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The Nebula Capsule II is now available on Kickstarter for just $399
The Nebula Capsule II is now available on Kickstarter for just $399
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The Nebula Capsule II features an auto-focus function keeping the picture sharp at all times
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The Nebula Capsule II features an auto-focus function keeping the picture sharp at all times
Coming with an Android TV OS allows for easy plug and play with Android smartphones
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Coming with an Android TV OS allows for easy plug and play with Android smartphones
At least three hours of portable HD projection on a single charge
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At least three hours of portable HD projection on a single charge
The Nebula Capsule II boasts a brightness of 200 ANSI lumens
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The Nebula Capsule II boasts a brightness of 200 ANSI lumens
Inbuilt Google Assistant makes the Nebula Capsule II easily voice controlled
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Inbuilt Google Assistant makes the Nebula Capsule II easily voice controlled
Weighing 24 ounces the Nebula Capsule II is a decent portable option
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Weighing 24 ounces the Nebula Capsule II is a decent portable option
Projection size is up to 100 inches
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Projection size is up to 100 inches
The whole device is the same size as a can of soda
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The whole device is the same size as a can of soda
The Nebula Capsule II is now available on Kickstarter for just $399
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The Nebula Capsule II is now available on Kickstarter for just $399
The Nebula Capsule II can function for 30 hours as just a Bluetooth speaker
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The Nebula Capsule II can function for 30 hours as just a Bluetooth speaker
The Nebula Capsule II is the size of a can of soda
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The Nebula Capsule II is the size of a can of soda
The Nebula Capsule packs a new 8-watt speaker setup
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The Nebula Capsule packs a new 8-watt speaker setup
Now with USB-C instead of the prior model's micro USB
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Now with USB-C instead of the prior model's micro USB

The Nebula Capsule II from Anker is a solid update to its previous small portable projector, originally launched late in 2017. The new model boasts 720p projection, increased brightness, louder sound, and better connectivity, making it a very competitive and affordable option in the small (or pico) projector market.

The Nebula Capsule II retains the compact design of its predecessor, meaning it's still the size of a can of soda, but incorporates some fundamental tech improvements making it a much more desirable and competitive unit.

The new model steps up its projection resolution to 720p, bringing it into line with most competitors in the pico projector market, while the brightness has doubled from 100 ANSI lumens to 200. Other key improvements include USB-C charging, dynamic auto-focus and more powerful inbuilt 8-watt speakers with a redesigned internal architecture.

Weighing 24 ounces the Nebula Capsule II is a decent portable option
Weighing 24 ounces the Nebula Capsule II is a decent portable option

Of course, a brighter projector with better resolution demands a bigger battery, so this model is substantially heavier than the previous iteration. Although, weighing at 24 oz (680 g), it still presents itself as light and portable. Anker claims the new model currently offers three hours of HD projection on a single battery charge, which is a little less than the four hours promised by the prior model – however, the company says the device is still being optimized and should exceed the three-hour runtime when finally shipped.

Everything else on the Nebula Capsule II spec sheet is solid and to be expected from a good pico projector in 2018. Projection size of up to 100 inches; Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI and Chromecast connectivity; plus an Android TV operating system with inbuilt Google Assistant.

Inbuilt Google Assistant makes the Nebula Capsule II easily voice controlled
Inbuilt Google Assistant makes the Nebula Capsule II easily voice controlled

It all comes down to the price point for these kinds of portable projectors and the Nebula Capsule II is currently rolling out on Kickstarter for US$399. At that price it's fantastically competitive compared to similar projectors on the market, although the ultimate recommended retail of $599 is certainly less enticing a proposition. Even more impressive is a special $100 off deal for customers that bought the first Capsule model last year, allowing prior supporters to upgrade to the latest model for just $299.

The Nebula Capsule packs a new 8-watt speaker setup
The Nebula Capsule packs a new 8-watt speaker setup

Overall, Anker's new Nebula Capsule model looks to be a nice piece of kit, especially at its early Kickstarter price. As with all Kickstarter campaigns there is an element of risk in preordering a product that has yet to be made, but considering the track record of the company it seems reasonable it will achieve its May 2019 shipping goal without too many problems.

Source: Kickstarter

1 comment
christopher
I wonder how noisy the cooling fan is? The pico projectorI own is totally useless, because of the loud fan...