Unboxing: Xtreamer Prodigy 4K
Xtreamer Prodigy 4K
I've had the chance to test the Xtreamer Prodigy 4K and a full review will be posted soon.
Today we start with the unboxing.
One thing worth mentioning before we start: Xtreamer sells this Mini PC through their distributors, but if you're in the EU you can buy it straight from Xtreamer, with free shipping and the Xtreamer AirMouse as a free gift - and you don't have to deal with VAT or import duties, which is faster and hassle-free, unlike buying directly from one of the Asian sites.
First thing you notice about the Prodigy 4K is it's size. The box is larger than any of the Mini PC's we tested lately, and you get a sense of what to expect with their "Play everything, record everything" subtitle, backed with two exclamation marks.
And they back that up right on the box with an impressive list of features: UltraHD/4K resolution, H.265 MPEG4/AVC, 3D-MVC, BD-ISO, DTS and Dolby Digital Plus.
What's in the box?
Inside the box, carefully packaged, you'll find:
- - the Prodigy 4K Mini PC, obviously
- - a Quick Start Guide, in eight languages, which covers all important aspects like how to connect the Prodigy 4K to the TV/monitor, the local network, sound system, external hard drives, how to install a hard drive and how to use the IR learning feature of the standard remote that comes with the device
- - an IR remote which covers basic functions, including moving the cursor on the screen - and also has 4 buttons you can use to control other devices (backed up by the IR learning feature)
- - the accessories: HDMI cable, AV cable, power adapter, and USB 3.0 cable to connect the Prodigy 4K to a PC so you can access it's internal HDD drive from the PC
- - a tiny bag with the 4 screws needed to mount the internal hard drive
The device itself is a beautiful combination between metal and plastic - the top cover is made out of thick aluminum, mine is gray but it can look black from certain angles and in certain light conditions, so an impressive chassis to say the least.
Bottom and front/back panels are made out of plastic, but a high quality one that looks like metal.
Basically the chassis does have that high-quality feel that you look for on premium, high-end devices.
On top they printed the Xtreamer logo and the product name along with an "Ultra HD 4K" stamp.
Ultra HD is mentioned again on the front HDD tray, along with the most important features (HDMI, USB 3.0, Android, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus). Also on front panel there's this rotating knob and the SD card slot.
Speaking about the PCB, you can get a sense of it by looking through the HDD tray slot - it's physically located next to the top metal cover, so the heat will dissipate better.
There's no connector on any of the sides.
On the back, we have:
- - the wi-fi antenna, which is non-removable, but you can easily hide it behind the device)
- - two USB 2.0 ports, which you can use to connect an airmouse, keyboard, etc
- - one USB 3.0 host, for fast file transfers between the prodigy 4K and external devices
- - the HDMI 1.4 port, used to connect the Prodigy 4K to an external monitor or TV
- - AV out 3.5'' jack
- - Gigabit ethernet - RJ-45 port
- - Optical port
- - HDMI In port, use to connect external devices from which the Prodigy 4K can record content
- - USB 3.0 port, which you can use to connect the Prodigy 4K to a PC in OTG mode, to transfer files from the HDD on Prodigy to the PC and viceversa
- - power DC-in
- - on the right there are also two non-used ports, marked "in" and "out", presumably for a DVB-T antenna setup which a past of future Prodigy device might have. Not the case here.
- - right below the Wi-Fi antenna and the USB host ports there are 20 ventilation holes that are used to improve the airflow through the chassis
On the bottom of the device we get to see the fan used to cool down the HDD. Interesting fact is that there are 4 screws that can be used to access the fan only, so you could clean it, replace it or even unplug it if you decide that it's not needed.
Xtreamer Prodigy 4K unboxing conclusions
Xtreamer provides a good looking mini PC using a classy combination of metal and plastic that is battle-tested (it was used on previous "Prodigy" models).
Prodigy 4K promises to deliver good file format support and a very rare function amongst the Android Mini PC's - it can record from HDMI in.
But is that fan noisy? How to root the Xtreamer Prodigy 4K?
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