I reviewed the Nebula Capsule last year, which was Anker’s can-of-soda-sized portable projector (or “pocket cinema”), and actually loved it. It was a terrific travel gadget that was great for enlarging presentations and blowing up the screen for my Nintendo Switch. It ran Android apps, too, so I could project and watch YouTube or Netflix without needing to connect the Nebula Capsule to anything else. Now, Anker has announced the second-generation of that device, aptly named the Nebula Capsule II, and it comes with some key upgrades.
The Nebula Capsule II is still able to project the same size screen – up to 100 inches – but it’s now a higher-resolution picture (now in HD) that’s also 2x brighter (200 lumens vs 100 lumens). The speaker is better and more powerful, too (8-watts vs 5-watts). And it now charges via USB-C instead of micro-USB, so you’ll be able to charge it with the same accessories as you use with your MacBook Pro.
The new model is poised to be just as easy to use. It still has an HDMI port, so you can easily hook up an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch (or most other gaming consoles). And it has wi-fi and built-in Bluetooth, so you can stream music straight to it if you don’t want to use it as a straight-up projector. The other big upgrade is that the Nebula Capsule II now has Android TV and Google Assistant baked straight into it, so you can Cast things to it or ask Google (by pressing a button on the remote) to play something for you.
There are a few downsides to the new model. Although the 10,000mAh battery on the new model is bigger, it’s required to do more (i.e. better sound and better image quality), so it’s expected to only last 3 hours instead of the four hours on the original Nebula Capsule. It’s heavier as well, 24 ounces instead of 15 ounces. And then finally there’s the price – the new Nebula Capsule II will cost $399, which is up from the $350 of the original. Since Anker is launching the Nebula Capsule II on Kickstarter, however, early backers can get it for $349.
Anker is hopeful that it’ll start shipping new models to early backers in March 2019.
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