Now, on a to a different subject. Allan and I have always been fascinated with some tech stuff, not the too geeky and obvious things like consoles, PC games and other high end computer hardware. Yes, we do play some games, but we’re not anal about all the games coming out of the market. We like things that’s close to our “lifestyle”.... Audio speakers, headphones, vinyls, turntables, scooters, CDs, CD players and other stuff.
|Remote control, Kata Box, manual and power adaptor|
|Game controller, Bluetooth receiver and USB cable|
After admiring the looks and feel of the device, setting up was a breeze. Just connect the power cable, the USB Bluetooth receiver and the HDMI cable to their right ports. Turn everything on and begin setup. Boot up took 72 seconds. After the
Splash screen, it will let you choose the
language and then the wireless setup will show. Just follow the simple prompts
for your Wi-Fi connection. I After that
it will lead you to the home screen. The built in applications and each app
will have their own sub-menu when you click it. For the TV apps to work, you
have to connect first with MegaVPN. As you know American shows have specific country
restrictions and what MegaVPN does is it overrides the country restriction and redirects
your IP address to another country’s IP address without access restrictions. The
package comes with a free 60 day MegaVPN access
which is very nice. Just click on the MegaVPN icon for you to connect. Once
connected, you will see a green key icon on the upper left corner of the
screen, meaning that you’re good to go. Kata
Just like regular android devices, it will ask you to update certain applications like Google Play, Google Play Games, YouTube, the CBS, FOX and PBS. Once updated you will be able to open the applications and enjoy. What Really got me going was Netflix and The CW. Aziz Ansari’s Netflix shows “Master Of None”, “Walking Dead” episodes”,”Daredevil”, “Wet Hot American Summer”, “Lilyhammer”, “Russel Peters Vs. The World” are all brilliant.
“The Flash” and “Arrow” in
HD are CWs ve
nice. Comedy Central, Saturday Night Live, South Park, Robot
Chicken, Conan O’ Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert can be accessed without
any issues. ry
The Office apps worked as designed. Tried opening word documents using a USB and documents from my DropBox account – all go. The device settings are easy to understand, video player worked fine when I tried watching the extended version of “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug”. Spotify, Tune In Radio, MX player and music player worked.
is a good tool in
turning applications off running in the background, but after updating it, the
button that lets you turn off those applications disappeared. An application
issue obviously. I have the same application on my Wipeout i4, same issue with Wipeout. Kata
For the game controller and the remote control, if you’re not into game consoles (Xbox or Playstation), using them will give you a hard time at first. And if you’re not patient enough, it will leave you a bit frustrated. I’m not into game consoles and I don’t own one, but am a bit familiar with the control layout and use since I got to play with an Xbox and Playstation. The game controller has a nice weight to it, it's not that heavy and the feel is just like using a Playastation controller. Now, since the device is also used for browsing the internet, the game controller will act as your mouse and keyboard. An android keyboard will show up on the screen when you’re trying to access some apps and you need the left analog stick to highlight a letter or character on the Android keyboard and use the right analog stick or the X button to click on that character. Yes, it will take you some time to type. It took me about an hour to figure out the which button is for what. The good thing is that the buttons and analog sticks are responsive. Same with the remote control. One thing that would make the game controller better is if it would have a crisper, tactile feel of the buttons. The controller is rechargeable using the USB cable that came with it. The remote control is pretty slim with a nice matte finish. If you’re not sold using the game controller for browsing and other internet related activities, you can use a wired mouse and keyboard since the device has 2 USB 2.0 ports. Or better yet, you can use a Bluetooth keyboard and Bluetooth mouse and use the device just like a regular PC.It would also help if the manual comes with some simple instructions on initial MegaVPN setup and what the game controller buttons are for if no mouse or keyboard are present.
Just like any Android device, you can install applications
listed in Google Play but take note, some games may not work because some of it
are designed for wireless smart devices (smartphones and tablets) which uses motion
sensors and accelerometers which your LED TV don’t have. I tried playing a jet
simulation game thinking that the game controller will work. The simulator just
kept on spinning and spinning, so no go to games requiring those sensors.
|The game controller does not work on moving the screen while playing CoC, although you can click on the buildings and resources. I have to use a mouse to drag the screen to access some of the |