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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

  • Sports projectors: T3's choices and the Best Alternatives

    If you're looking for the true big screen stadium feeling then there's no better entertainment system than a projector. All encompassing 100" visuals and vibrant colours are easily achievable, but which models should be looking for?

    T3 magazine's latest State Of The Art feature brings three projectors onto the pitch for a hat-trick of easy installation, great visuals and good value for money. We will go a step further and provide some super-sub alternatives eager to get off the bench.

    Optoma HD39Darbee Projector

    With plenty of easy to use buttons and wheels the Optoma HD39Darbee was T3's most usable with "winning selection of image presets" and "generous amount of vertical lens shift". So it's easy to set up.

    It also boasts Darbee processing power meaning it can handle fast motion on the "Hi-Def setting, team colours positively zing". Ideal for sports and gaming the Optoma HD39Darbee was crowned the winner of the three way contest- securing a 5 star Rating and a T3 Platinum award.

     

    Epson EH-LS100 Ultra Short Throw projector

    With a massive 4000 lumens T3 remarked the Epson had "class leading brightness" but also thought it was let down by its hefty 11kg weight and huge size. With Ultra Short throw you can get 100" images from mere centimetres from your target surface but if you'd rather not have this coffee table sized unit take centre stage then a traditional approach might be better.

     

    BenQ W1050 Home cinema Projector

    T3 felt the BenQ W1050 scored well on the value for money round, saying it fell into the "budget category but this model comes last in the test due it being noisy on full brightness and the supplied remote is awkward to use so other entry level alternatives may be more sought after.

     

    Our top alternative sports projectors: The Super Subs

    Acer W1600 Projector

    Ultra short projection means you can literally plonk a projector on any table and put it directly against the wall to project a cinema sized image. It has many advantages not least of which it means there is no trailing wires, electric cables to the ceiling and installing projector mounts, but it also means nobody can walk in front of the device.

    The styling is excellent with powerful inbuilt 10 watt speakers and the brightness is a huge 3,300 ansi lumens which is easily enough to view in daylight conditions. It handles fast moving images well too providing full HD.

    Acer P1502 Projector

    Everyone wants full HD but for under £600 you don't often get true native 1080p resolution, so to get that crisp HD image with a whopping 3400 ANSI lumens of brightness is a great deal. For £550 the Acer P10502 projector offers a full HD, bright and sharp image with colorboost technology for a massive 20,000:1 active contrast ratio. High end spec, entry level pricing.

     

    Casio XJ-L8300HN 4K DLP Projector

    The one thing the above projectors still lack though is the combination of everything in one box.  Imagine a combination of high brightness projection, ideal for even a bright room, coupled with ultra high definition 4k HDR and fast moving sports images. If you mix that with the added advantages of LED laser projection and zero maintenance with 30000 hour lamp life then the Casio XJ-L8300HN is the perfect alternative to the Epson, BenQ and Optoma offerings albeit in a larger size than the Benq.

    So if you want true-to-life visuals and you've got space to spare then the Casio XJ-L8300HN 4K DLP Projector is the ultimate in big screen entertainment. Able to operate at 60fps the Casio is ideal for fluid sports and with the stunning 4K resolution at 5000 Ansi lumens you're getting vividly realistic colours to bring the big game to your living room.

     

    Sourced from T3 magazine Article: State of the Art, Issue 282, 16/05/18

  • Should I Buy a Projector to Watch the World Cup?

    The World Cup 2018 is near and if you'd rather not trek to Russia for the real life experience, we can help you get that stadium feeling at home, with a portable projector. In short, a projector can give you the all-consuming, eye-popping, heart-pounding experience of being at the biggest tournament in the world. You can watch in glorious detail as 32 teams battle it out across Russia and England valiantly struggle to prove we are any good at football.

    So why not just choose a TV?

    A TV just can't compete with the all-consuming 200" visuals of a projector without spending a fortune, if you truly want the best experience for your money it has to be a projector. The massive screen sizes on offer are ideal for entertaining and creating a spectacle, so stop huddling around your small TV screen and upgrade to the size you actually want.

    I don't know what to look for in buying a Projector or Screen...

    Avoid the minefield and check out our buyers guide.

    Some projectors of course do come with some set up involved but its usually very simple and we can guide you through the process with no hassle.

    Whatever sizes you need on screens we can supply them all, we can provide any size you require, made to measure. Whether you're after entry or premium, fixed frame or tab tensioned, manual or electric we can help you choose it, buy it and get it set up. Just give us a call on 01924 589 589 or ask on the live chat.

    The Ultra-Portable Range: World Cup on the go

    If you're on the move during the competition or simply want to be able to take the captivating big screen experience with you wherever you are then an Ultra Portable projector is ideal for you. Connect up your smart devices and stream at 200" wherever you are!

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus Projector was recently crowned Techadvisor's best portable projector 2018 thanks to a 3 hour battery with a whopping 650 ansi lumens of brightness and short throw - ideal for big screen football in tight spaces.

    Vivitek's Qumi Q3+ DLP projector also offers high brightness in a small rechargeable package, boasting an impressive 500 ansi lumens brightness with in-built wifi and bluetooth.

    If you're wanting to feel like a football pundit for Russia 2018 and interact with your screen then try the PIQS TT LED Wifi projector. The 'virtual touch' remote lets you point and navigate to onscreen objects easily, even annotating and drawing within their in-built app.

    The Big screen Bundle: Entry Level

    Whether you want to get your pub ready for the World Cup or want to wow your guests with a slick home cinema set up we have the affordable projector bundle for you.

    UPDATE: The Acer P1385W has been replaced by Acer P1350W :  Including fully adjustable mount and robust 75" screen (152cm x 114cm) in 4:3 format this bundle takes the stress out of trying to create your own projection set up. At just under 3m away the Acer P1385W lamp projector will fill the 75" screen with ease, offering a ideal viewing area for large groups.

    All this for just £637.57  (Inc Vat).

     

     

  • Acer's New Affordable 4K Projectors Have Arrived: H6810 & V6810

    A 4K Home cinema projector is often seen as a decadent piece of kit but now with large 4K TVs routinely costing over £1500 for all the trimmings, why not get a larger image for less with a One Box Cinema Solution?

    The Acer V6810 and H6810 are Acer's answer to affordable 4K home cinema, starting around £1000 for glorious lifelike visuals and HDR clarity. So what else can you expect from this new range?

    Brightness and Usability

    Both Acer 4K projectors have over 2000 ANSI lumens (what are they?) which is enough to deal with any indoor lighting conditions. Having this level of brightness means the projectors can both be used in a more commercial setting, ideal for pubs and just in time for the world cup! You can watch your 4K content at any time of day in any conditions, just like a TV, and with the 4K enabled port on both projectors you can connect a 4k device directly for plug and play Ultra HD Cinema.

    Enabling the Silent Mode will introduce you to a immersive cinema feeling that you wouldn't normally get without heading out to Cineworld. With cinema size visuals, near-silent operation and the great value price these Acer 4K projectors offer that cinema feeling from the comfort of your sofa.

    Image Quality

    Acer's Dynamic Black technology brings those dark areas into sharp relief, giving depth to the shadows for a true-to-life visual experience.  The V6810 4k DLP projector also has the Acer ColorPurity features which enables it to enhance not just the blacks but the whole spectrum of rich RGB colours whilst reducing any rainbow effects.

    Installation

    Both 4K UHD Projectors offer 40 degree vertical keystone correction which is ideal for ceiling mounted projects. The installation of new lamps is also super simple thanks to the top loading feature, and with the various eco modes you can comfortably get 10,000 hours out of one lamp, adding to the great value.

    Conclusion

    Both the Acer V6810 and the H6810 represent some of the most affordable home cinema projectors on the market right now. Whether you're looking  for your very own cinema or just want a high quality, future-proof investment for your venue the Acer 6810 range would be ideal for you.

  • T3 Pico Projector round-up for March 2012

    3M CP45: ‘Hitting the slopes this season?’

    3M CP45 Camcorder Projector. Record your extreme sporting sessions and instantly project them back!

    Record

    3M’s new CP45 is great for capturing your extreme sporting adventures and projecting

    them back onto “a 65-inch wall in the lodge for après-ski appraisal by fellow dudes, brahs and gnarly bailers”
    3M’s new CP45 camcorder projector will record your gnarliest bails (do extreme sports types still say stuff like that?) in 720p HD and then throw them onto a 65-inch wall in the lodge for après-ski appraisail by fellow dudes, brahs and gnarly bailers. £250 from www.personalprojector.co.uk

    CES 2012 special: Turn your wall into a touchscreen with Microsoft PicoMagicYour wall is now a Touchscreen with Microsoft PicoMagic

    If you’re tired of “struggling through dull PowerPoint presentations” then the wait for an innovative, novel way to brighten them up may soon be over “courtesy of Microsoft’s PicoP Gen 2 HD laser display engine and PicoMagic Apps”. A combination of the two will allow 3D presentations & an interactive Touchscreen on any suitable wall space. “It’s also primed for gamers who want to get closer to the action” creating a world of new possibilities for interactive gaming.

    £TBC, out late 2012

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