NVIDIA Shield Android TV 2017 review

Nvidia released the 2017 version of the NVIDIA Shield TV Android to the market which is smaller and houses a few new features. The Android TV box based unit it a little streaming box that allows for a multitude of functionality as it properly takes over your Smart TV experience, but can also function as a streaming game console. And yes, if you install Kodi, you'll have a fully fledged Ultra HD HDR ready media player, compatible with high-definition audio and Dolby Atmos and DTS:X as well. To bring in a little more value Nvidia now includes their very handy remote control as standard, and gave their game controller a much improved overhaul as well. "


Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 15:08:50 UTC in Nvidia by Wesslan

Multimedia: Nvidia Shield 2017

Nvidia Shield 2017

NVIDIA announced an updated SHIELD TV bundle back at the Consumer Electronics Show, which offers a host of new features thanks to some fresh hardware and an Android Nougat based OS upgrade. The updated SHIELD TV, however, isn’t totally new. Internally, the device was still packing NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 SoC like the original, which, even after a couple of years on the market, is still an exceptionally strong performer. The new SHIELD TV also has the same memory and base storage configurations, and the SHIELD Remote is similar too. However, NVIDIA significantly shrunk down the chassis by eliminating accommodations for an internal hard drive, and lopped the micro-SD expansion slot off the machine as well, though you still get USB 3 connectivity for storage expansion. NVIDIA did, however, also developed a new wireless controller for the SHIELD that offers exceptional battery life and – among other things – a built in near-field microphone to help leverage its Google Assistant integration that is also now a part of the NVIDIA SHIELD TV experience. New applications, including Amazon Video complete with 4K UHD HDR support, tons of games, and additional streaming capabilities have been brought to the platform as well. "


Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 20:39:24 UTC in Nvidia by Wesslan

Multimedia: NZXT Doko

NZXT Doko Review

"  Streaming devices are a familiar concept to most consumers, particularly within the realm of media consumption. Having an XBMC- (now Kodi) or Android-based streaming device is common place, and one of the most popular has been the Raspberry Pi. In that instance the streaming device fetches the audiovisual stream from a storage location and relays that information to a connected display, usually through HDMI. Streaming media content is, however, significantly different from streaming the entire audiovisual output of a PC system. This specific use-case scenario has primarily entailed the use of remote-desktop software such as Chrome Remote Desktop, TeamViewer or the Windows Remote Desktop utility.  "


Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015 @ 09:56:13 UTC in NZXT by Wesslan

Giada Q11 Android OS Mini PC Review

Giada is a Chinese company with an active presence in the area of cloud-computing equipment. According to their "About Us" page, the brand name "Giada" is derived from the Italian word for "Jade", which symbolizes the quality and style of each and every product they produce. We find mini- and slim-PC systems, barebones, fanless mini systems, tablets, ARM based PCs, and even a motherboard for NAS servers amongst their products. In this review, we will focus on their ARM-based mini PC with model number Q11. "


Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 10:20:02 UTC in Giada by Wesslan

Pivos XIOS DS Media Player Review

Pivos is one of those companies that you might not have ever heard of unless your looking for the specific types of devices they offer. Being a major player in digital media playback and IPTV systems among many more emerging technologies we had heard of them a bit before looking at this unit. The unit we are looking at today is the Pivos XIOS DS which is a multi function media player based on the Android OS. "


Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 11:12:18 UTC in Pivos by Wesslan

Netgear NeoTV MAX HD Streaming Player Review

Today we look at Netgear’s next-generation of multimedia player, the $69.99 shipped NeoTV MAX. The NeoTV MAX is designed to play your personal media from external drives and DLNA media serves. Netgear wanted their users to be able access the ever-increasing online content that is available. From Youtube, Hulu, Vudu, Pandora, Spotify, and others, Netgear wants you to have every opportunity to grab your content without relying on your cable or satellite provider. "


Posted on Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 10:49:14 UTC in Netgear by Wesslan

Pivos XIOS DS Media Player Review 

The era of digital media has grown at faster rate then we might have guessed 20 years ago. The world of media streaming, sharing and Social Networking has taken a big step forward in the last few years and so has the technology behind it. Who remembers the days of sitting popping in a VHS to watch a movie on your 27″ Tube TV? Obviously those days have changed. "


Posted on Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 03:50:50 UTC in Pivos by Wesslan

Pivos Aios HD Media Center Review

As prices of large format LCDs have fallen over the past year, they are quickly becoming commonplace in the home. With this addition to the living room more and more people are gravitating to HTPCs than ever before. With this movement we have seen ZBOXs from ZOTAC and MiniPCs from a large amount of other companies hit the shelves flooding the market with a full array of options. At the top you have the option to build yourself a full blown gaming pc in the ITX form factor or you could go with something prebuilt like the Giada i53 we reviewed a few months back, hell even the two ZOTAC boxes we reviewed are well worth your money. "


Posted on Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 19:07:54 UTC in Pivos by Wesslan

Arctic MC101-A10 Home Entertainment Centre Review

Home entertainment continues to be a fast growing trend in the computer usage market. Smaller, faster and quieter are all characteristics that users demand from their HTPC, but not ones that naturally go hand-in-hand. Arctic aim to care for the needs of home entertainment enthusiasts with their slim and elegant MC101. On paper, the MC101 is a powerful home entertainment system. It packs an AMD Trinity A10 – 4600M, HD 7660G, 8GB of memory and 1TB hard drive into a chassis which is no thicker than a SD card. Built to operate silently with a low power usage, Arctic’s intelligent fan speed settings should allow media-lovers to enjoy their films and TV shows without disturbance. A DVB-T (HD)/ ATSC TV tuner and front panel infra-red receiver outline the system’s HTPC intentions. "


Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 17:09:03 UTC in Arctic by Wesslan

Gigabyte SkyVision Wireless HD Video Sync Review

Best known for their high end motherboards and graphics cards Gigabyte have won numerous awards on Hardware Heaven and are popular across the world. As we have seen in the past though they are not just a brand which focuses on those components, their keyboard and mouse ranges have also been impressive and most recently we saw the first Intel Inside Android smartphone which is built by Gigabyte. So what else do they do? Well today on our test bench we have the SkyVision WS100. With a name that doesn’t quite give away its purpose the SkyVision is a nifty little box of tricks that allows us to stream HD video from any HDMI ready device to another, wirelessly. Could this be the answer to many peoples cable jungles? "


Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 07:52:15 UTC in Gigabyte by Wesslan

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