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  • 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.

    Solutions:

    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.

  • Outdoor Projection: Create an Outdoor Cinema

    Try something new this summer and experience an outdoor cinema with friends and family. Whether you are looking to project movies or just watch the game on the big screen either in the garden or camping, we have you covered with every screen and projector option to suit every budget.

    Use a projector for multiple applications other than just for outdoors such as creating a home cinema entertainment system on the big screen, gaming, zoom, work and more.

    Read more to find out tips and tricks on maximising your outdoor cinema experience. See recommendations below for ultra portable projectors, bright lamp based projectors and screens.

    Tips & Tricks for Projecting Outdoors

    Projecting outside during the day can be tricky as the sunlight can fade images just like on a TV, however there are plenty of solutions to help maximise the viewing experience. Here are just some below:

    • - Using a gazebo / canopy is a great way to block off direct sunlight and stop the projected image fading
    • - Use an Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screen with a high gain to increase the brightness (some ALR screens are only suitable with UST projectors, please check that your projector is compatible with the screen).
    • - Use a portable projector in a tent and enjoy a memorable camping trip.
    • - Alternatively, project in the shade where the sun isn’t facing

    Other safety tips for projecting outdoors:

    • - Projecting outdoors can be cold, especially at night, be sure to bring blankets, covers or electric heaters to keep you comfortable and warm whilst you enjoy the movie.
    • - Always remember to keep the projectors away from any water, turn off sprinklers and move drinks away from the projector.
    • - Don't forget an extension lead to plug in your devices outside, preferably waterproof to avoid any damages.
    • - Remember to bring the equipment indoors at night and keep in a safe place.
    • - Keep cables out of the way, save any accidents and secure them down.

    Outdoor Projection

    Creating Your Outdoor Cinema

    When creating an outdoor cinema choosing the right projector and screen for your setup is critical. We have selected a range of options from high powered lamp projectors, portable LED projectors to a range of outdoor screens to suit every budget.

    These will work in shaded areas during the day, at dusk or at night, providing glorious images up to 120" that will transport you  into the movie or the game.

    High Brightness Lamp / Laser Based Projectors

    These projectors are ideal for projecting outdoors with their high brightness. There is a trade off between lamp projectors and portable projectors. Portable projectors offer portability, wireless connectivity, LED light source, android and built in battery whereas lamp based projectors generally speaking only offer high brightness, without all these other features, and are mains powered so an extension cable may be needed.

    Bear in mind when reviewing lumens on Amazon or Ebay lumens are often quoted at 6 to 20 times the real ansi lumen figure so be sure to compare like with like. For example, some of the 4000 - 5000 ansi lumen models below would equate to 100,000 lumens using the marketing lumens method of comparison!

    Key Features

    Benq TK810* Acer P5330W Acer H6531BD Acer P6200

    Acer X118HP

    Brightness (Ansi Lumens)

    3200 4500 3500 5000

    4000

    Resolution

    4K UHD HD Full HD 1080p XGA

    SVGA

    Native Aspect Ratio

    16:9 16:10
    (16:9, 4:3 supported)
    16:9
    (4:3 supported)
    4:3
    (16:9 supported)

    4:3
    (16:9 supported)

    Speakers 5watt 16watt 3Watt 2x10watt

    3watt

    Input Connections x2 HDMI
    x1 RS232
    USB
    x2 HDMI
    x2 VGA
    USB
    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    USB
    x2 HDMI
    x2 VGA
    USB

    x1 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    USB

    Audio In / Out

    3.5mm Out 3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm  In / Out

    3.5mm  In / Out

    Waterproof

    No No No No

    No

    Operating System

    No No No No

    No

    Battery Life

    Mains Only Mains Only Mains Only Mains Only

    Mains Only

    Weight (kg)

    4.2 2.73 2.6 4.5

    2.8

    Dimensions ( H x Wx D - cm)

    38 x 12.7 x 26.3 10.3 x 31.5 x 21.4 9 x 32 x 23 11.6 x 36.9 x 29.4

    11.3 x 313 x 24

    Price inc vat

    £1,140.00 £588.00 £465.00 £865.00

    £319.99

    * = The BenQ TK10 features a built in operating system with apps to stream movies directly from the projector.

    Key Features CHiQ A5U Vivitek DW763Z-UST Hitachi CP-X5550

    Eiki EK-510U

    Brightness (Ansi Lumens)

    2,500 4,000 5,800

    7,000

    Resolution

    4K UHD HD HD

    Full HD

    Native Aspect Ratio

    16:9
    (4:3 supported)
    16:10 4:3
    (16:9 supported)

    16:10

    Speakers

    Total: 45watt 10watt 2x5watt

    10watt

    Input Connections

    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x2 USB
    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x1 RS232
    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x1 USB

    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x1 USB

    Audio In / Out

    3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm In / Out

    3.5mm In / Out

    Waterproof

    No No No

    No

    Operating System

    Yes No No

    No

    Battery Life

    Mains only Mains only Mains only

    Mains only

    Weight (kg)

    9.3 10.5 6.9

    10.3

    Dimensions (cm) 48 x 17.15 50.9 x 39 x 14.5 46 x 13 x 33.4

    47.4 x 17.9 x 41.2

    Price inc vat

    £2,595.00 £1,199.99 £835

    £3,400

    Luxury All-In-One Projector, Speaker, Screen Bundle

    Chiq A5U 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector & Screen Bundle - From £2,955.00

    Whilst a 2500 ANSI lumen projector may not be the first choice for an outdoor projector, the CHiQ A5U is worth considering due to its separate high powered speakers and highly understated lumens. The A5U has the equivalent brightness of some other manufacturers whose stated advertised lumens are 4,000 - 5,500 ansi lumens so don't be put off by the low advertised ansi lumens. Bear in mind when reviewing lumens on Amazon or Ebay lumens are often quoted at 6 to 20 times the real ansi lumen figure so be sure to compare like with like.

    In addition,  using the A5U with an ALR screen drastically reduces any ambient light issues making it a great high end home cinema for indoors or outdoors.

    It's also worth considering the CHiQ E5F36 which is an alternative high brightness 3600 ansi lumen laser UST projector with Full HD at a much lower price.

    The all-in-one A5U bundle can be easily setup by placing the A5U on a table and projecting on to the mounted ALR screen. Its separate 40 watt designer speakers provide amazing quality sound even when outdoors. The screen can be mounted on most surfaces including a fence, shed or wall and can be unhooked quickly and be flat packed away for easy storage.

    Note: None of the screens are waterproof.

    Ultra short throw (UST) projectors like the A5U only work with fixed frame screens, these can either be standard fixed frame or ALR screens.

    Portable: All-In-One Projectors

    Portable projectors are not as bright as lamp based projectors but have more features such as built in battery, android operating system, wireless connectivity and more.  However there will be plenty of projectors on Amazon claiming to be much brighter than they actually are by 6 to 20 times the true figure!

    Portable projectors are a perfect all-in-one solution when projecting at night, in a tent / gazebo or in the shade.

    All the portable models all have standard TRIPOD MOUNTS on the base of the projector so you can put them on a mini tripod eg on a table or on a large floor standing tripod. You can also simply mount them on any flat surface but the tripods help angle the projector onto the screen and are a well worth while accessory to invest in. £14 - £29.

    Pico Genie Periscope PlusQumi Q8

    Key Features

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus 2.0 Benq GS2 Vivitek Qumi Z1H Vivitek Qumi Q8

    Acer C250i

    Brightness (Ansi Lumens)

    200 500 300 1000

    300

    Resolution

    480p HD HD Full HD

    Full HD

    Native Aspect Ratio

    4:3 (16:9 supported) 16:9 16:9 16:9

    16:9

    Speakers

    3watt Deep Bass 2x4watt 2x5watt 2watt

    5watt

    Input Connections x1 HDMI
    x1 MicroSD
    x1 USB
    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB-C
    x1 USB
    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB-C
    x1 USB
    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB

    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB-C
    x1 MicroSD
    x1 Wireless Kit

    Audio In / Out

    3.5mm Out 3.5mm Out 3.5mm Out 3.5mm Out

    3.5mm Out

    Waterproof

    No Splash & Drop Proof No No

    No

    Operating System Yes Yes No No

    No

    Battery Life

    Up to 3hrs Up to 3hrs Up to 6hrs Mains only

    Up to 5hrs

    Weight (kg)

    0.9 1.6 0.66 0.5

    0.77

    Dimensions ( H x Wx D - cm) 15.8 - 19 x 5 13.9 x 14.4 x 13.9 8.8 x 8.8 x 13.7 19 x 11.4 x 4.3

    9.8 x 9.8 x 16.8

    Price inc vat

    £225.00 £584.40 £489 £829

    £405

    Outdoor  / Indoor Screen Options:

    Choose from a range of projector screens for use both indoors and outdoors. Options include fixed frame, portable, easy setup or even Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) to reduce sunlight.

    Note, none of these screens are waterproof and will need to be taken down at the first site of rain however they can be used indoors and outdoors.

    Here are some useful screens for outdoor use

    • Inflatable Screens (140")
    • Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) Screens (Fixed frame flat packed)
    • Fixed Frame
    • Wall / ceiling screens ideal to fix on a wall or shed
    • Portable Screens (tripod, fast fold from 80" to 140")

    Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) Screens for use with UST Projectors

    With new ambient light rejection technology, create a more impressive and brighter image in daylight conditions. ALR material is designed to reflect the projected image, promoting the deep black levels and vibrant colours while absorbing the ambient light to prevent the image from fading.

    Please note, some ALR screens only work with ultra short throw projectors although it is possible to have ALR for non UST models so it is important to take advice first. Please contact us via email, live chat or by phone.

    There are two separate options for ambient light rejection screens to be used outdoors.

    CHiQ 100” S-CK100 ALR Screen

    100" Ambient Light Rejection Screen

    With CHiQs advanced material technology, the S-CK series offers a screen gain of 0.8 while enhancing the image contrast by 20 times making it perfect for brighter areas whether that be your garden, shed or lounge.

     

    See more ALR/CLR screens here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/accessories-screens/screens/alr-screens.html 

    Inflatable 140" Outdoor Projection Screen

    The inflatable 140" projection screen is the ideal screen for your outdoor cinema. This packs down to a manageable size and once fully set up delivers a monster 140" viewable screen size.

    Setting up this portable inflatable screen is simple. Simply use the included pump to inflate the screen in seconds and attach the screen fabric which can be front (standard) or rear projection (optional) !

    See the video below to see how fast this huge outdoor projector screen inflates.

    Portable Screens

    We have a wide choice of screen options for indoor and outdoor use that divide into fast fold screens with flight cases that go from 80" to 140", alternatively we have 80" lightweight tripod projector screens.

    Huge Portable Screen 4m wide

    When using lightweight projector screens such as the 80" Tripod Screen, it is recommended using tent pegs, sandbags or rope tensioner to keep the screen safely in place.

    Tripod Screen

    Electric / Manual Pull Down Screens

    These wall or ceiling mounted screens fix with ease to a shed, wall or fence panel. They are designed for indoor use so as with all screens its essential to make sure they can be quickly removed in case the weather changes.

    Projector & Screen Bundles for Outdoors / Home Cinema:

    Save time and look at these outdoor projection bundles from the link below:

    https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=outdoor

    If you require any more help choosing the right product, please contact us by email, phone or live chat.

    Personal Projector Ltd, 01924 589 589, enquiries@personalprojector.co.uk

  • Should i buy a TV or Projector for home cinema?

    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?

    Here are a few reasons why a projector like the Chiq B5U projector still can have the advantage over buying a large TV:-

    1. Image Size

    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 ie up to 100" / 120"

    Projectors are generally designed to work at much larger sizes. Indeed the B5U smallest recommended size is only 80"and goes up to 120" so far larger than any reasonably priced TV.

    CHIQ B5U 4K UHD Ultra-Short Throw DLP Laser Projector

    2. Price 

    Once you start going over 85" on 4K high end TVs costs start to climb dramatically from £2200 for a Sony Bravia TV to around £12,000 for a 98" screen and best not to even go there for the 120" versions of these.

    Also you will need to consider the cost of installation of the TV or Non UST projector which can mount up to more than the perceived savings on a TV (see below).

    UST projectors still really come into their own at cinema sizes.

    3. Profile and Weight 

    At 85kg (185 lbs) for an 85" TV its going to need a pretty strong wall / brackets and proper installation to ensure it doesn't drop off your wall.

    The 100" ALR projection screen will however only weigh 9kgs (19lbs) and more importantly be much much thinner as it doesn't have the speakers inside it so its almost totally flush to the wall.

    4. Screens

    If buying an ALR screen then there is no issue watching the higher lumen UST models like the B5U in daylight as a few videos have shown on this forum.

    CHiQ 100” S-CK100 ALR Black Grid UST Projection Screen

    5. Input lag

    There have been a few people comment that they have not had any real world issues with input lag with the Chiq B5U. Whilst its not going to be as fast as the fastest gaming projectors on the market, the B5U has one of the better ones of all the UST models rather than standard models.

    6. Installation

    As you can imagine with the extra size and weight of a bigger TV it requires much more thought for installation than a UST projector that just sits on a cabinet with a lightweight screen that just simply hangs on the wall. DIY installation is far quicker and easier with a projector than a big heavy TV.

    We recently did one professional large TV panel installation that took 14 hours in total to move all the cables, electrics, and networks (to ensure it was high speed) and to re-enforce the stud walls to ensure the TV and speakers could hang on the wall without falling off.

    This of course is the same with a non UST projector where cables have to go into the middle of the ceiling usually, mounts installed, cables hidden and voids made to fit all the cabling followed by replastering and redocorating.

    CONCLUSION

    With UST you just don't get all this hassle. Its quick, simple and easy. With ALR screens, projectors are now viewable in daylight too at a much more affordable price than they ever were. You get the full immersive cinema experience that you might not get on the 85" or lower TV models so overall price and performance at a decent size is still the best option over the large TVs.

    To find out more about 4k content available see our previous blog

    https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/blog/2017/09/where-to-find-4k-content-and-how-to-view-it/

  • Keeping Fit Using An Ultra Portable Projector

    Want to stay healthy while on lockdown?

    Whether its Yoga or Cycling try workout videos from YouTube or TV workouts. View directly on the projector with its built in TV and App Store or view from USB/SD card or mirror from phone, tablet or laptop.

    Take the big screen anywhere with an ultra portable projector. See recommended below:

    Pico Genie Polar – This unit is currently on sale and is now only £339 saving you £50. See Polar here: https://bit.ly/38QavxF

    Key Features: 500 Ansi Lumens, HD 720p, 2 hour in built battery life (can be used on mains), Screen mirroring, Operating system on board (use apps from the projector), Bluetooth and WiFi, Robust design – great for travelling.
    AND MORE…

    Pico Genie Polar

    Pico Genie Periscope. See Periscopes here: https://bit.ly/2TtswND

    Key Features: 200 Ansi Lumens, Unique swivel lens for ceiling and wall projection, 3 hour in built battery life (can be used on mains), Screen mirroring , Operating system on board (use apps from the projector), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, Range of connectivity options, Deep bass speakers.
    AND MORE…

    Acer C250i Projector – Newly released portable projector with a battery that lasts up to 5 hours. See C250i here: https://bit.ly/34H43s8

    Key Features: 300 Ansi Lumens, Full HD Resolution, Up to 5 Hour in built battery life (can be used on mains), Screen mirroring, Powerful Speakers, Auto-Portrait Technology.
    AND MORE…

    See the full range of ultra portable projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/all-products-142/ultra-portable.html

  • CHiQ B5U: Get the best value 4K UHD Home Cinema Laser Projector available!

    Having a big TV up to 85" is great but sometimes you want to feel like you're going to the cinema with a 100" or 150" screen.

    The new breed of Ultra Short Throw projectors such as the Chiq B5U from Changhong allow you to discreetly hide away the projector up against the wall (with zero installation) but at the same time allow you to enjoy a bigger 4K cinematic experience than even the largest TV.  So you can achieve almost double the normal screen size at a reasonable price (its cheaper per inch than a standard TV) at only £1899.

    The CHIQ B5U is one of the most understated laser projectors with its ANSI Lumens and Contrast providing us with over double than what is stated on the specification, putting it as the best valued Home Cinema 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector on the market.

    Check out these videos showing how understated the Chiq projector is and how bright it is in full daylight compared to it competitors.

    The video compares the Viewsonic X10 projector in real non-photo-shopped conditions in the daylight and dark. These days its really hard to compare like with like in projectors especially in terms of lumens and general image quality without side by side comparisons like this Viewsonic X10 versus Changhon Chiq B5U.

    Looking at the video it becomes clear the X10 is very overstated in terms of of lumens and contrast ratios as well as some other features. For example, the Changhong Chiq B5U shows only 1900 ansi lumens compared to 2400 on the Viewsonic X10.

    Its contrast ratio shows the Viewsonic X10 at 3 million to one versus only 150k to one on the Chiq B5U. Yet when looking at the image compared side by side, the video shows the Chiq B5U has a far superior image despite on paper looking like the B5U is nowhere near as high a spec as the X10.

    Its quite clear the Chiq has a far better image quality in terms of brightness and contrast / vibrancy of colour even in daylight. In fact in daylight its a superb spec thats worthy of comparable advertised lumens of 3500 - 5000 lumens such as the Optoma UHDZ65 UST.

    Image Quality & Ultra Short Throw

    The Chiq B5U is almost certain to give the WOW factor every time it is turned on with its gorgeous 4K Ultra HD Resolution.

    The B5Us Ultra Short Throw feature projects a MASSIVE screen size of up to 150” (bigger than any 4K TV) from just inches away from the wall, making it much simply and cheaper to install and hide away in a cabinet up against the wall.

    Images project in most lighting conditions and can achieve bright and clear images with the projectors high brightness of 1900 ANSI Lumens and contrast ratio of 15000:1. Also with the pure laser light source and wide colour gamut of ≥130% you can be guaranteed true and natural colours.

    B5U also features an Eye Protection function to avoid accidental damages to your eyes. With its built-in sensor, when someone gets too close to the lens, the projector will shut down the light source temporarily (5 seconds) to avoid eye damage.

    Get the best gaming experience when playing the latest titles such as Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare with the B5Us low input lag of around 45ms. See the CHiQ B5U in action playing fast motioned games such as: Formula 1, Street Fighter and Spiderman

    Be able to project in almost any lighting condition with an Ambient Light Rejection Screen and achieve bright and clear images with the projectors high brightness and understated 1900 ANSI Lumens and contrast ratio of 15000:1. With the pure laser light source and wide colour gamut of ≥130% you can be guaranteed true and natural colours.

    4K Laser Home Cinema Projector

    Sound Quality

    Whilst most home cinema afficionado's will connect external speakers to their projector, the Chiq B5U does actually have a better internal sound system than most projectors with its two 10 watt speakers built in.

    You can easily connect to external speakers via Bluetooth.

    Low noise is key for any projector and this one comes in at a relatively quite 30db helped by the laser light source which generally uses less power than a lamp projector.

    Connectivity

    The B5U offers full range of connection ports including Ethernet, coaxial output, audio output, VGA audio Input, VGA input, 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x HDMI 2.0, built-in WiFi (5GHz/2.4GHz Dual Band) and built-in Bluetooth 5.0.

    What's In The Box

    1 x CHiQ B5U Projector
    1x Power cord (UK/EU)
    1x Bluetooth Remote control (Incl. 2 x AAA battery)
    1x User Manual (English)

    Warranty & Lamp Life: Hassle Free

    It can be a worry when purchasing a new brand that you may not have heard of previously so its good to know that Changhong has been one of the top 3 brands of high quality TVs (and now projectors) and is a household name to millions across Asia.

    As a lamp-free laser projector, the B5U offers over 25,000 hours maintenance free lifespan.

    To back up the quality of the projectors, all Changhong projectors include a 2 year UK warranty as standard and a 5 year right to repair. The latter ensures spare parts are guaranteed to be kept for 5 years so it can always be repaired within that time.

    In addition, this is serviced in the UK so there is none of the usual hassle of returning goods to China, paying huge postage costs or arguing with Chinese sellers over warranties.

    Projection Distance & Smaller TV Cabinet

    The Chiq B5U is one of the shortest ultra short throw (UST) projectors on the market with 0.21 to 1 throw ratio instead of the usual 0.25 to 1.

    This shorter throw actually makes a big difference since the B5U projector requires the shortest distance to project the biggest screen eg B5U only requires 19.5cm for a 100" screen !

    This has the advantage of not requiring a large or specially made TV cabinet/table with a larger depth for the projector. Other UST projectors with longer throw ratio >0.21:1 may need at least 40cm distance to project 100" screen, plus the depth of the projector itself requiring a a TV cabinet with the depth of at least 90cm which most TV cabinets/tables do not offer.

    However, it also means you need a perfect flat wall or a flat projector screen to project the image, any slight curves on the wall will cause distortion as you currently got.

    Keystone Correction & Fixed Frame Screen Requirements

    Like most UST projectors, the Chiq B5U does not support keystone adjustment for a few very good reasons.

    1. No Keystone means improved image

    Keystone is managed by digitally altering or cutting a projected image. This creates a  lower image resolution, leaves the altered part of the image slightly out of focus and creates grey shadows around the cut images. When this is magnified to large sizes and in 4k the image quality reduction is highly noticeable so its better to not have keystone.

    1. Manual Correction is better for UST projectors

    As the distance between the projector and the wall/screen is so short you can more easily manually adjust keystone by adjusting the kickstand screws underneath the projector so a manual operation keeps the lens focus sharp.

    1. Uneven Walls are not cured with Keystone

    If your wall is uneven, no end of keystone correction will assist it. Keystone adjustment will only adjust certain points in most of the cases, just the four or eight points of the image rather than iron out the multiple uneven points on most walls.

    Hence the best option is always a tensioned or preferably fixed frame Ultra Short Throw Screen. If you’re on a budget then buy some rigid white MDF and mount onto that and cut it to size.

    Content: Amazon Fire Stick included

    Stream all your favourite movies/videos on your preferred streaming app straight from the projector with the Amazon Fire stick  included with B5U.

    Conclusion

    The ChangHong Chiq B5U has a wide range of features, connectivity and inbuilt TV content and is a perfect 4K projector for anyone looking to enhance their living space and enjoy a true cinematic experience at a very reasonable price .

    PLEASE NOTE: The projector cannot be used with a soft screen or on a normal wall (see impact on this video). Therefore this projector must be used with a flat rigid fixed frame screen (preferable) or high tensioned UST screen. For example try this Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) Fixed Frame Screen with Chiq B5U projector included

    Find Out More About Changhong / Chic Brand

    CHIQ B5U FAQs

    Q: Is the B5U Compatible at 50 Hz?
    A: Yes it is compatible with no issues.

    Q: What projection distance is needed for a 100” screen size?
    A: The distance required for 100’’ is approximately 20cm.

    Q: What is the input lag on the CHIQ B5U?
    A: It has an input lag of only 44.1ms, making it great for gaming and watching sports.

    Q: Where is the B5U shipped from?
    A: All CHIQ Products listed on our site are shipped from the UK.

    Q: What is the warranty on CHIQ products?
    A: All CHIQ Products have a 2 year warranty with 5 year right to repair.

    Q: What is the return period for CHIQ Projectors?
    A: 14 calendar days (not working days)

    Q: Does the CHIQ B5U HDMI input support ARC?
    A: Yes, the HDMI 2 port supports ARC

    Q: What is the throw ratio on the B5U?
    A: The B5U has one of the shortest throw ratio on the market with a throw ratio of 0.21:1

    Q: Can the B5U be ceiling mounted?
    A1: Yes, ensure to change the viewing mode of the projector once mounted - Settings > Display > Display Mode.
    A2: If you have an ALR Screen installed, the screen will need to be installed upside down or the light from the projector will be blocked by the screen.

    Q: Does the B5U support Dolby & DTS Audio?
    A: The B5U supports both Dolby and DTS - here is the list of supported audio decoding: MPEG1/2 Layer1/2, MP3, Dolby(AC-3), DTS, AAC, HE-AAC

    Q: Can you play media from a hard drive on the B5U?
    A: Yes, video files (MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264/H.265, RM/RMVB) on external USB drive can be played directly from the projector.

    Q: Is HDR processing done automatically on the B5U?
    A: Yes it is all done automatically.
    For videos that support HDR, the projector will detect the HDR metadata automatically and display the image in HDR, the whole process is an automatic process, users do not need to make any changes in settings.
    For video that does NOT support HDR, the projector can use the SDR-to-HDR technology, to convert SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) content into an HDR (High Dynamic Range) format.

  • Top Best Projectors To Buy 2020

    We know buying a projector can be a real minefield with all the confusing terminology and fake products going around. With this being noted we’ve done all the hard work and put together our top 12 best projectors.

    Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift, an office-ready presentation tool, a holiday gadget or creating the dream home cinema setup for everyone to enjoy this guide will help you chose the right projector for you.

    Best Ultra Portable Projectors

    Pico Genie Polar- Best value for the spec

    Pico Genie Polar

    Pico Genie Periscope - hybrid projector combining great sound with stunning images

    Qumi Q8High Brightness, Full HD

    Best Portable Speaker Projectors

    Qumi Z1H – Premium speaker, 720p HD

    Qumi Z1H Video

    Pico Genie Periscope – Simple Ceiling Projection with deep bass speakers

    Pico Genie Periscope

    Acer C250i Portable Projector - world's first portable projector that lets you change your projection orientation on the fly

    See our full range of Ultra Portable Projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/all-products-116/ultra-portable.html

    Best Gaming Projectors

    Acer H7550STImpressive refresh rates and short throw

    Acer h7550st

    See our full range of Gaming projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/by-use-application/gaming.html

    Best Home Cinema Projectors

    CHIQ B5UThe TV Killer with laser, UST and free Amazon fire stick

    4K Laser Home Cinema Projector

    Acer V6820i4K Ultra HD, works with Alexa Voice Control

    Acer V6820i

    See our full range of Home Cinema Projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/all-products-116/home-cinema.html

    Best Business Projectors

    Acer X128Hhighest brightness, lowest cost

    Acer X128H

    CHIQ E53F6Best value laser projector equivalent to 5000 lumens

    CHIQ E5F36

    See our full range of business projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/all-products-116/business-office-projectors.html

  • Ideas to Help Maintain Social Distancing Using Portable Projectors

    We understand how much pressure education organisations are under at the moment and think you are doing a great job on the front line, we wish you all the best and hope you are safe.

    Here are some ideas to help with the social distancing requirements whilst carrying out your new roles.

    If you have an ultra portable projector already, you may find it useful during the crisis for:
    • -Staff / head teachers: Reduce eye strain & increase productivity if working from home with a bigger screen. Use apps like ZOOM to facetime with colleagues
    • -Social Distancing is made easier via the portable projector’s bigger screen instead of using small ipad screens
    • -Back up screen or laptop all in one
      • Create a big screen in any room where there maybe no projector / panel
      • Downloading apps directly onto the projector itself (no laptop required)
    • -E-learning on a bigger screen
    • -Entertainment – movies can be played in any room or in lockdown zones
    • -Incredible portability with mains and battery powered projectors
    • -Wireless / wired connection to laptop, phone or ipad

    Staying Connected

    Working on a bigger screen enables simpler video conferencing. See everyone on one screen and keeping connected with your colleagues while reducing eye strain.

    Keeping Pupils Active & Entertained

    Perfect for projecting in alternative spaces where there maybe no current projector to support social distancing and keeping pupils further apart.

    As schools are providing child care rather than lesson based care these projectors are great for movies and gaming.

    As these projectors are battery operated as well as mains, they can be used almost anywhere.

    Multi-Purpose - Use More Than Once

    Useful after the crisis for everything from a backup projector to projecting artwork or even digital signage or displays.
    These projectors have their own operating system enabling them to work independently like a PC without external devices such as a laptop, phone or tablet.

    Portable Projectors: For Remote Working / Back-up

    Connect ipads, laptops or even mobile phones and create much larger screens: Benefit from less eye strain and easier for sharing on a big screen, making it more akin to a whiteboard or panel but from a small pocket device.

    Pico Genie Polar (Robust, Ultra Portable And Great Value)

    Nice bright HD image, extensive wireless connectivity to almost any device and an unrivalled feature list.
    Screen Mirroring, Android OS, 500 ansi lumens, tiny, Wi-Fi, Battery.
    Pico Genie Polar

     

    Vivitek Qumi Q3+ (Best Combination Of Size And Power)

    The perfect pocket projector for field trips or sports halls, the Q3 Plus is a powerful 500 lumens with a 2 hour battery.

    Use its many features - such as Android OS with downloadable apps and WiFi - to energise your lessons no matter where they're held!

    Qumi Q3

    Pico Genie Periscope (Perfect For Art / Special Needs)

    Project images from as small as a stamp and up to 120".
    View images on the wall or ceiling with one simple twist of the lens ideal for special needs and art.

    Screen Mirroring, Android OS, 200 ansi lumens, tiny, Wi-Fi, Battery.

    Online classroom tools / apps

    Working on a much bigger screen at home will help massively with productivity and reducing eye strain when video conferencing teams, setting tasks, creating documents and marking work.
    Below are suggested a list of free apps and classroom tools below that may be of assistance to help share and collaborate with parents, teachers, pupils and staff.

    All of the apps can be downloaded onto any of the portable projectors below or simply screen mirrored from a laptop, tablet or phone to the big screen.

    Save up to £700 on projectors such as the Acer P8800 with these special offers.

  • Make Life Easier Working from home: All-In-One Projectors From £187

    You may be aware of the constantly changing situation regarding COVID-19 and with the UK now being on a partial lock down. We understand we are now in difficult times with the virus spreading faster and more and more people having to be isolated.

    Whether it is for work, keeping everyone entertained or for sharing media, now is a great time to start thinking about investing in portable or home cinema projector. Projectors have multiple purposes and will likely be used again and again rather than a one off item.

    Stay Connected With Each Other

    So you cant goto events or pubs but there is a lot of social activity online. This can be shared best on a large screen through virtual events like the app HOUSE PARTY.
    Apps like ZOOM have become incredibly popular for both WORK and SOCIAL with people wanting to connect with each other. Mutli screen face time options look great on the big screen with all your friends / colleagues on the same screen.

    Working From Home

    Can't get hold of a laptop or monitor and now working from home?
    Using a projector and working on a much bigger screen will massively help with productivity and reducing eye strain enabling you to complete work faster and relax. Most portable projectors such as: Pico Genie Polar, Vivitek Qumi Q3Plus or Pico Genie Periscope have their own operating system enabling them to work independently like a PC without external devices such as a laptop, phone or tablet.

    Keep Everyone Entertained

    Keep younger ones entertained anywhere in the house with an all-in-one portable projectorWatch movies, play YouTube videos etc, directly from the device. Alternatively, play games on a big screen from an Xbox, Playstation or console for a better gaming experience.

    With Cinemas like Cineworld, Vue and others closing until further notice, there has never been a better time to setup your own home cinema and enjoy movies and gaming from the comfort of your own living room.
    Project up to 150" screen sizes with high contrast and resolution for a true home cinema experience from a range of Home Cinema Projectors.

     

    Here is a top 10 list of movies to watch on Netflix directly from your projector while on lockdown:

    1. Spenser Confidential
    2. The Angry Birds Movie 2
    3. Space Jam
    4. Freaks
    5. Life As We Know It
    6. Kung Fu Panda 2
    7. Outbreak
    8. Valentine's Day
    9. He's Just Not That Into You
    10. Cop Out

    Keeping Fit

    Need to keep fit? Just because gyms have closed doesn't mean your workouts have to stop... Keep fit during the lock down, watch workout videos on a big screen from anywhere in the house.

    Save up to £700 on projectors such as the Acer P8800 with these special offers.

  • Business Open As Usual: Unaffected By CoronaVirus (COVID-19)

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Personal Projector business open as usual

    (UPDATE 26th March)

    Please check this link for any current delays due to Corona Virus. Currently most areas are unaffected except Wuhan China for collections or deliveries.
    https://www.ups.com/us/en/about/news/important-updates.page?

    Despite the lockdown in the UK, Personal Projector Ltd are able to continue business as normal. UPS are delivering our packages worldwide even in badly affected countries including Italy and the rest of Europe. Only a handful of restricted areas like Wuhan are currently prohibited. Please allow a little more time for deliveries as not all can be guaranteed Next Day Delivery but we will strive to wherever possible

    You will be aware of the constantly changing situation regarding COVID-19 and the closure of schools in the UK, people being advised to work from home and not to attend mass gatherings, etc. During this outbreak, we want to let our customers know we are currently unaffected by this and business is open as usual.

    We are using multiple premium couriers, primarily UPS, to ensure your package will be still be delivered to you in these times of crisis. UPS have 112 years of industry experience and an intelligent global logistics network that delivers 3% of world GDP daily. They also have a strong track record of keeping deliveries running in any crisis.

    Home Cinema Projectors
    Ultra Portable Projectors
    Gaming Projectors
    Office/Business Projectors
    Education/Training Projectors
    Digital Signage
    Interactive Touch Panels
    Projector Screens

    In addition to this, our projector experts will continue to provide support to help you find the right product and the same 14 day money back guarantee still applies.

    If you have any questions we will be more than happy to help. You can contact us via email, phone or using the live chat on the site.

    We wish everyone the best in these difficult times and hope you remain well and safe during the crisis.

  • Vivitek's New Laser Projector the DU4771Z

    Vivitek's New Laser Projector the DU4771Z is set to Deliver Impressive Colour and Brightness Performance, Combined with its Unique Compact Design.

    The New DU4771Z laser projector is the successor to Vivitek’s DU4671Z. With its compact footprint and 10kg weight, this laser projector is appropriately-sized for classroom environments and companies with medium sized meeting rooms that need a powerful laser projector, but without the size and weight traditionally associated with them.

    The projector comes with three HDMI ports and also HDBaseT, which is ideal in scenarios where it is necessary to run very long cables. To ensure an excellent audio experience, the DU4771Z comes with built-in 2x 5W audio speakers with multiple audio interfaces. Image adjustment is very easy with four corner corrections, horizontal and vertical keystone corrections. Meanwhile the DICOM* simulation mode is available for medical training and seminars, ensuring excellent streamlined learning experiences.

    The DU4771Z is compatible with Vivitek’s NovoConnect wireless collaboration solutions.

    NovoConnect enables users to wirelessly connect to the projector, as well as share files, meeting minutes and snapshots with all participants, while keeping the moderator in control of the agenda.

    See our range of Vivitek projectors HERE

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