Contents
Limitations and Conclusion
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Mobile Presentation
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85 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$299 MSRP

Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector: A Display of Versatility

Laura Clinton, October 26, 2012

Limitations

Although this projector has made my television obsolete, it does contain three flaws that need to be addressed. Once again, I have come face to face with my nemesis, the focus wheel. Nothing is worse than getting your projector perfectly placed for a movie or presentation only to have to fumble with the focus wheel. At times, it acts as more of a distraction than a convenience. Another issue is the lack of a remote control. When using it in my home, I have to use a tripod or shelf to elevate it to an aesthetically pleasing level. Even with the touch sensitive volume and mode adjustment, it is a pain to free myself from my Snuggie simply to turn up the sound. Finally, the projector contains only one HDMI cable input, which means you must constantly plug and unplug your plethora of devices or purchase additional hardware.

Conclusion

Brookstone and Texas Instruments have once again raised the bar in the world of pico projectors. Although this device would never serve as a dedicated projector in the home of a videophile, it is merely a matter of time until pico projectors become contenders in the arena of home entertainment. Since multi-tasking has become a part of our culture, many of us demand the same usefulness from our electronics. I am willing to spend $300 on a projector that not only provides a great visual display, but also tags along with me to a formal presentation. The Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector is not simply an accessory; it is the main attraction.

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Reader Comments(54 comments)

Posted Feb 5, 2014 3:45:36 PM

By nick

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I thought this projector was going to be good compared to few others but doing some basic research theres really nothing much to this one. Theres no extra features and its pretty expensive compare to some others. The aaxa has an onboard media player and looks just as bright according to some video reviews. The battery charger thing is ok, but in no way justices the price for it. Just my opinion.

Posted Jan 7, 2014 9:55:52 AM

By Steve Thompson

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I have a Brookstone Pocket Projector Slim hooked to my MacBook Pro. I cannot get the slides to focus and there is no way that images could be projected up to 60" diagonal as claimed. Any ideas????

Posted Jan 1, 2014 9:20:23 AM

By Kate

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How did you get your PS3 to work with the projector? When we hook ours up it shows no signal. We have not had any issues with using it with the xbox or with the ipad. Any suggestions? Thanks

Posted Dec 10, 2013 3:34:18 PM

By Hannah

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Hi there I have the brookstone pocket projector slim and I have been trying to connect it to my directly into my playstation 3 using the hdmi to hdmi cable and when I plug it in it says no signal can you please help me with how to connect it I would appreciate it.

Posted Dec 4, 2013 3:07:46 PM

By Billywilly

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I came across this at the Brookstone store the other day and I almost had an impulse buy. I liked the 2 hr battery that also acts as a portable battery for other devices but for the price I've seen a few other projectors that are cheaper with better projection quality like the AAXA P4-x.

Anyone have any advice about this?

Posted Dec 4, 2013 6:36:44 AM

By Chants

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I would like a small projector to watch movies and review my photos in my bedroom using my iPhone and laptop. Some people have commented that there phone doesn't work and some say it does.

Please help

Posted Nov 28, 2013 12:08:30 AM

By Jeremy

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Hey Guys,

I am very interested in this projector and had some questions for owners.

The main desired use for this is to take with me hiking. The only issue is I would like to have about 4 hours of user. Has anyone been success in recharging this device from something like a new trent external battery charger?

Thanks

Jeremy

Posted Nov 5, 2013 12:40:20 AM

By Tyler wood

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I highly recommend this projector!!!! I use my ps3 to game and stream netflix. I play gta 5 with amazing HD. I actually made an entire home entertainment theater out of this projector. When it says it produces a 60' projection that is[expletive deleted] I have mine at 110 inches. I am getting a cox cable box soon so I can have a Super Bowl party. This is definitely the cheapest Hd projecotor that deserves more recognition for its brilliance. It is the best purchase I have ever made.

Posted Oct 9, 2013 6:24:44 PM

By Tricia

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I have an iphone 5, and it works fine with this projector. However, it sometimes doesn't receive a signal. I'm not sure why. I had it connected to a laptop to test it out--it worked fine. But, then when I connected it again (at a different venue, but same cords and machinery) it wouldn't get the signal! FRUSTRATION!

Posted Sep 25, 2013 1:16:17 PM

By Mike

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That's bull, iPhone 5 doesn't have 30pin port. It has lightning

Posted Sep 1, 2013 12:45:25 PM

By John miller

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Mine works just fine with my iphone 5. In fact with LTE it's like I have a truly portable home theater. Best on the fly projector by far!!! Make sure you use the correct audio/video adapter to have the projector work with your phone. Do your research!

Posted Aug 18, 2013 2:52:09 PM

By Melissa

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I was very disappointed the pocket projector did not work with my iphone5 even I tried it with lighting to 30pin adaptor. FYI didn't work so I returned the projector to brookstone. Such disappointed. No it won't work with iphone5!!

Posted Jul 22, 2013 3:24:22 PM

By Minky21

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My projector does not have the appropriate charger, is there a way to charge the projector on a different device?

Posted Jul 17, 2013 11:37:53 AM

By Mike

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With my Sony cam corder and someone else reports the same problem with Nikon cameras, the real blue colors and combinations are replaced with red color and viceversa. I had my money back after tried other devices . All of theme had the same problem..... :( see You !

Posted Jul 16, 2013 9:27:27 PM

By Mike

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I bought 1 today. This evening I tried it with my camera Sony HDR-XR520V And I noted It has the same problem someone Has as well. How did Someone solve it? I will try to contact Brookstone.......

Posted Jul 15, 2013 6:11:18 AM

By Brad

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Does this projector work with the iPhone 5 or the original iPad ?

Posted Jul 14, 2013 7:26:09 AM

By Bob

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I bought one and I love it. It works great with my PC because my PC has an HDMI out. I have a netbook without an HDMI out so the projector is useless with that device. Wonderfully clear, bright picture.

Posted Jun 29, 2013 4:57:33 PM

By Jim

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I have the ATT version of the S3 and have not had a problem outputting to the projector. It may be your adaptor. The S3 is very sensitive to which HDMI adaptor you are using. I bought a couple from Amazon - cheap ones - that didn't work or worked only when the stars were in the right placement. I broke down and bought the Samsung branded one. That one works all the time. Also, the power supply - USB port - on the projector does not have enough power to run the Samsung HDMI adaptor. The adaptor needs over 1100 ma and the output is only ~800ma. Use your Samsung supply or even a more powerful one - 2000 ma works great.

Posted Jun 15, 2013 4:31:08 PM

By Virgilio Paredes

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I just bought a Brookstone HDMI Pocket Proyect...its Works with all the devices I have except with my Samsung galaxy s3 cel phone. I have the adapter and I have the cable to charge it at the same time . But I still have no sígnal . Can someone help? Thanks

Posted May 30, 2013 6:23:23 PM

By kirk

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I get no signal with my Samsung 7 pad...was told it would work...ordered a hdmi adaptor and nothing....called store and they didn't know what to do...if they can't make it work I will not shop at Brookstone again.

Posted May 17, 2013 12:49:11 PM

By Jen

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I have the same problem with a Sony camera.

Posted Apr 17, 2013 4:07:44 PM

By Mary

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What is the minimum distance for this projector to be focused?

Posted Apr 14, 2013 8:46:54 AM

By jason

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I am interested in buying a projector to use to present a live image onstage. I am a magician and would like to project the image of my hands above a table top onto a screen. A few questions. I have an android phone. Can you project live video footage from this. Maybe put into film mode? Could I hook this into a video camera instead to show live footage? Also I heard that you can use this projector in a bright room and still have decent results.

Posted Apr 10, 2013 4:08:56 PM

By Smoke

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My projector works fine on my iPhone4 when I use Netflix I get video and Audio,but when I try to use YouTube I only get audio no video can somebody please help me.

Posted Mar 27, 2013 7:52:45 PM

By Valerie

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I just bought the projector and it does not recognize my computer. even doing f7 not working. I bought a vga to hdmi caable and nothing is working even on my cell phone.

PLease help.

Posted Mar 6, 2013 9:19:30 AM

By Julio Harcha

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Its fine for ipad 2 and iphone 4, with Ipad mini doesn't work. My problem is that with samsung camera and panasonic video camera the colors red and blue iare changed. Someone has an explanation?

Posted Mar 4, 2013 3:15:04 PM

By Eric Diaz

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On iPhones other than the 5, once you attach to the adapter, go into Settings, then General and you will see a TV Out option appear magically. You can then see your video. On the iPhone 5 there is no TV Out and you will have to fork over the money for a lightning to HDMI out adapter at Apple. Both work fine even on iPads.

Posted Feb 26, 2013 12:36:21 AM

By stefan

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Does this projector work good with a ps3??

Posted Feb 7, 2013 7:01:42 AM

By Hank

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I have ipad2 and recieve a comment that my iPad doesnt support this device. I have also bought the adapter for hmi to my iPad 2, please advise

Posted Jan 29, 2013 4:16:59 PM

By Justin

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This works perfectly with both iPhone 5 and iPad 3. Double click the home button, slide all the way to the left and make sure the output is selected to hdmi / attached device. It's been simple and does work!

Also, as for a 60" picture... I've run movies and TV shows on a wall at about 120" and it still looks great and focuses well. I love this product far more than the dedicate iPhone projector which only worked when both iPhone and projector were fully charged.

Posted Jan 29, 2013 4:05:44 PM

By Justin

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This works perfectly with both iPhone 5 and iPad 3. Double click the home button, slide all the way to the left and make sure the output is selected to hdmi / attached device. It's been simple and does work!

Also, as for a 60" picture... I've run movies and TV shows on a wall at about 120" and it still looks great and focuses well. I love this product far more than the dedicate iPhone projector which only worked when both iPhone and projector were fully charged.

Posted Jan 10, 2013 1:06:41 AM

By Marsha

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Does it work with iPad Mini?

Posted Jan 9, 2013 9:02:43 AM

By jack

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CAN NOT GET THE PRIJECTOR TO WORK WITH THE FIRST I PAD

Posted Jan 4, 2013 10:25:43 AM

By bjorn

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Bluetooth (BT) connector into this projector's hdmi port would allow BT devices -w/ BT tranceiver either built-in or w/ BT connector- to function wirelessly.

For ex., Cell phone w/ BT, just need BT connector for projector. Laptop no BT? If has HDMI port a BT transceiver in both Projector and Laptop should work.

Also, source device, phone or laptops, usually have audio out to powered speaker systems. :)

Posted Jan 3, 2013 7:41:46 PM

By Franklin

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How to connect VGA laptop to the hdmi projector.

Posted Jan 2, 2013 6:28:59 AM

By Darren

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Seems my projector won't work on my Iphone 5 or Ipad 4. Any ideas people?

Posted Dec 31, 2012 3:41:29 PM

By rday

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Anonymous, I also received my projector in December as a gift. Below are the steps I took to use it with my iphone 4s: 1. purchased a HDMI adaptor 2. plug the adaptor into the iphone 4s. plug the hdmi cable (comes with the projector) one end into the projector the other into the adaptor. 3. plug the usb from my iphone powercord into the projector and plug the other end (use to power phone) into the phone.

This worked for me...hope it helps you.

Posted Dec 31, 2012 12:34:35 PM

By Annette

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False advertisement as far as I am concerned. Bought projector and everything That went with it including insurance thinking it would hook up to iphone5 my grandaughter Was very disappointed it did not work on her iphone5. Bought both adapters thinking it Would work. False advertisement salesman insisted it would work I asked several times Are you sure it will work on iPhone 5. Well it does not.

Posted Dec 27, 2012 9:26:42 AM

By Donna Malia

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I have 2 problems with projector. My iPhone 5 "doesn't have installed software" and my MacBook Pro "drawing too much energy from usb hub" (only 1, the projector, in use and plugged into electrical outlet. Works fine with my iPad 2.

Posted Dec 26, 2012 4:53:25 PM

By Anonymous

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I received this for christmas, after having seen it demonstrated at the store. However, when I tried to connect it to my verizon iphone 4, it won't receive a signal. Both the projector and the phone are completely charged, and it is on "movie" mode. Thinking it was a compatibility issue, I tried my ipad 2, which didn't work either. Does anyone have a solution to this issue?

Posted Dec 25, 2012 1:22:05 PM

By Nabi

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I tried the 50 lumen class projectors--ended up taking 'em back. The lumens are so low that they actually negatively affect resolution. I've had, for a year now, the ACER K11--200 lumens, extemely versatile. I even use it for our movie club at one of my winter haunts. At home now I don't bother much with my big projectors but use an ACER K330 which gives a beautiful picture for great economy.

Posted Dec 25, 2012 10:24:02 AM

By Chris

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I have the same issue with Iphone 4. Works with my Iphone.

Posted Dec 20, 2012 4:39:30 PM

By Alex

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This is a great gadget for on the go presenter. I just recently purchased one from iProjector at http://www.iprojector.ca for $259.99 and love it.

Posted Dec 19, 2012 11:37:48 AM

By Josh

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I hooked up the pocket projector to my PS3. Blu Ray looks crisp. Must be at least 70" and looks really good. Best purchase ever from Brookstones.

Posted Dec 13, 2012 6:58:12 AM

By davender arora

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i want to buy it.Please quote the price.

Posted Dec 10, 2012 12:43:04 PM

By Nina Baillargeon

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Is there something you need to do to get a signal from the ipad 2 or iphone 4? I bought the Apple Digital AV adapter, plugged it in and can't seem to get a signal? Any ideas?

Posted Dec 10, 2012 12:20:19 PM

By Kim

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I have done my research for pico projectors for a while now and I just wanted to share my findings with everyone also interested in purchasing a pico projector. Since I'm always shopping for better technology at a low price, I try to find tech that is overall a great purchase. AAXA's P3 Pico Projector has a high resolution of 1024x600. It's super low cost for it's 50 lumen quality, it's a trusted brand and has been seen on many tech sites and also has been highly reviewed, a full-sized HDMI port, and my favorite, it has a built in media player. All of this in comparison to similar models from Brookstone or 3M, I feel like I definitely made the right choice by going with AAXA's P3 Pico Projector.

Posted Dec 3, 2012 1:28:19 PM

By Laura

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The native resolution of the Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector is 854x480. It can accept up to 1080p. I apologize for not being clear on this issue. Thanks for letting me clarify.

Posted Nov 22, 2012 10:39:23 PM

By Muk

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In theory, a good work around alternative for the resolution input incompatibility between the iphone 5 and the ipad 4 with the projector should be resolved using atv (airplay) as a signal bridge, a bit of a hassle but it should work hopefully. Good luck.

Posted Nov 22, 2012 9:33:56 AM

By Ray

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Hooked Brookstone HDMI pocket projector to my iPad4 yesterday using the proper Apple "Lightning" to HDMI adapter. Would not project anything from iPad. Any idea when Brookstone will update projector to make it compatible with iPad4? Will then buy it if wait not too long.

Posted Nov 17, 2012 11:20:46 PM

By Nadia

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Does the projector work with the iphone 5? Someone I know recently purchased the projector, 30 pin adapter and the new iphone 5 adapter and was unable to get the projector to play anything using the iphone 5. It works just fine on their iphone 4s and ipad 2 (or 3).

Posted Nov 15, 2012 2:24:24 PM

By Geo

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is this native 1920x1080 resolution , true 1080p or just supports 1080p,

Posted Nov 7, 2012 9:29:09 PM

By Laura

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This statement was referring to the projector's ability to produce 1080p images. This projector allows you to use your gaming consoles throughout your home with the same sharp, detailed images that you expect from your television. In this particular scenario, I was able to use the projector to play FIFA Street on the living room wall, while my son watched the Manchester United match on the television next to it. The projector does not sacrifice picture quality for portability.

Posted Oct 29, 2012 10:10:30 AM

By Chris

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In your real life scenarios section you wrote: "Since the projector is capable of producing up to 1080p HD images, FIFA Street will never be the same for me." Has there been a breakthrough in Pico DLP techology? Or did you mean accepting 1080p?

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