Anker Nebula Mars II Mini Projector

Last updated date: February 25, 2021

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8.8

Anker Nebula Mars II Mini Projector

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We looked at the top Mini Projectors and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Mini Projector you should buy.

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Overall Take

You won't even need a device to use the Anker Nebula Mars II Mini Projector. It comes with an Android operating system built in. This projector is best for watching movies and gaming in extremely dark rooms, so it won't be the best choice for professional presentations in bright conference rooms. You can also use this projector as a Bluetooth speaker to stream music for up to 30 hours on a single charge.


In our analysis of 36 expert reviews, the Anker Nebula Mars II Mini Projector placed 9th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

OS: Android 7.1 Working Modes: Projector Mode and Bluetooth Speaker Mode OTA: Supported App Store: Supported Movie Playtime: 4 hours in Battery Mode Music Playtime: 30 hours in Bluetooth Speaker Mode Charging time: 3 hours Video Formats: H.264 BP/MP/HP–up to 1080p; MPEG-4 SP/ASP–up to 1080p; DivX 4x/5x/6x –up to 1080p; H.263 P0 – WVGA; VP8 – 1080p; (HEVC) H.265 MP 8-bit – up to 1080p *Specifications and design are subject to change without notice. What's In The Box Nebula Mars II, power adapter, manual, remote, 12-month warranty, and our friendly customer service.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.2
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.4
184 user reviews

What experts liked

That’s particularly handy given the projector can be used as a standalone Bluetooth speaker too, where it’ll blast 30-odd hours of tunes on a single charge.
- Tech Radar
September 13, 2018 | Full review
The built-in Android OS allows you to run just about any streaming app (Amazon Video and Netflix come preloaded), and the companion Nebula app turns your phone or tablet into a much-needed remote for those apps.
- CNET
January 17, 2019 | Full review
When used in Bluetooth speaker mode the Mars II can keep going 30 hours before it needs a recharge.
- Tech Advisor
Like its predecessor, the Nebula Mars II is an Ultra-Portable Theater-Grade DLP projector, capable of producing high quality HD images and videos on virtually any flat surface. It projects images/videos up to 150″ diagonally with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
- The Gadgeteer
September 30, 2018 | Full review
Uses Android as an operating system, letting you plug in a USB drive or download apps directly
- Android Central
July 9, 2018 | Full review
The Mars II has a clean interface, a well-designed remote, and an optional iOS/Android control app—all of which make navigating between connected sources and built-in streaming video apps like Netflix and Amazon Video simple.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Just like the Nebula Capsule, the Mars II doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, The Mars II lasts around four hours on a single charge, or 30 hours in Bluetooth speaker mode, It runs full Android 7.1 Nougat
- Tech Spot
The Mars II lasts around four hours on a single charge, or 30 hours in Bluetooth speaker mode.
- Android Police
September 3, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

It’s not bright enough for daytime use in any meaningful way, but when night falls, it’s a lovely bit of kit.
- Tech Radar
September 13, 2018 | Full review
You can plug any source into the projector's HDMI port, but obviously that source's power requirements may limit overall portability.
- CNET
January 17, 2019 | Full review
The Mars II is running Android Nougat 7.1, but it does not include the Google Play store.
- Tech Advisor
Needs a greater selection of streaming apps
- The Gadgeteer
September 30, 2018 | Full review
Not bright enough to use during the day, or in a conference room
- Android Central
July 9, 2018 | Full review
As we said before, the Anker Nebula Mars II doesn’t have the best image quality, objectively speaking, of the mini projectors that we tested.
- New York Times Wirecutter
There's no Google Play Store, most apps don't have a TV interface, and you have to use a remote control app on your phone in many situations, Having a touchpad on the physical remote would make using non-TV apps much easier
- Tech Spot
There's no Google Play Store, most apps don't have a TV interface, and you have to use a remote control app on your phone in many situations.
- Android Police
September 3, 2019 | Full review

An Overview On Mini Projectors

Businesses aren’t the only ones using projectors today. Consumers have realized the value of having a device around for streaming video, watching movies or gaming with friends. But whether you’re buying a projector for personal or professional use, a smaller, more portable version can open up opportunities.

Mini projectors are designed to be portable enough to carry around while also packing the same punch as a much larger model. You’ll get bright, crisp colors and long battery life in some mini projectors, making them great whether you’re presenting in a conference room or enjoying movie night at a friend’s house.

One thing to consider as you shop for a projector is mobile connectivity. Some projectors connect up to your favorite smartphone or tablet to let you access your files or stream from your favorite apps. It’s important to look at compatibility if you’re choosing a projector to work with your existing mobile device, especially if you don’t have iOS or Android operating systems.

Then there are the mini projectors that don’t require you to connect to anything at all. These projectors have their own operating systems that let you access your own files and even use built-in apps. If you’re going to be streaming, you’ll need to make sure you can connect to wireless where you’ll be using it.

For audiophiles, sound is essential. Unfortunately, not all projectors come with good speakers, and you’ll probably find that applies to miniature projectors, as well. Some projectors come with great speakers built in, which means you’ll get high-quality sound when you’re streaming or gaming. You can even use some projectors as a Bluetooth speaker to listen to your favorite music.

Power is also a consideration with miniature projectors. Despite being portable, some projectors don’t run on battery power, so you’ll have to consistently find somewhere to plug in your adaptor. Even those that do run on batteries have limited runtime, which is something you’ll have to consider every time you fire your projector up.

The Mini Projector Buying Guide

  • If you’re buying a projector for portability, chances are you want to be able to travel without the burden of extra equipment. With some mini projectors, you’ll be able to link up to a smartphone or tablet, which means you can conduct a presentation or show a movie directly from the device you have with you. Look for a projector that is compatible with iOS and Android devices, letting you grab documents, photos and videos from your phone.
  • With some mini projectors, you won’t even need the mobile device. Some projectors have Android built-in, which means you can plug in a USB drive or download apps through the projector itself. It some options even come preloaded with Amazon Video and Netflix. With these projectors, you won’t even have to install anything to start watching your favorite TV shows.
  • You’ll likely want to factor in size and weight when choosing a portable projector, especially if you’re hauling it around the country. Some of these mini projectors are impressively small and can weigh in at only 0.8 ounces.
  • You’ll probably see the term “lumens” when you’re researching projectors. They’re directly connected to the brightness and quality of the image you’ll get.
  • The best projector can depend heavily on what you’ll be using it to do. If you plan to use it in daylight for activities, like presentations in office conference rooms, focus on a projector that has clear and crisp text projection. For use in extremely dark rooms, though, you’ll probably find models focused on movie and video projection to be better.
  • To be truly portable, you’ll need your mini projector to be able to run on batteries. As convenient in size as many of these mini projectors are, they often will surprisingly require a power adaptor to run.  For true portability, look for models with big batteries that will last as long as you need them to.