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HIMEDIA Q5 Pro Review: Android TV Box powered by HiSilicon

Product introduction

HIMEDIA Q5 Pro is an Android TV Box equipped with the latest Hisilicon Hi3798c chip and Dolby Vision 4K technology, bringing a new level of image quality and colors. Q5 Pro Case has a Durable Design, made from aluminum material, enabling high efficient heat dissipation. Also Q5 Dolby Pro integrates sharing abilities trough wireless connection, such as Miracast latest, Airplay, DLNA screen makes sharing from your phone, tablet to your TV screen, projector.

In the hardware arena, The HIMEDIA Q5 Pro is equipped A Powerful hi3798c v200 Quad Core CPU with an Octa core Mali-T720 GPU that provides excellent performance and different user experience playing games, 3D and 2Kx4K films. Additional specifications of the Q5 Pro include: 2GB DDR3 RAM, x1 USB 3.0 port, x2 USB 2.0 ports, 8GB eMMC internal memory. Providing both speed and storage optimization during operation. For further information you are welcome to visit Himedia Website listed below:

Product in HiMedia Website

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The HiMedia Q5 Pro Review will focus on:

  1. Product introduction.
  2. Specifications and Features.
  3. Package.
  4. Package Contents
  5. Basic Operation.
  6. Design and Quality.
  7. Hands on Review.
  8. Final Words.

 

HIMEDIA Q5 Pro Main Highlights 

  1. External WiFi Antenna.
  2. Metal Made Case (Aluminum).
  3. Dolby True HD 7.1 Support
  4. Comes Pre-installed With Kodi/XBMC
  5. Sharing data via Samba, UPnP and NFS
  6. 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray ISO Playback.
  7. Airplay feature, Miracast, Hicontrol and HiShare.
  8. HiVXE 2.0 Video decoding engine.
  9. Graphics and Display Processing Imprex 2.0 Processing Engine.
  10. Connectivity: Dual-Band WiFi (2.4 Ghz/5Ghz 802.11 AC) ,  1x Gigabit LAN.
  11. Capable of playing: Ultra HD [email protected], 3D Blu-ray ISO.
  12. Video formats:  Blu-ray ISO , and 3D Blu-ray BD-ISO,   3D BD-ISO with subtitles.
  13. Audio formats: Dolby True-HD, 7.1 HD -audio, Dolby True-HD ATMOS, DTS: X, DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 7.1 LPCM, DTS, Dolby Digital AC3 all can be down mixed and bit streamed (pass-through) using the built-in applications HIMEDIA video player, or any version of Kodi with HIMEDIA wrapper (External Player).
Q5 Pro Specifications
Basic
CategoryHD Player, Network Player, Smart TV Box
CPUHi3798CV200
GPUMali-T720
RAM2 GB DDR3 Dual Channel
FLASH8 GB eMMC V5.0
OSAndroid 5.1
Performance
ResolutionMax. 4K(3840*2160 @60fps)
VideoVideo Decoding Format:
H.265/HEVC [email protected]
H.264 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]
MPEG1/2/4
Video File Format:Support FLV, MOV, AVI, MKV, TS, M2TS, MP4, 3GP, MPG
Support 3D MVC
Support BDISO/BDMV Blu-ray Simple Navigation
AudioAudio Decoding Format:
DTS-HD
Dolby Digital Plus
MPEG L1/L2
AAC-LC, HE AAC V1/V2 DecodingAPE/FLAC/Ogg/AMR-NB/WB DecodingG.711(u/a) Audio Decoding Audio File Format:MP3, APE, Flac, AAC,Ogg
PictureSupport JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG etc.
Menu LanguageSimplified Chinese, Chinese Traditional, English and others
LANGigabit Ethernet

Transfer Rate: 10/100/1000Mbps

Wi-FiSupport Dual Band WiFi: 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR (enhanced data rate)
Input & Output
Videox1 HDMI 2.0a
CVBS x1
AudioR/L Stereo x1
Optical Digital Audio x1
OthersUSB 2.0 x2
USB 3.0 x1 TF Card Interface x1
Power Supply Interface x1
Others
RemoteSupport Intelligent Infrared Remote
VoltageInput: 100-240V 50/60Hz

Output: 12V,2A

DesignMaterial: Mental Case

Color: Silver
LED Display

Power Switch Button

Dimensions170 x 155 x 24.5 mm

 

      Q5 Pro Package 

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Package Contents

  1. 1x Q5 Pro TV Box
  2. 1x IR Remote
  3. 1x User Guide
  4. 1x HDMI Cable
  5. 1x 12V – 2A Power Adapter

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Basic Operation

Setting Display

The Q5 Pro comes with LED display panel that shows local time. To set it up correctly user needs to go to android settings and select the proper time zone and then time is automatically synced and display time accordingly.

 

Power and Display

In the front of the device you have illuminated power on/off button that completely shut down the unit when pressed. When the unit is not powered, the power button color is turned red. Once the unit is powered on, it turns blue indicating unit is operational. Alternatively the unit can be powered trough remote IR Power button which is also very comfortable and easy.

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IR Remote

The Remote control included in package offers basic functionality, including “Fly Mouse” mode where you can move cursor on screen using the navigation keys, something that is less comfortable and slower in response.

 

User Experience:

Overall user experience using it was very good. remote control is easy to operate and is well designed with high quality build design.

 

Other Special Buttons:

  • 3D: Enter/Exit 3D mode.
  • “7”: Change Subtitles track during playback.
  • “9”: Change Audio track when playing video.
  • TV Buttons: Included such as volume, AV and power buttons so you can basically use the remote control to control both TV and the Q5 Pro Box.
  • TV MODE: Default video resolution Switching is set automatically according to TV optimal resolution. With this button the user can switch between different resolution modes: 480i /675i/720P/1080P.

 

How Program the TV remote functions:

Step 1. Make sure the SMART TV BOX remote and the TV remote in line. Then direct the SMART TV BOX remote IR sensor at the TV remote IR sensor. (Please keep 1-3 cm distance between the two remotes.)

Step 2. Hold the SET key of the SMART TV BOX remote in 5 seconds. The LED light will turn on.

Step 3. Press the programmable POWER key of the SMART TV BOX remote, the LED light of the SMART TV BOX remote will flash, indicating that the POWER key is in the programmable state.

Then hold the POWER key of the TV remote for 2 seconds. The LED light of the SMART TV BOX remote will flash 3 times quickly, indicating that the POWER key has been programmed.

Step 4. Press the SET key of the SMART TV BOX remote to exit the programmable state.

 

Q5 Pro Remote Control

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Design, Looks & Quality

The Q5 Pro Hardware specifications are almost the same as the previous high level Q10 Pro, except the internal 3.5″ hard drive SATA Bay compartment which came at the expense of increasing the size of the product case.

In addition, the Q5 PRO is only equipped with 8GB eMMC compared to the Q10 Pro that’s equipped with 32GB eMMC of internal storage. From total 8GB of used space user is actually left with remaining space of about ~3.6 GB that could be pretty limiting. If you still need extra space, the best option is installing a Micro SD Card or connecting an external hard drive / USB Flash Drive through one of the USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports.

 

Design and Quality

From my personal impression the case external looks and quality both superb. The product is mostly made of aluminum material which provides effective heat disputation trough the case envelope. At the bottom (base) of the unit you will find additional venting holes to get the extra heat out (As shown in the photo below).

Q5 Pro | Full View

  • HiMedia Q5 Pro TOP View
    HiMedia Q5 Pro | TOP View
  • Himedia Q5 Pro Base View
    HiMedia Q5 Pro | Bottom View
  • HiMedia Q5 Pro | Front View
  • Himedia Q5 Pro Right View
    HiMedia Q5 Pro | Right View
  • Himedia Q5 Pro Left View
    HiMedia Q5 Pro | Left View
  • Himedia Q5 Pro Back View
    HiMedia Q5 Pro | Rear View

 

Software & UI

The software in the Q5 PRO and the Q10 PRO are identical, based on Himedia special customized UI. The software bundle that came with the box was kept pretty minimalist including pre-installed Kodi media player version 16.1 (Jarvis) that also performed very well.

 

KODI/XBMC Support

Himedia added a special “Wrapper” application that basically lets the user to choose if KODI will use an Android video player for decoding the video or alternatively use it’s default Internal player. This feature comes very handy if for some reason KODI has issues decoding very high bit-rate video files that need better decoding capabilities under Android system OS environment. From my tests playing high resolution videos most of my samples played smooth trough KODI default internal player including [email protected] as specified in product technical sheet.

Q5 Pro Hands on Review

Final Words

The Q5 Pro is an excellent Android TV box, which offers both high quality and good software support. Defiantly a good product worth buying.

 

PROS

  • Great Kodi/XBMC Support.
  • External WiFi Antenna.
  • Aluminum Case.
  • Excellent Build quality

 

CONS

  • Limited internal storage (Only 8GB eMMC).

 

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