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  • Best New LED Portable Projectors This Christmas: Qumi Q3 Plus vs M550 Plus Comparison

    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?

    Battery Life

    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.

    Brightness/Image

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    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.

    Sound

    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

    With the M550 Plus, you get:

    A Pico Genie M550 Plus projector, remote control, power lead, HDMI cable, wireless keyboard, tripod and EU & UK plug (also available with USA plug).

    Overall

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

    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!

    Comparison Video

  • Want to Wirelessly Connect Your Apple Device to a Projector? Check out the below options

    Apple are rumoured to be releasing the new Apple TV 2 in September 2015 alongside the new iPhone 6s. The new hardware is set to include Siri, meaning you can command your TV/projector with your voice alone! And it will even chat back... just like the iPhone... How cool is that?!

    Apple TV provides the perfect solution to connecting your Apple devices to your portable projector. If you are looking to connect your iPhone / iPad / iPod / MacBook Pro to a projector or TV to get a big screen from a tiny device then look no further.

    Here are the different options to wirelessly connect Apple devices:

    MacBook Pro/Air

    1. Apple TV- Connect the Apple TV directly to the projector via HDMI. This then acts as a wireless HDMI link to your MacBook Pro/Air
    2. Wireless Chromecast Dongle- Connect the dongle to the projector via HDMI. This then acts a wireless HDMI link to your MacBook Pro/Air  (check out this computer world article for a list of the top 10)

    iPhone / iPad / iPod

    1. Apple TV- Connect the Apple TV directly to the projector via HDMI. This then acts as a wireless HDMI link to your iPhone / iPad / iPod
    2. Wireless Chromecast Dongle- Connect the dongle to the projector via HDMI. This then acts a wireless HDMI link to your MacBook Pro/Air  (check out this computer world article for a list of the top 10)

    If you don't need a wireless connection, see how to connect your device using a wired cable here.

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    All projectors that have an HDMI port can connect using this method, for example our Pico Genie and Vivitek range!

  • 3 Ways to Connect Your Apple/Android Device to Your Projector: Wired vs Wireless

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    Want to Link Your Apple/Android device to your Projector with a Pico Genie portable projector? Here are 3 options to connect your tablet, smartphone (Android or Apple) to a portable mini projector.

    1. Connect Projector Wirelessly with in-built wireless:-
      • Pico Genie M550 Plus (Screen Mirroring/Miracast ideal for Android) has superb instant connectivity with full screen mirroring and the ability to surf online at the same time without going through an app. The dongle is therefore built-in. Mirroring from Apple devices is achieved through the Happycast app, which comes installed on the projector.
      • Vivitek Qumi Q3 Plus – this is a 500 lumen projector which has DLNA inbuilt (ios Apple compatible) and connects via wifi in the same way as the chromecast dongles. Effectively its got the dongle built in.
    2. Connect Projector via HDMI wire - via Apple Digital AV adaptors for tablets, phones (see this for full details iPad/ iPhones) or to MacBooks
    3. Connect Wirelessly via HDMI dongles
      • Ideal for mirroring your device’s screen eg using Apple TV or Chromecast dongles
      • This Computerworld article is the most comprehensive explanation of pros and cons and it lists 10 dongles.
      • Bear in mind you might still need power to the dongle. If using the Pico Genie P200  this one has a USB power out feature so it can power the dongle and so it doesn’t have wires trailing to a plug.

    These unique features of the Pico Genie projectors make them very popular with anyone wanting to connect via wire or wire free.

  • Pico Genie M100 Video Review

    Technology Evolution have reviewed the tiny Pico Genie P50 pro, LED portable projector.

    View their YouTube video below so see what they thought.

  • The Top LED portable/pocket projectors for business or personal use are....

    This article is now out of date, for the updated version please follow the link to our review of the best performing portable projectors for 2017.

     

    If you’re looking for the best LED portable projector to fit your specific requirements, there are a whole host of factors to take into consideration ranging from resolution, birghtness (lumens) and features such as DLP (contrast enhancements) and features such as connectivity to ipads, HDMI and the ability to connect without a laptop.

    We've broken down the list of projectors into 2 categories: Business Use and Consumer Use and the business use ones considerably overalap with consumer use and most are also good for gaming purpososes with connectivity via HDMI, VGA or AV.

    Top for Personal use:

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Our smallest, lightest and brightest hybrid between pocket & palm projector is the best projector we have seen to date on the market with 300 lumens, WXGA resolution and a 90” image means it can handle anything you want to display in rich colour with DLP. Its the one to beat across all categories.

    Lumafire M200

    One of the newer models popular with busines users in the recession is the LumaFire M200 palm projector which offers excellent value for money. It is feature packed with a remote & tripod, offers 100 lumens of brightness has HDMI/USB/SD compatibility and yet remains remarkably small & light and extensive connectivity.

    3M MP180

    3M offer a robust gadget for those concerned with features. 4GB of onboard memory, a cool touch screen with Microsoft office, 2 hour battery, WiFi & Bluetooth. The ‘office’ compatibility and battery power make this a perfect choice for the business user on the go.

    Adapt 305/ iGo UP2020

    These 2 pocket projectors offer great value for money and connectivity all in one with a good image quality. The Adapt 305 comes with everything you need to go and play right out of the box. i.e. Free Apple cable, 4GB memory, tripod & remote. The iGo is smaller albeit not quite as bright but it includes multiple connection options including HDMI and also offers higher contrast via DLP playback for richer colour, It also won an award at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for design. In fact, the igo UP2020 is a hot-buy for Xmas 2011!

    Microvision SHOWWX/SHOWWX+

    Welcome to the world's first 'infinite focus' laser pocket projector; it's smaller and lighter than an iPhone with a mammoth 5000:1 contrast ratio that beats all others in its class. Included in the package is a set of Apple cables to connect to your iPhone4/iPad2 meaning you can connect to any device with a Composite TV/Video-Out to create a rich screen up to 100". There is also a VGA dock accessory for this device to connect to a laptop. Great for gaming.

    Top for professional use:

    Casio (Pro-portable range)

    The Casio range of projectors offer the best equivalent image of a tradional projector in a form that will easily fit into a laptop carry case. If you’re looking for something that will offer a more professional output with quality build then a Casio XJA projector is ideal. High brightness ratings starting at 2000 lumens, combined with high contrast ratios mean that you can present in most lighting conditions. It also offer streaming capabilities from your laptop.

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Our smallest, Lightest & Brightest hybrid between pocket & palm will offer you the professional output you need whilst still fitting into your overcoat pocket. WXGA resolution, a 90” screen with DLP technology will promote your presentations in rich detail and can handle video demonstrations too. 300 lumens of brightness mean that you are able to project in normal lighting conditions and maintain portability. It has a powerpoint, excel, word and pdf viewer built in too so you can leave your laptop at home and just travel with the projector.

    Lumafire M200

    See above.
    Lumafire offer a hybrid all rounder perfect for business, personal use and travel and great value for money.

    3M MP180

    See above.
    2 hour battery life at full brightness & and 80” screen mean that you can display presentations on the go.

  • Vivitek Qumi Review: on show at IFA exhibition, Berlin

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Vivitek

    Personal Projector Ltd have just returned from the IFA show in Berlin this week where the new Vivitek Qumi was on show. It delighted the huge crowds with whats quite simply the best LED projector made to date.  Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was streets ahead of anything else on show at IFA this year based on its overall design, image quality, performance, size, connectivity and other options such as 3D/HD ready. It also includes on the UK model free apple cables as well as all the usual features such as HDMI, VGA, AV in/out, speakers. An extended battery is also available as an option.

    Qumi has many added features not available on any other projector

    Whilst most users will probably run the projector from the mains power, you can buy an optional extra battery which is not much thicker than your thumb nail and very neatly docks underneath the Qumi so it still looks quite sleek even with the battery on there. The battery will give you around 1 to 1.5 hrs of power at a reduced lumens rating of 50 lumens (instead of the usual 300 lumens). We tested the Qumi battery at the show and it really was still a good image, in fact still a better brightness than most pocket projectors available today.

    What is also very noticeable is how small and light the Qumi Q2 is which fits in the palm of your hand and could even fit in a large overcoat pocket. In fact its so small it could even be classed as a pocket projector as it also has an optional battery. Overall its much smaller than any other products at this brightness level.

    Battery

    Having the battery makes it a great solution if you’re in an area where mains power is limited or you don’t want to be trailing power cables all over the place. For business users having the battery means you can simply turn on the projector and in less than a second and your presentation is running on the wall or screen. If you work on sites where this is limited power then you can be sure you are getting a large projection image at the highest quality available.  For consumers it means you can use the mini projector on holiday, camping, in the car or even for gaming.

    Image quality

    Apart from buying the Casio range of projectors the Qumi is now the best resolution available in a pocket or palm sized projector. It supports up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) with a standard resolution/output of WXGA 1200 x 800. Its also 720p providing great definition for your movies.

    The Vivitek Qumi projector is also HD Ready and 3D ready so you can be sure you are future proofing your purchase with the very latest features.

    The screen size in a dark room will easily go to 150 inches and even in normal lighting conditions its like having two 45 inch plasma TV’s in your pocket providing a 90” screen.

     

    Portability

    Weighing only 617g (1.4 pounds) and easily fitting in the palm of your hand, whether you want to present PowerPoint slides to 20 people in a boardroom or simply watch a movie then the Qumi Q2 you will find is ultra portable.

     

    Connectivity

    The UK product also comes with Apple cables included worth around £40. This provides simple connectivity to almost any Apple device so you can project video/photos from your iPhone or iPad.

    In the box there are 2 types of HDMI adaptors supplied:-

    • Mini HDMI --> Mini HDMI (For use with i.e. Flip, video recorders etc, some phones)
    • HDMI --> Mini HDMI (For use with i.e. computers, DVD, BD Players etc. This cable can also be used with an optional Apple HDMI adapter for iPad/iPhone or mirroring cable (available from the Apple store £35 approx) so you can see a mirror image of all your content on the ipad not just photos or videos).

    As standard the Qumi also comes with a universal dock connector so it means most connections will be available to connect to any mobile device such as a smartphone, TV or laptop.

    Also noticeable is the improved iamge quality available when connecting a pocket projector via HDMI eg from your laptop or smartphone you will see a big increase in quality and the Qumi performs well in this area.

    Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was the best LED projector at the show by far and we think it will be for quite some time with this range of features making it the brightest, smallest and lightest portable LED projector ever launched. At £499 its also a great price.

    Also: Check out our Lumafire M200 palm projector as another great option from just £379.98

    Vivitek Qumi Review: on show at IFA exhibition, Berlin

    Personal Projector Ltd have just returned from the IFA show in Berlin this week where the new Vivitek Qumi was on show. It delighted the huge crowds with whats quite simply the best LED projector made to date. Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was streets ahead of anything else on show at IFA this year based on its overall design, image quality, performance, size, connectivity and other options such as 3D/HD ready. It also includes on the UK model free apple cables as well as all the usual features such as HDMI, VGA, AV in/out, speakers. An extended battery is also available as an option.

    Qumi has many added features not available on any other projector

    Whilst most users will probably run the projector from the mains power, you can buy an optional extra battery which is not much thicker than your thumb nail and very neatly docks underneath the Qumi so it still looks quite sleek even with the battery on there. The battery will give you around 1 to 1.5 hrs of power at a reduced lumens rating of 50 lumens (instead of the usual 300 lumens). We tested the Qumi battery at the show and it really was still a good image, in fact still a better brightness than most pocket projectors available today.

    What is also very noticeable is how small and light the Qumi Q2 is which fits in the palm of your hand and could even fit in a large overcoat pocket. In fact its so small it could even be classed as a pocket projector as it also has an optional battery. Overall its much smaller than any other products at this brightness level.

    Battery

    Having the battery makes it a great solution if you’re in an area where mains power is limited or you don’t want to be trailing power cables all over the place. For business users having the battery means you can simply turn on the projector and in less than a second and your presentation is running on the wall or screen. If you work on sites where this is limited power then you can be sure you are getting a large projection image at the highest quality available. For consumers it means you can use the mini projector on holiday, camping, in the car or even for gaming.

    Image quality

    Apart from buying the Casio range of projectors the Qumi is now the best resolution available in a pocket or palm sized projector. It supports up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) with a standard resolution/output of WXGA 1200 x 800. Its also 720p providing great definition for your movies.

    The Vivitek Qumi projector is also HD Ready and 3D ready so you can be sure you are future proofing your purchase with the very latest features.

    The screen size in a dark room will easily go to 150 inches and even in normal lighting conditions its like having two 45 inch plasma TV’s in your pocket providing a 90” screen.

    Portability

    Weighing only 617g (1.4 pounds) and easily fitting in the palm of your hand, whether you want to present PowerPoint slides to 20 people in a boardroom or simply watch a movie then the Qumi Q2 you will find is ultra portable.

    Connectivity

    The UK product also comes with Apple cables included worth around £40 providing you simple connectivity to almost any Apple device so you can project video from your iPhone or iPad.

    As standard the Qumi also comes with a universal dock connector so it means most connections will be available to connect to any mobile device such as a smartphone, TV or laptop.

    Also noticeable is the improved iamge quality available when connecting a pocket projector via HDMI eg from your laptop or smartphone you will see a big increase in quality and the Qumi performs well in this area.

    Overall the Vivitek Qumi Q2 was the best LED projector at the show by far and we think it will be for quite some time with this range of features making it the brightest, smallest and lightest portable LED projector ever launched. At £499 its also a great price.

  • New projector 3M Mpro 120: Bright & Powerful

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    3M Mpro 120

    3M

    The 3M Mpro 120 is the new pocket projector offering from 3M which is a marked improvement on its predecessor, the Mpro 110. 3M have come up with a nice sleek design for this projector and have targeted the product squarely at the demanding business customer.

    You can expect a number of new benefits with the Mpro 120 including enhanced brightness and picture quality, amazing battery life, integrated speakers and a rubberised exterior design.

    Continue reading

  • London Lite reviews pocket projectors

    London Lite, Thursday 28th May 2009

    The popular London newspaper, London Lite, reviewed a number of pocket projectors in its recent technology round-up of the latest hot gadgets.

    The London Lite review covered a number of pico projectors including

    - 3M Mpro 110
    - Aiptek V10+
    - Adapt Pico Projector
    - Aiptek Docking Station

  • Aiptek V10 Plus with Record & Store

    Aiptek V10 Plus

    Aiptek

    The new Aiptek V10 Plus is the first pico projector to offer a Record & Store feature...this bascially means that each time you pass through any video through the projector it will record it directly onto the units own internal memory (2GB).

    Now you might be thinking why on earth would I need this feature.. well apart from the extra memory (1gb) you get with the V10 Plus model its well worth using the Record & Store feature to SHARE content with friends and colleagues.

    Imagine you're down the pub and you're friends have just come back from the holiday of a lifetime...let's say they've been on safari they can now project 50 inches high onto the pub wall their own version of Big Cat Week. Let's say there was a comedy moment where the lions decide that your friend looks like a nice lunch and starts to give chase while your friend's videoing the experience, then you might want to share the clip with others too...so you just press record on your projector and it stores it ready for you to play your own copy back later and share with others.

    Whether it's business or pleasure this really does open a great new way to share videos from iphones or mobile phones equiped with video-out, DVD's etc.

    For business users, if you already have a large number of videos on your website or on your laptop then its a great way to show them to your customers and targets and for you to share content both inside and outside your organisation.

    Obviously copyright protection is in place so you cant start recording your favourite blockbuster movie straight onto the device but there is so much publically available content on You Tube now surely there are hours of fun to be had out of this great new projector and for business users it's one extra way to differentiate yourself with wow factor video sharing.

  • Learning Technologies Exhibition Olympia: Don't feel like a Donkey

    Personal Projector will be at the Learning Technologies exhibition, Olympia this week to demonstrate to trainers and the L&D community how mini projectors are revolutionising learning technologies.

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    Trainers around the country are starting to buy into the concept of using pocket projectors instead of having to lug around more equipment than a donkey. Now instead of having to carry the projector, power supplies and different cables for each device trainers are beginning to switch to one device that simply fits in your pocket. They are ditching the laptop and projector and having informal training sessions with small groups of users and shooting from the hip...quite literally.

    If you're regularly on the road then these types of device can be invaluable, as not only are they easy to set up with only 4 seconds on and off time but it means as a trainer you're 100% certain that you have the content you need at the ready immediately and are not having to rely on the venue for anything, including power or worrying about compatability of devices or even whether or not if the projector you've booked is actually going to turn up so you can start the session on time.

    Shoot From the Hip

    Shoot

    The real advantage for most trainers seems to be that they can use the device on any surface or wall and it's also a great way to enhance people's attention as the device really creates a wow factor and heightens attention spans. Although this will wear off for the longer training sessions it's certainly useful to know you can present your company, brochures, videos, artwork etc just about anywhere to try and get your message across in a different way.

    A noticable trend with mini projectors is that with the growth in web books or Netbooks it means trainers can carry around huge volumes of information on a very small laptop yet carry with them a very small projector like the 3M micro projector and project up to 50" so they get the best of both worlds.

    Representatives from Personal Projector will be at the Learning Technologies Exhibition, Olympia 28th and 29th January so if you'd like to shed that pack horse feeling contact them on 0845 121 8800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0845 121 8800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0845 121 8800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for a demo.

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