The world of TV never stops evolving. And after the invention of IPTV boxes, comes the Smart TV Stick. It looks like a USB stick except that the port is HDMI. This small device allows you to convert a TV into a Smart TV. Discover our opinion on the stick X96s of Acemax.
Acemax is already known in the field. The brand offers its X96 S TV Stick model for 55 euros. This small device allows you to enjoy the channels and programs available only for a Smart TV even if you have a simple digital TV. It allows, in fact, to have access to the Internet on your TV.
What pleases us most is its small size. The sleek, slim, compact and elegant design is seductive. It can be hidden behind the screen in direct connection or via an IR on the front. And good news, it comes with a remote control.
With an Android 9.0 system, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, this is a good model. Just like a TV Box, it has an Amlogic Quad-Core 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor, Wifi and Bluetooth 4.2 and a TV dongle similar to that of an X96 Mini PC Smart as well as a 4K media player. The HDMI is type 2.0a for a 4K resolution of 60 Hz.
After delivery, you just need to connect it to the HDMI port of the TV or by cable. You should perform some basic configurations. The remote control facilitates these first manipulations and the whole future use.
In any case, the operation is more than correct. You will notice it as soon as you start up because everything is done quickly and the waiting time is limited. The Android 9.0 Pie version is the best, which ensures a good connection speed. It combines with the performance of the main chipset type Amlogic Quad-Core 64-bit. For the connection, you have a dual-band Wifi of 2.4 G and 5.8 G type 802.11 b/g/n AC and integrated Bluetooth.
In addition, there are 4 GB of RAM (DDR4 type) and 32 GB of internal memory. Thus, you have not only a large storage space, but also a great fluidity and freedom of action. The number of applications that can be stored on it is even substantial.
The most interesting thing about this kind of product is the video playback. Indeed, this Smart TV stick X96 S helps you enjoy a home cinema at home. When it is connected to Wifi, the TV becomes a Smart TV. Thus, you can watch all the videos on IPTV such as movies, TV series, sports programs, programs from another country, etc.
The video resolution is 3D and 4K for HD VP10 decoding. Movies and games are also available in 4K – ultra HD (4096 x 2160 p). The H.265 decoding is powerful enough to load photos quickly without consuming a lot of bandwidth. For comparison, the classic Android TV boxes only have H.264 decoding.
On the audio side, you’ll be able to play music galore. You can even play thousands of Android games while enjoying the big screen.
Interestingly, this device supports several file formats:
Video: 4K VP9, H.265, H.264 1080p, VC-1, MPEG- 1/2/4, VP6/8 and ED
Multimedia: AVI, TS, VOB, MKV, MOV, ISO, WMV, ASF, FLV, DAT, MPG and MPEG,
Music: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, OGG, DDP, HD, FLAC and APE,
Image: HD JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG and TIFF,
HDR: HDR10 and HLG modes,
Hard disk file system: FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS,
Subtitles: SRT, SMI, SUB, SSA, IDX and USB,
High definition video: 4K (4096 x 2160 p).
It can also be used as a host because it has a high-speed USB 3.0 input. It is also equipped with a TF card reader. For the language of use, you can choose between English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and several others.
This Acemax X96 S HDMI stick allows you to surf the internet on a simple TV. Indeed, it integrates a Wifi function. You just have to pair it with your internet connection by adding the Wifi credentials to do so.
For peripherals, you have a Bluetooth connectivity. You just have to activate it to use a wireless mouse and keyboard. But you can always connect a keyboard to USB via USB 2.4 GHz dongle.
This Acemax HDMI stick is perfect for home or mobile use. You can also use it in business or other situations, whenever you need to watch 4K videos or 3D movies. The small size adds convenience, too, which means you can take it to school or the hospital for a quick video viewing session.
And in the packaging, you’ll find:
The Acemax X96S stick,
A power adapter (EU standard),
An HDMI cable,
A remote control,
A user manual,
An IR extension cable,
A micro USB cable (for power supply).