Jul 19 2016
If you’re anything like me, then the idea of a Smart TV is intriguing enough to desire such connectivity from the comfort of your own couch but not worth the hit to your budget. I found a solution to resolve the dilemma in the Matricom G-Box with Android streaming. This wonderful little device allows you to stream straight to your television from all your favorite apps, which I have a number of as I am an avid proponent of the Android OS. Using the Matricom I was able to surf the web and view all my favorite movies and shows with a few clicks of my remote just as I would with any Smart TV.
First I was impressed by the easy connections to my set straight from the box. The necessary power cord and HDMI cable were included and took less than a minute to set up. From there, the familiar Android interface led me through a simple configuration and tutorial to connect to my WiFi and begin utilizing the Matricom G-Box to it’s fullest potential. In all the entire process from opening the packaging to downloading my first app took less than ten minutes.
Because the Matricom makes use of Android 5 Lollipop, I immediately recognized my way around and was on my way to installing all my most used apps such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. I was prompted to sign into my accounts just as I had been initially on my smartphone and tablet and had access to the shows I love right there on my TV. With the 16 GB storage, I never worry about the number of apps I download as there is still plenty of space available after adding my essentials. The G-Box also recommended the Kodi Media Center, which I eagerly tried out. I was pleasantly surprised by the content included by Kodi, and it has quickly become one of my new defaults when streaming media.
Just as important as the ability to connect and find the entertainment you want, however, is the speed at which you gain access to your desired shows. The new Matricom G-Box Android Streaming TV comes with a Quad Core S812 CPU paired with the Mali-450 Octo Core 3D GPU graphics processor to guarantee smooth streaming at levels only limited by your own WiFi download speed. The connection has remained steady at a moderate distance from my router and should function at greater distances given that I have yet to experience any buffer or load times thus far on any of my accounts.
My overall impression of the Matricom G-Box Android Streaming TV has been rather positive. It has delivered exactly what it promised: connection to all my favorite shows and movies along with a myriad of other apps available in the Google Play Store thanks to its inclusion of Android software. The price is very fair compared to similar products that offer more or less the same options, and the Q2 comes with an unlimited 1 year warranty that lets you download and stream from sources without fear. I would gladly recommend the G-Box to my friends over other streaming devices due to its hardware and easily learned user interface alone.
- The Android 5 Lollipop OS is both familiar and intuitive allowing access to all your favorite apps both quickly and effectively for streaming your most-watched movies and shows.
- The set up time was quick and easy only taking 10 minutes to connect, and all the necessary cables were included in my purchase.
- The price is one of the lowest available for a media streaming device and is much more affordable than purchasing a Smart TV
- Apps such as Netflix and Amazon Prime do require you to have a paid subscription for streaming media that you will have to purchase if you do not already have an account.
- The inclusion of a wireless mouse of keyboard would have been nice to add to the experience of using web browsers from my couch rather than attempting to use a remote.
- Though I am familiar with the Android system, Apple users may need to take a little time to get used to the layout and app settings.