How to turn your regular TV into Smart TV?
If you want to turn your regular TV into Smart TV then you can do this at low cost with the help of smart boxes. By upgrading your regular TV into Smart TV you can access basic internet services like email, web browsing and social networking. Do you know what a smart box is? It is nothing but a device which connects TV to external hard drives, pen drives etc. via HDMI & USB ports. These devices run on Android, Windows or Linux operating systems. This box can be operated with the help of a keyboard, mouse or a remote control. Some of the branded smart boxes available in market are discussed below.
Fox conn Nano PC
Fox conn Nano PC is a small sized smart box with simple looks. It has a blue LED bulb on the top which indicates whether the device is on or off. It also has four USB ports: two at the back and two in front. Memory card reader, audio output and headset ports are also present in the front section of device. It has an inbuilt Wi-Fi system. The box has a 1GHz Dual Core AMD C70 processor and 2GB RAM. A 3.5 mm audio output is available in front and back sections. One of the negative points of the device is that it is not pre-loaded with any operating system. It may not seem much user friendly to those who are looking for a 'Ready to go' system. Its price is around Rs.22,500.
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Akai Smart Box
Akai smart box runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 1.2 GHz ARM cortex A8 processor. It has a 1 GB RAM and a 4 GB flash memory which can be extended up to 32 GB with the help of SD card slot present in device. It has four USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5 mm audio input. In-built Wi-Fi is another feature of this device. The wireless mouse available with device helps the users to easily navigate functions. The main drawback is that it has no pre-installed apps and downloaded apps perform disastrously. Playing games on TV felt like we were playing in slow motion. Overall, the smart TV experience is not bad at price of Rs.6990 only.
Portronics Line Box
This is a good looking device with florescent green-white body and pizza slice like shape. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 1.2 GHz Rockchip processor. Just like Akai smart box, it also has an internal memory of 4 GB which can be extended up to 32 GB with help of micro SD card slot. 512 MB RAM, 2 USB 2.0, optical audio, Wi-Fi, Ethernet port and composite AV port are other main features. If we compare Lime box with Akai smart box, we can say Lime box gives better performance. It provides good internet experience. If we connect it to Wi-Fi, it will play full HD YouTube videos without any drag & delay. Pre-loaded apps & some apps like Angry Birds will work well but apps like Stick Tennis and Dead trigger will not work properly or may not download at all. Overall, it is a good smart box. Portronics Line Box will cost you Rs. 8,499.