Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K review: ‘Frenzy’ in Australia for high-end portable projector
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic – and the Cosmos Laser 4K projector released by Nebula definitely pushes the boundaries of what’s possible.
Forget your phone. Forget your QLED or OLED TV. Nebula’s new portable projector will transform your wall into a gigantic 150-inch symphony of sights and sounds, allowing you to enjoy a cinema-like streaming experience from the comfort of your home.
In partnership with JB Hi-Fi, Cosmos Laser 4K was launched in Australia, first among global markets. This means we are the first to get our hands on the exciting new product made by Anker Innovations.
Sydney is already going crazy for it, with a luxury ‘streaming’ cinema shop setting up shop in Darlinghurst – giving everyone the chance to test out this new technology for free. More on how you can experience this later.
Cosmos Laser 4K: “Insanely good”
Nebula sent a projector to my house to test – and it’s amazingly good.
Setup was a breeze, I followed the quick setup guide, connected it to my Wi-Fi, and downloaded a few updates. The whole thing took about five minutes – it was basically just plug it in and go.
I put away my aging TV (I’m still using a Changhong LED TV that I bought years ago, it’s so old it’s been discontinued) and transformed the blank canvas of my white wall in what was frankly an amazing experience.
You can use your phone to control the settings – it’s supported by Chromecast – and it also comes with a handy remote, so take your pick in that regard.
It’s integrated with AndroidTV 10.0, which means you have access to the most popular streaming platforms, from Netflix, Stan and Disney+ to Twitch and YouTube. In fact, you can access 7000 mainstream apps on the device.
But there are three main points that place this portable projector in the absolute top.
The Cosmos Laser 4K projector is remarkably compact and lightweight, making it extremely portable. (You can definitely carry it with one hand.) There’s a large handle on the top, which makes it super easy to carry from room to room or even to a friend’s house, allowing you to transform n Any theater set, as long as there’s a power outlet. Anker says its 545 Portable Power Station will be available soon, freeing up the ability to take the projector virtually anywhere.
The projector is powered by lasers (yes lasers!) allowing you to stream in 4K with 2400 ISO lumens (the units of brightness/illuminance used in the projector industry). This puts it at the high end of home theater projectors.
The lights will automatically turn off if the sensors under the projector detect someone walking in front, to protect people’s eye health.
It’s very well packaged under the hood with a Quad-Core Cortex-A55 processor, 2GB of DDR RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage.
The speaker system is 2x 10W and 2x 5W Dolby Audio with revolutionary AiFi technology that can create a “true 3D soundscape”.
The hardware allows for a great connection to your other devices, with dual-frequency 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi and built-in Bluetooth 5.0. There are also USB, HDMI and AUX ports, so you can connect to just about anything.
The cinematic experience
It’s really like being in the cinema: you can turn your wall into a huge 150-inch screen that is simply breathtaking.
And the projector is so powerful, you can watch it any time of the day.
It also features IEA technology, which means the projector can recognize your surroundings and create a theater anywhere in seconds.
I tried it with one of our house’s absolute classics – Harry Potter.
The Cosmos Laser 4K received a very audible “wow” from my wife, and my kids seemed even more excited by the “You’re a wizard Harry” line than usual.
When they went to bed, I broadcast the last top-level League of Legends matches on Twitch and was spellbound. Casting it on my wall was so much more of a dynamic experience than watching it on my phone.
I can understand why Linus Sebastian of tech channel ShortCircuit titled his review: “I STEAL this!”
The Cosmos Laser 4K isn’t cheap though, priced at $4295. But if you can’t afford the price, there is another option to experience the spotlight if you live in Sydney.
Streaming cinema has arrived in Sydney
Normally, with my reviews, I can discover a cool product and tell you about it.
But this time you have the chance to try it yourself.
The first of its kind Nebula Streaming Cinema is now open for bookings in Darlinghurst, Sydney, with cinemas possibly rolling out to other locations across the country.
Think recliners, surround sound, unlimited popcorn, drinks and snacks, and on-demand waiter service to boot.
Inside the four-seat cinema, guests enjoy a truly immersive viewing experience. And the best part? It’s free!
Sessions began in July and will continue until August 14, 2022.
To book a free two-hour streaming session for you and up to three others, visit www.nebulastreamingcinema.com.
The unique cinematic experience has already sent Sydney into a streaming frenzy,” said Gaspar Xie, Head of Sales and Operations at Nebula.
“The demand was so great that we had to create a waiting list which now has more than 1000 people.
“The sheer volume of public inquiries forced us to create additional sessions during the week.
“To be able to meet growing audience demand, we are discussing plans to extend the duration of 4K Laser streaming cinema in Sydney and possibly even open in other cities.”