PIVOS XIOS DS Media Play ReviewWesstron - March 13, 2013
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PIVOS XIOS DS Media Play Conclusion:
When I received the unit I was impressed by the packaging and the overall build quality and finish. The XIOS DS Media Play looks sleek and has a very small footprint but packs some interesting features. The Android OS will bring new life to your TV and the thousands available apps in the Google Play Store translate into an impressive potential of fun, productivity, and entertainment. The box provides a great experience as is but PIVOS went the extra mile and collaborated with the XBMC Media Center development team to bring the software with hardware decoding to the Android OS. Add the connectivity capabilities of the unit and we have a serious threat to those fancy HTPC systems at a mere asking price of $115. Built around the ARM CORTEX-A9 CPU and a MALI-400 MP GPU, the XIOS DS Media Play has what it takes to satisfy the needs of the majority of media lovers.
That being said, the XIOS DS Media Play is not meant for a plug and play type of crowd. The unit will reach it’s “full” potential in the hands of those who love to tinker, apply fixes, and heavily customize their settings. Even the XBMC software, although very impressive, is still in a beta stage and is far from being perfect.
PIVOS XIOS DS Media Play is its name and filling your living room with Android goodness is its game! Actually the name strikes me like it could belong to a general of the old Roman Empire. And if the device could talk, I am pretty sure that it will claim a well-deserved "Veni, vidi, vici"!
- Small form Factor
- Android OS
- Dedicated XBMC development
- Low cost
- Lots of connectivity options
- Two different firmwares available
- Included remote could use a hardware revision
- No Bluetooth
- No alternative audio output
- Requires a minimum of tweaking to reach expected performance