This £39.99 TV Box set differs from most in that it lacks a TV style remote but instead is supplied with a wireless keypad but is otherwise a fairly standard budget TV Box. I have reviewed several almost identical units previously.
Inside the fairly run of the mill display box along with the TV Box itself is a UK power adaptor, HDMI cable, Keypad, USB charging cable and User Guides for both devices. The build quality seems good throughout and the User Guide for the TV Box although short was better printed and more easy to read than most but makes no mention of KODI or how to use the device. The User Guide for the keypad is rather better and equally well printed but smaller in size. I enclose a scanned copy of the TV Guide at the end of my unboxing video. Switch to full screen and pause as needed to read it.
The package comes across as a good quality product within the budget end of the TV Box market. It has a good number of ports and interfaces: power in, two USB, HDMI, AV, standard speed Ethernet, Micro SD, AV.
Setting the unit up was easy with all the essential apps pre installed. The only real task is to connect to your home network and it has both wifi and Ethernet options available. 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 from it, then apps can be easily installed via your computer from the Google Play website. Straight from the box you will be able to play Netflix, YouTube, local files from USB devices, stream from NAS devices on your home network. Other apps such as BBC iPlayer are offered to easily download and others from the Google Play store.
Unlike every other TV Box I have tried this one does not come with a TV style remote control but instead you receive a keypad with a full qwerty keyboard and trackpad. The keypad and dongle are already paired so should work straight from the box as soon as the TV Box boots up. This does mean that you effectively lose one of the two USB ports.
This is a reasonably well specified Android TV box. It comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. It features a speedy Amlogic S905X Quad Core processor, a step up from that fitted to the older and slower rivals. It supports only 2.4Ghz wifi and not the faster and less crowded 5Ghz band. However, for best results it is always best to go for an Ethernet cable connection if possible. Although this device features standard 100MB rate only Ethernet it is still far faster and more reliable than wifi. I must also say that in use I have found very little difference between any TV boxes once KODI is installed and running. This one works very well, has a good looking and easy to navigate onscreen menu system and seems stable and fast in use.
This device comes with KODI 16.1 installed, currently the latest version.. Kodi uses plug-in type configurations which are volatile in nature and tend to cease working without notice and need to be replaced or updated, A look on Youtube will find a host of guides to getting the best from KODI. It uses the relatively new Android 6 operating system whereas many boxes still ship running Android 4.4.
This is an good quality entry level Android TV with the standard TV remote replaced by a keypad which some users may not like. Although it is perfectly capable of getting the job done it has fewer ports than some rival devices and misses out on some high end features. The keypad and powerful processor coupled with the attractive price makes it a five star buy for me. Had a standard remote been included in place of the keypad I would have knocked a star off as there are cheaper better specified models available.
Many essential apps pre installed including Kodi
Good build quality
All necessary cables supplied
Quad core processor
No TV style remote
Can be complicated for non Android users
Kodi can be challenging for new users
No handset batteries supplied
Very basic User Guide
No Gigabit LAN
No 5Ghz wifi