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  • New Reliable Travel Projector with Great features and Accessibility!

    Pico Genie Polar LED Portable Projector

    The new Pico Genie Polar is a great value for money high end rugged portable projector with extensive connectivity and an easy to use interface which puts the Pico Genie Polar projector at the forefront of the top projectors for 2019.  It has every feature you could ever need in a portable projector for almost any application and is from a trusted British brand of pico projectors.

    Its interface is easy to use and it has a very appealing design with a hard wearing metal shell making it the perfect travel companion for long journeys.

    The technical team at Pico Genie said “We understand that when people purchase a projector it’s hard to differentiate between all the products out there so the team have focused on a good image that can be seen without drawing the curtains, without compromising the great build quality”.

    Pico Genie Polar

    Whilst the Polar comes in at the mid tier price range, the abundance of features, specs and the high quality design make it great value for money.

    The Polar also comes with a solid metal lens cap which not only enhances the look but also gives you confidence your lens is well protected.

    The Polar projector is expected to be a popular draw for people looking for projecting on the go. With its Android operating system built-in, the projector transforms into a mini PC which can be controlled by a separate wireless keyboard and easily connected to IOS or Windows too.

    Download apps, watch TV or streaming services such as Netflix and even play games, essentially turning your projector into its own multimedia system. Great for storing all of your content and files in one place, with the Polar you can take your favourite TV series with you anywhere. For the more business minded its also a great solution for presentations.

    You won’t be disappointed with image quality with this LED projector boasting 500 ansi lumens and 720p native HD resolution with DLP meaning you won’t buy it and find you can’t see it on the wall.

    Pico Genie Polar

    If you cannot be without your mobile phone or tablet then the Polar is a great choice for you with its social networking options. The Polar allows you to connect wirelessly to your mobile device (laptop, tablet or phone) for screen mirroring. Want to display that embarrassing photo you took of your friend at 100”? No problem!

    The versatility of the Polar’s connections doesn’t stop there, with USB-in, HDMI-in, Mini VGA/AV, x2 USB slots, 3D and an SD card slot ready to receive your content.

    Overall the Pico Genie Polar is a great all round solid projector that’s fit for any application at a great price and is sure to be one of the best projectors of 2019.

    See the Polar in action below!

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  • New All In One Innovative Portable Speaker with Built-In Projector!

    New Innovative product works as a portable speaker and projector all in one device!

    Pico Genie Periscope / Periscope Plus LED Ultra Portable Speaker Projector

    A new breed of hybrid projector combines great sound with stunning images in a tiny handheld cylinder that can rotate with one twist of the lens for easy wall or ceiling viewing.

    The technical team at Pico Genie said, “we wanted to launch a new kind of portable speaker that didn’t compromise on the quality of design, projection or sound. Too often with hybrid devices you can end up with the worst of both worlds instead of the best of both worlds.”

    Pico Genie Periscope

    From the look and feel of the Pico Genie Periscope range you can tell straight away no compromise has been made on the design and build. It looks and feels amazing. It has a very solid sturdy feel to it like a high quality Bose portable speaker and it doesn’t disappoint on the visuals either. It even offers connection to external speakers for extra confidence.

    The Periscope product is expected to be very popular with those looking for good sound and visuals on-the-go, whether its business users needing to do a presentation or consumers wanting to watch TV on-the-go with good sound, as well those looking to relax and project content onto the ceiling (in the bedroom or for parties/events and more) with its simple unique rotating lens.

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus

    Whilst its not the cheapest projector on the market, it does offer amazing value when you consider you are getting both a high quality speaker and projector in one tiny device. Its not the type of projector you buy only to find out that you cant see or hear it and end up having to return it which sadly is a common problem in the pico industry.

    There are two versions of the Pico Genie Periscope projector. The silver version, is the standard wireless model with Android 5.1 and full wireless mirroring, whilst the black PLUS version includes an HDMI port as well as Android 6.0.

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus

    Its suitable for viewing a wide array of content including films, TV, games and documents either through its own internal storage or via wireless and wired connection (Plus version).

    You can use the Android OS to download various Apps such as Netflix, Youtube and Amazon Prime perfect for catching up on your favourite shows when out and about. Alternatively use it like a PC and download apps like PowerPoint, Word, Excel etc for business presentations.

    If you can’t get enough of your mobile phone or tablet then the Pico Genie Periscope will be your ideal companion, allowing you to wirelessly connect to phones, laptops and tablets and project your screen up to 100”. Great for super scrolling through your social feeds or for a larger than life video call. The Periscope has great connectivity including USB-in and SD card slots and the new Periscope Plus model comes with HDMI-in (far more useful than the recent trend of HDMI-out) for even greater versatility.

    Overall the Pico Genie Periscope / Plus is a solid high-performance portable speaker-projector hybrid product at an affordable price which looks and feels amazing.

    Watch it in action in the video below!

  • The Wireless Projection Guide- What Are the Options And How Does It Work?

    Fed up of cables? Need more information about wireless projection? We'll explain the different wireless options along with the best and easiest way to connect your smart device at 100" seamlessly.

    Whether it's for home use, travel, business, education, gaming, entertainment or art, projecting your smart device wirelessly can make life a whole lot easier, see our full range of wireless projectors here.

    How does Full Wireless Mirroring work with a projector?

    This term is fairly self-explanatory and means your smart device (iPhone/Android Phone/Tablet etc) display can be fully mirrored through the projector wirelessly. Whatever is displayed through your device will be identical through the projector so what you see on one screen is what you get on the other screen.

    Apple call this AirPlay and Android call it Screen Mirroring / Quick Connect (amongst other terms). Some projectors have this function built in like the Pico Genie and Qumi ranges. Other projectors don't have this functionality, however a variety of dongles can be purchased to enable this feature.

     Wireless M550

    How does wireless mirroring work with a projector using an App?

    On either Android or iPhone you can download free Apps like Mira Cast and connect your smart device to the projector directly. Note: You will need to have the projector and your mobile device connected to the same Wi-Fi network in order for this to work.

    With your mobile device screen mirrored to your projector you can pretty much access everything from email, videos, the web, PowerPoint, music and much more. A great way to play your favourite mobile games full screen or for easy scrolling of your social medias.

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    What are the alternatives if my projector doesn't have built-in wireless?

    If your projector doesn't have wirelessly functionality built in, don't worry. You still have options to share your smart device wirelessly. There are a wide variety of methods of mirroring whether its using a cable or a wireless HDMI type dongle or system like Apple TV or Chromecast.

    Cables - The simplest and easiest way will be using a cable. For Android users this may include an MHL adaptor which must be purchased for the exact model of your handset so its advisable to purchase it from the manufacturer directly. For Apple users there are a variety of HDMI and VGA adaptors that connect HDMI or VGA cables directly to a iPhone or an iPad. There are lots of copies on the market for this type of cable so beware of cheap imitations. See Apple’s website for more details.

    Wireless dongles can be connected via USB or HDMI ports. This will allow your smart device to connect straight to the projector wirelessly. Using a wireless dongle is a great way for you to add wireless mirroring features to your current projector.

    Not all of the available dongles will work in the dame way. Some will come with both a transmitter and receiver and will need to be set up accordingly while others will need to connect to your Wi-Fi and transmit via your internet connection. Before purchasing a dongle it is best to check what devices you want to use it with, you can see our full range of wireless dongles here.

  • Top 5 Best Portable Projectors for 2019

    Whether you’re searching for the perfect gadget, an office-ready presentation tool or a pocket cinema solution this guide will help you choose the right portable projector for the job.

    All these LED DLP personal projectors are lightweight and ultra-portable unlike the projectors of old. The next most important aspect is the lumens and these 5 models range from 200 to 1000 ansi lumens (1200 to 6000 marketing lumens). Obviously there is always a trade off between price versus lumens, battery power, connectivity and other key features but the at-a-glance table can help you decide.

    Increasingly Android operating systems (OS) onboard are becoming more popular and that's not just for the ability to watch a plethora of entertainment like Netflix, Youtube or iPlayer. Android on-board also means business or education apps such as PDF readers, powerpoint and presentation tools are supported.

    The uniquely designed Pico Genie Periscope/Periscope Plus doubles up as a speaker and projector all in one, the Periscope provides awesome deep base sound and a unique swivel lens that allows you to change your view from wall to ceiling with ease.

    Pico Genie Periscope

    The Vivitek Q38 Portable projector comes highly recommended, with an impressive 600 ANSI Lumens (3000 marketing lumens) and Full HD projection, unique to a projector of this size with an inbuilt battery.

    Q38

    Next the Butterfly PIQS TT wifi projector is a smart solution, with auto keystone, auto focus, and interactive remote it is a very intuitive and user friendly portable projector, perfect for gaming, drawing, business and presenting.

    PIQS TT

    And if you still can’t decide and just want every possible feature in one small box then the Pico Genie M550 Plus is the obvious ultra portable choice in this range with powerful speakers, short throw, a 3 hour battery and high brightness at 650 lumens. The M550 was also Techadvisor's 'Best Portable Projector 2019'

    Pico Genie M550

    Finally for those of you who prefer raw power over the convenience of a built in battery we have the Vivitek Qumi Q8. The Q8 dominates in the brightness category delivering 1000 ANSI lumens (6000 marketing lumens) in Full HD! Couple this image quality with the portability and you have a true pocket cinema.

    Qumi Q8

    See Table Below for full comparison of all the key features of the Pico Genie Periscope/Plus, the Vivitek Qumi Q38 , the PIQS TT, the Pico Genie M550 Plus and the Vivitek Qumi Q8.

    Feature Pico Genie Periscope/Plus Vivitek Qumi Q38 PIQS TT Pico Genie M550  Vivtek Qumi Q8
    Price (inc vat) From £199.99 £510 £359.99 £599 £834
    ANSI Lumens 200 600 400 650 1000
    Marketing Lumens 1200 3000 2400 3900 6000
    Battery (mains/rechargeable) 3 hours 2 hours 3 hours 3 hours mains
    Resolution HD 720p Full HD 1080p HD 720p HD 720p Full HD 1080p
    DLP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Type LED LED LED LED LED
    Short Throw (larger image) No No No Yes No
    Android Yes v5.1/6.0 Yes v6.0 Yes v4.4 Yes v4.4 No
    Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer etc Apps Yes Yes Yes Yes No
    Keyboard / Mouse No No No/Yes Yes No
    Remote control type Standard Standard Interactive Laser Remote Advanced Radio Remote Standard
    Keystone correction Yes Yes Auto Focus Auto Keystone Yes Yes
    Wifi, Wireless, Mirroring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes No
    LED Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    MS Office Apps / PDF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Speakers 3w  Deep Base 2w 1.5w 3w 2w

     

    We have also got handy buyer's guides for the Top 5 Best Business projectors of 2019 and the Top 5 Best Home Cinema Projectors for 2019 so all your projector needs are covered.

  • Top 5 Best Business Projectors for 2019

    Business/Education/Commercial/Training

    Projectors are commonplace in the workplace, from boardroom presentations and digital notice boards, to display signage and shop window displays the possibilities for business projectors are limitless!

    Business projectors need a variety of inputs, high brightness and minimal maintenance so read on for a breakdown of projectors that will suit those precise requirements.

    The Acer X138WH stands out among the other projectors at the low price point of £366 Inc vat, great value for money delivering brightness of 3700 ANSI lumens, perfect for any environment.

    Acer X138WH

    The Acer P1650 projector is great for sprucing up your presentations with crystal clear images and super smooth motion due to its special non lag frame rate technology giving quick response times.

    Acer P1650w

    The Acer P5530 is Equipped with an intelligent ambient light sensor, the projector can optimize image brightness and color saturation based on ambient lighting conditions. Great for if bright or ambient light is an issue.

    Acer P5530

    The Acer H7550ST short throw projector lets you show your work, signage or notice boards on a mammoth scale (up to 300 inches or 762 cm in size) in a billion colours and astonishing clarity. Perfect for that eye-popping boardroom sales pitch.

    Acer h7550st

    The Fujifilm Z5000 Is a great solution for exhibitions or for when space is tight. It is very compact and has a 6 way rotating lens for getting that perfect angle. The laser projection means that you won't have to pay for replacing the lamp and the huge 5000 Ansi lumens of brightness mean that the image can be seen in almost any light situation.

    Fuji UST Laser Projector with rotating lens (vertical install)

    Feature Acer X238WH Acer P1650 Acer P5530 Acer H7550ST Fujifilm Z5000
    Price (inc vat) £366 £549.98 £699.98 £665 £8946
    ANSI Lumens 3700 3500 4000 3000 5000
    HD 720p 720p 1080p 1080p 1080p
    Short Throw (larger image) No No No short throw Ultra Short throw
    Connectivity VGA, HDMI, composite video, S-Video, MHL HDMI x2 VGA-In (x2), S-Video, composite video HDMI x2 VGA x2, S-Video, Composite Video HDMI, VGA, composite video, S-video, 3.5mm, RS232 ports  3X HDMI Component, Composite video, s-video VGA
    Keystone correction Yes Yes  Yes Yes Yes
    Feature 20,000:1 Contrast

    Easy Installation

    Non lag frame rate tech, super smooth images LumiScence ambient light detection Quiet Projection  (26db) Maintenance free (no bulb)

    6 Way rotating lens

    Bluetooth No No No Yes No
    Type lamp lamp lamp lamp laser
    Speakers 3w 10w 16w 10w 10w

    We have also got handy buyer's guides for the Top 5 Best Portable projectors of 2019 and the Top 5 Best Home Cinema Projectors for 2019 so all your projector needs are covered.

  • Top 5 Best Home Cinema and 4K Projectors for 2019

    Home Cinema and 4K

    Home Cinema projectors have increased in popularity with the rise of 4k content, box set binging and streaming apps to create a personalised big screen experience from the comfort of your sofa. So here are the top 5 best performing projectors that can bring Cineworld to your living room...

    From only £498 you can get a full HD 3000 lumen viewing experience with the Acer H6517ST, ideal for gaming, movies and big screen sports.

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    The BenQ W1600 Ultra Short Throw projector is fantastic for easily setting up the cinema experience in your home. With the Ultra Short Throw capability you can project large images to your wall from just inches away. Perfect for when you don't have the space for a traditional set up.

    BenQ W1600

    The Acer P8800 is the ultimate home cinema projector. The 5000 Ansi lumens projector combines Ti XPR technology, projecting more than 8.3 million pixels with UHD 4K to bring you crisp, rich and vivid images taking you closer to the onscreen action!

    Acer P8800

    The Acer M550 projector is an excellent entry level 4k projector choice, with near silent projection and deep rich colours you'll get that authentic cinema feeling without leaving the house.

    Acer M550

    The Acer V7850 is the 4k home cinema projector to choose if you want truly life-like immersion. The fantastic colour reproductions of the V7850 are award winning even at giant proportions, so you can finally reclaim that big screen cinema experience whenever and however you like.

    Acer v7850

    Feature AcerH6517ST BenQ W1600  Acer P8800  Acer M550  Acer V7850
    Price (inc vat) £498 £1199.99 £5500 £1199.99 £1908
    ANSI Lumens 3000 3300 5000 2900 2200
    Resolution 1080p 1080p 4k UHD 4k 4k
    Lens shift (adjustable image size ) vertical vertical vertical,horizontal vertical vertical and manual zoom
    Connectivity HDMI, VGA, USB, composite HDMI x2, USB, composite, USB HDMI, MHL, VGA, USB HDMI, HDMI 2.0, MHL, USB, Component, VGA HDMI 2.0,  VGA, USB,Network (RJ-45)
    Lens offset (for ceiling install) no no  Yes Yes Yes
    Feature AcuMotion for gaming Ultra Short Throw More than 8.3 million pixels near silent Projection award winning image
    Speakers 2w 10w x2 No 10w 10w

    We have also got handy buyer's guides for the Top 5 Best Portable projectors of 2019 and the Top 5 Best Business Projectors for 2019 so all your projector needs are covered.

  • How to Choose a Projector Guide

    5 things to think about when choosing a projector

    Though the job of a projector may seem simple and straightforward, choosing a new one can be as complicated as choosing a new computer. With so many different manufacturers and models to choose from, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you’re looking for before you begin. We have put together a list of five aspects to consider to help you narrow down what may seem like an impossibly long list of options.

     

    Size

    M550 Plus in the hand

     

     

    These days, projectors are available in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from large, high-end units for cinemas and large performance spaces to portable units small and light enough to fit into your jacket pocket, and all sizes in between. To figure out which size is best suited for your needs, ask yourself – where will I be using the projector? If you plan on installing the unit in a conference room, consider a larger ceiling-mounted unit. If you’ll be moving the projector from room to room, consider a medium-size tabletop unit. If you need something that fits in your briefcase for presentations to potential clients, consider a small, portable model.

    Throw

    benq w1600 ultra short throw projector

     

    Though often overlooked, throw – the distance between the projector and the projection surface – is as important as size. While most projectors will be able to ‘throw’ an image over an intermediate distance, say a few meters, only certain models are capable of projecting an image from a distance of less than one meter. If you anticipate using the projector in particularly tight spaces, consider a short-throw or ultra short-throw (UST) model. Some models are also able to project from odd angles, or onto non-flat surfaces.

    Resolution

    Resoloution

    Projectors are available in a wide variety of resolutions, from XGA to WXGA, to 720p, 1080p, and 4K-UHD. While the acronyms can be confusing, it’s best to start by thinking about how you’ll be using the projector. For simple presentations on smaller screens a WXGA projector will be just fine. Larger screens and video content will be better suited to 1080p projectors, while 4K-UHD projectors are the new trend for very large screens or graphically-intense multimedia content.

     

    Brightness

    M550 Plus Outdoors

    What brightness you need entirely depends on where you intend to use the projector and if you need it to be portable or not. If you need light weight and portable but still viewable in daylight, then the ideal brightness range is between 400 - 1000 ANSI lumens for small groups/presentations of 5 to 20 people. For non-portable projection, and typical use in indoor spaces, 3,000 ANSI lumens should be sufficient. For bright or larger indoor spaces, consider looking for at least 4,000-6,000 ANSI lumens, or even more for spaces receiving direct natural light. For even large venue applications, the brightness can go even go up to 18,000 ANSI lumens for a single chip DLP projector.

     

    Connectivity

    Connectivity

     

    Last but not least, don’t forget to consider what kind of computer, mobile device, or media source you’ll be using and how to connect it to the projector. An HDMI connection is most common. Make sure to check whether or not your projector has wireless connectivity too. Most of our Ultra portable projectors come with wireless screen mirroring as standard. If your projector doesn't have wireless capability don't worry, there are plenty of solutions for adding this feature, consider using a wireless dongle or wireless HDMI.

     

    I'm still unsure

    While choosing the right projector can be a challenge, the guidelines above will help you determine what’s best for your needs and your space. With a wide range of models ranging from large, ceiling-mounted units to the Ultra portable projectors, Personal Projector Ltd offers something for every space and every budget.

    If you are unsure on what is meant by Ansi lumens or would like to find out what lumens are, we have written a great guide which tells you everything that you need to know, you find it here.

    There are a lot of makes of projector out there that will overstate their specifications, especially the lumen count, we have a handy guide on what to look out for and brands to avoid which you can find here.

    If you need that personal touch you can contact us directly via LIVE CHAT, E-mail or on 01924 589 589, we will be happy to give you more information and help you to find what you are looking for.

    Information sourced from Vivitek.

  • Top 10 Best Projectors for 2019

    Buying a projector can be a real minefield, what with fake products, strange terminology and installation confusion. We've cut through the noise with clear and consistent advice so here's our list of the top 10 best projectors this month:

    Best Ultra Portable Projectors:

     

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus projector is the world’s brightest portable shorter throw HD LED projector with inbuilt battery. The projector boasts an impressive 650 ANSI lumens of brightness and a fantastic 3 hour battery life for longer viewing time. Voted Best Portable Projector 2019 by TechAdvisor, the M550 Plus offers great connectivity through wireless mirroring to your mobile devices and the Android operating system, combined with the Mini-Keyboard/Mouse included in the box opens up many possible uses making the M550 Plus one of the most versatile portable projectors on the current market.

    Q38 and M550

    Vivitek's Qumi Q38 projector Is great for cinema on the go, unique to the Q38 is that is combines a Full HD display with an inbuilt battery, never before seen in a portable projector. Add in the fact that the Q38 has a notable 600 ANSI lumens and you have the ultimate in image quality bundled into a very slim and sleek package. For ease of use the projector also comes with touch screen controls on top of the unit and the Android operating system allows access to 100's of apps!

    The PIQS TT projector is the perfect solution for taking your presentations with you. Included with the PIQS TT is a unique interactive laser remote which allows you to interact with whatever you are projecting directly. Great for annotating, pointing and drawing, the remote allows unlimited interactivity and isn't just great for business use, Artists and gamer's alike will enjoy the possibilities opened up by this unique projector. The PIQS TT DLP projector offers a cost effective and time saving alternative to carrying a laptop around. Simply put down and present at up to 200" with ease.

    Pico Genie Periscope

    For those of you looking for something truly unique there is the Pico Genie Periscope. The Periscope's cylindrical shape makes it one of the most portable pocket projectors on the market, great for if you always find yourself on the move and it's rotating lens allows you to easily project from wall to ceiling with just a twist. The Periscope doesn't shy way on technical features, featuring a simple to use Android interface, DLP high quality lens with a respectable 200 ANSI lumens of brightness and great connectivity via wireless screen mirroring to your mobile devices. There is also a HDMI version of the Periscope further increasing the amount of connection options.

    Best Home Cinema Projectors:

    Acer M550 4K UHD Projector

    Acer's M550 4K UHD Projector Is great for your home cinema needs. Boasting 2900 ANSI lumens of brightness it provides great cinematic image quality even in bright light and gorgeous 4K visuals to deliver a premium Ultra HD experience without the premium price tag. Just in at £1199.99

    BenQ W1600 /Ultra Short Throw Projectorbenq w1600 ultra short throw projector

    If you are short on space but still want the big screen experience then the BenQ W1600 Ultra Short Throw Projector is the one for you. The W1600 is an amazing projector space solution, with the Ultra Short Throw capability you can project just inches from your wall, not having any installation means all you need to do is pop the projector onto a surface and away you go. With an impressive 3300 ANSI lumens and Full HD image quality the W1600 makes it easy to bring the cinema experience direct to your home.

    Best Projectors for Office / Business:

    The Acer X138WH lamp projector stands out among other projectors due to it's versatility. The projectors Mid-Long throw capability puts it in a unique position able to be set up in larger rooms and venues. For the price tag; you get enhanced contrast, 3700 ANSI lumens of brightness brightness output and 3D DLP technology all for £366 which is a lot of bang for your buck.

    Acer P8800

    The Acer P8800 is the perfect solution for high end installations, with a whopping 5000 ANSI lumens of brightness your image will be able to stand up to even the brightest of ambient lights. Able to project a 300" image in 4K the P8800 is a powerhouse in picture quality, perfect for showcasing your ideas to a big audience.

     

    Best Projectors for Education / Training:

    Acer S1283Hne Projector

    The Acer S1283Hne offers 3100 ANSI lumens of brightness along with it's high resolution to create high quality images near and far. This projector is also short throw which is great for when space is tight a good space solution for small offices and classrooms.

    Acer P1650 Projector

    Make your presentations sparkle with the Acer P1650 projector, boasting new non-lag frame rate technology you will get the smoothest of images even at full HD. The projector also has an impressive 3500 ANSI lumens of brightness making your images stand out even in bright light.

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  • 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
    • Apeman
    • 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.

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