In recent years we've reviewed many portable projectors here at Projector Reviews. Some were quite impressive, from companies like XGMI and LG, to name two, and some were not so impressive (I'm not planning on calling anyone out). My point is that imagers and light sources have advanced significantly from the first Sony, "portable" projector I got my hands in 19.. (Let's just say it was a while ago and leave it at that) to modern portables. My, how things have changed.
For 2022, Nebula Projectors, an Anker brand and a company best known for cables, batteries, and other products, is rolling out a portable entertainment projector called the Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K. The Cosmos uses an Appotronics ALPD 3.0 laser technology to produce a 2,400-lumens image and can display content up to 4K resolution.
The Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K is the company's first premium long-throw laser projector. Nebula has specifically referred to this model and a flagship model, especially with the addition of a laser light engine.
The Cosmos Laser 4K uses Android TV 10 to drive its operating system, which is nice because this increases the number of apps available and content you can use on this projector. Those of you familiar with Android TV's interface will know that it is easy to use and provides access to thousands of applications that can add serious entertainment value and productivity.
According to Anker, Popular streaming platform apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and many more will be available for use on this projector.
The Cosmos is powered by a laser phosphor light source, providing 2,400 ANSI lumens of brightness while utilizing a simple, easy-to-use, and familiar Android TV 10 interface. I love the Android TV interface because it's consistent in that once you use it, you'll always be able to figure it out. It's also a very well-integrated platform for controlling a projector. Android TV provides access to over 7,000 mainstream apps. These include popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney +, and many more.
To complete the full-entertainment experience, the Cosmos features built-in immersive audio, providing a 30W speaker system capable of Dolby Atmos audio, two 10-watt, and two 5-watt speakers. I have not heard this projector's sound, but I've listened to excellent projector sound systems running at five watts per speaker. Let's hope Nebula comes through with some truly cinematic sound in the Cosmos.
The Nebula Cosmos looks like it is designed to be as comfortable in the home as it is on the go. It appears that Nebula took great care to make sure that the Cosmos was easy to set up every time you moved it from environment to environment. The Nebula Cosmos offers automatic keystone adjustment and alignment corrections designed to produce a perfectly square image. We here at Projector Reviews always stress the negative side of keystoning, but in the case of this portable projector, the auto keystone adjustments can come in handy. The Cosmos even offers intelligent autofocus which will automatically adjust the projector's focus in just a few seconds.
Let's talk about the design of the Nebula Cosmos. Full disclosure, I have not had my hands on this projector, so I'm making my evaluations from photos. I like the design of the Nebula Cosmos. The housing is attractive, providing a good balance between looking like a high-tech device but not being so out there that it is out of place in your living room or wherever you may be using it. I like the color scheme that Nebula has chosen. The projector "looks" solidly built, but ultimately I'm going to have to get my hands on a unit to tell for sure.
The Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K will be available for pre-purchase on Kickstarter, beginning on January 11th and lasting through mid-March 2022. Following the 45-day campaign, the Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K projector is slated to be sold for $2,199 on Amazon, SeeNebula.com, and select retail partners.