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Monthly Archives: April 2019

  • Buying Projectors on Amazon: Buyer Beware of Top 10 Chinese Fakes

    Many of our customers have been asking us how is it possible that projectors listed on Amazon's Prime Deals or on Amazons Top 15 projectors are 1000 lumens yet only cost £50.

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    We decided to investigate and have been monitoring this since September 2016. We purchased one of the Top 15 projectors on Amazon to see what was going on. We discovered a large amount of false trades descriptions which we have reported to Amazon. The list of these companies has since proliferated as Amazon allows fake reviews and people just look at the star ratings rather than the details so it always shows 4 stars or higher in the review despite alluring to the odd minor negative point in the reviews.

    Unfortunately its not in Amazons interests to do anything about these fake reviews or fake products with fake lumens as they get paid for every sale whether you return it or not. Even when you return it they still take a 7% to 15% commission - so its a Win Win for Amazon and a pain for you as the customer to be duped by false trades descriptions! We reported the issue at the beginning of the year and years later later the problem still exists despite numerous complaints to Amazon.

    We reviewed one of the best selling Amazon projector: Elephas Full Color 130" Portable LED "Pico" Projector. This review highlights the major flaws in all Amazon's best selling projectors and shows how many manufacturers are massively exaggerating features and specifications of these projectors. This review/guide will help you to avoid buying fake products and to understand how these companies selling on Amazon's marketplace (and even via Amazon Prime FBA) are breaching trading standards and are blatantly lying to customers.

    Lumens Test: The biggest false description on Amazon

    The most important test is brightness so we compared the popular Pico Genie P55 which is a genuine 50 lumens to the Elephas Full Colour 130" which is stated as "1000 lumens". The Elephas is well priced at £54 on Amazon which is impossibly cheap for a projector of "1000" lumens.

    Below the image shows the brightness difference between the Pico Genie P55 (bottom image) and the Elephas (top image). If anything, the Pico Genie P55 is brighter and also has a better resolution. This is fairly shocking when you consider the Elphas is being listed as 20x brighter than the Pico Genie? Yes, 20 TIMES! Amazon’s top 15 projectors state they have 800-1500 lumens which is simply false.

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    The alarm bells should initially start ringing when you see a headline figure of 1000 lumens and a price of anything less than £400.

    To see what a real 1000 lumen projector looks like take a look at the Vivitek Qumi Q8  - its a world apart, its like watching a home cinema and the brightness looks like a printed graphic showing perfectly and clearly in normally lit conditions. Then take a look at a projector that does a real 500 or 650 lumens in this video and you will see instantly the difference.

    Unfortunately there is no limit to how much the lumens can be overstated by. This is shown clearly by the Anker Nebula Projector.

    Regularly quoted at a massive 3000 lumens online the Anker nebula actually has only 500 ansi lumens, putting it on par with the Piqs TT or the Qumi Q3. At it's rather large size not only is far from being a truly ultra portable projector, as both alternatives offer the same power from much smaller handheld devices.

    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. A genuine 7000 ansi lumen projector would cost several thousand USD, Euros or pounds.

     Vivitek DH765Z Ultra Short Throw High Brightness Laser Projector

    Focus: Dont be limited to a fixed focus and fixed size image

    The Elephas and Amazon’s top 15 projectors often will have a fixed focus meaning it has to be an EXACT distance from the wall to be able to view it otherwise its out of focus. Thus it has to be exactly 1.5m away to create an image of 50-60”. If the Elephas is moved any closer to the projection surface, it is instantly out of focus so you just cant see it.

    In other words its useless if you want to put the projector anywhere other than 1.5m away from the wall.

    On some of the other top 15 Amazon projectors, if you have a small projection area you could end up with a screen size that is far too big for your projection space as well as it being out of focus.

    Pico Genie and other premium brand projectors can be focused as small as 15cm from the projection surface to create a tiny image or over >100" simply by moving them closer/further from the projected area.

    Check its got real DLP

    DLP is a premium image chip from Texas Instruments meaning your image quality will be viewable and far superior to the chinese versions listed on Amazon. It usually also means the projector itself is much smaller as can be seen with the Elephas versus the Pico Genie above.

    The costs of these DLP chips are high so as a rough guide anything advertised under £140 on Amazon is more than likely not going to have a real DLP chip inside. Its also likely to be a much larger size projector in terms of its dimensions (as can be seen in the photos above the Pico Genie is tiny in comparison to the Elephas).

    Size / Portability

    The genuine Pico Genie P55 is a fraction of the size of most of the top 15 projectors listed on Amazon and is more pocketable. Also the quality is not compromised because of its size as Pico Genie projectors use DLP rather than poor quality LCOS.

    As can be seen below the Elephas is almost 4x bigger than the Pico Genie.

    Weight – even with a battery this product is lighter and smaller than the majority of the top 15 projectors, it’s therefore ideal for quickly moving or taking away on your travels. Unlike the Elephas that would need a larger back to be transported.

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    Battery

    All Pico Genie products include a battery as standard. The Pico Genie P55’s inbuilt battery will last for up to 2.5 hours. In comparison to Amazon’s top 15 which are 4x the size and do not have any battery at all. Pico Genie projectors are ultra portable and can be used anywhere.

    Fan Noise/usage & burning smells

    The Pico Genie P55 makes very little fan noise when in use and can be used for as long as required on mains power. Amazon’s top 15 projectors such as Elephas are incredibly noisy and kick out a lot of heat. They also state they should not be used for more than 3-4 hours at any one time. This also highlights a major safety concern. We used the Elephas for around 1-2 hours and it became very hot and produced some unusual burning smells.

    Build quality

    The Pico Genie P55 is built to a high quality and is highly robust. Aesthetically the P55 design is far superior to Amazon’s top 15.

    Trusted Portable Projector Brands Online:

    Below we have listed out a number of brands that have an excellent reputation across the projection market. Click here for our full range of  trusted ultra portable projectors. The list below also includes some home cinema products.

    Q3 PIQS C200 Gosho Projector Alternatives

    Beware Of:

    Below is a list of brands overstating the trade descriptions, often quoting lumens at over 10 times higher or suggesting its Full HD or even 4k when its a much lower resolution, amongst others.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list of dodgy projector brands. The same companies are using different brand names which get changed regularly to avoid detection. There are many more out there but if the number of lumens appears too high for the price then, unless its a used item, then you have to question whether it is a genuine or a fake description.

    • ABOX
    • ARTLII
    • Beamer King
    • Blusmart
    • BOMAKER
    • Build Excellent
    • Crenova
    • CAIWAI
    • DeepLee
    • DIWUER
    • DR Q / Dr K (changes its name regularly)
    • EG Beaver
    • Elephas
    • EUG
    • Excelvan
    • ExquizOn
    • FAERSI
    • FlylinkTech
    • FUDISI Tech
    • FUJSU
    • GEARGO
    • GOOBANG
    • GooDee
    • GP100 Video Projector
    • HuiHeng
    • iBacakys
    • ICOCO
    • Jinhoo
    • Joyhero
    • KUAK
    • LESHP
    • Milaga
    • MTFY GP90
    • Ohderii
    • OUTAD
    • Powerlead
    • POYANK
    • PRAVETTE
    • QKK
    • SINOSAL
    • Soggiv
    • Tenker
    • Teckepic
    • TOPVISION
    • TUREWELL
    • THZY
    • TOQIBO
    • UNHO
    • Uvistar
    • Vankyo
    • VicTsing
    • Visoud
    • Wemax One by Xiaomi
    • Weton
    • WIMIUS
    • WONNIE
    • WISCLASS
    • Xiaomi (Wemax 1)
    • XUANPAD
    • Yaufey
    • Yokkao
    • YONTEX

    Overstated lumens at the Higher-end

    The Anker Nebula is quoted in most online specifications at a massive 3000  lumens
    • but only offers 500 ansi lumens

    SUMMARY:  Tips to Avoid Buying Fake Projectors from Amazon & Online 

    1. Claims its New < £80: If it's brand new and less than £80, don't bother. The projector is more than likely being way over sold by a Chinese company. LED projectors of any decent quality that are new with DLP and a minimum genuine lumens of 50 lumens start at £150 / €180 / $195
    2. Claims its New <£300 and claims over 600 lumens - it's quoting "Chinese marketing lumens" and maybe 10 or 20 times overstated and probably 50 lumens with no DLP and is fake
    3. DLP? - Ensure the projector has Texas Instruments DLP, this provides superior image quality and is the industry standard.
    4. States "use in a dark room" - If the projector has over 200 lumens and states "Use in a dark room", usually means its less than 50 lumens so avoid
    5. 1080p - this is one of the biggest lies - there are very few 1080p models out there and certainly none by any lesser known brands not listed above. The likelihood is that if you've not heard of the brand and its stating 1080p then its not 1080p. It should say "supports" 1080p ie supports Full HD but instead they just claim its Full HD when in fact its probably 2 or 3 grades down from that at VGA resolution - whats in a word eh !
    6. Catches Fire - If it says "it needs to be turned off after 2-4 hours", give it a miss. It is more than likely dangerous and prone to catching fire. It has been made very cheaply and so key safety processes can easily be missed.
    7. Common Sense - If it sounds too good to be true, it is!! Remember if you buy cheap you usually end up buying twice so just buy the product that's right for you first time around.

    CONCLUSION

    The old saying, BUY CHEAP BUY TWICE is true but if you need a quality brand at an affordable price then its worth checking out projector special offers or sales here for those genuine brands.

    If all of this talk of Ansi and marketing lumens have you stumped then we have got you covered, we have written a handy guide which will explain everything that you need to know here.

    Now that you know what not to look for in a projector it might be handy to find out what you should be looking for, we have a great guide available for you here.

    How to get results with a complaint on Amazon in the UK

    We spent 14 months writing to Amazon to complain about fraudulent trades descriptions on Amazon as they continue to allow resellers, predominantly Chinese, to describe goods however they like without any resemblance to the truth. Amazon fail to do anything about it whatsoever so here are some steps you can take if you have similar problems.

    1. Try raising a case through seller central if you are a reseller or via Contact Us on Amazon as a consumer. If you get standard responses like we did for 14 months whereby its clear they are just not reading or listening to the complaint then go to step 2
    2. Report it to Trading Standards which has to be done via the Citizens Advice Bureau either by phone 03454 04 05 06 or Id recommend going to this online form at the bottom of their website. Get a case number
    3. Call the European Consumer Credit Center on 01268 886690 - Get a case number
    4. Write a letter to Amazon UK’s offices. This address is quite well hidden and hard to find so we’ve listed it below. Make sure you send it recorded delivery and inform them of the case numbers and the issues
    5. The main issue is Amazon’s HQ is outside the UK so they often like to pass the buck so the next step is to also report it to CMA - Competition & Markets Authority and this can be passed onto the equivalent trading standards bodies in the relevant countries – email for CMA general.enquiries@cma.gsi.gov.uk and again get a case number to pass onto Amazon

    Amazon UK Office Address

    Amazon EU SARL, UK Branch, 60 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD, United Kingdom

    Registered in England & Wales

    Company No. FC032354

    UK Establishment No. BR017427

    UK VAT Number: GB 727255821

     

    Amazon EU HQ

    Amazon EU SARL, Société à responsabilité limitée, 5 Rue Plaetis, L2338 Luxembourg

    Share Capital: EUR 37,500

    Registered in Luxembourg

    RCS Luxembourg No: B-101818

    Business Licence Number: 134248

    Luxembourg VAT Registration Number:  LU 20260743

    We are here to advise customers on their needs and requirements and are familiar with all the projector products on the marketplace so please dont hesitate to contact us for more advice via email, Tel 0845 1218800 or our live chat at www.personalprojector.co.uk

  • Android Projectors: What does this mean? How do they work?

    What is an Android projector?

    An Android projector is a projector that runs Android software to power its operating system. Think of Android as a computer inside your projector allowing you to run programmes and interface as you would when using a PC.

    All projectors will have a form of operating system allowing you to alter various settings and set up the initial connection with your media outlet. Android projectors function in a similar way but have the added bonus of being able to run various applications, essentially turning your projector into its own media outlet.

    Android Projectors confused

    How does it work?

    The Android projector itself works in a similar way to your phone, once you have connected the device to the internet via Wi-Fi you can download various apps such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

    The ability to be able to use applications via the projector means that you don't have to connect it to your PC or other device in order to stream content. This also allows you total freedom with your projector and is why the Android OS is used in a lot of the portable projectors that are currently on the market.

    Common misconceptions

    There are a couple of common misconceptions that come with the use of Android software being used in a projector and we will answer them here:

    1. If you own an Android phone yourself it doesn't need to be on the same version as the projector in order to work with it. Most projectors will use older versions of Android as they don't need to be constantly updated unlike mobile phones.
    2. If you own an iPhone it will still be able to work with the projector, this is normally done via screen mirroring over Wi-Fi. The operating systems not being the same doesn't have a bearing on the connectivity.

    Where can I get one?

    If all of this has piqued your interest and you want to get your hands on an Android projector then you can view our range here.

  • Break Away From Cables With The Wireless HDMI!

    Enjoy Full HD without the cables

    The Full HD wireless HDMI for projectors, making your dreams of a cable-less world come true.

    This wireless HDMI kit allows for full HD image streaming without any loss of image quality. The high capacity, frame rate and speed of the Acer Wireless HDMI ensures that your image streams fast and does not break up allowing uninterrupted streaming of your favourite shows and films.

    Full HD Wireless HDMI for projectors

    How does it work?

    The Wireless HDMI works on a transmitter and receiver system, once each are connected you can stream content directly to your projector. You can use it with most multi-media outlets, even your smartphone!

    The setup is simple and easy to do in a few steps:

    1. Connect the transmitter to your media outlet (Computer, Blu-ray player, Smartphone)
    2. Connect the receiver to the HDMI/MHL port on your projector
    3. Turn on the transmitter and away you go!

    So if you are bothered by the burden of cables and would like to enter the world of wireless HD streaming then why not treat yourself to one of these?

    Where can I get one?

    If you would like to go cable-less yourself then you can get your own wireless HDMI here.

    Specifications

    Data Transfer Rate : Maximum of 1Gbps - Frequency Band 60GHz
    Video/Audio : 1080p/60f audio and video content with 4 Giga bit per second without compression
    Supported 3D Format : Blu-ray 3D
    Compatible with Full HD products

    Watch the Wireless HDMI in action below!

  • Vivitek NovoDS Cloud V1.3.1 Adds Some Great New Features!

    Cloud Based Digital Signage Solution

    The NovoDS Digital Signage Solution Cloud is an easy-to-use platform for creating digital content solutions that are suitable for a variety of corporate and educational applications. Be it a digital menu for your restaurant or an announcement board, NovoDS has got you covered.

    NovoDS range picture

    What's in the new version

    In the new version it is even easier to customise your playlist.

    You can now Create, Edit and Preview Your Playlist Online.

    Customising existing playlists and creating new ones are made even easier now that all features can be performed online using the NovoDS Cloud.

    NovoDS new version example

    New library features

    The new media library capabilities in NovoDS Cloud allow the storage of cloud media files that can be used to create and edit playlists. This new feature makes it easy to share files between cloud users, such as administrators, designers, and publishers.

    NovoDS library example

    New User Interface Dashboard

    The new  update also brings a refreshing change to the dashboard, summarising you account activity and the status of your device at a glance.

    NovoDS new dashboard example

    Where can I get one?

    If you fancy getting your hands on the NovoDS yourself you can grab one here.

    I want to know more

    You can learn more about how NovoDS works and its features via the video below:

  • 4k Home Cinema Projector Deals: Up to £1300 off this Easter

    We are offering a wide range of 4K home cinema projectors to suit every budget until 23rd April starting at just £790 inc vat. There are some huge discounts (up to £1300) on Acer models so if you need a 4k home cinema projector now is the perfect time to buy with these great 4K projector offers.

     

    Save hundreds of pounds on the models below or if you don't fancy piping wires everywhere get a wireless HDMI solution. With this device you can screen mirror from your phone, laptop or ipad or connect your  sky, BT or Virgin, so ask about a bundle deal on our high end wireless HDMI dongles (worth £203) that carry HD signals without all the problems of signal break-up that the cheaper wireless dongles suffer from.

    The Acer H6810 or Acer V6810 currently offer near silent operation at 2200 or 3500 lumens (respectively) with great image quality and savings of £300 for Easter.

    The biggest saving right now on 4k projectors is the Acer M550 4k UHD with 2900 lumens with an incredible £1303 off the retail price bringing it down to just £975 inc vat !!

    Finally if you need the highest quality 4k in laser instead of lamp then look no further than the Acer VL7860 at £3312 (was £3499).

    Find Out More on Acer 4k Projector special deal offers

  • Authors

    Authors

    Oliver Stanley Burwell

    Oliver Stanley Burwell (aka Oliver Burwell), has a keen interest in technology and gadgets with experience at Gift Universe Ltd (Menkind and Red5 the ultimate gadget shop) and Vodafone and Samsung.

    Oliver Burwell joined Personal Projector Ltd in Wakefield, as an Ecommerce Assistant in April 2019.

    Call us on 01924 589 589 to find out more about the team or for any employee references of previous members of the Personal Projector team.

  • TouchPanel Deals

    If you are looking to get the best of both worlds, by having a touch panel screen but at the same time have the ability to wirelessly connect up to 64 users mobile devices with total ease, then the Novo Touch panels might be the product for you (available in 65" 75" 86" 98" screen sizes).

    98" NovoTouch Panel with wireless collobaration in-built

    Combining touch screen and wireless presentation solutions into one device can also save you money on buying separate equipment that doesn't always talk to each other so well. The real beauty though is just works out the box without a lot of the hassle you can get with other systems (security, connection issues, installation problems, one-click share etc).

    Designed with large demonstrations in mind the NovoTouch can even share 4K video with ease over its collaboration system. These 4K UHD interactive touch panels are great for the boardroom or the classroom or simply pretending you are a football pundit / BBC Newsreader.

    Collaborate quickly and effectively with this touchpanel and its inbuilt novoenterprise sharing system for up to 64 participants! a 4K Ultra HD screen with NovoEnterprise for sharing, comparing and collaborating in a conference room or the classroom, using one-click management.

    Watch the video of the Vivitek NovoTouch interactive panels being demonstrated at the ISE exhibition by the NovoTouch product manager.


    Moderation and On-screen annotation function keeps you in control of the meeting and you can collaborate in a real time manner thanks to high speed wifi capability. Users can manipulate content with up to 20-points of touch, common gesture interactivity and on-screen annotation. The LED backlit technology also offers a brighter picture, longer life (minimum of 30,000 hours) and lower energy cost.

    The presentation and collaboration management software provides a meeting host (or the teacher) with the following functions:

    • Connect up to 64 users
    • Four members can present on the screen using a quad-split screen
    • One-click control over who displays
    • Presenter screen preview
    • Secured meeting login
    • Moderator
    • Poll/vote feature that measures audience comprehension

    An anti-glare surface improves the screen visibility in high ambient light environments and a 4mm thick toughened glass provides  added protection against screen damage.

    The NovoTouch LK7530i 75" interactive touch panel is becoming more and more popular and there are some amazing deals on at the moment that are really worth exploring saving you thousands of pounds on buying separate NovoEnterprise or other competitor wireless sharing solutions like Barco or CleverTouch.

    • NovoTouch LK9810i, 98" TouchPanel with NovoEnterprise
    • NovoTouch LK8630i, 86" TouchPanel with NovoEnterprise
    • NovoTouch LK7530i, 75" TouchPanel with NovoEnterprise
    • NovoTouch LK6530i, 65" TouchPanel with NovoEnterprise

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