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Tag Archives: 3D projector

  • Philips Screeneo 2.0 Alternative Projectors

    Philips' Screeneo 2.0 is out of stock across UK & Europe due to 2 collapses of the company that held the license for this product.  As of September 2018 there are no active UK distributors of Screeneo so if you are looking for some good alternatives here are some options!

    The Vivitek DH765Z-UST laser projector with zero bulb replacements / maintenance and the stunning Benq W1600UST home cinema projector. Also watch out for an increase in fake chinese products where the descriptions and lumens are ludicrously exaggerated by over 10 times such as the Wemax One by Xiaomi.

    Vivitek DH765Z-UST

    The Vivitek DH765Z-UST is one of the closest alternatives to the Philips Screeneo 2 but works better for those wanting a much brighter image in a normally lit room. The Vivitek projector has 4000 lumens so is double the 2000 lumens of brightness on the Screeneo which is a major benefit if you want to use it in your lounge to replace your normal TV and not have to draw the curtains.

    Vivitek DH765Z Ultra Short Throw High Brightness Laser Projector

     

    The other advantage of the Vivitek DH765Z is that its a laser projector with no lamp so it means you will not incur expensive bulb cost replacements with over 30,000 hour "lamp" life instead of just 6,000 hr lamp life. So although the Vivitek DH765Z-UST is more expensive than the Screeneo 2 HDP2510 there will be significantly lower running costs on the Vivitek laser projector which makes up for the added extra cost.

    The Vivitek is also ultra short throw and as you can see in the image you can put this right up against the wall and project an absolutely huge image 3 or 4 times the size of your TV.

    Whilst its speaker system is only 10 watt speakers compared to the Screeneo's 26w you can of course connect an external audio system too. The smaller speakers also has the added benefit of making the Vivitek projector smaller and lighter taking up less space.

    The Vivitel DH765Z-UST was not originally designed for home cinema enthusiasts,  so without those high contrast ratios and deep blacks it may not sport the exact same image quality as the Screeneo. Also without AcuMotion, or frame interpolation technology, sports and high speed scenes may be harder to view. However, the Vivitek projector will be well suited to those wanting a brighter ultra short throw image with lower running costs in a smaller unit than the Screeneo 2. You won't find a maintenance free projector at a staggering 4000 lumens anywhere else without paying upwards of £10,000!

    BenQ W1600UST ultra short throw home cinema projector

    Place this stylish projector just inches from the wall and you'll get the  full HD 1080p cinematic experience without any installation costs! The BenQ W1600UST also offers a staggering 3300 ansi lumens of brightness so you can keep that quality crisp and bright in every home lighting environment.

    Acer V7500, 2500 Lumen Full HD/3D Home Cinema Projector

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    The award-winning Acer V7500 is near the top of the tree this Christmas! Boasting an incredible 2500 Lumen lightshow to back up its revolutionary software and sophisticated colour technology, it's no surprise it comes recommended by Home Cinema Choice magazine.

    Inside its trendy white exterior is a range of seriously impressive features, including an Ambient Light Sensor to automatically adjust the image to suit the brightness of your surroundings, 4 Corner keystone correction and RGBRGB colour wheel for vivid colours. It also boasts a whopping 20,000:1 contrast ratio, meaning its picture quality is hard to beat, whether you're watching a film in a darkened room or sport on a bright Saturday afternoon. It isn't short throw, but it does have a massive max image size of 300", over twice the size of the Screeneo for less than half the cost! If you wanted a Screeneo for home cinema or sport, the V7500 has you covered!

    Acer H6517ST, 3000 Lumen Short Throw Full HD/3D DLP Projector

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    A mighty short throw projector that can project a huge screen just a metre from your projection surface, the H6517ST might not be the most snappily-titled projector, but it's ideal for cinema, gaming and more!

    At 3000 Lumens, it can project a crystal clear image in even bright sunlight, meaning you can get Full HD in a billion colours and flicker-free 3D at 300 inches diagonally. It has a range of automatic and manual image adjustment controls so it's a doddle to set up and get that big-screen feeling from the comfort of your living room. If you're looking for a projector that can produce a massive, clear image even in the most cramped Christmas living room, you might want to put the H6517ST on your Christmas list.

    Acer H7550ST, 3000 Lumen Short Throw Full HD/3D Projector

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    Packing a heavyweight punch in a lightweight frame, the H7550ST is a short throw projector with the power to turn your front room into a multiplex cinema, even when it's less than a metre away from your projection surface.

    Boasting a full range of flexible wired and wireless functionality to help you connect to any audio or visual device, the H7550ST backs up its crystal clear image projected by a 3000 Lumen lamp with an onboard 10W speaker, meaning you don't even need an external speaker to get that cinematic sound experience. Whether it's gaming, sport, cinema or a TV binge you want, the H7550ST can give you a huge screen and booming sound even if you don't have a lot of space to project in.

    Acer S1283Hne, 3100 Lumens Ultra Short Throw DLP Projector

    This Ultra Short throw DLP projector can project a 79 inch image onto a wall at only 1m away. With this capability you can have a large cinema experience without sacrificing on space or installation.

    Your Acer S1283Whne projector doesn't have to mounted or suspended from the ceiling behind your sofa to produce a large image, that table usually reserved for the TV can function as the ideal stand for this ultra short throw projector.

     

    Use our handy comparison sheet to view all the acer short throw projectors side-by-side - just click HERE.

    Alternatively, if you're thinking of upgrading to an Ultra High Definition 4K Home Cinema then check out our review of Acer's 4K projectors here.

    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.

     Vivitek DH765Z Ultra Short Throw High Brightness Laser Projector

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  • Just Released: The New M550 Plus Portable Projector Perfect All Rounder for Business or Pleasure

    The M550 Plus comes with a keyboard (with integrated mouse) and a remote control!

    The Pico Genie M550 burst onto the scene earlier this year as the world's brightest battery/mains powered HD LED projector with an astonishing 650 Lumen lightshow and some seriously impressive hardware. If you thought that was impressive though, you ain't seen nothing yet! The Pico Genie M550 Plus, the big brother of the M550, offers the same 650 Lumen punch in the same sleek and ultra portable frame with a whole host of extra features that make it a world leader in ultra portable projectors!

    The new M550 Plus really is the ultra portable projector to beat at the moment with features to tick every box for most users whether its business or pleasure. The image performance is still excellent and easily capable of an 80” – 100” diagonal image or 2 meters wide in a normally lit room.

    m550_24__4As standard the original M550 came with Android OS so you can download any app from the Play store, wireless mirroring for almost every device, every connectivity option you could want, 8GB of internal memory, 3D and much more.

    The Pico Genie M550 projectors  are also a much shorter throw than comparative LED portable projectors which means you can place the projector much closer to the wall and get a much larger image. This is an ideal way to ensure you get the biggest image out of the projector especially if you are tight on space or using it in a meeting room.

    The new M550 Plus now adds a much needed portable wireless keyboard with an integrated mouse (and still includes the radio remote control as well) allowing you to easily control the onboard media interface and type text. You can download your favourite app directly onto the projector making this the ideal choice for games, movies, music or business requirements such as Powerpoint, Word, and Excel.

    Apps like Netlfix, Showreel or Kodi are very popular for instant home cinema use right now and in some ways you can think of the projector as one of the new popular Android boxes with a built in projector that are popping up everywhere for watching TV. The wireless keyboard also makes it much easier to setup your Wi-Fi and other settings on the device.

    Another favourite feature on the new model is the Apple iOS mirroring feature which means what you see on your iPhone, iPad or Mac is what you get on the projector. Wireless connectivity can sometimes be a pain to setup so this whole process has been simplified on the M550 Plus which means using the M550 Plus is now a doddle. As with the standard M550 model, you can also easily connect to other devices like Android or Windows devices via the myriad of wireless options.img_8454-1_2

    The battery is also now more efficient than before, now boasting 3 eco modes and guarantees up to 3 hours battery usage whether you’re out on the African plains, in a high-powered business meeting or simply want to watch the football or a blockbuster movie.

    Finally, the new model also weighs in at a lighter weight and is 100 grams lighter than the previous M550 model and is can easily be carried anywhere.

    The only thing to drop off the new model that was on the old model is there is no longer an AV RCA (red, white, yellow) cable connections or VGA cables (it does still have a VGA port, though) as these are now fast becoming outdated cables and have been replaced by wireless options or HDMI connections.

    It's an amazing piece of kit, and a clear leader in its price bracket. Drop it into any situation and its crisp display, powerful 3 watt speakers, amazing connectivity options and mighty battery mean it can handle anything, anywhere, anytime. If you're looking for a versatile projector that has enough bells and whistles to satisfy almost every user from the businessman to the hardcore tech fan while still being simple and accessible enough for even a novice to use, the M550 Plus is highly recommended.

    To find out more and for full spec details, please click here.

  • Pico Genie M400 featured on Gadget Show TV: Outdoor Projection & Camping

    In Series 20 Episode 4 The Gadget Show TV team featured a Wild Challenge Camping event showing all manner of gadgets for the outdoors....

     

    In the show, Jason Bradbury and Jon Bentley showed off their talents by creating a cinema in a forest while camping using the tiny Pico Genie M400 LED Projector with a huge 10ft x 5.6ft inflatable screen.

    The beauty of the Pico Genie M400 mini ultra-portable projector is its the only projector on the market capable of projecting for long periods on full brightness, as despite its small size and weight, it has a very powerful lightweight battery inside meaning it provides 300 lumens of brightness and can project up to 2 hours on eco mode (1 hour on full brightness 300 lumens).

    The Pico Genie M400 is a very versatile portable device and is used from everything from business, personal use, travel, home cinema and gaming.

    Jon Bentley who regularly reviews big home cinema screens said he was "pleased with the picture quality."

    Jason Bradbury went on to say "it is a stunning picture and its also battery powered which is a really great feature, especially for the outdoors. You can load your stuff onto an SD card or USB so its quite versatile." One thing that took the team by surprise was despite what seemed like relatively low lumens the picture quality punched well above its weight, Jason commented that, "it looks splendid even when its not dark on a 10ft by 5.6 ft screen".

    The inflatable air screen will actually go up to 40 foot and can be pumped up with an electric pump inside 15 mins and strapped to anything nearyby like a tree.

    Jason said "The Airscreen is fantastic. I put it up in about 15 minutes and ratcheted it up to the trees. Im not beyond one of these in my back garden for the kids."

    For more information see Series 20: Episode 4 - Wild Challenge Camping Gadgets (goto 6 mins 46 secs)

  • The Sunday Telegraph features Pico Genie M400 & P50

    The Sunday Telegraph released its Technology feature this weekend (24th November 2013) with a host of interesting new ideas for photography and film lovers alike, which includes the Pico Genie M400 and the compact Pico Genie P50.

    The Sunday Telegraph says: "The new generation of smartphone mini projectors are simply brilliant"

    The article highlights the potential use of mini projectors in almost any environment, from "the side of the tent [where it] suddenly becomes a very effective screen...to any wall of your house becoming a cinema screen... and the kids particularly loved playing an Xbox game on six feet of kitchen wall, using their smartphones".

    Click here to read the full Sunday Telegraph article

    Pico Genie M400 Personal Projector

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