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Pivos Xios DS Media Play Ultra Slim Wifi Smart TV Companion XBMC Official Sponsor

  • ARM Cortex A9
  • Android 4.0
  • XBMC Addon
  • Full 1080p HD
  • Up to 32GB MicroSDHC card Slot
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Learn more about the Pivos Technology Group, Inc. XIOS DS Media Play

Model

Brand
Pivos
Model
XIOS DS Media Play

General

Type
Media Player
TV Standards
No
FM Tuner
No
Remote Control
Remote Included
Interface
HDMI

Features

Features
Powered by Android 2.3/Upgradeable to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Built in 10/100 Ethernet connection and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connections for all your audio, video streaming demands from internet, networked or DLNA devices.

Support weather, calendar and hundreds of desktop widegets such as weather, calendar, clock, search, internet radio, photo album and hundreds more!

Support a wide range of USB peripherals such as XIOS Sence wireless motion remote, wire/wireless keyboard, mouse, webcam, card reader, digital cameras, and any more.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU:ARM Cortex A9
GPU: Open GL(Mali-400)
RAM: 512MB DDR2
Storage: 2GB NAND Flash
Network: 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
A/V Out HDMI 1.3
Connections: 3 x USB 2.0
Storage: MicroSD/MicroSDHC (4-32GB)

Android System
Adobe Flash 10.x support
Chrome V8 w/ HTML5
Support Android APK

Dimensions: 3.93" x 3.93" x 0.66"

Packaging

Package Contents
1 x XIOS DS Media Play
1 x HDMI 1.3 Cable
1 x IR Remote
1 x DC-In 5V Power Adapter
1 x Quick Start Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Pivos Technology Group, Inc. XIOS DS Media Play

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  • Joao M.
  • 2/14/2014 8:11:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood product

Pros: Good product when build with Linux version

Cons: They start raising the prices and people, like myself, are starting looking for alternatives

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  • SOUHA A.
  • 2/11/2014 7:05:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsXios

Pros: Great product

Cons: Info red is week

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  • Arya R.
  • 2/11/2014 2:12:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsIt's good for XMBC Linux, but no Netflix, and remote is bad

Pros: - Flashing different OS (XBMC Linux) or even Android is extremely easy.

XMBC Linux is stable and fairly easy to use.

Cons: - Need to load firmware image to microSD card to flash anything for M3 model.

- Remote is very annoying to use and made of cheap plastic.

- Android is a PITA to use with the remote, and overall it's not as stable as XBMC Linux. But XMBC Linux has no support for Netflix. This is a deal-breaker for me.

Other Thoughts: I didn't realize there is an automatic 15% restocking fee for this product, even though I didn't remove any of the stickers and did not throw anything away. The only thing needed for restocking my item would've been to shrink-wrap the box. I ended up selling it on Kijiji instead because I didn't lose any money.

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  • Martin F.
  • 2/7/2014 3:37:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsChild-like

Pros: A nice accessory to a Barney-themed playroom.

Cons: I own the previous incarnation of the Pivos Xios media player, and it has been an excellent product. I have been wanting to add a media player to another area of the house, to stream from my own network, but I just can't purchase this unit--it looks as if it should be on a child's playroom desk, next to their finger paints. I realize this is simply a matter of personal taste, but the aesthetics of this product is simply awful.

Sorry Pivos, but I will pass by this one.

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  • Steven M.
  • 1/20/2014 8:12:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPIVOS 2 EGGS / NEWEGG 1 EGGS

Pros: works well after you make all needed updates

Cons: before using you have to update this product, which will be complicated for some. the firmware is available on their site after following many links and you must have a memory card to flash the new firmware.

the included remote does not allow for full functionality

Other Thoughts: I order 4 different products only one was new the others where all in open packages and sold to me as new, shame on you newegg

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  • Anh D.
  • 12/25/2013 6:27:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken product

Pros: Good if it works

Cons: I already have a pios xios and it is working great. So I decided to buy a second one at this black Friday. When trying to insert an micros to the storage, my microsd just went inside the box and i have no way to get it out. I contacted newegg and they ask me to send them back the product with my own cost so I have decide to return this product and won't do business with newegg again.

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  • Sebastian K.
  • 12/19/2013 9:17:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPivos

Pros: Very happy !!!

Cons: No Cons !!!

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  • Greg B.
  • 8/22/2013 1:19:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsClose, but not quite there if you are doing HD.

Pros: Cheap, low power, small profile. Has everything you need to run linux and XBMC with little work.

Cons: XBMC is too slow. Navigating the menus is frustrating and gets worse when movies are playing. Stutters on complex 1080p scenes. Advanced Harmony remote control requires hacking. Turning device on/off from remote not really possible.

Other Thoughts: I had high hopes for this little box to replace my aging HTPC. Unfortunately, the hardware just isn't there yet and it is with regret that I am returning it NewEgg. I will say that the box has a lot of good things going for it that can make it very appealing, especially as HTPC for a car of kids room. Reloading linux and XBMC was painless and I had the box up and running and serving movies in about 15 minutes. As others have said, the supplied remote is not very good, but that doesn't matter because the XIOS is in the Harmony database. I will say that not all the harmony functionality that I would like is in the remote and doing any kind of custom key mapping to specific XBMC functions is a real pain and requires a good amount of hacking. To me the deal breaker is that navigating the XBMC menu's is painfully slow and frustrating with the remote, and even with the harmony remote. The lag gets even worse when you are playing a movie. Additionally when complex 1080p scenes are displayed, the picture and audio cut out. Fan Art is slow to load, and scraping seems to take significantly longer with this box than it reasonably should. Eliminating a need for a remote completely and using something like XBMC commander via IOS/android is probably your best bet. I was bummed to find out that you cannot turn the device off with the remote like you can with ATV, and once the device goes to the shutdown screen, the only way I have found to turn it back on was by unplugging the power and turning it back on. Now I only played with this box for a few days before returning, so there could be fixes for these issues that I am overlooking. However I still would not recommend this for people who want a seamless and fully featured box to run their XBMC home theater PC....although it probably isn't fair to expect a box that costs $100 to do that.

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  • Mikkel P.
  • 6/15/2013 10:55:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: cheap

Cons: cheap

Other Thoughts: Both the device and associated remote control(s) are made of extremely lightweight flimsy plastic. Navigating the Android UI took a combination of the included remote and the horribly frustrating gesture-driven Sense wireless remote that I purchased with it. Make no mistake: this runs Android, not Google TV. Android is a joy to use on a touchscreen, but using a remote control? Definitely not. Remote support in the native apps is lacklustre, and predictably nonexistent in apps purchased from the Play Store.

Eventually, I just became so frustrated by fighting with something that I bought to simplify my life that I actually returned an item I'd purchased online for the first time in my life.

You would think by the number of times I've left variations on the same review that I would've learned by now, but: you get what you pay for.

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  • Mark T.
  • 4/9/2013 11:41:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Happy So Far

Pros: Good price point.
Detailed online set up guides for both Linux and Android software configurations.
AMAZING online support community. I cannot stress this enough, the online community for this device is incredible, with ample communication from the PIVOS development team as well as friendly and knowledgeable "super users" of the device. The official PIVOS community forums are also the place to find the most up to date firmware/software in order to allow you to get the most out of the device.
Small, like really small. 3.5" square and just over .5" high, if it weren't white you'd never notice it.
Does EXACTLY what I expect it to do. Streams media from both local and web sources with as clear an image as the source can produce. I'll save more money in my first month with no cable bill than this device cost me.
Using the Linux firmware which boots directly to XBMC with no other functionality I have a Media Center with a simple enough interface for my 6 year old to navigate.

Cons: Not 100% "out of the box" functionality. I would not have one of these delivered to my 75 yr old mother and expect her to get it to work. I would, however, feel confident in giving her one after I had taken the time to update and set up the device. Firmware flashing is pretty much fool-proof, and the support forums do take any guess work out of the setup, but I did take off one egg due to this. This needs the ability to auto-update and provide an even rudimentary setup for XBMC before this is ready for the "mainstream" (like anyone currently in the market for a streaming media player really falls into "mainstream").
The stock remote leaves a good deal to be desired. It is functional, but you will want a better solution.

Other Thoughts: I recommend pairing this device with a 32GB class 6 or better mSD card and a wireless keyboard/flymouse combo remote (I purchased a TaoTronics model through Newegg, been very happy with it so far). If you are looking for a streaming media device, use the Linux firmware, it is a better experience than Android currently (although that may change with continued development/support).

Don't let my 4 egg rating scare you, if you are in the market for a device such as this you likely have the tech level needed to get the most out of it. Once it's set up, as noted in the "Pros" section, simple enough for a child to use.

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