The ACEPC T9 comes with Intel Atom x5-8350, 4GB DDR RAM and 32GB 5MMC along with 2.4G/5G WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, USB3.0 and Windows 10.
I’m not 100% sure why they call it a TV box as it is basically just a tiny, inexpensive Windows 10 PC with 4K HD output. First things first, I checked out the peripherals –one USB 3, one USB 2 on the left side along with a microSD socket, a microUSB on the back along with power connector (the unit came complete with European plug-based power supply), HDMI, RJ45 network socket, 3.5mm headphone socket and a large, detachable antenna for 2.4g/5G WIFI. There are no holes or connectors on the front or right of this unit. Power switch is on the left.
After powering it up and putting in some credentials to start the ball rolling… I noted that the computer came up fairly rapidly. That initial Euphoria wore off when it took AGES to do a Windows Defender scan and update. However, it worked without issue and my next job was to install Chrome and go on the hunt for 4K YouTube demos and movie trailers which the 4K box handled no problems. I have no doubt it would do the same thing for Netflix and Amazon Prime TV.
Maybe that’s where the title TV box comes from. It did occur to me that as this box is Windows and not Android, ShowBox might be more of a challenge (though I’ve never actually checked to see if a version of ShowBox is available for Windows).
After adding Chrome it occurred to me that the next essential would be my OpenVPN setup. For that I needed a file from DropBox so rather than do it the easy way by copying a file from my big PC, I started syncing DropBox, forgetting that I have several Gig in my DropBox account. I grabbed the desktop program (not the App – I try to avoid the Windows App store as much as possible). That went well but I then left the unit to download my entire DropBox estate.
Some time later I checked the ACEPC and it was sitting with a blue screen – the mouse worked but the pointer was all I could get up – so I pulled the plug and re-applied power. Now I had all my DropBox files and all was well. I set up my VPN to Spain – and in no time at all I was talking to my kit over there.
Now that I’ve had a play with this it is obvious that to do much, you need a “drive D” – that is a large SD or external USB Drive – with USB 3 that should not be a problem but as this is a tiny, portable box it’s as best to get something equally tiny but with decent capacity as I guess I had only 5GB left having filled the unit up with all my DropBox files. 32GB really is cutting it a bit fine. I guess the next job is to move all those files onto an external drive.
Update: I bought a cheap external USB 3.0 hard drive for around £15 and a USSB2 hub for under a tenner and these have greatly expanded the uses for this little computer. Both are drawing their power from the USB leads, no extra power needed, apparently..
Of course you DO need a keyboard, mouse and screen.
I’ve completed a successful Windows update to the box , put the swap file on drive D: (the USB disk) as well as various user directories and the contents of my DropBox and OneNote estates. Simples.