HIMEDIA Q5 Pro Review: Android TV Box powered by HiSilicon
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.
The HiMedia Q5 Pro Review will focus on:
- Product introduction.
- Specifications and Features.
- Package Contents
- Basic Operation.
- Design and Quality.
- Hands-on Review.
- Final Words.
HIMEDIA Q5 Pro Main Highlights
- External WiFi Antenna.
- Metal Made Case (Aluminum).
- Dolby True HD 7.1 Support
- Comes Pre-installed With Kodi/XBMC
- Sharing data via Samba, UPnP, and NFS
- 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray ISO Playback.
- Airplay feature, Miracast, Hicontrol, and HiShare.
- HiVXE 2.0 Video decoding engine.
- Graphics and Display Processing Imprex 2.0 Processing Engine.
- Connectivity: Dual-Band WiFi (2.4 Ghz/5Ghz 802.11 AC) , 1x Gigabit LAN.
- Capable of playing: Ultra HD 4K@60fps, 3D Blu-ray ISO.
- Video formats: Blu-ray ISO, and 3D Blu-ray BD-ISO, 3D BD-ISO with subtitles.
- 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|
|Category||HD Player, Network Player, Smart TV Box|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3 Dual Channel|
|FLASH||8 GB eMMC V5.0|
|Resolution||Max. 4K（3840*2160 @60fps）|
H.264 4Kx2K@30fpsVP9 4Kx2k@60fpsVC-1 1080P@60fps
Video File Format: Support FLV, MOV, AVI, MKV, TS, M2TS, MP4, 3GP, MPG
Support 3D MVC
Support BDISO/BDMV Blu-ray Simple Navigation
|Audio||Audio Decoding Format:|
Dolby Digital Plus
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
|Picture||Support JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG etc.|
|Menu Language||Simplified Chinese, Chinese Traditional, English and others|
Transfer Rate: 10/100/1000Mbps
|Wi-Fi||Support Dual Band WiFi: 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR (enhanced data rate)
|Input & Output|
|Video||x1 HDMI 2.0a|
|Audio||R/L Stereo x1|
Optical Digital Audio x1
|Others||USB 2.0 x2|
USB 3.0 x1 TF Card Interface x1
Power Supply Interface x1
|Remote||Support Intelligent Infrared Remote|
|Voltage||Input: 100-240V 50/60Hz|
|Design||Material: Mental Case|
Power Switch Button
|Dimensions||170 x 155 x 24.5 mm|
Q5 Pro Package
- 1x Q5 Pro TV Box
- 1x IR Remote
- 1x User Guide
- 1x HDMI Cable
- 1x 12V – 2A Power Adapter
The Q5 Pro comes with an 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 the unit is operational. Alternatively, the unit can be powered by remote IR Power button which is also very comfortable and easy.
The Remote control included in package offers basic functionality, including “Fly Mouse” mode where you can move the cursor on the screen using the navigation keys, something that is less comfortable and slower in response.
Overall user experience using it was very good. the 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
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 an 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
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.
Himedia added a special “Wrapper” application that basically lets the user 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 practical 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 4K@60fps as specified in product technical sheet.
Q5 Pro Hands on Review
The Q5 Pro is an excellent Android TV box, which offers both high quality and good software support. Defiantly a good product worth buying.
- Great Kodi/XBMC Support.
- External WiFi Antenna.
- Aluminum Case.
- Excellent Build quality
- Limited internal storage (Only 8GB eMMC).