HiMedia Q30 Review

We’ve reviewed a few HiMedia products before and now we have the new HiMedia Q30 which runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. HiMedia specializes in Android TV boxes that put all focus on quality of videos. The designs of their boxes are simple, small but looks very premium.

Let’s take a closer look at the HiMedia Q30.

HiMedia Q30 Review – What’s in the Box?

The HiMedia Q30 Android TV Box comes in a small cardboard packaging. The front of the box highlights its main features including 4K, 10bit, 60 fps, HEVC, HDMI and it also includes Kodi.

When you lift the cover, you’ll see the HiMedia Q30 covered in thin foam nested in another cardboard and once you lift this cardboard up, you’ll also find the Q30’s accessories.

We’ll start off with the accessories.

First we have an HDMI cable but this isn’t just any HDMI cable. HiMedia provides a high quality flat cable. Not many TV boxes include an HDMI much more a high quality one

The next thing is the power cable. It’s pretty simple, nothing new or impressive about it. The cable varies depending on the region of course.

HiMedia also includes a remote control. The Q30 remote control is fully featured.

We also have the necessary manual or quick guide that most products have. I normally skip these things but I love how graphic it is. It has a description of the remote control and also how to configure the TV keys using the IR learning function. It also has a QR code for Hishare and Hicontrol mobile apps. It also has a setup guide.

And of course we have the star, the Q30 itself which is pretty small considering the thickness of the packaging. Not that it’s a bad thing. I love TV boxes that are small and very compact. It takes up less space and if you’re tech geek and loves to collect various tech or you’re someone who is trying to make a home entertainment system, the table, desk or whatever it is you use will end up getting crowded with the various products and gadgets so it’s nice that the HiMeda Q30 is very small and compact and yet it doesn’t look cheap either.


The Product

The HiMedia Q30 – Small and Full of Power

The box itself looks premium. It has a top quality finish. It seems like the box has an aluminum finish which gives its premium look. It has the HiMedia logo at the top and another HiMedia logo at the front. Beside it we also have the power button in a chrome finish. It’s hardly noticeable but beside the power button is also a LED light which also lights up the power button itself.

On the side we have two USB ports. The blue one is a USB 3.0 and the black one is a USB 2.0. On the other side we have another USB port and a micro SD card slot.

At the back we have an external antenna which means the Q30 supports WiFi connectivity. Beside that is an optical out. The three colored ports are composite AV connections. We also have an HDMI port for the high quality HDMI cable I’ve mentioned earlier. The last two at the back are the LAN port and the power socket.

 

 

Specifications

  • CPU: HiSilicon Hi3798M V200 quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor
  • GPU: Multi-core ARM Mali-450 supporting OpenGL ES2.0/1.1, OpenVG1.1, EGL,Imprex 2.0 PQ engine with HDR/HLG/SLF/HDR to SDR,BT.709+BT.2020
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage:  8GB eMMC flash and SD card. SD Card Slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity: Fast Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi with external antenna
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n WiFi with external antenna
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 with 1080p UI
  • Video Output: HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz, 1x composite video (RCA)
  • Video Codecs / Formats – 10-bit H.265/HEVC, H.264, VC1, MPEG4, MPEG2, VP9, VP8, VP6, AVS. 3D blu-ray, BD-ISO, 3D BD-ISO
  • Audio Output: HDMI, stereo audio (RCA), optical S/PDIF port
  • Audio Capabilities – 7.1 HD Audio pass-through and downmix for Dolby TtrueHD, DTS HD, and Dolby Atmos, 192K/24bit audio decoding and output
  • Power Supply: DC 12V/2A
  • Peripheral Interface: SD slot up to 32GB, Front LED, IR receiver, 1 * HDMI(A type Male), 1 * RJ45 LAN Port, 1x USB 3.0 host port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Packing Included: 1 * A5, 1 * Adapter(DC 12V/2A), 1 * HDMI Cable ,1 * IR Remote Controller, 1 * User’s Manual
  • USB: 1x USB 3.0 host port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Case: Metal shell

Using It

Initial Setup, Dashboard and Using it

Using the Q30 is very easy. Just connect the necessary cables and also setup the WiFi connectivity if you plan to use it.

Once it’s connected, you can edit the home screen to your liking.

The home screen has a number of various fixed icons. These are Kodi, MediaCenter, YouTube, Skype, My Apps, Facebook, Settings, Play Store and Chrome. However, you can add your own icons as well if you click the “plus” icon. Once you check a few apps you would like, it will suddenly appear on your home screen.

The smaller icons at the bottom can also be customized and you can add your favorite apps at the bottom as well for easier and faster access.

There are already a handful of apps pre-installed. I won’t go through all the apps however there are a few that are quite interesting such as Miracast.

Miracast allows the user to screen mirror your android device. If you let’s say connect it to another device that has Miracast, it can show it on your HiMedia Q30. This is helpful if you want a bigger screen to see your media on your phone or if you want to share something that’s on your phone to your friends or family. The response time is really fast with no issues.

The Q30 also has MediaCenter that gives the user various network options for sharing content over LAN, NFS, UPNP.

The Q30 comes with the latest Kodi which is Kodi 17.3 Krypton. YouTube plays videos seamlessly much like Kodi.

HiMEdia Q30 OTA Updates

The HiMedia q30 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 Q30 will take care of the rest.

Media Playback

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.

The HiMedia Q30 scored an Antutu Video score of 904.

Network Performance

The HiMedia Q30 is connected to my home network via an Ethernet cable and my internet connection is running on 100mb Fibre. Network performance on the HiMedia Q30 provided stable speeds both up and down which will allowed me to enjoy buffer free streaming. I received stable speeds for download of 88.35 Mbps and upload of 5.64 Mbps.

Conclusion

The design of the box is simple but looks amazing with its top of the line finish. I personally love how small and compact it is. The external antenna is also really nice bonus. This makes the WiFi connectivity superb.

The box only contains 8 gb of storage however you can insert an SD card to add to its storage. I normally expect these devices to be at least 16 gb. Even phones have 16 gb as their least storage space. 8 gb I think is too small especially for a TV box that will contain a ton of movies, music, TV shows and more.

The TV box played videos seamlessly and with ease, even the ones from the USB. The games also don’t lag.

The Remote control is okay. There’s nothing really special about it. Overall, the HiMedia Q30 is a pretty good TV box. The only let down is the 8GB storage.

Where to Buy

If you are in the market for a new Android TV box and the HiMedia Q30 looks like the one for you then you can pick one up for around $109 over at the official HiMedia website.

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