jun 13 2017

Tv Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1 c/ Air Mouse giroscópico NEO A2 Lite

In this article I talk about the Tv Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1 c/ Air Mouse giroscópico NEO A2 Lite, acquired on GearBest. He became my main media player, connected to the TV and turning the XBMC (Kodi).

Motivation

In 2010 I purchased a WD TV Live to watch videos on TV. At the time I had a Playstation 3, but watching videos on it was complicated, Since I had to use a Media server on the PC for transcodes them in real time. The stream the resulting MPEG-2 and was often reached greater bandwidth than my WiFi network could support, given the distance and amount of obstacles on the way. Limit the bandwidth also severely limited the display quality.

With the WD TV Live everything just got easier. He can play nearly all formats of the time, being the h. 264 the main highlight. I put a external HD in it and copied the videos over the network before you watch, and he read directly from the HD playback coupled.

Over the years the WD TV Live was getting out of date. Netflix came and he couldn't stand, but I didn't do an upgrade for the Playstation 3 stand. The interface was getting a bit outdated. With the acquisition of The Synology DS214play, I removed the external drive it and I use it to play videos directly from the.

More than 6 years of use, and just recently I felt the need to replace it. That's when I started to record some videos in 1080 p and 60 fps. With this resolution and frame rate no way, the WD TV Live stutters. It also does not support some high versions of profiles h. 264. Por fim, He has no support for the emerging standard, h. 265.

So it was time to purchase a new media player, or media hub, or tv box, What are the various ways in which these devices are known. The WD TV Live has not been thrown, but transferred to the TV in my room, where will continue to serve me.

The choice of Minix NEO U1

There are many devices of type media hub / tv box on the market. Many of them are of unknown Chinese brands. Others are from famous brands, but it has limited functionality and/or high price. Decided that a device with Android would be my best choice, because I could use the Kodi (XBMC), with which I'm used to it and was already using in Mini PC for watching videos encoded with h. 265.

One of the several Chinese brands, the Minix (It has no relationship with the operating system of the Tanenbaum) caught my attention for having several positive reviews in specialized sites. Furthermore, She stands out for supporting your devices, releasing new versions of firmware, While other companies just throw the product and forget.

The Minix NEO U1 runs Android 5.1.1. Has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of memory for storage. Accepts external HDs. Has WiFi in the IEEE 802.11 ac and Gigabit Ethernet, In addition to Bluetooth 4.1 + EDR. Also has input of TF card and USB ports 2.0. The CPU is a Amlogic S905, QuadCore, 64 bits, and the GPU is a Mali-450.

The Minix NEO U1 do hardware decoding of 4 k videos HEVC with until 10bits, 4K @ 60 fps. I don't even have a TV 4 k, but I like the idea of a device that is already prepared for the future, with HDMI port 2.0 and support for 4 k.

Note that at the time of purchase the Minix NEO U1 It was the best, But today there is already a top model, that is Minix NEO U9-H, It has support for HDR. I won't upgrade because, like I said, I still don't have TV 4 k HDR. But if the purchase was today I would choose the Minix NEO U9-H.

I chose the version accompanied by Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite, It has all the features of the simplest remote control, accompanying the Minix NEO U1, and yet adds a full QWERTY keyboard and functionality of Air Mouse with gyro. The NEO A2 Lite It is highly recommended to facilitate the operation of the Minix NEO U1.

The purchase was made in GearBest, who had the best price on the occasion. The package took a long, Thanks to the post Office of Brazil, but it wasn't taxed.

Package with the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1 and gyroscopic Air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Package with the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1 and gyroscopic Air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Package with the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1 and gyroscopic Air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Package with the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1 and gyroscopic Air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Unboxing

You can view the video of the unboxing and some pictures of the Minix NEO U1 in the following video:

The Minix NEO U1 comes with power supply, HDMI out, micro USB cable, OTG cable, WiFi antenna, Manual and remote control.

Tv Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1 and accessories

Tv Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1 and accessories

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Brochures and manuals of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Original remote control of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Original remote control of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Original remote control of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

Original remote control of the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

HDMI cable from the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

HDMI cable from the TV Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1

The Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite has the main buttons on the front and a full QWERTY keyboard on the back. It comes with a USB adapter to connect to the Minix NEO U1. Is powered by two AAA batteries, they are in opposite corners to maintain balance of the device.

Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

Gyroscopic air Mouse NEO A2 Lite

I chose the power supply in the European standard, compatible with the Brazilian standard. She is bi-Volt 5V output and offers with 3A.

USB cable that came with the Minix NEO U1

USB cable that came with the Minix NEO U1

OTG cable accompanying the Minix NEO U1

OTG cable accompanying the Minix NEO U1

Power supply in the European standard for the Minix NEO U1

Power supply in the European standard for the Minix NEO U1

Power supply in the European standard for the Minix NEO U1

Power supply in the European standard for the Minix NEO U1

The Minix NEO U1 It is quite compact and can be easily installed anywhere. You can't just leave it up, because it has entrances and exits on all sides. The antenna is on the left side.

Minix NEO U1

Minix NEO U1

Minix NEO U1

Minix NEO U1

On the front we have the receiver GO and the LED glows green when in standby and in blue when the Minix NEO U1 is in operation.

Minix NEO U1: the front

Minix NEO U1: the front

On the right side we have the on/off button, 3 USB slides, an entry of TF card, an OTG port and a Kensington lock hole for use of.

Minix NEO U1: right sidebar

Minix NEO U1: right sidebar

On the back we've got headphones output, microphone input, HDMI output, SPDIF output, RJ45 jack for Gigabit Ethernet, and power supply input.

Minix NEO U1: back

Minix NEO U1: back

At the bottom we have the rubber feet, the Android robot logo and some information and logos: EC, FC, ROHS, etc.

Minix NEO U1: bottom

Minix NEO U1: bottom

In the box Minix NEO U1 its main features are highlighted: Media Hub of 64 bits, Android, “H. HEVC 265 Main-10”, hardware support for decoding of 4 k HEVC, support for 4 k 10bits @ 60 fps.

Minix NEO U1 case

Minix NEO U1 case

Minix NEO U1 case

Minix NEO U1 case

There is also emphasis on the CPU Arm Cortex-A53 Quad Core, for the penta-core GPU Mali-450, for 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and 16 GB eMMC.

Minix NEO U1 case

Minix NEO U1 case

On the other side, There is emphasis on the items included. Por fim, another sidebar highlights “4Only Ultra HD Video Playback”, the “XMBC Minix Edition”, XMBC Special Edition made especially for Minix, Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), and the WiFi 2×2 Ac Dual Band 802.11 MIMO.

Minix NEO U1 case

Minix NEO U1 case

Minix NEO U1 case

Minix NEO U1 case

At the bottom of the box there is a complete specification:

Minix NEO U1 case: specifications

Minix NEO U1 case: specifications

Installation and Prints

As soon as installed Minix NEO U1 I checked that there was a new firmware version. So let's update…

Minix NEO U1: updating firmware

Minix NEO U1: updating firmware

I left the Minix NEO U1 on top of one of my speakers Bookshelf.

MINIX NEO U1 installed

MINIX NEO U1 installed

MINIX NEO U1 installed

MINIX NEO U1 installed

And the next day has appeared a new update, February 2017, What is the current.

Minix NEO U1: new firmware update

Minix NEO U1: new firmware update

The update of the system takes place as the update of an Android phone, It's the same system.

Minix NEO U1: updating firmware

Minix NEO U1: updating firmware

The Launcher from the Minix NEO U1 is very practical. It comes with some sections and we can add the applications in each section, how we wish.

Launcher of Minix NEO U1

Launcher of Minix NEO U1

Launcher of Minix NEO U1

Launcher of Minix NEO U1

For being a conventional Android, We have a lot of applications that can be installed, be through Google Play, are through the apk files. For example, I installed the Deezer for when you want music at the receiver Yamaha RX-A830.

Deezer running on Minix NEO U1

Deezer running on Minix NEO U1

Note that although NEO A2 Lite take care of most of the interfaces, substituting touch screen traditional phone service, There are applications that you can't use. For example, in Google Maps use two fingers to clamp and enlarge/reduce maps. There's no way to do this with the NEO A2 Lite.

The Minix NEO U1 also not good for Netflix. Is it possible to install the application, but the resolution is limited to SD. For Netflix I keep using the TV's own application or preferably the Playstation 4, that is much better.

To share the device with other people also think it advisable to use a Google account exclusively for the Minix, otherwise any person using the device could access emails and other private information of the account holder. Although the Android provides options for multiple users, they are not so trivial to use.

Note that the version of Android is the 5.1.1 and probably the Minix NEO U1 will never receive an update for Android 6, because the CPU manufacturer only provides an SDK that supports up to Android 5.1.1. Who makes a point of Android 6 You can buy the Minix NEO U9-H, that comes with the version 6.0.1. For me it makes no difference, do you need any feature that the Lollipop has not.

The fact of the Minix NEO U1 bring a cell phone firmware brings some strange situations. Eventually turn the unit and I hear a knocking noise notification. If I use the NEO A2 Lite to click at the top of the screen and pull, I can see the list of notifications.

Another curious situation is that some applications can act as if they were in a mobile network when connected via Ethernet, because they are not prepared for an Ethernet connection, only for WiFi and mobile network.

I got to test the connection WiFi and it worked perfectly, but for day to day I will use the Ethernet connection. I leave the WiFi only for mobile devices or places where you can't really get with cables.

XBMC (Kodi)

To mim, the main attraction of the Minix NEO U1 is the XBMC (Kodi). Before I could only use it with the Mini PC. Now I can use it with the Minix. It's how I watch movies and series from the The Synology DS214play. It is also with him I see pictures and videos on TV.

The Minix NEO U1 comes with a modified version of XBMC. It is possible Download the most up-to-date version on the forum of Minix. At first I chose to use the latest version of Google's direct Play snood Kodi, by having the advantage of being the latest version and have automatic updates.

But, I realized that there is a feature that does not work with Kodi officer, that is the option to set the refresh rate of the screen to match the running video. This is quite useful for watching movies and series recorded with 24 frames per second in original frame rate. Due to this limitation I started using XBMC from Minix, that works perfectly.

Option in XBMC to adjust the refresh rate of the screen according to the refresh rate of the video

Option in XBMC to adjust the refresh rate of the screen according to the refresh rate of the video

XBMC running Minix NEO U1

XBMC running Minix NEO U1

Both the original and the XBMC Kodi Minix has option to make the direct crossing of the audio, leaving the task of decoding for the receiver. Note, however, that in addition to configuring such option in Kodi/XBMC, you need to adjust the settings of the own Android so that digital audio is sent via HDMI (or SPDIF if applicable).

Configuring audio passthrough on Android

Configuring audio passthrough on Android

Configuring audio passthrough in XBMC

Configuring audio passthrough in XBMC

At first I got a little because I didn't know of this option on Android. But as soon as I set it correctly, I could hear sound DTS-HD Master audio in all your glory.

Reproduction of Kodi in DTS-HD Master Audio

Reproduction of Kodi in DTS-HD Master Audio

Reproduction of Kodi in DTS-HD Master Audio

Reproduction of Kodi in DTS-HD Master Audio

Reproduction of Kodi in DTS-HD Master Audio

Reproduction of Kodi in DTS-HD Master Audio

As for the stability, in the early days doing tests, I found a season of a series in which, When trying to play any episode, the Minix NEO U1 stops completely. This happened both with Kodi as XBMC modified, requiring a restart the appliance. There's probably something in the coding of these videos that he didn't like. I found this quite negative point, Since the WD TV Live never crashes completely, even if you reject or choke on the video.

But, This problem seemed to me something right on time, because watched many other films and series and didn't happen no more lockups. And in my tests have included a number of videos in h. 264 and 265 h., with different resolutions, including interlaced videos of my VHS captures. Everything worked very well. 3D videos also work. Only I owe 4 k videos testing because I don't have a 4 k TV to test.

Tracing

These are the trace information obtained through the site of the station:

21/03/2017
17:40
[Removed]
Delivered to the addressee object
21/03/2017
10:26
[Removed]
Object out for delivery to the recipient
21/03/2017
10:24
[Removed]
Output for delivery cancelled
New output will be made for delivery
21/03/2017
10:22
[Removed]
Object out for delivery to the recipient
19/12/2016
08:00
CURITIBA / PR
Object forwarded
Integrated logistics unit in CURITIBA / PR for administrative unit in RFB – Released without Taxation / BR
12/12/2016
07:36
Object received by the post Office of Brazil

I noticed that in the Postal system have gone a few steps more old, so I went to Muambator to get complete information:

  • Delivery Effected
    CSD [Removed]
    2 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 21/03/2017 10:26 Object out for delivery to the recipient
    CSD [Removed]
    2 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 21/03/2017 10:24 The output of the mailman was canceled. Will resume as soon as possible.
    CSD [Removed]
    2 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 21/03/2017 10:22 Object out for delivery to the recipient
    CSD [Removed]
    2 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 19/12/2016 08:00 In transit to RFB – Released without Taxation – /BR
    CEINT CURITIBA – CURITIBA/PR Object forwarded
    5 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 19/12/2016 08:00 In transit to RFB – Released without Taxation – /BR
    CENTRO INTERNACIONAL PR-GEINT – CURITIBA/PR Object forwarded
    5 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 12/12/2016 07:36 Received / Brazil
    INTERNATIONAL UNIT CURITIBA – CURITIBA/PR
    5 months, 3 weeks ago
  • 22/11/2016 18:02 In transit to International Treatment Unit – BRAZIL / BR
    SWITZERLAND routed Object
    6 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 22/11/2016 18:02 Object received in export unit
    SWITZERLAND
    6 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 22/11/2016 18:02 Object posted
    SWITZERLAND
    6 months, 2 weeks ago

Table-Summary

This is the table-summary of purchase:

Product Name:Tv Box / Media Hub Minix NEO U1 c/ Air Mouse giroscópico NEO A2 Lite
Name Original:MINIX NEO U1 TV Box Android 5.1.1 – I PLUG MINIX NEO U1 + A2 LITE
Store:GearBest
Value:US$ 113,99
Current value:US$ 114,79
Payment Method:Credit Card Visa International
Shipping Type:Switzerland Registered
Shipping Fee:US$ 3,28 (insurance)
Package Home Country:China
Purchase Data:11/11/2016
Submission Date:22/11/2016
Data Delivery:21/03/2017
Time in Transit:119 days
Declared content:1* Tv Box (GIFT)
Type Marked Content:Gift
Declared Value:USD 74.0
Taxed:Not
Taxable Value:-
Tax Value:-

Final Considerations

I was quite pleased with the Minix NEO U1. You're showing a very good substitute for WD TV Live. XBMC is excellent for organizing and playing audio content, video and pictures from the local network. And Minix NEO U1 can handle these tasks consuming far less energy than my Mini PC, going to be released for more complex tasks such as my emulation consoles and arcades Favorites and catches of gameplays.

Some people are using the Minix NEO U1 and other similar devices for games, emulators and other tasks. But I didn't buy it nor tested for this purpose, so I can't opine.

This was also my first purchase in GearBest, even though I know the shop for quite some time. How it all worked out, are approved.

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