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Why this projector?
Unpacking
First configuration
Finish
Projection room
Battery autonomy
Power consumption
Operating noise
Connectivity
Image quality
Audio quality
Video games
Operating system
Test / Review conclusion
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Nebula Cosmos Max 4k test & review (first 4k projector under 1000 EUR)

Nebula Cosmos Max 4k test, review and price

Category: Tests / Reviews

I bought my first projector (a Xgimi H1) in crowdfunding in 2016 and 4 years after my purchase it still gives me complete satisfaction.

In 2019 I bought a portable projector in crowdfunding (a Xgimi Mogo Pro) and it was also a very good product.

In 2020, I wanted to test a 4k projector but the prices being still too high, I thought I would have to wait until I found the Nebula Cosmos Max sold for less than 1000 € in crowdfunding. I thought I'd give it a try!




linkManufacturer web site: https://www.seenebula.com/


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Price Nebula Cosmos Max

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Anker Nebula Cosmos Max 4K Home Cinema 3D Audio 1500 Lumen w/ Mount (Bundle)...
2020-10-25 15:05
1500 USD
Nebula Nebula Cosmos MAX...
2020-10-25 18:56
1400 EUR
Nebula Nebula Cosmos Max...
2020-10-25 15:11
1806 EUR
BRAND NEW Nebula Cosmos Max 4K Home Projector w/3D Audio & Ceiling Mount!...
2020-10-25 15:05
1700 USD



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Timeline

June 2020: the crowdfunding campaign ends and I missed the sale (by oversight). I contacted the Nebula support and the projector will not be available for sale before September.
October 2020: the projector is available on Amazon, I bought it with a 20% discount. Two days later, I have the projector at home and I can start the test.

Why this projector?

My blog is a hobby and when I test a product, I have to choose a type of product that I use frequently because I don't have enough time to test products that I never use. I usually test smartphones because I use this kind of product every day but I also use projectors a lot, I gave up television years ago.

I've been wanting to buy a 4k projector for a few months now but with prices over 2000 euros, it wasn't exactly in my budget. So I waited until I found the Nebula Cosmos Max on Indiegogo. It's the first portable projector in 4k.

Buying a product on Indiegogo is always a risk but you have to know that the Nebula projector is produced by a company (Anker) that has already produced good projectors and this company has a great way to bring a good product on the market.

If you want to take the risk, it is always possible to buy it at a preferential price on Indiegogo:





Unpacking



When I received the box of the Nebula Cosmos Max 4k I was surprised by its weight, the projector weighs 3.4kg and it is also quite large (35cm by 25). The box barely fit in my studio to take the pictures.

My camera was running out of battery and I didn't want to wait to take pictures so I used my Samsung Galaxy S20 to take the pictures.

The projector is very well protected in its box, this partly explains the size and weight of the box. The Nebula is not the first projector produced by Anker and it shows. The packaging shows a certain maturity in product identity and the positioning is rather premium.

The box contains the projector, a remote control with 2 AAA batteries, a manual and the power cable.



First configuration

The Nebula Cosmos Max 4k runs on Android TV, which means that the start-up procedure follows a similar process to all other devices running the same operating system.

The first step is to associate the remote control to the projector, I guess it is linked to the projector by a bluetooth link. The association is quick and hasn't caused me any problems.

The following screens are common to all machines using Android TV, you have to select your country and language, then you have to use a Google account to connect. As the projector does not come with a keyboard, the configuration procedure allows you to use an Android phone to configure the projector, this makes it easier to add an account on the projector with minimal intervention from the phone's keyboard. Next come the usual authorisation screens for Google services. The configuration procedure only takes a few minutes, it is well designed and will allow you to use the projector quickly.



Finish



The Nebula Cosmos Max 4k projector is really beautiful, I know, it's subjective but it's probably one of the most beautiful projectors I've tested so far. Its format is a bit peculiar though because the projectors are often angular where the Nebula is elipse shaped. This choice is undoubtedly motivated by the desire to spread the sound all around the projector in a uniform manner.

The projector has a premium feel, the finish is impeccable, the materials are well assembled and the weight reinforces the impression of solidity.

At the front of the projector you will of course find the optical compartment, it is quite imposing but fits well into the structure of the projector. The outline of the projector is composed of a grid to diffuse the sound, there are two almost invisible outlets to let the heat out of the projector.



At the rear there is an ignition button, two HDMI ports, two USB ports and a digital output for sound. The connector for the power supply is next to the first HDMI port.

The top of the projector has a reflective surface that will light up in the form of small stars when the projector is switched on.

On the bottom of the projector there is the bracket needed to attach the projector to an arm or stand.



Projection room

My projection room is rectangular, 4.6m x 2.9m (height 2.2m). The projection wall is a normal wall on which I have applied white paint without any particular treatment. The walls on the side are darker (dark grey and red) to accentuate the contrast with the white wall and avoid too much light reflection. I have the possibility to place a projector at the back of the room at a distance of about 4m from the screen. I also have the option of placing a short-throw projector at the foot of the wall. I don't have a dedicated installation for sound, I just use a sound bar from Xiaomi.

Battery autonomy

The Nebula Cosmos Max 4k does not have a battery, it runs on mains power only.

Power consumption

Not yet available / tested

Operating noise

Not yet available / tested

Connectivity

Not yet available / tested

Image quality

I will update this article as I go along with the test but I can already give my first impressions of the image quality.

The projector is a real 4k projector, it may sound silly but many projectors are supposedly 4k compatible but their native resolution is often lower. This Nebula Cosmos Max 4k is therefore really capable of reproducing a 4k video and it shows, the definition is finer than on my other projector in 1080p.

Without going into the details of a video test, I find that the sharpness is good, the images are fluid (little judder), the colours are well saturated but I have a little problem with the green which is a little too bright. I saw that it was possible to play with the colour temperature, so I will try to bring the green back to a more normal level.

ColorimetryNot yet available / tested

BrightnessNot yet available / tested

Audio quality

Not yet available / tested

Video games

Not yet available / tested

Operating system

Not yet available / tested


Encoutered bugs

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Test / Review conclusion

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Strengths
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Weaknesses
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