We understand how much pressure education organisations are under at the moment and think you are doing a great job on the front line, we wish you all the best and hope you are safe.
Here are some ideas to help with the social distancing requirements whilst carrying out your new roles.
If you have an ultra portable projector already, you may find it useful during the crisis for:
-Staff / head teachers: Reduce eye strain & increase productivity if working from home with a bigger screen. Use apps like ZOOM to facetime with colleagues
-Social Distancing is made easier via the portable projector’s bigger screen instead of using small ipad screens
-Back up screen or laptop all in one
Create a big screen in any room where there maybe no projector / panel
Downloading apps directly onto the projector itself (no laptop required)
-E-learning on a bigger screen
-Entertainment – movies can be played in any room or in lockdown zones
-Incredible portability with mains and battery powered projectors
-Wireless / wired connection to laptop, phone or ipad
Working on a bigger screen enables simpler video conferencing. See everyone on one screen and keeping connected with your colleagues while reducing eye strain.
Keeping Pupils Active & Entertained
Perfect for projecting in alternative spaces where there maybe no current projector to support social distancing and keeping pupils further apart.
As schools are providing child care rather than lesson based care these projectors are great for movies and gaming.
As these projectors are battery operated as well as mains, they can be used almost anywhere.
Multi-Purpose - Use More Than Once
Useful after the crisis for everything from a backup projector to projecting artwork or even digital signage or displays.
These projectors have their own operating system enabling them to work independently like a PC without external devices such as a laptop, phone or tablet.
Portable Projectors: For Remote Working / Back-up
Connect ipads, laptops or even mobile phones and create much larger screens: Benefit from less eye strain and easier for sharing on a big screen, making it more akin to a whiteboard or panel but from a small pocket device.
Working on a much bigger screen at home will help massively with productivity and reducing eye strain when video conferencing teams, setting tasks, creating documents and marking work.
Below are suggested a list of free apps and classroom tools below that may be of assistance to help share and collaborate with parents, teachers, pupils and staff.
All of the apps can be downloaded onto any of the portable projectors below or simply screen mirrored from a laptop, tablet or phone to the big screen.
Save up to £700 on projectors such as the Acer P8800 with these special offers.
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
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
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.
Acer's education projectors cater to a range of classroom participation activities and require less installation hassle thanks to their short throw and ultra short throw capabilities. Now with price reductions across the range you can get these powerful education projectors for less!
The Acer S range are aimed at classrooms and teaching environments as they are compatible with the Acer Smart Touch Kit to transform any wall into an interactive whiteboard from a short distance, saving your space and money.
Due to the special short throw lens, the Acer S1283e DLP Projector and the Acer 1283Whne can be positioned at a distance of one meter to the display surface and create a diagonal of more than two meters. The native XGA resolution with 3100 ANSI lumens and a high contrast ratio of 13,000: 1 project even in daylight a crisp, bright image. . All these features for aound £500 offers a great return on investment, the eco mode on the projectors delivering a long lifespan of 10,000 on one lamp.
The Acer S1283hne ultra short throw projector creates larger images closer to the target surface and has a top loading system for easy lens replacement- so installation and maintenance are kept simple with this DLP Projector.
The K138STi short throw projector offers a portable short throw solution with an impressive image quality at WXGA resolution. The K138STi LED projector can also deliver a large 100-inch image from less than 1.7m with outstanding color. Its wireless projection capability and Bluetooth audio connection brings you clutter-free enjoyment.
We recently supplied a portable projector for Giakonda's fantastic Solar Schools Project in South Zambia. A collection of charities including the Wales Africa Hub and the Waterloo Foundation banded together to bring electricity to Kawila school and with it the promise of education for the community. Watch the video below to find out more.
Education for all
The solar powered project is focused on helping train the next generation of students and teachers in the area, using the electricity to create a modern educational environment.
Some parts of South Zambia still operate without any electricity at all, so the educational aspect to the project could help create the engineers the area need.
Portable and Battery Powered
A portable projector with an in-built battery was chosen so that when electricity was scarce at the school the projector could run off its own charge and keep the lessons going. Schools around the world experience power-outages, floods or damage to their classrooms but that doesn't have to mean the end of the lesson.
Providing an ideal back-up to the conventional classroom projector, the range of ultra portable projectors with in-built batteries offer a project anywhere, anytime solution. You can take your lesson anywhere,
We are proud to have played a small part in bringing a modern educational experience to their local community and we wish them every success.
Being connected to power is something we often take for granted when using a projector. However, it's not always the case that you have access to the power you need. If you're a travelling businessman or working on a building site, you might not always have a handy plug socket nearby to power your presentations. In some parts of the world though, getting a reliable power source is even more difficult.
Getting reliable power in some areas of rural India has been such a problem for schools that they need to search for another solution. These schools and businesses in India were featured on BBC Click (click below for that and skip to 19 minutes in) and use an innovative solar charge pack as a backup for the hours when power fails.
This is an innovative solution but a cheaper and equally effective solution would be to purchase a projector with a long battery life, like the Pico Genie M550 Plus, that can last long enough to cope with long power outages, while still being bright enough to project clearly even in bright light conditions.
You can also load all your content onto the projector itself and project files from its onboard document reader, so you don't need to worry about supplying power to an external source to use it.
If you're in a part of the world where power isn't reliable or you work in a job where you travel to remote areas without power, a portable projector could be the economical solution to your problems!
The biggest technology show in the UK's education sector is just around the corner and we're delighted to say we'll be attending the BETT Show for the fourth straight year. If you're attending, come and say hi - we'll be in Hall 15, at stand F354. Our focus this year is on great projector deals and portable interactivity, which could revolutionise the way you think about your interactive whiteboard. We're also have deals on large format displays (LFDs), new short throw portable projectors and wireless portable LED projectors with Android interfaces.
If you've ever wanted a large format interactive whiteboard you can fit in your bag and set up in minutes, you will definitely want to read our sneak preview of what we'll be showing at BETT!
Interactive (Portable) Whiteboards & Accessories
We have two products that will be released in the very near future that will let you turn any flat surface into a touch-sensitive interactive whiteboard up to 120" in size!
The first to be released is the Acer Smart Touch Kit, which is compatible with a number of Acer projectors (U5520B, U5320W, U5220, S1383WHne (pictured above), S1283Hne, S1283e). It's a dongle that fits onto the projector, along with an infrared sensor that you put on your projection surface, but there are a lot of features packed into this device! Although the projectors themselves are not portable the Smart Touch Kit turns any flat surface into a whiteboard with a 10-point touch screen, meaning large groups can all use it at the same time. It's also finger touch compatible, so you don't need to buy a load of expensive accessories to use it.
Ultra Short Throw Large Format Displays
Inspire students, parents and staff alike with large dynamic digital displays in your reception area, corridors, staff room, dining hall or classrooms. The real unique feature is how close this projector can sit to the wall and still be able to project a huge 120" image on any wall (even a coloured wall) so you are maximising space in small areas.
The Philips Screeneo 2.0 offers a Full HD display and 2000 lumens. Since the Screeneo sits so close to your projection surface, those 2000 lumens go much further, giving you an ultra bright display that can be seen in any light conditions. It features automatic colour correction technology, meaning you can even project onto most coloured walls without having to worry about image quality!
Projectors are evolving beyond simply being pass through devices - the new breed of projectors have WiFi, inbuilt Android OS (that works with Apple products too!) and onboard memory so you can save files and apps onto the projector. This means you don't even need a PC or laptop to project from, just set up and go! What's more, projectors such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus and the Qumi Q3 Plus (pictured below) which we'll be exhibiting at BETT, have long battery lives (the M550 Plus has up to 3 hours) so you can take a whole lesson without a single wire in sight!
Also at the show will be wireless dongles that turn any projector into a wireless projector that connect to your iPad, android device or laptop (Win 7 and 8).
The Vivitek Qumi Q6 will also be at the show along with its bigger brother the Qumi Q7 with wireless dongle.
Full HD Portable LED Projector: Vivitek Qumi Q8
The long awaited, record-breaking Qumi Q8 will also be available to pre-order at the show. Its tiny size defies belief and it offers an amazing 1000 lumens and is the smallest Full HD (1080p) LED projector in the world.
Ultra Portable Short Throw Projectors
The Acer K138ST is the latest in ultra portable short throw projection so you can get a bigger image close up to the wall. If you are tight on space in your classroom then short throw projection is a must! The K138ST benefits from an 800 lumen LED light source and offers phenomenal value, meaning it is a quality budget option.
To view our full range of short throw projectors, click HERE.
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.
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.