Android TV Box, CS918
Just purchased an Android TV Box from Qoo10, the CS918 to be exact which has the following specs (as per seller’s description).
1.6 Ghz Quad Core CPU (Cortex A9)
Quad Core Mali 400 GPU
8GB Internal Memory
Strangely, when accessing the Play Store, its device name is Rockchip B351.
About the seller
Bought the item from Qoo10, first comment… it did not arrive on the next day! According to the seller, they ran out of stocks.
A week later, I received it by mail.
About the item
I was surprised on how small and light it was. It was actually too light that you’ll need to position the HDMI cable correctly if you want the device to looks nice and organized in your TV rack.
Box came with remote control, HDMI cable, RCA cable, adapter and manual. Remote didn’t come with a batteries so you’ll have to purchase them (AAA) yourself.
First thing you have to know… it uses an IR remote control, it’s a pain to use when entering your Google account and searching for Apps on the Play Store. But once you’re done configuring the device, it’s more that enough (for my personal needs, at least).
After connecting it to a power source and my TV, it did not function properly. I had to unplug it and reboot before it showed something on my TV.
Now the issues (below are specific to the unit I received)…
Using an HDMI, my TV kept showing the following message…
“Unsupported signal, Check your device output”
After (multiple) plugging and unplugging of the HMDI cable, the device started working.
Only problem is, there’s a flicking line on top of my screen when the resolution was set to 1080.
Did you notice the top part of my TV?
At 720 the whole screen turns dark after a couple of seconds.
It did not have this issue when using the CS918’s RCA cables, but the resolution was so bad, videos were almost unwatchable.
I informed the seller regarding this issue and he sent me a HDMI adapter to test if my problems were caused by the cable… A week later, my adapter arrived and the device started working properly.
Another issue I have is that I can’t seem to make the screen mirroring feature work. It’s actually not a deal breaker for me, but I would have loved to show it off to my friends.
Why did I wanted one and not an Apple TV or Chromecast?
As of now, I only installed 3 apps on my CS918. Skype, CheapCast and ES File Explorer.
ES File Explorer allows me to access my files on my network drive.
CheapCast makes my CS918 work like a Chromecast!
It would have been nice of Google released an Android version for TVs. I chose the CS918 over other Android TVs available since UI looked like stock Android… it could be better, but I guess it will always be limited since you get limited functionality from the remote.
I can’t recommend the CS918 to everyone, but for those who knows their way with Android. It’s the perfect media streamer for your living room.