Android TV devices are all the rage at the moment. Their low cost and great functionality is seeing them find a place in many peoples home theatre setup. There is one problem however, they can be a real pain to operate with the included remote controls. Introducing the Minix Neo A2 Lite remote control, at $30 its a remote control designed from the ground up to suit Android boxes and media playback. Read on for the Minix Neo A2 Lite Review.

Almost all of the Android boxes on the market today come with an included remote control that is used for interacting with the device. This controller is the most important aspect of the Android box as it is what you will utilise day in and day out to watch your favourite TV shows and movies from the comfort of your couch. Unfortunately this is where a lot of manufacturers drop the ball and in return give you a remote control that seldom works and when it does you need to be 3 inches away from the Android box.

This is the problem that Minix aims to solve by providing an affordable remote control that gives you all of the functionality that you could need so you can sit back, put your feet up and browse your media library.

The Product

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Whats in the box?

  • 1 x MINIX NEO A2 Lite air mouse
  • 1 x USB Receiver
  • 1 x English user manual
  • 1 x Keyboard

Specifications

  • Model: Neo A2 Lite
  • Material: Plastic
  • Color: Black
  • Battery: 2x AAA
  • Control Range: 10m
  • Certification: CE, FCC, RoHS
  • Keys: 59 Keys
  • Six-axis gyroscope & accelerometer
  • Dimensions: 7.28 in x 2.28 in x 0.79 in (18.5 cm x 5.8 cm x 2cm)
  • Weight: 4.34 oz (132 g)

Using It

When you first take the Minix Neo A2 Lite out of the box you realise that it is not a small remote but rather quite a large and weighty remote control. This is a result of the full QWERTY keyboard on the back of the back of the remote control. When holding the remote control in your hand it is a comfortable experience however it is hard to reach all buttons with one hand without shifting the placement of the remote control in your hand first.

The Minix Neo A2 Lite was very easy to setup, only requiring the USB receiver to be plugged in to an available USB slot and powering it on.

On the front of the remote control is a series of soft touch rubber buttons used for controlling the Android devices, this included power and volume control, navigation control pad, device home buttons and media play back controls (play, pause, previous, next etc.).

The Minix Neo A2 Lite has air mouse functionality which is activated by simply pressing the cursor button on the remote control that is conveniently located underneath the control pad. When activated you are able to point the remote control at the TV and move the mouse curser around the screen, similar to how you use a Nintendo Wii remote control. I found this functionality made controlling the Android box much simpler, especially when navigating through side loaded apps. The only issue I had was that sometimes the mouse curser moved really fast and sometimes slowly which caused you to miss the icons you were trying to select.

The remote control connects to the Android box via WiFi which means that you don’t need direct line of site in order to use it which is fantastic. A lot of remote controls connects via infra-red which means you need to be pointing the control directly at the box which is annoying.

One of the best features of the Minix Neo A2 Lite remote control is that fact that it has a full QWERTY keyboard on the reverse side. Unlike other remote controls that either give you a limited keyboard or a full QWERTY keyboard that is tiny, the keyboard on the Minix Neo A2 Lite is very easy to use. I did not have any instances where I was pressing two buttons at a time instead of one or wondering where the keys were located. The only downside to the keyboard however is that is does make the remote control rather bulky.

 

Where to Buy

You can buy the Minix Neo A2 Lite remote control over at Amazon.

Minix Neo A2 Lite Review
The Minix Neo A2 makes using your Androix TV box much easier and for the most part is a very enjoyable experience. I would have love to have seen the remote control be just a little bit smaller and lighter as I can see if being an issue for those with smaller hands. The fact that the remote doesn’t need a direct line of site with the Android box is a big plus for me and I honestly don’t know why other companies are still making infra-red remote controls. The price is quite affordable at $30 but I would like to have seen the price at around the $20 mark. At the $30 price point I feel that the remote control should have had an inbuilt rechargeable battery. All in all is a great remote control that people should give a try if they have the chance.
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