Favi Entertainment is a company known for their budget-friendly entertainment electronic devices. They sell projectors, televisions, keyboards and have now ventured into the SmartTV segment. Sort of. They sell the SmartStick, a device that connects to your HDTV and gives you the power of Android (and all the goodies that come with it). Much like the current line of Blu-rays, networked players, and set-top boxes, the Favi SmartStick allows you to access content from many providers such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and YouTube. The SmartStick sells for $49 (4gb) and $79 (8gb) and also has a (sold separately) wireless mini keyboard with integrated mouse for an extra $39. Today, we’re looking at the 4gb SmartStick and the accompanying SmartStick Keyboard Controller.
The SmartStick was very easy to set up, mainly because our TV had a USB port which we used to power the SmartStick. All you need to set it up is a power source, HDMI-enabled TV, a place to stick the IR receiver (to use the accompanying remote), and around 5 minutes of your time. Once it’s turned on you go through the typical custom Android welcome screens and you’re ready to roll.
The included keyboard controller made everything so much easier. I recommend getting it as you don’t want to find out the wireless keyboard/mouse you bought online is not supported by Android. The keyboard controller has a built-in mousepad in place to simulate the Android touch interface. The controller looks and feels sturdy. It looks like it’s meant to last in a living room environment.
SmartTV in a Stick
You can use the SmartStick to do anything you already do on an Android phone. Except it’s on the big screen and you’re sitting on your couch (vs using a MHL adaptor, standing right in front of the TV). We had trouble getting on protected networks, especially WPA, but it worked flawlessly on open hotspots. Netflix, Hulu, Plex, HBO Go and YouTube all work fine on it, as well as most of your games. Yes, Angry Birds works. Anything that uses an accelerometer, which most of the time we take for granted, such as Temple Run won’t work on the SmartStick
The SmartStick lets you wield the power of your average Android phone in a HDMI stick. Most games will work except for those graphic-intensive games which won’t play nice with the 1ghz Cortex A9 processor. You’ll also be able to enjoy most video streaming services (Which is what you would normally do with a TV, right?). At $49.99 for the 4gb version you can make your TV smarter, the 8gb version will cost you $79.99 and you can get the Wireless Keyboard with Mouse Touchpad for an extra $39.99 (plus shipping and handling). You can find them on Amazon (Eligible for free Super Saver Shipping!) as well as on FaviEntertainment.com.