Anker is a device manufacturer that has quickly become a benchmark for affordable and quality accessories, including cables, chargers and battery backups. More recently, he has begun to diversify into other areas, including projectors through his brand Nebula. The nebula capsule is the latest product in this range, a super portable projector with an Android based operating system, a built-in battery and the ability to double as a Bluetooth speaker.
The Nebula Capsule is the little sister of the Nebula Mars portable movie projector, which is actually much less portable than the new Capsule. The Mars is more a home theater projector than you are technically able to take with you if you want, while the Capsule is about the size of a can of Coke, and easy to store in even more bags small, or, if you do not worry about a bulge, even in the pocket of a jacket.
Anker first coined the Capsule on Indiegogo, but now he made his way to Amazon where he sold $ 349. The projector can extend an image up to 100 inches in diameter, with 100 ANSI lumens of brightness, and it can handle four hours of video playback on its built-in power source. There is a 360-degree built-in speaker in the base, and it comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Android 7.1, with its own app store to run popular apps like Netflix, Plex, Hulu and Amazon Prime.
The device has a Micro USB OTG input, and can read from USB drives formatted in FAT32, plus a normal-sized HDMI to attach anything. Its native resolution of 854 × 480 will not be rewarded, but it's not important when you're catching up with a show on the road or playing Switch in your backyard on an elongated bed sheet. And the compromise, in terms of portability and versatility, is worth it.
On the top of the device, there are arrows that help you adjust the volume, and there is a button to turn it on, as well as a mode switch to be able to use it as a Bluetooth speaker that you want. The focus setting is managed by a wheel mounted on the side, which is a little complicated because it involves a little hunting to get the right setting, but the interface options are minimal, but still a time, it is convenient form factor of the device.
In the box you also get a remote control, which works via IR (there is a built-in receiver on the back of the unit). Here, it would be better to have an RF remote control kid instead, but the IR version works pretty well, and there is a mobile app to control the projector and mirror your content. You can not mirror protected multimedia content, which is a bit of a pain, but the fact that the Capsule supports streaming media from built-in applications Offspace that much.
The speaker is surprisingly powerful and can easily fill a small room. It will not compete with 5.1 audio systems, or with something like the HomePod, but it's good enough to watch a show or movie on the Capsule is nice, and never falls on the back of a bad sound . Plus, I almost always put away a dedicated Bluetooth speaker when I travel, anyway – the Capsule doubles as one, and takes as little or even less space than most, with equivalent sound quality . Acting as a Bluetooth speaker, the battery life of the capsule extends over 30 hours.
Regarded as a two-for-one combo that includes a large travel projector and a formidable portable Bluetooth speaker, the Anker Nebula Capsule is a tough affair to go through.