Priced on Amazon at £39.99 this is a well-specified and nicely made entry-level Android TV with an attractive interface designed for ease of use.
Inside the box along with the unit itself was a UK power adaptor, medium sized remote control, HDMI cable, and a User Guide. The User Guide is better printed than most and easy to read but is very basic and tells you how to connect the device up and that is about it. I enclose a scanned copy of it on the end of my unboxing video, switch to full screen and pause as needed to read it.
Like most TV boxes this is essentially an Android phone stripped of the call making features and optimised for use as a media player. It comes with a few basic applications but is essentially a blank canvas allowing you to install any Android app you wish.
This is a well made and well-equipped box with a full range of ports. It has two USB ports, TF card slot, AV, SPDIF, Ethernet, HDMI, Power. There are a few high-end features to be found such as a Quad Core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 CPU, Android 7.1, and 4K support. Many budget boxes lack an Ethernet LAN port but not so here although it of the slower 100MBS variety.
Setting the device up was pretty 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 but there is a walk setup through Wizard to help you. Once on the network, you should then login to your Google account, that way apps can be easily installed from the Google Play store, 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 full-sized remote control will suffice for most users. Many TV boxes in this price range now come with a separate remote keypad but that is not included here. However, a wireless keyboard and mouse can be installed using a USB port.
There has been a campaign recently in the media against TV boxes equipped with illegal copyright busting software, but no worries here as no such software is included. Of course, the user can install whatever software they wish onto the box. You can install BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Amazon Prime and a host of other catchup and streaming media players.
This unit comes with comes with the standard 1GB RAM and has 8GB storage, but this can be easily extended using external USB drives. It supports 2.4Ghz wifi but for superior results, it is always best to go for an Ethernet cable connection.I must also say that in use I have found very little difference between any TV boxes once Media playing and streaming software is correctly installed and configured. The interface here is fast and snappy in use with no noticeable latency or hangs when in use. Picture quality is excellent and the device can be personalised and adapted to your personal preferences as much as any other Android device.
This is an entry-level device but unless you need a 5Ghz wifi, Gigabit LAN or more built-in memory – and frankly, most normal users do not – it should be a fine addition to your TV.
Good build quality
SD card slot
Ethernet and Wifi connectivity
Poor User Guide
Can be complicated to configure for non-Android users
No handset batteries supplied
No remote keyboard
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