The Probox2 aka Uhost2
Android Stick PCs are slowly but surely starting to interest more and more people. In case you don’t already know, these are portable Android devices that come without any displays attached. The idea is to connect to a television set which then outputs all the stored media. You could call it your Android USB stick, I suppose. Today, I shall review one of these for you that may help you decide if these devices are your money’s worth. Here’s presenting the Probox2 Mini Android PC.
The Probox2 Contents
The Probox2 package is set in two trays stacked inside the box. While one tray holds the remote for Probox 2, the second includes: a USB power cable, an HDMI cable, a user guide and the AC adapter. Of course, then there is the Probox2 device itself. Probox2 stands out from other Android Stick PCs in terms of its size. Still, Probox2 will conveniently fit your pockets despite its thickness.
The Probox2 Software
Probox2 runs Google Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Not only does Probox2 come with Flash out of the box, but Probox2 also sets up Google Play Store and apps like an Android smartphone or tablet would. The Probox2 interface is identical to what you would experience on any Android smartphone. An Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update is also expected in near future. That would make things seem even better.
The Probox2 Hardware
Let’s talk a bit more about the hardware specs of the Probox2. In a relatively small package, the Probox2 would arrive in 115 mm x 40 mm x 18 mm. The Probox2 device packs a Rockchip RK3066 CPU under the hood. If you are wondering what that might equal, consider a 1.6 GHz Cortex A9 Dual core PC. Graphics are well managed by a Quad core Mali 400 GPU that is clocked at 250 MHz. In fact, Probox2 supports a good range of resolutions from SD right upto 1080p. 1 GB of RAM complements it. Moreover, there is 4 GB of in-built NAND flash storage. Probox2 users have the option to expand storage upto 32 GB via MicroSD card. WiFi and Bluetooth are on board for convenient transfer of data.
Interestingly the remote is nearly as big and wide as the Probox2 itself. Its exact dimensions are 120 mm x 35 mm x 14 mm. Probox2’s remote weighs practically nothing, to be honest. More or less, the AAA batteries that you put into the remote would account for most of the weight. The remote is called an air mouse as it has a gyroscope that allows users to take control of the installed Android apps. You may also make use of the in-built mic for the job. There’s even a button to put the Probox2 to sleep.
The Probox2’s Performance
Probox2 does not cease to amaze its users with the fluidity with which it loads Android apps and how crisp they look on a big TV display. Performance-wise, Probox2 is identical to the Samsung Galaxy S2. Android does come with some flaws, and they translate in the performance of Probox2 as well. Audio sync issues with YouTube are one prime example of this. Hopefully, the Jelly Bean update will sort things for the better.
Probox2 may not be the fanciest looking Android Stick PC around, but it packs quite some power. Plus, the ease of use and a price tag of $90 make Probox2 a uniquely attractive product altogether. My suggestion would be simple: Go out and buy Probox2!