Retailing for $299 the Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector is small but produces a good picture for it’s size, and is simple to set up and use. The rechargeable battery pack is built-in and it delivers two hours of device function. The unit can also charge other devices by means of the USB port. Two HDMI adapters and a short HMDI cable are included with the product.
The best aspect of the Brookstone HDMI Projector is it’s design. It is quite compact measuring in at 0.89″ x 3.8″ and weighing around 8 ounces, it takes up a little more space than your mobile. As it’s name suggests, it can in fact fit in your pocket. It also strikes a sleek figure with it’s glossy, dark grey facade (it’s a fingerprint magnet for sure).
There is an auxiliary input on the back you can use to charge your smartphone. Additionally, the two 1-watt speakers produce an adequate sound, but not enough to move a crowd. The HDMI port allows you to connect the unit to any HDMI-output. Televisions, blue-ray players, laptops and the like can easily output here.
Of course, with Apple devices you need to purchase the Digital AV adapter which moves the price upwards by about $50.
You’ll notice on the bottom of the device that there is a threaded hole that enables you to mount the projector to a tripod. The focus ring on the left side of the device isn’t that accurate, but once you get used to it you can get a clear picture. It also includes a nylon bag that keeps fingerprints off of it, but otherwise provides no protection from drops or being crushed.
The Brookstone HDMI Projector keeps it simple; it has a basic set of features and is easy to operate. There are only two buttons that control on and off, and focus. You can only set the device to ‘presentation’ or ‘standard’ mode. You can adjust the volume, but as the built-in sound quality is quite low it makes sense to keep it at 100 percent.
Unfortunately there is no utility to play video files or cycle through photos from built-in flash media. With this device you always need something extra, as there are no slots for memory cards. That there is also no Wi-Fi means that you can’t access any channels or get your files directly from online storage.
As far as the picture itself is concerned, the device claims 1080p but that is reduced to slightly better than DVD quality. While that is not a big deal all things considered, you expect to see an HD quality just because of their claim. The device projects a bright enough image so that you can view images in a slightly dimmed room with no problem. It should be mentioned that the size of the projection has an effect on the quality of the picture you are going to be watching.
All in all, it’s one of the better units out there in it’s class, but there are still some reservations. It’s size and battery life seem to make it a fit for watching movies and entertainment, however the fact that it lacks memory slots takes something away. Still, the size and simple functionality alone make it worth having even if you probably want a little more for the price.