Entertainment Box – EBox Air Review – Mini Projector/TV Box
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Entertainment Box – EBox Air Review
Well out great friends at Entertainment Box have really kicked up a storm with this latest product! The EBox Air is something completely new to the community and is set to be a massive hit.
That is providing of course it lives up to the hype.
We at Bestforkodi have been blessed by our friends with a couple of devices to take a look at and review.
The EBox Air as mentioned is a new product and when I first had a look at it I thought it was a neat little wireless projector. Well of course that is exactly what it is but little did I realise it’s so much more than just that!
The EBox Air is in fact not only a full 1080p wireless projector it is a fully functional Android device (running 4.4.2) and you know what that means!
It can be connected to a TV via the supplied HDMI cable and runs like any other Android tv device.
The guys over at Entertainment Box have loaded this bit of kit up so its ready to go as an all singing and dancing TV Box.
OK before I get carried away, let’s start at the beginning.
Out of the Box
When the EBox Air arrives on your doorstep it’s neatly packaged and suitably protected form your local delivery person. A top layer of foam sits perfectly on top of the peripheral items of a remote control, HDMI cable and power adapter / charger.
These are all individually boxed in smart boxes with finger holes somewhat akin to the majority of modern day Apple products. All done very nicely in a a cool looking black and green colour scheme much like our own Bestorkodi logos!
A basic information / instruction leaflet is also in the box to whet your appetite and get you started . The EBox Air also comes supplied with a small but perfectly adequate three legged stand.
This screws directly into the base of the EBox Air and I’m pretty sure this thread is standard and will fit just about another similar stand / tripod device.
You can also see more on the EntertainmentBox unboxing video below.
I would highly recommend using this or a similar stand as the EBox Air does need to breathe and like all projector units with powerful bulbs, can get warm during use.
Ok. My EBox Air came straight out of the box and got hooked up to the power cable / charger for a blast of juice. Of course you can use it right away while charging but I want to take a look at the performance of the battery so I’ll let it fully charge.
Meanwhile let’s have a closer look around the device and checkout the specs. Readers can see a full list of specs by clicking here.
Measuring up at approx 145mm x 80mm and at just 15mm thick with a weight of 576g this really is a mini device in all senses. The front of the unit houses the lens and air outlet. As with all lamp projectors an internal fan keeps things cool but needs circulation. The fan may seem a bit noisy at first but this is common with all projectors where a lot of heat is produced. I certainly did not find it off-putting.
On the top of the unit is the cool Entertainment Box decal. This is where you will also find the on/off button together with some basic navigation buttons. The back button as always comes in very handy.
On one side you will find the ports consisting of 2 x USB, 1 x HDMI, Power Inlet & Earphone Jack.
Using the supplied HDMI cable you can connect the EBox Air to your TV or monitor to override the projector lamp and provide a native 854×480 resolution. On the other side is the fine focus adjustment, lamp power switch and TF slot for external memory cards up to 32Gb.
I used both USB ports for Air Mouse and keyboard without any problems. I also used a USB stick in one of the ports for some file transfers without any issues.
The rear of the unit is the remote IR and some cool blue lights indicating power.
The front of the unit houses the lens and air outlet. As with all lamp projectors an internal fan keeps things cool but needs circulation.
Underneath is the built in speaker, air inlet and screw thread for stand/tripod etc.
The remote control supplied with the device is neat and stylish. (Its very similar to Roku device remote.) It does what it says on the tin. Functions are all there but can be fiddly.
For simpler and more seamless navigation and controller experience I would certainly recommend the use of and Air Mouse such as the S77 Pro.
During testing I plunged my S77 dongle into one of the two USB ports on the EBox Air and was up and ruining immediately.
Right, let’s fire it up.
The three colour RGB lamp delivers a powerful display.
I have tried at a close range of no more than 12 inches to a longer range of around 6 feet. Clarity is clear with the built in auto focus, also the fine adjustment makes it crystal clear.
The clarity and definition of the display when reaching 100 inches far exceeded my expectations. The quoted figures in the full spec state it can go much bigger.
You just need a wall or screen big enough to show it!
Several projection modes offer choices. A cool feature is that if you rotate the EBox Air it will correct the displayed image to always be the right way up.
I had no problem at all connecting to my wireless network at home. The EBox Air found all available networks very quickly and once I entered the password we were up and running with all date and time functions automatically correcting themselves. EBox Air can be connected to your network via Ethernet but you will need an RJ45 Adapter which is not supplied with the device.
The home screen is concise and clear with quick links to major use functions such as Social Media and Web Browser. Miracast is here as well and ready for you to hook up your other devices.
You can also use the Airpin Airplay app to airplay stuff from your iOS device.
The Apps Center takes you to some favourite places which you can customise to suit your own set up. With full playstore so the sky’s the limit.
The EBox Air Manual is very good
Smart Apps contains a vast array of pre-loaded apps for your pleasure and this is also where any new Apps you add will show up. I downloaded a couple such as File Manager HD and Screenshot Easy in order to complete this review.
Settings is where you will find the necessary pages to hook up Wifi and further customise your own set up.
The EBMC Kodi fork is a nice touch beautifully branding the Airbox like a hot iron.
This takes you to what is effectively a fresh install of Kodi 16.1 ready for you to customise.
Using an Air Mouse
One thing I did notice which took me back a few years was regarding the use of and Air Mouse with the EBox Air. I used an S77 pro Air Mouse and would certainly recommend using this is a similar device with Air Mouse to make navigation smooth and simple.
With the Air Mouse active I was often bumped out of EBMC as it was starting up. Make sure the Air Mouse is turned off during the EBMC start up to rectify this. I have no doubt the guys at Entertainment Box will have a fix for this very soon.
I have loaded several builds onto the device and all have worked well.
Wookie New Look and Retro both run well but for a device such as this I see no reason why the Wookie Lite build would not be perfect.
I currently have a Sportsmania build from Kodi master builder and skinner Dicko the Geordieon my EBMC and it runs perfectly.
With all builds I loaded onto the EBox Air, I had to be patient. The loading and extraction process is as quick as any other device I have used but it just takes a few moments more for the RK3128 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU to sort itself out and properly configure.
This may mean you initially have more than one attempt to fire up the EBMC after loading a new build before it is fully functional.
Regarding sound, yes the EBox Air has a built in speaker, but where as it does serve the function adequately. It is a bit “tinny” and not great quality.
I guess there is only so much good stuff you can cram into a mini device like this. To enhance your viewing and listening pleasure why not use the EBox Air built in Bluetooth 4.0. It seemlessly connects to an external audio device.
I have a pretty standard Bluetooth speaker which paired seamlessly with the EBox Air. It delivered a superb audio perfect to match that big display.
Sparky has decided to connect his to his Sonos in ceiling speakers i can see him now thinking he is in Cineworld.
Entertainment Box – EBox Air Review Summary
As far as portability is concerned the 4000mAh battery delivers a fair performance. Battery is good for a few hours which is something that could be improved. I would therefore recommend when possible, using the device connected via the mains adapter.
A slightly improved performance using the power adapter if you are doing more than just viewing streams or movies anyway.
One disadvantage however is the length of the cable on the power adapter. This could do with being considerably longer especially to make full use of placing the EBox Air. It is limited by the length of cable unless you use an extension lead. I know the guys at Entertainment Box are working on this.
This is the ideal gadget for those parties and get together’s and with the wireless and battery capabilities. Why not enjoy your favourite movies outside one evening this summer (if we ever get one).
I know Sparky has already started building his outdoor cinema.
I can see myself using the EBox Air this weekend to watch the Open Golf Championship on the “big screen”.
This device also has airplay/Miracast Capabilities. You can connect your iPhone/iPads any android device, laptops and stream all your videos. The options are endless.
We loved this device. A projector and Smart TV in one make this a great combination.
Thank you Entertainment Box
With the Entertainment Box 12 month warranty and 30 day money back guarantee what have you got to lose?
Entertainment Box – EBox Air Review. I am sure these devices will literally fly off the shelves – get one while you can! Don’t miss out!!
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