Zidoo Z10 Pro Review 4K UHD Media Player

Review Zidoo Z10 Pro: an advanced 4K UHD z10 media player for high-quality video connoisseurs 2022. The Android box market is growing very fast. But the competition among platform manufacturers, as well as their number, is low for these devices due to the very aggressive and successful policy of AMLogic. AMLogic has launched super-cheap SoCs with good media capabilities and sufficient performance, like skinned and hungry chained dogs, to the market — they indiscriminately tear everything that comes their way to shreds. For end device manufacturers, AMLogic provides detailed designs of finished devices and software ready for sale (but not without drawbacks). And manufacturers need a minimum amount of resources, time and investment to run fully-fledged Android boxes. The market gave up. AMLogic has a monopoly on boxes in the conditional average price range from $ 40 to $ 100. In the $ 20 to $ 40 range, Rockchip is trying to survive.

But there is an invisible wall that runs at the $ 100 border (this is the beginning of the “premium” segment of Android boxes), which Minix is ​​trying to storm with success with the strongest representative on SoC AMLogic S912-H — Minix Neo U9-H. Realtek RTD1295DD stands guard over this wall in the face of the strongest representative on this SoC — Zidoo X8 / X9S / X10. Every day it becomes more difficult to hold the blow, but the wall is still standing. Today I will tell you about Zidoo X10, the top solution from Zidoo. Stock up on a cup of coffee or tea, it will be interesting. And diehard fans of AMLogic and Realtek should stock up on a sedative, because the review will contain unique details that can cause psychological trauma. Zidoo X10

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Specifications

Model Zidoo X10Body materialsAnodized aluminumSoCRealtek RTD1295DD Quad
Core ARM Cortex-A53 up to 1.4 GHz
GPU ARM Mali-T820MP3RAM2 GB DDR3Flash memory16 GB (eMMC)USB, support for memory cards and disks1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
microSD slot
3.5 “drive bay, SATA 6Gb / sNetwork interfacesWi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, MIMO 1×1
Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps)BluetoothBluetooth 4.0Video outputsHDMI 2.0a (up to 3840×2160 @ 60Hz HDR)
Analog (Composite) AV-outVideo inputsHDMI 2.0Audio outputsHDMI, optical S / PDIF, analog AV-outRemote controllerIR, illuminatedFood12V / 2AOperating systemAndroid 6.0.1
Brief comparison of models X8, X9S, X10
The X8, X9S and X10 are in different price points, but they have similar motherboards (X9S and X10 are generally identical) and identical software. Those. they have the same basic functionality.

OK

Here are the differences between the boxes.

X8

  • Plastic case
  • 8 GB ROM
  • One non-removable external Wi-Fi antenna, one internal Bluetooth antenna
  • Small LED display
  • Simple IR Remote

X9S

  • Anodized aluminum body
  • Two detachable external antennas
  • Small LED display
  • Simple IR Remote
  • External SATA 6Gb / s Powered Port
  • External SATA drive cable

X10

  • Anodized aluminum body
  • Two detachable external antennas
  • Large LED display
  • IR remote control with illumination and additional function buttons
  • 3.5 “SATA 6Gb / s drive bay
  • Switchable active cooling system
  • AV cable included

Completion and appearance

Zidoo X10 Pro comes in a large cardboard box.

Specifications are printed on the bottom of the box. There is a link to the official website.

Inside: set-top box, two antennas, power supply, IR remote control, HDMI cable (about 150 cm), AV cable, brief help in English.

The attachment is large and heavy. Dimensions 195 x 195 x 70 mm. Weight is about 1330 g. For comparison, Mini M8S Pro is a typical box on AMLogic S912.

The body is completely made of anodized aluminum. The shade of the body changes depending on the angle of illumination.

There is a large window in front, behind which the LED screen and IR receiver are hidden.

The LED panel is very high quality, good contrast. The data is clearly visible in bright light, does not dazzle in complete darkness. In the system settings, you can change the brightness and display data.

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Right: USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports.

Left: 3.5 “drive bay door.

Rear: SMA connectors for antennas, Ethernet, HDMI output, HDMI input, analog AV-out (in mini-jack format), S / PDIF output, microSD slot, hole with a button to activate the firmware mode, power connector (DC 5, 5 x 2.1 mm), on / off switch, ventilation holes.

The bottom cover has rubber feet and ventilation holes.

Removable antennas with a standard SMA connector (female). Large, about 175 mm long.

The control panel works via the IR interface. Powered by two AAA batteries (not included).

Power supply unit with European CS plug, model CS-1202000. Voltage 12 V and current up to 2 A. Cord length is about 1.2 meters. Common connector — 5.5 x 2.1 mm.

Parsing the device
The device is easy to understand. Peel off 3 rubber feet and remove 4 screws.

Turn the box over and remove the top cover (i.e. the bottom screws do not hold the bottom cover, but the top one).

Inside, you can immediately see the fan, the internal drive cage and the motherboard. Marking on the X9S_V1.2 board. As I already wrote, X8, X9S and X10 are made on a similar board, and X10 and X9S are generally on an identical one. I did not disassemble everything entirely, I will just give a snapshot of the X9S board (revision 1.0) from the Zidoo website:

All key components are hidden under a soldered shield plate. The SoC does not have a heatsink, but the shielding plate is covered with some kind of graphite material, which in turn is designed specifically for rapid heat dissipation. Only the Realtek RTL8821 Wi-Fi / Bluetooth adapter is not hidden. In X10, the antenna connectors are additionally sealed with hot melt glue. There are two antennas, but RTL8821 does not have support for MIMO 2×2, just one antenna is responsible for Bluetooth, the other for Wi-Fi. The power management controller is S020F (I did not find the specification for it).
Firmware and OS, root
Firmware 1.3.0 was installed out of the box in the box. But after connecting to the network, the system immediately offered to update to 1.4.12 — this is the latest firmware for Zidoo X10. If required, the latest firmware can be downloaded from the Zidoo website and installed via a USB stick.

The operating system is based on Android 6.0.1.

The operating system for the most part has English localization. The localization quality is not the best. The translation is quite correct — no questions asked, but there is no control over the combination of localization and interface. For example, see the Quick Settings screen. The user already understands that he is in the program for settings. But the tabs are called “Network Settings”, “Screen Settings”, “Sound Settings”, “Player Settings”. As a result, the user sees the first word “Settings” in the names of the tabs (until these tabs are selected). And there should be “Network”, “Screen”, “Sound”, “Player”:

ZIUI acts as a launcher (home screen). The ZIUI name hides not only a launcher, but also a set of programs developed by Zidoo and part of the interface. The launcher has a nice interface and customization. If you don’t like it, then you can choose any suitable launcher on Google Play, there are dozens of them.

The bottom navigation bar and the status bar are also available in the system. If you need them, just pull on the top or bottom of the screen.

Settings are concentrated in two programs: Quick Settings (from Zidoo) and Settings (standard view of Android settings). Another part of the settings (especially network services) are concentrated in the OpenWrt system, I will mention it a little later.

There are a lot of settings and many of them are important. In order not to clutter up the review with screenshots (I will show some settings in the corresponding sections of the review), I will list what is available in the Quick Settings.

  • Network > Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Hotspot
  • Display > Resolution, Scale, Picture Adjustment, LED Panel Brightness, Color Depth, HDMI Color Space, Brightness Range
  • Sound > HDMI, SPDIF, Mixing, Output sound without changing sample rate, USB audio
  • Player > Autoframe, Selecting an internal player for streams, Bluray Region, Data on the LED panel
  • Advanced> Language, Fan control, Power button function

In a clean system, only the most important applications, nothing extra. I will list some programs: Google Play, Chrome, Image Player, Miracast, HDMI input, Music Player, ZDMC, Settings, Quick Settings, File Explorer.

I would like to mention the regular file manager — Explorer. He’s just great. It has a clear and simple design, all the necessary functions for working with files and, most importantly, standard capabilities for connecting to SMB and NFS network resources.

An important part of the operating system is the OpenWrt system version 15.05.1. This open and extensible system was originally designed for routers, providing very broad networking capabilities. In the box, it serves as the basis for a large number of network services, including: Samba server, FTP server, Transmission torrent client, etc. OpenWrt works in parallel with Android. Those. the Linux kernel is one, and Android and OpenWrt already work at a higher level. For geeks, the possibilities of OpenWrt are generally endless. Some services from OpenWrt can be enabled in the usual Settings:

I will not dwell on OpenWrt in boxing, because a separate article is required for a detailed description.

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Initially, there is no root support in boxing. But adding root access is very easy. Download the archive with everything you need (this set is designed for firmware 1.4.x) on a Windows computer. Run ROOT_via_LAN_5.1.1.bat, enter the IP-address of the box and … that’s it, in a minute you will have root support.
Remote control and gamepads, HDMI CEC
The standard IR remote control is convenient, the coverage angle is wide, the range is large. There is a block of programmable buttons (for copying the functions of other remotes). The remote control is equipped with automatic button illumination. It is activated by pressing any button and goes out after a while.

When you press the power button on the remote, an action selection appears. With a long press, you can select the default action.

The functions of the four colored buttons can be changed. Set certain actions or configure to launch programs.

USB ports are de-energized during sleep. This means that you can only wake up the device with a regular remote control.

In games, I tested three gamepads: wired for Xbox 360, Xiaomi Gamepad (Bluetooth), cheap Chinese Bluetooth gamepad for $ 7. They all worked flawlessly in games.

HDMI CEC is enabled in the settings.

Support for different HDMI CEC functions can float between different TV models. I tested CEC work with LG TV:

  • The TV turns on when the box is turned on.
  • Box falls asleep when the TV is turned off.
  • The TV remote control can be used to control the box.
  • The box did not wake up when the TV was turned on (although this function was enabled).

Performance and cooling
The console uses Realtek RTD1295DD SoC — 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.4 GHz, GPU ARM Mali-T820MP3. The main thing in Android boxes is media functionality, i.e. VPU and the implementation of its capabilities in software. But the processor and GPU must have enough power to work with the device comfortably. The characteristics of the SoC are not particularly impressive and are at the level of the budget SoC AMLogic S912 (it has a productive cluster of 4 cores running at a frequency of 1.5 GHz), but the system works with it quickly enough, there are no lags or discomfort. If you visually compare the real work of the Zidoo X10 and some box on the AMLogic S912, for example, the Minix Neo U9-H, then the system works more pleasantly in the U9-H — the interface animation is smoother. In most games, the performance is similar to the S912, but in some it is visually lower, for example, in Aspahlt 8, it is noticeable right away.

I did all performance tests at 1920×1080.

AnTuTu v6
General Index: 37794
3D: 8702

Geekbench 4
Single-Core: 595
Multi-Core: 1710

Google Octane
General Index: 2871

GFXBench
T-Rex: 14
fps T-Rex offscreen: 15 fps

Bonsai
General Index: 1955
Average Frames Per Second: 28fps

Epic Citadel
Ultra High Quality: 34 fps

With the active cooling system turned on and the disc inside, even at long maximum loads, the temperature was at 60 ° C and instantly dropped in the absence of load. With the cooler turned off, the temperature when working with normal programs and video does not exceed 65 ° C. But with prolonged games or prolonged significant load, it can reach 80 ° C. I have not encountered throttling, but I am sure that the threshold is very close and without a working active cooling system it can be reached.

In complete silence, 1.5 meters from the box, the sound of an active cooling system is audible.
Internal and external storage
The Zidoo X10 has 16 GB of flash storage. In a “clean” system, the user has 10 GB available for installing programs and games. Because is Android 6, the internal storage can be expanded with a microSD card.

The linear read / write speed of the internal memory is 148/48 MB / s.

Officially, the Zidoo X10 supports microSD cards up to 32GB. I had a 64GB card, worked without issue. I installed 2 TB Western Digital as an internal disk. The SATA controller in Zidoo X10 is implemented on the PCI Express bus, so there should be no bottleneck. The hard drive installed inside can be used as you like. If you want — use X10 with a disk as a NAS (network attached storage), if you want — for torrents via Transmission in OpenWrt.

Checking the supported file systems.
FAT32exFATNTFSEXT4USBread / writeread / writeread / writeread / writemicroSDread / writeread / writeread / writeread / writeInternal driveread / writeread / writeread / writeread / writeWith file system support, everything is perfect. Zidoo says it uses Paragon’s commercial NTFS driver for the system, which should have a positive impact on speed and stability.

To test the linear speed of the drives, I used a fast 64GB microSD card, an external 2.5 “USB 3.0 drive of 500GB and an internal drive of 2TB. All media were formatted with the NTFS file system. Read (MB / s)Write (MB / s)microSD80thirtyExternal USB 3.0 Drive8070Internal drive11090The speed is at a very good level. It practically does not differ from the speed of operation of the same drives on a Windows PC.

Network interface speed
The controller built into the SoC is responsible for the wired network. Responsible for the wireless network is the Realtek RTL8821 controller supporting 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, MIMO 1×1. Antennas for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are separate.

The set-top box is 5 meters from the router through one reinforced concrete wall — this is the place where I test all Android boxes and mini PCs. For example, from the latest: Minix Neo U9-H (802.11ac, MIMO 2×2) — 110 Mbps, Ugoos AM3 (802.11ac, MIMO 1×1) — 95 Mbps. The record holder is still Xiaomi Mi Box 3 Enchanced — 150 Mbit / s, no device has yet been able to get even close to it. This is the actual baud rate (measured by iperf), not the connection speed.

Tests were carried out using iperf 3. The iperf server is running on a computer connected to the local network via Gigabit Ethernet. The R key is selected — the server transmits, the device receives.

The real data transfer rate via the wired interface is at the level of 940 Mbit / s.

The speed of Wi-Fi when connected via the 802.11ac standard does not break records — 75 Mbps.

The sensitivity is very good — boxing has seen a lot of nets. During all the tests (I spent most of the time with boxing using Wi-Fi) there were no disconnections or reconnections. IPTV, Torrent Stream Controller, any BDRip and BDRemux from NAS were played without problems. But UHD video with a bitrate of 50 Mbit / s is only over a wired network.

The speed of downloading data to the internal flash memory via HTTP over a wired network is at the level of 30 MB / s — this is the limitation of the device’s internal flash memory. Wirelessly about 9 MB / s.

The speed of downloading data, large files, to the internal memory from the Samba server (through the standard Explorer program) via the wired network is at the level of 29 MB / s — this is the limitation of the device’s internal flash memory. Wirelessly about 5.5 MB / s.
General information about decoding audio and video
First of all, you need to talk about the ideology of Zidoo. All basic media functionality in boxing is built around the Zidoo System Video Player. It is the heart of boxing, its key component. It is thought out to the smallest detail, it has a convenient interface and controls, and it has functionality that cannot be obtained using third-party players (via StageFright and MediaCodec) on the box, for example, autoframe, 3D, BDMV, etc.

Color correction is available at the system level and in the system Video Player.

There is only one note about the system player — it does not have a video scaling function. Some people like to watch videos without black bars at the top and bottom (which appear if, for example, watching a 2.35: 1 movie on a 16: 9 screen), i.e. Full Screen Fill — This solves the video scaling by cropping part of the video on the left and right. But the system player does not have this function.

The StageFright and MediaCodec system decoders are of equal quality. Both implementations of the deinterlacing system and all supported audio and video decoders.

There was a common problem with decoders via StageFright and MediaCodec in Zidoo X10 (i.e. in all third-party programs that use StageFright or MediaCodec). At some moments, frames are dropped and uniformity is archaic. This would not be of any significant significance, since there is no such problem in the system video player. But there is a popular YouTube for Android TV that uses MediaCodec. And this problem affects him. This is how it looks in the screenshot with a running square (24p, each square is a separate frame, 60 Hz), exposure 1 sec. The standard 3: 2 pull down “fails” at some point, and then everything is normalized and repeated.

Realtek RTD1295DD has paid licenses for all current multi-channel audio formats.
Support audio formats and audio output
With audio output, the Zidoo X10 is at its ultimate height and can just do whatever you want. For testing, I used Onkyo and Denon receivers.
System decoders
PCM 2.0 (downmix)System video playerDolby Digital 5.1YesDTS 5.1YesDTS-HD MA 7.1YesDTS: X 7.1YesDolby TrueHD 7.1YesDolby Atmos 7.1YesLPCM 7.1Yes
S / PDIF output
S / PDIFSystem Video PlayerDolby Digital 5.1DDDTS 5.1DTS
HDMI output
HDMISystem Video PlayerDolby Digital 5.1DDDTS 5.1DTSDTS-HD MA 7.1DTS-HDDTS: X 7.1DTS: XDolby TrueHD 7.1Dolby TrueHDDolby Atmos 7.1Dolby AtmosLPCM 7.1LPCM
But that’s not all. Zidoo X10 can send any multichannel tracks without downmix decoded (LPCM) over HDMI. Zidoo X10 can transcode Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Atmos to Dolby Digital if your receiver doesn’t support the formats you want.

And for audiophiles, there is support for audio output without changing the sampling rate up to 192 kHz.

Video format support and video output
The set-top box has an HDMI 2.0a output and supports video output with a resolution of 3840×2160 @ 60Hz with HDR. Testing conducted on a Panasonic 4K HDR TV and LG 1080p.

I performed all testing on ordinary consumer material using the system Video Player.

The set-top box copes with H.264 1080p60 decoding. 60 frames are honest. Any BDRip and BDRemux will play without problems. Checked the bitrate up to 100 Mbps. With 4K H.264, the maximum number of frames is 24, which is the limitation of the decoder. Those. 4K H.264 up to 2160p24.

The set-top box copes with decoding H.265 Main10 (10 bit) 2160p60. 60 frames are honest. Any UHD WEBRip, UHD BDRip, UHD BDRemux can be played without problems. I checked the bitrate up to 140 Mbps.

There are no complaints about HDR support.

System Video Player can work with ISO images and BDMV folders. Blu-ray menu is fully supported.

Interlaced video plays with correct deinterlacing. But the deinterlacing system is different from AMLogic S912. For example, in Zidoo, 25i content at the output of the decoder is converted to 25p. Those. two fields of one frame are converted into one frame, the auto-frame function switches the frequency 25 Hz. Everything is of high quality and there are no complaints. But AMLogic S912 (Minix Neo U9-H) converts 25i content at the output of the StageFright decoder into 50p. Those. two fields of one frame is converted into two full frames. Autoframe switches the frequency to 50 Hz. And this video looks much smoother than on Zidoo.

Autoframe rate

Autoframe works great in the system video player. All sweep frequencies are supported: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 Hz. It does not matter what content is played — local, over the network, HLS — autoframe always works out clearly. The video player tells you what scan rate it includes on the output device. Autoframe can be disabled if necessary. In all modes, the uniformity was perfect. In the test clips, all the arrows corresponding to one frame had the same brightness, i.e. each frame is displayed for an equal amount of time.

Everything is fine with the 23.976 Hz mode, it is honest, I did not see duplicate frames for 2 minutes in a video with a fast panning.

3D

Zidoo X10 fully supports 3D Frame Packing. When playing MVC MKV and BD3D ISO, the TV automatically switches to the corresponding mode. You can adjust the 3D depth.
Comparison of video playback quality with AMLogic S912
Legend has it that Zidoo delivers a video quality that is unmatched by any other Android box. Let’s check it out and compare the video quality with AMLogic S912.

A budget Mini M8S Pro (which I recently reviewed) with Ugoos AM3 1.1.4 firmware and disabled noise reduction acted as a box on the S912. The task of the test for me and the review is to understand the difference in video decoder quality on the two platforms using the most common content. If it exists, then clarify with examples what it is. If it is not there, then confirm it with pictures. This is not a comparison with abstruse terms and cunning devices. Everything is done by ordinary consumer eyes without the abstruse terms on consumer content.

In Zidoo X10, I used the system video player. In boxing on S912, I used the popular MX Player in HW mode, i.e. with a decoder via StageFright. Why on the AMLogic platform you need to use a player that works through StageFright, I wrote with explanations in the reviews many times — if you want, read it.

A professional monitor ASUS PA279Q 27 “connected via HDMI was used as a display. Zidoo X10 and Mini M8S Pro worked with a resolution of 1920×1080. The display was shot with a camera on a tripod with uniform exposure and white balance parameters for each shot, in RAW mode (12-bit Naturally, the camera’s matrix “sees” the screen differently from human eyes, i.e. it introduces some distortions in the color gamut. the camera lacks an AA filter (on many professional cameras it is absent for greater detail), which leads to the appearance of moire when shooting the display screen.When viewing images, simply ignore the moire — it is not a defect in the video decoder of any of the boxes. The resulting images were not processed,only the lens correction filter was applied.

The content was selected:

  • King Arthur Sword: 1080p, 2 Mbps, standard compressed online content from HD VideoBox (moonwalk service).
  • Fargo TV Series: 1080p, 6 Mbps, straight from LostFilm Translation Studio.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: BDRip, 10 Mbps.
  • American Gods Series: 2160p (8-bit), 22 Mbps.
  • Passengers (2 frames): 1080p, BD Remux, 27 Mbps.

To give your own rating, upload images from the links. Best of all, open the images full screen in some image viewer, where you can quickly switch between frames of the same pair.

King Arthur’s Sword: Zidoo , AMLogic .
Fargo: Zidoo , AMLogic .
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them : Zidoo , AMLogic .
American Gods: Zidoo , AMLogic .
Passengers (1): Zidoo , AMLogic .
Passengers (2): Zidoo , AMLogic .

Color rendition is identical for both boxes, light transitions and gradients are identical for both boxes, sharpness and detail are identical for both boxes, and artifacts are absent in both boxes. Looking at the pictures, it may seem that they are all taken from the same box, but this is not so.

When it comes to the quality of the output video, the Zidoo X8 / X9S / X10 and S912 (with no noise reduction) are equal. MYTH BUSTED!
HDMI input
The Zidoo X10 has an HDMI 2.0 input and allows you to record video from an external source. And not only record, but also display in PiP mode, and broadcast over the network. For example, you can record videos from your PC, Xbox, or Playstation.

You can record with a bit rate up to 10 Mbps. Although up to 4K @ 60Hz is supported on the input, recording is carried out at a maximum of 1080p30. HDCP content cannot be recorded. But, if you really need it, then you can easily find a bypass method that works in firmware 1.3.0, which allows you to capture a signal from HDCP.
IPTV and VOD
IPTV from Edem, OTTClub, local provider worked perfectly. I used a bundle of IPTV Pro + system Video player. There were no problems with any of the channels.

With the Torrent Stream Controller (+ system video player), everything worked perfectly too. All channels (most of which are live streams from the satellite without compression) came with correct deinterlacing and autoframe.

Everyone’s favorite HD VideoBox program works great in conjunction with the system Video Player. Autoframe with HLS streams is being processed. A bundle of HD VideoBox (version + with search by torrent trackers) + Ace Stream Media + system Video player is the dream of any moviegoer. It is enough to assign the internal disk as Ace Stream Media cache and you can watch BD Remux (MKV) and UHD BDRip without pre-downloading, if the Internet bandwidth is enough. At the same time, you get the maximum video quality, multi-channel sound (at least 7.1) and just plain fun.

DRM
Of the DRM systems, only CENC ClearKey and Microsoft PlayReady are supported. Google Widevine is not supported, so with most legal 4K VOD services, Zidoo is out of the way.

Youtube
For boxes, I will now only check the operation of the YouTube client for Android TV, because this version is fully controlled from the remote control. The maximum resolution is 1080p. There is no support for 1080p50, 1080p60, 2160p and 2160p60, i.e. box IDs are not added to those allowed by Google.

On your own, if you have root access in the system, you can add support for 2160p with the corresponding key in build.prop. But adding support for 1080p50, 1080p60 is no longer possible. when the identifiers in build.prop are changed, protection in the Zidoo system is triggered, and warning messages appear that interfere with the work.

But the main problem lies elsewhere. Remember, I wrote that with the StageFright and MediaCodec decoder there are drops that are not in the system Video Player. In the YouTube client (since it uses MediaCodec), these drops are visible in the video. I have a friend who communicates with Zidoo, he gave them information about the problem.

Webcam support for video conferencing
With the Zidoo X10, my Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 worked without problems — both video and sound (microphone). The camera worked in the standard Camera program. Skype video chats worked flawlessly.

Conclusion

Overall, the Zidoo X10 is a premium Android box with the strongest media functionality. It’s ready to go straight out of the box without much nuance. Its capabilities will meet the requirements of most moviegoers. And ordinary users won’t feel limited at all.

I’ll try to highlight the key features of the Zidoo X10:

  • Premium materials, workmanship and looks.
  • Very functional and convenient system video player.
  • Convenient regular explorer with SMB and NFS support.
  • Autoframe with all streams and full spectrum of sweep frequencies: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 Hz.
  • Full 3D Frame Packing and BD3D ISO support.
  • Support for menus in ISO and BDMV.
  • Direct output and decoding (downmix) of all current audio formats, including LPCM 7.1.
  • Outputs sound without changing the sampling rate up to 192 kHz.
  • Fair implementation of USB 3.0.
  • The ability to install an internal drive for organizing NAS or downloading torrents right on the box.
  • OpenWrt system for geeks and advanced users.
  • Large set of NAS services.

But there are no perfect Android boxes. The Zidoo X10 has problems too. Although there are very few of them. The main problem is StageFright / MediaCodec decoder. While you are in the sphere of influence of the system video player, Zidoo will lay a path for you. But as soon as you pick up third-party video players that work through StageFright or MediaCodec, you will encounter drops in the video. For example, YouTube for Android TV. Hopefully Zidoo will fix this, the information was passed on to them. And the secondary problem is the lack of video scaling functions (to watch 2.35: 1 content on a 16: 9 TV without black bars) in the system Video Player. Not everyone needs it, but it is important and implemented in many players.

That’s all for me. If you have any questions, ask them in the comments below the article

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