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  • EWEAT EW902 TV-Box Review&More

    I got an EW902 from EWEAT for a review, thanks to Grace from EWEAT for the interesting
    device and the fast delivery.

    This thread should give you my first impression about the EW902 and some answers around
    this TV-Box. I will test some things , but for sure not all you would like to have tested. Any
    suggestions are always welcome and I will see, what I can do.

    First surprise while unboxing the ew902 was the full metal design. The black box has a good
    grip from the surface. I’m a bit exited what this Realtek based TV-Box can do, because it is my first one.



    Content
    -----------
    1. Hardware Overview
    2. First boot
    3.
    XBMC/Kodi and Video playing
    4. Gaming
    5. Performance
    6.Connectivity
    7. Resume
    ------------


    1. Hardware Overview
    --- Basics ---
    Realtek 1195 chipset with duo core A7 CPU up to 1.5Ghz
    Mali-400 MP2 GPU
    1GB RAM
    8 GB Nand flash
    --- Connectivity ---
    1xHDMI out
    1xHDMI in
    2xUSB 2.0
    1xUSB 3.0
    1xAV-Video/Audio
    1xSATA
    1x SD card slot
    1xRestore button in the hole, besides the usb 3.0 port

    Left
    and Right panel




    Back panel




    Unboxed: What comes with the EW902


    Inside the box --->Power supply, remote Control, HDMI-cable, AV-Cable, SATA cable and a
    quick start guide
    The technical details you will find on the EWEAT home page here.


    2. First Boot
    When you switch on the EW902, the EWEAT at the front show a blue backlight. Booting time
    is about 20 seconds. The remote control has a good grip and reacts only when you hold in
    direction of the TV-Player.
    The box has an Android 4.4 firmware, with the standard apps except of Miracast, ES-explorer,
    a Mediabrowser, FeedR and a special app for the HDMI in port. As browser you will have the
    standard and the Chrom browser. As launcher they choose to install a TV-Box design for the
    easy remote controlling. The Remote Control does the job to move through the system, but I
    recommend an extro mouse/keyboard set, if you have more to type.
    Before you install all your apps and accounts, I suggest to flash at first the newest firmware from
    EWEAT homepage. There is an easy flash description. Please make sure, you don’t use the
    usb 3,0 port for the flash process, because it will not work. That was my first trial. :-)
    The firmware comes fully rooted.


    3. XBMC/Kodi and Video playing
    After updating to the newest firmware, kodi works more or less stable for me. Full HD does run,
    but kodi can’t recognize it in the system. Stereo sound seems to be louder after the update.
    The quality of audio sound for me regular good. The sharpness of screen play is better than
    average and I had no flickering.
    TV- streaming isn’t problem at all, even the browsers can be used. VLC player can’t player the
    full hd videos, you need to go over the Media browser.
    The box stays cool, while playing videos for 2 hours.
    I leave the discussion about video formats and streaming files in details to the experts.


    4. Gaming
    I tried some games that need some power from the systems. All games with higher animation
    quality begin to stutter. 3D benchmark show in test only 10fps. My android BTgamepad
    controller would be recognized, but not supported. Small card and board games like
    backgammon are working fine.


    5. Performance
    If you have some apps open, the system needs more time to switch between the apps. The
    RAM is with 1GB limited. Kitkat has to clean the RAM more often.
    Antutu benchmark shows around 12000 points. Thats really not a bad result for an duo core
    system, but of course far behind quad core or octa core systems. An Allwinner A31 quad core
    system by example will show from 13000 to 14000 points, an rk3188 quadcore will push antutu,
    to 160000 points up to 20000 points.
    You can’t expect from a duo core not the resources to handle some apps at the same time. So
    better close all the apps you don’t need.
    I tried by example to browse in the internet, while I listen to music from the local music player.
    As a result I got sometimes a stuttering of the player. Not sure, if this can be fixed, but a duo
    core should handle those to activities at the same time.


    6.Connectivity
    The EW902 is very good connected to the world outside over different choices.
    I have plugged in a 1TB harddrive, a 2 TB external usb 3.0 harddrive, an usb 3.0 stick with 32
    GB and a SD Card with 16 GB. They cooperate all together with transfer rates around 20MB
    per second. I did expect more from SATA and USB 3.0, but even when I plugged a fast SSD
    with 256 GB in the SATA port, I can’t get more than 26MB/s transfer rate.
    Grace from EWEAT confirmed that the transfer rate is limited to USB 2.0 speed.
    Not forget to mention the very strong Gigabyte-LAN and WLAN with two Antennas as other
    options to stream data in and out of the TV-Box.
    --Test with the harddrive--
    I have tested with an older 400 GB sata hd and a newer 1TB hd with copying a package with
    about 20 GB (small files and large files up to 2GB)---> transfer rate max 22 MB/sec a new
    seagate USB 3.0 disk and it needs about 15 minutes.
    From USB 3.0 to sandisk ultra plus ssd disk I got the max. of 26MB per sec.


    7. Resume
    The EW902 has a lot of options. It t is good allrounder, a mini PC for watching TV, using internet with the browser or for EMails. I like all the connectivity for my music and video library
    I would use it for this mix.
    Maybe a small Linux setup would be a nice option.

    ---PLUS---
    +Connectivity with SATA and USB 3.0
    +Gigabit Lan
    +double antenna WLan

    ---MINUS---
    -only 1GB RAM
    -hardware performance


    JD

    Last edited by JDfense; 01-06-2015, 13:49.

  • #2
    firmware, issues, fixes etc.

    We can collect issues here in the second post of the thread. EWEAT is still developing their
    firmware. Hopefully they can fix some things.

    List of noticed or reported problems:
    -kodi/xbmc is still not full compatible with EW902, some freezings
    -bookmarksync is not complete
    -some video formats don’t work (please report details);
    --WMA and WMV ?
    --bdmv not supported?
    --AVI with xvid and divx?
    -systems shows only over the media browser full hd support

    ---firmware
    ---
    >>>27.12.2014<<<(original eweat, not exactly the thailand version from 08.01.2015)

    >>>23.01.2015<<< original eweat firmware

    Last edited by JDfense; 01-28-2015, 11:58.

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    • #3
      Nice looking Review JD, plenty of info & set out rely good 20 seconds boot time That's impressive
      Please consider making a Donation to freakTab

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JDfense View Post
        We can collect issues here in the second post of the thread. EWEAT is still developing their
        firmware. Hopefully they can fix some things.

        List of noticed or reported problems:
        -kodi/xbmc is still not full compatible with EW902, some freezings
        -bookmarksync is not complete
        -some video formats don’t work (please report details)
        -systems shows only over the media browser full hd support

        AVI, XVID, DIVIX, WMA, WMA PRO , WMV9 , are the files format that the player couldn t play both locally and in XBMC. BDMV files couldn't play in XBMC

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        • #5
          Originally posted by snipes View Post
          AVI, XVID, DIVIX, WMA, WMA PRO , WMV9 , are the files format that the player couldn t play both locally and in XBMC. BDMV files couldn't play in XBMC
          I have checked some avi files. I know it is a container format, so there are a lot of different files inside. As a result, I played the XVID and DiVX format without trouble for once. I had another very old DIVX file, which does not work.

          I have tested it with kodi, vlc player and google player. All three player can handle avi in my test.

          I will test the other formats you mention now.

          JD

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          • #6
            WMA, WMA9 pro files did not play with the system player, but with kodi and vlc
            WMV files play basicly in all players for me, but some did not play audio in the video file.

            I can't test bdmv, because I have none.

            JD

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JDfense View Post
              WMA, WMA9 pro files did not play with the system player, but with kodi and vlc
              WMV files play basicly in all players for me, but some did not play audio in the video file.

              I can't test bdmv, because I have none.

              JD
              WMA, WMA PRO are the audio portion of WMV and WMV9. So WMA and WMA PRO are never HEARD when playing WMV and WMV9 files both in XBMC and locally.

              WMV are always playing fine both in XBMC and locally. But we never hear anything when playing them because they are associated with their audio part ( WMA, WMA PRO )

              WMV9 when playing them we see nothing and hear nothing. The player can't play the video portion ( WMV9 ) and the audio portion ( WMA , WMA PRO ) both locally and in XBMC.

              I hope you understand my explanation

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JDfense View Post
                I have checked some avi files. I know it is a container format, so there are a lot of different files inside. As a result, I played the XVID and DiVX format without trouble for once. I had another very old DIVX file, which does not work.

                I have tested it with kodi, vlc player and google player. All three player can handle avi in my test.

                I will test the other formats you mention now.

                JD
                The problem with the AVI container is DiVX and XVID. I have several low quality AVI (XVID,DIVX ) files that are coming from Tv episodes that I can't obtain in HD. So I am stuck with these quality. But my Western Digital Tv Live Streaming have no problem playing those files, as my VidOn player. So normally this machine should be able to play them.

                My entire collection of LAW and ORDER of 20 seasons, 462 episodes !!!! are in those formats. So I CARE about the machine not be able to play them. So , if you can confirm that please or send a email to EWEAT about this flaw. Thanks

                PS : I already told them many time

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                • #9
                  I got you, but for me some are working , some are not as described above. We should try to find what is different.
                  You have flashed the last official ROM from 18.12. and you have helix 14.0 as xbmc/kodi Version?

                  JD

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JDfense View Post
                    I got you, but for me some are working , some are not as described above. We should try to find what is different.
                    You have flashed the last official ROM from 18.12. and you have helix 14.0 as xbmc/kodi Version?

                    JD

                    Yeah, since the beginning I have tryed 5 firmware updates ! The last one is from december 18 is supposed to fix this :

                    1. Solved the DVD ISO Menu
                    2. DTS-HD output 2CH
                    3. Improve the .ts videos problem
                    4. Solved the plug-in subtitle problem

                    And for XBMC, there is only 1 version of their apk and it's KODI 14.0

                    I am waiting for their new XBMC apk that suppose to fix most of the issues.

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                    • #11
                      Okay, Grace from Eweat will keep an eye in our list. There is soon another update of the firmware. Lets wait and See what we get.


                      JD ----> Kingzone K1s

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                      • #12
                        Good, to hear that ! Now we wait and see...

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                        • #13
                          m-195

                          whats the difference between this and the m-195 and are the roms compatable with one another

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JDfense View Post
                            I got you, but for me some are working , some are not as described above. We should try to find what is different.
                            :
                            Determine technical and tag data for video and audio
                            http://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo
                            I prefer to use 'MediaInfo Lite' (Integrate with MS-Windows shell (drag 'n' drop, and Context menu))
                            http://www.codecguide.com/download_other.htm
                            ( http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/deta...info_lite.html )
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ademturk View Post
                              whats the difference between this and the m-195 and are the roms compatable with one another
                              The ew902 has a Double antenna, more usb connections and most important the SATA port for harddrive or SSD's. What I can't see, if the WLan chip is the same good quality. For chips details you have to open both and compare then.

                              JD

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