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VidOn Android Media Box Review

If you are looking for a solid Android multimedia player that doesn’t cost a lot and can support an output of 1080p resolution then you may want to take a look at the VidOn Box created by VidOn.Me. I recently received a review unit of this device and I must say I’m pretty impressed with it.  The device runs on Android 4.4 and uses a quad-core CPU combined with an octa-core GPU.

VidOn

So how does this device compare with the more popular models out in the market today? Let’s find out as I take it out for a spin.

Design

In terms of design this is one of the better looking Android boxes available in the market today. Its body is made of a solid metal material (possibly aluminum) which can easily withstand a couple of drops. Only a power indicator is placed at the front while the backside is where all the connector are located. The back of the device houses the Wi-Fi antenna, reset button, 2 x USB ports, 1 x HDMI port, LAN connector, and the DC power port.

VidOn rear

Inside the box you will get the unit itself, the Wi-Fi antenna, remote control , power adapter, instruction manual, and a subscription card for the VidOn Me service which we will discuss later.

The only thing I didn’t like about the package is that it didn’t come with an HDMI cable. This means that if you don’t have a spare HDMI cable then you won’t be able to immediately use this box.

Hardware

The VidOn box is no slouch when it comes to the hardware department. As mentioned earlier, it uses a quad-core Allwinner A31s Cortex A7 processor combined with an 8 core PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics chip. This should be more than enough to handle any 1080p multimedia file.

Technical Specifications

  • CPU: Allwinner A31S Quadcore 1.2GHz
  • GPU: Octacore PowerVR SGX544MP2
  • System Memory: 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 8 GB Internal
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4, Optical Audio
  • USB: 2x USB 2.0 host port
  • Power Supply: 2A 5V Power Supply
  • Dimensions: 150 x 90 x 30mm
  • Video Formats: M2TS, TS, MP4, MKV, AVI, VOB, H264, MPEG2, RMVB, FLV, WMV, etc
  • Audio Formats: AC3, DTS, MP3, PCM, etc.
  • Picture Formats: JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, etc.

Set Up

Once the necessary connections have been the device can be made to boot up in around a minute. You will have to follow the on-screen instruction to setup the device. If this is the first time that the device will boot then a software update will be downloaded. You can connect to the Internet through your home Wi-Fi connection or through LAN.

There are several pre-installed apps available on this device such as a File Manager, Netflix, Pinterest, YouTube, and VidOn XMBC. If you would like to get more apps then you can do so through the Google Play Store which is also available.

The user interface is quite easy to use and browsing through the menu system using the remote control is a breeze.

One unique feature of this box is the VidOn XBMC player which is an enhanced version of the standard XBMC player. You will still be able to access the standard XBMC player with this app however there is also an added VidOn XBMC Pro mode which requires a membership pass to access.

The unit that I got came with a one year membership to the VidOn premium service. With this service you will be able to access several perks such as OTA update, Blu-Ray menu, and HD Audio Passthrough among others. After the one year membership has expired you have the option to renew it for $15 a year.

Performance

In terms of video performance the device can play all the video files and formats that I have without any major issues. There are some instances though where a noticeable lag can be observed especially when playing higher quality video files.

Overall Assessment

Overall, the VidOn Box is a pretty decent Android multimedia device priced at $70 that has a lot of potential. It is one of the better alternatives to the popular brands out in the market today. There are however some few improvements that the company can make on the software side to make this device even better.