Saturday, December 28, 2013

UPVEL Android TV Smart Box: how to turn the TV to Android-PC - 3DNews

modern market is full of multimedia technologies most incredible new products, can be found here and hybrids tablets / smartphones, laptops and all kinds of transformers, and even the real TV on the operating system Android. Today we will explore and test one of the latest gadgets this category.

So, what is a set-top box UPVEL Android TV Smart Box UM-514TV? This is a small computer that can empower a TV or monitor, adding to them all the benefits of the operating system Android, plus a built-in camera and interface Bluetooth.

? # Appearance

device comes in a compact retail packaging, carefully and tastefully decorated. The box has all the information on the appointment of the device and its main operational characteristics.

device comes with a basic set of cables required for its full operation. There is a special lockable HDMI-adapter, which we will discuss later. Supplied complements the external antenna.



microcomputer resembles a compact 3G-modem. It would seem that a lot of places he should not take. Gadget requires connection to a power source that can be taken from the TV cord is behind. Magnetic antenna, you can stick on the back cover. To enter data will be optimal wireless manipulator, for example, Air Mouse, or ordinary wireless mouse.

device mini-computer

consoles available on the housing box with a VGA-camera, which, in theory, intended for use as a webcam for video-conferencing. For the convenience of setting its angle in the set included a special HDMI adapter with the ability to rotate around the axis of ± 90 degrees. For added convenience, you can also use an optional HDMI-extension or a special docking station, designed just for this purpose. Or just connect a separate web camera with interface USB.

The connectors

On the side of the chassis connector is hot-swappable card micro-SD, micro-USB interface for power supply, microphone and a button Reset. Can not mix them, all the elements are signed. On the back side is USB-port and socket for connection to the antenna.

? # Filling

Circuitry device UPVEL Android TV Smart Box is very similar to the standard Android-smartphone. Processor Rk3066 Dual Core (Cortex-A9) with a frequency of 1.2-1.6 GHz in conjunction with Mali400 graphics is impressive, especially for such a compact solution. The operating system Android 4.2 is offered with the possibility buschushego upgrade to latest version 4.4. The gadget is equipped with built-in flash memory of 8 Gbbayt expandable via micro-SD card up to 32 GB.

RAM bit, especially for one of the latest versions of the software, only 1 GB. However, it is unlikely that such a device will be a problem with the number of simultaneously open applications. But with rich graphics applications and games console heavy should cope well.

Using antenna

interface device has Wi-Fi with support for 802.11 b / g / n. External antenna that comes bundled allow catch sure signal even at a great distance from the router.

? # Management

Connecting the computer to the monitor is carried out quickly and without any difficulties. If the TV is in standby signal HDMI, Android user interface will be immediately available to the user. By the way, if your TV is outdated and there is no high-speed digital connector, you can easily use the analog AV-input with “tulips».

Further, almost all

standard, as in mobile devices: the familiar menus, multiple desktops with the possibility of making application shortcuts, and other elements of the present Android, horizontal, natural orientation, like tablets. However, there is one very serious caveat, which is difficult to be silent. We have become accustomed to being able to manage such a system using a multi-touch, occasionally stylus. Basically, no matter how cool touch panels for the user Android – it as a habitat. Here we propose to manage the same operating system with a mouse or joystick. The challenge here is unlikely to arise, but will have to get used to such operations, such as fast paging, scrolling, typing, and other actions, the more familiar tactile representation.

? # Practical Test

worth noting that Android «for TV” in the case of the device UPVEL Android TV BOX revised slightly, rather, supplemented by a few elements to avoid an already impossible multiple simultaneous touches. And still have to get used to a particular input method. However, as an external touchpad can also use your tablet or phone, so that the adherents of sensor technology will not remain here very deprived.

prefix allows the diversity of applications available in Google Play. Device copes with displaying Internet pages, including built in Flash and HTML5. No problems playing embedded video and high-resolution images are scrolled. No complaints to the media player work either. Full HD video is displayed without interruptions and distortions. With such a load gadget cope without braking.

same situation with video games. All this is achieved thanks to the powerful quad graphics accelerator, which is ready to ensure smooth playback of graphics with high sampling rate.

TV console UPVEL Android TV Smart Box UM-514TV works with video formats up to 1080p (H.264, VP8, RV, WMV, AVS, H.263, MPEG4), audio formats: MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC, AAC, WAV, OGG, and supports image formats: JPG, BMP and GIF images with a maximum resolution up to 8000 x 8000 pixels.

? # Conclusions

Although quite unusual and unexpected performance feature set, the device UPVEL Android TV BOX, undoubtedly, is a very interesting phenomenon in today’s market of multimedia gadgets, and compact Android-systems so completely unique. Not only that, for a very modest amount of user can turn your old television into something more than SMART-TV, all without the clutter and piles of boxes!

set top box Android is definitely for those who know how to count money and wisely suited to update the fleet of home electronics. Besides, thanks to the unique compact design and universal set of interfaces in such a set-top box has all the chances to survive more than one television.

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