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  • Buying Projectors on Amazon: Buyer Beware of Top 10 Chinese Fakes

    Many of our customers have been asking us how is it possible that projectors listed on Amazon's Prime Deals or on Amazons Top 15 projectors are 1000 lumens yet only cost £50.

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    We decided to investigate and have been monitoring this since September 2016. We purchased one of the Top 15 projectors on Amazon to see what was going on. We discovered a large amount of false trades descriptions which we have reported to Amazon. The list of these companies has since proliferated as Amazon allows fake reviews and people just look at the star ratings rather than the details so it always shows 4 stars or higher in the review despite alluring to the odd minor negative point in the reviews.

    Unfortunately its not in Amazons interests to do anything about these fake reviews or fake products with fake lumens as they get paid for every sale whether you return it or not. Even when you return it they still take a 7% to 15% commission - so its a Win Win for Amazon and a pain for you as the customer to be duped by false trades descriptions! We reported the issue at the beginning of the year and years later later the problem still exists despite numerous complaints to Amazon.

    We reviewed one of the best selling Amazon projector: Elephas Full Color 130" Portable LED "Pico" Projector. This review highlights the major flaws in all Amazon's best selling projectors and shows how many manufacturers are massively exaggerating features and specifications of these projectors. This review/guide will help you to avoid buying fake products and to understand how these companies selling on Amazon's marketplace (and even via Amazon Prime FBA) are breaching trading standards and are blatantly lying to customers.

    Lumens Test: The biggest false description on Amazon

    The most important test is brightness so we compared the popular Pico Genie P55 which is a genuine 50 lumens to the Elephas Full Colour 130" which is stated as "1000 lumens". The Elephas is well priced at £54 on Amazon which is impossibly cheap for a projector of "1000" lumens.

    Below the image shows the brightness difference between the Pico Genie P55 (bottom image) and the Elephas (top image). If anything, the Pico Genie P55 is brighter and also has a better resolution. This is fairly shocking when you consider the Elphas is being listed as 20x brighter than the Pico Genie? Yes, 20 TIMES! Amazon’s top 15 projectors state they have 800-1500 lumens which is simply false.

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    The alarm bells should initially start ringing when you see a headline figure of 1000 lumens and a price of anything less than £400.

    To see what a real 1000 lumen projector looks like take a look at the Vivitek Qumi Q8  - its a world apart, its like watching a home cinema and the brightness looks like a printed graphic showing perfectly and clearly in normally lit conditions. Then take a look at a projector that does a real 500 or 650 lumens in this video and you will see instantly the difference.

    Unfortunately there is no limit to how much the lumens can be overstated by. This is shown clearly by the Anker Nebula Projector.

    Regularly quoted at a massive 3000 lumens online the Anker nebula actually has only 500 ansi lumens, putting it on par with the Piqs TT or the Qumi Q3. At it's rather large size not only is far from being a truly ultra portable projector, as both alternatives offer the same power from much smaller handheld devices.

    Ultra Short Throw (UST) Update (September 2018). There has been a growth in the ultra short throw market with many customers trying to find a home cinema product with very high lumens that can be put 6 inches away from the wall to provide a 100" screen. This has meant a surge in resellers and chinese suppliers claiming their products are ultra short throw and high brightness when often they are not even short throw nevermind ultra short throw and the brightness claims are ludicrous.

    Examples of fake ultra short throw projector descriptions include Wemax one by Xiaomi claiming a whopping lie of 7000 ansi lumens for only £1500. The give away that Wemax One by Xiaomi is a FAKE product is firstly the price point is way too low, especially for a laser projector. For example by comparison a 5000 lumen projector by Casio is almost £6000 so a genuine 7000  ansi lumen model would be a significantly higher price if it were genuine. The actual brightness of the Wemax One by Xiaomi projector could be as low as 1000 to 1500 ansi lumens but is expensive for its brightness levels simply because laser components are much more expensive than their LED counterparts

    Secondly, the giveaway that Wemax One is a fake description is when you see actual video footage of it at 7000 lumens the Wemax should be jumping off the walls in broad daylight with brightness when in ultra short throw but its a dull image as can be seen below. The (fake) brighter images displayed are always stills that are photoshopped so always try and look for a video of the product (often on the product pages themselves under the still images).

    Wemax One Claiming 7000 Ansi Lumens Laser VERSUS a Vivitek DW763Z Laser 4000 lumen UST

    On paper, the Vivitek (2nd image) is stated at almost half the brightness at 4000 lumens of the Wemax One (7000 lumens) yet these images below showing both projectors in action (not photoshopped) show the Wemax is a fraction of the actual brightness of the Vivitek DW763Z-ust yet Wemax claims to be almost twice the brightness of the Vivitek projector. The Benq W1600UST is also worth looking at for a genuine low cost high brightness (3,300 ansi lumen) UST projector. A genuine 7000 ansi lumen projector would cost several thousand USD, Euros or pounds.

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    Focus: Dont be limited to a fixed focus and fixed size image

    The Elephas and Amazon’s top 15 projectors often will have a fixed focus meaning it has to be an EXACT distance from the wall to be able to view it otherwise its out of focus. Thus it has to be exactly 1.5m away to create an image of 50-60”. If the Elephas is moved any closer to the projection surface, it is instantly out of focus so you just cant see it.

    In other words its useless if you want to put the projector anywhere other than 1.5m away from the wall.

    On some of the other top 15 Amazon projectors, if you have a small projection area you could end up with a screen size that is far too big for your projection space as well as it being out of focus.

    Pico Genie and other premium brand projectors can be focused as small as 15cm from the projection surface to create a tiny image or over >100" simply by moving them closer/further from the projected area.

    Check its got real DLP

    DLP is a premium image chip from Texas Instruments meaning your image quality will be viewable and far superior to the chinese versions listed on Amazon. It usually also means the projector itself is much smaller as can be seen with the Elephas versus the Pico Genie above.

    The costs of these DLP chips are high so as a rough guide anything advertised under £140 on Amazon is more than likely not going to have a real DLP chip inside. Its also likely to be a much larger size projector in terms of its dimensions (as can be seen in the photos above the Pico Genie is tiny in comparison to the Elephas).

    Size / Portability

    The genuine Pico Genie P55 is a fraction of the size of most of the top 15 projectors listed on Amazon and is more pocketable. Also the quality is not compromised because of its size as Pico Genie projectors use DLP rather than poor quality LCOS.

    As can be seen below the Elephas is almost 4x bigger than the Pico Genie.

    Weight – even with a battery this product is lighter and smaller than the majority of the top 15 projectors, it’s therefore ideal for quickly moving or taking away on your travels. Unlike the Elephas that would need a larger back to be transported.

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    Battery

    All Pico Genie products include a battery as standard. The Pico Genie P55’s inbuilt battery will last for up to 2.5 hours. In comparison to Amazon’s top 15 which are 4x the size and do not have any battery at all. Pico Genie projectors are ultra portable and can be used anywhere.

    Fan Noise/usage & burning smells

    The Pico Genie P55 makes very little fan noise when in use and can be used for as long as required on mains power. Amazon’s top 15 projectors such as Elephas are incredibly noisy and kick out a lot of heat. They also state they should not be used for more than 3-4 hours at any one time. This also highlights a major safety concern. We used the Elephas for around 1-2 hours and it became very hot and produced some unusual burning smells.

    Build quality

    The Pico Genie P55 is built to a high quality and is highly robust. Aesthetically the P55 design is far superior to Amazon’s top 15.

    Trusted Portable Projector Brands Online:

    Below we have listed out a number of brands that have an excellent reputation across the projection market. Click here for our full range of  trusted ultra portable projectors. The list below also includes some home cinema products.

    Q3 PIQS C200 Gosho Projector Alternatives

    Beware Of:

    Below is a list of brands overstating the trade descriptions, often quoting lumens at over 10 times higher or suggesting its Full HD or even 4k when its a much lower resolution, amongst others.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list of dodgy projector brands. The same companies are using different brand names which get changed regularly to avoid detection. There are many more out there but if the number of lumens appears too high for the price then, unless its a used item, then you have to question whether it is a genuine or a fake description.

    • ABOX
    • ARTLII
    • Beamer King
    • Blusmart
    • BOMAKER
    • Build Excellent
    • Crenova
    • CAIWAI
    • DeepLee
    • DIWUER
    • DR Q / Dr K (changes its name regularly)
    • EG Beaver
    • Elephas
    • EUG
    • Excelvan
    • ExquizOn
    • FAERSI
    • FlylinkTech
    • FUDISI Tech
    • FUJSU
    • GEARGO
    • GOOBANG
    • GooDee
    • GP100 Video Projector
    • HuiHeng
    • iBacakys
    • ICOCO
    • Jinhoo
    • Joyhero
    • KUAK
    • LESHP
    • Milaga
    • MTFY GP90
    • Ohderii
    • OUTAD
    • Powerlead
    • POYANK
    • PRAVETTE
    • QKK
    • SINOSAL
    • Soggiv
    • Tenker
    • Teckepic
    • TOPVISION
    • TUREWELL
    • THZY
    • TOQIBO
    • UNHO
    • Uvistar
    • Vankyo
    • VicTsing
    • Visoud
    • Wemax One by Xiaomi
    • Weton
    • WIMIUS
    • WONNIE
    • WISCLASS
    • Xiaomi (Wemax 1)
    • XUANPAD
    • Yaufey
    • Yokkao
    • YONTEX

    Overstated lumens at the Higher-end

    The Anker Nebula is quoted in most online specifications at a massive 3000  lumens
    • but only offers 500 ansi lumens

    SUMMARY:  Tips to Avoid Buying Fake Projectors from Amazon & Online 

    1. Claims its New < £80: If it's brand new and less than £80, don't bother. The projector is more than likely being way over sold by a Chinese company. LED projectors of any decent quality that are new with DLP and a minimum genuine lumens of 50 lumens start at £150 / €180 / $195
    2. Claims its New <£300 and claims over 600 lumens - it's quoting "Chinese marketing lumens" and maybe 10 or 20 times overstated and probably 50 lumens with no DLP and is fake
    3. DLP? - Ensure the projector has Texas Instruments DLP, this provides superior image quality and is the industry standard.
    4. States "use in a dark room" - If the projector has over 200 lumens and states "Use in a dark room", usually means its less than 50 lumens so avoid
    5. 1080p - this is one of the biggest lies - there are very few 1080p models out there and certainly none by any lesser known brands not listed above. The likelihood is that if you've not heard of the brand and its stating 1080p then its not 1080p. It should say "supports" 1080p ie supports Full HD but instead they just claim its Full HD when in fact its probably 2 or 3 grades down from that at VGA resolution - whats in a word eh !
    6. Catches Fire - If it says "it needs to be turned off after 2-4 hours", give it a miss. It is more than likely dangerous and prone to catching fire. It has been made very cheaply and so key safety processes can easily be missed.
    7. Common Sense - If it sounds too good to be true, it is!! Remember if you buy cheap you usually end up buying twice so just buy the product that's right for you first time around.

    CONCLUSION

    The old saying, BUY CHEAP BUY TWICE is true but if you need a quality brand at an affordable price then its worth checking out projector special offers or sales here for those genuine brands.

    If all of this talk of Ansi and marketing lumens have you stumped then we have got you covered, we have written a handy guide which will explain everything that you need to know here.

    Now that you know what not to look for in a projector it might be handy to find out what you should be looking for, we have a great guide available for you here.

    How to get results with a complaint on Amazon in the UK

    We spent 14 months writing to Amazon to complain about fraudulent trades descriptions on Amazon as they continue to allow resellers, predominantly Chinese, to describe goods however they like without any resemblance to the truth. Amazon fail to do anything about it whatsoever so here are some steps you can take if you have similar problems.

    1. Try raising a case through seller central if you are a reseller or via Contact Us on Amazon as a consumer. If you get standard responses like we did for 14 months whereby its clear they are just not reading or listening to the complaint then go to step 2
    2. Report it to Trading Standards which has to be done via the Citizens Advice Bureau either by phone 03454 04 05 06 or Id recommend going to this online form at the bottom of their website. Get a case number
    3. Call the European Consumer Credit Center on 01268 886690 - Get a case number
    4. Write a letter to Amazon UK’s offices. This address is quite well hidden and hard to find so we’ve listed it below. Make sure you send it recorded delivery and inform them of the case numbers and the issues
    5. The main issue is Amazon’s HQ is outside the UK so they often like to pass the buck so the next step is to also report it to CMA - Competition & Markets Authority and this can be passed onto the equivalent trading standards bodies in the relevant countries – email for CMA general.enquiries@cma.gsi.gov.uk and again get a case number to pass onto Amazon

    Amazon UK Office Address

    Amazon EU SARL, UK Branch, 60 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD, United Kingdom

    Registered in England & Wales

    Company No. FC032354

    UK Establishment No. BR017427

    UK VAT Number: GB 727255821

     

    Amazon EU HQ

    Amazon EU SARL, Société à responsabilité limitée, 5 Rue Plaetis, L2338 Luxembourg

    Share Capital: EUR 37,500

    Registered in Luxembourg

    RCS Luxembourg No: B-101818

    Business Licence Number: 134248

    Luxembourg VAT Registration Number:  LU 20260743

    We are here to advise customers on their needs and requirements and are familiar with all the projector products on the marketplace so please dont hesitate to contact us for more advice via email, Tel 0845 1218800 or our live chat at www.personalprojector.co.uk

  • Introducing the Qumi Q38; Full HD at 130", Android v6.0 and 2 hour battery

    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?

  • Review: Do Not Buy the YG-300 (DeePlee) LCD Mini 1080P Portable LED Projector

    If you've been looking for portable, pocket or pico projectors lately you will have seen the YG-300 LED projector. The YG-300, sometimes known as the Lumi Pro 2.0, the DeePlee or Artlii mini projector promises a lot for a cheap projector and cannot deliver on any of its inflated claims. If you're looking for the 'best cheap projectors', always beware of the false claims detailed below.

    Claiming to have 400-600 lumens and 1080p resolution on a projector less than £100 should set your warning bells ringing if you've read our buyer's guide to fake amazon projectors.

    The YG-300 portable projector is cheap at a price of around £30, but minus amazon costs at between 7% to 15% and 10% advertising costs, to name a few, the projector itself must have been built for around $5.00. Hardly a quality projector fit for home cinema, $5 can't buy anything powerful enough to project at 400 lumens, let alone in 1080p. 

    Always read the long descriptions for products like this, as they are full of disclaimers. The actual resolution is quoted as 320*240, Not HD, instead of 1080p as it often says in the title and amazon specification table. When a retailer says the mini projector is "to be used in a dark room", steer clear as this usually means the lumens are actually so low they cant be seen in a normal room and its around 10 to 50 lumens only if you are lucky. These types of products sometimes overstate the actual brightness by 20 times the actual brightness!

    If you want a trustworthy mini projector, there are plenty of reputable brands to choose from such as Pico Genie, VIvitek, Acer, BenQ, LG and more. If you're looking for a pocket projector that has between 400-600 lumens then why not try the Pico Genie Polar, the Polar has 500 Ansi lumens which will give you a great image even in ambient light.

    And If you want Full HD splendour on a powerful battery powered projector of a capability of 600 Ansi lumens of brightness then the Qumi Q38 has got you covered.

  • New Full HD Portable Projector: Optoma EH330

    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.

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    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!

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    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.

  • Top 10 Novel & Unique New Applications For Portable Projectors & LED Displays

    Projectors are not just useful for business or home cinema these days – they have an endless list of uses and applications! Here are 10 of the more innovative uses of projectors and LED displays we’ve seen in the last few weeks ranging from projecting  recipes from a barcode in the kitchen to hiding projectors in places to create works of art, a snazzy lounge or a 4k perfect home cinema!

    Read on for our countdown of ten of the best...

    #1. Tasty Recipes

    Want to get tasty recipes for your food? A new gesture controlled pico projector concept hides inside a lamp in the kitchen. Just scan the barcode and it projects the recipe on the kitchen worktop.

    #2. Hiding in the Lounge

    Well we thought the Screeneo 2 was amazing but the Sony 4k ultra short throw home cinema takes your lounge to a whole new level - and it hides inside a stylish cabinet so you won't even know it's there. New model coming soon.

    #3. The (Pico) Genie is in the Lamp

    It's amazing what you can fit inside a light these days to create interesting displays in the home or office or just as pieces of art. Pico projectors have got really small now and ultra bright so your applications are endless.

    #4. Outdoor Displays

    Need a snazzy TV to work outdoors whether you need it for the yacht or to accompany the hot tub? These sleek outdoor TVs won't look out of place on a Sunseeker although you might need to sit down before you get the price so consider a projector screen that folds away if you need a more cost friendly alternative with a bigger image!

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    #5. Feature Walls

    Your cubby holes in the house or office will never look so good with these LED screens brightening up the office, bar, museum or even the lounge!

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    #6. Serve Up a Treat in the Bar

    Here's a great way to spice up the average bar with this LED projection with edge mapping to link the images together. Great for shopfitters and perfect for marketeers wanting to run ads to encourage drinking/eating or for all those artists out there looking to make a good artistic impression behind their bar

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    #7. Projection Mapping

    Projection mapping is the buzz word at the moment and Hitachi shows this in action with their pool table which triggers a light show each time you bang that ball in the pocket

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    #8 Amazing Light Shows

    Waterfall Projection on a curve is eye popping. Its a bit like watching the Northern Lights and you simply cant take your eyes off these displays. Need to project onto a curved surface? Just call us on 0845 121 8800 and we can help create the perfect projection display.

    #9. Navigation

    Need your satnav to get around? It’s commonplace these days but it can be distracting to keep looking down to your dashboard, especially in the winter months when you can face fog and ice! Projection can be used to project a Heads Up Display (HUD) of your dashboard directly onto a part of your windscreen, giving you your dashboard and satnav directions while letting you keep your eyes on the road.

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    #10. Amazing Artworks

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    See these amazing large scale artworks from Projection Artworks. Transform a space of any size – from a tiny corner to whole building exteriors – into an amazing show of light and sound.

  • Want to WIN a £150 Pico Genie Portable Projector? Here's How

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    Special moments with friends and family are meant to be shared. This holiday season, why not turn your living room into a private cinema for family and friends and watch some festive TV, or share your 2016 holiday snaps on up to a 100" screen?

    The Pico Genie P55 is the perfect easy-to-use portable projector for sharing moments with family, and its tiny size means you can take a 100" display with you anywhere for holidays, camping trips and even work presentations.

    Entering couldn't be easier:

    Just LIKE our Facebook page (click HERE) and you'll be entered into the draw!

    Thanks to MagicFreebies for working with us on this.

    Competition ends on 9th of January. Only one entry per household, terms and conditions apply.

  • 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!

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  • T3 Magazine Discover the Magic With An 80" Portable Projector Screen!

     

     

     

     

     

    T3 Magazine Lifestyle Editor Duncan Bell this month discussed the Magic he discovered with a portable projector and 80" portable projector screen!

     

    Using his new projector and 80" screen Duncan explained that "once you get that size, something magical happens: movies become genuinely cinematic. That's why my discovery of the joy of projectors is my tech highlight of the year". We can only agree with Duncan, Projectors really can improve your home entertainment system or business. Watching your favourite movies at home and creating your own personal cinema is truly magical! It will give you that cinema experience right from your sofa!

     

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    Size isn't everything! "I don't think the effect is simply down to size; it's something intangible, born from the experience of having images beamed over your shoulder in a stream of flickering light... it's that kind of magic - not novelty, nor expense, nor peer-impressing specs - that can make tech great. It takes activities you enjoy, or once enjoyed, and helps you love them like the first time."  The applications for portable projectors and portable screens are endless, movies, sharing holiday memories, documents, websites, presentations, mirroring your smart device, art projects, training and best of all showing it all absolutely anywhere!

    With the upcoming EURO 2016 Football tournament, Rio 2016 Olympics and Olympics portable projectors could make your summer unforgettable! Get all of your family and friends round and watch on a huge 200" screen!

    Inspired by T3 Lifestyle editor Duncan Bell's magical experience? See our top picks for the perfect home cinema experience:

    1. 80" Mobile Projector Screen
    2. Larger Ceiling and Wall Screens
    3. Pico Genie M550 + 40" Mini Screen Bundle
    4. Pico Genie 40" Mini Desktop Screen
    5. Vivitek Qumi Q6 Portable Projector

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    Want to know more about how you can create your own personal cinema? Email us on enquiries@personalprojector.co.uk or call us on 0845 121 8800

     

    Quotes used from T3 Magazine June 2016. http://www.t3.com/

  • A Personal Buying Guide: What’s The Best Projector For Me This Christmas?

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    So it’s that time of the year (again), time to hunt down the perfect gift for that special someone. Whether you’ve planned to buy an LED projector this year or not, check out our ultimate guide to the top projectors money can buy, we’ll be sure to inspire you with the endless applications portable projectors present!

    - Are you planning to buy a projector for someone this Christmas?

    - Or just treating yourself to some high spec tech?

    - Need a big screen the whole family can watch the latest James Bond on?

    - Want to wirelessly connect a projector to your Apple Device?

    - Need a portable screen for your projector?

    Take a look at our Christmas best buys, we’ll guide you through the best projectors for your budget. A one stop shop for all things projector!

    New models for Christmas 2015!

     

    Pico Genie M400 Pro- The best all-round projector! Only £465 inc VAT. WAS £480

    Perfect for:

    - Creating a 100” screen anywhere with the built-in battery

    - Wirelessly streaming your Android/Apple* device

    - Watching those compulsory Christmas Movies with the whole family!

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    The Vivitek Qumi Q6- Available in plenty of festive colours! Only £480 inc VAT

    Perfect for:

    - Streaming wirelessly from your Android/Apple* Device

    - Projecting a HD movie for the whole family

    - Slaying zombies on your new Xbox One/PS4/PC

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    Casio XJ-V1 Core- A great budget Home Cinema Projector! Only £480 inc VAT + £50 Cashback

    Perfect for:

    - Use as a home cinema

    - Hooking up your Xbox One/PS4/PC to a huge 300” screen

    - Creating an ultra-bright image for the whole family to see

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    Do you have a budget in mind? We’ll break down the top projectors for you this Christmas!

     

    What’s the best projector for my budget?

     

    £100-£300 – Extra Small Pico Projectors

     

    1. Pico Genie P100- £249.99. This ultra portable device is perfect for connecting to your other portable electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, laptops and more with the HDMI input.

    Perfect for:

    - Projecting your other portable devices (Smartphone/tablet) almost anywhere

    - Battery powered projection for up to 2 hours!

    - Quick, Easy and Portable projections

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    £300-£500- Ultra Portable Projectors

     

    1. Vivitek Qumi Q4- £336.00. Offering HD (720p) WXGA resolution and 500 lumens of DLP brightness for bright projection in almost any environment it’s ideal for movies, gaming, education and business use!

    Perfect for:

    - Use with any other HDMI enabled device

    - Streaming movies via Laptops or other smart devices

    - Projecting HD quality images

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    2. Vivitek Qumi Q5- from £412.80. The Qumi Q5 is the perfect portable projector for everything from business presentations, gaming and personal use. It offers some distinctive features, 2W internal speaker + 4GB of internal memory.

    Perfect for:

    - Projecting HD quality images with 500 lumens

    - Presenting Microsoft Office Documents (built in MS Office Reader)

    - Web Browsing (Wi-Fi Dongle required)

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    3. Pico Genie M400 Pro- £465. The Pico Genie M400 Pro mini projector has received rave reviews on BBC and on Channel 5's Gadget Show. It is the very latest in mini projection with inbuilt wireless connectivity and true wireless screen mirroring so you can instantly connect and project whatever is on your tablet, phone or ultrabook at 100".

    Perfect for:

    - Wireless connection via DLNA, In-Built Wireless or WiDi

    - Ultra portable projection on battery at 300 lumens

    - Portable Home Cinema!

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    4. Vivitek Qumi Q6- £480. The Vivitek Qumi Q6 LED projector is the world's smallest projector at 800 lumens of brightness with Wi-Fi built in. The Qumi Q6 offers some distinctive features, including built in Wi-Fi, full sized HDMI input, 2W internal speaker and 2.5GB of internal memory.

    Perfect for:

    - Wirelessly presenting via Apple*/Android Devices

    - High brightness portable home cinema

    - HD Gaming up to 150”

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    5. Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus- £610.80. The Vivitek Qumi Q7+ ultra portable LED HD projector offers ultra performance at 1000 lumens in a tiny package and is stunningly designed delivering unrivalled multimedia capability. With a weight of just 1.4kg and with its super-thin design, the Qumi is the ideal companion for the business traveller or home entertainment enthusiast.

    Perfect for:

    - Ultra high quality media presentation (Movie/Gaming/Business use)

    - Projecting to an audience in a bright room

    - Wirelessly projecting photos, movies and websites (Wi-Fi Dongle required)

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    £600-£1,000- Portable (Medium/Pro)

     

    1. Casio XJ-A142, 2500 Lumens- £942. Casio XJA 142 is a true revolution in projection and is the first laser combined LED projector offering a staggering 2,500 lumen brightness with 20,000 hours lamp life. The Casio XJA's ultra thin and lightweight design means it is truly portable allowing it to easily squeeze into your laptop bag.

    Perfect for:

    - A professional home cinema

    - Projecting to a large audience

    - Huge projections up to 300”!

    Casio XJ A251 Personal Projector £50 off

    £1,000+ Other Projectors

     

    1. Casio XJ-M156, 3,000 lumen- £1,062.60. The Signature Casio XJ-M156 offers versatile projection solutions using the cost-effective, environmentally friendly, 3,000 lumen Casio Laser & LED Hybrid light source. Connect wirelessly to your network with the USB/WLAN option.

    Perfect for:

    - Desktop or ceiling mounted projection

    - Projecting to a large audience

    - Connecting to a wireless network via USB/WLAN

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    Do you have a specific requirement for your projector?

    Here’s our top pick in each category!

     

    Portable Battery Powered Projectors (Small)

    Pico Genie P100

    Connecting to Apple Devices (iPhone/iPad) Wireless + Wired

    Vivitek Qumi Q6

    Connecting to Android Devices – Wireless + Wired

    Pico Genie M400 Pro

    Creating the ultimate home cinema

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    Enjoy the latest Xbox/PS4/PC games on the big screen?

    Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus

     

    We also have a range of special offer bundles, all designed to bring out the best in your projector!

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    For more information on any of these models or if you have any other enquiries about applications of your projector, please give us a call on 0845 121 8800 or email us at enquiries@personalprojector.co.uk

    All prices include VAT.

     

     

  • T3 Awards 2015: the Entertainment Award is Announced

     

     

     

     

     

    Who won this years T3 Entertainment Award?

    The T3 awards are acknowledged as being the “Oscars Of Tech” and are a celebration of the best gadgets and services from the last 12 months - many of which have revolutionised the way we live.

    The Entertainment Award is a chance for some of the biggest tech companies to be recognised for their efforts in providing excellent entertainment services!

    The nominations for this prestigious award are Amazon Prime Instant Video, BBC iPlayer, Google Chromecast, Netflix and Sky Go. So who do you think was this years winner?

    We can confirm that the winner of this years award was Amazon Prime Instant Video!

    Amazon offers a buffer-free HD streaming service, something the others just cannot match. With an updated catalogue Amazon also provides the user an option to download content and watch it when they’re away from an internet connection.

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    So what’s the point of all this incredible content if you don’t have anything decent to play it on?

    Personal Projector have the perfect solution to meet your ever-changing needs, whether it be a home cinema or a portable player. Hooking up your streaming service to a Projector couldn’t be easier!

    Here are some of our most popular projectors, all designed to create the ultimate viewing experience:

    Pico Genie M400 Pro- http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/by-size/ultra-portable/m400-pro.html

    NEW: Vivitek Qumi Q6 Black- http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/by-size/ultra-portable.html

    Vivitek Qumi Q5 Blue- http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/by-size/ultra-portable/qumi-q5-blue.html

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    Call us on 0845 121 8800 and we can find the best projector for you.

     

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