One of the benefits of the technology cycle is that products eventually become more accessible. When I first got into computers, and Bill Gates still had acne, it was strictly for hobbyists and enthusiasts. There were too many cryptic things like boot disks and memory management for the average user to deal with.
Those days are long gone and even though we still struggle with the idea of usability, we’re light years ahead of where this all started. Even a few years ago it would have been unthinkable to recommend Linux to the inexperienced user. Today it’s quite common for the Facebook grandma to be hooked up with a beefy Ubuntu box.
Usability doesn’t have to come in a pretty package, but when it does it often rises like a meteor to the top of the pack. The reason the iPhone became so spectacularly successful was that it was both easy to use and sexy at the same time.
Now that mobile users have become more educated and usable software taken for granted, there’s been a re-focus on both performance and features in addition to fashion. It’s not enough just to look good, you have to perform well and have the tech specs to back it up. And it should all come at a reasonable price.
As I mentioned in a previous article, the Stick and TV Box market is in the transition phase now of moving toward styling as a feature. The baseline performance characteristics are well laid out and guaranteed. The differentiating feature is how you present that package.
Fortunately, we have plenty to choose from in this category. You don’t have to pick between Apple and Samsung or Verizon and AT&T. There’s dozens of small vendors competing for your attention and they are customizing these things inside and out for your benefit.
I pointed out with the Boddenly that styling of Sticks is virtually impractical. You aren’t going to care about having an Avocado Green Stick PC. Sticks are going to have to rely on significant hardware gains and software usability to drive the market.
TV Boxes are in a little better place, as I already mentioned. You can do fun things like put them in cylinders, or color them pink or put lots of blinky lights on them. I personally get a kick out of seeing some of the newest gimmicks and I have to admit being a blinky light fan.
A more practical addition to these new boxes is the inclusion of some very useful software. What were once very vanilla installations have become software rich with full installs of some of the most popular apps like Kodi. To my point above about accessibility of technology, if you can buy an off-the-shelf box with Kodi pre-installed, you’ve opened your market up way beyond the early adopters.
I’ve come across quite a few of these new TV Boxes and found only slight differentiation. There’s hardly a need to write about each one. I have discovered a couple that are worth your consideration, and I’ll be putting those up over the next few weeks.
The first one is the Evanpo T95Z. This is a TV Box that has all of the latest features, plus styling and software customization. You can plug this handsome little guy in and be watching your favorites in a matter of minutes regardless of your skill level. Check out the stats for yourself.
EVANPO T95Z TV BOX
- CPU: Amlogic S912, Octa-core, cortex-A53, frequency 2.0G
- GPU: Mali-T820MP3
- FLASH: 16GB EMMC
- SDRAM: 2GB DDR3
- OS: Android 6.0
- WIFI: 2.4G + 5G + Bluetooth 4.0
- Ethernet: Standard 10/100M/1000M, Gigabit RJ-45
- 3D: Hardware 3D graphics acceleration
- HD video output: SD/ HD max.1920×1080 pixel
- 4K2K HD decoding: 4k2k H.265 Hardware Video Decode and 4k2k Output
- HDMI: HDMI 2.0 up to 4k2k Output with HDR, CEC and HDCP 2.2
- Mouse/ Keyboard: Support mouse and keyboard via USB
- Support 2.4GHz wireless mouse and keyboard via 2.4GHz USB dongle
- Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
Some Customer Reviews
This box exceeded all my expectations. Not only is it very easy to use but it will handle everything I have thrown at it and I am a heavy streamer.
I have tried multiple streaming TV boxes. This one is by far the best I have come across. I love the layout of the software. Comes already with Android 6.0. loaded with Kodi. Plenty of ram for streaming live sports, live TV through Sling TV, great with Netflix and YouTube.
Wow, this exceeds my expectations. It’s the little things that gets me excited. The fact that there is a dedicated LED button that changes the color of the LED ring on the box. Along with a KD button that opens the KD player. The clock on the front display is also nice. I have used many different android boxes before. Though many of them may be half this price and have low specs. This box is truly high quality with 2gb of ram and 16gb of storage.