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  1. SagChad says:
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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mid-range box, handles KODI very well, 15 Aug. 2016
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    SagChad (Manchester) –
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    This review is from: Mini RK3229 Andriod TV Box RK3229 Quad Cortex-A7 Google Streaming Media Player Android 4.4 1GB/8GB 2.4GHz WiFi H.264 10bit HDMI DLNA KODI Pre-installed Air Play Dongle IPTV 4K TV BOX Black (Electronics)
    I was offered this android box to test and review at a discounted price. I already have an android box which I have been using for a few months but I wanted to try this one out as it had 4K support and 3D option. I have been quite keen on getting a 4K box as I have a 4K TV and this box had decent specs on offer.

    The box arrived quickly and well packaged as usual from Amazon. I was quite surprised to find the box to be so small, it’s definitely one of the smallest Android boxes I have seen. You will find pictures of the box on the product info and from other reviewers, it looks exactly the same. Inside the packaging, apart from the main android box you have a power adaptor, high-speed HDMI cable and a remote control – all standard stuff. It would have been nice to have HDMI 2.2 and a mini wireless keyboard included, but for the price I can’t complain. I already have a wireless keyboard which was fine, otherwise I would have struggled.

    Set-up is really really simple. I simply had to connect it to the mains power supply and to the TV using the HDMI cable and turn it on. It powers up quickly, shows “Google TV” logo and then the brand image before showing the main HOME screen. Pretty standard, no lags or cut-outs. It is Android 4.4 as it says so you don’t get too much and I wasn’t expecting too much either. It’s a standard layout, you can go in Settings and check/change android set-up with the options available. I don’t think you can upgrade the Android version. But the low version does not affect functionality and performance.

    It has mid-range specs which you will need to get the best out of KODI. It has useful applications such as apk installer, audio-video player, maps, email already installed and of course KODI. My main reason to get such boxes is KODI and this one has version 16 pre-installed which is the latest and runs very smooth and has not lags at all! You can update it to the newer versions by side-loading apk file through USB or SD card. If you are not sure, please Google or YouTube it, it’s not very difficult. This one has some add-ons pre-installed but you can install new ones through settings. It runs very well, I found no lags or freezing using KODI on this box unlike my previous box which although has the same specs and same KODI version, froze a lot and was quite slow. My mini wireless keyboard also works much better on this box and was a joy to use. I installed EXODUS add-on and watched a full movie in 1080p with no lags or freezing at all. I also managed to play a 4K video through an add-on and it worked well. As long as you have a working link to play a video, I don’t imagine you’ll face a problem. Of course, you will need to have a decent internet connection. I don’t have fibre, am on SKY with speed of 13 mbps and connected this box on Wi-Fi and had no connection issues at all.

    Overall, this box will run KODI and your video files very well. It is a mid-range box with Android 4.4 and that’s been made clear on the product page so don’t expect top of the range experience and performance. It will throw issues where it cannot handle demanding graphics but I am yet to see that. One negative thing is that the box does not come with well documented instruction booklet so first time users may struggle. It would have been nice to have that available but you can always use Google or YouTube where there are thousands of pages and videos which will give you step-by-step information on set-up and general use.

    For the price and specs, I am very happy with this box and would surely recommend it.

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  2. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Review: BicoTech RK3229 Android 4.4 TV Box, 5 Sept. 2016
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    Roy Smyth (UK) –
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    This review is from: Mini RK3229 Andriod TV Box RK3229 Quad Cortex-A7 Google Streaming Media Player Android 4.4 1GB/8GB 2.4GHz WiFi H.264 10bit HDMI DLNA KODI Pre-installed Air Play Dongle IPTV 4K TV BOX Black (Electronics)
    I’m a big fan of these type of Android TV boxes which smarten up your TV allowing it to play or stream media, and run loads of apps just like a tablet.

    This RK3229 player from BicoTech has adopted the familiar black flat square box design that has become the norm for set top boxes. At just over 4” wide it’s a fairly small and slim device with no external WiFi antenna.

    The front of the RK3229 has an IR receiver and a LED which lights up blue during use. On one side you get a MicroSD card slot and a USB 2.0 ports, while towards the back you get another USB port along with optical audio and HDMI out, Ethernet, and power ports. There’s also a power button on the top of the device which is a useful feature that’s missing from most TV boxes on the market.

    In the cardboard box you also get instructions, a 5V 2A power adapter, a remote control and a HDMI cable. All ports and connectors seem well made and high quality.

    You can check out the listing for detailed specs, but in summary you’re getting mid-range specs with a Rockchip RK3229 processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of storage and 1080p video out. The box boots up pretty quickly, and considering the specs I was really impressed by the speed. A lot of similarly priced boxes use the Amlogic S905 which is supposed to be slightly more powerful that the RK3229, but this box doesn’t lag and the developers have done a great job optimizing the software.

    I also had no network connectivity issues and despite the lack of an external antenna the box still had strong WiFi performance. However I couldn’t find any reference to Bluetooth in the settings and so couldn’t pair my wireless keyboard.

    As a media player this machine had no problem with video playback (even smoothly rendering 4K content in 1080p). It also handled games pretty well, but as expected you’ll see some frames dropped in the most demanding titles (the 8GB of storage will also limit this as a gaming machine).

    BicoTech have their own launcher installed which has folders for Online Video and My Apps as well as direct links to Kodi and their local video and music player apps. Overall this launcher is basic but serviceable – especially if you are always running the same few apps. More demanding users always have the option to switch to a different launcher from the Play Store.

    The Play Store does indeed come pre-installed giving you full access to it’s apps. You also get Kodi and Netfli plus a few other worthwhile apps. Overall I’d say a lot of thought has went into the included apps and the device hasn’t been bogged down with a lot of useless bloat.

    While a lot of the new boxes are now running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, this one is still on Android 4.4 KitKat which is getting a little old. However I found the older O/S version makes very little difference to me when using one of these boxes as it can run the same apps just as well. The interface looks pretty close to stock KitKat with a few media PC tweaks here and there.

    If you’ve used one of these boxes before then you’ll know that interacting with them using only a basic remote (like the one included) can be a frustrating experience. Continually using arrow keys to make selections (especially when typing) needs a lot of patience, especially when you’re setting up the box initially. Consider plugging in a keyboard – at least for the setup, and if you plan on giving a TV box like this a lot of use then invest in a USB air mouse or wireless keyboard/trackpad combo.

    Overall I found the RK3229 to be a great little Android TV box for the money. Besides the lack of Bluetooth I really couldn’t fault it and if you’re looking for a speedy and compact mid-range device which has no trouble streaming content to your TV (up to 1080p) then this comes highly recommended.

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