life but they are big and bulky and limited to 60 inch images and phones and tablets are limited to 8 – 13 inch screens. There is however a better way to view your content and your work in a one-box big-screen solution that fits in your bag and offers an enormous 120” (3 metre diagonal) HD image. Meet the Android-powered Pico Genie M550 Plus.

    Having an Android OS onboard means the projector can utilise apps to edit your documents, browse the web and more, all easily achieved with its wireless keyboard/mouse. This computing power allows the M550 to download Play Store apps without an external piece of hardware, offering access to a vast network of subscription services, business apps and gaming features all in one box.

    Apple users, do not despair, you can still use the powerful Pico Genie for Wireless mirroring too, projecting all your IOS devices at HD quality up to 2 metres wide.

    So how does the Pico Genie M550 Plus compare to a traditional TV plus set top box and how can it work for your business/home?

    TV versus Projector: Portability and Usability

    Weighing in at a tiny 895g the projector and projecting at 120 inches the projector clearly wins the portability round, and with no extra boxes required to stream content and an internal 3 hour battery you can take your viewing experience anywhere. Movie night doesn’t have to be an indoor event after all.

    With its wireless compatibility, small size and android functionality you won’t even be chained to a separate device or conference room, project anywhere, even in daylight thanks to a brightness of 650 lumens.

    Usability is also great on the Pico Genie M550 Plus with a supplied high quality portable keyboard/mouse for typing in all that content or wifi network codes. It also comes with a radio remote control for standard use.

    Home TV/Web Content

    Skygo can be played back via the VGA port if connected to a laptop which is quite unique for a portable device.

    The Google Play Store offers apps for subscription services like Netflix, NowTV and PrimeVideo without another box or dongle in sight. Some smart TVs include a selection of these apps of course but often don’t have a Google Play app store.

    You still can’t get the big screen experience in one portable unit from a smart TV.

    Unlike some TVs, Showreel and Kodi can be downloaded directly onto the projector proving a more cinematic big screen experience than the average TV.

    Business content: Easy Big Screen Sharing in Meetings

    For businesses the full might of the Google Play store can be accessed via the M550 Plus, downloading apps like Salesforce to view your objectives and targets in big screen clarity, ideal for teamwork and project management.

    Large conferences are made easier with an android projector, scrap the bulky monitors/TV’s and you could get a 2 metre wide HD projection for easier, more user friendly meetings.

    Remote desktops, presentations, and time management apps are all catered for within the Google Play Store, ready to be downloaded onto the projector’s 3GB internal memory and available to use whenever and wherever you require.

    The verdict

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus is the smarter choice with limitless portability and the big screen in a small package. The android operating system and extensive connectivity all combine for a one box solution that can take you from movie night to Monday meetings.

    Spec in Brief: Pico Genie M550 Plus

    - Built in Android OS/Play store so you can download your favourite Apps directly to your projector

    - 650 lumens LED HD on battery or mains power

    - Short throw gives you an 80" image just 2m from your wall or screen

    - Wireless keyboard for easy use

    - Wireless mirroring to smartphones/tablets via DLNA/Miracast

    - Wireless connection to Laptops/MacBooks via DLNA (share images and videos)

    - Up to 3 hours battery life at 650 lumens (13500mAh/3.7V)

    - Radio controlled remote

    - Auto Keystone correction +/- 40 degrees

    - Powerbank- charge your iPhone/Android device via the projector

    - HDMI Powered (for dongle power such as Chromecast negates need to plug into 2nd power supply)

    - FULL SPEC visit www.picogenie.com or click here for the pdf

  • Should you buy a 4k TV or a 4k projector? Where is the best 4k TV content?

    One of the questions we are asked more and more at Personal Projector these days is should you buy a 4k TV or a 4k projector?

    The lines are now blurring between the 4k TV and the 4k projectors with 4k projector prices now rivalling 4k TVs. Projector brightness levels are also improving and most importantly 4k content is also becoming more easily available.

    What are the main differences between 4K TV versus 4k Projectors: Price, Screen Size, Brightness

    According to a recent article by T3 4th August 2017, "this year, some 230 million televisions will be sold worldwide (pub quizzers take note, of which 50 million will be 50-inch plus UHD models. On a high-street near you, the fastest-growing 4K screen size is now roughly 43 inches. As we strive for larger, cinema style screens the option to upgrade to a 4K projector has never looked better."

    Both the Acer H7850 and the Optoma UHDX550 4k projectors can project a 4K screen of up to 120-inches and beyond instead of 43", with built in sound systems to deliver an accessible cinema experience in your living room. Although we would still recommend they are connected up to an external home cinema audio system if you want the best 4k audio visual experience.

    Some 4k projectors are also now cheaper than the 4k TV equivalents at only £1899 inc vat which is half the price they were 12 months ago.

    Projector brightness has now also improved to around 3000 lumens on a 4k projector too meaning its perfect for viewing in normal light conditions without the curtains being drawn so you get the brightness and the cinema sized images in one package.

    How easy is it access 4K TV/Cinema Content ?

    There’s actually a huge difference between the various 4k paid TV content packages when it comes to the depth of their UHD catalogue. Here is a summary below of 4k content from the main providers in the UK via Sky, BT, Virgin, Amazon and Netflix.

    In addition you can also obtain free UHD 4k content via YouTube.

    How to find 4K content at a glance:

    4K Content SKY Q BT YouView + UHD Virgin V6 Amazon Fire Box Netflix
    Sports Sky Sports F1, Test Cricket, Premier League Football Champions + Europa League Football, Boxing, Rugby Stream through apps Stream through apps N/A
    Movies Sky Cinema In Development Stream through apps Stream through apps Stream through app
    TV and Box Sets Selected Box Sets On Demand Stream through apps Stream through apps Stream through app
    Events Selected Festivals no no no no

    UPDATE: 24th Oct 2018 Sky Q partners with Netflix means greater choice of HD and 4K content so nows the perfect time to invest in that ultimate home cinema such as the Benq W1600 UST.
    https://bit.ly/2Aqi0Nv

    T3 tech magazine believe, "with 4k Cinema and 4k box sets on offer you can bingewatch shows in UHD, including The Blacklist, Fortitude and Riviera. If you’re watching live sports, 4K viewers will receive a prompt to switch to a UHD broadcast if it’s available. Sky offers the entire Formula 1 season in 4K plus Test Cricket and Premier League Football.

    Currently, the headline attraction from BT is 4K football (Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and EUFA Europa League), but it also screens regular UHD boxing and Aviva Premiership Rugby in 4K (with Dolby Atmos audio, which makes a not inconsiderable bonus).

    The latest set top box from cable giant Virgin TV, the ultra-compact V6, is 4K capable, too. Unfortunately, unlike Sky, Virgin TV currently does not offer any UHD content beyond Netflix and YouTube in 4K.

    If you’re hoping to stream 4K Netflix or Amazon Video content from a separate mediaplayer, the best value is Amazon’s Fire TV box, priced at £80. This hooks up via HDMI and supports 2160p streams. Only the bigger Amazon Fire box offers 4K, the little Amazon Fire stick is HD only.

    It’s also important to note that HDR from Netflix and Amazon is only available from apps integrated within a 4K HDR TV itself. It’s not (yet) available from outboard devices, like media players and Blu-ray decks."

    Two Popular 4k Projectors: Acer H7850 and Optoma UHD550X 

    The main advantage of course in viewing 4k content on a 4k projector as opposed to a 4k TV is the supersized ultra lifelike, immersive images blown up to a huge cinema size as it was intended to be and these 2 models below do a great job at very reasonable prices.

    The Acer H7850 4k projector delivers 4K resolutions with AcuMotion Frame Rate Enhancement to deliver sharper images during shaky or unstable moments in whatever you’re watching. Along this technology the brightness of 3000 lumens and built in speakers combine to provide a full cinema experience all in one box. This home cinema is available for £2,278.80 (Inc Vat).

    http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/acer-h7850-4k-uhd-projector.html

    The Optoma UHD550X 4k projector goes one stage further than the Acer and provides a uniqe feature of vertical lens shift allowing you to bring the projector further or closer from the wall electronically ie without the need to move it which can be an advantage if you are restricted on where you need to place the projector.

    The various adjustments on offer means this projector is also incredibly accessible, easy to install and connect. It even has a built-in gaming-mode, optimising your projector for lightning response times, maximum contrast and vivid colours to capture every detail. This versatile projector is available at £1899.99 which is less than some 4K TVs.

    http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/optoma-uhd550x-ultra-hd-4k-projector-2800-ansi-lumens.html

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