A new breed of hybrid projector combines great sound with stunning images in a tiny handheld cylinder that can rotate with one twist of the lens for easy wall or ceiling viewing.
The technical team at Pico Genie said, “we wanted to launch a new kind of portable speaker that didn’t compromise on the quality of design, projection or sound. Too often with hybrid devices you can end up with the worst of both worlds instead of the best of both worlds.”
From the look and feel of the Pico Genie Periscope range you can tell straight away no compromise has been made on the design and build. It looks and feels amazing. It has a very solid sturdy feel to it like a high quality Bose portable speaker and it doesn’t disappoint on the visuals either. It even offers connection to external speakers for extra confidence.
The Periscope product is expected to be very popular with those looking for good sound and visuals on-the-go, whether its business users needing to do a presentation or consumers wanting to watch TV on-the-go with good sound, as well those looking to relax and project content onto the ceiling (in the bedroom or for parties/events and more) with its simple unique rotating lens.
Whilst its not the cheapest projector on the market, it does offer amazing value when you consider you are getting both a high quality speaker and projector in one tiny device. Its not the type of projector you buy only to find out that you cant see or hear it and end up having to return it which sadly is a common problem in the pico industry.
Its suitable for viewing a wide array of content including films, TV, games and documents either through its own internal storage or via wireless and wired connection (Plus version).
You can use the Android OS to download various Apps such as Netflix, Youtube and Amazon Prime perfect for catching up on your favourite shows when out and about. Alternatively use it like a PC and download apps like PowerPoint, Word, Excel etc for business presentations.
If you can’t get enough of your mobile phone or tablet then the Pico Genie Periscope will be your ideal companion, allowing you to wirelessly connect to phones, laptops and tablets and project your screen up to 100”. Great for super scrolling through your social feeds or for a larger than life video call. The Periscope has great connectivity including USB-in and SD card slots and the new Periscope Plus model comes with HDMI-in (far more useful than the recent trend of HDMI-out) for even greater versatility.
Overall the Pico Genie Periscope / Plus is a solid high-performance portable speaker-projector hybrid product at an affordable price which looks and feels amazing.
The Acer X138WH stands out among the other projectors at the low price point of £366 Inc vat, great value for money delivering brightness of 3700 ANSI lumens, perfect for any environment.
The Acer P1650 projector is great for sprucing up your presentations with crystal clear images and super smooth motion due to its special non lag frame rate technology giving quick response times.
The Acer P5530 is Equipped with an intelligent ambient light sensor, the projector can optimize image brightness and color saturation based on ambient lighting conditions. Great for if bright or ambient light is an issue.
The Acer H7550ST short throw projector lets you show your work, signage or notice boards on a mammoth scale (up to 300 inches or 762 cm in size) in a billion colours and astonishing clarity. Perfect for that eye-popping boardroom sales pitch.
The Fujifilm Z5000Is a great solution for exhibitions or for when space is tight. It is very compact and has a 6 way rotating lens for getting that perfect angle. The laser projection means that you won't have to pay for replacing the lamp and the huge 5000 Ansi lumens of brightness mean that the image can be seen in almost any light situation.
The models all come at a breakthrough price points and include Android and IOS wireless screen mirroring as well as easy to use interfaces. Apps can also be downloaded from the app store. They are packed with every desirable feature you could want in a portable projector at a great price.
Watch the video below to find out more about these amazing new ultra portable projectors from only £199.
UPDATE: The Acer P1385W has been replaced by Acer P1350W :
Are you looking for a hassle-free projector set up to help your business, with screen and mount included? Whether you want to get your pub ready for the World Cup or want to wow your clients with a slick presentation set up we have the affordable projector bundle for you.
Including fully adjustable mount and robust 75" screen (152cm x 114cm) in 4:3 format this bundle takes the stress out of trying to create your own projection set up.
All this for just £637.57 (Inc Vat).
At just under 3m away the Acer P1385W lamp projector will fill the 75" screen with ease, offering a ideal viewing area for large groups.
As for the projector mount master kit, there is a simple 3 step installation:
Step 1 - Fix the ceiling plate
Step 2 - Connect your required column length - cut to almost any size - columns can be joined together using available adaptor to enable almost any size drop.
Step 3 - Fix your projector using the unislide.
The projector mount itself offers further installation flexibility as your projector can be tilted or rotated with full 360 degree to suit the environment.
The New Qumi Q38 HD smart Projector has just landed in stock and because it offers Full HD 1080p, android v6.0 and an inbuilt 2 hour battery we don't expect it to stay in stock long!
Having full HD 1080p capability in such a small unit is a major breakthrough in the projector industry, many fake products promise full HD but cannot deliver the high resolution offered by the Q38 DLP projector.
With a massive 10,000:1 contrast ratio the Q38 DLP LED projector can pick out the rich details in your favourite films at levels previously reserved for higher end DLP projectors. It's not just in movies where the Q38 excels, the high resolution, brightness, and contrast ratio all combine to provide a crisp viewing experience for presentations, making it an ideal business companion. The Qumi Q38 can also connect to multiple Bluetooth devices at once for improved functionality, e.g. a keyboard and a speaker.
Boasting an impressive operating system with its Android V6.0 the Qumi Q38 LED projector can easily download and access a huge library of current apps, expanding it's capabilities depending on your preferred use. Why not use it for projection mapping, star gazing maps, gaming, and more?
At home and at work we limit ourselves to the small screen yet its true that size is everything. We want our devices to be as small as possible but our images as large as possible so what’s the solution to capture all that content in one box?
TVs, laptops and computers with set top boxes and dongles are stalwarts of modern life but they are big and bulky and limited to 60 inch images and phones and tablets are limited to 8 – 13 inch screens. There is however a better way to view your content and your work in a one-box big-screen solution that fits in your bag and offers an enormous 120” (3 metre diagonal) HD image. Meet the Android-powered Pico Genie M550 Plus.
Having an Android OS onboard means the projector can utilise apps to edit your documents, browse the web and more, all easily achieved with its wireless keyboard/mouse. This computing power allows the M550 to download Play Store apps without an external piece of hardware, offering access to a vast network of subscription services, business apps and gaming features all in one box.
Apple users, do not despair, you can still use the powerful Pico Genie for Wireless mirroring too, projecting all your IOS devices at HD quality up to 2 metres wide.
So how does the Pico Genie M550 Plus compare to a traditional TV plus set top box and how can it work for your business/home?
TV versus Projector: Portability and Usability
Weighing in at a tiny 895g the projector and projecting at 120 inches the projector clearly wins the portability round, and with no extra boxes required to stream content and an internal 3 hour battery you can take your viewing experience anywhere. Movie night doesn’t have to be an indoor event after all.
With its wireless compatibility, small size and android functionality you won’t even be chained to a separate device or conference room, project anywhere, even in daylight thanks to a brightness of 650 lumens.
Usability is also great on the Pico Genie M550 Plus with a supplied high quality portable keyboard/mouse for typing in all that content or wifi network codes. It also comes with a radio remote control for standard use.
Home TV/Web Content
Skygo can be played back via the VGA port if connected to a laptop which is quite unique for a portable device.
The Google Play Store offers apps for subscription services like Netflix, NowTV and PrimeVideo without another box or dongle in sight. Some smart TVs include a selection of these apps of course but often don’t have a Google Play app store.
You still can’t get the big screen experience in one portable unit from a smart TV.
Unlike some TVs, Showreel and Kodi can be downloaded directly onto the projector proving a more cinematic big screen experience than the average TV.
Business content: Easy Big Screen Sharing in Meetings
For businesses the full might of the Google Play store can be accessed via the M550 Plus, downloading apps like Salesforce to view your objectives and targets in big screen clarity, ideal for teamwork and project management.
Large conferences are made easier with an android projector, scrap the bulky monitors/TV’s and you could get a 2 metre wide HD projection for easier, more user friendly meetings.
Remote desktops, presentations, and time management apps are all catered for within the Google Play Store, ready to be downloaded onto the projector’s 3GB internal memory and available to use whenever and wherever you require.
The Pico Genie M550 Plus is the smarter choice with limitless portability and the big screen in a small package. The android operating system and extensive connectivity all combine for a one box solution that can take you from movie night to Monday meetings.
Spec in Brief: Pico Genie M550 Plus
- Built in Android OS/Play store so you can download your favourite Apps directly to your projector
- 650 lumens LED HD on battery or mains power
- Short throw gives you an 80" image just 2m from your wall or screen
- Wireless keyboard for easy use
- Wireless mirroring to smartphones/tablets via DLNA/Miracast
- Wireless connection to Laptops/MacBooks via DLNA (share images and videos)
- Up to 3 hours battery life at 650 lumens (13500mAh/3.7V)
- Radio controlled remote
- Auto Keystone correction +/- 40 degrees
- Powerbank- charge your iPhone/Android device via the projector
- HDMI Powered (for dongle power such as Chromecast negates need to plug into 2nd power supply)
The new Optoma EH330 offers you a Full HD quality image in a tiny portable unit. Despite being small and light enough to fit in a bag or handbag, the Optoma EH330 offers an incredible 3,100 lumens from its lamp, making it bright enough to give you a clear image even in a normally lit room. Combine this with its native Full HD 1080p resolution and you get a projector that can be relied on to give you the best image possible whether you're using it for home cinema or a business presentation.
The EH330 also has a couple of different options for you when it comes to sound. You can use the onboard 2w speakers, or you can plug in external speakers via the 3.5mm jack.
As this is a lamp projector, the lifespan of the lamp isn't what you'd get from a similarly priced LED projector, such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus. Whereas the M550 Plus gives you up to 30,000 hours of projection, the EH330's lamp will need replacing after only 5-8,000 hours. This is still mighty impressive for a lamp-based projector at this price however!
It also lacks a number of the Pico Genie M550 Plus' other features, such as battery backup, Android OS and short throw projection, so if you want a portable projector that can do it all, the M550 Plus may be worth a look. If you're looking for a simple, high-brightness and high-quality projector though, the Optoma offers tremendous value considering the high lumens and resolution.
If you're looking for an affordable portable HD LED projector this Christmas (or maybe you're hoping for one to appear under the tree!), there are two excellent options on the market that can do it all. Whether you're looking to give the gift of an unbeatable home cinema set up or you want an ultra-portable solution for business presentations, Vivitek's Qumi Q3 Plus and Pico Genie's M550 Plus should be on your radar. But how do they stack up against one another?
When you're after a truly portable projector for the festive season, you really want something with a lengthy battery life so you can take it anywhere and set up without having to worry about power. The Q3 Plus boasts an impressive 2 hour battery life with 8,000 mAh at 500 Lumens, which means it's perfect for even the lengthiest presentation or meeting. The M550 Plus goes one step further though, with a mighty 3 hour battery life and 13,500 mAh (that's three episodes of Game Of Thrones!), putting it in a class of its own when compared with any other portable projector on the market. So both projectors are great to handle any meeting, lecture, presentation or just binge watching loads of TV/Movies.
The other key factor to consider when taking your projector out and about is brightness (or lumens) as you never know what kind of light conditions you'll be projecting in. Blackout curtains are always nice but they're not always available, which is why both of these projectors pack a great spec in terms of brightness, resolution and contrast. Coupled with incredible DLP chip systems they provide a clear image even in brightly-lit or sunlit rooms.
The Q3 Plus clocks in at 500 Lumens, which is usually more than enough to project a crisp HD image in normal light conditions up to 150 inches in size, making it ideal for classrooms or business meetings. It also has a high contrast ratio of 5000:1 which will really help your colours pop!
The M550 Plus has an impressive 650 Lumens, really making it the ultimate all-rounder that can be used anywhere, anytime for anything. Also, it can project up to a 200 inch image, big enough for any purpose which puts the M550 Plus top of its class in its price bracket!
Shorter Throw Projection
The M550 Plus has a trick up its sleeve when it comes to projecting a clear image: it's a shorter throw projector meaning you can get a much bigger image even when it sits close to your wall or screen (or whatever you're projecting onto).
At Christmas time, your living room can become a little crowded, so you may not always have 5 metres of clear space to project a big image. The M550 Plus doesn't need anywhere near as much space to project a large, clear image, so it's the much more practical option for everyday use particularly when you're projecting in a busy front room or meeting room!
Check out the video below to see this in action.
A good sound system can be just as important as a clear image, whether you want a booming home cinema setup or an effective presentation tool. The Q3 Plus has onboard 2w speakers, meaning it sounds great in any environment. The M550 Plus goes one step further with its onboard 3w speakers. Both projectors offer wireless audio connectivity to external speakers but the M550 Plus also has a 3.5mm jack and supports 2.0 Stereo sound so you can hook it up to external sound systems for wireless or wired sound with amazing clarity.
Ease of Use and Access
So, both projectors offer a host of amazing features, but how easy are they to use?
Both projectors are a doddle thanks to their Android OS, and The Q3 Plus comes with a remote control and you can download apps for iOS and Android mirroring, meaning you can mirror your smart devices onto a huge screen.
However, if you need to access lots of files and apps quickly, the M550 Plus has a bit of a party piece for you: it comes with a wireless keyboard as well as a remote, so it couldn't be easier to flick through important files or search for your favourite TV shows on apps like Netflix, which comes pre-installed on both devices!
If that wasn't enough, the M550 Plus also has wireless mirroring for iOS and Android straight out of the box, making it one of the most easy-to-use projectors on the market today.
What's In The Box
With the Q3 Plus, you get;
A Qumi Q3 Plus projector, remote control, power lead, HDMI cable
Both of these projectors have every feature you could want from a portable projector, and there's a lot to love about both of them. They both have Android OS and 8GB of storage for saving files or downloading apps. They also both offer a range of audio and visual wireless connectivity options.
The Q3 Plus is an amazing portable projector that packs an incredible punch for a device just 28mm thick. At just £429 inc VAT, it's also the ideal option for anyone looking for a versatile and highly portable projector on a budget. It's very bright at 500 Lumens, offers a wealth of connectivity options and has 8GB of storage for preloading files and apps onto it for PC-free viewing, while its 2-hour battery life means you can watch most films or a football match on it without worrying about where the plug socket is. You can even wirelessly hook it up to your sound system to create that big-screen cinema feel at home in your living room.
The M550 Plus is a little more at £599.99 inc VAT, but for that extra money you get a world leader in portable projectors that is the ultimate in flexibility, ease of use and is future-proofed and able to work with any device, anytime, anywhere. Never worry about having enough space in your living room again with its shorter throw projection, allowing you to get a huge screen just a couple of feet away from your screen. It's bright enough for almost anywhere at 650 Lumens, has 8GB of storage which you can use to store files (and get to them quicker than before using the keyboard) and its 3-hour battery life means you can even watch Lord Of The Rings on it without hooking it up to the power (well, almost!). It offers an amazing range of features which makes it fit for any purpose, including a great wireless keyboard& mouse for easy browsing, and it comes with wireless mirroring for iOS and Android as standard, so there's no need to download any mirroring apps to use it with your smart devices.
Take a look at the video below to see all the great features of both projectors in action!
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.
As 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 Plusnow 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.
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.
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Why ultra portable projectors are ideal for learning and development
Whilst most educational organisations these days have access to fixed projectors, many areas inside and outside can now be transformed with money saving ultra portable LED projection and portable screens. Potential uses for tiny LED projectors include:
- Back up projector: Save money with no more teaching downtime when the old bulbs go!
- Maximise space where there is no fixed projector (staff room, head's office, Sports, Music, corridors, "catch up corner" etc)
- Intervention / Breakout groups
- Connect to iPad, Smartphone, visualisers, laptops, netbooks, DVD players and more
- Pupil premium spaces
- Special Needs / Create portable sensory rooms / Bigger, brighter images for children with profound learning difficulties
- Outdoor provision - Record and project back from devices with wired & wireless screen mirroring