Each new star projector I try seems to offer a new feature but this is the first which offers a change in the core functionality. This one offers a Northern Lights style moving background rather than the usual oscillating coloured clouds and this coupled with a compact and unusual design makes it at last something new.
Not yet available in the UK this new projector is available on the Amazon.de website for £44 including three-day shipping. In the box were the unit itself, a full-sized infrared remote control, a 150cm USB power cord and a well written and easy to read user guide in English.
This new model is smaller and more compact than most of the others I have tried with an unusual angular design with a build quality superior to most of the rivals too and lacks the cheap feel that too many of them have. The unit itself is simple and easy to operate with easy access buttons for the four key functions on the side along with a USB-C port for power and data transfer. I was pleased to see that the remote is a full-sized one rather than the usual credit card sized jobs and that the USB power in port uses the latest USB-C interface.
The unit is basically a Bluetooth speaker that displays a wide range of coloured patterns and images onto the ceiling. The unit displays a North Lights style shimmering pattern with a range of colours and brightness options, a green laser-generated star pattern with different brightness and pulsation options, finally, a photographic image of the moon can be projected within the display, which is better than it sounds and gives focus to the ceiling light show. A range of brightness options is available as are the usual music volume and track controls.
The unit is powered through the USB-C input and requires a 5v/2A input. Be sure to use a standard USB power source and avoid high power chargers as they may not work with this unit.
Setting it up for Bluetooth could not be easier, just look for the Bluetooth device AC6923 on your phone, the audio prompts from the speaker will confirm connection status. Once again the latest technology has been used with a fast, stable and lag-free Bluetooth 5.0 connection and the low loss SBC codec. Sound quality is good for the size of the speaker with plenty of bass, good mid-tones and an upper range that is not too sibilant or piercing.
The main selling point, however, is the light display itself and this really is remarkable. It consists of red, blue, green, and white shimmering northern light patterns with green laser stars on top. The wave colours can be combined and the intensity and duration of the stars also controlled through the remote. There are 55 light patterns available with a ceiling coverage of up to 80 square metres. Hours can be spent finding the best effects combination. In Music Mode, the light patterns will change in time with the music or any external sound detected by the built-in microphone. The device will turn off automatically after four hours, less when the timer mode is used. Of course, it looks best, at night but is perfectly bright enough for use in a curtains drawn daylight room.
These star projectors do seem to keep on improving with each model adding some new features. This one has to be one of the best with the northern lights features a compelling upgrade.