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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but may have HDMI probs for A/V Receivers, December 13, 2012
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BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: The G-Box WILL turn your HDTV into an Android device, especially when paired with a wireless keyboard which it integrates seamlessly. But I could not make the HDMI output process through my Marantz receiver.

UNPACKAGING and HOOKING UP: The boxing and packaging is professional. Hooking up was intuitive and quick. There were some separately printed pamphlets on the top of the box telling you a specific order of plugging in and powering on the G-Box, TV, etc. I read them (they seemed common sense) and I had no trouble.

EXPERIENCE: The same as you would expect on any Android system. It was no problem downloading apps and logging into various accounts. I HIGHLY recommend getting a wireless keyboard to go along with the G-Box. I used the Logitech K400 (http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Keyboard-Multi-Touch-920-003070/dp/B005DKZTMG/ref=pd_sim_e_3) which seamlessly allowed mouse and keyboard entry into the system. I have to admit, it was cool to sit on my couch and feel like I was sitting at my computer for web browsing. This is significantly better than most Smart TV browsers. REMOTE: This is an exceptional strength in the system, and will prevent the need to always reach for the keyboard for basic functions like booting up a video file. It has just the number of frills you like, and the buttons are significantly easier to read than most remotes today. I did not keep the system long enough to program it into my Harmony One.

RESOLUTION and VIDEO PROCESSING: The screen looked great when run directly to the TV. **Unfortunately**, when the HDMI cable was run into my Marantz 1603 receiver, it would not process the video signal. It would process the normal A/V cables that also came with the unit, but the resolution was too low on a 47" HDTV to be comfortable. I was able to play videos by plugging a hard drive directly into the G-Box. (Mosly VOB files.) I did not test this extensively, but the HTPC functions seem to work well.

FINAL VERDICT: This box is an excellent value. I do not know why my receiver did not process the HDMI signal, and I would hesitate to say the G-Box was at fault. Unless you own a Marantz 1603, I would recommend this device if you want to add a full Android experience to your TV as well as give you the ability to play media directly from your drives. The remote is above average and a wireless keyboard seamlessly integrates and increases the capability.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2012 11:28:15 PM PST
A. Cherif says:
I am using this with my DENON AVR-4311CI and no issues with HDMI
check your settings or google this issue with your specific Receiver.
good luck
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