First of all, I have to say sorry for the delay for the review, but at the time I got this “beauty”, it would not power up, even though the blue light showed up out of the USB connector… I tried to recover a couple of times, no success at all… Getting a little upset, and tried after weeks of not thinking anymore…
So I used an old trick, we all know, I guess. The freezer trick! I covered the Sunvell T95P in a soft linen towel, and put it in the freezer for around 3 hours. After that, it really worked like nothing happened before. There is also the old fascinating hairspray trick for “boards”… That could have been of help in some cases, but I couldn’t find a way to open this box without it being damaged for good.
Here we go. Claimed Product details of T95P:
- 2G/8G Android Smart TV Box
- Amlogic S905X Quad Core
- UHD 4K KODI
- Miracast DLNA
- IPTV 2.4G WIFI Set-Top Box Media Player – intl? Where? Could’t find any!
- IO Ports:
- 1x HDMI 2.0a output up to 4K @ 60Hz with CEC and HDR support
- 1x USB 2.0
- 1x SD card slot
- WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth: 4.0 (couldn’t locate it!, Not there!)
- MicroSD card reader up to 32GB
- Size: 5.30 x 5.30 x 6.80 cm
- Weight: 280gr
The package contains T95P TV box,, a remote, one HDMI cable, and a user manual. The delivered manual is not really useful, as it’s for another Box, but it tells you not for which one exactly. It comes with 4 pages in total, telling you how to plug in the non-existent LAN Ethernet cable, or the non-existent portable Hotspot.
The box support 86 Languages (All European and Asian Languages), runs Android 6.0.1 with T95 UI, Google Play Store. Kodi 16.1 and a TVAddons are also installed. Nothing special so far.
The T95P automatically turns on when it is powered on. The system is quite unstable, and regarding the temperature, I measured an amazing 83-88 degres Celsius max. with my infrared laser digital temperature thermometer Gun. Not much more to say, I guess!
- I couldn’t’ find any, not even the remote, which gave up nonstop. I must regret, that I am not a big fan of these kind of mini Smart TV boxes due to their extreme limitations like no Ethernet port, only 1 USB, and definitely heat problems after long times of usage, resulting in CPU and GPU throttling with freezing issues, GUI Errors, no response at all anymore…
- Only one USB 2.0 connection
- No LAN
- No Bluetooth
- Device plugs directly in power source (not a Fan of this!)
- Slow and freeze most of times
- Blurry screen with lines and after unplugging it would not start until it cooled off
- Having incompatibility problems with Google Play Services as well
- HDMI cable a way to short
- Amlogic S905X Quad Core CPU with speeds of up 2.0GHz. For its GPU it comes with ARM Mali 450 5 core GPU with speeds of up to 750MHz (I have my doubts, also with the claimed memory, it seems to be shared with the GPU memory!)
- It can play certain 4K videos but not on a very high fps, tested on some IPTV Streams in 1920×1080 and some 2400×1440 streams (the box gave up, didn’t respond anymore, and I had to unplug and wait until it cooled down!
- No 5.8GHz WiFi band , only 2.4 (WIFI is terribly weak)
- No optical port
- You have to purchase an air mouse, if the device is behind the TV or in none-direct sight position!
- Root access which seems to be “properly” installed, but no Superuser or SU Binary , nor ADB root shell visible to me. Good work….. and I was having problems with apps like Chainfire 3D, which requires ROOT…
- Last but not least, for my taste pricey!
Conclusion: Please consider other options, especially if you are looking for a multi-function box, or even a box for IPTV or Gaming…
GearBest provides the box for review, and they are offering this box for about 49$ shipped. Unsurprisingly, different stores are offering huge discount right now, and at one point Banggood sold the box for $29 (now out of stock), but even at this price, it’s not worth it.
Hahaha … cool, honest review. Thank you.
Can you elaborate on what you meant by “hairspray trick for “boards””?
Hi Ray Knight, sure. There are sometimes micro-fractures on boards, connection problems and other issues.
If you give a few “layers” of REAL HAIRSPRAY”, “aerosol” and NOT “non-aerosol” ones, on a motherboard, it can “cover” or bridge in some cases electronic sources of error. I have done this in a few cases successfully.
Important is to clean visuell dirts first with a kind of blower and a soft brush, after, apply a thin layer first, let it try, and repeat this step up to 3 times. Hope it will help some guys
Can you explain how the freezer trick works too?
Hi theguyuk, many versions possible with the freezer trick, also for recover older Laptop batteries, HDD’s, etc. For HDD’s: Place the damaged hard drive inside of a ziploc freezer bag, so that no moisture gets in. … Place the wrapped hard drive in the freezer. Leave the hard drive in the freezer for at least 12 hours. Then connect the drive to the computer and start copying data. Please be adviced, at some point, the hard drive will fail again. For Batteries: A number of studies have shown that storing batteries in the freezer helps them retain their charge longer.… Read more »
No doubt those selling this awful android device are going to get many around the world to part with their hardearned cash.
Regarding batteries, it’s even a good thing to keep unused Lithium batteries in the fridge, it stops them from degrading over time due to heat.
All common batteries are based on a reversible chemical reaction. Low temperature slow down chemical reactions.
Freezing batteries may lead to crystalization and fracturing of the electrolyte matrix leading to problem s. I would not routinely freeze batteries.
Occam, yes, but Willy spoke about Fridge, not Freezer, and from me all above meant for already damaged HDD’s, expensive Batteries, like Laptop-Mobile-etc, which are making troubles, etc..in such cases it’s worth a try, nothing to loose, only to win.
Why not use a desktop fan to blow on the plug to cool its temperature?