Egreat is looking to emerge as one of the leading Android TV manufacturers in the market today. Offering powerful specifications and unique interface design, Egreat stands out in a crowd that is quite saturated with stock standard Android TV devices.
Egreat recently announced two new Android TV boxes in their product line-up, the A5 and the A10. Today we are going to take a look at the A5 which, on paper, offers great performance and specs. Does the Egreat A5 live up to this promise? Let’s jump into our Egreat A5 review and take a look.
Egreat A5 Review – What’s in the Box?
When the Egreat A5 arrived at our door we couldn’t wait to open the box and plug it in and take a look at the much hyped A5 Android TV box. Removing the A5 packaging from the shipping box we were greeted with a striking box design that looks professional and gives the product a nice premium look.
On the front of the box there is the Egreat logo in white at the top left with the A5 product name to the right. Below there is a large striking image of a bird of prey which looks great. The gold/copper colour fits the black background perfectly. At the bottom right of the box there are the product feature icons.
On the bottom of the packaging you will find additional product feature icons that showcase some of the Egreat A5’s capabilities. In the photo you will notice that there is some damage to the packaging which appears to be a result of the shipping courier, not of Egreat themselves.
Turning to the left side of the packaging you will find another feature listing for the Egreat A5 along with the Egreat logo.
On the right hand side of the box is where Egreat has printed the interface options available on the device along with company information and certifications.
Opening up the box you will find the following package contents:
- 1 x TV box
- 1 x IR remote
- 1 x HDMI cable
- 1 x SATA cable
- 1 x Power adapter
- 1 x User manual
The Egreat A5 – An Android Box That Looks Premium
When it comes to the product design of the A4, Egreat has certainly taken the time and the effort to put together a high quality product that can certainly stand up against other top tier brands out there.
For the A5, Egreat has opted for a brushed black aluminium enclosure which certainly looks and feels premium. On the top of the media player there is the Egreat logo printed in white. The build quality of the A5 is top notch and will certainly look the part when sitting next to the rest of your home entertainment devices.
The Ins and Outs of it
Looking at the front of the Egreat A5 there is a display screen along with the IR receiver, product name and power button. The A5 has a low profile design which should mean that it will fit into any home entertainment setup you might have.
Turning to the left side of the device you will find a Micro SD slot, USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port. There is a nice distance between the ports which makes it easy to plug and disconnect your cables.
Moving over to the right hand side of the Egreat A5 media player there is a SATA port and another USB 2.0 port available. The inclusion of a SATA port is a nice addition, once that is not common with many media players available.
Finally, flipping to the rear of the device is where you will find the remainder of the input and output ports. There is an Optical port, coaxial port, RCA connections, HDMI, WiFi antennae, power adapter and a reset button. All of the connections are fitted nicely and don’t feel flimsy at all.
The H8 Plus Remote Control
The Egreat A5 comes with a great quality IR remote control which is a pleasant change. We are generally used to seeing cheap remote controls packaged with Android TV boxes.
The Remote control works via Infra-Red and is a nice size that fits your hand comfortable. It comes with all of the buttons that you should require including power buttons, android buttons, directional keypad, media playback controls and numerical buttons.
The remote control also features learning functions so that you can map keys from other remote controls to the A5 remote.
Although the remote control is great, as always we recommend that, if you have the option, you use a more feature packed remote control. We highly recommend using a 3rd party remote control such as the Rii i25 Mini.
- Android 5.1
- HiSilicon HI3798CV200 Quad-core 64-bit high-performance ARM Cortex A53 with NEON.
- High-performance multi-core GPU Mali T720 with OPENGL ES3.1
- DDRIII 2GB
- EMMC 8GB
- 11B/G/N WIFI with external antennas for stable internet receiving.
- 10/100/1000M, standard RJ-45
- Perfect playback compatible with 250Mbps 4K UHD movie. Support 192K/24bit audio decoding and output H.265/HEVC 10bit maximum 4K x 2K@60 fps H.264/VC1/MPEG4/MPEG2/VP9/VP8/VP6/AVS video decoding Support video post-processing advanced setting
- HD JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF
DOLBY TrueHD and DTS
- DOLBY TrueHD and DTS HD Bypass through HDMI
- HDMI 2.0a output, 4K x 2K@60fps
- 0 Hostx1
- 0 Hostx2
- SATA Hostx1
- RJ45 port x1
- TF CARD x1
Initial Setup, Dashboard and Using it
The setup process for the Egreat A5 is very simple and is just a matter of connecting the power cable, HDMI cable and turning it on. The boot time took around 23 seconds and once the boot was finished you are taken to the A5 home screen.
Once we are taken to the home screen of the Egreat A5 the first thing that I say to myself is thank you. Thank you for putting together a home screen design that is not the same as everyone else. I understand that the older tile based design is functional and it works but it really is a breath of fresh air when we see something new.
The home screen design is minimalist and modern with a professional design to it. It certainly does look much more premium than the standard tile based design that other Android TV boxes use. On the screen you are presented with buttons that act as shortcuts to various areas of the media player.
On the main screen there is:
- All Files
Selecting the Video, Music, Photo and All Files buttons will take you through to a screen which contains range of content sources that you can browse in order to access your content. You are able to access USB media, search network shares and add and browse Samba and NFS servers.
Selecting the Settings button will take you through to the settings screen which allows you to configure the settings for the Egreat A5. Here you will find your network options, display options and update functionalities etc.
Pressing down on the home screen will open up a secondary menu which displays a button for the Vidon XBMC (Kodi) app, a shortcut to all apps currently installed, memory clean function and Google Play store. You are also able to add shortcuts to any apps you have installed on the A5.
One of the best features of the Egreat A5 is the ability to browse full Bluray menus for Bluray ISO’s that you own. The A5 is one of the few media players out there that can do this as well as it does.
All in all the interface is great. It is very simple to use and really does look like something special.
Egreat A5 OTA Updates
The Egreat A5 supports OTA updates which is great. In order to update Android boxes you generally need to load the latest firmware on an SD card or USB and then manually flash the latest update. The issue with this is that its time consuming and there is always a chance you can brick the device.
With OTA updates you can simply click the check for updates button and if there is an update simply hit the download and install button and the Egreat A5 will take care of the rest.
For media play back I used Kodi which is what I use for all of my media playback on my different media players. Kodi is available on the Google Play store for free.
Launching the Kodi app was trouble free and I did not notice any issues such as lag or stuttering. Navigating around the Kodi app was a smooth experience and media playback was great.
We ran AnTuTu Video Tester to determine media playback compatibility where it scored 945.
Running the Geekbench benchmarking app the Egreat A5 achieved a Single-Core score of 663 and a Multi-Core score of 1,847.
Finally the A5 scored 40,729 in the Antutu Benchmark test.
The Egreat A5 is connected to my home network via an Ethernet cable and my internet connection is running on 100mb Fibre. Network performance on the A5 provided stable speeds both up and down which will allowed me to enjoy buffer free streaming. We received stable speeds for download of 84.25 Mbps and upload of 4.59 Mbps.
Where to Buy
If you are interested in purchasing the Egreat A5 you can pick on up for around $210USD. Head on over to the official Egreat page for more information.