Product Review of A Can Of Cool – Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector
How often does something that looks like a canned drink, turn out to be the coolest, portable device to view your travel adventures and your favourite shows. It works as both a projector and a Bluetooth speaker. And in my humble opinion, it’s one of the very best portable projectors you can buy.
My Capsule was my entertainment weapon of choice to watch movies, while I was in travel – it looks great, is easy to use, reliable and compact, also the Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector is deceptively powerful.
It is sturdily built and durable, despite weighing only one pound. Integrated into the top of it are several controls, including power, volume up/down, and the switch for speaker mode. On the side panel, you will find the focus dial, and on the front is the projector lens. It has an average battery life of four hours – which should take you through a movie and a binge tv session.
The bottom features a handy tripod screw mount and the Capsule comes complete with a travel bag. As a frequent traveller, I always like to ensure my gadget come complete with travel bags so that my device is protected in my luggage and easy to find.
The Capsule on Android 7.1 so you can directly download apps like Netflix (a godsend when you are a frequent traveller), YouTube, and Amazon Prime to display content, and using a control app, you can turn your mobile into a remote control.
I loved the Capsule’s capacity to function as a standalone Bluetooth speaker. The entire bottom half of the Capsule housed the omni-directional speaker, which is definitely one of its main selling points.
Once you pressed the switch button on the top, the projector shut off, enabling you to be able to play music from your preferred device.
Because the projector is turned off, the battery life increased considerably – Anker estimates you should get up to 30 hours of usage. Overall, I didn’t have any issues with the Bluetooth mode, and it definitely makes the Capsule more versatile and was the mode I used the most.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect is how loud the speaker is. Half volume is usually high enough for me with the Capsule sitting a few feet away.
Depending on your surroundings or room size, you might want to connect it to another speaker, to further boost the sound, but I doubt that you will need to. The integrated speaker fan never interfered with the sound quality. Quite the opposite, as it kept the Capsule cool and was quiet.
Unlike a lot of its competitors who have limited connectivity options, the Nebula Capsule allows for many possible ways to project: from HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi through to screen mirroring.
The Capsule lacks a full size, USB connector, but Anker does include an OTG adapter in the box, so you can still watch media from a flash drive (or connect a mouse/keyboard/another USB accessories).
Considering its size, I was really impressed by its sharp image quality. For the techies among you, its image specs are as follows :
Resolution 854 x 480, a size of up to 100 inches, giving you a brightness of 100 lumens.
In terms of functionality and price, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better travel projector to give you a consistently great viewing experience: whether you are at home or away. If you’ve decided you need a great cinema experience shop below.