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Connecting Your Projector

Scroll below for guides and tips for connecting smart devices to a projector, including Mac, iOS, Surface Pro and Android.

  • Connecting To External Speakers With No Audio Output On A Projector

    Have you have recently purchased or already own a projector and now want to connect it to external speakers but realised there isn't an audio output? Not to worry! We have done some research on this and come up with a few solutions you can try to connect your projector to an external speaker without an audio out port.


    Bypassing the Projector
    Use the HDMI out on the projector to your device for the picture > then use the 3.5mm out direct to speaker/sound bar from your computer > Change your sound settings on your device to match this.
    Using this method, you bypass the projector and the sound will go through the laptop to the speaker.

    Splitting the sound
    See this video for splitting the sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrhX3t-HR8Y

    Using a VGA Connection
    You can also use a VGA connection if you want to use it from your laptop and use the Audio IN port with a 3.5m line in cable from the source device earphone/audio out port.

    Using the projectors in built speakers
    Alternatively, most projectors do have speakers already built in, with some being quite powerful. See what the internal speakers are like and if they are suitable for you.

    Lip syncing issue
    If there is a lip sync issue which there shouldn’t be sometimes there are settings on the source device which allow you to change the delay to sync it up. This may differ on which device you are using and is one to test if yours has it.

  • Vivitek extends it's Novo Ecosystem with the NC-X700 and NC-X900

    Vivitek extends it's Novo Ecosystem with the NC-X700 and NC-X900 

    The NC-X700 and the NC-X900 are ideally suited to those who already have a screen or a projector, but wish to enhance or extend their existing AV infrastructure with wireless collaboration, or maximize their screen use with digital signage.

    Share your screen wirelessly

    With the NC-X700 and NC-X900 meeting participants are able to show wirelessly their device screen to a larger display. Use the capability of hassle-free mirroring, fully adapted to the BYOD practice. Thanks to the cross-platform compatibility with Windows, macOS, Ubuntu, Android and iOS, the connection is smooth and easy.

    In addition, users can make a direct connection with the Windows 10 Miracast. Guests will benefit from the optional LauncherPlus USB, which is an extension for direct WiFi connectivity from any laptop.

    NovoConnect offers a suite of collaboration tools ranging from the ability to switch participants’ screens dynamically, to displaying up to four participants simultaneously.
    Meanwhile, advanced moderation functions help the meeting host to remain in control of the meeting agenda.

    Safeguard your meetings
    All NovoConnect products offer built-in security features, which include AES-256 encryption, dual networks to separate guest and employee networks, and password protected configuration. The optional LauncherOne for laptop connectivity, ensures the solution’s true compliance to DLP policies and GDPR guidelines.

    Two in One - seamlessly switch from wireless collaboration to digital signage

    The NC-X700 and NC-X900 offer more than ‘just’ wireless collaboration. Both models add even more value by offering a seamless switch to digital signage in 4K resolution. Thanks to it's built-in NovoDS digital signage, creating messages and company announcements is made easy through its intuitive drag-and-drop interface. This enables users to transform idle screens into active digital announcement boards to communicate messages.

    See Vivitek Novo Range HERE

  • How to Project Slideshows or Digital Signage at an Event

    In one of our previous blogs we mentioned that we attended the Woolley Beer Festival where we used the Pico Genie M550 Plus and digital signage software to show off all the sponsors messages, event images and more. (Click here to see the blog).

    In this blog we will be helping you set up your Android projector to create a presentation remotely via a digital signage application. We'll also look at how to do this without wi-fi in case you are in the middle of nowhere like we were.







    Digital Signage Player Software is essentially a media player which can be controlled through an editor and allows you to add images, videos,  powerpoints, live feeds, change the screen layout and more. You can see this software used on many screens places such as bars, hotels, restaurants and airports.

    You can also add content while you are at the event and take photos of the event like we did here with the band playing and then project it onto the tent walls. So we had our basic sponsor messages and then we added live info such as photos and other content throughout the show.








    After looking at many options for digital signage software we found a great solution called onsign.tv that works well with the Pico Genie M550 Plus  although it should work on most Android projectors.  It also has a 14 day free trial account!

    Best Digital Signage App for Android projectors

    You can download the Onsign app which acts a receiver of the content you have created on your laptop. The content is streamed from the onsign website to the projector so you can remotely display whatever you desire on the projector. You can also try Screen Cloud app.

    Image result for onsign tv

    If are projecting at an event and you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or a computer to access onsign.tv, there are workarounds that allow you to still be able to display your messages on a large projector screen.

    Creating Digital Signage or Slideshows if if there is no wifi

    A very simple solution to this is to use an SD card, USB or directly connect a mobile device or laptop to the projector (by wire or direct wireless connection for Android or Apple). Then goto the Gallery option which is already installed on the projector. To do this you can follow these steps:

    • If using powerpoint save all the slides from your slideshow as Jpeg files and put them in a folder beforehand, name these according to which ones you would like to show first e.g A Slide 1 and A Slide 2 (put A before as it will out them to the top of the list).
    • Copy onto SD, USB and the projector will recognise it for instant playback
    • Click on the album, click the 3 buttons in the top right corner and click slideshow.

    Using this method is very simple and effective however you cannot change how long the images are shown.

    Changing the slide show timings

    A better solution which allows you to have more control is to use an app called Random Slideshow (please don’t be discouraged by the name, you can set it so the images are sequential instead of random).  To do this you can follow these steps:

    • Download the app Random Slideshow.
    • Save all the slides from your slideshow as Jpeg files and put them in a folder beforehand, name these according to which ones you would like to show first e.g A Slide 1 and A Slide 2 (put A before as it will out them to the top of the list).
    • Copy onto SD, USB and the projector will recognise it for instant playback
    • Go into the Random Slideshow App, select the album you want to use "with this app you are also able to use multiple albums from different sources such as USB, SD or the projectors own internal memory and have it go through them all"
    • Scroll further down before clicking start slideshow to change the time length of each image and to turn the randomising off

    Live Feeds from Social Media (Twitter, Facebook)

    One great option you can use at a party or any event is social media pages. Simply access a browser such as Chrome on the projector and logon to your twitter page. This then displays all tweets displayed so if you ask everyone at the show via the projector to use your # or @ then you can see a live feed of everyone's comments, feedback and photos as the show rolls on. It can be a really powerful tool.

  • 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.


    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!

  • HDMI 2.1 and 4K Home Cinema HDMI Guide

    Most people don't consider their cables when upgrading their home cinema projector, but with advances in 4K you'll need to think carefully about your setup. If you're looking to upgrade your home cinema projector but are still stuck with an old HDMI cable this guide can show you how your cable will perform.

    How to setup my 4k projector

    There is debate over whether HDMI cables should be listed as their 'version' number or just as 'standard' or 'high speed' but essentially version 2.0 and above is high speed. A 4K Home Cinema projector like the Acer V7850 has a HDMI 2.0 input specifically for 4K so you will need a HDMI 2.0 cable to get the full 4K experience.

    HDMI 1.4 only supports up to 4k 30hz,  whereas HDMI 2.0 can support 4k 60hz, ideal for 4k home cinema viewing. Connecting your HDMI 1.4 to a 4K projector will give you an up-scaled 1080p image, not quite the 4K clarity available.

    Any High-speed HDMI cable will do for your home cinema, they are now relatively cheap, and 'high speed' is just the name for HDMI 2.0 cables which are now the most commonly available since 2013.

    What is HDMI 2.1?

    Image result for hdmi 2.1

    Essentially, HDMI 2.1 has the capability to double-down on what HDMI 2.0 can manage. 2.1-standard cables will be able to easily outstrip the 4K limit, future proofing your set up with a maximum sending a maximum of 10K content at 120fps down the cable. HDMI 2.1 can even handle dyanmic HDR and variable refresh, adjusting pixels on-the-fly for crystal clear depth and focus.

    Will I need anything else for my 4K Home Cinema?

    You also need to consider the source of the 4K content, whether it's a Blu-ray player, games console or a AV receiver you'll need something that can send a 4K signal.

    The Bottom Line

    Getting 4K into your home is far more involved than just buying a 4K home cinema projector. You need the right pieces of the puzzle for it to work, otherwise you're just watching up-scaled 1080i/1080p, which isn't bad, but it's not 4K.

  • 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

  • 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.

    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).


    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.


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  • Samsung Galaxy S8: How Do I Connect It to a Projector?

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have finally been released after months of hype, and happy tech fans are enjoying its revolutionary new features, such as a Quad HD display, facial recognition and iris scanner. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is packed with features, however there is one key feature missing from the new phone: MHL compatibility.

    Samsung #unboxyourphone TV ad from Projection Artworks on Vimeo.

    If you didn't know, MHL allows you to use an MHL-HDMI cable to connect your phone to a projector, or other HD display such as your HDTV. Samsung removed MHL compatibility in their S7 range and it hasn't returned for the Galaxy S8 as the company moves towards wireless connectivity. Quite ironic that the company used projectors in their launch event (see above) for the phone that can't connect to any projector via a standard cable!

    Luckily, there are ways to get around this. If your projector doesn't have WiFi built in, you can simply pick up a wireless mirroring dongle with a Miracast function that you can stick into the HDMI port of your projector (products like the Acer C200 have powered HDMI ports too, so you won't need to have your dongle hooked up to power)!. After that, you can wirelessly cast to your projector from your shiny new Galaxy S8 whether you're connected to WiFi or not!

    An even easier method is to get a projector with WiFi and Miracast built in, such as the awesome Pico Genie M550 Plus. This means you enable the Miracast setting on your projector and your phone should detect the projector in your Quick Connect settings. Just one tap and you're connected, without any need for expensive cables, or to be connected to WiFi.


    If you're looking for a portable projector to use with your new Samsung Galaxy S8, for ease of use and quality, the top of the range right now is the Pico Genie M550 Plus.

  • Connect Your Surface Pro to a Projector - Get the Most Out of Your Device!

    Want to connect your Surface Pro device to a projector, or to a second monitor? Most projectors will work with Surface Pro devices, and to find out how, simply read the guide below - it couldn't be simpler!


    Wired Connections

    All you need is a Microsoft Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter and a HDMI cable. Simply plug the adapter into your Surface Pro and connect the HDMI cable and you're all set! To change your mirroring settings, use Windows + P to switch between extending or mirroring your display.


    Wireless Connections

    For this method, we recommend you use a projector with a powered USB or HDMI port, such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus or the Pico Genie P200.

    Simply purchase one of our Wireless Mirroring Dongles and plug it in. Make sure it's set to the Miracast setting (just push the button on the dongle) and follow the following steps on your Surface device.

    1. Select the search box in the taskbar, enter project to a second screen, and in the search results, select Project to a second screen.

    2. Choose one of the following options:

    PC screen only: You’ll see everything on your Surface screen. (When you're connected to a wireless projector, this option changes to Disconnect.)
    Duplicate: You’ll see the same things on all screens.
    Extend: You'll see everything spread over all screens, and you can drag and move items between them.
    Second screen only: You’ll see everything on the connected screen or screens, and your Surface screen will be blank.

    For more info, just watch the handy video below!

    What Surface models are currently supported?

    External displays
    Max refresh rate
    Max screen resolution
    Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3 with any processor
    24 Hz
    4096 x 2160
    Surface Pro 2, Surface 3, or Surface Pro 3 with any processor
    30 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface 3
    30 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface 3
    60 Hz
    2560 x 1600
    Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3 with any processor, or Surface Pro 4 Core M
    60 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book with any processor
    60 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book with i5 or i7 processor
    60 Hz
    4096 x 2304
    Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3 with i7 or i5 processor, or Surface Pro 4 Core M
    30 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book with i5 or i7 processor
    30 Hz
    4096 x 2304
    Surface Pro 3 with i3 processor
    60 Hz
    1920 x 1200
    Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3 with i7 or i5 processor
    60 Hz
    2560 x 1440
    Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book with any processor
    60 Hz
    2560 x 1600

  • How to get Sky Go on a portable projector anywhere?

    If you have a Sky subscription and have signed up to Sky Go then its a great way to watch all your sky content wherever you are in the world. The only problem is if you want to watch it on a big screen and try to project from a mobile device like an iPad or Smartphone then Sky blocks all your Sky Go Content or if you are overseas you maybe be blocked as you are not watching it in the UK. There are easy ways to solve both problems.

    So how do you get around Sky Go blocking you projecting out content?

    Well if you have a small portable laptop that you can take around with you then this is the perfect way to get around sky blocking you projecting your content onto a big screen via a projector. Just connect your laptop to a portable projector or TV and off you go with a large screen instead of the small laptop screen its cinema sized screen.

    The video below shows a perfect example with the Pico Genie M550 portable projector connected to Sky Go and shows how easy it is to project Sky Go with a projector onto the Big Screen anywhere!

    Since the Pico Genie M550 has one of the most powerful batteries at 13,500 mah then both the laptop and the projector can be completely wirefree except for the hardwire connection from the laptop to the projector but it means as long as you can get wifi you can literally watch your Sky Box wherever you are.

    If you are abroad you can also use a VPN to get around the blocks Sky place on being outside the UK - see services like TunnelBear which is essentially just an App downloaded onto your phone that allows you to access the internet as if you were in the UK instead of overseas. This means you can then watch and project BBC iPlayer, Sky and other content onto the big screen.

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