Himedia A5 Android TV Box Review
I love Android TV boxes and especially ones that offer added bonuses. This led me to the A5 from HiMedia, the A5 is running a Amlogic S912, ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU, 4K video output and 16GB eMMc.
The A5 offers support for Ultra High-Definition (UHD) 4K video playback right out of the box. This means you can get an incredibly clear picture, better image texture and a lot less pixelated than on regular high-definition signals.
The A5 includes 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi with an external antenna, this helps towards maximum network stability. Firmware updates are available Over The Air (OTA), so you don’t need to manually download and install new releases on your own. The A5 includes 2 USB 2.0 ports, a wired Ethernet port, an optical audio out, HDMI, a USB OTG port, and a TF card slot.
The casing of the A5 is black, with a “clean” effect running the entirety of the box. The included remote is basic in terms of functionality, it feels good in the hand and works. The buttons have a good solid click to them. It also has that clean effect running along it, so you know it’s the A5 remote.
The included accessories with the A5 are the remote, power adapter, antenna, HDMI cable, and power adapter. When I first turned on the A5, I was greeted with the HiMedia logo, then a classic Metro inspired launcher. There are included apps like Kodi, skype and chrome browser.
The A5 played avi, mov, mp4 and mkv files perfectly. There was no loss in picture or sound quality. I thought a good test would be to push it to its limit, so I tried to stream a 2.5GB mkv over my network and play it using Kodi. The large file size, along with the network transfer caused some stuttering in the playback. That was the only downside to an otherwise perfect time using this box.
Coming in at £95.07, this is a great looking box. It’s got great performance, where I need it. It can play movies and 1080p and 4K resolution.