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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 31 May 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Pivos XIOS DS Media Player PTGMCXDALU
Closer Look: XIOS DS
XIOS DS Test Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

NOTICE: This article was originally written on 10 March 2013, and subsequently halted due to concerns with the product. It has been more than sixty days since the manufacturer was notified, however a firmware update has not been released that corrects or concerns. We have decided to publish our completed work, and will update this review if necessary.

Pivos XIOS DS Media Player Preview

Manufacturer: Pivos Technology Group, Inc.
Product Name: XIOS DS Media Play!
Model Number: PTGMCXDALU-US (M3 Version)
UPC: 855710003021
Price As Tested: $109.99 (Amazon|Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Pivos.

Streaming and digital products are quickly replacing their physical counterparts, allowing personal entertainment to reach a new level of convenience. Music, photos, movies... they're all just a small part of the multimedia library that we collect and save to disk. Most of us have been downloading files onto our computer for as long as we've had Internet access, and any CD/DVD discs we purchase are promptly converted into digitally-stored backup copies. Watching streaming content or downloaded multimedia files have almost completely replaced television broadcasts and movies on disc, especially for viewers with a portable multimedia device. Unfortunately, the drawback to watching anything on an smartphone or tablet device is that the screen is often too small for full-resolution detail and audio quality falls flat.

Pivos Technology Group observed the shift to digital content, and produced the Pivos XIOS DS Media Play! embedded system (model PTGMCXDALU-US) for multimedia enthusiasts. Capable of playing nearly every modern video format across HDMI onto a HDTV or monitor at high-definition 1080p using the familiar Google Android interface. Powered by an ARM Cortex A9 processor and Mali-400 3D graphics, the Pivos XIOS DS is built on Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) platform which allows this media player to natively support HTML5, Chrome, Flash, and even the installation of Google Play apps. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Pivos XIOS DS Media Play! system, and rates how well it performs against the leading competition.

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Supported File Types

  • AVI/ MKV/ TS/ TP/ TRP/ M2TS/ MPG/ MP4/ MOV/ M4V/ VOB/ IFO/ DAT/ WMV/ ASF/ RM/ RMVB/ FLV/ XVID/ DIVX 3,4,5 for up to 1080p resolution
  • MP3/ OGG/ WMA/ WAV/ AAC/ FLAC
  • HD JPEG/ BMP/ GIF/ TIF/ PNG

Supported Video Codecs

  • MPEG 1/ 2/ 4, H.264, VC-1, WMV, M2TS, TS, RMVB, AVI, MKV, MOV, TS, MPEG, FLV, DivX, Xvid

Supported Audio Codecs

  • MP2/ 3, OGG Vorbis, WMA, WAV, WMA PRO, PCM LPCM, MS-ADPCM, LC-AAC, HE-AAC, COOK, RA-Lossless, RM/ RMVB 8/ 9/ 10.

Supported Connections

  • 1x HDMI 1.3 output
  • 1x 10/100 Ethernet
  • 1x 802.11 b/g/n built in wireless
  • 3x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1x MicroSD/SDHC Memory Slot (up to 32GB)

Supported Audio Output

  • MP2/ 3, OGG Vorbis, WMA, WAV, WMA PRO, PCM LPCM, MS-ADPCM, LC-AAC, HE-AAC, COOK, RA-Lossless, RM/ RMVB 8/ 9/ 10.

Supported Languages

Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Norwegian-Bokmol, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Swedish, Thai, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Simplified & Traditional Chinese

Supported Subtitle Types

SRT, SMI, SSA, ASS, IDX/SUB, SUB

Requirements

REQUIRED: High Definition Display device with HDMI input (up to 1080p resolution for best results).
* Recommended: Wired or Wireless network connection is required for network or internet content. Audio amplifier is required for digital surround sound.

Package Contents

  • XIOS DS Media Play!
  • Remote Control (battery included)
  • HDMI 1.3 digital A/V cable
  • A/C Power Adapter
  • Quick-Start guide



 

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