Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K | Full Review & Your Questions Answered
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I've had many AnkerDirect products before, and as soon as I saw this Nebula projector, I knew it would be fantastic. Anker have a brilliant reputation for making high quality, high functionality and premium electronics, and this projector is certainly no exception. It certainly fits the bill as a high-end, immersive experience projector.
The first thing that strikes you out of the box is the exceptional build quality of the projector. The feel is robust, solid yet luxurious at the same time. There are no corners cut, and you can tell. It's quite weighty, but what can you expect for such an amazing piece of equipment, and was not too heavy in the long run.
The built-in handle allows for quick and easy transportation, which is something that other projectors of sorts lack.
I'd like to talk about the Android TV functionality and general 'smart'-ness of this projector. I absolutely love the functionality that the OS provides with this projector. Unlike others, which involve serious amounts of cables and messing, this operating system provides all the streaming services that you need built-in. Brilliant. We could actually have this replacing our TV in the future, but we're thinking about basing our cinema room around this projector instead. It's truly that good.
The picture quality, although this is only the 1080p version, is crystal. The colours are deep and diverse, with 2400 ISO Lumens bringing all shades to life. It actually looks better than our TV does. It's so quick and easy to setup too, and if you're toying as to whether it'll be a faff to sort out and setup, your worries are no more. This is so easy to use, it's no different to a normal TV in ease of use, if not easier.
The Auto Keystone Correction is a fantastic feature, and cannot be understated. If, like me, you had no idea what this was beforehand, it's basically a complete fixer of distortions of images. You'll never need to tilt your head or switch seats for a better view, the projector does it all for you.
The sound quality is superb, something that other projectors skimp out on. The projector is not as noisy as others, which can sometimes ruin the experience, and the Dolby audio certainly packs a punch.
I'd say the price fits the product. You get what you pay for, and I think this truly is a premium projector at a reasonably acceptable price level. It's arguable as to whether you need the upgrade to 4K, as in my experience, this 1080p model has been more than enough. Anker's build quality is sublime, and the built-in features are second-to-none.
If you are wondering what more a laser projector could bring to the experience of watching TV and films other than the obvious adjustable picture size, all you need to do is watch any Star Wars film that way and the answer becomes obvious. Normal TVs cannot match the way that the lightsaber and laser effects pop out of the screen at you!
The projector unit is not too heavy and it has a solid carry handle, which makes it very portable. If you have wireless internet then all you need to do is move it to somewhere within range and plug it into a power socket. I have a Disney Plus subscription, so I watched the last episode of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series on it, with the projector providing the sound, and it just lifted the whole experience up so much.
Setting up the projector to your settings and passwords is a one-time thing, so no repeat setup is needed. A software update is needed the first time you ever switch on, and you will occasionally be prompted over time for further downloads to keep the unit or the remote control updated. The system uses Google Android as its base, so once you log in there are a whole range of options available to you, such as YouTube or paid subscription services such as Netflix.
Setting the brightness or volume is easy – you can do it from the top of the unit or by using the included remote control – and I haven’t needed to touch the focus or keystone settings once because the projector automatically sets them for you, which is excellent. You can have the picture quite bright if you want to, which is especially useful if you want to use it out in the garden by projecting it onto a white wall or garage door. Stand in front of it and a message comes up to say: “To protect your eyesight, please keep a distance from the projector”. There is also a blank or colour screensaver you can enable and adjust the timing (with a minimum of 5 minutes), and an auto-off (after a minimum of 30 minutes).
There is a HDMI connection on the unit as well, and that makes it ideal for work purposes. I’ve been using it as a second screen for home working. Most of the time I do not need audio for work; I just need to see the laptop screen and second screen provided by the projector. Therefore, there would be a problem if the Nebula was overly noisy, but it isn’t too loud really and I stopped noticing it quite quickly.
I’m very happy with the projector, but you’re probably wondering if there’s anything I do not like about it that maybe I should tell you. There is one thing I’m worried about, and that is the lack of a lens cover at the front. It’s just open to the risk of being scratched when transported, and this is the sort of projector many people will want to take places. There is no carry case included, so I would advise that you keep the sturdy box it comes in.
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I have a £140 projector in the classic style which is very noisy (like sitting next to a jet engine), and has questionable keystone adjustment. So I was excited to try this high end projector. Check out my video review to see the features in real time.
The box looks good, easy to open and the separate box for accessories gives a luxury vibe. It was well packaged with clear instructions which included picture diagrams of what the buttons were on the projector and remote. It came with batteries for the remote (bonus), a power cord for the projector, and an android TV dongle. As the dongle is removable, I’m hoping this means that if the software outstrips the hardware (like some smart TVs have suffered with), you may be able to buy a replacement updated dongle in the future so the life of this projector may be longer than a regular smart TV.
After briefly looking at the instructions I opened up the back (easy just slide off) and connected the android TV dongle. Then it was a case of plugging it in and Turing it on. The set up screen gave information on various button and remote features. Then you can either connect to wifi with an android phone or do what I did which was manually input your wifi password (it auto detects the name). After that it installed a few updates and then I was ready to log in using my google account. It asked my if I wanted to download the projector app which I did on my phone- the app is great as it allows you to control the projector like a remote/tracpad. I’m one for watching movies in bed in the dark and having the ability to controlling the projector with my phone rather than digging around in the covers for a remote is a game changer. What I loved is that as it links to your google account it had my app preferences saved from my TV (although still had to log into the apps). The layout of the Home Screen is exactly the same as my Roku TV stick so very user friendly. The remote is responsive and features google assistant so you can simply ask the remote by voice to play your favourite show which is very handy. The projector itself isn’t very loud - akin to a PC tower doing low key stuff (far quieter than my old projector).
The white is quite white so if you quickly scan the screen with your eyes you do get the rainbow effect. The picture quality is very clear but you do get a little light bleeding. I’m projecting onto a white wall rather than a screen and the picture quality is still sharp. Even with the light and curtains open and the main light on the picture quality was good. It comes with auto focus and auto keystone adjustment which is great as you don’t have to fiddle with hardware set up and placement. This feature also allows you to place the projector on its side or even upside down and the projector will auto adjust. If you’re using a projector screen it is also supposed to sense the edges and auto adjust to the size of the screen. Despite not having a screen it adjusted well to the size of my wall. The laser is powerful and it’s great that if you walk in front of the projector or auto dims and gives you a warning of not to look into the light- just handy if you have little ones. The only down side is that the buttons on the projector are touch rather than physical buttons and the backlight only appears when you touch a button which can be hard to find in the dark. However, I can understand that you wouldn’t want the buttons backlit when engrossed in a movie in the dark.
This is an excellent projector. It offers a high quality viewer experience. It is expensive but on par with similar quality projectors. After my experience with a £140 projector my advice would be don’t cheap out. Treat it as a TV- this is a similar price to a good 60” and offers an even larger picture which you can use night and day whilst being portable. plus if they release an updated version of the dongle in the future this may mean the lifetime of the projector may outstrip a regular smart TV with android TV built in. The sound quality is good, the auto features are great and it’s very user friendly. This is my new favourite gadget. Highly recommend.