Last Updated February 21,2019
The smart projector is the latest class of projection devices to pop up in recent years. Smart Projectors are projectors that come with a dedicated processor, RAM, and storage and feature multiple connectivity options. They are preloaded with an Operating System which allows users to play, watch and stream content without the need of an additional playback device like a DVD player. Users can install applications, browse the Internet or play movies and videos from USB drives. Smart projectors also feature HDMI and other ports for connecting them with consoles and playback devices.
Quite a few manufacturers have introduced smart projectors for the consumer market. The two most popular smart projectors available today are the Anker Nebula Capsule II and the JMGO N7L. They both come highly recommended by their buyers. Let’s talk a look at these smart projectors and see how they stand up against each other.
One of the primary specifications that buyers pay attention to when buying a projector is its resolution. The higher is the resolution of a projector, the better will be the quality of imagery it projects. Most content available today, including movies, TV shows and news, and that on streaming services is published in 1080p resolution. The Anker Nebula Capsule II has a resolution of 720p while the JMGO N7L has a resolution of 1080p. While the difference may appear subtle, in reality, the JMGO N7L projects images with over 2 million pixels compared to the Anker Nebula Capsule II that uses a little less than one million pixels for each image. The image quality of the JMGO N7L smart projector is 2.25 times better than the Anker Nebula Capsule II giving it a big win.
The second factor that will significantly impact the viewing experience of the users is the brightness rating of a projector. It determines how visible is the imagery in different environments. Projectors with a low ANSI lumens rating will not function well in environments with a moderate or high amount of ambient lighting. When comparing the brightness rating of two projectors, it is essential to consider their ANSI lumens rating and not regular lumens rating. It is because the ANSI lumens rating is standardized and more accurate in real-world scenarios.
Both these projectors make use of an LED light source. However, the Anker Nebula Capsule II has an ANSI lumens rating of 200 while the JMGO N7L has an ANSI lumens rating of 700. It means that the images projected by the Anker Nebula Capsule II will be far less visible than the images projected by the JMGO N7L. The Anker Nebula Capsule II will require a dark room to be operated in while the JMGO N7L will work fine in some ambient light as well. The JMGO N7L will project better and brighter imagery.
Anker Nebula Capsule 2
Image correction features in a projector help to correct any distortion in the projected images. These features allow the projector to project proportional images if there are a few limitations in the room it is being used in. Keystone correction is a common image correction feature. The JMGO N7L comes with both horizontal and vertical keystone correction capability of up to ±45° compared to the Anker Nebula Capsule II which only supports vertical keystone correction.
Another image correction feature is auto-focus. It automatically adjusts the lens to provide a crisp and clear picture without any blur. Both the JMGO N7L and the Anker Nebula Capsule II come with auto-focus functionality. However, the better keystone correction support of the JMGO N7L puts it slightly ahead.
As these devices are smart projectors, they come with their own operating system. Each of these smart projectors features an Android-based OS that allows the users to install applications and browse the Internet. However, the Anker Nebula Capsule II comes with the Android TV OS that provides access to a wide range of movies and shows. It also supports Google Assistant, allowing you to control the Capsule II using voice commands via supported devices.
The JMGO N7L comes with the proprietary JMGO OS which is based on Android. It allows you to install applications and stream content but doesn’t provide access to the Android TV smart platform and its content. The Anker Nebula Capsule II has an advantage when it comes to the operating system.
Some owners may also prefer a projector that is easier to carry around. The Anker Nebula Capsule II is lighter of the two models, weighing just under 0.7kg. The JMGO N7L is heavier at 1.2kg but isn’t as heavy as standard projectors. The Anker Nebula Capsule II also comes with a battery that supports a video playtime of up to 3 hours and a music playtime of up to 30 hours. It can be used without requiring a power source nearby making it a great companion for camping or road trips. The JMGO N7L doesn’t have a built-in battery and will require a power source. The Anker Nebula Capsule II is the better offering when it comes to portability thanks to its lighter weight and built-in battery.
When it comes to design, it is the taste of the buyer that will decide which of the two projectors attracts them more. The Anker Nebula Capsule II is designed, well, like a capsule. It is quite similar to a few portable Bluetooth speakers from other brands. The design of the Anker Nebula Capsule II is utility oriented.
The JMGO N7L has a unique design not associated with projectors. It has a round-shaped design that will fit into the décor of most living rooms. It lays equal emphasis on looks as well as utility. Consumers can decide between the two projectors based on their preferences.
When it comes to connectivity ports, each projector comes packed with plenty of options. The Anker Nebula Capsule II supports USB-C, HDMI, USB, Aux-out, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The JMGO N7L has an HDMI port, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, an audio port and a service port. Additionally, it has an Ethernet port if you want to connect it to LAN and support dual-band Wi-Fi.
Both the projectors have inbuilt speakers but can also function as standalone Bluetooth speakers in case you want to play music from your smartphone or other devices. The JMGO N7L is designed to project images ranging from 80 to 150” compared to the Anker Nebula Capsule II that can project images from 20 to 100”.
The JMGO N7L and the Anker Nebula Capsule II have their own market share and consumer base. They both come with a great set of features which make them exciting offerings. However, when it comes to image quality, the JMGO N7L is far superior owing to its 1080p resolution and higher lumens rating. It has better keystone correction feature for rectifying distorted images. It can also project larger images.
The Anker Nebula Capsule II might not have the same image quality as the JMGO N7L but is lighter and comes with a built-in battery. It also has a better operating system and provides access to the Android TV smart platform.
When it comes to price, the Anker Nebula Capsule II costs slightly more at $599 compared to the $539 for JMGO N7L smart projector. The Capsule II smart projector is more expensive despite having inferior picture quality and lower brightness. However, it comes with its own advantages over the JMGO N7L smart projector.
The JMGO N7L projects images with a quality that is far better than the Anker Nebula Capsule II dues to its 1080p resolution and 700 ANSI lumens brightness rating. It will do full justice to the content you are watching, making it the better option for buyers of smart projectors.
Individuals who are willing to compromise on picture quality in favor of a built-in battery, Android TV OS and portability, can consider the Anker Nebula Capsule II instead. However, most viewers will be using their smart projector in their homes, and the JMGO N7L smart projector will be the perfect fit for them.
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