Boxes that let you run Android apps on your TV aren’t hard to find these days. But it can be a bit tougher to find one with an Ethernet jack… especially one that also has a VGA port, S/PDIF output, an HDMI port, and A/V jack for composite cables.
The Jesurun A19 Android TV box has all of those features, plus a full-sized SD card slot to boot.
Under the hood this box is powered by an Allwinner A20 ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core processor and ARM Mali MP2 graphics. It’s not the most powerful chipset around, but it should be able to handle HD video playback and most Android games and other apps.
The Jesurun A19 media box also features 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, and 4 USB 2.0 ports which you can use to connect external storage, a keyboard, mouse, game controller, or other peripherals.
In addition to Ethernet, the box can connect to the internet over a WiFi connection, with support for 802.11a/b/g/n. The device also has an IR port for use with a remote control (although I can’t tell from the product description if a remote control is included when you buy an A19).
Focalprice sells the Jesurun A19 for $98.
You could get a decent box like the G-Box Midnight MX2 for about the same price. But you wouldn’t get the VGA port.
How do you use an android TV box if your TV isn’t a touch screen?
Is there mouse/keyboard support?
Except the midnight mx2 doesn’t have optical out…
The Mele A1000G quad-core box with 2GB RAM may be a better deal if you want a proper TV smartener.
Neatly speced box, and a no BS design.
I like it!
And SATA !
Any smallish box or board that has USB 3.0, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI/DisplayPort and runs a Linux desktop distro using their ISO or a provided image? I’m not restricted to ARM but would like a fanless design and under $400. Thanks!
This looks pretty powerful and runs Android; it might be able to run a desktop with a little hacking/sideloading: https://www.w2comp.com/detail.asp?catid=69809&subcatid=51474&pdtid=571700&private=
As far as I know Jesurun resells other guys’ stuff after slapping on their name but they may do some ODM tweaks (when did “OEM” become “ODM” anyway?). I know they sold a clone of the MiniX Plus a while back. Or perhaps this is a unique device.
In any case it reminds me of very similar units out there that also offer Ethernet, VGA and A/V sockets. The addition might be the extra USB ports, which one might hope means enough power so you don’t need a powered hub as with so many small Android devices. Those A/V ports are almost useless unless they ship the required cable – a common omission.
The USB-B socket on the back implies a connection to another host (i.e. a PC) but I guess we don’t know that either.
The remotes that come with a lot of these low-end units are sort of awful, with a disconcerting “rocking” action as you press buttons. Your fingertip can easily “roll” over onto an adjacent button.
But the move beyond Android ICS is a nice thing to see, implying these aren’t just last year’s units marked down.
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