Turn you HDTV into a full-fledged android system with Measy U1A smart TV dongle. The dongle loads the operating system and you get the output right on your TV. You will need to buy additional accessories like the RC13 and / or RC9 devices for input.
The Measy U1A dongle comes with a HDMI point that you need to plug into your HDTV. It turns your TV into a smart computer running android ICS OS with minimal settings. You can surf net, play games and even access Google play to download apps.
Just buying the U1A dongle will not help, you need to buy other accessory called the air mouse; you can however use a USB keyboard and mouse if you want to (the one that you use with the PC). The air mouse gives you the freedom to control the mouse pointer by moving the device in the air. You type faster using the built in keyboard.
This is the main unit that when connected transforms the HDTV into a computer running Android 4.0.4 OS. The dongle is powered by an Allwinner A10 CPU with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage, in addition to micro SD lot that can further house cards of up to 32GB.
There are 2 USB ports, a reset point, Micro SD card slot and micro USB port. You need to plug it into the HDMI port on HD TV and power adapter with USB to micro USB cable into the micro USB slot on the dongle. Power on the dongle and switch the TV mode to HDMI and you should see the Android OS loading.
Measy RC13 voice air mouse
This device comes with wireless speaker, wireless keyboard, Air mouse and can also be used as a Skype phone. The device looks much like a remote with QWERTY keypad, navigation buttons, function keys and with built in speaker.
This device comes with USB to micro USB cable that can be used to recharge the battery of 800mAh. When you open the back cover you will find the 2.4G USB receiver that you need to connect to the U1A TV dongle. You can also plugin the receiver on any other device with USB support.
Once connected you can use the wireless keyboard and even switch to the mouse mode. You can move the courser by moving the device in the air. And since it comes with built in mic and speaker you can even use it as a skype phone.
Measy RC9 Air mouse
This is compact device, SIM and light weight. It’s a mouse with no keyboard, a perfect device for presentation. The RC9 comes with 2.4G wireless USB receiver that you need to plugin to USB supported devices. This air mouse comes with built in battery that can be recharged used the USB to microUSB cable. You will find the left, right buttons as on the mouse and 4 way navigation with center OK/enter button.
Measy U1A review
This device comes for Rs. 2,990 and with the Air mouse will cost around Rs. 1400 to Rs. 1700 depending on the model. Those who don’t want to spend money on a computer can get this device, but if you can afford an HDTV you can as well buy a computer. Having said that there are still a lot of advantages so it depends on users need.
Advantages of using this TV Dongle
- You can connect your Pendrive or USB drive and watch movies via the dongle on your HD TV on large screen – so no need to invest in media player.
- Play games on a big screen as far as 20 feet away.
- Not to mention with Wi-Fi connectivity you can watch live TV, Youtube videos on HDTV.
- Video chat with skype is possible.
- Air play is also supported i.e. you can access content from wi-fi enabled desktop/laptop and play it directly.
- You can connect it to a projector too and beam content on a 100 to 200 inch screen, excellent for presentation and at such a low cost.
Once connected you get the same android ICS OS that you see on the tablet and smartphone right on the HDTV. The device comes with built in Wi-Fi so you can connect to wireless network and surf the net, chat and even download games and apps from Google play. The built in 4GB storage is good enough plus you can use the microSD slot.
The CPU is Allwinner A10 clocked at 1.2Ghz and RAM is 1GB that gives a smother performance. I was not able to check the GPU but I did check 720 and 1080p videos that played well. It is a delight playing games using this device on and HDTV.
Watching movies, playing games is fun, however browsing the net, reading documents and typing may not be that comfortable as on a tab / handset.
Other air mouse models namely the Measy RC12 with touchpad is available for Rs. 1490 and the RC11 comes for 1690.
Measy U1A + RC13 / RC9 air mouse unboxing and review video