Anker Nebula Solar Portable Projector Review

These high-end, budget-friendly projectors may not offer the excellent picture quality of their more expensive brethren, but they make up for it with portability and simplicity. We chose the $559 Anker Nebula Solar Portable Projector due to the balance of price, image, and portability.

It’s a friendly little thing and makes no attempts to present it as a serious A/V device. It’s squat and white, due to some styling to Eve from WALL-E, in my opinion. But don’t be fooled: This is a capable little projector in a very portable package. Let’s dig.

The Anker Nebula Solar Portable is a great buy for anyone looking for a high-quality, portable, and affordable projector.

Anker Portable Solar Nebula

4K and Netflix are acceptable

First of all, the photo. It can display a 120-inch image in 1080p resolution with HDR10 color at 400 lumens brightness. This won’t hold a candle (heh) to XGIMI Horizon Pro Or the Epson EpiqVision projectors we reviewed, but these models are also more expensive and distinctly less designed for casual movie nights. However, Solar Portable can take some good pictures when the nights get cold and dark.

Although it’s still a 1080p monitor, it can accept 4K input and up-convert, which means a lot of your 4K content will look just fine but with a smoother edge. Most portable projectors do not support 4K resolution at all.

Secondly, unlike many projectors, this one will support Netflix – after fashion. You’ll need to download the Nebula Connect app, which turns your phone into a projector remote control. (The projector comes with a lightweight and physical remote, but to download Netflix you’ll need to use the phone app.) Not only was I able to download and install a portable version of Netflix, but it also allowed me to download episodes to the projector’s 5G internal storage, Which makes its portability more versatile.

It works on Android TV 9, so setup is easy if you have an Android phone. If you’re using an iPhone, you’ll have to find and tap on the onscreen keyboard with several of your logins and passwords. But, as I’ve said in other reviews, this should be a one-time chore.

There is a strong sense of freedom in the knowledge that you are getting up to three hours of battery life from Solar Nebula Built-in lithium-ion battery. And since it uses USB-C for charging, you can play it with a file portable charger. The brightness will be adjusted based on whether you are using AC power or battery. You can bypass this if you are looking to increase the brightness and lower the battery life to 1.5 hours. In addition, the Solar Portable is light enough to be tossed in a backpack. It’s incredibly versatile, which I think is its true superpower.

Finally, this is a simple thing, but it has an adjustable arm at the bottom that allows you to rotate the tilt of the projector up to 13 degrees. Lots of bigger and more complex projectors don’t bother with this, so I thought it was a nice touch.

Anker Portable Solar Nebula

Bearing in mind that this is a budget monitor and not a high-end A/V unit, we found the 3W speakers to be a bit on the other side. By design, most projector speakers leave something to be desired. And the solar laptop is no exception. You’ll want to pack an extra bundle Bluetooth headset to strengthen the sound. On the other hand, the Solar Portable could double itself as a Bluetooth speaker at the touch of a button on the top of the unit, but, again, your mileage will vary.

While the picture is decent in a dark environment, you’d probably be happier watching something bright and active – maybe a She-Hulk? – On some dark crime drama. Avoid French cinema – which basically means people socialize with each other in the rain, anyway.

As you’d expect from a low-budget device, its automatic adjustments are also lacking. Automatic yaw adjustment can only deal with the vertical side, and manual yaw adjustment is limited to only four angles. (More advanced projectors allow you to adjust eight or more points on the image.)

Dimensions

7.6 x 7.6 x 2.3 inches

4.7 x 7.7 x 7.3 inches

5.75 x 4.15 x 0.14 inches

Weight

3.08 EGP

3.53 pounds

1.98 EGP

original resolution

1920 x 1080

1280 x 720

1920 x 1080

brightness

400 lumens

300 lumens

300 lumens

picture

up to 120 inches

up to 135 inches

up to 200 inches

My voice

3 watt stereo

4 watt stereo

3 watt stereo

input

HDMI 2.0, USB-A for flash drives, USB-C for charging

2 HDMI ports with an internal HDMI port
USB-C DisplayPort

HDMI (supports ARC), USB

links

Bluetooth, WiFi

Bluetooth, WiFi

Bluetooth, WiFi

flow

Chromecast

AirPlay, Chromecast

Chromecast

Energy

3 hours on battery, USB-C power

2.5 hours, DC in

2.5 hours, DC in

Programming

Android TV 9

Android TV 10

Android TV

price

$559.99


$499


$499

no Anker Portable Solar Nebula It doesn’t have as good picture as the XGIMI Horizon Pro (which costs up to three times as much), nor does it have the sound quality of Epson EpiqVision’s Yamaha speakers. But there is a lack of pretension with this monitor which I find refreshing.

It’s light, self-contained, and does everything that’s expected of it without flash or drama. I could see myself throwing this into a bag with a USB stick full of nature documentaries and dropping it on a sheet hanging between two trees while camping. And with this easy-to-use solar powered USB portable charger, I could quickly charge this little guy when he started out. All in one business day, which is exactly what you need with any portable projector.

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