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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.

    WE ALSO PROVIDE A LIST OF ALL THE GENUINE TRUSTWORTHY BRANDS IN THIS ARTICLE.

    Lumens Test: The biggest false description on Amazon

    The most important test is brightness so we compared the popular Pico Genie P55 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) 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.

    Video Showing a Genuine 500  - 650 Ansi Lumen Projectors

    [UPDATE DEC 2019] - the M550 has now been replaced by the M550 PLUS short throw projector.

    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 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).

    [UPDATE DEC 2019] - However not all Chinese manufacturers overstate their lumens for example there are some such as Changhong's CHiQ Brand which massively understate their lumens. See the video below to see how the CHiQ compares next to the Viewsonic X10-4K. It’s clear that the CHiQ Brand understates all specifications from lumens all the way to contrast ratio and offer very high quality products.

    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 EXACTLY 1.5m away from the wall as it will be out of focus.

    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 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) 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 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) 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 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) 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

    Beware Of Projector Brands Overstating their Specifications:

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

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

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

    Overstated lumens at the Higher-end

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

    The Viewsonic X10-4K offers 2,400 lumens but as seen on the Video HERE - it compares to less than 1900 ansi lumens on a Chiq B5U projector.

    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

  • Gift Idea: Best Ultra Portable Travel Projector

    All I want for Christmas

    The Ultra Portable Pico Genie Polar Projector is the perfect gift for a special someone this Christmas. Take this on your travels and project anywhere!

    Pico Genie Polar

  • Top 12 Best Projectors To Buy 2019

    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 10 best projectors for Black Friday/Cyber Monday and for Christmas / holiday season.

    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 M550Voted best portable projector -  Tech Advisor 2019

    Qumi Q38High Spec, great design

    Vivitek Qumi Q38 Projector

    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

    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 Predator Z650The ultimate heritage gaming machine display

    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

  • The Ultimate Travel Companion: Pico Genie Periscope PLUS Speaker Projector

    Check out the Ultimate Travel Companion! This is the perfect item to buy anyone or yourself this Christmas.

    Project anywhere with the Pico Genie Periscope Plus Speaker Projector.

    Key Features include:

    • Unique Rotating Lens for Easy Wall / Ceiling Projection
    • Android 6.0
    • Wireless + HDMI
    • SD, USB, Bluetooth 4, Wifi, Screen Mirroring IOS, Android
    • 200 lumens, LED, DLP
    • High Performance Speaker with deep base
    • 3 hour battery / Mains

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus Travel Projector

  • Early Black Friday and Cyber Monday Projector Deals 2019!

    Don’t wait around this year for Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals. Buy now and enjoy huge discounts with savings of up to £280 on a range of Home Cinema, Gaming/Sports, Ultra Portable Travel projectors and more!

    Buy now for Christmas and benefit from our extended returns policy until 3rd January 2020.

    These offers are only available whilst stock last and once they have gone they’re gone.

    Acer Predator Z650 Home Cinema Projector ideal for Sports, Movies and Gaming!

    With 2 pairs of 3D Glasses and a Carry Case included

    No longer be limited by room size! Place in any sized room and still achieve a huge screen size with the Z650s short throw feature allowing you to focus more and feel part of the action.

    Experience a true home cinema experience or enjoy playing the latest games such as the popular First Person Shooters: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Battlefield V on the big screen. Perfect for fast moving action or sports with fast refresh rates.

    WAS £995 – NOW ONLY £715

    Chiq B5U 4K UHD Ultra-Short Throw Laser Projector + Ambient Light Rejection Screen

    Want to feel like you're going to the cinema every day. Enjoy a bigger cinematic experience than even the largest TV.

    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.

    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.

    WAS £2,765 – NOW ONLY £2,565

    4K Laser Home Cinema Projector

    Pico Genie Polar Ultra Portable Projector

    Project anywhere at any time, the Pico Genie Polar is the ultimate travel essential. No Plug socket? No problem, the polar has a battery built in allowing you to project without being plugged in.

    Use the Android interface to download apps and watch TV, Netflix, Youtube etc or use for business or learning via apps such as Microsoft Office or download games.

    Alternatively wirelessly mirror your iPad or iPhone or Android tablet/phone on the big screen via airplay / screen mirroring / smart view.

    WAS £389 – NOW ONLY £348

    Pico Genie Polar

  • 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 this video 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 fast Refresh Frequency of 240Hz and an input lag of around 45ms.

    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.

    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

    CHIQ FAQ

    Q: Is the B5U Compatible at 50 Hz?
    A: Yes and 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: Does it have keystone correction?
    A: No, however no Keystone means improved image (see above under Keystone Correction)

    Q: What is the refresh rate on the B5U?
    A: It has a fast Refresh Frequency of 240Hz which makes it great for gaming.

    Q: What is the input lag on the CHIQ B5U?
    A: It has a low input lag of only 30/35ms which makes it great for gaming.

    Q: Where is the B5U shipped from?
    A: All CHIQ Products listed on our site are shipped from the UK and can be returned to the UK (Not China).

    Q: What is the warranty on CHIQ products?
    A: All CHIQ Products have a 2 year warranty with 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.).

    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 (High Definition Multimedia Interface Audio Return Channel". ARC allows for the "upstream" and "downstream" of signals over a single HDMI connection between your TV and any ARC-equipped A/V deices)

    Q: What is the throw ratio on the B5U?
    A: The B5U has the shortest throw ratio out of all ultra short throw projectors on the market currently at 0.21:1.

    Q: Are there any downsides to using an ultra short throw projector such as the CHIQ B5U?
    A: They must be projected on a perfectly flat wall (most walls aren’t) so it is advisable to purchase a fixed-frame screen to avoid any distortions with the projection.
    See our range of fixed frame screens HERE >

  • New 4K Home Entertainment Projector HK2200 Offers Exceptional Image Quality and Advanced Visuals

    New 4K Home Entertainment Projector HK2200 Offers Exceptional Image Quality and Advanced Visuals

    Get to know amazing HK2200 a truly unique device to blow you away with image quality and extensive screen size. Feel true emotions with the new home entertainment projector.

    Vivitek DH3660Z 1080p DLP Laser Projector
    With the power of an installation projector but small and light enough to be moved from room to room, Vivitek's laser-driven DH3660Z can fulfill several roles for schools and businesses without busting the budget.

    Its laser illumination engine with sealed optics and DLP imager combine for pinpoint focus and close to 4,500 lumens that can help get a teacher's message across to the class or deliver solid impact for business presentations.

    Vivitek Qumi Pocket Projector Range

    Always be prepared for fun and work with the Vivitek Qumi Pocket Projectors. Click here to see the Qumi Range

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

    The Remote Manager

    Did you know that all NovoConnect wireless collaboration devices can be managed and controlled from one central workstation with no need to reach them physically. Use the Remote Manager tool to connect, set up, customize, update and troubleshoot all from one central location to make life easy for the IT/Facility manager. Click here to see the Novo Range

  • SALE! Acer Predator Z650 Gaming, Sports, Home Cinema Projector - SAVE £280

    SALE! Acer Predator Z650 Gaming, Sports Home Cinema Projector - SAVE £280

    Check out this amazing early Black Friday Deal we have on offer: The Acer Z650 is now available to purchase at £715 saving you a whopping £280 off the original price of £995.

    This offer is for a limited time only whilst stock lasts so be sure to act fast before you miss out!

    Purchase The Acer Predator Z650 For Only £715 Here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/acer-predatorz650.html

    Acer Predator Z650 Projector

    Experience a true home cinema experience or enjoy playing the latest games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on the big screen with a fast refresh rate on the Acer Predator Z650.

    The Predator Projector is dwarfing all existing monitor and TV Sizes. Play on HUGE screen sizes with a crystal clear image and dominate the battleground even in small rooms with the projectors short throw feature.

    The Z650 Projector is perfect for:

    • TV/Sports
    • Gaming
    • Movies

    Game Settings
    Gamers demand superb visuals, so we delivered. Dark and Bright FPS modes enhance visibility in different in-game lighting environments. Game Auto mode analyzes content in real-time to improve visibility, contrast and colour.

    Custom Splash Screen
    With the Z650, you can be greeted by a favorite gaming moment every time you boot up the device. With a few simple button presses, the Predator Z650 can do a screen capture and save it as a custom splash screen.

    Hidden Dongle
    Our Hidden Dongle design both protects feature add-ons in an internal compartment and eliminates external clutter.

    WirelessHD
    Pair the Predator Z650 with a WirelessHD-Kit1 to stream lossless 1080p content wirelessly. Enjoy some freedom from the cable chaos.

    DTS® Sound
    With DTS® Sound and two 10W stereo speakers built in, you’re free to take the Z650 anywhere without bringing a sound system. Enjoy explosions, screeching tires and more without hassles.

    Bluetooth Audio
    Stream audio to a Bluetooth headset or speaker system for a wireless audio experience.

  • Vivitek's New Education Range Of Interactive Flat Panel Displays Set To Drive Collaboration

    Vivitek launches new All-in-One solutions for the education sector. The new NovoTouch EK Series interactive flat panels combine wireless collaboration, digital whiteboard and active announcement function into one display.

    Show Your Screen With NovoConnect Wireless Collaboration

    With the capacity of wireless mirroring from any device, fully adapted with the BYOD practice, the NovoTouch EK Series enables educators to present their screen wirelessly on the touch panel.

    Vivitek NovoTouch

    Digital White Board

    Write on the screen and create your own teaching materials that can be saved for later use. The NT Minute function enables students to review the lesson at a later stage. Furthermore with NT Live Hub functionality it is possible to duplicate the screen in real-time to the other displays in the virtual Hub, which is ideal for classes or groups that need to be split across two classrooms.

    Vivitek Novotouch

    Announcement Board

    Turn the NovoTouch flat panel into an announcement board when it is not actively used. With NovoDS digital signage solution included it is easy to communicate any school notices, canteen specials, lessons or room updates.  The message can be created with a flexible playlist and with dynamic content ranging from text, audio, photos and videos to webpages, Twitter, RSS, Google Calendar, Weather, and more.

    Digital Whiteboard

    Low Total Cost of Ownership

    Vivitek offers free software and no license fees, ideal for schools to deploy new devices without hidden costs. In addition, the remote management and free firmware upgrades are included to facilitate easy maintenance. The Low TCO is guaranteed with the five years warranty*.

    Available in sizes ranging from 65”, 75” and 86”

    All offer the visually brilliance of 4K-UHD resolution, ensuring that the screens invite and encourage engagement and participation in the classroom.

    See our full Vivitek Novo range here: https://bit.ly/2NYSdTk

    (*)Warranty terms and conditions vary by country.

  • Vivitek delivers the new DU7295Z to the DU7000Z laser projector series!

    Vivitek's new laser projector is a smart choice for mid to large corporate meeting rooms, the DU7295Z packs tremendous value for companies seeking maintenance-free durability up to 20,000 hours with easy installation and management. It ensures superior visibility with 9,000 ANSI lumen brightness and vibrant true-to-life colors with Rec. 709 color space, along with exceptionally quiet 33dB operation.

    Vivitek DU7295Z

    The choice of seven optional lenses, ranging from 0.78 to 5:1 throw ratio the manual lens shift capacity provides flexibility for installation. Equally efficient is the image alignment, with its four-corner correction, and horizontal and vertical keystone corrections, which makes easy image line up. The DU7295Z offers HDBaseT to run one single cable for image, sound, and control over a long distance. With its excellent installation flexibility the projector will appeal to system integrators as well as customers.
    Furthermore, the DU7295Z can be complemented with Vivitek’s NovoConnect Solution for wireless presentation and collaboration.

    Vivitek DU7295Z

    Features
    - DLP® technology for vibrant and rich picture quality
    - 9,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, WUXGA resolution, and 20,000:1 contrast ratio
    - Long lasting laser light source for constant brightness level and color performance for up to 20,000 hours operations
    - Exquisitely vivid colors and natural picture with Rec. 709 color space capacity and HDR support
    - Installation flexibility is ensured with 7 optional lenses and easy image adjustment
    - Loud and clear sound delivered by built¬-in 2x10W speakers
    - Simple one ¬cable connection thanks to HDBaseT with up to 4K¬UHD signal support
    - DICOM Simulation Mode for medical training and seminars
    - Full compatibility with NovoConnect Solution for wireless presentation and collaboration

    Availability:
    The DU70295Z will be available in December at MSRP of 7.990 EUR excl. VAT

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