CNET First Look
Nebula Mars is a home cinema in a lunch boxWith its built in JBL 10W speakers and rechargeable battery that last up to 3 hours, the Nebula Mars projector is a lightweight portable home theater.
Not a quite [UNKNOWN] projector, I like to the $600 Nebula Mars as a home theater in a lunchbox. On top of being able to project an image up to 150 inches, it has dual JVL 10 watt speakers built in its chastity, as well as rechargeable battery. It delivers up to three hours of projection time. Those speakers don't sound great, but they do sound much better and play much louder than the tiny speaker built into your typical [UNKNOWN] projector. While you can project 850 inch image, you're going to get a much better picture projecting in the 55 to 75 inch range. Rated at 3,000 lumens, projector is fairly bright, particularly for a projector of its size. But you'll still wanna project in a dark room so the image doesn't get washed out. Projector has a native resolution of 1,280 by 800, or 800p, and the images I projected were fairly sharp though there was a little bit of softness It made you feel like you're watching something in between a DVD and a Blu-Ray. What's cool about the projector is that there's a number of ways to get video to run through it. It's powered by an Android based operating system and has built in wi-fi so you can stream content right from the projector via apps like Netflix an YouTube. Another option is to plug a video source such as an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast, or Apple TV into the HDMI port and stream content that way. You can also play a video file from a USB thumb drive, and of course, a laptop is always an option. I thought the picture was a little soft using the internal Netflix app, but I had better luck running video directly from a USB stick. My iPhone using an HDMI adaptor cable. The projector software is upgradable, and I expect to see some tweaks going forward that offer some small improvements. But overall we were pretty impressed with this portable home cinema. It's got a lot to like about it, although I'd like to see it costs about $100 less. [SOUND]