Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector review & price

Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector review & price
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Why you should invest in it? What is the Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector price? Cosmos breathes new life into your old DVDs, videos, and even live TV broadcasts thanks to Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). It automatically detects when you’re watching non-HDR content and upscales it in real-time so everything you watch looks sensational. Cosmos’s radiant 1080p, 900-ANSI-lumen image features HDR10 so you can watch favorite movies, sports events, games, and more. Find details on benefits and features in Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector review.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Full HD (1080p) native resolution
  • Autofocus, keystone correction
  • Decent built-in speakers
  • Google Play access
  • Android 9.0 TV built in. No external devices needed (no Netlix support as of this writing)
  • 1/4″ tripod mount is flush unlike previous nebula models
  • Digital Zoom! 

Cons

  • Low brightness rating for HDR
  • No 3.5mm audio output
  • No built in battery
  • No lens shift
  • Requires a separate app for USB playback
  • External power supply adaptor
  • RAM and storage could be better

Specs – Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector

Display

  • LED Life: 30,000 hours
  • Aspect Ratio: 16: 9
  • Display Technology: 0.33DMD in 1080p DLP
  • Throw Ratio: 120 in @3.18 m; 100 in @2.66 m; 80 in @2.13 m; 60 in @1.6 m
  • Offset: 100%
  • Native Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Brightness: 900 ANSI lumens
  • Focus Adjustment: 3-second autofocus Projection Mode: Front / Rear / Front Ceiling / Rear Ceiling
  • Keystone Correction: Auto (vertical ±40°) Manual (horizontal ±40°)

Size

  • Height: 3.6 in / 9.2 cm
  • Weight: 70.5 oz / 2.0 kg
  • Length: 11.4 in / 29.0 cm
  • Width: 7.8 in / 19.8 cm

Hardware

  • RAM: 2GB DDR
  • ROM: 8GB eMMC
  • Speaker: 20W
  • CPU: Quad Core A55 Chipset
  • GPU: Quad Core Mali G31
  • Bluetooth: BT4.2 Dual Mode/A2DP
  • Fan: <32dB
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Dual Frequency 2.4/5GHz

Interface

HDMI: HDMI 2.0 up to 4K input
USB-A: For USB flash drives
Optical: For Audio output

Control Physical Buttons: Power
IR/BT Remote: Power / Autofocus / Google Assistant / Up / Down / Left / Right / OK / Back / Home / Setting / Volume±
BT Remote App: Nebula Connect for Android & iOS

SoftwareOS: Android TV 9.0
Google Assistant: Supported
Chromecast: Supported
OTA: Supported
App Store: Google Play
Audio Decode: Dolby support
Audio Formats: Supports MP3, WMA, RM, FLAC, Ogg
Video Decode: HDR10
Video Formats: Supports *.mkv,*.wmv, *.dat, *.avi, *.mov, *.iso, *.mp4, *.rm formats

Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector Price

Anker Nebula Cosmos costs $799.99, which is a reasonable price considering the features set of this smart projector. You may also consider Anker’s Nebula Cosmos Max with 4K UHD resolution, 1,500 ANSI lumens brightness rating, and Android TV 9.0 operating system, but at a higher price tag of $1,799.99.

Compare Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector vs Nebula Cosmos Max

Nebula CosmosNeubla Cosmos MaxNeubla Mars II pro
Color SelectionBlackBlackBlack
Projection TechnologyDLPDLPDLP
Brightness900 ANSI lm1500 ANSI lm (Projection Brightness)500 ANSI lm
Resolution1920×1080(16:9, FHD)3840×2160(16:9, UHD)1280×720(16:9, HD)
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0Android TV 9.0Android 7.1
Dolby Digital PlusYesYesNo
Speaker2x10W4x10W2x10W
ConnectivityHDMI,USB,Bluetooth,Wi-Fi,ChromecastHDMI,USB,Bluetooth,Wi-Fi,ChromecastHDMI,USB,Bluetooth,Wi-Fi,Screen Mirroring
FocusAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic

Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector review

Mounting

The device supports front, rear, front ceiling, and rear ceiling projection modes. A screw connector at the bottom is provided for mounting the smart projector. As it is a relatively lightweight device weighing 2kg (70.5oz), it can be used both indoors and outdoors as long as there is a power outlet nearby.

Build

It is an oval-shaped device with a neutral finish. The dark metallic oval shaped chassis isn’t one you immediately want to hide away in its own room. And the top panel has two LED light options that can be toggled on and off—the red Nebula logo and, fittingly, a field of stars that fade in and out. 

Design

The projector measures 13.8 x 9.8 x 3.9 inches and weighs 7.4 pounds. On the back are two HDMI 2.0 (one with ARC), two USB ports each capable of data and power, and an optical port. The ES File Explorer needs to be downloaded from the Google Play store to play files from a USB drive.

Hardware

The smart projector has a quad-core CPU (A55) and GPU (Mali G31) along with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of eMMC ROM. Its integrated storage is adequate for installing apps but not for downloading games or content. The device features dual-band Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity. 

Ports

The Cosmos smart projector has decent connectivity options with two HDMI 2.0 ports for connecting devices like laptops and two USB Type-A ports for playing files from USB storage media like flash drives. Anker Nebula Cosmos supports popular audio and video formats, including MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, Mkv, WMV, MOV, MP4, DAT, AVI, and ISO. It can decode HDR10 and Dolby content. The projector’s power supply is located in an external adapter, making it a little inconvenient to carry.

Display

I have been using the projector outside on my patio and inside on occasion for movie night for the kids (my two little ones absolutely love the 120 inch display!). If you’re looking for a convenient set up to project outdoor movies I would highly recommend. 

Brightness

Brightness uniformity measured at 78%. On my sample the difference was between the center and top right of the screen, but hot or dim spots were not perceptible. For most of the screen the difference between sectors was only about a maximum of 50 ANSI lumens.

Anker Nebula Cosmos ANSI Lumens
PICTURE MODEANSI LUMENS
Standard731
Movie681
Office625

Resolution

It makes use of DLP technology for image projection. The device has a native resolution of 1080p or Full HD, allowing users to watch movies and videos in high-quality. As most of the content available today is in Full HD resolution, the Anker Nebula Cosmos smart projector is a suitable entertainment option. 

HDR10

HDR10 delivers on the director’s vision by ensuring everything you watch is vibrant and rich with color.

Keystone

A significant highlight of the Anker Nebula Cosmos smart projector is its image correction. It features a 3-second autofocus adjustment for projecting crisp and clear imagery. Despite having autofocus, the device enables users to adjust the focus manually. It also has auto vertical keystone correction (±40°) and manual horizontal keystone correction (±40°). Keystone correction makes image alignment easier and improves installation flexibility. 

Audio

The only drawback I’ve noticed is the Bluetooth audio when connecting to external speakers. Both my JBL and Sony sound bar can cut out from time to time. However, there is an optical out on the projector and I have used that to connect to my sound system when I want a very loud experience. But it should be noted that the internal speakers deliver a 360 audio Dolby digital sound and they sound great straight from the projector!

Noise

Anker says that the Cosmos Max is rated not to exceed 32 dB based on the ISO7779 lab measurement standard. In a more casual measurement in my living room from my viewing position about three feet behind the Cosmos Max, the sound meter registered 35 dB. That certainly isn’t too bad, but the whine of the fans can be heard during quiet moments.

Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector customer review

Amazing for in home projection!

So, I got into projectors many months back. My wife got me an Apeman NM4 portable projector for fathers day (~100 lumens). It was great to begin with. We used it on the back porch at night, for outdoor movie nights. I plan to keep using it for such, and for travel, and camping. But, we ended up setting it up inside in our living room. It worked there, but, without keystone correction, it had to be sitting smack dab in the center of the room (with 3 long USB cords running from the wall to power the projector, FireTV Stick, & extra speaker). So, I started looking for something better. My friend got a larger AC powered Apeman projector after seeing mine. His is much brighter and better. But, only does vertical keystone.

I came across the Nebula Cosmos and was intrigued (Always had good luck with Anker products in the past). I watched reviews, and finally decided to take the plunge. So glad I did! Ok, so the brightness is obviously way better than what I had with 900 Lumens now. I can now watch TV during the day without straining my eyes due to a dark image. Yes, I have to close the curtains for best view. But, TV was almost not watchable with the Apeman NM4 during the day. At night, it looks amazing. Better than some of my flatscreen TV’s! The keystone works great!

I have this Cosmos on the side / corner of my room. I admit, it took me a while to get the keystone set right (maybe 15 minutes). Once I found the settings for quadrilateral keystone correction (which lets you adjust the screen in 4 parts) I got it setup perfectly! I used a small Manfrotto Pixi Evo tripod, which is rated to hold more weight than the Cosmos weighs. This unit takes up very little room, doesn’t need an external speaker (it’s speakers are actually really good!), and runs quiet! Every once in a while the fan will turn on, but, very seldom. Doesn’t bother me at all, I hardly notice it. Had it about a month now, and it has been perfect. I hope it lasts for years and years (I have a 40″ Samsung 1080 LED TV that I got in 2008 that still works like new; use it in my bedroom… It still has better brightness, contrast, and clarity than most new TV’s; well, better than any sub $500 40″ TV… Paid like $2,500 for it back 13 years ago when LED was just coming out!). I will try to update if there are any issues in the first 5 years.

The Cosmos Max would be great; but, for double the cost I went with the standard Cosmos. Maybe in the future when prices come down, that will be my next projector. No need for it yet, this Cosmos is amazing as is! We have a 60″ Samsung 4k flat screen in our TV room if we really wanted the absolute best image for movies. Honestly though, we have hardly used any of the 5 real tv’s in the house since getting the Cosmos (unless in our bedrooms of course).

Another perk. I have a FireTV Stick Lite. I use it with this projector. I was going to use the included Android TV; however, the Netflix app is pretty bad, and, it doesn’t have an app to play live, over the air TV, from my FireTV Recast. So, I hooked up a FireTV Stick Lite. This meant I would need two remotes; and, that’s how I used it for days. Ok so, fast forward about a week. I am using the Nebula Cosmos remote, but, I am on the FireTV. I think I may have drank too much and was imagining things. But nope. My Nebula Cosmos remote now controls the Cosmos AND my HDMI plugged in FireTV Stick Lite. I did not set this up in any menus. It just was working somehow.

If you are on the fence, my vote is go for it!

By Earthling1984 at us.seenebula.com

Anker Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p home entertainment projector Setup

Step 1: Placement

Place this device on a stable, flat surface, and squarely point it to face the projection surface. For best results, the projection surface should be white and flat. The distance between this device and the projection surface must be a minimum of 31 inches (0.8 meters) and a maximum of 125 inches (3.18 meters) to get a projection image from 30 to 120 inches.

Step 2: Make remote ready

The remote control comes with two AAA batteries. For first-time use, slide to open the battery compartment, and install two AAA batteries. To replace the battery, unlock and open the battery compartment, insert a new battery matching the polarity (+/-) as indicated, and then close and lock the battery compartment.

Step 3: Connect the projector

Connect Nebula Cosmos to a power outlet using the provided power adapter. Press POWER to turn on the projector. Angle the device towards a suitable projection surface or wall. The built-in autofocus automatically adjusts the protector’s image focus. Or you can press [O] on the remote control to manually adjust the focus. When using for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the basic set-up.

Step 4: Control with Nebula app

To easily control this device, we recommend downloading the Nebula Connect app. With this app, you can operate your mouse using your phone screen.

  • Download the Nebula Connect app from the App Store (iOS devices) or Google Play (Android devices).
  • Enable Bluetooth on your smartphone and select [Nebula Cosmos] as the device to be connected.
  • Open the Nebula Connect app and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the connection setup.

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