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  • 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!

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Acer 4k Home Cinema Range Review

    Acer 4k Home Cinema Range Review

    Acer now has a full range of 4K Projectors offering a comprehensive range of 4k options, so now it’s time to see how they perform. We have broken down the key features of each projector for this Acer 4K Home Cinema review, with an at-a-glance table and all the latest 4k terms explained.

    At-a-glance comparison table of Acer 4k Projectors:

    Acer M550 Acer H7850 Acer V7850 Acer V9800
    RP £1,999.99 £2,299.99 £2,699.99 £3,950.99
    Rank Entry Mid High Pro
    Key Feature 1 2900lms 3000lms 2200lms 2000lms
    Key Feature 2 Rec. 2020 Compatible Rec. 2020 Compatible Rec. 2020 Compatible Rec. 2020 Compatible
    Key Feature 3 Rec. 709 Compatible Rec. 709 Compatible
    Key Feature 4 HDR Compatible HDR Compatible HDR Compatible HDR Compatible
    Key Feature 5 Vertical lens shift Vertical lens shift Vertical lens shift Horizontal / Vertical lens shift
    Colour wheel Standard Standard RGBRGB RGBRGB

     

    Key Comparisons

    The Acer M550 projector is an excellent entry level 4k choice, only 100 lumens behind its mid range cousin the Acer H7850 which also offers an affordable cinematic experience. Both offer vertical lens shift for improved adjustability.

    The Acer V7850 is what many consider the colour purist model due to its RGBRGB colour wheel. If you want life-like immersion, the fantastic colour reproductions of the V7850 are award winning. The V7850 has won awards in the press with Home Cinema Choice and T3, proving itself a market leader in the 4k projector high end range.

    At the Pro level the Acer V9800 produces similarly stunning visuals to the H7850 but has more image positioning options, allowing for more precisely adjusted home cinema. Uniquely this model also is one of the projectors to offer the rare horizontal lens shift as well as vertical lens shift so you can place the projector on the ceiling or in the corner of the room with little or no skewing of the image horizontally or vertically.

    Some key technologies explained:

    4K UHD

    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) definition of 4K Ultra HD (UHD, 3,840 x 2,160) states the display resolution must have at least 8 million active pixels. Acer4K Ultra HD resolution with TI XPR technology serves more than 8.3 million on-screen pixels —four times more of a Full HD. All details come alive.

    HDR compatible

    HDR (High dynamic range) is a technique to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity. It preserves details in the darkest & brightest areas, and presents a similar range of luminance that the colour is close to how we see in real life. The expanded contrast & wider range of brightness produces true-to-life colour. Image comes to life with HDR compatible.

     Rec. 2020 compatible

    Rec. 2020, also known as BT. 2020, is the recommendation for UHDTV defined by International Telecommunications Union (ITU). With Rec. 2020 compatible, projector is able to read and translate rec. 2020 language into rec. 709 for superior colour reproduction.

    Rec. 709

    Rec. 709 is a standard of HDTV. It is also the colour standard that movie direct or adopted for post-production. Thanks to the inclusion of Rec 709, Acer’s projector is able to reproduce faithfully the original colours and tones to give viewers an authentic movie-watching experience. Recreate colours exactly as they’ve been imagined by the director.

    HDCP 2.2

    HDCP 2.2 is the specification required for HDMI ports to play full 4K video. If your HDMI port is older than V2 then you will need to check how well 4K video displays depending on your HDMI version. All the Acer projectors above have one HDMI 2.0 port which is HDCP 2.2 enabled for your 4K content.

    The Verdict

    There is now something for everyone in the Acer 4k home cinema range whether you are on a budget or looking for the best contrast ratio/features money can buy.

    The award winning V7850 is also a great high end choice at a good price whilst the entry level Acer M550 and the H7850 models offer amazing value for a 4k projector.

  • BACK IN STOCK: Philips Screeneo 2.0 Full HD Ultra Short Throw Home Cinema Projector

    The Philips Screeneo 2.0 has been THE must-have projector for the last few months, and it's fair to say everyone has been surprised by how fast it sold out. Unfortunately for many customers, Philips also found themselves a bit surprised, and as a result the Screeneo has been unavailable pretty much everywhere since last Autumn, with stock shortages likely to continue across Europe until June 2017 at the earliest.

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    You don't need to get too downhearted, though; we've managed to get our hands on a very limited quantity. Currently, Personal Projector is one of a handful of stores in Europe to have the Screeneo in stock, and we're also offering the lowest price! However - and we can't stress this enough - demand is so high across Europe these will disappear in short order. If you don't want to be waiting 6 months or more for the Screeneo, we recommend you order yours today to avoid disappointment!

    The Screeneo 2.0 is the ultimate home cinema projector, boasting Full HD, 3D, a booming 26w onboard Dolby soundsystem (plus Bluetooth and wired soundsystem support), and the ability to project a huge 120" screen when placed just inches from the wall. The best part is that it's 2000 lumen lamp is powerful enough to project a pin-sharp image in any light conditions, whether you're watching an epic movie or a nail-biting football match.

    Get your hands on a Screeneo 2.0 by clicking HERE.

  • Review: Philips Screeneo 2.0 HDP2510 Full HD Home Cinema Projector

     

     

     

     

     

    Looking for a complete Home Cinema experience?

     

    When it comes to home cinema the Philips Screeneo 2.0 HDP2510 is certainly a top of the range product.

    At 2000 ANSI Lumens and with a 200,000:1 contrast ratio, this short throw projector boasts a lamp life of 10,000 hours, capable of giving you a 50” image when only 10cm from the wall, increasing to 120” at 42cm. The full HD resolution is projected from the bottom through an angled window, and the Dolby 2.1 inbuilt sound system adds a real cinema feel, as sound is thrown across the room. Its versatility also allows it to be used to stream music from smartphones and tablets.

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    Although the HD2510 weighs in at 8.5kg it is portable, and its bucket like appearance, smooth rounded contours and subdued colours allow it to blend in with any style of house décor. Packed with features, this projector offers HDMI, USB, VGA, Bluetooth, headphone port, audio input and output, and it is compatible with 3D glasses, which are however not supplied.

    The incredible range of tones and colours produced create the high definition images and clear pictures desired. This complemented by Cinema Lamp and Daylight modes the use of which is certainly advised. The impressive Wall Colour Correction option neutralises any wall décor meaning that the picture can be projected on to any wall without the overall image quality being affected.

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    There are a couple of down sides, namely that the Vertical zooms is manual, which can be rather tricky specially when using a screen as backdrop rather than a wall. Furthermore the Motorised Focus Adjustment is very slow and imprecise, and about as noisy as a steam train. The remote is typically bland and the keys require some coaxing

    All in all the positives outweigh the negatives by a long way and make the Philips Screeneo 2.0 HD2510 short throw projector a very desirable addition to any household. Taking up much less space than any TV, yet projecting perfect images, this highly innovative home cinema projector is modestly priced at around £1,999 RRP.

    It was also highly rated, 4/5 by Trusted Reviews, the specialist review site: "The Screeneo 2.0 outperforms expectations on every front to deliver an innovative and genuinely effective big-screen solution for home-cinema fans.”

    Check out the Philips Screeneo 2.0 here!

     

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