Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K | Full Review & Your Questions Answered
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Love my Cosmos Laser 4K. It quite bright and detailed. No need to buy a smart TV. This checks all the boxes, plus the use case are many, since I will also use it to project art to create murals. Hands down the best purchase I’ve made to date. My only concern is what is the aftermarket support for Nebula devices, repairs etc.
Been using it for about 10 days now. I'm a 3rd time Nebula owner. Started with the Capsule, then upgraded to the Capsule Max, now an owner of the Cosmos Laser 4K. Nebula does a great job with customer service when you run into issues, and the products are well made. We use projectors to stream on our roof deck all summer and fall long, so we put on about 400-500 hours a year. With the Capsule products, you had to wait until dark to get a good image, and dark images (Stranger Things, for example) were always tough to see even well after sunset. Not so with the Cosmos Laser 4K. We can start watching about an hour before sunset (which is ideal for kids movie night), and the imagery is crisp and clear. Can you use this in broad daylight? No. Dusk? Yes. Dark? Absolutely.
The AndroidTV is also an excellent upgrade to the operating system. (Only major app the google play store is missing is the Xfinity Beta. All the other major ones are there). I've always used a Roku stick in the past, which is still an option. But, now, I can simply put the projector on the table, plug it in, and go with the onboard apps. Setup is less than 20 seconds. We connect a bluetooth speaker (it's not intuitive to figure out how - go to "Remotes and Accessories", then add), which is ideal for our setup. The speakers onboard are good, but we strongly prefer adding our own speaker. You can also add your bluetooth headphones if you're in a shared outdoor space, like a common roof or backyard.
Definitely follow the guidance in the other reviews about updating the firmware and software of the onboard streamer before starting to fiddle around. Have a good wifi connection when doing so, or it will consume your first night after the unboxing. Also update your remote. Mine updated pretty easily after updating the other components. I do wish there was an option to backlight the remote. You can use the Nebula app in the dark, which does work well. But I like the tactile ease of the remote, and the one feature that would be nice is backlighting.
Ports are one HDMI, one USB. also an Audio Out Headphone jack. You can power your low voltage items (Ex: Streaming stick) via that USB, so that's a nice feature if you prefer to use your stick as you can leave it plugged in and not have to worry about powering it separately.
For us, the investment is worth it, because it gets heavy use. If this were a novelty use, the Capsule would be good enough. But because it's a 150+ night item at our house, we really value the performance here.
I backed the Nebula Cosmos 4K laser projector on Kickstarter. It’s a great product with sturdy construction. The picture is sharp and clear. Sound is OK. Portability is great and access to the GoogleTV App Store is awesome. That said, here are some of my pros and cons.
- Bright, clear picture!
- Build materials and craftsmanship are indicative of a premium product.
- With built-in speakers, portability is awesome. All you need is a power source and flat surface and you have a theater.
- Auto keystone and auto focus make setting up a breeze. Manual controls let’s you fine tune if needed.
- I would love to have seen additional I/O included. USB-C and Toslink (optical audio) would have been nice as well as a second HDMI for more permanent installations.
- The dongle connects via micro USB. This should have been USB-C.
- Mounting to a tripod with the single screw means the projector has a lot of mass applying pressure to a small location. In my opinion, an ARCA mounting system should have been used.
My first projector so have little to compare to but watching beautiful, bright 4k images on a bezel less 110inch screen is incredible. I got this on kickstarter and am very happy with it. However, since it is a new product there are still some software issues, mainly with the remote, that need to be resolved. Eg. I set the remote to control the volume on the unit but it always seems to switch to the soundbar. A little annoying but not enough to not recommend this. At full price though, it is a lot of money for the privilege.
If you are wondering what more a laser projector could bring to the experience of watching TV and films other than the obvious adjustable picture size, all you need to do is watch any Star Wars film that way and the answer becomes obvious. Normal TVs cannot match the way that the lightsaber and laser effects pop out of the screen at you!
The projector unit is not too heavy and it has a solid carry handle, which makes it very portable. If you have wireless internet then all you need to do is move it to somewhere within range and plug it into a power socket. I have a Disney Plus subscription, so I watched the last episode of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series on it, with the projector providing the sound, and it just lifted the whole experience up so much.
Setting up the projector to your settings and passwords is a one-time thing, so no repeat setup is needed. A software update is needed the first time you ever switch on, and you will occasionally be prompted over time for further downloads to keep the unit or the remote control updated. The system uses Google Android as its base, so once you log in there are a whole range of options available to you, such as YouTube or paid subscription services such as Netflix.
Setting the brightness or volume is easy – you can do it from the top of the unit or by using the included remote control – and I haven’t needed to touch the focus or keystone settings once because the projector automatically sets them for you, which is excellent. You can have the picture quite bright if you want to, which is especially useful if you want to use it out in the garden by projecting it onto a white wall or garage door. Stand in front of it and a message comes up to say: “To protect your eyesight, please keep a distance from the projector”. There is also a blank or colour screensaver you can enable and adjust the timing (with a minimum of 5 minutes), and an auto-off (after a minimum of 30 minutes).
There is a HDMI connection on the unit as well, and that makes it ideal for work purposes. I’ve been using it as a second screen for home working. Most of the time I do not need audio for work; I just need to see the laptop screen and second screen provided by the projector. Therefore, there would be a problem if the Nebula was overly noisy, but it isn’t too loud really and I stopped noticing it quite quickly.
I’m very happy with the projector, but you’re probably wondering if there’s anything I do not like about it that maybe I should tell you. There is one thing I’m worried about, and that is the lack of a lens cover at the front. It’s just open to the risk of being scratched when transported, and this is the sort of projector many people will want to take places. There is no carry case included, so I would advise that you keep the sturdy box it comes in.