VicTsing Emish Octa-Core Android 5.1 T.V Set-Top Box review
Today I am reviewing the VicTsing Emish Octa-Core Android 5.1 T.V Set-Top Box.
Product features:(Taken From Amazon Product Listing)
- Featured with the LATEST Android 5.1 Lollipop system, this octa core TV box is more stable than android 4.4 operation system. With this android TV box, you can access to thousands of free films, TV, live Sport, Music etc at home and abroad, turning your TV into Smart TV. No subscriptions. No monthly fees.
- The CPU is Rockchip 3368 Octa Core Cortex-A53 & 64 bits, up to 1.5GHZ. With PowerVR G6110 high performance GPU, it supports OpenGL ES3.1,OpenCL 1.2 and DirectX 9.3. Compared with Cortex-A9 &Cortex-A7 32 bits CPU, the Cortex-A53 processor is way ahead in image processing and computing.
- H.265 decoding occupies less bandwidth(about 50%) than H.264. HDMI2.0 can extend the bandwidth to 18Gbps so as to stream HD video fluently while HDMI1.4 only can do 10.2Gbps. True UHD 4K¡Á2K resolution@60 fps, watch your favorite movies and live streams at vivid and smooth playback.
- The reading and operating speed are faster and more stable with eMMC flash 8GB. Support Miracast/Airplay/DLNA, you can push the video and image from your phone to LCD screen.
- Preconfigured with the latest XBMC/KODI, it allows you to download numerous add-ons, like Youtube, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and you also can play thousands of android games in a large screen smoothly. Install your favorite apps and enjoy advanced technology.
This set-top box comes in two main parts, which are the box itself and a remote control. The shape of the box is probably best described as a long oblong/rectangular shape, which make it to me look a little bit like a router. It even has two big WiFi antennas sticking out of the back of it. Also, present around the back are the following ports:
- Yellow, White, and Red Video/Audio Connectors
- Two USB Ports
- An Ethernet Port
- A HDMI Out Port
- A DC In Port
- A Power Switch
There is a vented area for cooling purposes on each side. This is pretty much it for the design of the box.
Something it is missing, however, is a built-in memory card slot, which would a great addition as onboard there is only a measly 8GB of storage, most of which will be taken up by the O.S. It’s not all bad as it does support USB on the Go and comes packaged with a multi 4 in one memory card adapter. To use this however you would need to give up a USB port.
The remote is nothing spectacular. It’s a normal remote, that functions much like a normal remote. There’s not much unique about it and you will see in later on in the review, I prefer using a mouse and keyboard set-up with this box.
Setup is quite easy with this set-top box. It took me about 5 minutes to have it fully up and running. That includes connecting it to my T.V via HDMI cable (of which one is included), connecting it to my router via WiFi and then connecting it to my Google account for essential services such as the Google Play Store.
The Operating System:
The thing I love the most about this box is the O.S, it runs on Android 5.1 out of the box and is even fully certified by Google, meaning it can officially access any Google services related to Android, such as the Play Store. Having access to the Play Store means you have a world of games, movies, music and even books at your fingertips. Now you may be thinking how can you do anything other than watch shows or movies on here without a touch screen or controller. Well it’s easy because due to the USB ports on the back you can easily hook a gaming pad up or even a keyboard and mouse and use them for input instead of the provided remote, which I must say again, I’m not a fan of, I can’t stand using the remote and instead prefer to go for a wireless mouse and a Bluetooth Keyboard to navigate around the O.S and all of its features. Using a mouse I have been able to successfully play games like Candy Crush with no problems, if you want to play more advanced games, though, I’d advise you buy a decent Android gaming controller.
I will say again, though, if using this box, use a mouse and keyboard, it really is the best way and beats the remote by miles. yyou can even use Bluetooth mouse and keyboard if you don’t want to have the cables trailing from the behind the box.
Another really good thing that some, not everybody, though, will find useful is that the box is rooted. Rooted means that on top of the already existing freedom imposed by Android, you can have even more freedom and enjoy more customization and more full user control over, bits of the O.S that usually wouldn’t be touchable by an average user.
I mainly use this box for things like the iPlayer and Netflix, both of which it works great with, I have tried it with Amazon Prime Video, but for some reason it just keeps refusing to load anything on there. In terms of performance on things like games, it can run some pretty popular games without issues although you may find you need a keyboard and mouse or an Android gaming controller to play games properly.
I also have occasionally used it for Youtube and Facebook browsing, both of which work fantastically with the keyboard and mouse setup.
A fantastic little set-top box that does a great job of transforming your T.V into an all in one media center for games, movies and music. I do, however, suggest using a mouse and keyboard instead of the remote, which is just horrible to use.
Disclaimer: I received this for free in return for my honest and unbiased review.
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With a score of 9.5, this has earned a Gold Reviews Insider Star.