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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.

    WE ALSO PROVIDE A LIST OF ALL THE GENUINE TRUSTWORTHY BRANDS IN THIS ARTICLE.

    Lumens Test: The biggest false description on Amazon

    The most important test is brightness so we compared the popular Pico Genie P55 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) 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.

    Video Showing a Genuine 500  - 650 Ansi Lumen Projectors

    [UPDATE DEC 2019] - the M550 has now been replaced by the M550 PLUS short throw projector.

    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 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).

    [UPDATE DEC 2019] - However not all Chinese manufacturers overstate their lumens for example there are some such as Changhong's CHiQ Brand which massively understate their lumens. See the video below to see how the CHiQ compares next to the Viewsonic X10-4K. It’s clear that the CHiQ Brand understates all specifications from lumens all the way to contrast ratio and offer very high quality products.

    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.

     Vivitek DH765Z Ultra Short Throw High Brightness Laser Projector

    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 EXACTLY 1.5m away from the wall as it will be out of focus.

    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 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) 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 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) 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 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) 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.

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    Beware Of Projector Brands Overstating their Specifications:

    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

    The Viewsonic X10-4K offers 2,400 lumens but as seen on the Video HERE - it compares to less than 1900 ansi lumens on a Chiq B5U projector.

    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

  • Gift Idea: Best Ultra Portable Travel Projector

    All I want for Christmas

    The Ultra Portable Pico Genie Polar Projector is the perfect gift for a special someone this Christmas. Take this on your travels and project anywhere!

    Pico Genie Polar

  • The Ultimate Travel Companion: Pico Genie Periscope PLUS Speaker Projector

    Check out the Ultimate Travel Companion! This is the perfect item to buy anyone or yourself this Christmas.

    Project anywhere with the Pico Genie Periscope Plus Speaker Projector.

    Key Features include:

    • Unique Rotating Lens for Easy Wall / Ceiling Projection
    • Android 6.0
    • Wireless + HDMI
    • SD, USB, Bluetooth 4, Wifi, Screen Mirroring IOS, Android
    • 200 lumens, LED, DLP
    • High Performance Speaker with deep base
    • 3 hour battery / Mains

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus Travel Projector

  • Early Black Friday and Cyber Monday Projector Deals 2019!

    Don’t wait around this year for Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals. Buy now and enjoy huge discounts with savings of up to £280 on a range of Home Cinema, Gaming/Sports, Ultra Portable Travel projectors and more!

    Buy now for Christmas and benefit from our extended returns policy until 3rd January 2020.

    These offers are only available whilst stock last and once they have gone they’re gone.

    Acer Predator Z650 Home Cinema Projector ideal for Sports, Movies and Gaming!

    With 2 pairs of 3D Glasses and a Carry Case included

    No longer be limited by room size! Place in any sized room and still achieve a huge screen size with the Z650s short throw feature allowing you to focus more and feel part of the action.

    Experience a true home cinema experience or enjoy playing the latest games such as the popular First Person Shooters: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Battlefield V on the big screen. Perfect for fast moving action or sports with fast refresh rates.

    WAS £995 – NOW ONLY £715

    Chiq B5U 4K UHD Ultra-Short Throw Laser Projector + Ambient Light Rejection Screen

    Want to feel like you're going to the cinema every day. Enjoy a bigger cinematic experience than even the largest TV.

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

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

    WAS £2,765 – NOW ONLY £2,565

    4K Laser Home Cinema Projector

    Pico Genie Polar Ultra Portable Projector

    Project anywhere at any time, the Pico Genie Polar is the ultimate travel essential. No Plug socket? No problem, the polar has a battery built in allowing you to project without being plugged in.

    Use the Android interface to download apps and watch TV, Netflix, Youtube etc or use for business or learning via apps such as Microsoft Office or download games.

    Alternatively wirelessly mirror your iPad or iPhone or Android tablet/phone on the big screen via airplay / screen mirroring / smart view.

    WAS £389 – NOW ONLY £348

    Pico Genie Polar

  • Experience The New Breed Of Portable Speaker Projectors

    Enjoy amazing sound quality when watching movies or listening to music with the new breed of portable speaker projectors! With projectors rapidly progressing in the visual department they have now started improving on the sound with high quality speakers being introduced into their models.

    The key differentiator with these new portable projectors is that they are much more capable of handling bass. This is really evident as soon as you pick up the projector, they feel really solid but not ultimately weighty so that they are still ultra portable.

    Prices for these projectors start at £199.

    Here are some of the latest releases of Speaker Projectors from Acer, Pico Genie and Vivitek.

    Android Portable Speaker Projectors

    Don't think just because it has Android on board that it won't connect to Apple devices. These projectors feature a screen mirroring function allowing you to connect to various devices such as IOS and Android Phones. Android on board gives the ability to use the projector like a computer which you can download apps directly to the projector.

    Pico Genie Periscope/PLUS Projector – From £199

    A portable speaker projector combining great sound with 3 Watts Deep Bass Stereo Speakers and stunning images in a tiny handheld cylinder that can rotate with one twist of the lens for easy wall or ceiling viewing. Use the periscope as a power bank to charge  your other devices.

    Pico Genie Periscope Portable Speaker Projector

    Wireless Portable Speaker Projectors

    Qumi Z1H & Qumi Z1V Projector – From £424

    The Qumi Z1 series offers a great image combined with two powerful speakers of 5W and a long lasting battery in an all-in-one, compact-sized unit which can be used as a power bank to charge your other devices.

    Project a screen size of up to 102” and display your favourite apps directly to the Qumi Z1H either using WiFi, Screen Mirroring, USB-C, HDMI or preload your content on the 8Gb on-board storage.

    Switch between the audio player and the projector with a simple press of a button.

    Reviews

    What Mobile (https://new.whatmobile.net/review-qumi-z1v-projector):

    “First impressions are the Z1V is a fantastic bit of tech that provides a decent sounding speaker that is lightweight but also provides very good quality images or video footage when projected. I also found it very useful that I could use it plugged in or wireless if I wanted to use it outside.”
    “…looks great a grey fabric cloth wrapped around makes look smart.”
    “…great for viewing pictures as well as video. The multimedia player in this device really gives you an extension to any mobile device you might have.”
    “So overall, it’s a great device that allows you to use USB-C, Micro SD slot and HDMI ports for you to use any of your devices to showcase your video, audio or pictures.”
    “What makes this even better is you get up to 30,000 hours via the LED light source meaning you can use this device time and time again. Another benefit of using this projector is how easy it is to use.”
    “…it’s a great product so if you invest in this it will continue to entertain over and over again. Now what I personally loved this device for was to streaming the recent Cricket World Cup outside for the whole family to watch outside in my garden.”

    Tech Buzz Ireland (https://techbuzzireland.com/2019/08/22/review-the-qumiz1-projector-my-new-favorite-gadget-tech-qumiz1-projector/)
    Great image/video quality across a variety of surfaces
    Easy to use and simple to get around the menu screen
    Excellent quality Bluetooth speaker with high volume and great portability

    Differences between the Z1H/Z1V

    Z1H Z1V
    300 Lumens 250 Lumens
    HD 720p 480p
    WiFi and Screen Mirroring on-board NO WiFi or Screen Mirroring Function
    USB-C Connectivity Option NO USB-C Connectivity Option
    £490 £423.60

     

    Qumi Z1H Portable Speaker Projector

    Acer B130i Portable Projector - £453.58

    Fill a room with sound, fun and colourful images with the B130i mini-cube projector and what you hear will be just as good as what you see with the powerful 3 watt stereo built-in speakers.

    Enjoy full-length feature films without recharging with up to 5 hours of renewable battery life. This device doubles up as a power bank so you can charge your smart devices on the go.

    Acer b130i Portable Speaker Projector

    If you are looking for a projector that packs a stronger sound, The Vivitek Qumi Z1 Series is the best option with its powerful 2x5 watt speakers. if you want something that is more affordable and still has great sound quality the Pico Genie Periscope is a great option.

  • Halloween Ideas: Stand out this Halloween with the 5-in-1 Pico Genie Periscope Projector

    There are thousands of projectors out there to choose from these days that could spruce up your Halloween or other events but which one will offer good value and not just get chucked in a draw after first use and what content could you put on it various events?

    Ivest in the 5 in 1 Pico Genie Periscope Projector and use it all year round for all kinds of events from Halloween to New Year or any kind of party / holiday.

    Halloween Projector - Pico Genie Periscope

    The Pico Genie Periscope Speaker Projector stands out for parties since its really portable but has amazing speakers but its so easy to just switch the projector from wall to ceiling with its rotating lens.

    Here are 5 events with just one projector that are ideal for use with the Periscope to ensure you get your money's worth!

    Halloween –Have the house that really stands out in the neighbourhood this Halloween. Create holograms of ghosts, ghouls, goblins and project them on to windows, doorway or walls, to give your house a spooky look. To create these holographic images all you need is a dark room and some opaque sheeting (scrim, mosquito netting or material from your local fabric shop).

    See this idea being implemented on the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Ghost Walk by here 

    Halloween Projector Being Used

    Find a collection of Halloween visuals on YouTube for free here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmjxXhSd6rKQJ5JkNvHjXiskOXCP_a0zD

    Bonfire Night – Make bonfire night even more exciting for you and the young ones by projecting videos of indoor or outdoor fireworks on to any wall or ceiling with the Periscope’s unique rotating lens.

    Find a collection of Firework visuals on YouTube for free here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=firework+visuals

    Christmas – Make Christmas even more special this year by sharing the millions of photos / video you took this year and projecting them on to the wall or ceiling of your home.  Take photos of the party and project them live onto the wall or simply project Happy Christmas Messages

    Christmas Projector FX

    New Year – Use the built-in speaker on the Pico Genie Periscope to liven up this New Year’s Party with music. Make the party even better by projecting fireworks, scrolling banners or images of special memories onto any surface.

    LED Banner Messages Apps

    Birthdays – Use the Periscope to project embarrassing photos of the birthday boy/girl or project a scrollable Happy Birthday banner while using the built-in speaker to play birthday music.

    With the Pico Genie Periscope you can use the projector throughout the year for many other things such as:

    • Travelling or camping – Keep yourself entertained on your adventures and use the Periscope to project movies or videos anywhere.
    • Gaming on-the-go – Use the Periscope Plus to project your favourite games on to the wall with HDMI using any gaming console.
    • Home Cinema – Enjoy the perfect movie night on the big screen, use the periscope to project movies and programs. With built-in android you can stream Netflix, YouTube and more directly from the projector.

    Gaming Projector

    Travel Projector

  • 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.

  • New Reliable Travel Projector with Great features and Accessibility!

    Pico Genie Polar LED Portable Projector

    The new Pico Genie Polar is a great value for money high end rugged portable projector with extensive connectivity and an easy to use interface which puts the Pico Genie Polar projector at the forefront of the top projectors for 2019.  It has every feature you could ever need in a portable projector for almost any application and is from a trusted British brand of pico projectors.

    Its interface is easy to use and it has a very appealing design with a hard wearing metal shell making it the perfect travel companion for long journeys.

    The technical team at Pico Genie said “We understand that when people purchase a projector it’s hard to differentiate between all the products out there so the team have focused on a good image that can be seen without drawing the curtains, without compromising the great build quality”.

    Pico Genie Polar

    Whilst the Polar comes in at the mid tier price range, the abundance of features, specs and the high quality design make it great value for money.

    The Polar also comes with a solid metal lens cap which not only enhances the look but also gives you confidence your lens is well protected.

    The Polar projector is expected to be a popular draw for people looking for projecting on the go. With its Android operating system built-in, the projector transforms into a mini PC which can be controlled by a separate wireless keyboard and easily connected to IOS or Windows too.

    Download apps, watch TV or streaming services such as Netflix and even play games, essentially turning your projector into its own multimedia system. Great for storing all of your content and files in one place, with the Polar you can take your favourite TV series with you anywhere. For the more business minded its also a great solution for presentations.

    You won’t be disappointed with image quality with this LED projector boasting 500 ansi lumens and 720p native HD resolution with DLP meaning you won’t buy it and find you can’t see it on the wall.

    Pico Genie Polar

    If you cannot be without your mobile phone or tablet then the Polar is a great choice for you with its social networking options. The Polar allows you to connect wirelessly to your mobile device (laptop, tablet or phone) for screen mirroring. Want to display that embarrassing photo you took of your friend at 100”? No problem!

    The versatility of the Polar’s connections doesn’t stop there, with USB-in, HDMI-in, Mini VGA/AV, x2 USB slots, 3D and an SD card slot ready to receive your content.

    Overall the Pico Genie Polar is a great all round solid projector that’s fit for any application at a great price and is sure to be one of the best projectors of 2019.

    See the Polar in action below!

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  • New All In One Innovative Portable Speaker with Built-In Projector!

    New Innovative product works as a portable speaker and projector all in one device!

    Pico Genie Periscope / Periscope Plus LED Ultra Portable Speaker Projector

    A new breed of hybrid projector combines great sound with stunning images in a tiny handheld cylinder that can rotate with one twist of the lens for easy wall or ceiling viewing.

    The technical team at Pico Genie said, “we wanted to launch a new kind of portable speaker that didn’t compromise on the quality of design, projection or sound. Too often with hybrid devices you can end up with the worst of both worlds instead of the best of both worlds.”

    Pico Genie Periscope

    From the look and feel of the Pico Genie Periscope range you can tell straight away no compromise has been made on the design and build. It looks and feels amazing. It has a very solid sturdy feel to it like a high quality Bose portable speaker and it doesn’t disappoint on the visuals either. It even offers connection to external speakers for extra confidence.

    The Periscope product is expected to be very popular with those looking for good sound and visuals on-the-go, whether its business users needing to do a presentation or consumers wanting to watch TV on-the-go with good sound, as well those looking to relax and project content onto the ceiling (in the bedroom or for parties/events and more) with its simple unique rotating lens.

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus

    Whilst its not the cheapest projector on the market, it does offer amazing value when you consider you are getting both a high quality speaker and projector in one tiny device. Its not the type of projector you buy only to find out that you cant see or hear it and end up having to return it which sadly is a common problem in the pico industry.

    There are two versions of the Pico Genie Periscope projector. The silver version, is the standard wireless model with Android 5.1 and full wireless mirroring, whilst the black PLUS version includes an HDMI port as well as Android 6.0.

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus

    Its suitable for viewing a wide array of content including films, TV, games and documents either through its own internal storage or via wireless and wired connection (Plus version).

    You can use the Android OS to download various Apps such as Netflix, Youtube and Amazon Prime perfect for catching up on your favourite shows when out and about. Alternatively use it like a PC and download apps like PowerPoint, Word, Excel etc for business presentations.

    If you can’t get enough of your mobile phone or tablet then the Pico Genie Periscope will be your ideal companion, allowing you to wirelessly connect to phones, laptops and tablets and project your screen up to 100”. Great for super scrolling through your social feeds or for a larger than life video call. The Periscope has great connectivity including USB-in and SD card slots and the new Periscope Plus model comes with HDMI-in (far more useful than the recent trend of HDMI-out) for even greater versatility.

    Overall the Pico Genie Periscope / Plus is a solid high-performance portable speaker-projector hybrid product at an affordable price which looks and feels amazing.

    Watch it in action in the video below!

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