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Monthly Archives: December 2017

  • How to connect your MacBook Pro to a Projector / TV

    Method 1, HDMI connection - Adaptor and Cables

    1. Your Projector / TV must have a HDMI port on it in order to connect your MacBook Pro. 
    2. You will need a HDMI cable.
    3. If you have a Retina Display MacBook Pro, you will probably have a HDMI port and so you do not need an adapter, simply connect the HDMI cable to the MacBook Pro and the Projector / TV
    4. If you have a MacBook Pro without a HDMI port you will need a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor or cable. You can get them here: 
    5. Connect the HDMI cable to the Mini DisplayPort adapter, then connect the Mini DisplayPort adapter to the MacBook Pro and finally connect the HDMI cable to the Projector / TV
    6. Change the 'Source' on your Projector / TV to HDMI

    Method 2, VGA connection 

    1. Your Projector / TV must have a VGA port on it in order to connect your MacBook Pro.
    2. You will need a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter plus a VGA cable
    3. You will also need an audio cable if you wish to stream sound from your MacBook Pro to your projector/ TV as VGA cables do not carry sound
    4. Connect the Mini DisplayPort adapter to the VGA cable, then connect the Mini DisplayPort adapter to the Macbook Pro and the VGA cable to the Projector / TV
    5. Connect your audio cable to both devices at this point if applicable
    6. Change the 'Source' on your Projector / TV to HDMI

     

    See the Pico Genie M550 Plus here. It's the perfect Projector for your MacBook!

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    Note about Mini DisplayPort adaptors - buy them here

    All adapters and cables for Apple products should be sourced directly from Apple or an Apple authorised reseller. Personal Projector does not sell Apple cables.

    Some of the more recent Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters include audio support, meaning that if you have one of these you will not need an extra cable to get sound.

    If you have one of the older Mini DisplayPort adaptors or a VGA Mini DisplayPort adaptor, you will also need an audio cable to connect the MacBook to the projector / TV

    Click here for help changing the display on your MacBook Pro to display out via HDMI connection with a Mini DisplayPort

    Also: Do not confuse your Mini DVI port with the Firewire 800

  • Buyer Beware: smartphone projectors review

    The market for smartphone projectors has exploded in recent years, but are these handheld and mini projectors really as spectacular as the manufacturers claim? There are mini projectors available that create shareable big screen entertainment from the palm of your hand, you just have to avoid the pretenders and the impostors on offer.

    Don't settle for a blurry images only visible in the pitch black, don't settle for squinting at your smartphone, get something guaranteed to deliver your entertainment  in big screen style.

    The Bargain Bin Smartphone Projector

    The smartphone projector can come in many shapes and sizes but when a projector is priced at less than £20, regardless of any other factors, it is guaranteed to disappoint. We've sifted through the reviews on Argos and it's clear this T3K mini video projector doesn't cut it, offering 'blurry', 'dark' and 'distorted' visuals. Don't be fooled by a retro cardboard projector exterior, this type of projector can never match a genuine projector, they don't even offer a brightness rating in lumens! A lumens rating is the way projectors are measured on their brightness  and it is the most basic piece of information you should be searching for when buying any projector, so when a product can not offer that information you should avoid it at all costs.

    The screen sizes offered by smartphone projectors of this style never match up to the 120" image sizes on offer from genuine portable projectors. Generally these cheap handheld projectors will create a larger image size than you would get from a phone but the image itself is largely unwatchable due to the low brightness and low resolutions on offer.

    Moto Mods

    Despite only being available for the Motorola Z family of phones the Moto Mod Projector looked promising, however, when people asked "how bright is the motot mod?" everyone realised its price of around £200 only got them a measly 50 lumens of brightness. Related image

    The basic promise of projecting your smartphone screen at a much larger size is delivered by the Moto Mod Projector, except for one crucial difference. You may have a 70" screen but the quality of your phone screen will far outweigh the weak brightness of of the Moto Mod. So once again this feels like settling for something which cannot deliver that promise of a quality image on a cinema size screen. Why not go for a device that is actually fit for purpose and can project 120" images at a brightness that is actually usable?

    A Genuine portable projector

    The best choice for a handheld smartphone projector is the Pico Genie P200, offering 200 ANSI lumens and 120" image sizes in a tiny handheld device. This has now been replaced by the Acer C200 which offers the same 200 ansi lumens with a massive 4 hour battery! Compared to the other mini projectors mentioned above those specifications may seem excessive and high spec, but they don't come with a high spec price tag. 

    With a range of connectivity options the P200  and C200 can also be connected to both apple and android products but why limit yourself, it isn't just for smartphones, use it with your laptop and tablet too. You won't just be buying the ideal projector for your smartphone but the ideal portable multimedia device for all your big screen needs!

    A portable projector is a more suitable and versatile option for mirroring your smartphone and other devices, if you're interested then read more about our Top 5 Portable Projectors for 2017.

    The verdict

    Looking for a smartphone projector can be difficult but don't settle for the second best, choose a projector to fulfil that promise of a bigger screen without sacrificing on quality.

  • Xmas Delivery: Extended Christmas Returns Period

    Christmas Delivery (UK, Europe & Worldwide)

    Rely on us this Christmas to deliver your goods right up to the last minute! Our highly reliable DPD Local couriers will send you a text/email with an estimated delivery window accurate to 1 hour  providing you with complete confidence that your vital delivery is going to arrive on time when you need it. Read more

    • UK: Place your order by 4pm on Thurs 21st December to receive Friday 22nd  December OR order on Friday 22nd by 2pm and select a Saturday delivery to receive Saturday 23rd December. Please note you must select a Sat delivery option at the checkout.  
    • Europe: If placing your order after 11thDecember please enquire depending on your destination we may be able to deliver as late as 17th December 
    • Worldwide:please enquire about the send-by date for your destination before placing your order for xmas delivery

    Extended Christmas Returns Period

    Orders placed between the 8th and 22nd December will benefit from an extended returns period. If a product is not suitable then please email us by December 31st for an exchange or refund (on items returned in new condition). Refunds/Exchanges will be processed from Tues 2nd January.

  • Best Portable Projector 2017 and 2018: Tech Advisor Magazine

    Tech Advisor (formerly PC Advisor) Magazine a prominent UK Tech magazine lists the Pico Genie M550 Plus Best Portable Projector 2017 and now they have renewed their decision for 2018!

    • “You'll see portable projectors for sale from as little as £20, but be very wary of sellers' claims about resolution and brightness. The simple fact is that you get what you pay for with a projector.”

     

    • “a solidly featured little projector with an impressive battery life”

     

    • “The variety of inputs and outputs is one of the M550 Plus's biggest strengths. Not only does it support AV, HDMI, and VGA inputs, but you can also wirelessly cast to the project from an Android or iOS device, and play files from the inbuilt storage (8GB) or a USB drive or microSD card.”

     

    • “Pico Genie says the M550 has a three-hour battery life, which is enough to watch a film on the go”
  • Philips Screeneo 2.0 Alternative Projectors

    Philips' Screeneo 2.0 is out of stock across UK & Europe due to 2 collapses of the company that held the license for this product.  As of September 2018 there are no active UK distributors of Screeneo so if you are looking for some good alternatives here are some options!

    The Vivitek DH765Z-UST laser projector with zero bulb replacements / maintenance and the stunning Benq W1600UST home cinema projector. Also watch out for an increase in fake chinese products where the descriptions and lumens are ludicrously exaggerated by over 10 times such as the Wemax One by Xiaomi.

    Vivitek DH765Z-UST

    The Vivitek DH765Z-UST is one of the closest alternatives to the Philips Screeneo 2 but works better for those wanting a much brighter image in a normally lit room. The Vivitek projector has 4000 lumens so is double the 2000 lumens of brightness on the Screeneo which is a major benefit if you want to use it in your lounge to replace your normal TV and not have to draw the curtains.

    Vivitek DH765Z Ultra Short Throw High Brightness Laser Projector

     

    The other advantage of the Vivitek DH765Z is that its a laser projector with no lamp so it means you will not incur expensive bulb cost replacements with over 30,000 hour "lamp" life instead of just 6,000 hr lamp life. So although the Vivitek DH765Z-UST is more expensive than the Screeneo 2 HDP2510 there will be significantly lower running costs on the Vivitek laser projector which makes up for the added extra cost.

    The Vivitek is also ultra short throw and as you can see in the image you can put this right up against the wall and project an absolutely huge image 3 or 4 times the size of your TV.

    Whilst its speaker system is only 10 watt speakers compared to the Screeneo's 26w you can of course connect an external audio system too. The smaller speakers also has the added benefit of making the Vivitek projector smaller and lighter taking up less space.

    The Vivitel DH765Z-UST was not originally designed for home cinema enthusiasts,  so without those high contrast ratios and deep blacks it may not sport the exact same image quality as the Screeneo. Also without AcuMotion, or frame interpolation technology, sports and high speed scenes may be harder to view. However, the Vivitek projector will be well suited to those wanting a brighter ultra short throw image with lower running costs in a smaller unit than the Screeneo 2. You won't find a maintenance free projector at a staggering 4000 lumens anywhere else without paying upwards of £10,000!

    BenQ W1600UST ultra short throw home cinema projector

    Place this stylish projector just inches from the wall and you'll get the  full HD 1080p cinematic experience without any installation costs! The BenQ W1600UST also offers a staggering 3300 ansi lumens of brightness so you can keep that quality crisp and bright in every home lighting environment.

    Acer V7500, 2500 Lumen Full HD/3D Home Cinema Projector

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    The award-winning Acer V7500 is near the top of the tree this Christmas! Boasting an incredible 2500 Lumen lightshow to back up its revolutionary software and sophisticated colour technology, it's no surprise it comes recommended by Home Cinema Choice magazine.

    Inside its trendy white exterior is a range of seriously impressive features, including an Ambient Light Sensor to automatically adjust the image to suit the brightness of your surroundings, 4 Corner keystone correction and RGBRGB colour wheel for vivid colours. It also boasts a whopping 20,000:1 contrast ratio, meaning its picture quality is hard to beat, whether you're watching a film in a darkened room or sport on a bright Saturday afternoon. It isn't short throw, but it does have a massive max image size of 300", over twice the size of the Screeneo for less than half the cost! If you wanted a Screeneo for home cinema or sport, the V7500 has you covered!

    Acer H6517ST, 3000 Lumen Short Throw Full HD/3D DLP Projector

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    A mighty short throw projector that can project a huge screen just a metre from your projection surface, the H6517ST might not be the most snappily-titled projector, but it's ideal for cinema, gaming and more!

    At 3000 Lumens, it can project a crystal clear image in even bright sunlight, meaning you can get Full HD in a billion colours and flicker-free 3D at 300 inches diagonally. It has a range of automatic and manual image adjustment controls so it's a doddle to set up and get that big-screen feeling from the comfort of your living room. If you're looking for a projector that can produce a massive, clear image even in the most cramped Christmas living room, you might want to put the H6517ST on your Christmas list.

    Acer H7550ST, 3000 Lumen Short Throw Full HD/3D Projector

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    Packing a heavyweight punch in a lightweight frame, the H7550ST is a short throw projector with the power to turn your front room into a multiplex cinema, even when it's less than a metre away from your projection surface.

    Boasting a full range of flexible wired and wireless functionality to help you connect to any audio or visual device, the H7550ST backs up its crystal clear image projected by a 3000 Lumen lamp with an onboard 10W speaker, meaning you don't even need an external speaker to get that cinematic sound experience. Whether it's gaming, sport, cinema or a TV binge you want, the H7550ST can give you a huge screen and booming sound even if you don't have a lot of space to project in.

    Acer S1283Hne, 3100 Lumens Ultra Short Throw DLP Projector

    This Ultra Short throw DLP projector can project a 79 inch image onto a wall at only 1m away. With this capability you can have a large cinema experience without sacrificing on space or installation.

    Your Acer S1283Whne projector doesn't have to mounted or suspended from the ceiling behind your sofa to produce a large image, that table usually reserved for the TV can function as the ideal stand for this ultra short throw projector.

     

    Use our handy comparison sheet to view all the acer short throw projectors side-by-side - just click HERE.

    Alternatively, if you're thinking of upgrading to an Ultra High Definition 4K Home Cinema then check out our review of Acer's 4K projectors here.

    Ultra Short Throw (UST) Update (September 2018). There has been a growth in the ultra short throw market with many customers trying to find a home cinema product with very high lumens that can be put 6 inches away from the wall to provide a 100" screen. This has meant a surge in resellers and chinese suppliers claiming their products are ultra short throw and high brightness when often they are not even short throw nevermind ultra short throw and the brightness claims are ludicrous.

    Examples of fake ultra short throw projector descriptions include Wemax one by Xiaomi claiming a whopping lie of 7000 ansi lumens for only £1500. The give away that Wemax One by Xiaomi is a FAKE product is firstly the price point is way too low, especially for a laser projector. For example by comparison a 5000 lumen projector by Casio is almost £6000 so a genuine 7000  ansi lumen model would be a significantly higher price if it were genuine. The actual brightness of the Wemax One by Xiaomi projector could be as low as 1000 to 1500 ansi lumens but is expensive for its brightness levels simply because laser components are much more expensive than their LED counterparts

    Secondly, the giveaway that Wemax One is a fake description is when you see actual video footage of it at 7000 lumens the Wemax should be jumping off the walls in broad daylight with brightness when in ultra short throw but its a dull image as can be seen below. The (fake) brighter images displayed are always stills that are photoshopped so always try and look for a video of the product (often on the product pages themselves under the still images).

    Wemax One Claiming 7000 Ansi Lumens Laser VERSUS a Vivitek DW763Z Laser 4000 lumen UST

    On paper, the Vivitek (2nd image) is stated at almost half the brightness at 4000 lumens of the Wemax One (7000 lumens) yet these images below showing both projectors in action (not photoshopped) show the Wemax is a fraction of the actual brightness of the Vivitek DW763Z-ust yet Wemax claims to be almost twice the brightness of the Vivitek projector. The Benq W1600UST is also worth looking at for a genuine low cost high brightness (3,300 ansi lumen) UST projector.

     Vivitek DH765Z Ultra Short Throw High Brightness Laser Projector

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