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Bank Transfer (preferred method):
If you wish to pay by bank transfer select at the Payment Info page “Bank Transfer/Invoice” instead of “credit card”. We accept bank transfers from all countries however please ensure if you are paying overseas that you ensure all the bank payment charges are paid at your end as we cannot ship goods without the full payment. This is our preferred method of payment. Any customers using the Faster Payments system in the UK can transfer funds in less than 2 hours and most transactions will appear immediately in our account from major banks such as:-
As soon you submit your order we will email you further details on how to pay by bank transfer.
We regret that we do not accept Money Orders from Western Union etc.
PayPal is no longer accepted unless ordering via our eBay store.
Next day delivery is normally guarnateed if the order is placed on our site before 4pm. Please also note that:
Orders for ViewSonic, Casio, Aiptek & Optoma can be place up until 3:30pm for possible next day delivery. It is still advisable to order before 2:30pm to guarantee next day delivery. If you wish to place an order after 2:30pm and want next day delivery, please phone Personal Projector to find out more information.
Pico (battery), Ultra Portable and Portable Pro are terms used to differentiate between the different ranges of portable projectors on the market.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in those ranges, or you’re looking for something a bit different, check out the ‘Other projectors’ range which also includes lamp based projectors.
More info on brightness.
Our product comparison feature is very helpful and simple to use. Follow this step by step guide.
1. Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network or 3G/4G Access Point.
2. Open the "eHomeMediaCenter" App on the Pico Genie M550 and click "Media Player"
3. On your Laptop/Mac, right click an image/video you would like to stream to the projector select "Play to" and then "eHomeCinemaCenter".
4. The content should now be displayed through the projector. To display a different file, simply repeat step 3.
Take a look at the videos on the product pages (at the bottom of the description of most products) and you can see how good the quality is of each product in terms of brightness, connectivity, usability, storage etc. As a rough guide the more you pay the brighter the projector is and the higher quality the lumens are and the larger the projector is however they are nearly all designed to be ultra portable.
Remember there is always a trade off between size and image quality/brightness so the smallest projectors such as the pico range go up to around 50 lumens of brightness and are ultra light and portable whilst the Ultra Portable range goes to about 1000 lumens and the portable pro range goes to 3000 lumens which is more than bright enough for almost any indoor situation and brighter than many traditional bulb ie non LED projectors.
In terms of the number of people we would recommend presenting to with each type of projector we would suggest as a very rough guide (although these numbers can increase depending if video or text is being shown):-
Most of our protable projectors with inbuilt battery will last for up to 2 hours. However the latest Pico Genie M550 inbuilt battery can last up to 3 hours.
Consumers, businesses or travellers wishing to watch photos, videos, or presentations on a big screen. Or anyone wanting to enlarge the small screen on a mobile device such as a laptop, iPad/iPod/iPhone, smart phone, games console (Wii, PS4, Xbox One, PC etc), PDA or other electronic device. Great for sharing with friends, colleagues, clients…
Currently, most of our portable projectors are exclusively available online. We do however attend numerous exhibitions throughout the year such as BETT Show and Gadget Show Live so keep your eyes peeled as we usually take stock to these events. If you require any further information about the product then let us know, our team are experts in portable projectors so should be able to guide you to the most suitable projector.
Powerpoint presentations can be projected from the onboard memory of a pico projector by saving as .jpg (though some models support .ppt such as Pico Genie M550 or Vivitek Qumi Q6). However we’ve been looking into other approaches in order to get the best results for business users other than the standard methods such as via AV, VGA or USB. Read on to find out more...
One method is by creating a video of your powerpoint files using free software called EM Free Powerpoint Video Converter which is readily available online. This software makes it quick and easy to convert even for multiple files at once from not only ppt to jpg, bmp etc but also to video formats!
Once converted, just save the video, e.g as a WMV or AVI, to the projector’s memory. You can then use the ppt video, simply pausing to stop/start the slides/video. Its also worth making your font sizes bigger and using a bolder black text to improve it even further.
Alternatively you can even:
The Screencast software is a good and very quick file conversion solution. You can download it here.
Other software customers have also used Handbrake software as an alternative although this is not something we have tested ourselves.
For presentations we would not advise using the Pico Play as it is more of a novelty projector than a professional one. Instead, we would recommend the Adapt 305 which has both SD card capability and onboard memory which also provides freedom from the laptop. It is much brighter than the Pico Play (45 lumens as opposed to 8). We advise that for best results the Adapt 305 is used in controlled lighting conditions (e.g lights dimmed, blinds down).
Using the remote:
For mirroring via a cable you will always need a Digital AV adapter and a HDMI cable or Apple TV! Depending on the model and type of device you have, there are currently 2 cable (wired) options available:
The Adapt 305 easily connects to your laptop via the VGA cable. The optimum combination/order in which you connect and power on the devices is as follows:
Simply connect using a standard HDMI cable. More info available from Microsoft, here. Please note that a Component HD AV Cable is not compatible. The HDMI makes connection even easier, with Playstation 3/4 you may need to change the settings in the menu or use a specific boot up sequence to change from VGA / composite to HDMI output, for more information we recommend looking at the Playstation guide on connecting via HDMI before you attempt connection.
Our pico projectors are very popular with artists. See our blog on projectors in art here. These are the models we would suggest:
This projector is the world's brightest pico projector for its size with inbuilt rechargeable battery and such a wide range of connections. At 650 lumens it is perfect for using to project outlines or images to draw over.
No lamps – LED light source means there are no bulbs to replace so you save a fortune on bulb replacements which can be up to £400 every year
Continual Optimum Resolution – lamp projectors can often experience deterioration in colour, brightness from day 1 whereas LED projectors ensure even several thousand hours usage you’re still getting crisp bright images
No Maintenance – there are no maintenance costs on LED projectors and no dust filters to replace
Greener product – there is no mercury inside LED projectors which means these products are easier to dispose of and are much more environmentally friendly
Instant on/off – no hanging around for the bulb to warm up or cool down and no risk of damaging the “bulb“ when turning off too quickly so ideal if travelling
Extra Features – even entry level LED projectors generally have a huge array of features not usually available on lamp projectors such as:
Find out more about image quality of LED projectors here
We accept payment by invoice for schools, local authorities etc. To process your order you will need to add your goods to the shopping cart and then choose Bank Transfer / Invoice option at the Payment Information Page. In this way you will not need to pay until you receive the goods. As soon as you receive the goods please pay by bank transfer as per the invoice. After placing the order online please email us (see contact menu above) or fax to 0871 218 5074 with your Purchase Order Number and details. Your goods will not be processed until we receive the order online and the appropriate purchase order.
Find out how to connect your projector to a Mac by checking out our dedicated blog here.
Click Here for more information on support for any of the 3M pocket projectors including the 3M MP180.
For user guides and manuals for the range of 3M pocket projectors click here.
Check that you have connected the mains cable to the correct port on the projector and that you have not accidentally connected it to the AV or earphone socket.
Also try disconnecting the battery and re-inserting it.
Finally, ensure that you charge it for 3 hours before its first use.
During December (due to the Xmas period) couriers are unable to guarantee that timed deliveries will arrive within the allocated time period but will endeavour to do so as close to it as possible. I.e. if you require a next day delivery, pick next day pre-12 delivery, or if you want next day pre-12 delivery, pick next day pre-10.30.
UK - We offer fast delivery worldwide including a range of timed delivery options in the UK including before 12pm and before 10.30am as well as Next Day (before 6pm). Orders placed before 4pm are normally guaranteed to be delivered within these delivery times (unless otherwise stated). If after 4pm please call us on 0845 121 8800 or email us as on some models its possible to still deliver even up to 5pm.
International - All goods are shipped from the UK. Our warehouse is situated next to Birmingham airport to ensure the fastest delivery speeds possible.
EU (including Channel Islands) - 2-5 working days
USA/Canada - 3-5 working days
Rest of the world - 3-7 working days.
We can also offer quotes for faster international deliveries on request. Please use our contact form or call us on 0845 121 8800 for a bespoke quote.
To work out your import duties / taxes for international orders we suggest that you use the link below to get an idea as to what they will be:
DISCLAIMER: This is a 3rd party source for information purposes only, we recommend that you seek definite costing before placing an order. We are not liable for an discrepencies between the price provided from above and your own calculation and cannot be held responsible for any resulting assumptions, costs or figures.
If you want to mirror eactly what you see on your device's screen, for example; you're projecting a piece of software to an audience in order to explain its uses, then there are a couple of requirements to be fulfilled.
For mirroring via a cable you will always need a Digital AV adapter and a HDMI cable or Apple TV/equivalent dongle! Depending on the model and type of device you have, there are currently 2 cable (wired) options available:
- Apple have restricted mirroring from devices below the iPad2 & iPhone 4, so if you have an iPod touch/iPad 1, you will be unable to mirror the screen. However, there are many ways around this, you can use conversion software (like some that is suggested on this website, we like zamzars) to create alternative file formats for demonstration.
When choosing an LED portable projector, one of the most important factors to consider isimage quality. Often this is judged on brightness (lumens) alone, but it is crucial that other related specification details are evaluated too. For example, we assess contrast ratio, resolution, DLP capability, lens type, design/build and independent reviews – all in addition to the projector’s luminosity. For example, the Pico Genie P100 appears similar to some other projectors yet the image quality it provides is far superior due to excellent build quality and features such as DLP.
Based on matrixes of information for each of our products, we have ranked our current products according to the image quality - see the link below. This allows you to conveniently compare the image quality of our portable projectors. Please note that the following ranking reflects image quality alone and does not reflect other features such as size and connectivity.
Click here to see the list
Find out about our 'compare projectors' facility here, which you may also find useful.
To view the PDF manual for the Pico Genie P100 LED mini projector please click here
you will need the following to get a 3D image from your Vivitek Qumi projector:
The above information plus DLP setup information is available at: http://myqumi.com/technology.php#3D
Before we can issue a VAT refund for an order dispatched to a BFPO address which is within the EU, UK VAT legislation requires us to obtain a "certificate of entitlement" confirming that the items have been dispatched to, and received by, a qualifying body or person as set out in paragraph 14.2 of HM Revenue and Customs Notice 725 dated December 2009. Personal Projector Ltd will accept a copy of the order receipt which is dispatched with the item(s), signed and stamped by the head or acting head of the embassy, high commission, consulate, visiting force contingent or international organisation, with evidence of the official status of the signatory.
For goods which are dispatched to BFPO customers in Cyprus or Germany Personal Projector Ltd requires a certificate from the person placing the order, uniquely identifying the supply for which relief is claimed, and claiming entitlement as follows:
Personal Projector Ltd requires this certificate in accordance with Section 14 of HM Revenue and Customs Notice 725 dated December 2009. If this certificate isn't supplied, Personal Projector Ltd cannot make a refund. Please send the stamped receipt or certificate, quoting all the qualifying order numbers for which VAT has not been refunded to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for our postal address
Make sure WiFi settings under Configure set to Auto Assign IP not Manually Assign
The Qumi Q3 has a Google Play Store app so you can browse the android app store. The Q3 is only compatible with android version 4.2 and so does not have access to the full google play range of apps.
If you are looking to connect your Pico Genie M400 to a device wirelessly and have the additional (optional) wireless dongle for the Pico Genie M400 projector then read this instruction document to help set up and project.
Although there is no official lumen rating for the Philips Screeneo short-throw LED projector, we estimate that the actual rating is around 600/700 lumens of brightness. However as it is a short-throw projector and is placed closer to the wall its effective brightness is equivalent to that of a 1,500 / 2,000 lumen projector. These are not official figures and are estimations only.
Throw ratio is 1.6
From 1m away you will get a 31" image
Please check Microsoft's official guide on this (click HERE). Generally, most projectors can be used with a Surface Pro however you will need to ensure you have the correct adapter for the MiniDisplay Port on your Surface Pro. Consult Microsoft's guide for more information.
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Please use the following document to view trouble shooting issues on the Pico Genie M550 Plus. This includes How To Videos on connecting your Ipad, Iphone, Macbook, Laptop and using Happycast. It also contains Apps for Happy Cast, AirPin and TV File manager used to access USB and SD cards in the projector. - M550 Plus Troubleshooting Guide
The operating temperature is -10~45℃, and non-operating temperature is -25~70℃.
The Pico Genie M550 Plus has the native aspect ratio of 16:10, if you would like to change this you will have to use the XB Player as the other players do not support it.
If your Qumi Q38 projector will not turn you may need to press and hold the power button on the unit itself (not on the remote) for 10 seconds and release. Also if on battery power try connecting to the mains cable first and then switching it on using the power button on the device. You can also try to reset the project via the settings menu and this can resolve some issues but be aware this will erase wifi settings and any other settings you have entered including file history.
Have you removed the plastic packaging strip covering the front of the lens? Pull the strip off and it will allow the projector to work and focus normally. You can also turn the auto focus off and use manual focus in the settings menu. Please refer to the manual for this.