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Friday, February 05, 2016
MINIX NEO U1 Android Media Player review

2. Unboxing

The Minix Neo U1 retails online at Minix's shop for $129.90. The price is higher than other S905 boxes but Minx says that's a reasonable price for its feature-packed player. Minix also send us the Minix Neo A2 Lite Air mouse to use it with the player. This one would cost you $24.00.

Below you see an image of the player's retail box. The player's basic features are showcased through logos and labels. Minix offers an one (1) year warranty for the NEO U1.

The package includes:

  • 1x Minix Neo U1
  • 1x HDMI 2.0 Cable
  • 1x AC Adaptor
  • 1x Remote Control
  • 1x micro USB to OTG cable
  • 1x micro USB to USB cable
  • 1x External Removable antenna
  • 2x printed brochures for information and setup guides

A set of AAA batteries is missing here? :)

Let's take a look at the main unit. As you see below, the plastic black case has an IR receiver and a power LED on the front, along with the MINX logo engraved on the top. It's quite compact in size at 21x127x127mm (HxWxD).

On the lest side there is a power switch, three USB 2.0 ports, a microSDHC card slot, the OTG port (cable is included) and the Kensington lock.

Connectivity ports are found in the opposite side: microphone and headphone jacks, HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz with support for HDMI-CEC protocol, SPDIF sound output, Gigabit LAN and the power jack.

An antenna jack for wireless connectivity (802.11ac with 2 X 2 MIMO Dual-Band Wi-Fi and BT 4.1) is available at the player's left side.

The player's remote control is very small but features all the basics: a power on/off button, a central 4-way pad with a center OK button, volume controls, and " back," "home," "options" and "settings" buttons. It looks a bit different that the controls found in other Android players but you'll easily familiarize yourself with it after a while.

Minix also offers a remote controller app for Android mobile phones. Alternatively, you can always connect the player to an air mouse or a BT keyboard/mouse set.

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