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Tag Archives: Pico Genie M550 Plus

  • Top 12 Best Projectors To Buy 2019

    We know buying a projector can be a real minefield with all the confusing terminology and fake products going around. With this being noted we’ve done all the hard work and put together our top 10 best projectors for Black Friday/Cyber Monday and for Christmas / holiday season.

    Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift, an office-ready presentation tool, a holiday gadget or creating the dream home cinema setup for everyone to enjoy this guide will help you chose the right projector for you.

    Best Ultra Portable Projectors

    Pico Genie Polar- Best value for the spec

    Pico Genie Polar

    Pico Genie M550Voted best portable projector -  Tech Advisor 2019

    Qumi Q38High Spec, great design

    Vivitek Qumi Q38 Projector

    Qumi Q8High Brightness, Full HD

    Best Portable Speaker Projectors

    Qumi Z1H – Premium speaker, 720p HD

    Qumi Z1H Video

    Pico Genie Periscope – Simple Ceiling Projection with deep bass speakers

    Pico Genie Periscope

    See our full range of Ultra Portable Projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/all-products-116/ultra-portable.html

    Best Gaming Projectors

    Acer Predator Z650The ultimate heritage gaming machine display

    Acer H7550STImpressive refresh rates and short throw

    Acer h7550st

    See our full range of Gaming projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/by-use-application/gaming.html

    Best Home Cinema Projectors

    CHIQ B5UThe TV Killer with laser, UST and free Amazon fire stick

    4K Laser Home Cinema Projector

    Acer V6820i4K Ultra HD, works with Alexa Voice Control

    Acer V6820i

    See our full range of Home Cinema Projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/all-products-116/home-cinema.html

    Best Business Projectors

    Acer X128Hhighest brightness, lowest cost

    Acer X128H

    CHIQ E53F6Best value laser projector equivalent to 5000 lumens

    CHIQ E5F36

    See our full range of business projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/all-products-116/business-office-projectors.html

  • How to Project Slideshows or Digital Signage at an Event

    In one of our previous blogs we mentioned that we attended the Woolley Beer Festival where we used the Pico Genie M550 Plus and digital signage software to show off all the sponsors messages, event images and more. (Click here to see the blog).

    In this blog we will be helping you set up your Android projector to create a presentation remotely via a digital signage application. We'll also look at how to do this without wi-fi in case you are in the middle of nowhere like we were.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Digital Signage Player Software is essentially a media player which can be controlled through an editor and allows you to add images, videos,  powerpoints, live feeds, change the screen layout and more. You can see this software used on many screens places such as bars, hotels, restaurants and airports.

    You can also add content while you are at the event and take photos of the event like we did here with the band playing and then project it onto the tent walls. So we had our basic sponsor messages and then we added live info such as photos and other content throughout the show.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After looking at many options for digital signage software we found a great solution called onsign.tv that works well with the Pico Genie M550 Plus  although it should work on most Android projectors.  It also has a 14 day free trial account!

    Best Digital Signage App for Android projectors

    You can download the Onsign app which acts a receiver of the content you have created on your laptop. The content is streamed from the onsign website to the projector so you can remotely display whatever you desire on the projector. You can also try Screen Cloud app.

    Image result for onsign tv

    If are projecting at an event and you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or a computer to access onsign.tv, there are workarounds that allow you to still be able to display your messages on a large projector screen.

    Creating Digital Signage or Slideshows if if there is no wifi

    A very simple solution to this is to use an SD card, USB or directly connect a mobile device or laptop to the projector (by wire or direct wireless connection for Android or Apple). Then goto the Gallery option which is already installed on the projector. To do this you can follow these steps:

    • If using powerpoint save all the slides from your slideshow as Jpeg files and put them in a folder beforehand, name these according to which ones you would like to show first e.g A Slide 1 and A Slide 2 (put A before as it will out them to the top of the list).
    • Copy onto SD, USB and the projector will recognise it for instant playback
    • Click on the album, click the 3 buttons in the top right corner and click slideshow.

    Using this method is very simple and effective however you cannot change how long the images are shown.

    Changing the slide show timings

    A better solution which allows you to have more control is to use an app called Random Slideshow (please don’t be discouraged by the name, you can set it so the images are sequential instead of random).  To do this you can follow these steps:

    • Download the app Random Slideshow.
    • Save all the slides from your slideshow as Jpeg files and put them in a folder beforehand, name these according to which ones you would like to show first e.g A Slide 1 and A Slide 2 (put A before as it will out them to the top of the list).
    • Copy onto SD, USB and the projector will recognise it for instant playback
    • Go into the Random Slideshow App, select the album you want to use "with this app you are also able to use multiple albums from different sources such as USB, SD or the projectors own internal memory and have it go through them all"
    • Scroll further down before clicking start slideshow to change the time length of each image and to turn the randomising off

    Live Feeds from Social Media (Twitter, Facebook)

    One great option you can use at a party or any event is social media pages. Simply access a browser such as Chrome on the projector and logon to your twitter page. This then displays all tweets displayed so if you ask everyone at the show via the projector to use your # or @ then you can see a live feed of everyone's comments, feedback and photos as the show rolls on. It can be a really powerful tool.

  • Maximise Your Event! Project Anywhere

    Recently we attended the Woolley Beer Festival and we brought along the Pico Genie M550 Plus with us as it is ultra portable and lightweight, has android built in with IOS Screen mirroring and has USB and SD card slots for easy transfer of photos from cameras and laptops.

    Its also got a decent enough brightness of 650 ansi lumens and many more features such as android and internet onboard which worked well at this type of festival event in a remote location and with the event being in the middle of the field it really shows that you can project anywhere you want.Pico Genie M550 Plus Being used at a festival

    If you do not have access to power, do not worry, the projector has a powerful in built battery and with it being installation free you can virtually place the projector wherever you want!

    As you can see from the images above we used a tripod to project our images on to the wall and ceiling of the marquee. However you can also mount the projector on to the frame of the marquee and have it out of the way and because of the battery you would not have to worry about cables hanging everywhere.

    A gorrilla mount with a standard tripod thread would do the job and tha battery will last 2 to 3 hours. Having said that its always better to power it where you can as its slightly brighter when its on mains rather than eco mode but this can be changed.

    We projected screen sizes of up to 1.5 metres diagonal at this even but it could go as large as 3m wide or a 200" image (at night).

    While at the event a wide range of people could connect to the projector for example...

    • The event photographer was able to use their SD Card and move the images onto the projectors hard drive using an app called “File Manager”. This allowed him to showcase the images on the projector and continue to use his SD Card.
    • The Sponsors were able to put their messages through a PowerPoint onto the built-in memory of the projector using a USB.
    • The Producers could have even used a live twitter feed for others that attended the event to share content of the event which was then projected as well as getting more content online at the same time

    There are many connectivity options for the Pico Genie M550 Plus such as VGA, HDMI, SD, USB and Wireless Mirroring for IOS and Android.

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus really is a great all- rounder projector to use for events, festivals and more.

  • Take Your Art To The Next Level

    Inspiring artists around the world!

    Set your inner artist free with a battery-operated projector in a size to go anywhere.  Artists need never be without their art portfolio or client demos with the inbuilt Android operating systems inside.

    This Article will tell you how you can use a portable projector to create fantastic works of art. If you fancy giving this a go yourself you can see our full range of portable projectors here.

    Projector Art Source Artograph

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The photo on the above left is an example of the kind of accurate drawing layout you can create when projecting a photograph. With a portable projector at your side you can paint or draw directly over the image, trace lines with ease and create your masterpiece. The beauty of the projector being portable is that you can take your art with you anywhere, great for getting the ambience just right.

    Pocket projectors like the Pico Genie M550 Plus have great connectivity such as wireless screen mirroring which allows you to project what you are seeing on your device directly to the projector. Have a great photo that you would like to recreate on your phone? No problems, simply connect your device to the projector and away you go. Of course the portable projectors also come with USB-in and SD card slots too for greater accessibility.

    Another great feature of current portable projectors such as the Pico Genie Polar, Periscope and the Qumi Q38 is that they have Android operating systems built in so that you can store all of your images directly to the device itself, keeping all of your artwork in one place. You can also use the Android OS to download various editing apps allowing you to edit your artwork directly on the projector itself!

    Projectors have changed a lot over the years, portable projectors are now smaller and more powerful than ever, take the Pico Genie M550 Plus as an example, it is one of the most powerful portable projectors with an inbuilt battery boasting 650 Ansi lumens of brightness. A perfect choice for creating art in bright areas such as a conservatory.

    The potentially applications and benefits of using a portable projector as a way to create art is endless. From using to trace, draw or paint directly over projected images you can use the projector to take your artwork to the next level. Grab a portable projector and start creating your own masterpiece, you can find our full range here.

  • Top 5 Best Portable Projectors for 2019

    Whether you’re searching for the perfect gadget, an office-ready presentation tool or a pocket cinema solution this guide will help you choose the right portable projector for the job.

    All these LED DLP personal projectors are lightweight and ultra-portable unlike the projectors of old. The next most important aspect is the lumens and these 5 models range from 200 to 1000 ansi lumens (1200 to 6000 marketing lumens). Obviously there is always a trade off between price versus lumens, battery power, connectivity and other key features but the at-a-glance table can help you decide.

    Increasingly Android operating systems (OS) onboard are becoming more popular and that's not just for the ability to watch a plethora of entertainment like Netflix, Youtube or iPlayer. Android on-board also means business or education apps such as PDF readers, powerpoint and presentation tools are supported.

    The uniquely designed Pico Genie Periscope/Periscope Plus doubles up as a speaker and projector all in one, the Periscope provides awesome deep base sound and a unique swivel lens that allows you to change your view from wall to ceiling with ease.

    Pico Genie Periscope

    The Vivitek Q38 Portable projector comes highly recommended, with an impressive 600 ANSI Lumens (3000 marketing lumens) and Full HD projection, unique to a projector of this size with an inbuilt battery.

    Q38

    Next the Butterfly PIQS TT wifi projector is a smart solution, with auto keystone, auto focus, and interactive remote it is a very intuitive and user friendly portable projector, perfect for gaming, drawing, business and presenting.

    PIQS TT

    And if you still can’t decide and just want every possible feature in one small box then the Pico Genie M550 Plus is the obvious ultra portable choice in this range with powerful speakers, short throw, a 3 hour battery and high brightness at 650 lumens. The M550 was also Techadvisor's 'Best Portable Projector 2019'

    Pico Genie M550

    Finally for those of you who prefer raw power over the convenience of a built in battery we have the Vivitek Qumi Q8. The Q8 dominates in the brightness category delivering 1000 ANSI lumens (6000 marketing lumens) in Full HD! Couple this image quality with the portability and you have a true pocket cinema.

    Qumi Q8

    See Table Below for full comparison of all the key features of the Pico Genie Periscope/Plus, the Vivitek Qumi Q38 , the PIQS TT, the Pico Genie M550 Plus and the Vivitek Qumi Q8.

    Feature Pico Genie Periscope/Plus Vivitek Qumi Q38 PIQS TT Pico Genie M550  Vivtek Qumi Q8
    Price (inc vat) From £199.99 £510 £359.99 £599 £834
    ANSI Lumens 200 600 400 650 1000
    Marketing Lumens 1200 3000 2400 3900 6000
    Battery (mains/rechargeable) 3 hours 2 hours 3 hours 3 hours mains
    Resolution HD 720p Full HD 1080p HD 720p HD 720p Full HD 1080p
    DLP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Type LED LED LED LED LED
    Short Throw (larger image) No No No Yes No
    Android Yes v5.1/6.0 Yes v6.0 Yes v4.4 Yes v4.4 No
    Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer etc Apps Yes Yes Yes Yes No
    Keyboard / Mouse No No No/Yes Yes No
    Remote control type Standard Standard Interactive Laser Remote Advanced Radio Remote Standard
    Keystone correction Yes Yes Auto Focus Auto Keystone Yes Yes
    Wifi, Wireless, Mirroring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes No
    LED Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    MS Office Apps / PDF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Speakers 3w  Deep Base 2w 1.5w 3w 2w

     

    We have also got handy buyer's guides for the Top 5 Best Business projectors of 2019 and the Top 5 Best Home Cinema Projectors for 2019 so all your projector needs are covered.

  • Top 10 Best Projectors for 2019

    Buying a projector can be a real minefield, what with fake products, strange terminology and installation confusion. We've cut through the noise with clear and consistent advice so here's our list of the top 10 best projectors this month:

    Best Ultra Portable Projectors:

     

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus projector is the world’s brightest portable shorter throw HD LED projector with inbuilt battery. The projector boasts an impressive 650 ANSI lumens of brightness and a fantastic 3 hour battery life for longer viewing time. Voted Best Portable Projector 2019 by TechAdvisor, the M550 Plus offers great connectivity through wireless mirroring to your mobile devices and the Android operating system, combined with the Mini-Keyboard/Mouse included in the box opens up many possible uses making the M550 Plus one of the most versatile portable projectors on the current market.

    Q38 and M550

    Vivitek's Qumi Q38 projector Is great for cinema on the go, unique to the Q38 is that is combines a Full HD display with an inbuilt battery, never before seen in a portable projector. Add in the fact that the Q38 has a notable 600 ANSI lumens and you have the ultimate in image quality bundled into a very slim and sleek package. For ease of use the projector also comes with touch screen controls on top of the unit and the Android operating system allows access to 100's of apps!

    The PIQS TT projector is the perfect solution for taking your presentations with you. Included with the PIQS TT is a unique interactive laser remote which allows you to interact with whatever you are projecting directly. Great for annotating, pointing and drawing, the remote allows unlimited interactivity and isn't just great for business use, Artists and gamer's alike will enjoy the possibilities opened up by this unique projector. The PIQS TT DLP projector offers a cost effective and time saving alternative to carrying a laptop around. Simply put down and present at up to 200" with ease.

    Pico Genie Periscope

    For those of you looking for something truly unique there is the Pico Genie Periscope. The Periscope's cylindrical shape makes it one of the most portable pocket projectors on the market, great for if you always find yourself on the move and it's rotating lens allows you to easily project from wall to ceiling with just a twist. The Periscope doesn't shy way on technical features, featuring a simple to use Android interface, DLP high quality lens with a respectable 200 ANSI lumens of brightness and great connectivity via wireless screen mirroring to your mobile devices. There is also a HDMI version of the Periscope further increasing the amount of connection options.

    Best Home Cinema Projectors:

    Acer M550 4K UHD Projector

    Acer's M550 4K UHD Projector Is great for your home cinema needs. Boasting 2900 ANSI lumens of brightness it provides great cinematic image quality even in bright light and gorgeous 4K visuals to deliver a premium Ultra HD experience without the premium price tag. Just in at £1199.99

    BenQ W1600 /Ultra Short Throw Projectorbenq w1600 ultra short throw projector

    If you are short on space but still want the big screen experience then the BenQ W1600 Ultra Short Throw Projector is the one for you. The W1600 is an amazing projector space solution, with the Ultra Short Throw capability you can project just inches from your wall, not having any installation means all you need to do is pop the projector onto a surface and away you go. With an impressive 3300 ANSI lumens and Full HD image quality the W1600 makes it easy to bring the cinema experience direct to your home.

    Best Projectors for Office / Business:

    The Acer X138WH lamp projector stands out among other projectors due to it's versatility. The projectors Mid-Long throw capability puts it in a unique position able to be set up in larger rooms and venues. For the price tag; you get enhanced contrast, 3700 ANSI lumens of brightness brightness output and 3D DLP technology all for £366 which is a lot of bang for your buck.

    Acer P8800

    The Acer P8800 is the perfect solution for high end installations, with a whopping 5000 ANSI lumens of brightness your image will be able to stand up to even the brightest of ambient lights. Able to project a 300" image in 4K the P8800 is a powerhouse in picture quality, perfect for showcasing your ideas to a big audience.

     

    Best Projectors for Education / Training:

    Acer S1283Hne Projector

    The Acer S1283Hne offers 3100 ANSI lumens of brightness along with it's high resolution to create high quality images near and far. This projector is also short throw which is great for when space is tight a good space solution for small offices and classrooms.

    Acer P1650 Projector

    Make your presentations sparkle with the Acer P1650 projector, boasting new non-lag frame rate technology you will get the smoothest of images even at full HD. The projector also has an impressive 3500 ANSI lumens of brightness making your images stand out even in bright light.

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  • Turn your entire wall into a stadium wherever you are with a portable projector

    If you're going camping or travelling this summer without access to your entertainment set up but you still want to watch the world cup in style, we have the ideal solution: a Portable Projector! Don't settle for that tiny phone or hotel TV screen when you can watch this year's biggest sports events in over 100" big screen style, wherever you are.

    No wires, no installation and 3 hour batteries make for a nice simple big screen experience wherever you maybe whether its camping in the wilderness or on holiday with no big tv's in site.

    Ultra small, Easy Connectivity: The Acer C200 Projector

    The tiny Acer C200 portable projector makes a great smartphone projector thanks to its massive 4 hour battery - so you can stream the football at up to 200" without mains power. If you wanted to project completely without wires there is even a Wifi Dongle bundle, save £10 and get a small dongle to mirror your smart device on the pico projector.

    If your campsite or holiday destination has wifi then the dongle option is a great way to ensure easy smartphone connectivity.

    To top it all off this robust pico projector is not much bigger than a passport and weighs only 350 grams, ideal for backpacking with big screen sports at the push of a button.

    The PIQS TT: Great Family holiday projector

    The PIQS TT  ultra portable projector is ideal for travelling because it automatically adjusts the screen size and shape depending on where your target surface is. Meaning no tricky set up, just put-down-and-play with an automatic 100" HD image wherever you are.  Don't settle for the tiny hotel TV this summer, watch the world cup at an immersive, atmospheric size with this wifi LED projector.

    The interactive remote makes scrolling through your apps and content super simple, easy for everyone to game, draw or present with. Ideal for feeling like a sky sports pundit when you use your cursor on screen as games unfold.

    As a smart projector the PIQS TT can become a smartphone projector easily and connect wirelessly to apple and android devices without any extra devices. Android products will not need any other wifi networks in order to connect so if you've got a Samsung for example its a simple wifi connection. Otherwise just use your hotel or site wifi for the apple connection. If you're completely out in the wilderness you can always use an apple HDMI to lightening adaptor.

    This Pico Projector weighs in at only 570g, making it extremely portable and ideal for travel, especially with its impressive built-in battery that has a 3 hour lifespan in Eco Mode.

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus: Best Portable Projector 2018

    Crowned the Best portable projector by Techadvisor this year the Pico Genie M550 Plus Short Throw portable projector is a portable powerhouse designed for maximum versatility.

    You can project in semi bright conditions and indoors at a massive 650 ansi lumens even whilst using the 3 hour in built battery. That means you can watch the Russia 2018 world cup in HD (720p) indoor and outdoor wherever you are with this LED portable projector.

    And if space is tight in your hotel, caravan or tent the M550's shorter throw means you get a larger image at smaller distances when compared to other portable projectors on the market.

  • Android projectors: The smart solution from the living room to the conference room

    At home and at work we limit ourselves to the small screen yet its true that size is everything. We want our devices to be as small as possible but our images as large as possible so what’s the solution to capture all that content in one box?

    TVs, laptops and computers with set top boxes and dongles are stalwarts of modern life but they are big and bulky and limited to 60 inch images and phones and tablets are limited to 8 – 13 inch screens. There is however a better way to view your content and your work in a one-box big-screen solution that fits in your bag and offers an enormous 120” (3 metre diagonal) HD image. Meet the Android-powered Pico Genie M550 Plus.

    Having an Android OS onboard means the projector can utilise apps to edit your documents, browse the web and more, all easily achieved with its wireless keyboard/mouse. This computing power allows the M550 to download Play Store apps without an external piece of hardware, offering access to a vast network of subscription services, business apps and gaming features all in one box.

    Apple users, do not despair, you can still use the powerful Pico Genie for Wireless mirroring too, projecting all your IOS devices at HD quality up to 2 metres wide.

    So how does the Pico Genie M550 Plus compare to a traditional TV plus set top box and how can it work for your business/home?

    TV versus Projector: Portability and Usability

    Weighing in at a tiny 895g the projector and projecting at 120 inches the projector clearly wins the portability round, and with no extra boxes required to stream content and an internal 3 hour battery you can take your viewing experience anywhere. Movie night doesn’t have to be an indoor event after all.

    With its wireless compatibility, small size and android functionality you won’t even be chained to a separate device or conference room, project anywhere, even in daylight thanks to a brightness of 650 lumens.

    Usability is also great on the Pico Genie M550 Plus with a supplied high quality portable keyboard/mouse for typing in all that content or wifi network codes. It also comes with a radio remote control for standard use.

    Home TV/Web Content

    Skygo can be played back via the VGA port if connected to a laptop which is quite unique for a portable device.

    The Google Play Store offers apps for subscription services like Netflix, NowTV and PrimeVideo without another box or dongle in sight. Some smart TVs include a selection of these apps of course but often don’t have a Google Play app store.

    You still can’t get the big screen experience in one portable unit from a smart TV.

    Unlike some TVs, Showreel and Kodi can be downloaded directly onto the projector proving a more cinematic big screen experience than the average TV.

    Business content: Easy Big Screen Sharing in Meetings

    For businesses the full might of the Google Play store can be accessed via the M550 Plus, downloading apps like Salesforce to view your objectives and targets in big screen clarity, ideal for teamwork and project management.

    Large conferences are made easier with an android projector, scrap the bulky monitors/TV’s and you could get a 2 metre wide HD projection for easier, more user friendly meetings.

    Remote desktops, presentations, and time management apps are all catered for within the Google Play Store, ready to be downloaded onto the projector’s 3GB internal memory and available to use whenever and wherever you require.

    The verdict

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus is the smarter choice with limitless portability and the big screen in a small package. The android operating system and extensive connectivity all combine for a one box solution that can take you from movie night to Monday meetings.

    Spec in Brief: Pico Genie M550 Plus

    - Built in Android OS/Play store so you can download your favourite Apps directly to your projector

    - 650 lumens LED HD on battery or mains power

    - Short throw gives you an 80" image just 2m from your wall or screen

    - Wireless keyboard for easy use

    - Wireless mirroring to smartphones/tablets via DLNA/Miracast

    - Wireless connection to Laptops/MacBooks via DLNA (share images and videos)

    - Up to 3 hours battery life at 650 lumens (13500mAh/3.7V)

    - Radio controlled remote

    - Auto Keystone correction +/- 40 degrees

    - Powerbank- charge your iPhone/Android device via the projector

    - HDMI Powered (for dongle power such as Chromecast negates need to plug into 2nd power supply)

    - FULL SPEC visit www.picogenie.com or click here for the pdf

  • Portable Projector Deals Compared: Optoma ML330 versus Qumi Q3, Q6 and Pico Genie M550 Plus

    The Optoma ML330 portable mini projector has had a number or projector reviews and here is quick comparison of the closest alternatives to this handheld projector - See Table Below for full comparison of all the key features of the new Vivitek Qumi Q3 Plus, the Qumi Q6 and the Pico Genie M550 Plus.

    All these LED DLP portable projectors are priced between £399 and £599 inc vat and are all classed as personal projectors so are light weight and ultra portable unlike the projectors of old.

    The next most important aspect is the lumens and these 4 models range from 500, 650 and 800 lumens.

    Obviously there is always a trade off between price versus lumens, battery power, connectivity, Android OS and other features like short throw and the accessories it comes with.

    Increasingly Android operating systems (OS) onboard are becoming more popular and thats not just for the ability to watch a plethero of entertainment like Netflix, Youtube or iPlayer but also for business or education apps such as PDF readers, powerpoint or anything else that you wish to download from Android Play store.

    Bear in mind that Android 4.4 is the very latest OS on the TV box/Projector market and it is slightly different to what you might be used to on your mobile phone but largely you do get a lot of the same apps.

    Also dont be put off by the Android OS if you are an Apple user since all of these projectors work with Apple too and you can wirelessly mirror your ipad, iphone or macbook with all of these models. We always recommend using the wired connection wherever possible as wireless can be hit and miss depending on so many different factors but based on user feedback the Pico Genie M550 Plus seems to tick all the boxes for ease of use on its myriad of wired and wireless options.

    Overall, if you are looking for the cheapest option that ticks most of the boxes then the Vivitek Q3 comes highly recommended.

    The Qumi Q6 Plus should not be forgotten as its still currently one of the best projectors in terms of price versus high lumens so if all you need is a simple projector without a battery and with the best brightness then the Q6 is a good option.

    The Optoma ML330 has a couple of unique features with an RJ45 connection for Ethernet connections if you want to hardwire your router to your projector for streaming and it also has a purpose built carry case.

    The new Optoma mini projector therefore sits in the mid range but doesnt offer the internal battery and is more expensive than the Vivitek Qumi Q3 which has the same features as the ML330. When comparing the ML330 to the Vivitek Q6, the latter offers an extra 300 lumens for only £36 more which is a huge difference so the Qumi Q6 would be the preferable choice.

    And if you still cant decide and just want every possible feature in one small box then the Pico Genie M550 Plus is the obvious ultra portable choice in this range with powerful speakers, short throw, a 3 hour battery and high brightness at 650 lumens with older and newer connection options such as VGA or HDMI and a more user friendly Android and wireless experience.

    Feature Vivitek Qumi Q3+ Optoma ML330 Vivitek Qumi Q6 black Pico Genie M550 Plus
    Price (inc vat) £399 £449 £485 £599
    Lumens 500 500 800 650
    Battery (mains/rechargeable) 2 hours No No 3 hours
    HD 720p 720p 720p 720p
    Short Throw (larger image) No No No Yes
    Android Yes v4.2 Yes v4.4 No Yes v4.4
    Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer etc Apps Yes Yes No Yes
    Keyboard / Mouse No No No Yes
    Remote control type Standard Standard Standard Advanced Radio Remote
    Keystone correction Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Wifi, Wireless, Mirroring Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Bluetooth Yes Yes No Yes
    LED Yes Yes Yes Yes
    3D Ready No Yes Yes Yes
    MS Office Apps / PDF Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Speakers 2w 2w 2w 3w
  • Best New LED Portable Projectors This Christmas: Qumi Q3 Plus vs M550 Plus Comparison

    If you're looking for an affordable portable HD LED projector this Christmas (or maybe you're hoping for one to appear under the tree!), there are two excellent options on the market that can do it all. Whether you're looking to give the gift of an unbeatable home cinema set up or you want an ultra-portable solution for business presentations, Vivitek's Qumi Q3 Plus and Pico Genie's M550 Plus should be on your radar. But how do they stack up against one another?

    Battery Life

    When you're after a truly portable projector for the festive season, you really want something with a lengthy battery life so you can take it anywhere and set up without having to worry about power. The Q3 Plus boasts an impressive 2 hour battery life with 8,000 mAh at 500 Lumens, which means it's perfect for even the lengthiest presentation or meeting. The M550 Plus goes one step further though, with a mighty 3 hour battery life and 13,500 mAh (that's three episodes of Game Of Thrones!), putting it in a class of its own when compared with any other portable projector on the market. So both projectors are great to handle any meeting, lecture, presentation or just binge watching loads of TV/Movies.

    Brightness/Image

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    The other key factor to consider when taking your projector out and about is brightness (or lumens) as you never know what kind of light conditions you'll be projecting in. Blackout curtains are always nice but they're not always available, which is why both of these projectors pack a great spec in terms of brightness, resolution and contrast. Coupled with incredible DLP chip systems they provide a clear image even in brightly-lit or sunlit rooms.

    The Q3 Plus clocks in at 500 Lumens, which is usually more than enough to project a crisp HD image in normal light conditions up  to 150 inches in size, making it ideal for classrooms or business meetings. It also has a high contrast ratio of 5000:1 which will really help your colours pop!

    The M550 Plus has an impressive 650 Lumens, really making it the ultimate all-rounder that can be used anywhere, anytime for anything. Also, it can project up to a 200 inch image, big enough for any purpose which puts the M550 Plus top of its class in its price bracket!

    Shorter Throw Projection

    The M550 Plus has a trick up its sleeve when it comes to projecting a clear image: it's a shorter throw projector meaning you can get a much bigger image even when it sits close to your wall or screen (or whatever you're projecting onto).

    At Christmas time, your living room can become a little crowded, so you may not always have 5 metres of clear space to project a big image. The M550 Plus doesn't need anywhere near as much space to project a large, clear image, so it's the much more practical option for everyday use particularly when you're projecting in a busy front room or meeting room!

    Check out the video below to see this in action.

    Sound

    A good sound system can be just as important as a clear image, whether you want a booming home cinema setup or an effective presentation tool. The Q3 Plus has onboard 2w speakers, meaning it sounds great in any environment. The M550 Plus goes one step further with its onboard 3w speakers. Both projectors offer wireless audio connectivity to external speakers but the M550 Plus also has a 3.5mm jack and supports 2.0 Stereo sound so you can hook it up to external sound systems for wireless or wired sound with amazing clarity.

    Ease of Use and Access

    So, both projectors offer a host of amazing features, but how easy are they to use?

    Both projectors are a doddle thanks to their Android OS, and The Q3 Plus comes with a remote control and you can download apps for iOS and Android mirroring, meaning you can mirror your smart devices onto a huge screen.

    However, if you need to access lots of files and apps quickly, the M550 Plus has a bit of a party piece for you: it comes with a wireless keyboard as well as a remote, so it couldn't be easier to flick through important files or search for your favourite TV shows on apps like Netflix, which comes pre-installed on both devices! 

    If that wasn't enough, the M550 Plus also has wireless mirroring for iOS and Android straight out of the box, making it one of the most easy-to-use projectors on the market today.

    What's In The Box

    With the Q3 Plus, you get;

    A Qumi Q3 Plus projector, remote control, power lead, HDMI cable

    With the M550 Plus, you get:

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

    Overall

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

    Both of these projectors have every feature you could want from a portable projector, and there's a lot to love about both of them. They both have Android OS and 8GB of storage for saving files or downloading apps. They also both offer a range of audio and visual wireless connectivity options.

    The Q3 Plus is an amazing portable projector that packs an incredible punch for a device just 28mm thick. At just £429 inc VAT, it's also the ideal option for anyone looking for a versatile and highly portable projector on a budget. It's very bright at 500 Lumens, offers a wealth of connectivity options and has 8GB of storage for preloading files and apps onto it for PC-free viewing, while its 2-hour battery life means you can watch most films or a football match on it without worrying about where the plug socket is. You can even wirelessly hook it up to your sound system to create that big-screen cinema feel at home in your living room.

    The M550 Plus is a little more at £599.99 inc VAT, but for that extra money you get a world leader in portable projectors that is the ultimate in flexibility, ease of use and is future-proofed and able to work with any device, anytime, anywhere. Never worry about having enough space in your living room again with its shorter throw projection, allowing you to get a huge screen just a couple of feet away from your screen. It's bright enough for almost anywhere at 650 Lumens, has 8GB of storage which you can use to store files (and get to them quicker than before using the keyboard) and its 3-hour battery life means you can even watch Lord Of The Rings on it without hooking it up to the power (well, almost!). It offers an amazing range of features which makes it fit for any purpose, including a great wireless keyboard & mouse for easy browsing, and it comes with wireless mirroring for iOS and Android as standard, so there's no need to download any mirroring apps to use it with your smart devices.

    Take a look at the video below to see all the great features of both projectors in action!

    Comparison Video

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