Encalife Ambience Galaxy and Star Projector Review


Size: 168.9 x 167.89 x 134.87mm
Bulb type: LED and laser
Rotate: Yes
Sleep timer: Yes
Speaker: Yes
Projection area: 160 – 540 feet

Unlike the other star projectors we’ve reviewed, it’s quite difficult to find information about Encalife itself. As we understand, Encalife sources and sells products designed to enhance the ambience of a room rather than being a company that designs and manufactures its own products.

Here we review the “Ambience” model. The main differentiating feature of this one, compared to the other models we reviewed, is that it is a 2-in-1 projector and Bluetooth speaker. It comes with a remote control, but some functions can be controlled using the control panel on the side of the device.

The Encalife Ambience Galaxy and Star Projector is part of our roundup of the best star projectors and rivals the Sega Homestar Flux and BlissLights Sky Lite 2.0, which we also reviewed.

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Encalife Ambience Galaxy & Star Projector: Design

Encalife Ambience control panel and remote control

Encalife Ambience Galaxy & Star Projector Buttons (Image credit: Auntie Walter)

If we hadn’t been expecting this product in the mail, we wouldn’t have known which company it was from. The packaging doesn’t feature any branding or company logos, and it doesn’t say anything about the Bluetooth connection or that it’s a music speaker. It simply reads “Light from the Starry Projector”. The user manual reads ‘Music Starry Projector’ and the text inside reads like a bad translation.

While branding isn’t everything, the lack of clarity and continuity in design and messaging instantly causes us to question the integrity and quality of the product before we’ve even gotten our hands on it. It’s a shame because we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the product itself.

The shape resembles the top of a stereotypical UFO. Unlike other projectors like the Sky Lite 2.0 or the Homestar Flux which have a fairly direct light projection, this one has a faceted dome over the LED to help disperse the light 180 degrees. This makes it nice and easy to set up and easily fills the entire ceiling with lights, although some might find the bright light emitted from the dome itself distracting.

There is a speaker on each side of the device, which is great for listening from any angle. There’s a control panel to one side, although we think this could be simplified to make it more kid-friendly.

Encalife Ambience Galaxy & Star Projector: Performance

Encalife Ambiance in use

(Image credit: Auntie Walter)
  • Good quality speaker
  • Bright and bright lights
  • Nice amount of customization

The Bluetooth speaker, which can be used with or without the lights and laser, is very simple to pair. The device permissions ask for access to call history and contacts, which seems a bit odd, but it can be disabled once paired. You can adjust the volume or navigate back and forth between songs using the same remote you control the lights with. The only slight downside is that you can’t pause/start the music using the remote or the control panel. To be fair, we expected the speaker to be lower quality and thinner than it is. It’ll never win any awards for its sound performance, and like many cheaper Bluetooth speakers, it lacks bass. But for background music, or listening to a podcast or audiobook, it’s more than enough.

Screenshot showing Bluetooth permissions

App screenshot showing Bluetooth permissions (Image credit: Auntie Walter)

You can customize the configuration of the lights by choosing between red, green, blue and white. It is also possible to adjust the brightness between low, medium and high. The colors are vibrant and the lights are bright. The LED light and laser can be used independently or turned off completely leaving you with just the Bluetooth speaker.

Encalife-style faceted dome

The Encalife Ambience Galaxy & Star projector with built-in speaker has a faceted dome on the top to diffuse the lights on the ceiling. (Image credit: Auntie Walter)

You can choose to display static colors or change the speed at which the color patterns move based on the mood. When unboxing and testing the device for the first time, we thought it would be nice if the lights moved to the beat of the music and by pressing the microphone button on the remote, we were delighted to find out that he was doing just that. Music can be played from anywhere for it to work, not just through the device, meaning it’s great for parties.

Encalife Ambience Galaxy & Star Projector: functionality

Encalife Ambiance in use

Encalife Ambience Galaxy & Star projector in use (Image credit: Auntie Walter)
  • Versatile Power Options
  • Remote
  • Quiet operation

A power adapter isn’t included with this projector, however, if you’re like us, there are plenty of those lying around the house. It can also be powered using any USB output – we currently have it plugged into a laptop. 2 AAA batteries (not included) are required for the remote control and some functionality is not possible without using it.

There is also a USB port for plugging in a USB drive. We couldn’t test this, as we’re sure, like most people, that they’re now pretty outdated for playing music and we didn’t have a music-laden one handy. This would be useful if you had a preloaded playlist for a specific event where a reliable internet connection is not possible, or when a routine of songs is required (eg a sleep playlist).

The supplied remote control is required to change some settings. Without the remote control, you cannot change color settings or speeds, use preset modes, or set the sleep timer.

The lights and lasers themselves shine brightly. Although there are not as many color combinations as other projectors on the market, the combinations and patterns caused by the dome help to create a whimsical and peaceful environment or a colorful party atmosphere.

Should I buy the Encalife Ambience Galaxy & Star projector?

This device does what it says in the marketing. It creates a pleasant ambience wherever you want. Just like the Sky Lite 2.0, this device is not at all scientifically accurate or realistic in terms of a “star projector”. For this you would need Homestar Feed. Instead, it’s a mood maker or nightlight alternative for kids who are afraid of the dark that displays galaxy/nebula patterns on the ceiling. The speaker is a nice bonus, and the sound is actually quite good. Encalife offers a 30 day money back guarantee in case you change your mind, but if you’re looking for a guarantee you’ll have to pay £12 for it.

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