Turn your TV into a Smart TV from as little as $30
As described in our blog earlier this week, you can easily turn your phone into a desktop PC by using the Andromium docking station and software but this relies on you having a reasonably powerful Android Phone. So, what if you own an iPhone ? Or don’t have an Android phone that allows video output through the micro USB port? Well, thankfully there are still options.
You can buy an Android TV stick from under $30 and this will allow you to turn your TV or monitor into a mini Android PC. Alternatively for a little bit more you can get an Android TV box. So what’s the difference between an Android TV stick and an Android TV Box? Well, not much really.
They are both relatively small however the Android TV Stick offers more portability as its not much bigger than a memory pen whereas an Android TV box is typically about the size of a portable hard disk drive or power bank but this extra size generally allows for more connection possibilities and greater processing power and memory. You can get more details of the possibilities these devices offer by reading out blog “What is an Android Mini PC and Why Should I Get One ?”
You should now have a good idea of what to expect from these cleaver mini Android PC’s, so whether you’re looking for a set-top box for streaming Netflix or a mobile workstation that you can carry in your pocket there are plenty of options that combine a powerful performance with affordable prices, I have listed some of our most popular devices below.
The A400 TV box is one of our most popular models and its easy to see why. With 4K support an a powerful quad core Amlogic S802 2GHz chipset that includes an Octa-core Mali-450 GPU, you get great power for 3D gaming, streaming live TV from the internet or anything else you may need. It has plenty of ports so you can connect a mic and camera for video chat with apps like Skype and it has support for Miracst, DLN, Airplay, and OTG making it a great deal.
The Neo X6 TV Box also runs on the Android 4.4 OS and with its Quad core Amlogic S805 processor offers outstanding video playback and real-time streaming experience. One of the best features of this device is that it can support external HDD up to 2TB so if you have an extensive media library this could be just what your looking for. With a powerful external antenna you get a strong Wi-Fi signal and it will also let you enjoy Miracast, DLNA and Airplay.
The TVPRO TV Box offers something that not many of its peers can claim, and that’s a powerful 5 megapixel camera and built in mic. With an adjustable bracket with a built in magnet it can be rotated to view anyone in the room so communications apps like Skype allow you to video chat so its great for sharing your special moments, birthdays and celebrations with all your family and friends as well as it comes with support for all the latest features such as DLNA, Miracast and Airplay.
If you want compact then this next one is for you. At only 34 grams and less than 10cm long, you may even forget you have this mini TV stick in your pocket. Despite being small it punches above its weight with a Dual-Core Rockchip processor and 1GB of RAM. Its Wi-Fi capabilities allow you to easily connect to networks for steaming videos and the efficient Android 4.4 OS lets you enjoy many games and video streaming as well as utilizing DLNA and Miracast. Its a real treat and can be picked up from as little as $30.
The Ugoos is a real pocket rocket and manages to cram in a quad core processor as well as 2GB of DDR3 RAM, which makes this one of the most powerful TV dongles available. You get all the sensational features of Android 4.4 and it’s extendable built-in Wi-Fi antenna allows for a solid connection without compromising on space. With Bluetooth 4.0 and support for XBMC hardware decoding you get a top of the range performance in this compact dongle that proves good things can come in small packages.
The Mini box TV dongle packs a huge amount into such a tiny portable dongle. The 1.8GHz Quad Core chipset from Rockchip boasts a stunning octa core Mali-T764 GPU and when combined with the 2GB of RAM it runs blisteringly fast.You get the usual Miracast and DLNA support as well as bluetooth 4.0, plus there is even support for external hard drives up to 1TB in size. However, the most interesting feature of this TV dongle is the inclusion of a Ethernet jack. Now rather than relying on a Wi-Fi connection you can use a standard network cable and plug directly in to a network so you get faster more reliable steaming and communications speeds, which really makes this device stand out from the crowd.
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