iPazzport has released a few Android Mini PCs but none of them were truly remarkable or outstanding in any way. In fact, it has always been the included keyboard that makes their offerings stand out rather than the TV stick itself. The iPazzport Pearl Smart TV Player is iPazzport’s latest offering and this time iPazzport may have finally gotten it right.
iPazzport produces a wide range of mini wireless keyboards that are quite popular among Android Mini PC as well as PC home theater users. However, there has never been a true synergy when iPazzport’s Android TV stick devices are paired with one of their keyboards as the keyboards were not designed with the Android TV stick in mind.
It is obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the design of the iPazzport Pearl. This is true for both the sphere-like base as well as the specially designed keyboard cum controller. Obviously the Pearl gets its name from its shiny white ball design. The iPazzport Pearl base connects to the TV via a HDMI or an RCA AV-out port. For internet connectivity, it supports both WiFi b/g/n and Ethernet LAN. The base has a built-in 2 MP camera that can be used for both video conferencing as well as a online security/monitor camera via the iPazzport Pearl’s Secure Monitor feature.
The iPazzport Pearl keyboard controller has a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch pad on one side and a TV remote like layout with both a numerical and directional pad on the other. The remote is a 2.4 GHz wireless remote and has a range of up to 10 meters or 33 feet. It also has Android specific shortcut buttons such as back, home and volume control. Furthermore, there are additional shortcut buttons that can be configured to start specific apps as such as YouTube, Skype or settings page.
Like the iPazzport Voice Commander keyboard, the iPazzport Pearl keyboard has a built in speaker, microphone as well as a headset jack. The headset jack can be used with a headset with mic for making voice calls or can be used for listening to the audio while watching movies or listening to music without disturbing others. I found this to be a very useful feature of the Voice Commander keyboard and I am glad that iPazzport has added this feature to the iPazzport Pearl.
When placed into the base, the base unit can function as an alarm clock, internet radio player, music player and IP phone using the remote’s built-in speaker. The TV need not be switched on to access all these function.
iPazzport is pushing the iPazzport Pearl as a possible replacement for your cable TV through its iPazzport TV feature. iPazzport TV is a website that links to online content such as entertainment, news and sport channels that can be watched through the iPazzport Pearl.
With the Pearl, iPazzport is leveraging on its expertise in designing mini wireless keyboards to come up with a an Android set top box that is unique and has many great features that sets it apart from its competitors.