The great thing about Android boxes is that they provide you with power to set it up and customize it exactly how you want to. While this is great for some people others just want a simple plug and play device that gives you access to all of the apps you need and the ability to stream TV shows and movies easily. This is where the Element Ti5 comes in. The Element Ti5 aims to be a true set and forget device and give you access to all the streaming you can eat right out of the box. Does the Element Ti5 deliver on this? This find out with our Element Ti5 review.
Element Ti5 Review – What’s in the Box?
The Element Ti5 comes packaged in a sturdy matte finish box that makes nice use of bright colours and imagery that gives an overview of the media player’s specifications as well as features. The box had received no damage in shipment and arrived in good condition.
Opening the box I found that everything was very securely packaged and nothing had moved around in the box during shipping which ensured everything was kept safe.
Included in the box you will find:
- Element Ti5 Android box
- HDMI cable
- AC adapter
- IR remote control
The Element Ti5 – An Android Box That Looks Different Others
The Element Ti5 takes a different approach to the design of their product in comparison to other Android boxes on the market. The Element Ti5 has nice rounded corners with the top of the device being wider than the bottom. The top of the device has the Element logo which lights up when powered on. I think this looks great and it’s not intrusive like the lighting on some other devices. The top of the device has a gloss finish which gives it a nice premium look.
The Ins and Outs of it
Like other Android boxes the Element Ti5 comes with an assortment of inputs and outputs. On the right of the device you will find 2 USB inputs as well as an SD card slot.
Turning to the rear of the device you will see the AV output, Ethernet, HDMI, Optical Audio and power input. All of the inputs and outputs on the device a built into the housing nicely ensuring that connections are secure with no cables wiggling loosely in their ports.
The Element Ti5 Remote Control
Like with other Android boxes the Element Ti5 comes with a basic IR remote which for the most part does the job is needs to do. The remote comes with your common navigation functions, basic android functions and a number pad. I didn’t really see the point of having the number pad as this is not commonly required for Android boxes. I would have loved to have seen for common buttons included such as play, pause and stop and perhaps a QWERTY keyboard. I would have loved it if the remote was a Bluetooth remote so that I didn’t need to always maintain a direct line of sight between the control and the Element Ti5 box.
I highly recommend using a 3rd party remote control such as the Rii i25 Mini.
- AMlogic S905 Quad-Core 64-bit Cortex-A53up to 2.0GHz
- Penta-Core Mali-450 Up to 750Mhz+
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Memory
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2.4/5.0GHz Dual Band WiFi
- Up to 4k resolutions
- LAN 10/100 RJ-45
- USB x 2 / SD Card x 1
- HDMI 1.4 with HDCP Support
- SPDIF & DOLBY TrueHD and DTS HD Bypass through HDMI
Initial Setup, Dashboard and Using it
Setting up the Element Ti5 was a very simple process. Simply plug in your HDMI cable, connect to the TV and power it on. The boot time took around 26 seconds from starting up the device and being taken to the dashboard.
Element have included a nice tile styled dashboard that is common with Android boxes. The use of yellow and blue fits nicely with the brand colours of the company. There are a few shortcuts setup for including “Online Video” which takes you to streaming apps installed, “Recommended” which takes you to recommended apps, “Music” for music apps, “My Apps” which shows all apps installed, “Local” which acts as a file browser and “Settings” which takes you to the settings screen.
Down the bottom of the screen you will find a list of pinned apps. Here you can pin any apps that you use regularly such as Netflix and Hulu etc. The Element Ti5 has some apps already pinned for you which include Kodi, Netflix, Sling and HBO Now etc.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this review, Element intends for the Ti5 to give you access to content straight out of the box and to do this the Ti5 comes with a lot of apps pre-installed. These apps include Netflix, HBO Go, YouTube, Sling and Pandora. This is all god however where the Element Ti5 really shines is with their Kodi installation.
The Kodi installed on the Element Ti5 comes pre-loaded with add-on repositories right out of the box. This is great for those that don’t want to spend hours setting up their Kodi installation. It includes repos such as Fusion, Super-repo and Xfinity which gives you access to a huge range of add-ons including SALTS, Exodus, Sports Devil, Cartoon8 and Popcorn Time etc. These add-ons give you access to thousands of TV shows and movies that you can stream online.
Element Ti5 OTA Updates
The Element Ti5 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 slick the check for updates button and if there is an update simply hit the download and install button and the Element Ti5 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.
I ran AnTuTu Video Tester to determine media playback compatibility where it scored 911.
Putting the Element Ti5 through the Antutu Benchmark test saw the device score 37793.
Running the Geekbench3 benchmarking app the Element Ti5 achieved a Single-Core score of 607 and a Multi-Score score of 1735.
Testing the device with Vellamo saw the device receive a Metal score of 1260.
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme test scored 4308.
The Element Ti5 is connected to my home network via an Ethernet cable and my internet connection is running on 100mb Fibre. Network performance on the Element Ti5 provided stable speeds both up and down which will allowed me to enjoy buffer free streaming. I received stable speeds for download of 61.94Mbps and upload of 6.99 Mbps.
Where to Buy
If you are interested in purchasing the Element Ti5 you can do so over at the official Element website.