Nebula, by Anker, Mars II 300 ANSI Lumen Home Theater Portable Projector with 720p 30 to 150 Inch DLP Picture, Home Entertainment, 10W Speakers, Android 7.1, 1-Second Autofocus, Movie Projector
|Hardware Interface||USB, HDMI|
|Mounting Type||Ceiling Mount|
|Luminous Flux||300 Lumen|
|Controller Type||App Control|
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- Sensational Clarity: Experience your favorite content in a whole new light. 300 ANSI lm brightness and 720p DLP IntelliBright technology combine to create a crisp, clear picture.
- Stunning Sound: Dual 10W audio drivers generate cinematic stereo sound and deep pounding bass.
- Ideal in the Home: Stay entertained at home with Mars II’s 150-inch image. Watch movies, take online classes, or keep the kids entertained with hours of cartoons and educational videos. The possibilities are endless.
- Binge-Watch in Style: Watch YouTube, Netflix, and more wherever you go on Mars II movie projector. Seamlessly display your favorite Android 7.1 content for endless hours of entertainment.
- NOTE: Copyrighted content from Hulu, Netflix, and similar services CAN NOT be mirrored or screencast. Download and use the apps directly through Mars II portable projector to view copyrighted content from these providers. Chromecast is not supported.
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Enjoy your favorite movies, shows, games, and more in vivid detail with Mars II’s 300 ANSI-lumen image.
Mirror your phone with Miracast or connect to favorite devices via HDMI, USB, and more.
Make your phone a remote control with the Nebula Connect app. Available now for the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).
Transform any location into your own home cinema to bring the movies to wherever your family are.
Make the great outdoors greater with 4 hours of non-stop entertainment (Tested at 50% volume in auto mode).
Single-Second Autofocus Ensures a Clear Picture
|Nebula Mars II Pro||Nebula Mars II||Nebula Capsule||Nebula Capsule II|
|Color Selection||Black||Black||Black, Red||Black|
|Brightness||500 ANSI lm||300 ANSI lm||100 ANSI lm||200 ANSI lm|
|Resolution||1280x720 (16:9, HD)||1280×720 (16:9, HD)||854×480 (16:9)||1280×720 (16:9, HD)|
|Projection Size||30-150 in||30-150 in||20-100 in||20-100 in|
|Operating System||Android 7.1||Android 7.1||Android 7.1||Android TV 9.0|
|Speaker||2× 10W||2× 10W||1× 5W (360°)||1× 8W (270°)|
|Video Playtime||3 hours||4 hours||4 hours||2.5 hours|
|Connectivity||HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Screen Mirroring||HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Screen Mirroring||HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Screen Mirroring||HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast|
|Focus||Automatic||Automatic (1 second)||Manual||Automatic(1 second)|
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*Copyrighted content from Hulu, Netflix, and similar services CAN NOT be mirrored or screencast. Download and use the apps directly through Mars II video projector to view copyrighted content from these providers.
**Chromecast is not supported.
***150" is the maximum picture size and will only be clear in very low-lighting.
Display Technology: 0.3" DLP
Native Resolution: 1280 x 720 (HD)
Brightness: 300 ANSI lm
Lamp Life: 30, 000 hours
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Throw Ratio: 100 in at 8.73 ft; 80 in at 6.99 ft; 60 in at 5.22 ft; 40 in at 3.48 ft
Focus Adjustment: Automatic
Projection Mode: Front/Rear/Front Ceiling/ Rear Ceiling
Keystone Correction: Auto (vertical ±40°)
HDMI: HDMI 1.4
USB: USB 2.0
DC-IN: 19V, 3A DC-In
Control: Physical Buttons
IR Remote: D-pad mode/mouse mode
Dedicated App: Nebula Connect for Android & iOS
CPU: Quad Core A7 Smartphone Chipset
GPU: Adreno 304
RAM: 1GB DDR3
ROM: 8GB eMMC
Battery: 12,500mAh / 3.85V
Speaker: Dual 10W Speakers
Dual Frequency 2.4/5GHz
Bluetooth: BT4.0 Dual Mode/A2DP
OS: Android 7.1
Working Modes: Projector Mode and Bluetooth Speaker Mode
App Store: Supported
Movie Playtime: 4 hours in Battery Mode
Music Playtime: 30 hours in Bluetooth Speaker Mode
Charging time: 3 hours
Video Formats: H.264 BP/MP/HP–up to 1080p;
MPEG-4 SP/ASP–up to 1080p;
DivX 4x/5x/6x –up to 1080p;
H.263 P0 – WVGA;
VP8 – 1080p;
H.265 MP 8-bit – up to 1080p
*Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.
What's In The Box
Nebula Mars II, power adapter, manual, remote, 12-month warranty, and our friendly customer service.
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You've probably heard all of the good things. Small, portable, some apps, somewhat usable built in speaker, bt connectivity, etc. Those are all true. It's not the brightest or 1080, but it seems like it would be great for simple, fun family use.
1.) While the projector is 720p the built in Netflix app (and any side-loaded app) will NOT DISPLAY MORE THAN 480P. It's not a certified device I guess? But whatever the reason, you CANNOT stream Netflix HD. Huge deal breaker.
2.) Well no problem! Just plug in a laptop or Roku to the HDMI in! Yes... except the HDMI presents about a 1 to 2 second audio lag no matter the source. Completely unusable.
3.) I could never get the Nebula Connect phone app to work. Connected both to the same Wi-Fi and paired them via BT but they would never communicate.
All in all that makes this projector good for... well basically emergency boardroom PowerPoint projections where audio isn't a necessity and that's about it.
If Anker can fix those giant glaring issues (seriously how can you advertise it's HD and then the streaming apps are gimped to SD?!) then it would instantly go to a value that's definitely worth the price.
I've had the Mars 2 for about 1 month at this point, and have used it about 10 times, so I'm not writing a review after my first use. I'll list everything out separately below, for ease of searching.
PICTURE - When I ordered, I was worried about the projector only being 720p, instead of 1080p, and was afraid I would get a "Screen Door" effect, but 100% I did not. When you are playing a movie, there is absolutely no way to tell it's not 1080p.
**If you are going to watch Netflix directly from the Mars Android as an App, you are NOT going to get a HD picture, as Netflix limits the Android App to 480p. I know this because I thought the picture looked fuzzy for a good two weeks, before I figured this out. The easiest work around for me was to use a Fire Stick and run Neflix through that. Once you do that, it's a night and day difference with the picture.**
BRIGHTNESS - It absolutely is 300 ANSI Lumens. There is a bid difference between Lumens and ANSI Lumens, so make sure you look for ANSI Lumens when you are shopping for projectors.
PORTABILITY - It has a handle and a battery. It doesn’t get much more portable than that.
EASE OF USE - The mars runs an Android OS, which makes it pretty uncomplicated. There is an remote included, which is very good, and there are also controls on the top of the machine, which give full functionality. There is also the Nebula Connect app, which allows you to use your phone screen like a mouse pad, and also gives you keyboard functionality. The app is OK, but can sometimes be laggy or have difficulty connecting. That being said, it’s in no way a huge issue, just reconnect, and all is fixed. The link below is for a touchpad/keyboard controller that works with my PS4, MARS 2, Fire TV, and maybe works better than the official remote.
Audio - The two 10w speakers work great for a small room, but if you’re watching outdoors or in a larger room you may need an external speaker. If you plan on using a bluetooth speaker, just know that there is going to be about a 1 second delay between audio/video. As of right now there isn’t software on the MARS II to fix the audio/video over bluetooth. That being said, if a speaker is connected by cable, it syncs perfectly. Also, if you use apps like Kodi, they have a feature to allow you to manually fix the issue.
Customer Service - So I called about the Bluetooth issue, and spoke with Kevin (I think, but it was over a week ago) who was great. I expected to be on/off the phone in 10 mins, without actually getting an answer, but our call lasted 45 minutes. While there is no current fix, they did work to give me access to the Google Play store to beta test it. I very much like the fact that I can call customer service, and speak with a live, us based person within 5 minutes of dialing the phone.
Overall: The projector is perfect for a movie night, either indoors or outdoors. The resolution and portability you get for the price, make the MARS 2 absolutely worth it!
I hate televisions. To me, televisions are a big, black rectangle that sit in your living room and you end up structuring the layout of your living room around the television. I’ve been dreaming of a TV-free living room for a while now… not because I want to watch less TV or play less games or anything - just because I don’t want to own a physical TV.
So this projector was designed to be my TV replacement, and I was willing to put up with a lot to make that vision happen.
About our setup:
The projector is stored in / on a little side table unit. It’s effectively invisible when it’s been put away. This was far and away the most important thing for me. I pop it on the coffee table when it comes out each evening. It usually has an HDMI cable and the power running out the back.
The projector projects upwards at a fairly sharp angle above our fireplace. This introduces keystone artifacts, but they’re not too bad. The autofocus feature is very, very good.
The projector sits about 4 feet from the projection surface and creates a large image. At 6 feet or ten feet the image is huge. (I haven’t measured it, sorry.)
* It’s summer right now, and we leave all the shades open in the living room. It doesn’t get dark until 9:30ish. We will start watching TV at 7, and while it’s by no means a perfect image because of all the ambient light, it’s definitely not unwatchable. The image quality only gets better as it gets darker, and when it’s dark out I find myself blown away by the strength of the image. We frequently leave lights on, but, like all projectors, this thing definitely shines when the space is as dark as possible.
* The sound is loud!
* The portability is great. The projector frequently travels to different rooms in our condo. Running it off the battery at full power kind of feels like magic.
* Playing games. I’m a casual gamer, and it’s so fun to play my Nintendo Switch on this thing. I haven’t noticed any lag.
* The image is 720p, and that can be pretty damn crisp. I’m not one to get all that excited about ultra HD.
* Software. The Youtube app doesn’t currently let you log into your account. (Nebula said they’re fixing this). The Netflix app can’t play HD content, because of some kind of hardware signing issue. I even side-loaded the newest Android Netflix app and it didn’t make a difference. I don’t think there’s a workaround here. So, for the best experience you’ll probably want to connect an Apple TV or similar (we had one lying around from 2012. It works great.)
* I know I said I’m happy with the brightness - but I feel like it could have been just a touch brighter. I’d been following the Mars I for quite a while and was disappointed to see that the projection brightness had been reduced for the Mars 2.
* The sound is loud, but not that high quality. Not distractingly bad or anything - it might be a bit too heavy on the bass.
[EDIT]: Nebula's support is fantastic. They've been super responsive to questions about the product, and really helpful each time. Shout-out to Wendy for all your help!!
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P7 Pros: brighter, smaller in size, comes with tripod, theoretically better resolution, native 1080p
P7 Cons: no wifi, no Bluetooth, fan is noticeably louder, no lid cover for lens, remote has too many buttons
TL;DR version of Mars II: the 2 major flaws that made me give it a 4 stars are: lack of horizontal keystone autocorrection, and in-app cursor movement delays. everything else is either very good, good enough, or no big deal with easy workarounds.
Mars II is a “smart projector”, u can stream Netflix, youtube, twitch etc. on wifi, while connecting to separate speaker via Bluetooth, but its own speaker is quite loud, so unless u have a professional stereo system, I would stick to just using its own. I didn’t test P7’s speaker, so can’t really comment on that.
Fan is very quiet, u have to really listen for it, but then this could be because its brand new, who knows. The lid cover for lens not only keeps the lens clean, it also acts as a power button, slide it down to auto turn on, slide it up to auto turn off, very convenient.
The remote is very simplified, easy to use, but the infrared receptor is at the back, u don’t have to point to it directly, but just make sure theres enough space behind it. I put it on the floor by my reclining couch, there was about few inches of space in between, I couldn’t use it while lying down on the seat and holding it in my hand, I had to reach forward and point down towards that general direction. But when I’m lying in bed, I put it beside my shoulder ish, with nothing behind it, I can use the remote just fine, I didn’t have to pull my arm back to aim at it.
The resolution is theoretically better on the P7, native 1080p, altho I didn’t test it, so I didn’t see the difference, but Mars II 720p is enough for me when I watch Netflix on it, the brightness is also enough, the picture shows how it looks in the middle of the day, with the blinds about 90% shut.
The keystone/focus autocorrect functionality works good 90% of the time, but sometimes focus doesn’t auto adjust properly, and u just have move the device around a bit, set it back down, and let it auto adjust again, usually only takes one try, it’s a workaround, and not the biggest deals, but I do like P7’s manual focus adjust, u can do it so quickly to crystal clear. And as for the keystone correction, it works fairly well, but only vertically, horizontally it does nothing, as u can see in the picture. however u CAN manually adjust both directions in settings, but it’s a bit of a hassle, and its still hard to get it to be the perfect rectangle, the horizontal setting maxed out at -40, so u should ideally place it in the middle of ur screen/wall, and let it do its vertical auto adjust. That brings to my next point, while it does have a hole on the bottom for tripod, it doesn’t come with a tripod, so if u want a certain viewing height, u need to do trial and error with some books to change the angle of projection.
Have not tested out the battery yet, so can’t say how long it would last, and it would also depends how loud the volume is, and if u have Bluetooth connections up, but one good thing is, u can watch w.e u want while charging it, so that’s definitely a plus that I saw some other projectors didn’t have.
Lastly the app, while it’s easy to set up, the cursor movement delay is definitely not user friendly at all, I rather use the remote even tho on Netflix, if u use remote to select shows, it doesn’t highlight it or nothing, so u can only guess by pressing left or right to see the information “i” bubble for that show light up, then u know where ur remote locked in, but to be fair, they do tell u the remote isn’t compatible with Netflix and recommend u to use the app, so for something that’s not compatible, still being able to maneuver around in it is good enough for me. The only thing the app is good for is when u have to enter in texts, for example passwords for wifi or apps. And as for phone screen mirroring, it does what it does, works pretty well, only disappointment is when u play video on ur phone, it doesn’t play it in full projection size, its still the phone size.
It seems to be able to screencast some things from an iPhone, and with a workaround can screencast some things (home movies, anything that is not copyright protected) from an older Mac c. 2009. However, with some fumbling, it can be used to play dvds.
Perhaps most disappointing is that the projector will not play copyrighted material that is not hosted on Netflix - THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT!
Rentals purchased through my YouTube account cannot be played, e.g Charlotte's Web (2006) put on for the kids last night was a flop - copyright issues being cited as the reason why not.
I tried screen casting from the phone and from the iMac, and even directly through the YouTube app on the Mars. The message I was given was to use an HDMI to connect the computer to the projector - but this seems ridiculous when there is a YouTube app with my account info already to go in the projector. Similarly the projector will not play movies I have purchased from iTunes.
I bought this projector thinking it a versatile piece of technology able to connect and view my existing library, you know, like any other TV ought to be able to do. Netflix, a mile wide and an inch deep, is sorely lacking in content to be considered as one of the few sources of content I am able to view through this projector misses the point.
Had I known that I would not be able to view my library and rent through iTunes or YouTube I would not have bought this projector.
Follow up (April 21/20): further attempts to use this projector to stream movies have not been successful with other platforms: Cineplex did not work, neither did the Apple store/itunes, and even renting movies through Google Play are not possible. Although this projector is built on Android, Google Play Services are not supported.
I stand by my original assessment but will now drop the product a star.
I have been using this for over a month now. Main reason for us to buy this was streaming youtube and netflix. Youtube app does not work properly and crashes every time. Netflix has a weird, low quality version. So picture quality is very, very low. I am not impressed at all...
Let's start off with the positives, this thing is pretty awesome as a standalone projector. Great picture quality and color reproduction. Speakers are nice and loud and easily enjoyable for watching movies and videos. Due to the unlicensed android software, Netflix and Amazon prime will only play in 480p(this is a known limitation). Focus is hit or miss, sometimes one corner will be out of focus, sometimes it's mostly in focus. The issues with this device appear when you connect any device through HDMI. When playing videogames, the judder/stutter in the image is so apparent that it just becomes very difficult to enjoy. Playing any sports games that cause the screen to pan left and right will immediately cause strain on your eyes. I have tried this with a chromecast ultra/regular chromecast/nintendo switch, and ps4. All devices showed the same issue with the stutter in video playback. Another issue is the bluetooth lag, for a $600+ device, there should have been aptx added here. TLDR great as a standalone projector playing movies off usb, pretty terrible off of HDMI source.