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  • How to connect your MacBook Pro to a Projector / TV

    Method 1, HDMI connection - Adaptor and Cables

    1. Your Projector / TV must have a HDMI port on it in order to connect your MacBook Pro. 
    2. You will need a HDMI cable.
    3. If you have a Retina Display MacBook Pro, you will probably have a HDMI port and so you do not need an adapter, simply connect the HDMI cable to the MacBook Pro and the Projector / TV
    4. If you have a MacBook Pro without a HDMI port you will need a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor or cable. You can get them here: 
    5. Connect the HDMI cable to the Mini DisplayPort adapter, then connect the Mini DisplayPort adapter to the MacBook Pro and finally connect the HDMI cable to the Projector / TV
    6. Change the 'Source' on your Projector / TV to HDMI

    Method 2, VGA connection 

    1. Your Projector / TV must have a VGA port on it in order to connect your MacBook Pro.
    2. You will need a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter plus a VGA cable
    3. You will also need an audio cable if you wish to stream sound from your MacBook Pro to your projector/ TV as VGA cables do not carry sound
    4. Connect the Mini DisplayPort adapter to the VGA cable, then connect the Mini DisplayPort adapter to the Macbook Pro and the VGA cable to the Projector / TV
    5. Connect your audio cable to both devices at this point if applicable
    6. Change the 'Source' on your Projector / TV to HDMI

     

    See the Pico Genie M550 Plus here. It's the perfect Projector for your MacBook!

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    Note about Mini DisplayPort adaptors - buy them here

    All adapters and cables for Apple products should be sourced directly from Apple or an Apple authorised reseller. Personal Projector does not sell Apple cables.

    Some of the more recent Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters include audio support, meaning that if you have one of these you will not need an extra cable to get sound.

    If you have one of the older Mini DisplayPort adaptors or a VGA Mini DisplayPort adaptor, you will also need an audio cable to connect the MacBook to the projector / TV

    Click here for help changing the display on your MacBook Pro to display out via HDMI connection with a Mini DisplayPort

    Also: Do not confuse your Mini DVI port with the Firewire 800

  • Philips Screeneo 2.0 Alternative Projectors

    Philips' Screeneo 2.0 is out of stock across UK & Europe due to 2 collapses of the company that held the license for this product.  As of September 2018 there are no active UK distributors of Screeneo so if you are looking for some good alternatives here are some options!

    The Vivitek DH765Z-UST laser projector with zero bulb replacements / maintenance and the stunning Benq W1600UST home cinema projector. Also watch out for an increase in fake chinese products where the descriptions and lumens are ludicrously exaggerated by over 10 times such as the Wemax One by Xiaomi.

    Vivitek DH765Z-UST

    The Vivitek DH765Z-UST is one of the closest alternatives to the Philips Screeneo 2 but works better for those wanting a much brighter image in a normally lit room. The Vivitek projector has 4000 lumens so is double the 2000 lumens of brightness on the Screeneo which is a major benefit if you want to use it in your lounge to replace your normal TV and not have to draw the curtains.

    Vivitek DH765Z Ultra Short Throw High Brightness Laser Projector

     

    The other advantage of the Vivitek DH765Z is that its a laser projector with no lamp so it means you will not incur expensive bulb cost replacements with over 30,000 hour "lamp" life instead of just 6,000 hr lamp life. So although the Vivitek DH765Z-UST is more expensive than the Screeneo 2 HDP2510 there will be significantly lower running costs on the Vivitek laser projector which makes up for the added extra cost.

    The Vivitek is also ultra short throw and as you can see in the image you can put this right up against the wall and project an absolutely huge image 3 or 4 times the size of your TV.

    Whilst its speaker system is only 10 watt speakers compared to the Screeneo's 26w you can of course connect an external audio system too. The smaller speakers also has the added benefit of making the Vivitek projector smaller and lighter taking up less space.

    The Vivitel DH765Z-UST was not originally designed for home cinema enthusiasts,  so without those high contrast ratios and deep blacks it may not sport the exact same image quality as the Screeneo. Also without AcuMotion, or frame interpolation technology, sports and high speed scenes may be harder to view. However, the Vivitek projector will be well suited to those wanting a brighter ultra short throw image with lower running costs in a smaller unit than the Screeneo 2. You won't find a maintenance free projector at a staggering 4000 lumens anywhere else without paying upwards of £10,000!

    BenQ W1600UST ultra short throw home cinema projector

    Place this stylish projector just inches from the wall and you'll get the  full HD 1080p cinematic experience without any installation costs! The BenQ W1600UST also offers a staggering 3300 ansi lumens of brightness so you can keep that quality crisp and bright in every home lighting environment.

    Acer V7500, 2500 Lumen Full HD/3D Home Cinema Projector

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    The award-winning Acer V7500 is near the top of the tree this Christmas! Boasting an incredible 2500 Lumen lightshow to back up its revolutionary software and sophisticated colour technology, it's no surprise it comes recommended by Home Cinema Choice magazine.

    Inside its trendy white exterior is a range of seriously impressive features, including an Ambient Light Sensor to automatically adjust the image to suit the brightness of your surroundings, 4 Corner keystone correction and RGBRGB colour wheel for vivid colours. It also boasts a whopping 20,000:1 contrast ratio, meaning its picture quality is hard to beat, whether you're watching a film in a darkened room or sport on a bright Saturday afternoon. It isn't short throw, but it does have a massive max image size of 300", over twice the size of the Screeneo for less than half the cost! If you wanted a Screeneo for home cinema or sport, the V7500 has you covered!

    Acer H6517ST, 3000 Lumen Short Throw Full HD/3D DLP Projector

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    A mighty short throw projector that can project a huge screen just a metre from your projection surface, the H6517ST might not be the most snappily-titled projector, but it's ideal for cinema, gaming and more!

    At 3000 Lumens, it can project a crystal clear image in even bright sunlight, meaning you can get Full HD in a billion colours and flicker-free 3D at 300 inches diagonally. It has a range of automatic and manual image adjustment controls so it's a doddle to set up and get that big-screen feeling from the comfort of your living room. If you're looking for a projector that can produce a massive, clear image even in the most cramped Christmas living room, you might want to put the H6517ST on your Christmas list.

    Acer H7550ST, 3000 Lumen Short Throw Full HD/3D Projector

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    Packing a heavyweight punch in a lightweight frame, the H7550ST is a short throw projector with the power to turn your front room into a multiplex cinema, even when it's less than a metre away from your projection surface.

    Boasting a full range of flexible wired and wireless functionality to help you connect to any audio or visual device, the H7550ST backs up its crystal clear image projected by a 3000 Lumen lamp with an onboard 10W speaker, meaning you don't even need an external speaker to get that cinematic sound experience. Whether it's gaming, sport, cinema or a TV binge you want, the H7550ST can give you a huge screen and booming sound even if you don't have a lot of space to project in.

    Acer S1283Hne, 3100 Lumens Ultra Short Throw DLP Projector

    This Ultra Short throw DLP projector can project a 79 inch image onto a wall at only 1m away. With this capability you can have a large cinema experience without sacrificing on space or installation.

    Your Acer S1283Whne projector doesn't have to mounted or suspended from the ceiling behind your sofa to produce a large image, that table usually reserved for the TV can function as the ideal stand for this ultra short throw projector.

     

    Use our handy comparison sheet to view all the acer short throw projectors side-by-side - just click HERE.

    Alternatively, if you're thinking of upgrading to an Ultra High Definition 4K Home Cinema then check out our review of Acer's 4K projectors here.

    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.

     Vivitek DH765Z Ultra Short Throw High Brightness Laser Projector

    If you are unsure if the product you want to buy is right for you or you need free advice please contact us via Email, Live Chat or Phone +44 (0)1924 589 589

  • Product Review: Philips PicoPix PPX4935

    The Philips PicoPix PPX4935 is a 350 lumen pocket projector. It offers native 720p HD resolution, which is impressive from a projector of this size. It will also give you a screen of up to 150 inches, although you will need 5 metres of space at that size. Its worth noting at 350 lumens, you can lose some of the brightness and image quality if you have the projector 5m away from the screen.

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    To avoid screen wash out or the need for 5m of space then you may want to consider short throw projectors such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus, a smart projector which also offers several improvements over the PicoPix such as 650 lumens, a 3 hour battery and wireless mirroring to Apple as well as Android and comes with a tripod in the package.

    T3 tech magazine recently reviewed the Philips PicoPix PPX4935 and said

    "Don't expect silky smooth motion and inky blacks, but it's seriously good fun and can even be run on its internal battery - although two hours of life makes that more suited to Olympic sprints and boxing matches than games of football" T3.com March 2017

    Key features of the PicoPix include an onboard Android OS, Wi-Fi and a 2 hour battery so it is certainly feature-packed and decent value, although not quite on the same level as the M550 Plus.

    When wired the PicoPix PPX4935 can mirror the screen of an MHL-compatible mobile device (ie Android devices mainly), as well as having the option to connect Android devices wirelessly via Miracast. You can also connect Apple devices via a wire, using the Apple Digital AV Adapter, although you cannot connect the PicoPix PPX4935 to an Apple device wirelessly without downloading extra apps. It can also connect via HDMI or project content from a microSD card, which is pretty standard these days.

    However the PicoPix does lack a VGA port,

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    Overall, it’s a decent projector with quite a few good features, however at around £475 it is a little pricey when compared to other models such as the Vivitek Qumi Q3 Plus, which offers all the same features including Android OS, 2 hour battery and Wi-Fi. The Q3 Plus however has 500 lumens compared to the PicoPix's 350, which you'll certainly notice in a brighter room, and it is around £50 cheaper. The Qumi Q3 Plus is also a similar size and weight to the Philips PicoPix PPX4935.

    While the PicoPix is impressive it isn't as good value as the Qumi Q3 Plus and doesn't offer the extensive features and high performance of the Pico Genie M550 Plus so we would look at those models before the PicoPix.

    Like many of the Philips projector range such as the PicoPix and Philips Screeneo 2.0 these models are increasingly difficult to get hold of in Europe and this stock shortage is expected to continue for some months so if you cant get hold of one consider the Qumi Q3 Plus or the really high end Pico Genie M550 Plus

  • 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.

  • Personal Projector Ltd Exhibiting At BETT 2017 (Acer, Philips, Vivitek)

    The biggest technology show in the UK's education sector is just around the corner and we're delighted to say we'll be attending the BETT Show for the fourth straight year. If you're attending, come and say hi - we'll be in Hall 15, at stand F354. Our focus this year is on great projector deals and portable interactivity, which could revolutionise the way you think about your interactive whiteboard. We're also have deals on large format displays (LFDs), new short throw portable projectors and wireless portable LED projectors with Android interfaces.

    If you've ever wanted a large format interactive whiteboard you can fit in your bag and set up in minutes, you will definitely want to read our sneak preview of what we'll be showing at BETT!

    Interactive (Portable) Whiteboards & Accessories

    We have two products that will be released in the very near future that will let you turn any flat surface into a touch-sensitive interactive whiteboard up to 120" in size!

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    The first to be released is the Acer Smart Touch Kit, which is compatible with a number of Acer projectors (U5520B, U5320W, U5220, S1383WHne (pictured above), S1283Hne, S1283e). It's a  dongle that fits onto the projector, along with an infrared sensor that you put on your projection surface, but there are a lot of features packed into this device! Although the projectors themselves are not portable the Smart Touch Kit turns any flat surface into a whiteboard with a 10-point touch screen, meaning large groups can all use it at the same time. It's also finger touch compatible, so you don't need to buy a load of expensive accessories to use it.

     

     

    Ultra Short Throw Large Format Displays

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    Inspire students, parents and staff alike with large dynamic digital displays in your reception area, corridors, staff room, dining hall or classrooms. The real unique feature is how close this projector can sit to the wall and still be able to project a huge 120" image on any wall (even a coloured wall) so you are maximising space in small areas.

    The Philips Screeneo 2.0 offers a Full HD display and 2000 lumens. Since the Screeneo sits so close to your projection surface, those 2000 lumens go much further, giving you an ultra bright display that can be seen in any light conditions. It features automatic colour correction technology, meaning you can even project onto most coloured walls without having to worry about image quality!

    Wireless Projectors

    Projectors are evolving beyond simply being pass through devices - the new breed of projectors have WiFi, inbuilt Android OS (that works with Apple products too!) and onboard memory so you can save files and apps onto the projector. This means you don't even need a PC or laptop to project from, just set up and go! What's more, projectors such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus and the Qumi Q3 Plus (pictured below) which we'll be exhibiting at BETT, have long battery lives (the M550 Plus has up to 3 hours) so you can take a whole lesson without a single wire in sight!

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    Also at the show will be wireless dongles that turn any projector into a wireless projector that connect to your iPad, android device or laptop (Win 7 and 8).

    The Vivitek Qumi Q6 will also be at the show along with its bigger brother the Qumi Q7 with wireless dongle.

    Full HD Portable LED Projector: Vivitek Qumi Q8

    The long awaited, record-breaking Qumi Q8 will also be available to pre-order at the show. Its tiny size defies belief and it offers an amazing 1000 lumens and is the smallest Full HD (1080p) LED projector in the world.

    Ultra Portable Short Throw Projectors

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    The Acer K138ST is the latest in ultra portable short throw projection so you can get a bigger image close up to the wall. If you are tight on space  in your classroom then short throw projection is a must! The K138ST benefits from an 800 lumen LED light source and offers phenomenal value, meaning it is a quality budget option.

    To view our full range of short throw projectors, click HERE.

  • BACK IN STOCK: Philips Screeneo 2.0 Full HD Ultra Short Throw Home Cinema Projector

    The Philips Screeneo 2.0 has been THE must-have projector for the last few months, and it's fair to say everyone has been surprised by how fast it sold out. Unfortunately for many customers, Philips also found themselves a bit surprised, and as a result the Screeneo has been unavailable pretty much everywhere since last Autumn, with stock shortages likely to continue across Europe until June 2017 at the earliest.

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    You don't need to get too downhearted, though; we've managed to get our hands on a very limited quantity. Currently, Personal Projector is one of a handful of stores in Europe to have the Screeneo in stock, and we're also offering the lowest price! However - and we can't stress this enough - demand is so high across Europe these will disappear in short order. If you don't want to be waiting 6 months or more for the Screeneo, we recommend you order yours today to avoid disappointment!

    The Screeneo 2.0 is the ultimate home cinema projector, boasting Full HD, 3D, a booming 26w onboard Dolby soundsystem (plus Bluetooth and wired soundsystem support), and the ability to project a huge 120" screen when placed just inches from the wall. The best part is that it's 2000 lumen lamp is powerful enough to project a pin-sharp image in any light conditions, whether you're watching an epic movie or a nail-biting football match.

    Get your hands on a Screeneo 2.0 by clicking HERE.

  • Alternative products to the end of line, Adapt 305

    After more than 2 years the Adapt 305 pocket projector is now ‘end of line’ and is no longer available. Having served as one of the best pocket projectors on the market we've put together a list of the next generation alternative pocket projectors.

    Adapt 305 projector was 45 lumens, VGA, Battery and £269 inc vat. :-

    • Vivitek Qumi Q2 (300 lumens, WXGA, WiFi, Battery optional, i-ready) - £459: Best Overall
    • 3M MP180 (30 lumens, VGA, Wifi, Bluetooth, Touchscreen, MS Office inc PPT & PDF readers): Closest to Adapt 305 and feature packed
    • LumaFire M200 (100 lumens, XGA, HDMI, USB/SD): Best Value (without battery)
    • Pico Genie A100 (iPhone sleeve projector case, 15 lumens DLP): Most convenient, simplest and Easiest
    • 3M MP220 (65 lumens, Android, up to 2 hrs battery life, 2GB internal memory, VGA)
    • Optoma PK301+

    Qumi Q2

    Only slightly  larger than the Adapt 305 this is the best overall alternative pocket

    Vivitek Qumi Q2 projector, perfect replacement for Adapt 305

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    projector. Superior image quality sets this projector apart. It’s the first of its kind to offer WXGA resolution (1200 x 800), be 720p compliant and the only one to offer 300 lumens with DLP.  It’s the brightest HD ready mini LED projector ever produced and comes with all the connections and cables you will need, including extras such as free iPhone/iPad cables.

    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 this is the perfect product for you.

    We are currently offering an exclusive 3 year warranty as opposed to the 12 month standard warranty and a free Wi-Fi dongle as well as the option to buy and attach a battery dock (available separately from us).

    If you can afford it, this is the best projector currently available as packed with so many features.

    See the full press release here
    Visit the Vivitek Qumi Q2’s product page for a more detailed specification

    LumaFire M200

    Whilst slightly larger than the Adapt 305, the LumaFire M200 still easily fits in the

    LumaFire M200 portable LED projector, a perfect replacement for the Adapt 305

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    palm of your hand and weighs not much more than a couple of iPhones.

    Described as "awesome" by Jason Bradbury at Gadget Show Live 2011. This amazing new 100 lumen palm projector offers XGA (1024 x 768) resolution and enhanced colour technology. HDMI input allows connection to most modern electronic devices, combined with composite, VGA, USB and SD input meaning that you’re covered for almost any device.

    The projector has similar dimensions to the iphone (13 x 12.7 x 4.9 cm / 5.1 x 5 x 1.9 inches),  weighs just 500g and comes with a very small lightweight power pack. Overall it’s our best value for money projector, suitable for business, education, training, personal use, gaming or travel.

    Visit the Lumafire M200’s product page for a more detailed specification

    Pico Genie A100

    The Pico Genie A100 is the World’s First Pico projector case for iPhone 4/ 4s/ iPod

    Pico Genie A100, a perfect replacement for the Adapt 305

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    Touch with built in + speakers + extended battery.  The Pico Genie A100 offers even greater portability than the 305, you no longer have to make the compromise between portability and a large screen with an Apple device! Charge your iPhone/iPod or simply watch TV, videos, or photos on a large screen from the built in Pico projector.

    ‘This is a very useful device...and a very good idea, good concept and good design. We like it.’ – Suzi Perry, Channel 5’s Gadget Show

    After being  awarded 4/5 stars by Stuff TV, featuring in T3 as a top iPhone 4s case of 2012 and appearing on the Gadget show as a top gift, we think that this is the perfect gift for apple users  thinking of using a Pico projector.

    "This could be the smallest way to the biggest pictures" - Stuff Tv

    Switch on and explore, whether you’re presenting on the move or just making long conversations and like the peace of mind from the protective casing.

    Visit the Pico Genie A100’s product page for a more detailed specification

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    3M MP220

    The 3M Mobile Projector MP220 uniquely provides a new level of battery life (up to 2 hours) at the highest lumen rating of any pico projector, making it perfect for carrying out presentations anywhere or for watching the occasional movie at home or whilst travelling.

    "offering portability, quality, brightness, and that all important battery life all-in-one is the key difference here" - Slash Gear

    An Android based operating system allows for user customisation to enhance usability through useful applications.

    Visit the 3M MP220's product page for a more detailed specification

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