At a Glance
At first glance, this small device is pretty impressive for the price. Overall size of the unit is somewhere around double the size of a thumb drive. It has the following connections:
- HDMI Port to plug the unit directly into the back of your TV
- MiniUSB Power port If your TV has a USB port that will provide power, you can plug this directly to your TV as well. If not, you run the USB port to a power adapter (58-16865)
- MicroSD Card Slot for extra storage
- USB Port for peripherals like a USB Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo (83-14690).
This was very easy to install. If you don't already have one, it will likely take you longer to set up a Google Play account, than it will to hook the device up.
- Plug the HDMI port into the back of your TV
- Plug in the USB Receiver for Keyboard/Mouse
- Plug the power port either into your TV or into an adapter and then the wall
- Turn the TV to the appropriate HDMI Channel
Yes, it's really that easy. Now for those of you familiar with the Android Operating System, you know you have to have a Gmail account for the Google Play Store. While setting up a Google Play Account is not required to use the system, it is recommended depending on your plans for the unit. All you need to do to attach an existing or create a new account for Google Play is click on the App Icon, and it will prompt you to either Log In or Create a new account. It is free to set up an account and it gives you access to download any of the Apps for Android. *When you setup a new Google Play account, you will have to link a credit card to your account, and this is just in case you decide to purchase an App that is not free.
All in all, this is a very cool little device, and with the cost, it's easy to justify getting one to play with. Its uses are really only limited by your imagination. You can stream video like YouTube, Netflix, or even missed episodes of your favorite shows from sites like CBS or Fox. You can play Apps like Angry Birds, surf the internet, or stay in touch with social media. There is even a version of XBMC for Android now, which actually brings us to my next venture with this little powerhouse. I am going to attempt to set up an XBMC Media Center with this unit, and will be posting another blog soon detailing how that works out. Check back soon to see how it goes!