Anker's new Nebula Mars II is a 720p portable projector that lasts 4 hours on a single charge
Portable cinema projectors are gaining popularity these days, and in case you’re unaware, Anker (yes, the one that makes power banks and adapters) has a few under its Nebula stable. The latest in the portfolio is the Nebula Mars II, the successor of the 2017 Nebula Mars.
Now powered by Android 7.1 Nougat, the Mars II is a DLP-based projector offering a 720p HD picture quality (1,280 x 800-pixel resolution on the 1st-gen Mars). Automatic image focus is possible this time round, which means you don’t need to keep re-adjusting the focus every time you move the projector.
The Mars II also touts a long lamp life of up to 30,000 hours, though interestingly, it has a lower maximum brightness compared to the 1st-gen Mars (300 vs. 500 ANSI lumens). While Anker says the Mars II is capable of a large 150-inch wide projection, I think it’s safe to assume your room must be pretty dark to achieve this.
Like its older sibling, the new Mars II comes with built-in 2 x 10W speakers and plenty of connectivity options, including USB, HDMI, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and screen mirroring (with the exception of copyrighted content). The internal rechargeable battery also provides up to four hours of continuous video playback, or 30 hours if you’re using it as a Bluetooth speaker.
The Anker Nebula Mars II is going for US$540 on Amazon.