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After testing seven models this year, we think the Anker Nebula Mars II is the best portable mini projector for the occasional movie night or Netflix marathon. What impressed us most about the Mars II is its ease of use, great Android TV interface, and long battery life. Although no projector we tested produced an incredibly accurate image compared with a full-sized projector, the Mars II delivered good performance, with solid image brightness and contrast.
The Anker Nebula Mars II delivers the best combination of features, performance, and ease of use of any mini projector we tested. It offers plenty of connection options, and it features the Android TV operating system to stream services like Netflix and Hulu.
Its automatic focus and keystoning, well-laid-out remote, and intuitive mobile remote app make the Mars II the easiest projector to set up and use, and its almost-four-hour battery life was the best of the bunch. Though its picture quality was not the absolute best of the group, the Mars II doesn’t have any major flaws on this front, emitting a picture that’s bright, detailed, and relatively color-accurate.