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  • interesting product for enthusiasts

    posted by Timophey on 12/13/2012
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    Quick CPU, good amount of RAM, fresh Android version, a lot of possibilities to play around with apps, Google Play market works very well - Chrome browser was installed in few minutes and works good, games are working as well (tried several like Angry Birds, etc.). Updates are also done. Build quality is quite decent. Gmail, youtube works great (HD videos from youtube are smooth)

    Cons:

    Weak wi-fi signal, in spite of advertised dual antenna setup.. There are problems with wi-fi signal, the device located 3m from 300Mbps router has 5-25mbps connection speed.
    Mouse movement is laggy - have tried two different good quality Logitech mice.
    All installed video players are having problems playing movies from NAS over smb, not even HD. Most probably this is related to weak wi-fi signal.
    Device rebooted several times trying to play video.

    OtherThoughts:

    USB hubs are working fine (tried two).
    Should consider buying air remote like RC11, since mouse is very uncomfortable to use.
    This device could be used as noiseless computer in case when mail+web+chat is needed.
    Screen looks great on TV, but to use it as media player the normal remote control is absolutely necessary.

    Bottomline:

    I had to disassemble to find out weak wireless signal reason and found some bad soldering causing short circuit around one of the antenna connections. I have fixed that, so signal now shows up to 65mbps, much better, but not so good, the HTC smartphone has much better connection in the same location.

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