SMART BOX BE­COMES SMARTER

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

COU­PLE OF YEARS ago, the flat panel smart TVs used to cost a bomb. At that time, Amkette had launched its Evo TV, a com­pact box that could add smart TV func­tion­al­ity to even a CRT TV. It also bun­dled as a me­dia cen­tre and a gam­ing cen­tre. While many were im­pressed with this de­vice, it did fail to catch my fancy then. The com­pany has up­graded the EvoTV and the one we tested is EvoTV MC.

It is a cheaper vari­ant of this smart box that comes with a changed UI. It looks ex­actly same as the orig­i­nal EvoTV. It is a com­pact box that can be placed un­der the TV, along with the set-top box. It of­fers a host of con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions, in­clud­ing three USB ports on the right and one at the back, HDMI port, RCA, SPDIF Out port, an AV Out along with Eth­er­net and power in­put. How­ever, the re­mote has un­der­gone a few changes. It is com­pact with no click­ers at the back. There is a track­pad on the rear for op­er­at­ing the cur­sor. The UI has also been re­vamped. It doesn’t look like an An­droid de­vice in­ter­face any­more. It has got a tile-based UI that looks evolved and more in­tu­itive to use. The Amkette EvoTV MC can play full HD videos smoothly and can even stream videos from YouTube. Con­tent can be played from USB drive as the box sup­ports al­most all file for­mats. MX player comes in­stalled in My Me­dia on this box. More apps can be down­loaded from the Google Play store as it runs on An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

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