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Quite a good budget Android "box"
on 27 May 2014
Note: The supplier sent me a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my opinion
I've used quite a few media streamers, including the WD Live series and the Roku offerings. Both did the job but the WD was laggy and slow, and the Roku was priced too high in my view for a media player/streamer.
The Keedox Android Smart TV box is quite compact making it easy to put anywhere.
A few highlights of the box include:
* The box has a number of connections including an SD card slot, 2 USB ports, HDMI out and LAN, optical out and digital audio out.
* You do get a supplied remote which works ok, there are no batteries provided though (takes 2x AAA)
* You get a composite video and stereo audio out included, I used the HDMI lead I already have
* It's running Android 4.2 not the most up to date version, but recent enough and it offers MIRACAST (for devices that support this)
Powering on the unit it's very much the same experience as using an Android tablet, though you do get a launcher which lets you use either the normal Android look, or the Keedox skin which has larger icons and text and might be more useful for quick media use. Wifi is built in but I had to do a reset on the unit to get that to connect (first time it refused to), it's now connecting just fine (with good signal strength) and I've been testing it for a while with no other problems to report.
Using the Keedox is simple and easy, you can use it just like any other Android powered device. After registering and going to Google Play, you are free to use any "apps" you wish on the unit. I do subscribe to Netflix so I put that on there and it worked just fine for playing movies back.
I didn't find the dual core processors slow, in fact I found performance fairly decent overall thanks to 1GB of ram moving between apps was fairly quick and without notable lag or other issues. You do get 4GB Nand Flash built in, which is enough to get you started, the SD card slot will allow you to increase your storage or to put video/music files on there too.
The remote is ok for what it is, moving between apps and basic controls on the unit is simple enough and responsive. The range was also fairly good. It might be worth investing in a mini wireless keyboard though as this will greatly help if you are doing web browsing, some of these have control pads which act like a mouse too.
File format support covers most of the common audio and video files you will encounter. If you want extensive file support you should install the VLC media player which plays just about anything out there. The major advantage of the Android platform is that you can use it just like any other device, install apps, games, other software and customise the entire experience to suit your needs. The Keedox isn't just a media player like other proprietary streamers, it can be a media hub and with a huge number of apps available it's much more than just a playback device.
This is one reason Android smart TV boxes are so popular of late, you have a box that can be tailored to your own needs.
Areas for improvement?
- I'd prefer an HDMI cable to be bundled with it
- Remote is ok but a couple of batteries would be useful
- Base of the unit is smooth, rubber feet would help it grip surfaces better
Overall though, thanks to the decent price and the flexibility the Android platform offers, this is a solid budget Android box which is well worth investigating.