The Ubox R89 is one of the best media player available at the time of writing, mainly due to its Rockchip RK3288. Tinydeal gave us the opportunity to review this Android TV Box. The reviewed Ubox R89 is also known as Tronfy RK3288 and Bleelink Ubox R89. With its pre-installed Android software and Kodi Media Center you can easily set up your own Media Center. With Google Play your favorite applications (Netflix, YouTube, Spotify) can be installed and used.
Not much is found on the internet about the manufacturer of the Ubox R89 despite its insane high end specifications. Tronfy status on their website: Provides the best Android experience available from any other competing product. The RK3288 SoC is equipped with the Corter-A17 Quad Core and paired with the impressive Mali-T764. For just $92.52 on TinyDeal you get an affordable Android TV Box which converts your TV in a media theater center.
Pro’s and Con’s
|Operating system||Android 4.4|
|CPU||RK3288 Quad Core Cortex-A17 1.8GHz|
|ROM||8GB or 16GB NAND Flash|
|Video Formats||2160P muti-format video decode, H.265, 4K*2K|
|Image Formats||JPEG /BMP /GIF /PNG|
|Wireless Connectivity||802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (16GB version has 5GHz option), Bluetooth 4.0|
|Interfaces||3x USB2.0, 1x DC-in, 1x HDMI, 1x SPDIF, 1x RJ45, 1x Mirco SD, 1x AV|
|Size||140 x 65 x 60 mm|
The Ubox R89 comes with pre-installed Android 4.4 operating system. Setting up the media player was quite easy since Androids set up is straight forward. A big surplus was that Media Center Kodi (formally XBMC) was also pre-installed. After turning on the media player you will get a menu which is home. The home menu is somewhat divided in two parts. On one side (rightside) you will find your favorite applications and on the other side (left) links to important tiles like settings, XBMC, PlayStore and Browser. This makes the menu well organized and user friendly. Another create feature is the “refresh” tile which can kill superfluous apps.
Within Kodi CompareImports tested three different quality version of the well known Big Buck Bunny movie which where played from internal storage. According the specifications the Ubox supports 4K*2K further specified in 2160p H.265. The test included the 1080p 60fps and the 4K versions 30fps and 60fps. The 1080p version played smooth and flawlessly. The 4K version had some frames drops, lag and buffering issues which was unwatchable. The 4K 30fps works also quite good,
With the preinstalled apps Wi-Fi Display and eHomeMediacenter you can cast your phone/tablet screen on your TV screen. With this option (Youtube) movies and pictures are displayed on both screens. Another interesting pre-installed app is RK BOX which give you the ability to use another Android device (tablet or phone) as a remote and game controller (must be on the same Wi-Fi network). The USB extension ports support the possibility of using a 2.4GHz wireless mouse/keyboard or other peripherals. Due to its 4 USB ports many peripherals like external storage, game controller(s), etc, can be plugged in and utilized.
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