Anker Nebula Capsule Review

8.6
Expert Rating

If you aren’t entirely concerned by picture quality, but rather portability, the best mini projector could be the Anker Nebula Capsule. Due to its very small size—smaller than a 12oz soda can—built-in speakers, and rechargeable battery, this projector is suited for on-the-go. Not just movies either, as it can connect to dozens of other apps and project them onto a nearby wall.

Why We Like It – Anker Nebula Capsule Review

With dimensions smaller than a 12oz can, built-in speakers, and rechargeable battery, the Anker Nebula Capsule hits all the right marks to make it a good portable projector, without being tied to an outlet.

Pros
  • An array of video input options
  • Smaller than a 12oz soda can
  • Good sound quality
Cons
  • Picture quality suffers from other light sources

Performance

The Anker Nebula Capsule gets two details right: picture quality and sound quality. Even with its low ANSI lumens of 100, it looks great in a dark setting (the Nebula Capsule II improves it). The sound quality is good enough to make use of its Bluetooth speaker mode and 360-degree sound, more so than the Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector. Battery life, however, isn’t that great. Having a 4-hour battery life is okay for a single movie or binge-watching TV shows, but that’s the most you’ll get. It runs Android TV, so enjoying TV shows might be more valuable.

Design

The best feature of the Anker Nebula Capsule is its size. With dimensions of 2.68 x 2.68 x 4.72 inches, it’s slightly smaller than a small soda can. Hence, why it’s often referred to as a “pico projector.” It’s certainly one of the smallest mini projectors we’ve seen. Along the bottom is HDMI, AUX, USB (micro USB will work, too), and Type-C, so you have a healthy variety of video inputs like the Dr. J Professional HI-04 1080p. You can control the projector along the top, but does include a remote control or, alternatively, via the app.

Value

If you’re in a situation where you don’t have an outlet—perhaps you’re out camping—then the Anker Nebula Capsule Portable Projector has so much value, regardless of its price. Having movie night under the stars, while you’re out enjoying nature is hard to recreate at home. But using the projector at home exclusively, and you’ll soon realize it’s a bit too expensive. You’re better off picking up an AuKing Mini Projector 2020. Still, its access to the app store via Wi Fi shouldn’t be overlooked. Finding compatible apps through the Google Play Store (Android 8.1) can widen the way you use it.

Anker Nebula Capsule Review Wrap Up

The Anker Nebula Capsule is such a niche device, it’s hard to justify its price. Its performance just doesn’t match with what you’re spending. But if you can look past its shortcomings, and need that portability, you get plenty of video input options, good sound quality, and dimensions that make it slightly smaller than a 12oz soda can.

Performance8.6
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Value8.1
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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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