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Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser Projector Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 13, 2024 at 10:37 am
Latest change: Writing modified Feb 26, 2024 at 09:47 am

The Anker Capsule 3 Laser is a compact laser projector designed with portability in mind. It has a compact, lightweight design and great features that allow for a variety of screen setups, as well as a built-in battery pack designed to last up to 2.5 hours. It also has built-in speakers and Android TV 11.0, so you can easily pair it to a wireless hotspot and stream your favorite movies anywhere you want.

Our Verdict

5.9 Movies

The Anker Capsule 3 Laser is disappointing for watching movies, even in a pitch-black room. Although it has decent contrast, it's not very bright, so everything looks a bit dull and muted overall. It's not very accurate, either, and most colors look overblown even after calibration.

  • Built-in battery pack.
  • Android TV OS built-in for easy streaming.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Poor color accuracy.
  • 5.9 Movies
  1. Updated Feb 26, 2024: Mentioned the newly reviewed Anker Nebula Capsule Max in the Color Gamut section of this review.
  2. Updated Feb 13, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the Anker Capsule 3 Laser. There are other models in the Capsule lineup, including the Anker Nebula Capsule 3, which uses an LED lamp instead of a laser light source.

Model Light Source Resolution
Capsule 3 Laser Laser 1080p
Capsule 3 LED 1080p
Capsule Max LED 720p
Capsule II LED 720p

Compared To Other Projectors

Regarding portable projectors, the Anker Capsule 3 Laser is one of the best. With its built-in battery and automatic adjustment features, it's a breeze to bring with you and watch movies at night wherever you go. It's also very expensive and doesn't deliver as good cinematic picture quality as a traditional fixed unit.


The XGIMI Halo+ is much better than the Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser. The XGIMI is much brighter, has better contrast, and has a much wider color gamut, so it projects a more vibrant image than the Anker. The Anker is more accurate than the XGIMI but not nearly enough to compensate for the XGIMI's edge in image quality.

Samsung The Freestyle 2nd Gen

The Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser and the Samsung The Freestyle 2nd Gen deliver very similar picture quality, but the Nebula is a slightly better portable projector. It has a built-in battery that Nebula advertises to deliver up to 2.5 hours of movie-watching. It also supports USB-C data delivery, so you can project directly from your laptop or smartphone.

XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro

The XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro projects a slightly more vibrant image than the Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser due to its slightly better peak brightness and contrast, but the Anker is much more accurate out-of-the-box. The Anker is also even more portable than the XGIMI as it is lighter and smaller and has an integrated battery, which the manufacturer advertises to last up to 2.5 hours.


The Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser is a slightly better projector than the XGIMI MoGo 2, especially if you use it as a portable projector. The Anker has a built-in battery pack, which they advertise to be good for up to 2.5 hours of playback. The Anker also delivers slightly better picture quality thanks to its higher maximum resolution.


The XGIMI Elfin is better than the Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser, although the Anker is slightly more portable due to its more compact size and integrated battery. Still, the XGIMI has superior image quality, with better brightness, contrast, colors, and image accuracy.

Anker Nebula Capsule Max

The Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser is better than the Anker Nebula Capsule Max. The Capsule 3 Laser gets a bit brighter than the Max, which helps make colors pop more, but it's still not bright enough for a room with lights on. The Capsule 3 Laser has much better color accuracy that you can further improve with calibration, and this model has a higher native 1080p resolution. The Capsule Max only has automatic vertical keystone correction, but the Capsule 3 Laser also has automatic horizontal correction, so it's easier to set up. The Capsule 3 Laser features the Google Play store, which has many more apps to download, and you can cast content from your phone instead of being limited to screen mirroring like you are on the Capsule Max.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Height 6.7" (17.0 cm)
Width 3.3" (8.3 cm)
Depth 3.3" (8.3 cm)
2.1 lbs (0.9 kg)

The Anker Capsule 3 Laser has a compact design that's easy to carry around. Its auto keystone correction and autofocus features make it a breeze to set up, so you can quickly jump into your favorite movie and spend less time adjusting settings every time you move it. It also has a built-in battery pack that Anker advertises to last about 2.5 hours, and it has built-in speakers. There's also a travel case available for this model, but it's sold separately.

Projector Technology
Imaging Technology
Light Source
Aspect Ratio
16 : 9
Minimum Throw Ratio
Maximum Throw Ratio

This DLP projector uses a laser light source, which requires no maintenance and will last for 20,000 hours or more. This means you likely won't ever have to worry about replacing its light source.

Picture Quality
Picture Quality
White Light Output
208 lm
Color Light Output
217 lm
Brightness Uniformity
Screen Brightness
23 cd/m²

Unfortunately, the brightness of this projector after calibration is very low, with both colors and pure white. The brightness uniformity is fantastic, but on a 100" screen, it's just not bright enough for an enjoyable movie-watching experience, even in a pitch-black environment.

Picture Quality
Native Contrast
138 : 1

The Anker Capsule 3 Laser has decent contrast. Blacks are deep and look good in a dark room, but contrast is low as whites aren't very bright.

Picture Quality
Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
Color dE
Color Temperature
6,863 K
Picture Mode
Color Temp Setting
Gamma Setting

Out-of-the-box, this projector has mediocre accuracy. The white balance is decent, with very few noticeable issues, but the color temperature is a bit cool. Colors aren't very accurate, especially reds and blues, but even green is a bit off.

Picture Quality
Post-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
Color dE
Color Temperature
6,535 K
White Balance Calibration
1 point
Color Calibration
Picture Mode

The overall image accuracy is great after calibration. The white balance and gamma are nearly perfect, and the color temperature is close to ideal. Since it lacks a color calibration system, colors are still noticeably inaccurate, especially pure blues and reds.

Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Rec. 709 xy
Rec. 709 uv
Rec. 2020 xy
Rec. 2020 uv

This projector has an okay color gamut. It covers most of the Rec. 709 color space used with SDR content. It can't display anything beyond that, though. If you want a similar projector with a wider color gamut, check out the Anker Nebula Capsule Max, but it's even dimmer than this model so the difference won't be noticeable to most people.

Inputs & Connectivity
Yes (eARC)
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Data Ports

You can use the USB-C port for charging or as a data port. If you're using it as a data port, connected to a laptop or mobile phone, you're limited to the built-in battery pack.

Smart Features & Sound
Smart OS
Cast Capable

The Anker Nebula Capsule 3 Laser runs the Android TV 11 smart interface. It's easy to use and has a huge selection of streaming apps, so you can quickly and easily find your favorite content.

In The Box

  • Power supply
  • Power cable
  • Remote (2x AAA batteries)
  • Documentation