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This review is from: Viaplay Via-TV T1H1 Android mini PC Smart TV stick dongle box Dual Core Cortex-A9 - Google Android 4.2.x HDMI streaming Home media player- 1080P full HD excellent for XBMC & Wireless Smart Controller
Pros: Very easy setup - plug one end into your HDMI TV, and the other into the provided microUSB power, sit back, relax and watch everything set itself up. It will take a long time, be patient! Resist the temptation to fiddle!
The initial setup installs XBMC (yes) Gotham, plus many popular add-ons, and all of this appears to work 'out-of-the-box'. I was quite hesitant beforehand, as there were no reviews when I ordered this unit, and before ordering I confirmed that Kodi (a real build) plus add-ons important to us worked ok on my android tablet first (it did).
Setting up the wifi is like any other android device. For the display I did not have to do any resizing to get it to fit the TV screen. I have not tried the microSD slot or ext. USB devices yet.
As soon as I got XBMC running I anxiously played a video clip over wifi, looking for stutter, etc. To my eyes it was pretty good, although this was 720p and I cannot (yet) vouch for anything more than that.
I've run Kodi/XBMC back into the days of the real X-Box Media Center, so configuring this to our preferences was a snap. I have not yet updated to latest Kodi, but plan to. I now have high hopes of replacing an oversized HTPC, plus UPS plus assorted other wires & switches with this single unit which sits behind the TV (but see cons below).
Netflix seems to work fine - logged in to our account, and all was there "as usual". The android Netflix app is installed as part of the initial package. I am delighted to have Netflix plus Kodi in the same setup finally!
Also, it is great to have a usable browser on the TV finally! Have not played with this very much yet, but I have a new and more comfortable way to surf reddit now.
The quality of the hardware components is pretty good, and feels "solid". Nice power brick for micro usb - reminiscent of an Apple type, where the mains prongs slide out of the brick.
Cons: My main 'con', and not a huge one is the wireless remote. The range seems to be a bit short. Our TV viewing area is pretty small, so not too noticeable if I point the main android unit out the front underneath the TV (as opposed to hidden behind the TV) and am a little patient with key hits. But if you have a mansion and are a bit impatient this might drive you crazy. I am still fiddling with this, so may improve.
Also important to note that in XBMC/Kodi I am used to using my phone with Yatzi for remote which is over wifi LAN and works really well with this unit - I will continue to use that I expect. So it is only in other android apps (browser, etc.) that this is an issue at all. So no panic.
My only other beef is to Newegg who always hide whether something is shipping from their west coast or east coast facilities. Living in Ontario, ground shipping from west coast is.. painful, but I never know until I see an 'arrived at Vancouver sort facility' or something on tracking, and then know to wait... a while.
Other Thoughts: All in all, yes, I would buy this unit again. It has solved a tedious problem of wires, boxes and plugs for me, with something that adds functionality (full android OS) and works well out of the box.
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