O Elsys Smarty is another option of TV Box for those who want to boost that old TV. The national dongle is an alternative to the older Google Chromecast, Mi TV Stick and Intelzy’s Izy Play. Smarty plays in Full HD, has Android TV, Integrated Chromecast and remote control with microphone to trigger the Google Assistant.
Currently, the Brazilian model is sold for R $ 379. Does it pay off? I spent a few days testing Elsys Smarty and I share the positives and negatives in this review.
Video analysis of the TV Box Elsys Smarty
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Kit and installation
Like the old Google Chromecast, the Elsys dongle is portable, which makes it very easy to transport and even when installing the equipment on another TV. In the box, in addition to the device, the company sends a pair of toothpick batteries (AAA), the remote control and the microUSB power supply. Although it is fixed, this does not prevent the user from plugging the device into the TV’s USB-A port with another cable available at home.
Before talking about the installation and the software, it is worth paying a compliment for the control of Elsys Smarty. It has an on / off button, access to Google Play Store apps, directional keys, volume keys, Google Assistant and two exclusive for streaming services: one opens Netflix and the other Globoplay. The company got it right, given that these are popular platforms around here.
Installation is relatively easy and follows the competition: first you need to connect the microUSB cable to the Elsys box and plug the power supply into the outlet (or the USB port if you have a cable). Then, just connect Smarty to the HDMI port on your TV or monitor. Once this is done, just follow the installation step by step that appears on the screen. In my case, this procedure was a little slower, because the software took a few minutes to engage. It is important to say that the equipment depends on Wi-Fi to function and this happens only at the frequency of 2.4 GHz.
Software and performance
Elsys Smarty runs the traditional Android TV found on TVs from TCL, Sony and other popular dongles like the Mi TV Stick. Although Google TV is more beautiful and modern, I still approve the current Android TV layout for making streaming platforms accessible and for allowing the editing of the first screen easily. In the center there are suggestions of content for some services for you to watch; at the top it displays the time and there is a gear that leads to the settings.
My test unit has already brought Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube and Globoplay. Note that Globo’s streaming is well highlighted in the interface with a separate area just to indicate series available in the catalog. This has an explanation: Grupo Globo has been betting on the Google platform and talks about “customized integration”, so more news should appear in the coming months.
In addition to the services mentioned, in the app store you will find: Disney +, HBO Go, Paramount +, Telecine Play, Vix, Pluto TV, Starzplay, Crunchyroll, DirecTV Go, TuneIn, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon Music and YouTube Music. Actually, the offer is quite wide and the only app missing, really, is Apple TV +.
As for the hardware, Elsys Smarty has Amlogic S805X chipset (quad-core); is the same processor as the TV Box Intelbras Izy Play. The device still has 1 GB of RAM and 8 gigabytes of internal space for you to install your favorite applications. We are talking about a basic configuration that has its limitations during navigation.
For example, switching between applications is slow; the difficulty is also felt in games: Crossy Road, in general, has a good performance, however small crashes appear during the opening and closing of the app. And either Asphalt 8 I was able to test, because my test unit crashed on the terms screen; the problem was not solved even though forcing the closing and reinstalling the app. I didn’t give up and then I tested it with Real Racing 3: the experience was not positive, because the gagging and freezing of the scenes were constant – a limitation that I expected.
Like the main dongles in this category, Elsys Smarty only plays in full HD (1080p) at 60 fps. This makes it less attractive to Netflix and Disney + Premium plan subscribers. Still, the device can perfectly suit those who have an old TV and just want to make it smarter. However, if you are looking for something superior, on the market there are other options with 4K resolution that are less expensive, such as the Mi Box S and the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.
The Integrated Chromecast is another highlight of the national product. In general, it works with compatible applications, but I found the communication between app and dongle time consuming. Sometimes, the equipment is charging for long minutes until it plays the content.
TV Box Elsys Smarty: is it worth it?
With Integrated Chromecast, Android TV with a good app menu and complete remote control, Elsys Smarty is an interesting gadget. I see that the device can still serve a specific audience well. If your TV is about to turn 8, 9 or 10 years old and if you cannot upgrade now, the national device may even be a good option.
I only recommend Smarty to people in this situation, and yet, the investment only makes sense when an advantageous promotion arises. That’s because online retailers ask for about R $ 330 for this equipment, while Roku Express, one of the best devices on the market, is found for R $ 220. And the Fire TV Stick Lite costs R $ 280.
If you are demanding in performance, currently, Amazon’s product is the best option. The company was able to greatly improve the performance of the device. But before leaving for the competitor, remember that the Fire TV Stick Lite does not have Globoplay or HBO Go. Now, Elsys Smarty is not attractive to most people, but if the price drops, it drops significantly, then it it may make sense for the old TV that has been leaning against it for years.
- Processor: Amlogic S805X;
- RAM memory: 1 GB;
- Internal storage: 8 GB;
- Connectivity / connections: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI 2.0A, microUSB;
- Resolution: 1080p;
- Codecs: VP9, H.265, H.264, MPEG1 / 2/4, AVS, VC-1, RealVideo 8/9/10, WebM;
- Android: Android TV 9.0;
- Food: Bivolt – 90 ~ 270V (5V DC / 1.5 A);
- Dimensions: 195 x 60 x 9.6 mm;
- Weight: 90 g.