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  • 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 From £157

    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 £189

    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?

    UPS Temporary Service Adjustments due to Novel Coronavirus

    Malaysia

    The Malaysian government declared a nationwide order with measures to contain Novel Coronavirus from March 18-31, 2020. UPS’s pickup and delivery services are currently not impacted, and continue to remain in operation throughout the country. These measures are applicable to both express and freight shipments.

    Philippines

    In light of the Philippine government’s declaration of a state of public health emergency as well as measures taken to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus, service delays in Luzon are to be expected. We continue to have regular pickup and delivery services in Cebu. These measures are applicable to both express and freight shipments.

    Temporary Service Disruption

    Please note that temporary service disruptions are to be expected in the following territories:

     

    Territory Service Impact
    Cambodia Import and exported services suspended from now until March 28
    French Polynesia Import service suspended from March 28 until April 28;

    Export service suspended from March 29 until April 28

    Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kirbati, Wallis & Futurna Import and export services suspended from now until May 31
    American Samoa and Western Samoa Import and export services suspended from now until April 30
    New Caledonia Import service is available but transit time may be extended;

    Export service suspended from now until April 30

     

    Network Adjustments within and beyond Asia Pacific

    The transit time for shipments travelling to and from selected areas, countries and territories may be extended. Please see below for more information:

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    *Transit time extension only applies to shipments exported via UPS Worldwide Express Freight®, UPS Worldwide Express Saver®, UPS Worldwide Expedited® services

    **Transit time extension only applies to shipments exported via UPS Worldwide Expedited® service

    1Includes Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Long An, Vinh Long, Can Tho, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Ho Chi Minh, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Daklak, Da Nang, Dak Nong, Gia Lai, Hue, Khanh Hoa, Kontum, Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan, Phu Yen, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam, Quang Tri

    2Includes Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Ha Nam, Ninh Binh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa, Quang Ninh, Hoa Binh, Ha Noi, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Bac Can, Cao Bang, Son La, Dien Bien, Lang Son, Tuyen Quang, Ha Giang


    (UPDATE 24th March)
    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

  • Vivitek Introduces 1080p Ultra Short Throw Education Projectors

    Vivitek adds two 1080p projectors to its successful Ultra Short Throw range.  Both models, DH772UST and DH773USTi, offer a 110'' diagonal  projection image from as little as 51cm away from the screen surface. The DH773USTi  in particular, makes interactivity even easier, making it a robust alternative to flat panels when a bigger size, such as 100 inch, is more suitable to cover the viewing distance.

    DH772UST & DH773USTi Key Features:
    •    Ultra short throw lens to make 110 inch screen at only 51cm away
    •    3,500 lumens of brightness, 1080p resolution, and 10,000:1 contrast ratio for clear, crisp and bright projection
    •    Long lasting life with up to 12,000 hours lamp-life
    •    2x 10W speakers and microphone input ensure you are clearly heard
    •    Eco Friendly and Energy Saving with sleep timer and also auto-power-off when there is no signal input
    •    Integrated network monitoring and management solutions including Crestron® RoomView™, and etc.
    •    Compatible with NovoConnect collaboration solution to engage students in interactive learning
    •    The DH773USTi coms with built-in interactivity for multi users with 2 pens or optional finger touch.
    •    5 year education warranty

    Useful Tip
    The interactive projector can be calibrated automatically. Alternatively if you opt for an manual calibration, check out the tutorial clip!

  • Switchable Glass: Transparent to Opaque Glass You Can Project Onto

    Other unique ways of drawing attention to displays at exhibitions, events, conferences or retail areas include the ability to switch the glass from transparent to opaque and then project onto the glass.

    It can be a real stand-out feature for any display. Check out the video below.

    See a range of our screens HERE

  • 3D Mapping: Light up objects with projection or LED Panels

    We have a range of 3d mapping options these days so whether you want to bring a retail product to life and visually light up a sofa or a handbag or promote a bottle in a bar there are some brilliant ways to draw attention to your products in any retail space, event, museum or creative arena.

    Check out the videos below.

    Aweseome Displays with LED Panels

    Here are some examples of re-enforced screens configured to create mind boggling displays that you can walk on and inside.

    For projection solutions contact us by email, phone or live chat for more information or expert advice.

    Personal Projector Ltd, 01924 589 589

  • Viewsonic New X Range of Home Cinema with Harmon Kardon speakers Video Review

    Viewsonic launched the M2 ultra portable projector at ISE 2020 as well as showed off other home cinema models in their range such as the X10, X100 and X1000.

    Video Review of the Viewsonic X10

    The X10 is now commercially available after it was launched at ISE 2019 whilst the X100 and X1000 UST models are due in March.

    In a nutshell the ViewSonic X10 projector is designed for portability and combines 4k in one package with great speakers as demonstrated in the video below.

    Video Review of the Viewsonic X100 and X1000 UST [Edit 26/02/2020 - The X100 and X1000 release date is set to be delayed until Aug/Sep 2020]

    As part of the Viewsonic home cinema X range, there are multiple options such as X10 in portable 4k, the X100 in standard throw and the X1000 in ultra short throw. Check out the videos below on the Viewsonic X100 and X1000 models.

    Overall the Viewsonic X range are great looking products although just be aware of the marketing versus ansi lumens when comparing with other home cinema brands like Vivitek, Acer or Optoma.

    NEW: M2 LED Projector

    The Viewsonic have launched a new model, the M2 LED portable projector which is due to come out in March 2020 time. It has a nice compact design with good speakers and although brightness is good don’t be confused by the marketing lumens which are advertised at 1200 lumens rather than the actual 500 to 600 ansi lumen measure.

    Pros

    • Expected retail price will be around £700.
    • Speakers are harmon kardon speakers at x2 5 watts (10 watts total) with rec 709
    • App center
    • A4 sized so very portable
    • USB C and micro sd
    • Hdmi 2.2
    • Auto focus and auto keystone
    • 1080p Full HD LED
    • 10gb available internal memory

    Cons

    • Advertised at 1200 lumens but that’s marketing lumens and actual M2 lumens are more comparable to other 500 to 650 lumen projectors from Vivitek or Pico Genie
    • Its slightly heavier than other models out there at 1.3kg
    • No battery included

     

    Don't get lost in the minefield of home cinema and portable projectors, just contact us by email, phone or live chat for more information or expert advice.

    Personal Projector Ltd, 01924 589 589

  • Display Panels with in-built Wireless and Digital Signage

    If you wish for great flexibility of your wireless presentation solution in your meeting rooms and want to do more than just click and share, the Novo Ecosystem has got you covered!

    Novo Ecosystem has been designed to effortlessly combine wireless collaboration and digital signage functionality for large format display devices. It is a comprehensive product line designed for any type of visual communication, be it a meeting, digital signage or both!

    Perfect for business or education, the Novo Ecosystem is a flexible and scalable solution that will wow you with its convenience and ease of use.

    Vivitek has a new focus for 2020 on LED interactive panels for the education sector and business meetings. The main unique feature of their panels are the all-in-one panel + inbuilt wireless connectivity. Whilst there are many alternatives on the market Vivitek have focused on security and simplicity ensuring they match up to MOD-like standards for wireless sharing and are also incredibly easy to use.

    One of the key issues with wireless tech is reliability and this one doesn’t disappoint. A big advantage is its ability to work outside of networks with its wireless button that just connects a guests laptop to the projector / panel so no software downloads are required and no connection to the client network is required. Having the ability to connect any wireless device with wifi direct is a big bonus.

     

    - Designed for Huddle rooms and offices, NovoDisplay is essential for transforming group meetings into a welcoming and engaging team discussion and brainstorming session
    - All in one collaborative panel integrate 3 key functions to create one productivity boosting solution
    - 4K UHD display – visualise your ideas and enhance interaction
    - Collaboration wireless screen mirroring with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) interoperability
    - Effortlessly switch or display multiple participants at once to exchange ideas
    - Signage board – actively deliver information between the meetings or during downtime
    - Low total cost of ownership thanks to the free software and no license fee. Simple
    - Available in 43”, 55”, 65” or 75”

    The Vivitek Novo Panels not only include wireless connections to mobile devices but they also offer 2 other features

    1. an inbuilt digital signage service (unusually free for digital signage although there is a charge if connecting to the cloud but storing data on the local drive is fine)

    2. Multiple panel mirroring connections / repeater – some of the panels also include a wireless repeater option so it mirrors the screens across panels or projectors. This can be useful at large conferences, churches, concerts, school, events etc where the same info needs to be relayed from one screen to another via the Novo’s built in connection options.

     

    Alternative options for digital signage or creating blended projection displays also include the Fuji Z5000 5000 ansi lumen laser projector with rotating lens, ideal for installation of signage solutions in difficult places to reach due its lens shift and swivel lens capabilities.

    The Fuji Z5000 is very discreet and now available in white or

     

     

    Horizontal or Vertical positioning of the Fuji projector is so simple it just requires a twist of the lens.

     


    Please contact us by email, phone or live chat for more information on the whole range of NovoDisplay panels or Novo standalone wireless collaboration devices or digital signage solutions.

    Personal Projector Ltd, 01924 589 589

  • ISE 2020: New Ambient Light Rejection & In-Ceiling Projector Screens

    ALR screens are more and more popular and its clear why when you see them in action. Whether it’s for ultra short throw or standard throw there are some great screens out there in all kinds of styles from wraparound edge-less to fixed frame and even UST tensioned electric screens.

    100” ALR Screen with borderless frame to create a stunning image

    The wraparound fixed frame ALR screens are really impressive and also come in fixed frame with minimal borders.
    ALR Screen

    100” ALR with minimal black border

    ALR Screen

    Optoma also launched a new Ambient Light Rejection screen, the ALR101, designed to use with their ultra short throw (UST) range of projectors such as the Optoma UHZ65UST or the Chiq B5U UST laser 4k UHD models.

    Optoma ALR Screen

    These ALR screens help cut down the ambient light and effectively improve contrast ratios and provide a much clearer image that pops off the screen.

    The screens are available in many sizes but typically people tend to opt for 100”, 120” or 150” for home cinema screens and have very wide viewing angles as seen below.

    120” ALR screen with 8k projection

    120" ALR Screens

    ALR Screens 120

    ALR Screens for Business and Digital Signage

    These screens are able to take a standard projection image and transform the images to make perfect digital signage at much larger sizes than a traditional digital signage panel and without all the projector ambient light problems.

    ALR Digital Signage screens

    Minimalist ALR drop down screens

    Other interesting types of stunning ALR projector screens which would not look out of place in a movie star’s house include:

    In-Ceiling compact screens which disappear into a void in the ceiling

    In-Ceiling Screens

    Tab tensioned electric screens for EVERY type of projector including Chiq B5U 0.21 throw ratio

    Tab Tensioned Screen

    Minimal sized screen housings even in huge screen sizes up to a staggering 160”
    “The Biggest Little Screen Ever Made” the one on show here at ISE had a micro perforation in to enable speakers to be hidden behind the screen and let the sound penetrate through.

    And for giant ALR screens at the leading edge of technology including vertical and horizontal ambient light rejection, look no further than these stunning screens.

    Or if you are looking for screens which have super fast motors at 300” or more then here are some great examples.

    Custom Made ALR screens on glass or acrylic materials.

    We can also custom make any screens you require in the UK, including ALR screens capable of projecting onto glass or acrylic screen materials. The screens can be quickly made to your exact size and specification.

    For expert advice on any of these screens, don't be hesitant to contact us:
    email - enquiries@personalprojector.co.uk
    phone - + 44 (0) 1924 589 589
    live chat  - https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/

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