Weird projectors are looking to be a new market that is going to be a ton of fun. We covered the Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K Projector not too long ago and it looks like the same company is coming out with an even more intriguing Capsule 3 Laser Projector. It promises great image quality in an exceptionally portable package.
Good projection tech isn’t always a guarantee, however, so we are going to want to hear about it from some well-regarded reviewers. Luckily, the guys at Max Tech have gotten their hands on a unit and it is looking like it’s going to be good.
This is actually a review of both the Nebula projectors.
Capsule 3 Laser
As for portable, the Capsule 3 Laser is the one to beat. This projector is about the same size as a large coffee cup. You could easily toss it in a bag or big pocket.
It is basically a smart TV under the hood and doesn’t require anything to get it set up. Android TV 11 is the underlying software and works great.
Initial tests were as simple that they just put it on a table and put the image up on an open box. The laser system is very bright and allowed for a clearly visible image even in bright environments.
Plus, the entire thing is battery-powered. It’ll run for 2.5 hours – enough to get a movie watched – and is brighter than many conventional LED projectors.
A good example for how you might use this is as a fun backyard projector for watching movies with the family. The wireless connection also seems fairly reliable.
Included with the projector is a nice remote that has settings to quickly refocus the projector if it gets bumped or you reposition it.
On the bottom of the projector is a standard thread for mounting on a light stand if you need to get it elevated.
As for connectivity, you do have an HDMI 2.1 input for working with any of your streaming devices or gaming consoles. A 3.5mm audio output allows you to hook it up to some bigger speakers to create a better overall experience.
There is a built-in 8W speaker that in their experience was quite good. It gets decently loud and is very clear with voices. If you wanted you could even use it as just a Bluetooth speaker with 10 hours of battery life.
As for resolution, the Capsule 3 Laser is a more modest Full HD, but for the use cases that is plenty. The colors and rendering are great with HDR support.
The real cool part? You can get this thing projecting a massive 150” image.
This may easily be the best portable projector you can find today. You could almost use this as a TV replacement in smaller spaces or if you just don’t want a TV mounted somewhere in your house.
Cosmos Laser 4K
We covered this before, but they do also take a look at the bigger Cosmos Laser 4K Projector. This is aiming to be a part of a more traditional home theater experience.
If you are looking for a massive image you are likely going to be wanting a projector since TVs in sizes of 100” or greater are incredibly expensive.
Good laser projectors can also be pricey, but more in line with standard TV sizes even though they get much bigger. You’ll ideally just need a space with controlled lighting.
The Cosmos Laser 4K is still portable with a built-in handle and it has an audio output, HDMI input, USB, and power connection. You will get a small 4K Android TV dongle you can hook up. This does mean you could upgrade just that component later on.
It also supports all your standard apps and comes with a smart remote. Physical controls are available on the projector itself and a mobile app can serve as a controller.
One benefit of the Cosmos Laser 4K versus traditional DLP projectors is the price. The Nebula model even shows better contrast than the well-reviewed model Max already has in his home.
And it was practically the same price as the DLP projector even though normally laser projectors run for a lot more money.
The sound system here is able to deliver a very full soundscape.
Now, if you are looking at the two models and wondering what you should get there are some major differences. The Cosmos Laser 4K is obviously bigger and has support for 4K images.
It’s less portable as well. The Capsule 3 Laser is Full HD (and much cheaper) and runs on battery if you need it. The Capsule is for more everyday setups or portable situations.
Laser tech in projectors is getting very good. I had the opportunity to test drive a high-end laser projector and was shocked at just how good the image looked.
Color reproduction is also greater than many conventional TVs thanks to the laser color blending and wider gamuts.
If you are curious about projectors these might be a good place to start and they look like they will make many people happy.
What do you think about Nebula’s laser projectors?
[source: Max Tech]
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