Running Android 7.1.2 and with 3GB of Ram and 32GB of storage at one time a box as well specced as this one would have sold for £100+ and so at £69.99 this new box from TICTID seems a particularly good buy.
Inside the rather attractive product box was the TV Box itself, a UK power adaptor, medium sized remote control, HDMI cable, and a User Guide. The build quality seems fine and this model is a very typical TV box in this respect. The User Guide is rather better printed than usual but contains little more than how to connect the box up. I enclose a scanned copy of it on the end of my unboxing video. Switch to full screen and pause to read it.
Like all TV Boxes, this is basically an Android phone without the mobile phone capabilities optimised for use a media player for local and internet files. A range of applications are pre-installed and others are available from the Android Play store
A decent but by no means a generous range of ports are available for playing local files and additional equipment. It has two USB, TF card, HDMI, SPDIF, Ethernet and power in. It features an Amlogic Octa core A53 Processor running at 2Ghz CPU, which is more than powerful enough for a TV box.It comes with 3GB RAM, and with 32GB of storage, both double the standard capacity. That said, I must also say that in use I have found very little difference between any TV boxes once up and running. This one works nice and fast with an easy to navigate onscreen menu system and seems stable and robust enough in use. It uses the Android 7.1 Operating System, the most recent I have seen on any Android TV. Although Android 8 has just been launched it is yet to appear on any TV Box.
Thanks to the two 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 wireless keypad to give the full range of keys and a built-in mini touchpad. The device also sports Bluetooth 4 connectivity and so wireless keypads and other devices also be attached that way.
The only real task is in setting the device up is to connect to your home network and it has both wifi and Ethernet options available. It supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wifi as well as high-speed Gigabit Ethernet. If you are familiar with Android then configuring the unit is very simple, non-Android users may find this more difficult. Once connected to your home network to get the best from this device you should login to your Google account, so apps can be installed from the Google Play website, Gmail and YouTube will be auto-configured at the same time.
There are a variety of applications pre-installed, some useful and some not, but with time you may discover that like me you find that everything can be done with the pre-installed apps. Without leaving the pre-installed media app I can view memory card files, files on all of my three NAS devices, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime. The app will also index and download subtitles, synopsis, song lyrics and images for all your home media files so when you browse your library this information is presented to you. It can be a bit flaky to use and external channels will appear and then vanish without warning so you need to keep on top of it.
The on-screen menus are attractive and easy to use and the faster processor and above average amount of RAM makes moving around fast and easy. However, once inside the media player this box feels pretty much as they all do.
This is a high-quality TV streamer but as with all Android TVs, there is a learning curve to get the best from it. It has many attractive features and for me the only drawback is it having just two USB ports rather than the four often found on many boxes.
Many essential apps pre-installed
Good build quality
TF card slot
Dual band wifi
Can be challenging for new users
No handset batteries supplied
Limited User Guide
Only two USB ports
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