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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CD-R KING INTERNET TV BOX REVIEW




Have you ever been tempted by the latest commercials of Samsung or Sony for their newest TV?  Do you have an old TV and wish you could turn it into a Smart TV? For P2,880 the CD-R King Internet TV Box might just do the job.

Last week, I was browsing the CD-R King website and found this item listed as “coming soon”. Like a much-anticipated movie release, I purchased one unit as soon as it came out. My goal was to off-load some of the work from my aging Macbook such as watching videos, downloading torrents, youtube, etc. to this one device. To give you an idea on what it does, it’s just like connecting an Android phone to your TV. Theoretically, it should function as a small Android computer and be able to do most of what I need. Spec wise, it has the following features:

- Android 2.3 (Upgradeable daw!)
- 1Ghz Cortex A8 Processor with 512MB DDR3 RAM
- 4GB NAND FLASH
- 1080P Output and support for various video formats
- 4 USB Ports / 1 SD card slot





The unit includes a wifi antenna, remote control and manuals. If you are familiar with Android, you should have no problems navigating the simple menu, setup and settings. Unless you are planning to use it purely as a media player, navigating with the supplied remote is “useable” at best. But maximizing all its features is where it starts to get tricky. I would highly suggest using a UBS keyboard and mouse or a CD-R King 3-in-1 wireless keyboard. It is a bit expensive at P1180 but worth every peso if you want to do more. (I tried using a Bluetooth keyboard with a Bluetooth USB dongle but could not get it to work.)



The menu system is pretty straightforward. Just select media player, apps, Youtube, Angry Birds (Yes, it works!), etc. You can even add shortcuts to the main menu. Just plug your hard drive, USB or SD card with all your media and you can play it right away from the media center app.





Here is the first problem I encountered. At first, I could not get to play videos in full screen on the media player app. After much tweaking and tinkering, I found out that by using the “My Files” app (which is like a file explorer), videos play in full screen with no problem. The second difficulty I encountered was using the Google Play store. I could not install some apps using an Ethernet connection. Using wifi instead, solved the problem.

The beauty of Android is that it is very customizable. There are lots of apps available on the Play store. Once I installed Atorrent, FTP Doid, Podkicker, I was able to browse the web, download and play vidoes all from one device. Heck, it even recognized my iPad, my other media player in the living room and I can now stream from that as well.



Overall, I am pretty impressed with this little box. The media player function alone is worth the price. Being able to access the Internet on a TV unit like a proper couch potato is practically having the best of both worlds.

The Good:

- Price!
- Media Player function
- Android OS

The Bad:

- Wish it had a faster processor and more RAM
- Not sure if Android 4.0 ICS update will be available

24 comments:

  1. how did you connect the CD-R King 3-in-1 wireless keyboard?

    the tv box unit does not have built-in bluetooth, did you use a usb bluetooth dongle?

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  2. HI Jr! I used a wireless keyboard (not Bluetooth). I just plugged in the supplied RF receiver in one of the USB slots.

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  3. http://www.tipidpc.com/viewtopic.php?tid=274283&page=29

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  4. i really like the way you do review techa :D i really wish you have more, im sure you'll do more justice doing review for cherry mobile, cloudfone and the likes. more power! following you in twitter :D

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    1. Thanks Gerry! I'm actually on the hunt for a new dual sim phone. As soon as I get one I shall post a review!

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    2. thats very nice :) please do consider checking Cherry Mobile Flare or Cloudfone Thrill 430x :) seems to me they are really the good choice budgetXfeatures :D

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  5. pwede po bang i-connect 'to sa analog tv o kailangan ung may mga hdmi port...?

    gusto kong i-try 'to sa classroom ko...

    thanks...

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  6. Yes this model has analog input, but yung newer models HDMI only.

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  7. Hi do you know how to remove the onscreen keyboard everytime you click a textbox?

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    1. Are you using included remote? It should be back button. I use a wireless keyboard and mouse, to remove onscreen keyboard just use the right mouse click.

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  8. Hi techna,

    Ask ko lng kung na try nyo na sync ung box sa cp. nakalagay kasi sa box pwede gamitin controler ang smart phone. Pwede po pa turo naman.

    Salamat

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    1. Sorry have not tried controlling it thru mobile phone. Maybe there is an app sa play store? I just use a wireless keyboard.

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  9. yung quality po ba ng standard tv eh blurry?please provide a review using standard television para sa mga walang LED/LCD tv..like me...hehehe

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    1. Don't have old standard TV anymore. Time to upgrade na. He he

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  10. Pwede po ba akong makapag-skype dito, can i also plug-in a webcam?

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    1. Yes, since its Android you can install Skype. Not sure if webcam will work.

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  11. Hello, Techa!

    Thank God I found this review of yours re: Android TV Box. Ask ko lang po kung pwede ko madownload ang iWantv dito? (Baduy noh?) pero kze un gusto ng family ko. May Google play app store ba to? Nde kze ako familiar sa Android (ios kze ako) Then, ung wireless keyboard and mouse na sinasabe mo, kamo nde bluetooth, meaning po ba WiFi capable ung wireless keyboard and mouse mo po? Dko magets po eh. Sorry, inosente. Hehe Lastly, compatible kaya xa sa Sony Bravia LCD ang TV box? Kze sabe sken sa CDR king, pag nde compatible, maibabalik ko lang daw sa kanila TV box "within the day of purchase" eh. Hoping to hear from you po. Salamat. :)

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    1. Elijohn, Meron iWantv for Android pero nung binasa ko yung description it says you need to have an abscbn kapamilya SIM card para mag work so I don't think it will work sa TVbox. Tungkol naman sa WiFi kb and mouse baka hindi mag work,ang na test ko pa lang yung wireless with USB dongle. But it will work with an TV na may HDMI input.

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  12. Ganun po ba? Uhmmm kahit wala abscbn kapamilya sim, okay lang. Ang important po eh kung meron available na iwantv app mismo na pde i-download to tv box? Mgwowork un basta po mag-login lang po. Pero gaya ng sabe nio po, available ang iwantv app sa tv box then okay na po xa sken, tama po ba? About sa wireless kb and mouse, ung usb dongle po ba eh via bluetooth connection sa kb and mouse? Pag buy ka po ba either wireless kb or mouse, lage maya kasama na usb dongle nrin po? Till now po ba, from your first used ng yv box nio, still working prin ba? Will you still recommend it to me po? Kze am planning to buy na po eh. Naku, dame ko tanong po. Pacnxa po. Thank you sooo much po talaga! :)

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  13. Hello, Techa. It's me again. I just to ask about this statement of yours, "Heck, it even recognized my iPad, my other media player in the living room and I can now stream from that as well."

    How did you do it? Your help will be appreciated. Thank you. :)

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  14. Hello. Could I mirror my android tab through this box po? Yung parang similar sa allshare na app. Thanks in advance :D

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  15. Hello!

    Pwede po ba ito sa mga old TV like yung malalaki na kagaya nong CRT monitor type? RCA lang po ang available na input sa TV. Pwede po ba to?

    Thanks and more power!

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