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  • Outdoor Projection: Create an Outdoor Cinema

    Try something new this summer and experience an outdoor cinema with friends and family. Whether you are looking to project movies or just watch the game on the big screen either in the garden or camping, we have you covered with every screen and projector option to suit every budget.

    Use a projector for multiple applications other than just for outdoors such as creating a home cinema entertainment system on the big screen, gaming, zoom, work and more.

    Read more to find out tips and tricks on maximising your outdoor cinema experience. See recommendations below for ultra portable projectors, bright lamp based projectors and screens.

    Tips & Tricks for Projecting Outdoors

    Projecting outside during the day can be tricky as the sunlight can fade images just like on a TV, however there are plenty of solutions to help maximise the viewing experience. Here are just some below:

    • - Using a gazebo / canopy is a great way to block off direct sunlight and stop the projected image fading
    • - Use an Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screen with a high gain to increase the brightness (some ALR screens are only suitable with UST projectors, please check that your projector is compatible with the screen).
    • - Use a portable projector in a tent and enjoy a memorable camping trip.
    • - Alternatively, project in the shade where the sun isn’t facing

    Other safety tips for projecting outdoors:

    • - Projecting outdoors can be cold, especially at night, be sure to bring blankets, covers or electric heaters to keep you comfortable and warm whilst you enjoy the movie.
    • - Always remember to keep the projectors away from any water, turn off sprinklers and move drinks away from the projector.
    • - Don't forget an extension lead to plug in your devices outside, preferably waterproof to avoid any damages.
    • - Remember to bring the equipment indoors at night and keep in a safe place.
    • - Keep cables out of the way, save any accidents and secure them down.

    Outdoor Projection

    Creating Your Outdoor Cinema

    When creating an outdoor cinema choosing the right projector and screen for your setup is critical. We have selected a range of options from high powered lamp projectors, portable LED projectors to a range of outdoor screens to suit every budget.

    These will work in shaded areas during the day, at dusk or at night, providing glorious images up to 120" that will transport you  into the movie or the game.

    High Brightness Lamp / Laser Based Projectors

    These projectors are ideal for projecting outdoors with their high brightness. There is a trade off between lamp projectors and portable projectors. Portable projectors offer portability, wireless connectivity, LED light source, android and built in battery whereas lamp based projectors generally speaking only offer high brightness, without all these other features, and are mains powered so an extension cable may be needed.

    Bear in mind when reviewing lumens on Amazon or Ebay lumens are often quoted at 6 to 20 times the real ansi lumen figure so be sure to compare like with like. For example, some of the 4000 - 5000 ansi lumen models below would equate to 100,000 lumens using the marketing lumens method of comparison!

    Key Features

    Benq TK810* Acer P5330W Acer H6531BD Acer P6200

    Acer X118HP

    Brightness (Ansi Lumens)

    3200 4500 3500 5000

    4000

    Resolution

    4K UHD HD Full HD 1080p XGA

    SVGA

    Native Aspect Ratio

    16:9 16:10
    (16:9, 4:3 supported)
    16:9
    (4:3 supported)
    4:3
    (16:9 supported)

    4:3
    (16:9 supported)

    Speakers 5watt 16watt 3Watt 2x10watt

    3watt

    Input Connections x2 HDMI
    x1 RS232
    USB
    x2 HDMI
    x2 VGA
    USB
    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    USB
    x2 HDMI
    x2 VGA
    USB

    x1 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    USB

    Audio In / Out

    3.5mm Out 3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm  In / Out

    3.5mm  In / Out

    Waterproof

    No No No No

    No

    Operating System

    No No No No

    No

    Battery Life

    Mains Only Mains Only Mains Only Mains Only

    Mains Only

    Weight (kg)

    4.2 2.73 2.6 4.5

    2.8

    Dimensions ( H x Wx D - cm)

    38 x 12.7 x 26.3 10.3 x 31.5 x 21.4 9 x 32 x 23 11.6 x 36.9 x 29.4

    11.3 x 313 x 24

    Price inc vat

    £1,140.00 £588.00 £465.00 £865.00

    £319.99

    * = The BenQ TK10 features a built in operating system with apps to stream movies directly from the projector.

    Key Features CHiQ A5U Vivitek DW763Z-UST Hitachi CP-X5550

    Eiki EK-510U

    Brightness (Ansi Lumens)

    2,500 4,000 5,800

    7,000

    Resolution

    4K UHD HD HD

    Full HD

    Native Aspect Ratio

    16:9
    (4:3 supported)
    16:10 4:3
    (16:9 supported)

    16:10

    Speakers

    Total: 45watt 10watt 2x5watt

    10watt

    Input Connections

    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x2 USB
    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x1 RS232
    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x1 USB

    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x1 USB

    Audio In / Out

    3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm In / Out

    3.5mm In / Out

    Waterproof

    No No No

    No

    Operating System

    Yes No No

    No

    Battery Life

    Mains only Mains only Mains only

    Mains only

    Weight (kg)

    9.3 10.5 6.9

    10.3

    Dimensions (cm) 48 x 17.15 50.9 x 39 x 14.5 46 x 13 x 33.4

    47.4 x 17.9 x 41.2

    Price inc vat

    £2,595.00 £1,199.99 £835

    £3,400

    Luxury All-In-One Projector, Speaker, Screen Bundle

    Chiq A5U 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector & Screen Bundle - From £2,955.00

    Whilst a 2500 ANSI lumen projector may not be the first choice for an outdoor projector, the CHiQ A5U is worth considering due to its separate high powered speakers and highly understated lumens. The A5U has the equivalent brightness of some other manufacturers whose stated advertised lumens are 4,000 - 5,500 ansi lumens so don't be put off by the low advertised ansi lumens. Bear in mind when reviewing lumens on Amazon or Ebay lumens are often quoted at 6 to 20 times the real ansi lumen figure so be sure to compare like with like.

    In addition,  using the A5U with an ALR screen drastically reduces any ambient light issues making it a great high end home cinema for indoors or outdoors.

    It's also worth considering the CHiQ E5F36 which is an alternative high brightness 3600 ansi lumen laser UST projector with Full HD at a much lower price.

    The all-in-one A5U bundle can be easily setup by placing the A5U on a table and projecting on to the mounted ALR screen. Its separate 40 watt designer speakers provide amazing quality sound even when outdoors. The screen can be mounted on most surfaces including a fence, shed or wall and can be unhooked quickly and be flat packed away for easy storage.

    Note: None of the screens are waterproof.

    Ultra short throw (UST) projectors like the A5U only work with fixed frame screens, these can either be standard fixed frame or ALR screens.

    Portable: All-In-One Projectors

    Portable projectors are not as bright as lamp based projectors but have more features such as built in battery, android operating system, wireless connectivity and more.  However there will be plenty of projectors on Amazon claiming to be much brighter than they actually are by 6 to 20 times the true figure!

    Portable projectors are a perfect all-in-one solution when projecting at night, in a tent / gazebo or in the shade.

    All the portable models all have standard TRIPOD MOUNTS on the base of the projector so you can put them on a mini tripod eg on a table or on a large floor standing tripod. You can also simply mount them on any flat surface but the tripods help angle the projector onto the screen and are a well worth while accessory to invest in. £14 - £29.

    Pico Genie Periscope PlusQumi Q8

    Key Features

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus 2.0 Benq GS2 Vivitek Qumi Z1H Vivitek Qumi Q8

    Acer C250i

    Brightness (Ansi Lumens)

    200 500 300 1000

    300

    Resolution

    480p HD HD Full HD

    Full HD

    Native Aspect Ratio

    4:3 (16:9 supported) 16:9 16:9 16:9

    16:9

    Speakers

    3watt Deep Bass 2x4watt 2x5watt 2watt

    5watt

    Input Connections x1 HDMI
    x1 MicroSD
    x1 USB
    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB-C
    x1 USB
    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB-C
    x1 USB
    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB

    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB-C
    x1 MicroSD
    x1 Wireless Kit

    Audio In / Out

    3.5mm Out 3.5mm Out 3.5mm Out 3.5mm Out

    3.5mm Out

    Waterproof

    No Splash & Drop Proof No No

    No

    Operating System Yes Yes No No

    No

    Battery Life

    Up to 3hrs Up to 3hrs Up to 6hrs Mains only

    Up to 5hrs

    Weight (kg)

    0.9 1.6 0.66 0.5

    0.77

    Dimensions ( H x Wx D - cm) 15.8 - 19 x 5 13.9 x 14.4 x 13.9 8.8 x 8.8 x 13.7 19 x 11.4 x 4.3

    9.8 x 9.8 x 16.8

    Price inc vat

    £225.00 £584.40 £489 £829

    £405

    Outdoor  / Indoor Screen Options:

    Choose from a range of projector screens for use both indoors and outdoors. Options include fixed frame, portable, easy setup or even Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) to reduce sunlight.

    Note, none of these screens are waterproof and will need to be taken down at the first site of rain however they can be used indoors and outdoors.

    Here are some useful screens for outdoor use

    • Inflatable Screens (140")
    • Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) Screens (Fixed frame flat packed)
    • Fixed Frame
    • Wall / ceiling screens ideal to fix on a wall or shed
    • Portable Screens (tripod, fast fold from 80" to 140")

    Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) Screens for use with UST Projectors

    With new ambient light rejection technology, create a more impressive and brighter image in daylight conditions. ALR material is designed to reflect the projected image, promoting the deep black levels and vibrant colours while absorbing the ambient light to prevent the image from fading.

    Please note, some ALR screens only work with ultra short throw projectors although it is possible to have ALR for non UST models so it is important to take advice first. Please contact us via email, live chat or by phone.

    There are two separate options for ambient light rejection screens to be used outdoors.

    CHiQ 100” S-CK100 ALR Screen

    100" Ambient Light Rejection Screen

    With CHiQs advanced material technology, the S-CK series offers a screen gain of 0.8 while enhancing the image contrast by 20 times making it perfect for brighter areas whether that be your garden, shed or lounge.

     

    See more ALR/CLR screens here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/accessories-screens/screens/alr-screens.html 

    Inflatable 140" Outdoor Projection Screen

    The inflatable 140" projection screen is the ideal screen for your outdoor cinema. This packs down to a manageable size and once fully set up delivers a monster 140" viewable screen size.

    Setting up this portable inflatable screen is simple. Simply use the included pump to inflate the screen in seconds and attach the screen fabric which can be front (standard) or rear projection (optional) !

    See the video below to see how fast this huge outdoor projector screen inflates.

    Portable Screens

    We have a wide choice of screen options for indoor and outdoor use that divide into fast fold screens with flight cases that go from 80" to 140", alternatively we have 80" lightweight tripod projector screens.

    Huge Portable Screen 4m wide

    When using lightweight projector screens such as the 80" Tripod Screen, it is recommended using tent pegs, sandbags or rope tensioner to keep the screen safely in place.

    Tripod Screen

    Electric / Manual Pull Down Screens

    These wall or ceiling mounted screens fix with ease to a shed, wall or fence panel. They are designed for indoor use so as with all screens its essential to make sure they can be quickly removed in case the weather changes.

    Projector & Screen Bundles for Outdoors / Home Cinema:

    Save time and look at these outdoor projection bundles from the link below:

    https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=outdoor

    If you require any more help choosing the right product, please contact us by email, phone or live chat.

    Personal Projector Ltd, 01924 589 589, enquiries@personalprojector.co.uk

  • Keeping Fit Using An Ultra Portable Projector

    Want to stay healthy while on lockdown?

    Whether its Yoga or Cycling try workout videos from YouTube or TV workouts. View directly on the projector with its built in TV and App Store or view from USB/SD card or mirror from phone, tablet or laptop.

    Take the big screen anywhere with an ultra portable projector. See recommended below:

    Pico Genie Polar – This unit is currently on sale and is now only £339 saving you £50. See Polar here: https://bit.ly/38QavxF

    Key Features: 500 Ansi Lumens, HD 720p, 2 hour in built battery life (can be used on mains), Screen mirroring, Operating system on board (use apps from the projector), Bluetooth and WiFi, Robust design – great for travelling.
    AND MORE…

    Pico Genie Polar

    Pico Genie Periscope. See Periscopes here: https://bit.ly/2TtswND

    Key Features: 200 Ansi Lumens, Unique swivel lens for ceiling and wall projection, 3 hour in built battery life (can be used on mains), Screen mirroring , Operating system on board (use apps from the projector), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, Range of connectivity options, Deep bass speakers.
    AND MORE…

    Acer C250i Projector – Newly released portable projector with a battery that lasts up to 5 hours. See C250i here: https://bit.ly/34H43s8

    Key Features: 300 Ansi Lumens, Full HD Resolution, Up to 5 Hour in built battery life (can be used on mains), Screen mirroring, Powerful Speakers, Auto-Portrait Technology.
    AND MORE…

    See the full range of ultra portable projectors here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/projectors/all-products-142/ultra-portable.html

  • Ideas to Help Maintain Social Distancing Using Portable Projectors

    We understand how much pressure education organisations are under at the moment and think you are doing a great job on the front line, we wish you all the best and hope you are safe.

    Here are some ideas to help with the social distancing requirements whilst carrying out your new roles.

    If you have an ultra portable projector already, you may find it useful during the crisis for:
    • -Staff / head teachers: Reduce eye strain & increase productivity if working from home with a bigger screen. Use apps like ZOOM to facetime with colleagues
    • -Social Distancing is made easier via the portable projector’s bigger screen instead of using small ipad screens
    • -Back up screen or laptop all in one
      • Create a big screen in any room where there maybe no projector / panel
      • Downloading apps directly onto the projector itself (no laptop required)
    • -E-learning on a bigger screen
    • -Entertainment – movies can be played in any room or in lockdown zones
    • -Incredible portability with mains and battery powered projectors
    • -Wireless / wired connection to laptop, phone or ipad

    Staying Connected

    Working on a bigger screen enables simpler video conferencing. See everyone on one screen and keeping connected with your colleagues while reducing eye strain.

    Keeping Pupils Active & Entertained

    Perfect for projecting in alternative spaces where there maybe no current projector to support social distancing and keeping pupils further apart.

    As schools are providing child care rather than lesson based care these projectors are great for movies and gaming.

    As these projectors are battery operated as well as mains, they can be used almost anywhere.

    Multi-Purpose - Use More Than Once

    Useful after the crisis for everything from a backup projector to projecting artwork or even digital signage or displays.
    These projectors have their own operating system enabling them to work independently like a PC without external devices such as a laptop, phone or tablet.

    Portable Projectors: For Remote Working / Back-up

    Connect ipads, laptops or even mobile phones and create much larger screens: Benefit from less eye strain and easier for sharing on a big screen, making it more akin to a whiteboard or panel but from a small pocket device.

    Pico Genie Polar (Robust, Ultra Portable And Great Value)

    Nice bright HD image, extensive wireless connectivity to almost any device and an unrivalled feature list.
    Screen Mirroring, Android OS, 500 ansi lumens, tiny, Wi-Fi, Battery.
    Pico Genie Polar

     

    Vivitek Qumi Q3+ (Best Combination Of Size And Power)

    The perfect pocket projector for field trips or sports halls, the Q3 Plus is a powerful 500 lumens with a 2 hour battery.

    Use its many features - such as Android OS with downloadable apps and WiFi - to energise your lessons no matter where they're held!

    Qumi Q3

    Pico Genie Periscope (Perfect For Art / Special Needs)

    Project images from as small as a stamp and up to 120".
    View images on the wall or ceiling with one simple twist of the lens ideal for special needs and art.

    Screen Mirroring, Android OS, 200 ansi lumens, tiny, Wi-Fi, Battery.

    Online classroom tools / apps

    Working on a much bigger screen at home will help massively with productivity and reducing eye strain when video conferencing teams, setting tasks, creating documents and marking work.
    Below are suggested a list of free apps and classroom tools below that may be of assistance to help share and collaborate with parents, teachers, pupils and staff.

    All of the apps can be downloaded onto any of the portable projectors below or simply screen mirrored from a laptop, tablet or phone to the big screen.

    Save up to £700 on projectors such as the Acer P8800 with these special offers.

  • Make Life Easier Working from home: All-In-One Projectors From £187

    You may be aware of the constantly changing situation regarding COVID-19 and with the UK now being on a partial lock down. We understand we are now in difficult times with the virus spreading faster and more and more people having to be isolated.

    Whether it is for work, keeping everyone entertained or for sharing media, now is a great time to start thinking about investing in portable or home cinema projector. Projectors have multiple purposes and will likely be used again and again rather than a one off item.

    Stay Connected With Each Other

    So you cant goto events or pubs but there is a lot of social activity online. This can be shared best on a large screen through virtual events like the app HOUSE PARTY.
    Apps like ZOOM have become incredibly popular for both WORK and SOCIAL with people wanting to connect with each other. Mutli screen face time options look great on the big screen with all your friends / colleagues on the same screen.

    Working From Home

    Can't get hold of a laptop or monitor and now working from home?
    Using a projector and working on a much bigger screen will massively help with productivity and reducing eye strain enabling you to complete work faster and relax. Most portable projectors such as: Pico Genie Polar, Vivitek Qumi Q3Plus or Pico Genie Periscope have their own operating system enabling them to work independently like a PC without external devices such as a laptop, phone or tablet.

    Keep Everyone Entertained

    Keep younger ones entertained anywhere in the house with an all-in-one portable projectorWatch movies, play YouTube videos etc, directly from the device. Alternatively, play games on a big screen from an Xbox, Playstation or console for a better gaming experience.

    With Cinemas like Cineworld, Vue and others closing until further notice, there has never been a better time to setup your own home cinema and enjoy movies and gaming from the comfort of your own living room.
    Project up to 150" screen sizes with high contrast and resolution for a true home cinema experience from a range of Home Cinema Projectors.

     

    Here is a top 10 list of movies to watch on Netflix directly from your projector while on lockdown:

    1. Spenser Confidential
    2. The Angry Birds Movie 2
    3. Space Jam
    4. Freaks
    5. Life As We Know It
    6. Kung Fu Panda 2
    7. Outbreak
    8. Valentine's Day
    9. He's Just Not That Into You
    10. Cop Out

    Keeping Fit

    Need to keep fit? Just because gyms have closed doesn't mean your workouts have to stop... Keep fit during the lock down, watch workout videos on a big screen from anywhere in the house.

    Save up to £700 on projectors such as the Acer P8800 with these special offers.

  • HUGE Projector Sale: Up to £897 Off - Save On Ultra Portable & 4K Home Cinema Projectors

    Get amazing savings on a range of ultra portable and home cinema projectors.

    Check out our new 4K Home Cinema Projectors and new Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screens for daylight viewing.

    Offers only available while stocks last.

    Our Best Discounted Products

    Bright, Portable, V+H Keystone Projector - Vivitek Qumi Q8 (SAVE £51)

    Experience home cinema or enjoy playing the latest games on the big screen anywhere at anytime.

    Uniquely Project from virtually anywhere in the room without any keystone distortion.

    A stunning all-round projector that gives crisp, clear Full HD images up to 120 inches in size, right from the palm of your hand!

    See Qumi range From £381

    Qumi Q8

    Unique Swivel Lens From £189 - Pico Genie Periscope (SAVE £60)

    The perfect travel companion or "other" room projector.Stunning design, great price. Watch images on the wall or ceiling with one simple twist of the lens.

    IOS / Android Screen Mirroring, Android OS, 200 ansi lumens, Tiny, Wi-Fi, Battery. Youtube, Netflix...

    Pico Genie Periscope

    Highest Quality Spec on a Budget - Pico Genie Polar (SAVE £35)

    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.

    Pico Genie Polar

    Best Value / Quality 4K Laser Home Cinema UST Projector - CHiQ B5U Projector (SAVE £153)

    Want to feel like you're going to the cinema every day?

    It doesn’t get better value or higher quality than this NEW CHiQ projector at almost half the price of rival models. A "TV- Killer" projector.

    Project a huge screen size up to 150” just inches from the wall.

    Bundle up with a new ALR screen designed for daytime viewing and enjoy bright, crisps colours whatever time of day! See bundle options.

    Comes with free Amazon Firestick.
    Offer ends 14th February 2020

    CHIQ B5U 4K Laser UST Projector

    Ultra Bright, 4K UHD Home Cinema Experience - Acer P8800 (SAVE £897)

    Once you’ve sat down with a 4K projector, you’ll never settle for less.

    Enjoy more realistic images through an expanded contrast ratio and color palette with HDR and Rec. 2020 compatibility.

    Project in a clarity unlike any other and give your content a brightness boost in crystal-clear 4K resolution.

    Comes with a 3 year warranty. Full money back if it breaks inside a year with Acer Reliability Promise

    P8800

  • 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.

    Q3 PIQS C200

    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.

    APEMAN
    ELEPHAS
    DR.Q
    ABOX
    YABER
    VANKYO
    GooDee
    AAXA Technologies
    ABIS
    BENEWY
    BIGASUO
    BOMAKER
    CAIWEI
    Nestling
    JIMTAB
    QKK
    TOUMEI
    Techstick
    VicTsing
    WiMiUS
    XuanPad
    YUHAN
    ZCGIOBN
    faersi
    weton
    COOAU
    Crosstour
    EUG
    Excelvan
    ARTLII
    Beamer King
    Blusmart
    Build Excellent
    Crenova
    CAIWAI
    DeepLee
    DIWUER
    DR Q / Dr K (changes its name regulary)
    EG Beaver
    ExquizOn
    FlylinkTech
    FUDISI Tech
    FUJSU
    GEARGO
    GOOBANG
    GP100 Video Projector
    HuiHeng
    iBacakys
    ICOCO
    Jinhoo
    Joyhero
    KUAK
    LESHP
    Milaga
    MTFY GP90
    Ohderii
    OUTAD
    Powerlead
    POYANK
    PRAVETTE
    SINOSAL
    Soggiv
    Tenker
    Teckepic
    TOPVISION
    TUREWELL
    THZY
    TOQIBO
    UNHO
    Uvistar
    Visoud
    Wemax One by Xiaomi
    WONNIE
    WISCLASS
    Xiaomi (Wemax 1)
    Yaufey
    Yokkao
    YONTEX

    VITAL PROJECTOR

    Luminos / Mini Projector Luminos

    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

  • 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 – £225

    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.

  • The New Qumi Z1H and Z1V Speaker Projector

    Welcome to the new breed of high quality speaker projectors, the Qumi Z1H Party Projector.

    While on the go, enjoy Great Sound Quality and Home Cinema Projection combined into one portable device!

    Qumi Z1H can project a screen size of up to 102'' at 300 lumen of brightness with HD720p resolution. Enables apps display or online streaming directly via WiFi to the projector, preload content on the 8Gb on-board storage, or directly mirror the content from mobile devices, or from the USB-C Display with compatible Android phones.

    Watch the Qumi Z1H Video Here:

    Qumi Z1H Video

    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. As it only weighs 660g, it is easy to take the Qumi projector to any event where an entertainment centre piece is needed.

    Features
    - Embedded battery last up to two hours autonomy with videos and six hours in speaker­mode
    - 2x5W Bluetooth speakers
    - PC ­Free multimedia reader via USB
    - LED lightsource lasts up to 30,000 hours

    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

    Vivitek Qumi Z1 Series Overview: Whats the difference between the Z1H and Z1V?

    Qumi Z1 Series

  • 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.

  • Party Ideas: The Best Projectors For Parties/Gatherings

    Got any parties or gatherings coming up and looking for a portable speaker? Why not get one with a projector built in!  Why not change things up and introduce an ultra portable projector with built-in speakers to the mix. Live stream from any phone, tablet or laptop and share your photos/videos on the wall or ceiling.

    With Built in android you can stream apps such as Netflix and YouTube directly from the projector, creating a new experience for you and your guests.

    Ultra Portable Projectors

    Choose from a range of ultra portable speaker projectors, which are perfect for parties or gatherings, from prices starting at only £199.99!

    The Pico Genie Periscope Speaker Projector - A new breed of hybrid projector combines great sound with stunning images. Rotate with one twist of the lens for easy wall or ceiling viewing.

    Pico Genie Periscope Speaker Projector

     

    The Vivitek Qumi Q38 Ultra Portable Projector – Deliver a Full HD 1080p (600 ansi Lumens) Experience from the palm of your hand.

    Vivitek Qumi Q38 Projector

     

     

     

     

     

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus Projector - This projector has a wide number of connectivity options and is a bright ultra portable shorter throw projector.

    Voted Best Portable Projector 2018 and 2019 (TechAdvisor)

    Pico Genie M550 Plus Projector

     

     

     

     

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