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October 29, 2018

Anker brings Google Assistant to a Wi-Fi speaker and pocket projector

by John_A

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Anker has a range of new products ready for the holiday season

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, 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
Weight 2.2 oz

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

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.

$349 at Kickstarter

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, while the Model Zero+ will retail for $249.99 when it launches next month.

Dimensions 256 x 128 x 240mm 256 x 148 x 240 mm
Weight 1955g 1955g
Microphones None 2 Mics
Battery life 10 hours (BT mode) 5 hours (Wi-Fi mode)
Charge time 3 hours 3 hours
Wi-Fi None 802.11 b/g/n/ac
BT v5 v4.2 (with receiver, not transmitter)
Aux In No Yes
Smart features None Google Home supportChromeCast built-inStreaming services (Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, YouTube Music, iHeartRadio
Driver size 2 x 63mm Woofer2 x 19mm Tweeter2 passive Radiators 2 x 63mm Woofer2 x 19mm Tweeter2 passive Radiators
Water resistance IPX5 None
Battery capacity 6700 mAh 6700 mAh
Operational range (Bluetooth) 20m / 66ft 10m / 33ft
Price $199.99 $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.

See at Amazon

What do you think of Anker’s new announcements? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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