Hands-on with Anker's new smart projector, speakers, and fast charger
Anker is known for its range of excellent mobile charging products, but the company has expanded beyond providing power in recent years with its Nebula, Eufy and SoundCore brands. At a launch event in New York, the company announced new products across its range of brands that it hopes will persuade you to part with your hard earned money this holiday season.
The new products include the Nebula Capsule II pocket projector, the SoundCore Model Zero+ wireless speaker, the Eufy home security solution which aims to tackle the biggest issues with current smart security systems, and Anker's smallest 27W Power Delivery USB-C charger.
Anker's smallest USB-C Power Delivery charger
The PowerPort Atom PD is a compact USB-C enabled wall charger supporting 27W Power Delivery. Compared to most other Power Delivery chargers, this is smaller than stock smartphone chargers, but is capable of delivering enough power to fast charge every smartphone and even keep some laptops powered. It's sleek, stylish and works extremely well; at a cost of $29.99 (opens in new tab), it's ideal for throwing in your bag when you head on vacation.
|Total Output Wattage||27W|
|Input||100 - 240V ~ 1.2A 50 - 60Hz|
|Power Delivery Output||5V - 3A / 9V - 3A / 15V - 1.5A / 20V - 1.1A|
|Size||1.61 in x 1.37 in x 1.49 in|
The small size of the PowerPort Atom PD makes this stand out. It's smaller than the stock charger included in the box of the Pixel 3, yet much more powerful and for most smartphone users - in particular, those who need more power than Apple includes by default with the iPhone - this will be the go-to wall charger.
$30 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A good pico projector made better
The Nebula Capsule II is the follow-up to the company's successful Nebula pico projector and brings a host of new features including Android TV, Google Assistant and Improved audio. The Nebula Capsule II features the same soda-can inspired design as the original Capsule with 720p HD output and runs on the latest version of Android TV. Other notable features include 1-second autofocus, 8W speakers and USB-C.
|Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Brightness||200 ANSI lumens|
|Operating System||Android TV 9.0, supporting over 3600 applications, such as: Google Play, YouTube, and Hulu Plus.|
|Speaker||8W speakers with dual passive radiators|
|Improved connectivity||Supports USB Type C, HDMI, USB, AUX-Out, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Chromecast|
|Other||1 second autofocus|
Google Assistant support
The soda-can inspired design results in a sleek pico projector that looks great and will be a tasteful addition to any home. There are just a few buttons, which blend into the stylish grill design. It's small and sleek, yet powerful and has a range of features making it one of the most capable pico projectors on the market. The addition of Android TV especially means the Nebula Capsule II has access to all the apps you need.
Two new speakers, one with Google Assistant built-in
The SoundCore Model Zero and Model Zero+ are two new portable speakers for different price points. The Model Zero+ is the more capable of the two, bringing Google Assistant and Dolby Audio support. The Zero+ has been "designed by Scan-Speak", which Anker says further increases audio output definition. The Zero+ has 5 hours of battery life, while the regular Model Zero - which is a simple Bluetooth speaker - offers 10 hours of battery life. The Model Zero is available now for $199.99 (opens in new tab), while the Model Zero+ will retail for $249.99 (opens in new tab) when it launches next month.
|Feature||Model Zero||Model Zero+|
|Dimensions||256 x 128 x 240mm||256 x 148 x 240 mm|
|Battery life||10 hours (BT mode)||5 hours (Wi-Fi mode)|
|Charge time||3 hours||3 hours|
|BT||v5||v4.2 (with receiver, not transmitter)|
|Smart features||None||Google Home support|
Streaming services (Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, YouTube Music, iHeartRadio
|Driver size||2 x 63mm Woofer|
2 x 19mm Tweeter
2 passive Radiators
|2 x 63mm Woofer|
2 x 19mm Tweeter
2 passive Radiators
|Battery capacity||6700 mAh||6700 mAh|
|Operational range (Bluetooth)||20m / 66ft||10m / 33ft|
|Price||$199.99 (opens in new tab)||$249.99|
The Model Zero+ is the more capable of the two speakers but both feature a stylish design that reminds me of a handbag. They're designed to be easy to pick-up and carry, and the key difference between them is in the style. The Model Zero+ comes in a range of colors and features a metal finish near the handle, with a slider used to change the volume. The Model Zero features actual buttons and this area is the only way to easily differentiate between the two speakers.
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What do you think of Anker's new announcements? Let us know your views in the comments below!
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Nirave Gondhia has been writing about the mobile industry for over a decade and began his career selling and fixing phones in the UK. He's used every flagship smartphone over the past five years and carries at least two phones at all times - currently, he's using the iPhone 11 Pro, [Samsung Galaxy Fold and Motorola RAZR. Say hi to him on Twitter at @nirave.
I have the Original Capsule. My only complaint is the software. In fact I almost exclusively use it with my Chromecast due to my personal annoyance with the lack of apps( you can't log in to YouTube or get YT TV) so I just cast most of the time. The only app I use on the Capsule is Netflix. Does the new one have proper Android TV and Google services?
I recently bought the Anker Soundcore bluetooth speaker from Amazon and I'm just a little disappointed. All the rhetoric about this product suggested unbelievable sound quality. It does work ok but its only marginally better than the $10 no name Chinese import I was using before. It's probably a good speaker but I guess the hype raised my expectations too high.