Amkette EvoTV 2 review: It makes your old TV smart
Amkette is no stranger to multimedia players -after a string of basic and Android powered boxes, they have had time to perfect the formula. This time around, there’s just one, powerful box and it’s available at a nice price right from the start. So what can you do with it? For starters, this is an Android box -so it can `smarten’ up any TV thanks to built in WiFi, web browsing, YouTube and lots of apps. But there’s so much more which we’ll get to in a bit. You start by connecting it to your broadband connection and signing in with your Gmail account.
It looks similar to the previous EvoTV devices but this time around, the device has been tweaked, inside and out. The device stays black but there’s a hint of more power under the hood because the underside is coated in the company’s signature orange. The previous version was a 1Ghz single core processor so it’s a big jump up in terms of performance with a quad core CPU and quad core GPU. This version also adds built in Bluetooth, which means you can pair it with wireless BT headphones, transfer small files from a smartphone or pair with a BT gamepad for basic gaming. The interface has been overhauled too: it’s called the Evo UI v3 and the homescreen is a bunch of large icons that you can easily see from a distance. A little bit of customisation is possible: you can edit a row of shortcuts to place your most often used apps.
Dimensionally, it’s the same device: same footprint and the same number of ports. To recap, there’s HDMI, four USB ports, SpDIF (digital audio), AV out, Ethernet and an SD card slot. Although you do have one fewer USB port in practical use since you have to plug in the USB receiver for the new remote. The remote is an improvement too: it uses 3 AAA batteries instead of a built in rechargeable li-ion.These batteries will likely last several months (even with daily use) while the previous Li-ion would go dead at the most inopportune of times. The external USB receiver means you can simply remove the USB receiver and plug it into any Android phone tablet (with a USB hot adapter) or to any computer to use as an air mouse or wireless presenter.
If you want to watch media from removable media, the device supports up to 4TB hard drives ( ye s, we checked ) and any manner of USB flash drives. To watch media, everything you need is built right in and it supports all the popular formats. Then come the streaming functions: you can play media from your computer or phone-tablet to the TV or cast YouTube videos from computer phone-tablet to the TV. Helpfully, a little card is included in the box which outlines the free apps you can get to enable all this with minimal fuss.Various apps for free and paid streaming are included: Hooq, Hotstar, Eros Now, Netflix and Star Sports (more can be downloaded using links on the EvoTV store). Overall, it’s a pretty feature-rich device: a single purchase that can make media consumption a lot more fun, no matter what kind of TV you have.