This story was creatively published 2021/04/26
3:34pm PDTon Apr 26, 2021 and final updated 2021/05/04
2:30pm PDTon May 4, 2021.
Today is Star Wars Day (May a 4th be with you), and companies everywhere are removing in on a fun. Google’s got some good stuff, including a giveaway diversion for Stadia Pro users, yet one of a coolest-looking new Star Wars gadgets this year finished a entrance only a tiny over a week ago: a Anker Nebula Capsule II Star Wars R2-D2 Limited Edition.
A integrate years behind we checked out a company’s uber-portable Nebula Capsule II projector with Android TV baked right in. Now that brave A/V fortitude is behind with a uninformed new look, sauce adult like everyone’s favorite astromech droid. Other than a new R2-D2 livery, this Capsule II is mostly the same projector we reviewed behind in 2019. And while a 720p fortitude and 200 ANSI lumen outlay both feel a tiny on a low side now, there are still some good reasons to check out this intensely unstable offering.
The Fourth Doctor scans for chronotons before removing prepared to enter his reliable DALEK … we think?
More that only looking like a droid, Anker also spruces things adult with a new beep-bloop startup sound. Personally, we conclude a altogether light hold to this branding — it’s only adequate to make a point, yet a program constantly violence we over a conduct with Star Wars references.
It might be May a 4th, yet damn, some Goldeneye sounds flattering tempting, too…
As for a raised bit itself — well, this hardware already felt like it was prioritizing portability over opening behind in 2019, and overtly time has not been that kind. While a outlay is splendid adequate for gentle indoor viewing, this is unequivocally most a blinds-drawn affair, and a Capsule II struggles to contest with even assuage daylight.
Bright scenes like this can demeanour good, yet things fast get murky in a dark.
The 720p fortitude is also increasingly display a age, and yet it never utterly got to a indicate of impairing my ability to suffer content, things like jaggy underline edges are still a bit noticeable. At slightest audio outlay is solid, generally for a section as tiny as this one.
Software is still on Android 9, only as it was when a Capsule II initial landed, yet it’s gotten during slightest a tiny refurbish adore given then. While that means that app harmony is alright, opening can be a tiny anemic, and you’re substantially going to wish to hang to media streaming. It’s value warning that some program oddities insist even with this new release, including a need to sideload Netflix around Anker’s app.
The Nebula’s enclosed remote (left); checking in on this Droid’s program (right)
All this might sound some-more than a tiny negative, yet I’ve got to palm it to Anker: It managed to take an aging product and breathe some uninformed new life into it. While it hasn’t unequivocally finished anything to change what a projector itself has to offer, we only can’t repudiate that this uninformed cloak of paint is a lot of fun.
And honestly, “fun” is something that can be flattering tough to find in consumer electronics. While this new indication isn’t going to be anyone’s unstable projector to kick in 2021, it’s only unfit not to grin when saying someone take it out of their bag.
So what’s this new R2-D2 edition going to run you? Well, keep in mind that a Nebula Capsule II was always a projector on a pricier side of things, and even to this day still sells for $580. The droid-ificiation of this indication comes with an approaching reward cost tag, and determined Jedi looking to collect this one adult will have to bombard out scarcely $700.
Expensive? Sure, yet we can already measure a understanding by regulating banking formula WSMAY4TH to pick adult R2-D2 for $80 off. That’s still a plain cube of change (and substantially some-more than this is practically worth), yet like we said: fun is fun.
For even some-more about a Nebula Capsule II’s hardware and software, take a low dive with our full review.
Update 1: 2021/05/04 2:32pm PDT by Stephen Schenck
Announcement post updated with hands-on impressions of a projector.
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