Powerful smart TV upgrade at a fraction of the price
Out performs my woefully expensive Sony Bravia. Has that lean and slick native AndroidTV feel, worth spending those extra couple of dollars than a cheap non-AndroidTV media player. Bit average on 4K/Ultra-HD due to a average CPU, limited memory and no network adapter. Wireless-only
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Good little device overall
For the price, I am very happy with it.
Yes sometimes it crashes on you (if you load it with too many apps)
Love the voice search funtion- comes in handy with youtube
You can add a USB stick if you want to load games etc.
It's a Chromecast on steroids!
The Android TV interface is pretty but still lacks all the apps I'd hope to see, for example I expected to see Google Photos...nope, you'll need to buy a third party app to view them (which doesn't really work properly anyway).
The remote is Bluetooth and I have to say I love it! It's simple, it's beautiful to hold and use, Xiaomi really nailed it. Additionally, you can easily pair an XBOX One controller to function as a remote and also gaming controller of course, a nice touch.
I mostly use the box for Kodi and it's built in Chromecast ...feature, yes it has a chromecast built in, most people don't know that. No complaints on the picture quality but you'll only get 2 channel audio out of this thing although I read somewhere it should pass AC3 I haven't witnessed any form of surround on my Yamaha amp so far. Biggest let-down of all, and I believe it's affects all Android TV boxs (unless you can root them) is the fact you can't write to USB devices, read-only access. I believe it's a Google directive as they need to protect the streaming content from piracy (eg Netflix etc) There is a feature which allows you to encrypt a USB drive to use as storage however it didn't work with any of my drives unfortunately, bit of a shame really.
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I like this box, I have two of them. I have sideloaded Android apps (such as SBS, 9now) and use to watch foreigner channels (by using a smart DNS on router). The remote is amazing. Some of the side loaded apps though don't seem to work with remote provided. Netflix is hd and also ultra he, which is incredible for the price.
Questions & Answers
So this supports the Kodi App? May I ask if it supports the Kayo App also?
is it possible to install Expressvpn from Google Play and run it as an app in the same way I do on my Android-phone??
Possibly but couldn't say for sure. Regular play store and Android TV play store host different content so you would need to check with the publisher of that app if it is available. If not, you can side load the app you need and launch it using HAL but doesn't mean it will work, particularly being a system service. I use NordVPN, it's available on every platform I need.
I will also mention that Android TV has restrictions on writing to externally mounted filesystems that haven't been formatted as encrypted"device storage". Just in case that affects whatever you intend to do with the box.
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