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  • CHiQ B5U: Get the best value 4K UHD Home Cinema Laser Projector available!

    Having a big TV up to 85" is great but sometimes you want to feel like you're going to the cinema with a 100" or 150" screen.

    The new breed of Ultra Short Throw projectors such as the Chiq B5U from Changhong allow you to discreetly hide away the projector up against the wall (with zero installation) but at the same time allow you to enjoy a bigger 4K cinematic experience than even the largest TV.  So you can achieve almost double the normal screen size at a reasonable price (its cheaper per inch than a standard TV) at only £1899.

    The CHIQ B5U is one of the most understated laser projectors with its ANSI Lumens and Contrast providing us with over double than what is stated on the specification, putting it as the best valued Home Cinema 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector on the market.

    Check out these videos showing how understated the Chiq projector is and how bright it is in full daylight compared to it competitors.

    The video compares the Viewsonic X10 projector in real non-photo-shopped conditions in the daylight and dark. These days its really hard to compare like with like in projectors especially in terms of lumens and general image quality without side by side comparisons like this Viewsonic X10 versus Changhon Chiq B5U.

    Looking at the video it becomes clear the X10 is very overstated in terms of of lumens and contrast ratios as well as some other features. For example, the Changhong Chiq B5U shows only 1900 ansi lumens compared to 2400 on the Viewsonic X10.

    Its contrast ratio shows the Viewsonic X10 at 3 million to one versus only 150k to one on the Chiq B5U. Yet when looking at the image compared side by side, the video shows the Chiq B5U has a far superior image despite on paper looking like the B5U is nowhere near as high a spec as the X10.

    Its quite clear the Chiq has a far better image quality in terms of brightness and contrast / vibrancy of colour even in daylight. In fact in daylight its a superb spec thats worthy of comparable advertised lumens of 3500 - 5000 lumens such as the Optoma UHDZ65 UST.

    Image Quality & Ultra Short Throw

    The Chiq B5U is almost certain to give the WOW factor every time it is turned on with its gorgeous 4K Ultra HD Resolution.

    The B5Us Ultra Short Throw feature projects a MASSIVE screen size of up to 150” (bigger than any 4K TV) from just inches away from the wall, making it much simply and cheaper to install and hide away in a cabinet up against the wall.

    Images project in most lighting conditions and can achieve bright and clear images with the projectors high brightness of 1900 ANSI Lumens and contrast ratio of 15000:1. Also with the pure laser light source and wide colour gamut of ≥130% you can be guaranteed true and natural colours.

    B5U also features an Eye Protection function to avoid accidental damages to your eyes. With its built-in sensor, when someone gets too close to the lens, the projector will shut down the light source temporarily (5 seconds) to avoid eye damage.

    Get the best gaming experience when playing the latest titles such as Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare with the B5Us low input lag of around 45ms. See the CHiQ B5U in action playing fast motioned games such as: Formula 1, Street Fighter and Spiderman

    Be able to project in almost any lighting condition with an Ambient Light Rejection Screen and achieve bright and clear images with the projectors high brightness and understated 1900 ANSI Lumens and contrast ratio of 15000:1. With the pure laser light source and wide colour gamut of ≥130% you can be guaranteed true and natural colours.

    4K Laser Home Cinema Projector

    Sound Quality

    Whilst most home cinema afficionado's will connect external speakers to their projector, the Chiq B5U does actually have a better internal sound system than most projectors with its two 10 watt speakers built in.

    You can easily connect to external speakers via Bluetooth.

    Low noise is key for any projector and this one comes in at a relatively quite 30db helped by the laser light source which generally uses less power than a lamp projector.

    Connectivity

    The B5U offers full range of connection ports including Ethernet, coaxial output, audio output, VGA audio Input, VGA input, 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x HDMI 2.0, built-in WiFi (5GHz/2.4GHz Dual Band) and built-in Bluetooth 5.0.

    What's In The Box

    1 x CHiQ B5U Projector
    1x Power cord (UK/EU)
    1x Bluetooth Remote control (Incl. 2 x AAA battery)
    1x User Manual (English)

    Warranty & Lamp Life: Hassle Free

    It can be a worry when purchasing a new brand that you may not have heard of previously so its good to know that Changhong has been one of the top 3 brands of high quality TVs (and now projectors) and is a household name to millions across Asia.

    As a lamp-free laser projector, the B5U offers over 25,000 hours maintenance free lifespan.

    To back up the quality of the projectors, all Changhong projectors include a 2 year UK warranty as standard and a 5 year right to repair. The latter ensures spare parts are guaranteed to be kept for 5 years so it can always be repaired within that time.

    In addition, this is serviced in the UK so there is none of the usual hassle of returning goods to China, paying huge postage costs or arguing with Chinese sellers over warranties.

    Projection Distance & Smaller TV Cabinet

    The Chiq B5U is one of the shortest ultra short throw (UST) projectors on the market with 0.21 to 1 throw ratio instead of the usual 0.25 to 1.

    This shorter throw actually makes a big difference since the B5U projector requires the shortest distance to project the biggest screen eg B5U only requires 19.5cm for a 100" screen !

    This has the advantage of not requiring a large or specially made TV cabinet/table with a larger depth for the projector. Other UST projectors with longer throw ratio >0.21:1 may need at least 40cm distance to project 100" screen, plus the depth of the projector itself requiring a a TV cabinet with the depth of at least 90cm which most TV cabinets/tables do not offer.

    However, it also means you need a perfect flat wall or a flat projector screen to project the image, any slight curves on the wall will cause distortion as you currently got.

    Keystone Correction & Fixed Frame Screen Requirements

    Like most UST projectors, the Chiq B5U does not support keystone adjustment for a few very good reasons.

    1. No Keystone means improved image

    Keystone is managed by digitally altering or cutting a projected image. This creates a  lower image resolution, leaves the altered part of the image slightly out of focus and creates grey shadows around the cut images. When this is magnified to large sizes and in 4k the image quality reduction is highly noticeable so its better to not have keystone.

    1. Manual Correction is better for UST projectors

    As the distance between the projector and the wall/screen is so short you can more easily manually adjust keystone by adjusting the kickstand screws underneath the projector so a manual operation keeps the lens focus sharp.

    1. Uneven Walls are not cured with Keystone

    If your wall is uneven, no end of keystone correction will assist it. Keystone adjustment will only adjust certain points in most of the cases, just the four or eight points of the image rather than iron out the multiple uneven points on most walls.

    Hence the best option is always a tensioned or preferably fixed frame Ultra Short Throw Screen. If you’re on a budget then buy some rigid white MDF and mount onto that and cut it to size.

    Content: Amazon Fire Stick included

    Stream all your favourite movies/videos on your preferred streaming app straight from the projector with the Amazon Fire stick  included with B5U.

    Conclusion

    The ChangHong Chiq B5U has a wide range of features, connectivity and inbuilt TV content and is a perfect 4K projector for anyone looking to enhance their living space and enjoy a true cinematic experience at a very reasonable price .

    PLEASE NOTE: The projector cannot be used with a soft screen or on a normal wall (see impact on this video). Therefore this projector must be used with a flat rigid fixed frame screen (preferable) or high tensioned UST screen. For example try this Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) Fixed Frame Screen with Chiq B5U projector included

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    CHIQ B5U FAQs

    Q: Is the B5U Compatible at 50 Hz?
    A: Yes it is compatible with no issues.

    Q: What projection distance is needed for a 100” screen size?
    A: The distance required for 100’’ is approximately 20cm.

    Q: What is the input lag on the CHIQ B5U?
    A: It has an input lag of only 44.1ms, making it great for gaming and watching sports.

    Q: Where is the B5U shipped from?
    A: All CHIQ Products listed on our site are shipped from the UK.

    Q: What is the warranty on CHIQ products?
    A: All CHIQ Products have a 2 year warranty with 5 year right to repair.

    Q: What is the return period for CHIQ Projectors?
    A: 14 calendar days (not working days)

    Q: Does the CHIQ B5U HDMI input support ARC?
    A: Yes, the HDMI 2 port supports ARC

    Q: What is the throw ratio on the B5U?
    A: The B5U has one of the shortest throw ratio on the market with a throw ratio of 0.21:1

    Q: Can the B5U be ceiling mounted?
    A1: Yes, ensure to change the viewing mode of the projector once mounted - Settings > Display > Display Mode.
    A2: If you have an ALR Screen installed, the screen will need to be installed upside down or the light from the projector will be blocked by the screen.

    Q: Does the B5U support Dolby & DTS Audio?
    A: The B5U supports both Dolby and DTS - here is the list of supported audio decoding: MPEG1/2 Layer1/2, MP3, Dolby(AC-3), DTS, AAC, HE-AAC

    Q: Can you play media from a hard drive on the B5U?
    A: Yes, video files (MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264/H.265, RM/RMVB) on external USB drive can be played directly from the projector.

    Q: Is HDR processing done automatically on the B5U?
    A: Yes it is all done automatically.
    For videos that support HDR, the projector will detect the HDR metadata automatically and display the image in HDR, the whole process is an automatic process, users do not need to make any changes in settings.
    For video that does NOT support HDR, the projector can use the SDR-to-HDR technology, to convert SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) content into an HDR (High Dynamic Range) format.

  • Adapt Pico Play Video

    Find out more and order the Pico Play on our product page.

  • 3 Groundbreaking New Projectors (Press Release)

    PRESS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Three groundbreaking LED Pocket Projectors enter the market: wifi, windows, DLP, £99...

    It’s easy to see why Pacific Media Research, specialists in the world of micro projection and LED projectors, heralded this year as the year of the LED Pocket Projector. This year, there have been some interesting breakthroughs in terms of price, picture quality and features such as wifi and the ability to surf the internet directly from a pocket projector without any other device. It’s also great to finally see such impressive projectors now coming to market in the UK and Europe.

    Personal Projector Ltd, the LED and pocket projector specialists, have just announced the launch of 3 exciting new pico projectors ranging from a new £99 pico projector with keystone correction to a new ultra sharp DLP pocket projector with Flip cam connectivity plus the world’s first Windows CE wifi pocket projector with wifi keyboard/mouse.

    All 3 models are available now for pre-order at www.personalprojector.co.uk. Read on for more info.

    1. iGo UP2020 DLP Flip-cam enabled pocket projector: stylish delivery of DLP

    The new iGo LED mini projector is a unique mid-range pocket projector which uses sophisticated DLP technology (Digital Light Processing). This provides a higher contrast ratio and sharper images for watching movies or viewing photos or slides and it offers 20 lumens of brightness.

    This projector is also extremely well made and is of a superior build quality for a projector in this category.

    Not only is this pocket projector compatible with the incredibly popular Flip camcorder, it is remarkably small and light with numerous connectivity options such as iPad, Flip cam, iphone 4 (cable supplied separately). As this is designed to work with the ever popular Flip camcorder simplicity is the key with this projector making transferring, storing and projecting videos, photos or slides a doddle. The iGo supports Micro SD memory cards/micro USB as well as mini HDMI and VGA.

    Portable, pocket-sized with sophisticated DLP, at only £249 inc vat is highly recommended. Pre-order here.

    2. i500 Wifi Windows CE with wifi keyboard/mouse

    The i500 is another impressive new pocket projector with a whole host of unique features.

    This projector is ideal for delivering business presentations in controlled lighting conditions, with 30 lumens, built in Windows Mobile and a Wi-Fi keyboard and mouse. Portability is maximized like never before. Not only does the i500 support Word, Excel, PPT and PDF, the user is able to surf the web (mobile enabled sites) and store data/media on the 2GB internal memory or through the micro SD slot. The wifi keyboard enables you to drop a projector anywhere and start using windows with an internet connection anywhere.

    The i500 is available exclusively from www.personalprojector.co.uk. Pre-order here.

    3. Adapt Pico Play: Pocket projector: World’s first pico projector with keystone correction for £99 arrives in UK

    The Pico Play is the world’s first pico projector with keystone correction and is the first to break the magical £99 inc vat price bracket without sacrificing quality so it’s sure to become one of the most popular pico projection gifts this Christmas.

    The first pico projectors came out over 2 years ago and were launched at around £299 so the new price tag of £99 inc vat is a real breakthrough in both price and features. The Pico Play can claim several world firsts: – it’s the first under £100, first with keystone correction and it’s the smallest and lightest LED projector made to date.

    Its real unique feature is it’s the first pico projector to have keystone correction onboard, a feature normally only seen on high end projectors. The keystone feature means the image maintains a perfect square without any distortion when the projector is tilted at an angle or when it’s on its mini inbuilt stand. Coupled with this, the projector includes a standard SD card, rather than a micro SD card slot, so you can easily transfer from cameras and camcorders directly onto the projector (without the need for a PC).

    The projector is aimed at consumers who want to share movies or photos and is also the ideal gift for anyone with a smartphone wanting to share videos on a much larger screen. Its high quality build and feature packed specification mean it’s sure to be a big hit this Christmas. Pre-order here.

    Spec

    - Keystone correction (adjustable viewing angles)

    - 8 lumens

    - 6” to 50” screen

    - SD card (Standard, allows micro sd card adaptors)

    - 0.5w speakers

    - In built mini tripod stand (plus universal tripod slot)

    More information:

    The Pico Play is available exclusively from www.personalprojector.co.uk (pre-order available now).

    Contact: click here.

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    Pico Play, iGo, i500


  • THE NEW PICO PLAY: It’s play time!

    Exclusive to Personal Projector, the new PICO PLAY is now available for pre-order!

    Everybody's talking about this exciting new product: it is the smallest, lightest, best value LED projector on the market – here is the lowdown:

    - Only £99.99 inc vat!

    - Approximately the size of a pack of playing cards, shorter and lighter than an iphone:

    - 8 lumens of brightness. Turn the lights out and you’ll have a pocket cinema...perfect for a night in!

    - 1GB of storage for fantastic media portability PLUS a standard SD card slot

    - Features keystone correction

    - Built in speaker

    All in all a great low end projector that will be lots of fun, making it an ideal gift.

    The Pico Play – about the size of a pack of playing cards... it’s play time!

    Full Press Release Click Here

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here.

  • Pico Play (Press Release)

    PRESS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Pocket projector £99 breakthrough

    World’s first pico projector with keystone correction for £99 arrives in UK…

    Personal Projector, the LED and pocket projector specialists, have just launched the world’s first pico projector with keystone correction at an amazing price of £99. The projector is called the Pico Play (from Adapt) and it is set to become one of the most popular pico projection gifts this Christmas.

    The first pico projectors came out over 2 years ago and were launched at around £299 so the new price tag of £99 inc vat is a real breakthrough in both price and features. The Pico Play can claim several world firsts: – it’s the first under £100, first with keystone correction and it’s the smallest and lightest LED projector made to date.

    Its real unique feature is it’s the first pico projector to have keystone correction onboard, a feature normally only seen on high end projectors. The keystone feature means the image maintains a perfect square without any distortion when the projector is tilted at an angle or when its on its mini inbuilt stand. Coupled with this, the projector includes a standard SD card, rather than  a micro SD card slot, so you can easily transfer from cameras and camcorders directly onto the projector (without the need for a PC).

    The projector is aimed at consumers who want to share movies or photos and is also the ideal gift for anyone with a smartphone wanting to share videos on a much larger screen. Its high quality build and feature packed specification mean it’s sure to be a big hit this Christmas.

    Spec

    - Keystone correction (adjustable viewing angles)

    - 8 lumens

    - 6” to 50” screen

    - SD card (Standard, allows micro sd card adaptors)

    - 0.5w speakers

    - In built mini tripod stand (plus universal tripod slot)

    More information:

    The Pico Play is available exclusively from www.personalprojector.co.uk (pre-order available - click here).

    Contact: click here.

    Images:

  • Glossary (Updated)

    Not everyone knows as much about projectors as we do - after all, we are experts. That’s why we’ve put together this quick glossary. Once you are confident with the lingo, you can visit our guide to buying a projector and the comparison guide of our most popular products.

    Seen a word and don’t know what it means? contact us and we will add it to the list for you.

    Pico Projector - Pico Projectors are minitaturised projectors which use LED technology instead of traditional and expensive lamps. Also known as the pocket projector and micro projector, the pico projector is a highly portable and lightweight gadget perfect for business and leisure use, projecting media by connecting to other devices (laptop...smartphone...ipad etc) or acting standalone from storage (SD...USB...onboard memory etc). We have a great range of pico projectors and accessories. We also sell a range of portable Palm Projectors (slightly larger) and Portable Pro Projectors.

    Composite Cable – A cable which allows you to connect your Personal Projector to any video outsource (e.g DVD, TV, Games Console). All our Projectors come with one.

    Keystone Correction – When an image is projected onto an angled surface, ‘Keystone Correction’ adjusts the image so that it is not distorted, appearing square as it should. Our Casio range and the BenQ Palm Projector feature Keystone Correction.

    LED - Light Emitting Diode. They are tiny lights that replace bulbs, they last longer and are brighter.

    Lumens - These measure the brightness of the projectors LED’s. The higher the number of lumens the brighter the projector. The Adapt 305 is the world’s brightest pocket projector.

    SD Card – An ‘SD’ (Secure Digital) Card is a small portable memory card, used for storing data. An SD Card can be used in all our Adapt Projectors.

    USB – ‘USB’ (Universal Serial Bus) is a type of connection. A USB flash drive/’stick’ can store data. An advantage of the Pico Genie M300 is that it is compatible with USB flash drives.

    VGA Cable - (Video Graphics Array) is a type of connection. A standard VGA port has 15 holes over 3 rows inside a trapezium shape and is often a blue colour. Many mobile devices and some laptops will use mini-vga. There are adapters available to allow you to connect a device without a VGA port to a VGA device, for example: HDMI to VGA, DVI to VGA, and VGA to SCART adapters.

    HDMI - (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is a type of connection that carries high-definition video (and usually audio) from your device to the projector. HDMI ports are common in most new electronic devices, from Laptops, TV's, DVD players even memory sticks and WiFi dongles. A lot of mobile devices like smartphones will use a mini-HDMI port.

    iPhone / iPad projector - Projectors for iPhone and iPad come in all shapes and sizes, almost all projectors on www.personalprojector.co.uk can be connected to your beloved Smartphone and tablet to provide a big image from a tiny device.
    Good news if you're one of the millions of Apple users out there! The Pico Genie A100 is the original sleeve for your iPhone 4/4s that provides a 4-in-1 system with a Projector + Battery + Speaker + Case

    MHL Adapter / Android projector - You can connect your Android device to almost all projectors at Personal projector Ltd that have a HDMI input port, as long as you have an MHL adapter and your device has video out capabilities. Simply purchase the correct MHL cable for your device and connect it to a HDMI cable then plug it into the HDMI port on the projector. If you plan to connect to a smartphone via MHL cable, we recomend you check the list of MHL compatible mobile phones before purchase by clicking here

    If you still need some guidance, you can contact us or phone +44 (0)845 121 8800

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