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VidOn XBMC Box (Quadcore, Android) US$49.99 Inc Shipping @ GeekBuying

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I was looking on the GeekBuying site and it looks like they've dropped the price on the VidOn box to US$49.99. VidOn are an XBMC/Kodi sponsor.

I reviewed it a little while ago and thought it was a good XBMC/Kodi box but not worth the $69.99 original asking price. Mod: 3rd party affiliate link site removed.

At $49.99, it'd be worth it as a basic media player or for the kids as gaming performance was good (as its limited to 720p).

Video via the VidOn XBMC version is 1080p though.

VidOn Box Technical Specifications
CPU: Allwinner A31S Quadcore 1.2GHz
GPU: Octacore PowerVRâ„¢ SGX544MP2
System Memory: 1 GB DDR3
Storage: 8 GB Internal
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, 10/100Mbps Ethernet
Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4, Optical Audio
USB: 2x USB 2.0 host port
Power Supply: 2A 5V Power Supply
Dimensions: 150 x 90 x 30mm
Video Formats: M2TS, TS, MP4, MKV, AVI, VOB, H264, MPEG2, RMVB, FLV, WMV, etc
Audio Formats: AC3, DTS, MP3, PCM, etc.
Picture Formats: JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, etc.

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  • would something like this be useful to connect to each of my 3 TV's in the house that would all be sharing a NAS to play video files? I like the XBMC interface that can be used.

        • +1

          @supabrudda:

          Lol I'm not referring to the nas, but the limitations of xmbc running 3 streams, there single user last time I check whereas plex supports as many as you want.

          People neging without reading that the op wants xmbc and me suggesting plex instead, never did I mention his nas not handling the streams

        • +1

          @chriskq: Looks fine. Plex or any other media server will be fine, particularly if each box was running XBMC/Kodi. I personally don't use Plex as I like to customize each box individually.
          Otherwise, you could plug a HDD into your router (if it has USB) or fork out for something like a Synology or Qnap NAS solution.

          But to answer your original question, yep, this will play off a NAS fine and XBMC makes it simple to set up - even easier with Ethernet

    • Yep, should be suitable.

  • Good find. Cheaper than building one from a Raspberry Pi!

  • Any idea if these sort of devices support the new 10-bit colour format that a lot of high-bitrate encodes are using now? (especially in the anime world)

    • I'm yet to test an Android box that will handle hi10p as it's not usually supported by hardware decoding that these boxes depend on as their CPU can't handle decoding via software.

  • How does this compare to an Amazon FireTV box? Im close to buying a FireTV to run XBMC as my ATV2 just isn't cutting it anymore for XBMC. Your thoughts?

    • +1

      I'll be honest here and say that the FireTV will probably be much more straightforward and support 1080p output on everything, rather than just XBMC.

      That being said, it comes at a price jump so it's the whole cost vs benefit thing.

      • Thanks for the reply. Just read your review too, very nice! Cost vs performance is what I need to consider. Cheers.

      • Darkscythe - whereabouts can I find your review pls?

    • I Just received my Vidon box today and had a brief play with it. As an owner of all boxes, FTV feels the quickest of the bunch. That is it's very responsive. You have the added ability to run Prime, Netflix & KODI all on the one box. As others have mentioned at a premium. I think I paid around the $150 mark delivered from the US

      The Vidon box feels it could be as fast as the FTV but I think it's probably cause it's only running 1GB instead of 2GB of RAM, but way faster then the ATV2. I haven't installed any other apps yet, but noticed that by default NF can be downloaded and installed as too vidonme's version of XBMC (which is all i'm interested in) I would highly recommend this to replace your old and slow ATV2.

  • Would this be a good upgrade to my Astone AP-300 media player unit? I mainly use it to play RMVB/MKV (720/1080p) media files. The AP-300 doesnt handle MP4 with AAC audio well with audio sync issues so I am currently using my Fetch TV box to play MP4s.

  • Don't buy from China and certainly not Geekbuying. They did the same to me, sent me a clearly use tablet with a busted up and opened box. When I realised the tablet was faulty and wouldn't charge I emailed GKB. After 2 weeks and multiple excuses I finally was allowed to return it. They then pointed out tiny imperfections in the tablet and even on the box and charged me $25 restocking and wouldn't cover return shipping.

    I paid for it via paypal but they sent it out 3 weeks after I paid and it took 2 weeks to arrive. I couldn't open a paypal dispute as it was too late.

    Do a quick google search for GKB scams and you'll find out all about em. Crooks.

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