Living in the era of technical innovation (technological revolutions), ceases to amaze successive technologies. It remains only to follow the new standards and to enjoy a more elaborate and sophisticated civilization.
If we talk about the evolution of music players, just a century humanity has gone from phonographs and gramophones to digital music format, having such phases as the appearance of a reel to reel players, cassette recorders and CD players. Here “old” can be a little nostalgic and let a tear with the thought: “there was a time…”.
The home television is also not stood still, transforming from decade to decade. The TV was transformed from a clumsy and heavy “boxes” with small black-and-white screens (on the dawn which is filled with water, the lens was an integral attribute) in ultra-thin plasma panels, inside of which is hiding access to almost all information the world!
So, the era of Smart TV now in full swing, every day the adherents of the “smart” technology becomes more and more. To keep up with the times and not to be considered “dinosaur”, there are two ways of solving the problem.
First, you can get hold of a brand new TV with built-in Smart TV. It is convenient as everything is already there “in one bottle”, but comfort requires sacrifice. In our case, financial.
If major investments in new technology are not yet planned, there is more rational decision – Smart TV set-top box. These compact “boxes” capable of a reasonable fee to transform your existing TV into a modern smart device. What are friends they are not only with the latest models of “thin” TVs – many consoles to connect older “boxes”.
We gathered in our review of the most successful devices of this kind and have tried to consider them from different angles. The sight came as a budget device with basic features, and the more serious the smart centers, which are much more diverse. Let’s see, it is now encouraging users of different manufacturers. World and without.
Affordable and functional – so you can briefly describe the Android console AB5116-01 from Nomi. The device connects to your home network via LAN cable or Wi-Fi connection. To connect to the TV Nomi equipped with HDMI port and supports a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.
Console got 16 GB of flash memory, which can be used for storage of personal media files. To expand the volume you can use microSD cards up to 64 GB. Also, the device provides three USB ports to connect flash drives, one of which is able to work according to the OTG standard, allowing you to view videos directly from the phone.
Nomi AB5116-01 is running on Android 5.1 and is equipped with a processor Rockchip RK3229 ARM Cortex-A7 with a frequency of 1.46 GHz and a graphics accelerator ARM Mali-400MP2. The console comes complete with a convenient remote, and if its functionality will be not enough using the USB ports you can always connect a keyboard and mouse.
As a result, Nomi AB5116-01 offers a decent ratio of price and quality and is a good solution which will be equipped with home TV modern Internet functionality. By the way, the amount of internal memory it is twice the average models.
Box Mi 3 from Xiaomi is a real find. Console portable, efficient design and worthy of respect functionality. To connect the device to the TV using the HDMI cable. Despite the very compact dimensions (101,0×101,0×19.5 mm), the device provides a AV-video output that will connect your Xiaomi Mi Box 3 to legacy today.
As regards software TV set-top box presents a special version of Android TV 6.0 with a lot of preset profile applications. With support for Google Play, personalize and Supplement the software part of the device will not be easy.
The device has a kind of artificial intelligence – signature function of PatchWall. Mi Box 3 learns user preferences by tracking and analyzing content viewed. Another signature feature of Xiaomi Mi Box 3 – it is possible to communicate through voice commands.
The performance console has the potential to be on par with more expensive devices. The hardware “heart” is a powerful 4-core Cortex-A53 processor, clocked at 2 GHz. Paired with a graphics accelerator Mali 450 and 2 GB of RAM, the Xiaomi Mi Box 3 allows you to “loose” to play video in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.
A special praise deserves the console. Minimalistic design with rounded edges will please even the aesthetes. Despite the lack of the usual variety of buttons, a remote control, convenient to use – all actions are performed with a wheel cursor buttons or voice control.
Another interesting feature of the Mi Box 3 is the corporate controller Xiaomi Mi Game Controller. Download games from the Play Market (which you can use 8 GB of internal storage) and connect the controller via Bluetooth, you can while away the evening, not only for your favorite movies, but games.
Xiaomi unveils its device as a TV set-top box equipped with a minimum set of ports, but it does not prevent the device to turn TV into a fully fledged entertainment centre. By cons Mi Box 3 can be attributed to a small amount of drive and the inability to expand it with memory cards.
If You don’t want to spend money on expensive TV set-top box, Internet centers, or You just need to expand the capabilities of additional TV, then the device OzoneHD Wi-Fi will be the most reasonable and affordable choice.
OzoneHD is a media console combined with the Internet-center Android. By the way, to use its functionality and without connection to the Internet: simply insert the flash drive with the movie in one of the four USB connectors, and you can enjoy viewing on your TV.
Connects a device with an HDMI or AV cable (for older TVs). OzoneHD Wi-Fi, can play videos in HD resolution (1280×720), which, however, “for eyes” enough for most ordinary TVs.
Despite its simplicity, OzoneHD Wi-Fi has more to offer. Is to connect the device to the Internet (via Wi-Fi or cable) and the device turns into a full online console. Operating system Android 4.4.2 with Google Play preinstalled you can make use of practical applications.
The memory device has 8 GB can be expanded via SD cards or MMC. A nice bonus is the support for 3D content (due to the graphics accelerator Mali-450 GPU) and IPTV.
Android set-top box OzoneHD Wi-Fi presents a basic set of features and has a pleasant price tag that will be perfect for those users who do not want to pay for extra bells and whistles.
Which is important to many buyers when choosing a Smart TV set-top boxes? Of course, the trade-off between affordability and modern features. This balance is tried to implement the company Strong in their console SRT 2021. What happened as a result?
Thanks to the tandem 4-core Cortex-A53 processor and a video accelerator Mali-450 GPU Penta Core, Strong SRT 2021 plays videos in 4K resolution. By the way, this combination of hardware will allow you to use various applications that can be installed on internal storage (8 GB). Traditionally, storage is expandable with memory card.
The device supports modern HDMI standards, and leaving in the past the AV connector. The presence of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — as a matter of course.
The developers SRT 2021 not left unattended and the remote device. It is well thought out, ergonomic and has a full qwerty keyboard on the back side. To control your TV console you can also use the functions of Air Mouse, effortless moving the cursor with the remote.
In fact SRT 2021 was productive and lovely Android TV set-top box at an affordable price. A good combination of performance and sensible management will not limit convenience while surfing on the world wide web or even social networking.
The device works under the direction of CPU AML S905X Cortex-A53 (4×1.5 GHz), coupled with the graphics processor Penta-Core Mali-450 and 2 GB of RAM. The volume of flash memory is standard for consoles, Smart TV is 8 GB with expandable SD cards and MMC.
Connectors are represented by three USB 2.0 ports (including one OTG), HDMI, AV, SPDIF and LAN, and wireless interfaces Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
In S905X operating system Android 6.0 with access to Google Play. We can say that the device is “adapted” to the Ukrainian user: in addition to support IPTV, console has preset popular service Megogo, HD VideoBox, LazyMedia, Ukrainian online TV and Divan.TV.
Separately, a solution with control panel with built-in gyroscope allows you to “manage the process” as an ordinary mouse, but on the reverse side is the qwerty-keyboard.
Summing up, we can say that the brand Vinga offers excellent and competitive device made “their for his.” Support Ukrainian manufacturer?
The main difference between Mi TV Bar from other Smart TV set-top boxes is that Xiaomi multi-functional and allows you to connect to many third-party devices such as DVD players, laptops, projectors, additional screens, and even virtual reality glasses.
As expected, the device has a complete set of TV interfaces. On Board it has three HDMI port, VGA, two USB and AV. To Xiaomi Mi TV Bar you can connect cable TV, games console and computer. At the same time! TV Bar processes signals from all connected devices will be the main TV center in the house.
For all of these needs solid hardware part, which is represented by a 4-core CPU Mstar 6A928 Cortex-A17 (1.4 GHz) paired with a graphics accelerator Mali-760 MP4 GPU and 2 GB of RAM.
Another fundamental difference between Mi TV Bar was built-in Hi-Fi audio system. Since modern ultra-thin TVs are not able to accommodate a high-quality acoustics, available at the center from Xiaomi is a huge plus.
Brand audio, such as Dolby Audio Virtual Surround and Deeper bass will make the sound crystal clear and natural. It is important to note and automatically adjust the volume, using that dynamic and a quiet scene in the movie doesn’t clearly stand out.
Not deprived model and brand chips. For example, connecting to Mi TV Bar your smartphone, you can view its contents on the TV screen using the mouse and keyboard. The device is integrated in the Mi Smart Home app, exclusive software from Xiaomi that allows to combine in one program all devices of the manufacturer and manage them remotely.
Another highlight of the Xiaomi Mi TV Bar is, of course, design. Made in a simple metal case, the prefix will look organic in a variety of interiors. The model also provides the wall mount.
Xiaomi Mi TV itself is not the usual Smart TV set-top box. TV Bar is a smart hub for the home, centralized control panel for all attached devices. For all parameters the device claims to premium class, as the characteristics and pricing.
Most on the market TV set-top boxes running the Android OS, but Apple is not in the majority. The device runs on its own system tvOS, which gives additional benefits to users of Apple products. What gives?
First and foremost, A1625 supports installing software from the App Store. Plus, the universal apps on your iPhone, they will automatically be installed on the Apple TV. Smart set-top box can sync with iCloud now your favorite photos and other stored content will be available on your big screen TV.
But the most serious changes were the Apple Music service was adapted for the big screen, and manage your music collection has become much more enjoyable.
As with any device from Apple TV A1625 work smartly. Manages all A8 processor with 64-bit architecture. By the way, the model is presented in two versions: 32 and 64 GB. Of course, the memory expansion is out of the question.
The set of ports from consoles modern enough, but the company’s commitment not to overload their device’s “extra” here. Available only one HDMI version 1.4 enables to transmit to the TV protected content. Communication with the outside world is via a LAN cable or Wi-Fi and also the device is equipped with the fourth version of Bluetooth.
Now a little about the design. And the body of the device, and the control panel is made in the spirit of minimalism. The latter, incidentally, is worthy of particular attention. Looking at the console, inadvertently pose the question – how to control the console with such a small set of buttons? The answer is simple, as all ingenious: at the top of the panel is a glass Touch-surface, and it can be manipulated on the screen. Touchpad available the same gestures, like a smartphone – flipping content has become incredibly fast and convenient.
However, has not been without drawbacks. Even with such a sophisticated remote control to enter text via the onscreen keyboard – the process is not for the faint of heart. And if the input search query is somehow possible to experience, communication in social networks will bring joy hardly.
Good news for gamers: you can purchase additional proprietary gaming controller SteelSeries Nimbus (the console supports up to 4 joysticks at the same time), and enjoy your favorite games alone or with company.
Overall, despite some shortcomings, Smart TV set-top box A1625 came out quite successful. Deep integration with Apple services, serious functionality and unsurpassed quality is unlikely to impress fans of Apple. And hardly someone will be surprised that the “Apple” device will have to shell out a sensitive amount.
Examined popular models of Smart TV set-top box, you can come to the logical conclusion – there are options for everyone. The market for “brain TV” offers devices like fans of the devices “all inclusive” (so much wow!), and less discerning and demanding users. The taste and color, as they say.
Of course, each console has its own set of characteristics, each has its advantages and disadvantages. But if you decide on a specific the required functions, the choice can be narrowed literally to a few models. And further – a trick.Recent search terms: