Tumi Portable Projector Review

By Jonathan Spira on 1 September 2010
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The Tumi Portable Projector is my latest “no go item” for trips (in aviation, a “no go item” is a piece of equipment whose absence from an aircraft will preclude takeoff). No bigger overall than a mobile phone (it measures 4 7/8 x 2 x 3/4 in.), the Tumi is small enough to go on any trip.  It works particularly well with an iPod or iPhone although it also works with almost any portable media player as well as with laptops with a VGA output.  Image quality is excellent and the Tumi can display a 60” diagonal image although a darkened room is required for good image quality at that size.

To project from an iPod, simply connect the cable (included) and find a blank white wall or screen.  No outlet is required thanks to the built-in battery. To use a laptop as a source, plug the (included) VGA adapter into the laptop and connect both the USB and AV cables to the projector and you’re on your way.

On a recent trip, I was attending a meeting when a question that had been brought up was best answered by a short video.  It took me less than a minute to pull the Tumi projector and my iPod touch out of my bag and start showing the video.  Even though the meeting attendees were all very high-tech, they were nonetheless quite surprised by the technology and a good part of the subsequent portion of the meeting was spent passing the Tumi projector around.

I found the Tumi not only convenient for meetings but also good for projecting a movie or video in my hotel room.  It’s also good for use in an airplane or out-of-doors.  It holds a charge for weeks on end and, fully charged, lasted for well over an hour

Tumi, a company traditionally known for luggage and accessories, has been adding to their electronics offerings over the past year and, if the Tumi Portable Projector is any indication, we should expect a lot more innovative products from them in the months to come.

The projector, which comes with mini-tripod, a USB cable, an AV cable, the iPod cable, and a power supply, also comes with an elegant travel case that holds all of the gear.  It’s available directly from Tumi for $395 and comes in an elegant gift box.


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–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.

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