By Don Lindich
Week 17, 2021
Q. I bought the TLOVII Sonic Electric Toothbrush you reviewed and I love it! I want to buy more as gifts but they sold out. I also can’t find TLOVII brushhead refills. Do you know when they will be available again? Do any other brushheads fit?
-P.K., Milwaukee, WI
A. The toothbrush is finally available again on Amazon at the reduced $29.95 price. I was told the brushhead refills will be available again in about eight weeks, plenty of time since the two included brushheads should last at least three months each. The Philips Sonicare HX9023/65 heads are said to be compatible with TLOVII. I ordered some for my own tooothbrush and will report how they work after I try them.
R2-D2 Nebula Capsule II Projector, special deal on Nebula Cosmos: I am very fond of the Nebula Smart Projectors I reviewed recently. They are complete entertainment packages that bring big screen experiences to everyone, and they include high-quality sound and autofocus as well as LED light sources, meaning no expensive lamps to replace. They make good business projectors as well. Having a projector is fun and opens up a new dimension of indoor and outdoor entertainment watching sports, movies and TV and playing video games at huge image sizes.
On April 26th Nebula released a special Star Wars edition of the Capsule II 720p projector, painted in great-looking R2-D2 livery. It sells for $699, a $120 premium over the black Capsule II. Quantities in the USA will be limited to 1,000 units, with some units released on April 26th and the balance on Star Wars Day, May 4th. They could sell out fast so if you are interested, act quickly.
If you want a Capsule II projector I think the collectible R2-D2 model is worth the $120 premium. However if you are looking for a $700 Smart Projector and not a Capsule II specifically, there is another option to consider before you pull out that credit card. The Nebula Cosmos is currently on sale for the same $699 and it packs a much bigger audio-visual punch.
Though small, the Cosmos is not as portable as the Capsule II and does not have an internal battery. It includes the same Android TV 9.0 operating system and fast autofocusing. It can project a bigger image (120 inches vs 100 inches,) includes high dynamic range HDR10 and is dramatically brighter than the Capsule II. It also has a more potent sound system. If home theater is what you are after and you can plug it in, the Cosmos is the way to go.
A strong case can be made for getting both of them and using them for different purposes. For the Star Wars fan, the R2-D2 Capsule II is a perfect go-anywhere machine for business presentations and putting on a show on the road, not to mention a great conversation starter. What better way to wake up a sleepy crowd at a business meeting than putting R2-D2 on the middle of the table? The Nebula Cosmos and its huge, sharp and extra bright HDR image provides a much more impressive home theater experience, indoors or out.
A good compromise between the Capsule II and Cosmos is the Nebula Solar Portable. It combines the portability and battery power of the Capsule II with the 1080p resolution and 120-inch image size of the Cosmos. It is currently on sale for only $519 and though not nearly as bright as the Cosmos, it is noticeably brighter than the Capsule II.