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iPazzPort Traveler/Family Android IPTV with Wireless Keyboard

Updated on July 31, 2013

What is the iPazzPort Traveler and Family?

I am quite familiar with the iPazzPort brand as they produce many models of wireless mini keyboards that are very popular among Android Mini PC users as they are very portable and convenient in a living room environment.

However, I was caught by surprised when iPazzPort contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a couple of their latest products. The first is the iPazzPort Traveler bundle that consists of an Android IPTV dongle that is paired together with one of their mini keyboards. What piqued my interest was the second product, the iPazzPort Family bundle which throws in a USB camera and a USB hub on top of that.

This review is a combined review of both bundles as the iPazzPort Traveler is the same as the Family but minus the USB camera and the hub.

The iPazzPort Family is the first product that I have come across that officially bundles together an Android Mini PC together with a keyboard, a USB camera and a USB hub. I have seen bundles with keyboards and remote controls but a camera and a hub is a first I believe.

One of the biggest problems with the Android Mini PC is identifying and finding peripherals that are supported and bundling together a few accessories that have been tested and proven to be working with the Android Mini PC is a good idea. It takes care of the problem of scouring the internet to find out which camera works and which firmware is required.

With the iPazzPort Family, you just connect everything in the box together and you got yourself a working Android PC with a portable keyboard controller, voice search and video conferencing via Skype.

All images credited to Roy Yap

Review unit courtesy of

iPazzPort

The Unisen Group, a privately held company formed in 1996, designs, develops and manufactures the iPazzPort line of mini wireless keyboards and a portfolio of Unisen branded products.





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iPazzPort unboxing
iPazzPort unboxing

iPazzPort Traveler / Family unboxing

The iPazzPort Traveler comes in 2 different flavors, the Traveler I and Traveler II. The Traveler I comes with the iPazzPort NC-812-16A Android IPTV HDMI dongle and the KP-810-05V wireless handheld keyboard and touchpad with audio.

The iPazzPort Family I on the other hand is the same as the Traveler I but with the added Logitech 110 webcam and a powered USB hub.

I have been provided with the Family I bundle for my review and the other items that have been included in the box are an 8" HDMI male to female extension cable, 2 5V/1A USB power adapters (1 for the Android stick and the other for the powered USB hub), a micro USB charging cable, a USB charging cable for the USB hub, a mini USB charging cable for the keyboard, a pair of in-ear earphones with microphone, a USB RF transceiver for the keyboard and last but not least, a user manual for the keyboard.

A user manual for the Android mini computer itself was not included with my review set but will probably be included with the retail packaging. An electronic copy of the manual was provided by iPazzPort for the purpose of this review.

The Traveler II comes with the iPazzPort NC-812-16A Android IPTV HDMI dongle and the KP-810-18V keyboard.

Powered hub and Logitech C110 camera that comes bundled with iPazzPort Family I bundle

Logitech Webcam C110 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Logitech Webcam C110 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

The Logitech C110 webcam is included as part of the iPazzPort Family I bundle but not with the standard Traveler I bundle.

Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology - Smoother video, sharper pictures, richer colors and clearer sound in real-world conditions. User can be heard loud and clear thanks to a built-in microphone that reduces background noise.

 
iPazzPort NC-812-16A
iPazzPort NC-812-16A

iPazzPort NC-812-16A Android IPTV specifications

Chipset, OS, Memory, Built-in storage, Size, Weight

I am going to get a little more technical than usual in this section as I will be discussing on the chipset that is used by the NC-812-16A. What interested me about the chipset is that it is not based on either the Allwinner A10 or the Rockchip RK3066 chipsets. All the other Android dongles I have tested or reviewed so far were based on either one of these chipsets.

The Allwinner A10 has an ARM Cortex-A8 as its main processor and the Mali 400 as the GPU. The Rockchip RK3066 meanwhile is based on the Cortex-A9 processor and a Quad core Mali 400 GPU.

The NC-812-16A however is using the Telechips TCC8925 chipset which has a Cortex-A5 processor and a Mali 400 GPU. Telechips is a Korean company that produces among others ARM processors that are used in tablet computers and other mobile computing devices.

Initially, a few alarm bells went off in my head as the Cortex-A5 processor is marketed by ARM as a low cost energy efficient processor for low cost and entry level devices. All the new Android dongle devices are all based on the dual core RK3066 and it seemed to me that the iPazzPort Traveler might be dead on arrival.

However, a little more digging on the internet brought up this article - Cortex A5, Cortex A8, Cortex A9 Contest Yields Surprising Results. According to this article, the Cortex-A5 easily outperforms the Cortex-A8 and only loses out to the Cortex-A9 due to its higher clock speed and dual cores. Perhaps there is hope for the iPazzPort Traveler after all.

The other hardware specifications of the NC-812-16A is quite standard except for the 8GB storage ROM. Like all other Android Mini PCs, it has 1GB RAM and a micro SD/TF expansion slot that supports up to 32GB memory cards. It also has a single USB 2.0 host port at one end and a male HDMI connector at the other end.

The design of the HDMI connector on the NC-812-16A Android IPTV is quite unique as it is retractable. A sliding switch at the top of the unit retracts and extends the connector. The same switch also extends a WiFi antenna. The quirky thing about this design is that there is no way to extend the HDMI connector without extending the antenna as well. If the antenna happens to get in the way of something at the back of the TV then you will need to use the included HDMI extension cable instead.

There have been complaints on the WiFi antenna on the MK802 and MK808 being affected by electrostatic interference which caused poor WiFi connectivity. Some users resorted to opening the case and then separate the antenna wire and have it dangle outside the case to improve WiFi connectivity. The NC-812-16A's extendable antenna design could be its way to resolve this issue.

The micro USB port that is used for powering the dongle is also shifted with the slider switch. On my review unit, the alignment of the micro USB port is a bit off-centered which caused a slight problem when trying to plug in the charging cable.

Last but not least, the NC-812-16A measures 75 x 24 x 8 mm and weighs 28 gm which makes it one of the smallest and lightest Android mini computers that I have come across.

iPazzPort NC-812-16A ANDROID 4.0 MINI PC TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

> OS - Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

> Chipset - Telechips TCC8925 Arm Cortex A5 Processor @ 1GHz + Mali 400 3D Graphics Processor

> Memory - 1GB DDR3 RAM

> Built-in Storage- 8GB NAND Flash

> Network - WiFi 802.11b/g/n

> Additional Storage - MicroSD up to 32GB

> Video Formats - MPEG2/4, AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, RM, RMV

> Audio Formats - MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC, FLAC, 3GP

> Photo Formats - JPG, TIF, PNG, BMP

> Video/Audio Output - standard HDMI male (retractable)

> IO/Ports -1 standard USB, 1 micro USB for power

> Size - 75 x 24 x 8 mm

> Weight - 28 g

iPazzPort KP-810-05V keyboard
iPazzPort KP-810-05V keyboard

KP-810-05V wireless handheld keyboard and touchpad with audio

The first thing that struck my mind when I first laid eyes on the KP-810-05V was how much it looked like a Blackberry phone. However, when I picked it up it was much lighter than I expected because I expected it to weigh as much as a phone. Because of its light weight and plastic construction, it does feel like a cheap product unfortunately.

The keyboard measures about 8.0 x 12.5 x 1.0 cm. There is a row of LED indicator lights at the top, a large touchpad, a full QWERTY keyboard with backlighting, a 2.5mm earphone jack at the top and a speaker at the back. A more common 3.5mm jack would have been preferred as that would have allowed users to use their own headphones or headsets without the need for an adapter. At the lower right edge is the on/off switch while a mini USB port for charging occupies the bottom edge.

The multi touch touchpad measures at 5.5 x 4.5 cm which makes it almost the same size as a touchpad you find on most full sized laptops. The larger touchpad area is a big plus as it makes the keyboard much easier to control and feels very much like a touchpad on a laptop. The touchpad does support tapping on the pad surface to simulate a left button mouse click and a 3 finger tap to simulate a right mouse button click.

However, to click and drag, you will need to use the physical mouse buttons under the touch area. You also cannot do this single handed like you can on a laptop touchpad. The mouse buttons are also non-sticky.

Closeup of keyboard keys

Between the mouse buttons is the audio button. Pressing this button toggles the audio mode that activates the built-in microphone and speaker as well as activate the multi-media buttons (volume control, play/pause, previous/next, mute). Pressing the audio button does not activate the voice search on Android. You need to activate voice search by clicking it on the screen and then press the audio button to activate the mic. It would have been a little more user friendly if the voice search gets activated when the audio button is pressed.

The keyboard has an amber backlight that lights up sufficiently bright for the keyboard to be used in a dark environment like a home theater room for example. The backlight is switched on and off by pressing the RF key (don't ask me why).

Typing on the keyboard is similar to using a physical QWERTY keypad on a mobile phone like a Blackberry for example. Most of the keys serve multiple functions which you can select by pressing the Capslock (Cap), Shift (SF) or Function (Fn) keys. All these keys are sticky which means that each time you press it, you toggle it on and off. However there is no indication on the keyboard or onscreen which mode the keyboard is toggled to so it can be confusing at times.

You don't have to hold both keys simultaneously in order to access the additional key functions. The keyboard keys are sufficiently stiff to type although I found the spacebar key a little too stiff in the center. If I press on either ends of it, it is fine.

The keyboard is powered by a non removable 400 mAh rechargeable battery. According to the manual, it has a rated standby time of 400 hours. I have used the keyboard about a week and I have yet to recharge it after my initial charge. However, I only used the backlighting function sparingly during this period. The keyboard does automatically switch itself off after a couple minutes of inactivity.

Included with the keyboard is a USB 2,4 GHz RF transceiver about the size of a small thumbdrive. The rated range is about 30 feet.

iPazzPort KP-810-05V WIRELESS HANDHELD KEYBOARD TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

> 2.4 GHz RF type

> Built-in rechargeable 400 mAh Lithium-ion battery

> Backlit keyboard

> Multi touch touch pad with scroll bar

> 400 hours standby time

> Built-in microphone

> Built-in speakers and 3.5mm audio/mic jack

> 57 key QWERTY keyboard

> Multimedia buttons

> 85 x 135 x 10mm

Best iPazzPort mini wireless keyboard deals

iPazzPort offers a wide range of mini wireless keyboards that work well with the Android Mini PCs.

Unisen iPazzPort Pro Mini (Black) KP-810-10-A Wireless USB Handheld Keyboard and Multi-Touchpad w/ Laser Pointer (Rii Mini Upgrade)
Unisen iPazzPort Pro Mini (Black) KP-810-10-A Wireless USB Handheld Keyboard and Multi-Touchpad w/ Laser Pointer (Rii Mini Upgrade)

Multi-functional and portable remote control, keyboard and touchpad. Connects via USB Dongle for easy plug and play. Dongle slides into side of unit when not in use so it doesn't get lost on the desk.

 
iPazzPort 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Fly Keyboard with IR Remote and Backlight KP-810-16
iPazzPort 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Fly Keyboard with IR Remote and Backlight KP-810-16

4 in 1: 2.4G air mouse, 3 axial Gyro-sensor, wireless keyboard and 2 mode IR learning remote.

3 axial gyro-sensor makes it convenient to operate in horizontal or vertical mode.

 
iPazzPort Voice Speaker Microphone 2.4G Mini Wireless Keyboard with IR Remote
iPazzPort Voice Speaker Microphone 2.4G Mini Wireless Keyboard with IR Remote

5 in 1: Wireless speaker, microphone, keyboard, mouse touchpad and remote control. Built in stereo speaker and microphone.

2.4 GHz wireless connection, about 10m operating distance. With remote controller button, it has IR learning function and can be used as an IR remote.

 
iPazzPort performance
iPazzPort performance

iPazzPort Traveler performance

Hooking up all the components in the box is quite simple and straightforward. Since the Telechips TCC8925 in the NC-812-16A is a very low power chip, I decided to power it up using USB connector on the TV instead of using the included USB power adapter.

The Cortex-A5 processor lived up to its frugal power consumption reputation as I had no problems at all during testing. I even connected the keyboard RF dongle and a USB thumb drive with no problems. However, when testing with the Logitech webcam, I did power up the included USB hub.

The Android TV stick took about a minute and a half to boot up to the Android home page. This is about the same speed as the Allwinner A10 based models and much slower than the RK3066 models that take about 30-40 seconds.

Once booted up, it had no problems pairing with the mini keyboard. The keyboard worked well with the Android PC as the large touch screen provided fairly accurate control over the cursor even though I am seated more than 10 feet from the TV. However, I do miss the customized launcher screen that came with Minix Neo G4 which had large icons for easier control. It is possible however to download launchers on the Google Play Store that are designed for the TV.

The selling point of the KP-810-05V wireless keyboard is of course the integrated mic and speakers. The mic works well enough when I tested using Google Voice Search. It can pick up my voice commands accurately at about a foot away so I don't have to hold the keyboard very closely for the mic to work.

However, the same cannot be said for the speaker at the back of the keyboard. It is really, really weak and the sound can hardly be heard even when holding the speaker right next to the ear. Fortunately, if you use earphones, the sound is sufficiently loud. One of the suggested usage of the remote audio feature is to use it for watching movies without disturbing someone else in the same room. This feature does indeed work quite well and I think I will making a lot of use of this feature.

While the keyboard generally works well with the Android stick, it is missing some dedicated Android OS buttons that would have made it much easier to navigate like dedicated Home, Menu and Apps buttons. As it is right now, you will need to rely on on-screen buttons whenever you need to go to any of these screens.

The included earphone and mic are really cheap and as expected the sound quality is poor with almost no bass at all. There isn't even any indicator on the earphone for the right and left ear. If you really plan to use the wireless audio feature, you really need to invest in a good pair of headset.

The performance of the NC-812-16A Android stick itself is slightly better than the MK802 but it is left in the dust when compared to any of the RK3066 based models despite what was reported in the comparison article I linked above.

That means minimal multi tasking, no multi page browsing and certainly no 3D gaming. I tried out a few 3D Android games like GTA III and the slower processor could not keep up with the action on screen and it was quite jerky.

Like the MK802, the NC-812-16A is more suited for tasks such as simple web browsing and movie playback and streaming such as YouTube and Hulu+. However navigating the Android screens is relatively smoother than the MK802. Scrolling on a long webpage in the browser seems smoother and less laggy for example.

The bottom menu bar has a suspend button that puts the NC-812-16A into suspend mode. It does not power it down but only switches off the display. You can turn the device back on by pressing any of the buttons on the keyboard. It is not an ideal situation but this is the closest I have ever seen to having a remote control that can power an Android Mini PC on and off.

It does have some other plus points when compared to the MK802. For one, wireless reception is very good with no connection drops or speed loss encountered. Perhaps the unique antenna design is working. Secondly, it does get warm but it is nothing to be alarmed about. It does have a lot of ventilation holes on one side of the casing but I suspect the low power TCC8925 chip has more to do with it than the ventilation holes.

Skype on the iPazzPort Family

The iPazzPort Family bundle comes with the Logitech C110 Webcam. Setting up Skype is just a matter of connecting the camera to the powered hub and launching the pre-installed Skype app. You can either use the mic on the webcam or for much better performance, you can use the built-in mic on the keyboard. Just remember to turn on the audio mode by pressing the audio button.

The video quality is about the same as with any other Android Mini PC running Skype. This is not a problem with the webcam itself but with Android OS and possibly with Skype. I was not able to try out the webcam with other camera or video conferencing app like Google Talk as no other camera app comes installed and the Google Talk app is not available for download on Google Play Store.

With built-in mic on the keyboard, the Skype experience on the iPazzPort Family bundle is one of the best so far.

Conclusion

Conclusion
Conclusion

The Good

  • The remote microphone and speaker feature actually does work very well. You will need a proper headset to make full use of the feature as the build-in speaker and included earphone/mic just does not cut it. Voice search and chat is actually quite usable via the keyboard.
  • The large touchpad on the keyboard allows better control of the on screen cursor. Makes it easy and possible for playing games like Draw Something, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja.
  • No WiFi connectivity issues or overheating problem.
  • Able to put the device into suspend mode using soft button and wake it using the keyboard.

The Bad

  • The earphone/microphone that is included with the set is very low quality. If you want to use your own headset, you need a 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter.
  • Speaker on the keyboard is too soft to be of any practical use.
  • Lack of dedicated Android buttons like Home and Menu on the keyboard.
  • The Cortex-A5 based Telechips TCC8925 chipset poorer performance is highly noticeable when running 3D games and opening multiple browser windows.

The Ugly

  • The speaker on the keyboard is too soft to be of any practical use. To listen any sound, you will need to plug in to the earphone/mic jack. The speaker should have been removed altogether from the keyboard.

Best iPazzPort KP-810-05V keyboard deals on eBay

If you already have an Android Mini PC but would like to pair the iPazzPort KP-810-05V wireless keyboard with built-in mic and speakers, you can buy the keyboard separately.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm sorry to hear that your Tv stick is giving you so much problems. I have to admit though that quality control could have been much better. Perhaps the offerings from big companies like Dell will fare much better when it comes to quality.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Recently I bought one of these IPazzPort NC-812-16A Android IPTV and am really frustrated. How a company like Unisen-USA disrespects us, consumers, in such a way, with this crap equipment? When I received "The Android TV stick" immediately I stuck it into the HDMI input of my tv and then I could see that my money had gone to waste. First I noticed that your boot takes much longer than a minute and a half to get to homepage Android. To my despair, shortly after arriving into the Android homepage, which took forever to happen, "the machine" simply resets without any command to do so, passing, then, a no more be able to boot. Even resetting the configuration to the original factory the problem still persist. So, if you don´t wanna have a headache do not buy such equipment.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Excellent review! Thanks so much!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens Roy. Great review lenses are about information, and that's what makes this one stand out. Thanks for sharing.