[GTALUG] little Android set-top boxes with HDMI in
D. Hugh Redelmeier
hugh at mimosa.com
Wed Jan 27 13:30:00 UTC 2016
Scott brought his Tronsmart Pavo M9 to the last GTALUG meeting.
This looks like one of many Android TV boxes. But it has a unique
feature: it has HDMI-in as well as out.
So, Scott, how's the hacking going?
I ask because there seems to be a very good deal on these for the next
US$49.99. Free shipping (slowly, from China).
This is based on the MSTAR MSO9180D1R chip. There is a theoretically
better box based on this chip (and also with HDMI in), the
Zido X9. It has 2G of RAM (vs 1G) and might have better I/O (I haven't
checked). But it seems to be ~US$120.00.
I guess (without making any attempt) that hacking on these cheap Android
boxes is more trouble than it is worth. Especially since hacking on cheap
Windows boxes is so much easier (at least the ones with 64-bit UEFI). But
nothing else that I know of has HDMI in.
Scott: can you summarize what you've learned about the box and how you
feel about it so far?
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