The XGIMI MoGo Pro+ is not quite as subtly marketed as a competitor to the newly launched Anker Nebula Capsule 3. Both projectors have similar specs aimed at satisfying in the portable device market, but differ drastically in price, with XGIMI’s device coming in at $569 and Anker’s product launch at $799. XGIMI seems very confident that its cheaper competitor can win in a head-to-head battle. Having used both projectors for over a month now I am delighted to crown a winner.
Get the party started
Both the XGIMI MoGo Pro+ and the Anker Nebula Capsule 3 impress with packaging that protects the premium product hidden inside. Power cords are included along with a power adapter, remote controls come with batteries, and manuals are ready and waiting to get users started. It’s an identical experience that extends to the setup process.
Both projectors are powered by Android TV, allowing users to sign in with their Google accounts and use Play Store apps. TV and movie apps are of course the most important downloads.
I was initially surprised and impressed to see Netflix listed at XGIMI as it is completely absent from Anker’s product. However, upon booting up Netflix, I got the usual error saying it’s not compatible with this device. It’s a shame these issues still persist, but streaming from a phone or using a Fire TV Stick remains a solid workaround.
For other apps like Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV (in the UK) and Crunchyroll, both projectors downloaded and installed the apps with no issues. My PS5 and Nintendo Switch also worked flawlessly, connected via the HDMI inputs on each projector.
The picture test
After making sure both projectors were at their maximum brightness settings, it was time for a direct visual test. I cranked up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with its challenging dark and vivid scenes to see how each projector held up.
In my dimly lit lounge, both projectors delivered perfectly usable images, but when played side-by-side the Anker Nebula Capsule 3 looked a little brighter and more vibrant, while the XGIMI MoGo Pro+ was a little sharper overall. I really had to do “pixel peep” to see these differences, and users who don’t have the two projectors side-by-side won’t notice any difference.
Take it outside
The best way to test the brightness of both projectors is outdoors. Since they’re both portable and have built-in batteries that last just over two hours, it’s reasonable to assume users would want to enjoy a movie night outdoors. That’s exactly what I did and I’m happy to report that while the images do become more washed out, they can still be easily viewed outdoors after the sun has set.
Because both projectors are so small, they pack very easily into a backpack, which means I’ve been happy to take them with me on weekends. My favorite experience was watching the 19 inch TV in a hotel room and pulling out the XGIMI MoGo Pro+. I aimed the projector across the room at a blank white wall and enjoyed a 100+ inch image. Portable projectors are truly a game changer for those who travel frequently.
In terms of sound, the projectors are similar again. Although the XGIMI opts for dual 3W speakers and Anker has a single 8W speaker, volume and quality are similarly good. I’d personally pair the projectors with a more powerful dedicated Bluetooth speaker, but in a pinch both projectors can put out decent sound that gets the job done.
The projectors’ speakers definitely manage to drown out the fan noise. Although the Anker Nebula Capsula 3’s fan is slightly louder than that of the XGIMI MoGo Pro+, neither is objectionable.
There are some other minor differences between the two projectors. The Anker device has a very short USB-C cable, which can be quite limiting, but it also offers broader customization of colors and performance. On the other hand, the XGIMI projector is 3D capable and has Dolby Digital Plus support.
XGIMI was smart to see the similarities between its own product and Anker’s new projector. Both projectors are indeed very similar and it’s a smart move by XGIMI to highlight that fact.
Test samples of Mogo Pro+ and Anker Nebula Capsule 3 provided by XGIMI.
At $569 and functionally very similar to the much more expensive Anker Nebula Capsule 3, the XGIMI MoGo Pro+ is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a portable projector powerful enough to work indoors in low light and outdoors at the touch of a button to see. It also compares well to other portable projectors and is worth considering for anyone looking to invest in a 1080p projector that comes with its own relatively long-lasting battery for use on the go.
positive and negative
Great price for the performance offered.
Compact size makes it ideal for travel.
Battery life is long compared to the competition.
Outperforms the Anker Nebula Capsule 3 where it matters most.
Netflix is not natively supported.
An increase in brightness is required for more demanding outdoor scenarios.
https://www.gamerevolution.com/review/935336-xgimi-mogo-pro-plus-review-worth-buying-2023-projector-portable XGIMI MoGo Pro+ Review – GameRevolution