Kua TV xyuas: plaub-tiam streaming box yog tsis qoos ci

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  • Lub Kua TV yog tsis ci. Lub yees duab qhov chaw yog kev zoo heev, tab sis cov muaj cov ntsiab lus yog tsis txaus nyob rau hauv lub UK. Lub suab paj nruag app yog neeg pluag, tej thaj chaw deb app tsis ua hauj lwm thiab lwm yam khoom yog cia li tsis npaj txhij.

 

Powered by Guardian.co.ukQhov tsab xov xwm hu ua “Kua TV xyuas: plaub-tiam streaming box yog tsis qoos ci” yog sau los ntawm Samuel Gibbs, rau theguardian.com rau hnub Tuesday 24th kaum ib hlis 2015 07.00 UTC

Tus tshiab cov kua TV cog lus rau revolutionize koj lub TV-saib kev nrog apps, iTunes thiab Siri, tab sis pom tau tias heev npaum li cas xws li ib tug ib nrab-ci thawj-tiam khoom, tsis yog ib tug plaub-tiam ib.

lub thawv

Tus tshiab cov kua TV yog ib tug me me, glossy dub box uas zaum hauv koj lub TV. Nws yog tsis heev li me me raws li lub yav dhau los kua TV, raws li nws yog ib tug thib peb siab, tab sis nws yog hais txog tus loj tib yam li txhua txhua lwm yam streaming-xov xwm box muaj.

teeb

Teem nws yog heev straightforward. Ntsaws rau hauv lub hwj chim cable thiab nqe lauj nws mus txog koj lub TV uas siv ib tug HDMI cable. Ib tug yog tsis nkag rau hauv lub thawv, tsis yog ib tug ethernet cable.

sadly, txawm hais tias koj yuav nws los ntawm cov kua khw, cov kua TV tsis tuaj pre-configured nrog koj kua ID. Amazon li no nrog cov hluav taws TV thiab kua yuav tsum dhau.

Koj muaj ob txoj kev xaiv mus teem lub software. Koj siv tau ib tug iPad los yog iPhone mus teeb lub Wi-nkaus thiab iTunes nyiaj, los yog manually sau koj cov ntsiab lus nrog cov chaw taws teeb.

Tej thaj chaw deb-raws li teeb yog straightforward, tab sis nkag mus rau hauv cov ntawv nyeem yog tsho. Siv ib tug iPad lub teeb stalled thawj lub sij hawm lub ntsiab lus kuv yuav tsum tau pib tshaj plaws rov. Tab sis thaum nws ua hauj lwm nws yog tsuas yog ib tug ceev kais ntawm cov ntsiav tshuaj los yog smartphone rau lub sab saum toj ntawm lub box ces ua raws li cov lus qhia ntawm tus dais. Tsib feeb thiab koj nyob nraum ua.

Thaum teeb yog ua li cas, koj nyob nraum ntawm koj tus kheej. Yog tsis muaj ceev tutorial los yog kev pab thiab muaj ib tug heev heev muab zais qab lub scenes. Piv txwv li, ob tapping lub "tsev" khawm, uas yog ua tau ib tug nrog ib tug TV screen icon nyob rau hauv nws, yuav siv sij hawm koj mus rau ib tug zaub mov ntawm tsis ntev los no siv apps kom koj thiaj li yuav swap ntawm running apps. Nws yog tsis zoo li mus tshwm sim rau koj mus sim nws; Kuv tau ua nws los ntawm kev huam yuaj thawj lub sij hawm.

Kua tv tej thaj chaw deb
Lub sab saum toj yog ib feem ntawm cov chaw taws teeb yog ib tug kov ncoo thiab ua raws li ib tug loj khawm thaum nias. Duab: Samuel Gibbs rau Tus Saib Xyuas

Specifications

  • Processor: dual-core A8
  • Cia: 32 los yog 64 GB
  • zaub: 1080p
  • suab: Dolby Digital 7.1
  • Txuas: 10/100 ethernet, HDMI 1.4, USB-C, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Qhov ntev: 98 x 98 x hli 35

lub tej thaj chaw deb

Lub Siri tej thaj chaw deb yog tshiab. Nws muaj ib tug touchpad nyob rau sab saum toj uas ua raws li ib tug loj heev khawm. Tus so ntawm cov chaw taws teeb muaj ntawv qhia zaub mov, tsev thiab Siri nyees khawm, ntim tswj thiab ib tug mas / ua si khawm.

Koj them nws nrog ib tug xob cable tab sis ib lub hwj chim adapter yog tsis muaj. Nws yuav tsis raug them los ntawm cov kua TV, tiam sis yog tsis muaj lub teeb los yog ib yam dab tsi nyob rau hauv tej thaj chaw deb mus hais thaum nws yog them.

Nws txuas mus rau lub Kua TV ntawm Bluetooth thiab muaj ib tug IR blaster rau kev tswj cov ntim rau hauv koj lub TV los yog amp, uas yuav tsum tau cia li ua hauj lwm, tshwj tsis yog tias koj yuav tsum manually kev nws li kuv puas tau nrog kuv Sony amp.

swiping, swiping thiab ntau swiping

Kua tv tej thaj chaw deb
Yuav kom next lub interface, los so, xaiv lub app thiab nias qhov kov ncoo cia rau hluav taws nws, los yog xaiv cov ntsiab lus los ntawm cov saum toj kawg nkaus txee. Duab: Samuel Gibbs rau Tus Saib Xyuas

Swiping rau lub touchpad yog tsawg npaum li siv ib tug directional ncoo. Ceev swipes scroll nrog ib tug me ntsis ntawm momentum, koj yuav coj mus rhaub ib sab los yog lwm yuav tawm mus ib kauj ruam tshuav, txoj cai, los yog cia thiab nias rau xaiv. Kuv cia xav kuv yuav cia li nias thiab tuav ib lub pob rau scrolling los ntawm ntev npe.

Lub interface tau inertia ua-nyob rau hauv. Tshem koj tus ntiv tes rau lub touchpad thiab ib tug yeeb yam daim ntawv loj loj txav nyob ib ncig ntawm me ntsis raws li yog hais tias nws tus cursor yog daig nyob rau hauv nws ua ntej lub selector zips tawm mus rau lub tom ntej no movie raws. Nws yog visually txaus nyiam tab sis kuv pom nws tsis ua siv nws tej yooj yim - nyob rau hauv qhov tseeb, nws ua tau inhibited ceev selections.

Tuav lub Siri khawm kom pib lub suab tswj. Koj yuav tso apps, nug lo lus nug - xws li: "Yuav ua li cas yog cov huab cua zoo li?"- thiab nrhiav rau movies thiab TV qhia tau hais tias, tab sis nws tsis cia koj mus nrhiav rau suab paj nruag los yog lwm yam.

Cov ntse me ntsis yog lub neej puas nrhiav mus rau hauv ntau hom. Piv txwv li, tsoo lub khawm thiab hais tias "Archer" theem li txhua lub caij ntawm Archer los ntawm cov iTunes khw thiab Netflix nyob rau hauv lub UK (ntau cov kev pab cuam nyob rau hauv lub US). Nws yog qhov yooj yim thiab ua hauj lwm zoo.

Ntau tshaj tshawb xws li "Pierce Brosnan movies" ua raws li los ntawm "Tsuas yog tus zoo sawv daws yuav" qhia tau hais tias lub depths ntawm lub suab tswj. Nws ua hauj lwm zoo.

Manually browsing cov ntsiab lus yog ib tug ntau qeeb qeeb thiab tsawg satisfying.

Kua ntxiv rau lwm tus-tog

Kua tv xyuas
Lub sab saum toj-txee qhia cov ntsiab lus los ntawm cov xaiv app, nyob rau hauv cov ntaub ntawv no los ntawm iTunes movies, tab sis apps xws li Netflix yuav qhia koj nyuam qhuav saib keeb kwm. Duab: Kua

Cov ntsiab lus ntawm cov kua TV yog Benefit muab faib mus rau hauv tej yam yog muab los ntawm cov kua thiab thib peb-tog khoom. In the Apple camp is access to the iTunes store for movies and TV shows, Apple Music or your iCloud Music library, iCloud Photos and the App Store.

It’s very clear when you start using Apple’s services that many of them are unfinished. Those that Apple has spent time and attention on – the movies and TV shows from the iTunes store – are very good. Siri works well, it’s slick and if you’re plugged into Apple’s ecosystem, it’s fantastic.

But the Apple TV’s music app is so basic it’s frustrating to use. It feels like something from 2006, scrolling through massive lists, swiping over and over with no way to quickly skip or search. Siri just says no thank you. I have a large music library within iTunes Match and it took me, cia, txog tsib feeb scroll los ntawm AC / DC rau ZZ Top.

Thaum koj twb tau txais los ntawm txoj cai artist, album xaiv yog ib qho zoo, tab sis es lem yog laborious. xaiv, scroll, xaiv dua. Yog tsis muaj ib tug khawm los yog piav tes piav taw tau koj mus rau tom ntej no khiav. Nws yog tsim los zuj zus vim hais tias koj yuav ua si suab paj nruag nyob rau hauv lub keeb kwm yav dhau thaum koj ua lwm yam. Koj muaj peev xwm ncua thiab ua si, tab sis yog tias koj xav kom hloov txoj kev khiav koj twb tau mus khawb tag nrho cov kev rov qab mus rau hauv lub suab paj nruag app.

apps

Lub ib tug loj tshaj plaws hauv lub Kua TV tau mus rau nws yog tus entrenched iOS tsim lub zej zog. lwm yam thawv, xws li Amazon lub tua hluav taws TV, muaj apps tab sis tsis muaj lwm yam muaj lub kos uas cov kua TV rau developers los tsim bespoke apps rau nws.

Apps los ntawm YouTube thiab Tam sim no TV rau Netflix - uas integrates nrog Siri nrhiav - mus kav khw apps, huab cua apps, apps rau ua hauj lwm tawm thiab apps rau lub tsev so bookings. Cov BBC iPlayer yog tsis muaj tsis tau. Yog tsis muaj ITV neeg uas ua ntawv, Tag nrho 4, Google ua si los yog Amazon Prime Video.

Daim ntawv teev cov apps yog tsuas yuav nthuav, thiab thaum koj yuav tsis mus xav mus kav rau koj lub TV, nws cia li qhov ntxeev ntawm lub iceberg yog hais tias tus iOS App khw yog tej yam hais txog.

Ua si

Lub Kua TV yog hais txog li haib li ib tug iPad Cua 2 thiab thiaj li txhawb kev ua si nrog ib tug zoo xws li cov theem ntawm graphical zoo. Kua hu lawv "console zoo"; ib co xws li Galaxy rau hluav taws, zoo. Lwm tus yog tsuas cutesy ua si.

Tswj lawv siv tej thaj chaw deb yog tog twg los ib tug Wii zoo li kev, qev tej thaj chaw deb ib ncig ntawm li ib tug qws baseball rau Piv txwv li, los yog ib tug swiping thiab clicking yi. Kuv pom tej nuj nqis tshwj xeeb txaus siab, xav muaj nplooj siab, teb nyees khawm rau arcade kev ua si thiab sai sai loj hlob nkees ntawm cov lus tsa suab ua si.

Koj muaj peev xwm txuas-thib controllers tig nws mus rau hauv ib tug makeshift console, tab sis tsis yog txhua tus ua si txhawb nqa nws. Cov coj txawv txawv tshaj plaws yog koj muaj peev xwm txuas tau mus rau peb controllers thiab ib tug tej thaj chaw deb, tab sis tsis ntau tshaj li ib tug tej thaj chaw deb, uas ua rau Wii ntaus pob tesniv analogues tawm ntawm cov nqe lus nug. Ob tug neeg uas ua ntawv kev ua si xws li Crossy Txoj kev, uas tso cai rau koj siv ib tug iPad los yog iPhone raws li ib tug thib ob maub los, twb zoo kuj ceeb tias thaum ib tug neeg sab nrauv.

Ua si feem ntau download tau sai sai, tab sis kuv pom ib co graphically intensive kev ua si lossi muaj mus download tau ib yam dab tsi. Ua ntej koj yuav pib lub app, dua thaum koj sim mus hloov theem. Nws maj ceev ceev tiring.

Kua tv xyuas
Lub xob chaw nres nkoj rau hauv qab ntawm cov chaw taws teeb hauj lwm nrog tej iPhone 5 los yog newer charger, tab sis muaj ib tug nyob rau hauv lub thawv. Duab: Samuel Gibbs rau Tus Saib Xyuas

Lwm yam pom nyob rau hauv luv luv

  • Koj muaj peev xwm cuag ib tug txheej ntawm Bluetooth headphones ncaj qha mus rau cov kua TV rau private mloog.
  • Lub screensavers - ya dhau footage ntawm lub zos thiab ua hauj lwm nyob ib ncig ntawm lub ntiaj teb no, los ntawm London rau Hawaii - yog genuinely mesmerizing.
  • "Txo nrov suab" enables dynamic ntau yam compression, uas theem tawm lub ntim txawv ntawm nrov nrov thiab nyob ntsiag to suab thiab ua thaum tsaus ntuj mloog zoo dua rau koj cov neeg nyob ze.
  • Lub ethernet chaw nres nkoj saum tawm ntawm 100mbps. Txuas ntawm Wi-nkaus rau ntau cov ceev ceev.
  • Siri yog meant paub koj qhov chaw nyob thiab nyiam, but insisted on giving me my weather in Fahrenheit not Celsius for the first week of using it.
  • The remote is not intuitive. Guests couldn’t figure it out until I explained that it was a touch pad and that you had to press not tap it.
  • The menu button is a back button and works as it does on Android or Windows Phone. The home button is the one with the TV screen logo on it.
  • The Apple Remote app doesn’t work with the new Apple TV.
  • Music is output in 5.1 surround sound, not just stereo, if you have a surround sound system.
  • A hand strap for the remote is available, which you will need if you have kids and motion games.
  • There’s no 4K support, which isn’t a problem now, but may be in the next couple of years.
  • You can scrub through a video or music by moving your finger on the remote.
  • Saying “what did he say” to Siri will skip back 10 seconds and put on subtitles for video.

Nqe

The fourth-generation Apple TV costs £129 with 32GB of storage and £169 for 64GB of storage.

Rau kev sib piv, the Amazon Fire TV with 4K costs £80 the Roku 3 costs £100 and the Google Chromecast £30.

Kev txiav txim

Lub Kua TV yog tsis ci. Lub yees duab qhov chaw yog kev zoo heev, tab sis cov muaj cov ntsiab lus yog tsis txaus nyob rau hauv lub UK. Lub suab paj nruag app yog neeg pluag, tej thaj chaw deb app tsis ua hauj lwm thiab lwm yam khoom yog cia li tsis npaj txhij. Having waited for the best part of three years to release a new Apple TV, why is it not complete?

The remote is like marmite, people will either love it or hate it, and while the interface looks fancy, its discovery is poor and it doesn’t introduce anything particularly new.

The App Store is likely to be the Apple TV’s saviour. Whether all the streaming services will be available remains to be seen. Amazon Prime Video seems unlikely, although you can resort to streaming others over AirPlay from an iPad for instance.

The Apple TV has the potential to be really good, and most of the issues could be corrected by software updates, but right now it’s a work in progress that isn’t as good as much cheaper competitors.

Pros: power of the App Store, access to iTunes and Apple Music, good voice control, IR control for volume, motion gaming

Cons: half-baked, music app poor, Siri can’t search music and only iTunes and Netflix, most UK streaming services missing, no HDMI cable, no remote charger

Lwm yam kev xyuas

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