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Tag Archives: TV projector

  • The Wireless Projection Guide- What Are the Options And How Does It Work?

    Fed up of cables? Need more information about wireless projection? We'll explain the different wireless options along with the best and easiest way to connect your smart device at 100" seamlessly.

    Whether it's for home use, travel, business, education, gaming, entertainment or art, projecting your smart device wirelessly can make life a whole lot easier, see our full range of wireless projectors here.

    How does Full Wireless Mirroring work with a projector?

    This term is fairly self-explanatory and means your smart device (iPhone/Android Phone/Tablet etc) display can be fully mirrored through the projector wirelessly. Whatever is displayed through your device will be identical through the projector so what you see on one screen is what you get on the other screen.

    Apple call this AirPlay and Android call it Screen Mirroring / Quick Connect (amongst other terms). Some projectors have this function built in like the Pico Genie and Qumi ranges. Other projectors don't have this functionality, however a variety of dongles can be purchased to enable this feature.

     Wireless M550

    How does wireless mirroring work with a projector using an App?

    On either Android or iPhone you can download free Apps like Mira Cast and connect your smart device to the projector directly. Note: You will need to have the projector and your mobile device connected to the same Wi-Fi network in order for this to work.

    With your mobile device screen mirrored to your projector you can pretty much access everything from email, videos, the web, PowerPoint, music and much more. A great way to play your favourite mobile games full screen or for easy scrolling of your social medias.

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    What are the alternatives if my projector doesn't have built-in wireless?

    If your projector doesn't have wirelessly functionality built in, don't worry. You still have options to share your smart device wirelessly. There are a wide variety of methods of mirroring whether its using a cable or a wireless HDMI type dongle or system like Apple TV or Chromecast.

    Cables - The simplest and easiest way will be using a cable. For Android users this may include an MHL adaptor which must be purchased for the exact model of your handset so its advisable to purchase it from the manufacturer directly. For Apple users there are a variety of HDMI and VGA adaptors that connect HDMI or VGA cables directly to a iPhone or an iPad. There are lots of copies on the market for this type of cable so beware of cheap imitations. See Apple’s website for more details.

    Wireless dongles can be connected via USB or HDMI ports. This will allow your smart device to connect straight to the projector wirelessly. Using a wireless dongle is a great way for you to add wireless mirroring features to your current projector.

    Not all of the available dongles will work in the dame way. Some will come with both a transmitter and receiver and will need to be set up accordingly while others will need to connect to your Wi-Fi and transmit via your internet connection. Before purchasing a dongle it is best to check what devices you want to use it with, you can see our full range of wireless dongles here.

  • What Is The Difference Between DLNA, Miracast and AirPlay?

     

    The below table will highlight the key differences between DLNA, Miracast and AirPlay. This will help you in deciding which type of projector is best for your connection needs.

    AirPlay vs Miracast vs DLNA

    See our range of wireless projectors explained here.

    See the ultra compatible Pico Genie M550 here, capable of connecting to all of your smart devices wirelessly.

     

  • Going Away Camping This Summer?

     

     

     

     

     

    If you're planning on getting away this summer for a relaxing break but don't want to leave all modern creature comforts behind then a pico projector with easy viewing with TV, website/battery and apps built into the projector could be the perfect bare necessity to keep you entertained. The all-in-1 Pico Genie M550 comes with Android OS so you can download your favourite apps, up to 3 hours of battery life for ultra portability and 650 lumens of brightness for crystal clear images!

     

     

    Don't miss with Olympics whether you are camping or in a tropical villa or download the latest episode of Game of Thrones. The new Pico Genie M550 measures just 20 x 14.5 x 3.8cm and weighs just 900g so it won't take up much room in your luggage and has a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 3 hours. Connect it to your smartphone, tablet or laptop and you instantly have a portable media centre at your fingertips.

    Want to keep up to date with the latest Olympics results? Connect the M550 up to a Wi-Fi network or a 3G/4G hotspot and have all the sport you need at your fingertips. Simply open the App or webpage you need and off you go! With the inbuilt battery that lasts up to 3 hours you don't need mains power either.

    Easy Viewing with TV, Website and Apps Built into the projector

    Even better the M550 comes with a host of features ideal for taking away on holiday. The in-built Android interface lets you use it like a Smartphone and you can simply connect the projector to wifi or a 3G/4G hotspot and download or stream content directly to the projector. Watch everything from CatchUp TV, Netflix, Kodi, Show Reel, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime or your favourite collection of movies on a USB, you can play any content directly through the projector at up to 200". The projector becomes a TV projector!

    Mirror your Smartphone/Tablet Screen on the projector

    With the newly launched Pico Genie M550 you also have the advantage of being able to watch the content through your phone/tablet and run it straight through the projector.

    Take a look at the small but mighty Pico Genie M550:

    Pico Genie M550, Wireless LED HD Projector (650 lumens with battery / mains)

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    See the full range here http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/

     

  • Create your own big screen cinema with NETFLIX and Pico Projectors

    Great news for iPhone and Android users everywhere! NETFLIX now has an APP available to download that lets you stream DVD’s and TV Series’ through your Smartphone and other portable devices. If you love film and would like to watch content on the go then a Pico Projector could be for you. Instead of watching on a screen a couple of inches wide, project images at 80” from a Pico projector like the Pico Genie P100 or LumaFire M200, by simply connecting a HDMI or MHL cable from your device to the projector.

    Pico Genie P100 LED projectorLED projectors like the Pico Genie P100 with 2 hours of battery life are a great way to view content on the go, whether it be at work, in your hotel room, camping, Skiing, at a wedding or long car journeys, the possibilities are endless. What is unique about NETFLIX is that there are no restrictions on what content you can project, unlike the SKY GO APP for example.

    Energizer External BatteryAdd extra power with the Energizer XP8000 & XP18000 external battery packs for those extended journeys, even charge up to 3 devices at once!

    If you sign up to NETFLIX this September (2012) you will receive a FREE month trial of the NETFLIX service.

  • Which pocket projector should I buy? Adapt 305 Vs. 3M MPro150 Vs. Adapt 450

    There are many things you need to consider before purchasing a pocket or palm projector, as LED projectors are different from traditional projectors and offer a range of features. For more information also see our buying guide or glossary.

    We have created a handy comparison table featuring the three most popular products we sell; the Adapt 305, the Adapt 450 Pro and the 3m Mpro 150.  If you need expert advice please dont hesitate to contact Personal Projector team on  +44 (0)845 121 8800 or contact us

    Main differences

    3m Mpro 150

    Adapt 305

    Adapt 450  and 450 Pro

    Comments

    Main feature

    Ideal for Office files

    Worlds brightest pocket projector

    Worlds first with Digital TV (pro only)

    Price (£ ex vat)

    £274.99

    £299.99

    £416.17

    Brightness (lumens)

    15

    45

    100

    Screen size

    Up to 50 inches

    Up to 100 inches

    Up to 150 inches

    For best results use in a controlled lighting environment

    Internal memory

    1gb

    4gb

    No

    External memory

    Micro SD card

    Micro SD card

    SD Card, USB

    2gb Micro SD card is included with 3m Pro 150

    Pass through device

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Can connect to TV's, DVD's, Laptops, Games consoles (wii, xbox) and Phones with the video out function

    Internal speakers

    x2 0.5 watts

    x2 0.5 watts

    x2 watts

    Can be connected to external speakers

    International Plug

    Yes Yes

    UK only (adaptors available)

    Video formats

    PAL, NTSC, H.264;

    MPEG1,2,4 AVI 3G, WMV9, VC1, ASF, RM, RMVB, FLV

    MPEG1,2,4 AVI 3G, WMV9, VC1, ASF, RM, RMVB, FLV.

    Powerpoint files can be saved as jpg for Adapt models

    Image formats

    BMP, JPG

    JPEG, BMP,GIF

    JPEG, BMP,GIF

    3m Mpro 150 Works with Microsoft Office (ppt, word, excel);Adobe PDF

    Audio formats

    MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR

    MP3, WMA, WAV, APE, FLAC, AAC, AAC+,MPEG1,2,2.5

    MP3, WMA, WAV, APE, FLAC, AAC, AAC+,MPEG1,2,2.5.

    Battery

    up to 2 hours

    up to 2 hours

    External (pro only) battery up to 1.5 hrs

    External Battery available as option on Adapt 450 (standard on Pro model)

    Remote control

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Credit card sized

    Tripod

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Fits standard connection

    Resolution

    Native 640 x 480

    Supported up to

    1280 x 800 WXGA

    800 x 600 SVGA

    800 x 600 SVGA

    Aspect ratio

    4:3

    4:3

    4:3 and 16:9

    Contrast

    -

    400:1

    1000:1

    Weight

    160g

    190g

    550g

    Dimensions

    125(L) x60(W) x24(H)

    110(L) x60(W) x25(H)

    125(L) x115(W) x45(H)

    See videos on product specs for size comparisons

    It's also worth noting the benefits of all of the projectors:-

    - Fast boot. Switch projector on or off in less than 5 secs without risking bulb damage

    - Can Pass through a TV out: act as a pass through system for any electronic device with a video out or TV out (RCA yellow cables) which means you can project from portable DVD players, games consoles, mobile phones etc

    - Are Environmentally friendly: are far greener than older projectors with no need to replace expensive mercury bulbs, and have less power comsumption

    - Have lower total cost of ownership than older projectors as bulbs last significantly longer, with no need to worry about filters or dust.

    - Have a 1-2 hour battery life - great for when there is a powercut or no plug/powersource and means you don't have wires everywhere

    - Improve heath and safety by not having to carry around a heavy laptop and projector, and choose one lightweight unit instead.

    - Increase sharing of content (how many times have you listened to someone go through a presentation and just seen the back of the laptop/ mobile)

    Ultimately, all the products are incredible advances in micro projection and will help deliver the wow factor to whoever uses/sees them. Overall, the final choice of which pocket projector to buy has come down to:

    - If you're a business user often working heavily with PowerPoint and prefer to carry a laptop around then most users will need the 3m micro projector, it includes a handy zoom feature. However those who can't predict their lighting conditions might benefit from the extra brightness of the  Adapt 305 and be content with saving powerpoint files as jpg directly from ppt.

    - If you're either a consumer or business user wishing to "Project and
    Go" just about anywhere and do impromptu presentations, watch a video or playback photos then most users will prefer the Adapt 305. It can fit into your pocket, and with 4gb of onboard memory you won't need to carry around a laptop.

    - Users who need extra brightness than a pocket projector but dont want to carry around a heavy traditional bulb projector would would like the Adapt 450 Pro/Adapt 450 palm projector as it has a much larger screen size (150 inches) and includes 2x 2w speakers and offers the best connectivity options of any projector on the market. You also have the added benefit of Digital TV anywhere (Adapt 450 Pro)

    This post was written by Oliver. Want to talk to him? Do it here

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