I’ve been mulling over how to add your TV a little bit crazy, and the obvious answer of “Android dongle” repeatedly crossed my mind, although implementing the idea in practice it never reached. Deciding that it’s not worth it anymore, I went and chose almost the first available console in which you were SCISHION V88 Piano Smart, and now I will tell about my experience with her.
Just note that first, I haven’t done a deep study of the question, not read the forums, did not make any comparisons, the choice was due to the first price (I didn’t want to spend much more than 50 dollars), and this version of the V88 at the time of writing stands at $ 53. (also, the coupon SALE10 gives you a 5% discount on almost all products in their store). Second, I tried to choose a model with more or less actual performance (not very old Android, a sufficient amount of RAM and so on). Of course, some things had to forgo (5 GHz WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.).
I have also decided to approach the device with brand of “consumer” point of view: I did not run benchmarks, not through the console custom firmware, do not set a custom rekaveri, in General, used it only “as is”.
By the way, if you seek other reviews mention that this model in different versions has been manufactured for a long time, and the old version with 1GB RAM and the worst chipset collected on the Internet is not the best reviews, but this modification has significantly moved forward. By the way, I don’t get why the manufacturer just didn’t choose another index instead of supplements in the name of “PIANO”.
- OS: Android 7.1
- CPU: RK3328, 4 cores Cortex-A53 @ 1.5 GHz
- Video: Mali-450MP2 with support for OpenGL ES1.1/2.0
- RAM: 4GB DDR3
- Flash: EMMC 16GB
- Memory card: MicroSD up to 64 GB
- WiFi: 2.4 G
- Ethernet: 10/100M
- Other ports: HDMI, optical S/PDIF, AV-out
- Resolution: up to 4K (4096 × 2160)
- USB: 1 × USB3.0, 2 × USB2.0
- Dimensions: 17.6 cm × 13.6 cm × 6.6 cm
- Weight: 340 gr.
Judging from the appearance of the box during delivery, she experienced a lot of interesting adventures. Fortunately, a dense recycled cardboard, which is made from the packaging was sufficient to protect the contents. Inside, except for the console are:
- remote control
- power supply
- HDMI cable
- quick instructions (very brief and not very useful)
The design of the consoles made in the spirit of common minimalism: black plastic square with rounded edges. Of the unusual elements — wavy glossy insert on top, judging by their appearance, symbolizing that the Piano, issued in the name of the model. Ports are almost evenly distributed over three edges of the device. On the front panel is the led indicator, glowing red in stand-by and blue when working, the brightness is reasonably made moderate, so even in a dark room it is not annoying.Plastic shell — average quality, poor can not say, but the quiet crunchy sounds when heating the prefix is sometimes heard. By the way, heat on the old version of this TV-box is often received complaints about overheating, but with my version I do not watch this, the body becomes warm, but not hot, and freezes due to excess of heat has never been.
Generally, if you complain, I would like a complete “manual” in detail, and these few dense pages of small text do not provide information about the device, and reach all accounts at random. However, a lot of thinking during this process is not necessary, everything is very simple.
First, we need to get two AAA batteries and insert them into the remote (of course, the sequence of actions may differ, I just tell you how it all happened to me). After that, connect the console through HDMI to the TV and through the power supply to the network. Turn on the TV, choose the HDMI port, turn on our gadget button on the remote and everything works.
From experience with Android on modern players, I expect that on the console it will be downloaded at least a few tens of seconds, but then I was pleasantly wrong, everything happens much faster.
On the interface, as I understand it, SCISHION did not adapt Android TV, but instead uses Android with a custom launcher, so the interface is easy enough, but at least colorful: the screen displays several large “plates”, are intended for sections like “Online video”, “Local content” and so on, the subsections are empty, add applications to taste — your task.
The preset programs are quite expected: the Google services and utilities, including, importantly, Play Market, Youtube, Netflix, browser, file Manager and then Skype. We should also thank the developers for the lack of different kinds of bloatware and advertising stock firmware.
The bundled remote is quite convenient, but for serious use of the gadget will obviously have to buy something else, preferably with the AirMouse functions, microphone and a full keyboard. I because of his laziness the choice and the purchase was postponed until indefinitely, can be a material for another review, while I will talk about complete control.
It is compact, well balanced in weight, and has a pleasant course of keys. The main control is, of course, will be a five-way ring in the center. In optimized for remote applications (e.g. from Google) this ring allows you to select the specific control and confirm your choice by pressing the Central “OK”. In other programs, you can use the mouse emulation, it is activated the button on the right. On the screen there is a cursor that you can move to the same ring, the center button simulates a tap at a selected location. Manage programs as possible, but if very long. The same goes for text input using the onscreen keyboard: trivial password, if you have a complex, turns into an exciting adventure. If you remember the days of push-button phones, to enter text using the keypad in the lower part of the console, but to do it in 2018 already kind of weird. Of course, you can just connect this box to an external keyboard (and mouse at the same time), but still a dedicated console will be more convenient.
If we talk about applications, they are divided into two groups. Those that work the remote control properly, and the rest. A vivid example of the first group is YouTube: a logical grouping of menus, pop-up controls, large controls. If the program is not well thought out, even to pause the video to be problematic (need to enable mouse emulation mode), although I do not think that it is the fault SCISHION or, say, Google.
In General, during operation of this attachment leaves a good impression: fast, no lags and hangs, conveniently enough. The only thing that upset — she caught on to my external hard drive, maybe it’s in ExFAT, can amount to 2 TB, to understand I did not. Except for this one, V88 copes with its task home media center: live theater, utumcc, offline content streaming on a local network, work with external DACs (well, I could not check it), simplicity in the format (from the built in player of TV with a these problems sometimes).
Summing up I can say that the unit my expectations were met. In the future, of course, I had to buy some sort of advanced remote with voice input and try to make friends with the console with Bluetooth, so you can use a wireless headset, and then my needs will be closed 100%.
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