Review: iRevo Smart TV QC1 box
iRevo’s new smart TV box offers online content as well as the experience of Android on an ordinary TV
Compact and good-looking
The Smart TV box is a good-looking device with a slightly curved top and fine glossy finish over it. It is compact and as big as a set top box, so you don’t have to worry about moving it or putting it away because it looks ugly. All the connectivity options are placed on the back, nicely hidden away from sight.
It is quite interesting that iRevo has integrated a gesture-controller feature, which allows you to wave the wireless remote in the air to navigate the on-screen menu. It has the standard direction keys, volume control as well as a return button for getting around apps and layers of menus.
Limited as a smart TV
There are actually two parts to the Smart TV QC1 Box experience. You need to sign up with an iRevo account to use the smart TV features and a Google account to access the Android content. The menu page of the Smart TV looks a bit cluttered. iRevo offers on-demand access to content from major Hindi and some regional language entertainment channels. There is also some curated content under categories such as Bollywood, Hollywood and Children’s movies, but the collection is limited at present.
Offers a full-fledged Android experience
The Android experience is much more exciting as it allows you to download games and apps. There is 8 GB internal storage, but no memory card slot. This sounds bit limiting but not many smart TV users are going to use that much. In case you wish to save offline movies on it, there is no need. It supports direct USB play for any video or movie directly from external storage drive. It can output video in 1280x720p, which is going to feel a bit low for very big TV displays.
iRevo Smart TV runs an older version of Android (KitKat) but retains the original look and feel of plain Android interface. The Smart Box is powered by a 32-bit RockChip processor, which is powerful enough to handle simple games such as Stick Cricket 2 and HD movies without any stutter. However, you can’t play all the games on it with the same ease as when you are playing a game through chromecast. Even if the device can handle it, the controller doesn’t have the keys that would let you play them comfortably. You can also connect a Bluetooth keyboard to it for productivity purpose.
The features and capabilities are basic, but this is a good option for those who don’t want to invest in a new smart TV. The all-inclusive Android smartphone experience on a bigger screen is not something a lot of TVs offer as a built-in feature anyway.