There is currently a good deal of publicity about some Android TV boxes that contain software thast may be used for illegal Although there is nothing illegal about this new budget TV box from YKS nevertheless who knows how long this and other may be available. Now may be the time to buy.
Inside the box was the device itself, a UK power adaptor with 1.5m cable, medium sized remote control, HDMI cable, and a User Guide. The User Guide shows you just how to connect the device to the internet and configure the TV screen. I enclose a scanned copy of it on the end of my unboxing video. Switch to full screen and pause to read it.
Like most TV boxes, it is essentially an Android phone without the mobile phone capabilities and optimised for use with an HDMI TV as a media player for USB, home network and internet streamed files. A range of built in software is included for this purpose.
A good range of ports are available for playing local files and additional equipment. It features two USB, HDMI, Ethernet, power in, SPDIF, AV and an TF card slot. The included medium sized remote control is well made and is of the generic type usually bundled with TV Boxes It has the snappy Amlogic S905X Quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, which is perfectly powerful enough for a TV box. This box runs Android 6.0 which is a relatively new version of the operating system bvearing in mind that many budget boxes still run Android 4.4.
The only real setting up task is to connect to your home network and it has both wifi and Ethernet options available to do this. If you are familiar with Android then this is very simple, non Android users may find this more difficult. Once on the network to get the best from this device you should login to your Google account, that way apps can be easily installed via your computer from the Google Play website, Gmail and YouTube will be auto configured at the same time.
Thanks to the USB ports third party memory sticks, keyboards and mice can be used to make navigating the User Interface faster and easier, although the built in pop-up keyboard and remote control will suffice. The supplied handset is fine but some users may wish to invest in a USB dongle wireless keypad to give the full range of keys and a built in mini touchpad. This can also be done over Bluetooth but I find that a dedicated dongle/keypad works best.
This is a reasonably well specified entry level Android TV box. It comes with 1GB of RAM , the usual size ,and the almost standard 8GB of storage. The box has standard speed Ethernet and 2.4Ghz wifi but misses out on the faster and less crowded 5Ghz band and high speed Gigabit LAN. That said, I must also say that in use I have found very little difference between any TV boxes once they are up and running.
This one works very well, has an attractive and well laid out on screen interface and an easy to navigate menu system. It seems stable and reliable in use. As with all TV Boxes experienced users may prefer to reset and update the supplied software and install their own preferred options and plugins.
I don’t really look on this device as a rival to easy access user friendly streamers like the Roku or the Amazon Fire TV as this device offers so much more but at the price of being difficult to fully configure as well as being more clunky and long winded to operate. Some of the supplied apps use plug-in type configurations which are volatile in nature and tend to cease working without notice and need to be replaced or updated, A search on Youtube will find a host of guides to getting the best from this or any Android TV box.
This is a decent quality entry level TV streamer but as with all Android TVs there is a learning curve to get the best from it. Priced at just £31.99 this is certainly a budget priced device but with enough features to make it a worthwhile buy.
Two USB ports
Many essential apps pre installed
Good build quality
All necessary cables supplied
TF card slot
Can be complicated configure for non Android users
No handset batteries supplied
No 5Ghz wifi
No Gigabit LAN
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