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Patuoxun Rockchip 3368: Android TV Box

Smart TVs today can be purchased at significantly lower prices than 4-5 years ago, when large sums had to be paid to buy these companies. Despite the drop in prices, those who bought an HD television in the era before the Smart TVs, not willing to change them still works well, only to be able to use the functions that make it intelligent. For this reason, devices designed to meet the needs of those who cannot buy a new TV want to be able to make their own TV have been proposed on the market. smart.

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Hardware Features Patuoxun Rockchip 3368

The Android Patuoxun Rockchip 3368 TV Box is a compact device with 180mm x108.5mm dimensions. With a thickness of only 35mm it can be easily placed in the living room next to the TV, without disfiguring in the presence of modern furniture. From the hardware point of view, the device is one of the most complete for its price range.

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<p>The connections on the back of the Patuoxun Rockchip 3368 allow interfacing with any type of external hardware component: we find an AV port for connection to old TVs, two USB ports, one of which supports OTG functions, an Ethernet port, a port HDMI 2.0 type, a power input and an on / off button to switch the TV BOX on and off. Finally, the connectivity side does not lack Bluetooth, which we find here in the 4.0 Low Energy version and a Wi-Fi a / b / g / n Dual Band network card, with supported frequencies of 2.4GHz and 5GHz. In the sales package there is also an HDMI cable, a smart cable and a remote control.</p>
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Turning on the Patuoxun Rockchip 3368 Android TV Box, the screen will be familiar to all those who have used an Android smartphone or tablet at least once: the Android operating system installed, which we find here in the 5.1 Lollipop version. Although Google has released a version of Android optimized for home TV, Box TV manufacturers continue to use an adapted version of the classic Android, with all the advantages and shortcomings that follow.

Among the merits we certainly find the presence of the Google Play Store, which allows the installation of any type of application that we could install on a smartphone or tablet equipped with this operating system. On the negative side, we find a navigation between the menus or apps that is not always intuitive, to be carried out using the supplied remote control. For this reason I always recommend connecting a mouse and a keyboard (to be connected via Bluetooth or via USB cable) or a convenient remote control like this that provides, in a compact product, both a keyboard and a trackpad.

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<p>The second case is similar to the first, allowing the sharing of the screen and the contents of iOS devices. Unfortunately I could not take advantage of this feature with an iPhone updated to iOS 9 and, after some research, I learned that AirPlay support stops at iOS 8.</p>
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A few months ago I recommended the Emish TV Box to those people who wanted to approach the world of TV Boxes for the first time. If you are ready to take the next step and want to use a lending device from every point of view, then I suggest you try the Android TV Box Patuoxun Rockchip 3368. The device is generally sold at the price of 168.99, but you can find it on Amazon at the discounted price of 99.99.