EMTEC GEM Box Starter Pack (Console Plus Gamepad) - £19.99 - Game (Plus 1 Month's Gamefly Streaming Sub)
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EMTEC GEM Box Starter Pack (Console Plus Gamepad) - £19.99 - Game (Plus 1 Month's Gamefly Streaming Sub)

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Found 23rd Jun 2017
I've just spotted this on the Game website. Everywhere else seems to be listing this from £55 upwards (Amazon, Zavvi, Argos, CCL etc...)

It's not going to be the be all and end all of video gaming, but I reckon this is a tidy little device, if not just for the kids.

It comes complete with the game pad (£7.99 separately on Game), 1 month's Gamefly streaming (usually £7.96 a month) and it also comes with four Gameloft titles...

Asphalt 8: Airborne

GT Racing 2

Wonder Zoo

My Little Pony

Introducing the GEM Box family gaming console by Emtec. The GEM Box console is the first Android TV Box for both true gamers and the whole family. It enables you to turn any TV into a gaming hub, simply plug the tiny GEM Box console into your TV and enjoy family gaming with up to 4 players.

The tiny GEM Box is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, so you can take it with you anywhere, whether you are visiting friends or going on holiday. It’s quick and easy to set up, just connect your GEM Box console to your TV and the easy-to-use interface provides you with instant access to all the functions and applications using the ergonomically designed GEM Pad.

The GEM Box games console provides instant access to thousands of Android games and apps from Google Play, as well as console quality games from GameFly Streaming making it suitable for gamers for all levels.

Game streaming is the future of gaming consoles. You are already streaming movies and music, and with the GEM Box, you can now stream video games too. By subscribing to GameFly streaming you can select from a large library of titles at the touch of a button. Gone are the days of having to buy games to be loaded into a machine, instead you just select a game and start playing. New titles added each month to GameFly so there is always something new to play. Plus, when you purchase a GEM Box console, you can get a free trial of GameFly streaming for 1 month and without obligation.

Choose from a multitude of Android games and apps available from Google Play, the majority of which are free including many titles suited for kids gaming and family gaming.

Revisit your favourite old school games with a selection of retro emulators. Relive the glory days of classic gaming consoles and travel back in time to experience some of gaming’s greatest hits.

Stream your PC game library collection directly from your PC to your TV. With the GEM Stream app you can now stream from your PC in your bedroom or office directly to the TV in your lounge.

Navigating around the numerous features on the GEM Box is remarkably simple. The easy-to-use, intuitive interface is designed so you can browse menus with ease providing easy access to all the functions and content. Entering information like passwords is quick and easy too, thanks to the exclusive virtual keyboard.

The GEM Box console is so much more than a games console. You can turn your TV into a smart TV and view your favourite websites including YouTube. Miracast enables you to wirelessly mirror smart phone or tablet content to your TV. Photos, videos or music on a USB memory device or microSD card can also be plugged directly into the console to view on your TV.

Box Contains
GEM Box consoleGEM Pad ControllerEthernet cableHDMI cable12V Power Supply

Just to confirm, keyboard not included - available separately for £7.99
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oooh - does it run Netflix, Amazon, Plex, Kodi, etc?
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BubaMan

oooh - does it run Netflix, Amazon, Plex, Kodi, etc?



It has the Google Play store on it, so I would assume so bud.
BuzzDuraband

It has the Google Play store on it, so I would assume so bud.

This says so too
Ordered 2 with some credit I had laying in my Game Wallet - many thanks
Damn - I'll probably want the motion control @ £8 for media...
Looks like I'll be trading in RE7 tonight
anyone know if this android can be upgrade to latest version?
hackerace

anyone know if this android can be upgrade to latest version?

I can't find anything, official or otherwise
looks really good, Just ordered one! I have a ps3 that is just used for Amazon video, Netflix bbc news and the odd older game so I think this might just do the trick if not could probably sell it for more the £20
If you're mainly looking to use it got Android apps then maybe an Android TV box would be better? This only has 1gb RAM
te721

looks really good, Just ordered one! I have a ps3 that is just used for … looks really good, Just ordered one! I have a ps3 that is just used for Amazon video, Netflix bbc news and the odd older game so I think this might just do the trick if not could probably sell it for more the £20



Reviews terribly but most of those at £100. Be interesting to see how it handles emulation.
Yeah dunno why but bought 1

Hopefully not relegated to the dreaded tech drawer
anybody knows if this is certified for Netflix, Amazon? If it's not you will get poor quality only, especially on Amazon Video

Some specs:
CPU
Amlogic S805 Quad Core Cortex-A5 1.5GHz
GPU
ARM Mali-450MP6
Memory
DDR 1GB, Flash 16GB
System
Android 4.4 Kit Kat
Network
Built-in Wi-Fi b/g/n, Ethernet 10/100
Ports
USB 2.0, Ethernet, microSD, HDMI
File System
FAT32, NTFS, HFS, (up to 3TB hard disk)
Video Output
HDMI 1.4 CEC, 720P, 1080i, 1080p
Video Codecs
H264, XVID
Video Formats*
AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPG, WMV
Audio Codec
MP3
Audio Formats*
FLAC, MP3, OGG
Photo Formats*
BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG
Dimensions
83x83x24 (mm), 105g
Accessories
Bluetooth wireless gamepad, AC adapter, HDMI cable, Ethernet cable, Quick Start Guide
Languages
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian


Edited by: "noonecanhelp1" 23rd Jun 2017
I bought one thanks. At that price sure why not lol

It will do as a KODI box

Edited by: "croz123" 23rd Jun 2017
BubaMan2 h, 11 m ago

oooh - does it run Netflix, Amazon, Plex, Kodi, etc?


Latest play store version of Kodi requires Andriod 5.0& above. You'd need to find an older or modified build.
captainbeaky

Latest play store version of Kodi requires Andriod 5.0& above. You'd need … Latest play store version of Kodi requires Andriod 5.0& above. You'd need to find an older or modified build.


just cancelled my order lol
You're gonna get what you pay for here, it's basically a £15 android TV box with a £5 controller bundled in.

If you want it for playing games then one with a higher ram would be a better bet.
captainbeaky

Latest play store version of Kodi requires Andriod 5.0& above. You'd need … Latest play store version of Kodi requires Andriod 5.0& above. You'd need to find an older or modified build.



SPMC - is on the play store
Edited by: "smileyadam" 23rd Jun 2017
croz123

I bought one thanks. At that price sure why not lolIt will do as a KODI … I bought one thanks. At that price sure why not lolIt will do as a KODI box


Will only run an old kodi version
Just bought, many thanks. Would have been nice to have the keyboard (pictured) included, but still a great deal.
this will so be in the drawer of crap soon after purchase.
What sort of emulators would this run in comparison to say a rasberry pi3.
Out of interest, I have a whole bunch of Android games bought through Play credit on my phone (that I never play) . Could I use an android box to play all these games with a controller rather than touchscreen?
Jonnyblock

Out of interest, I have a whole bunch of Android games bought through … Out of interest, I have a whole bunch of Android games bought through Play credit on my phone (that I never play) . Could I use an android box to play all these games with a controller rather than touchscreen?



​I watched a video before I bought one, the guy was playing final fantasy from the play store using the controller. All games won't be compatible I'm sure but it's the reason I bought one, I can make the most of the 10p deals and the retro gaming
croz123

just cancelled my order lol



​how? I tried to cancel mine but no option and spoke to chat and they said they cant lol
oUkTuRkEyIII34 m ago

​I watched a video before I bought one, the guy was playing final fantasy f …​I watched a video before I bought one, the guy was playing final fantasy from the play store using the controller. All games won't be compatible I'm sure but it's the reason I bought one, I can make the most of the 10p deals and the retro gaming


I've used Key Mapper to overcome screen-only controls with quite good effect.
Half of me wants it as it is cheap, but the other half remembers the GameStick that got a week of use before being flashed with custom firmware, which then got only another week of use since the Android version was old. Ended up in a drawer for over a year before eventually selling.
m1cky691

how? I tried to cancel mine but no option and spoke to chat and they said … how? I tried to cancel mine but no option and spoke to chat and they said they cant lol


I spoke to chat 10 mins after ordering and they cancelled it. Thankfully lol
Has anyone actually got one? If so I have two questions that might help me and others make up our minds.

1. Is the controller any good? Range ok? Battery life?
2. Does Amazon Underground work ok on this?
BubaMan

I've used Key Mapper to overcome screen-only controls with quite good … I've used Key Mapper to overcome screen-only controls with quite good effect.



If the box has a controller already, what is the purpose of this Key Mapper tool? Do you think it could be useful for something in this case?
hot as hell nice find op just ordered one
Great price, I love these mini plug and play devices, reminds me of the 80's, just a shame PacMan isn't built in.
mickael28

If the box has a controller already, what is the purpose of this Key … If the box has a controller already, what is the purpose of this Key Mapper tool? Do you think it could be useful for something in this case?



​The box has a controller with it, but the majority of the android games on the play store are intended for screen controls only, with key mapper you can map keys to the touches which should make more games usable with the controller.

You'd be much better with a raspberrypi3 running retropie rather than this imo, but each to their own.
The RAM isn't the problem for games, neither is the GPU; that CPU is pants though. The fact that it's quad core is irrelevant when the IPC is terrible.

It is cheap though. Not a bad deal for the price.

Also, if you're into emulation and in any way sensitive to input lag for 8/16bit era games, run (screaming) from Android. You're far better off with a RPi3.
Edited by: "markiemarcus" 23rd Jun 2017
markiemarcus10 h, 12 m ago

The RAM isn't the problem for games, neither is the GPU; that CPU is pants …The RAM isn't the problem for games, neither is the GPU; that CPU is pants though. The fact that it's quad core is irrelevant when the IPC is terrible.It is cheap though. Not a bad deal for the price.Also, if you're into emulation and in any way sensitive to input lag for 8/16bit era games, run (screaming) from Android. You're far better off with a RPi3.


I'm not sure about the gpu, they are claiming it has a S805 chipset but there is conflicting information some sites say the gpu is MP2 but others and the amlogic site say MP4 but none of them say MP6 like Emtec. The confusion may be they are MP4 but are run at a lower speed i.e. 250mhz which is the same as MP2 at 500mhz.

en.wikipedia.org/wik…gic

kyokojap.myweb.hinet.net/gpu…ps/

amlogic.com/

If it is a S805 it may only be 15 gflops of gpu performance which is between the wii (11 gflops) and original xbox (20 gflops) performance where as 450MP6 typically at 600mhz it would be about Vita performance level of about 50 gflops.

If you look at the amlogic wiki page there is no Arm A5 based chipset with a 450MP6 all the chips that have that gpu have superior ARM chips.

Still at £19.99 its hard to complain with a decent controller and good media capabilities. It's a bargain as long as you don't have something better already under the tv. Seems more of a bedroom tv device. S805 boxes aren't dear but they don't normally come with controllers and are normally straight from China with limited warranty and electrical safety testing. This seems great value but I don't see how it can be S805 and Mali MP6 unless Amlogic literally make lots of different performance level chips but call them all S805.

Here is an antutu score based on the same chipset which might help people make comparisons with performance although if they are claiming MP6 maybe the GPU's are clocked higher than normal rather than there actually being 6 of them.


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The gamepad for £7.99 seems great value as it works with other devices and is rechargable rather than battery based. It shares the xbox 360 controllers design. If its good quality that surely is a bargain too especially if you have a decent or better android box already but no game controller.
A good link on emtecs website for compatible android TV games

emtec-gembox.com/wp-…jpg

awful spec.
BubaMan23rd Jun

Damn - I'll probably want the motion control @ £8 for media...Looks like …Damn - I'll probably want the motion control @ £8 for media...Looks like I'll be trading in RE7 tonight


Did anyone actually buy the remote for £7.99? I bought the box for £19.99 but I went to buy the remote for £7.99 and when I click on it, it goes to £32!!
Gottograbthemall36 m ago

Did anyone actually buy the remote for £7.99? I bought the box for £19.99 b …Did anyone actually buy the remote for £7.99? I bought the box for £19.99 but I went to buy the remote for £7.99 and when I click on it, it goes to £32!!


I ordered just the game controller for £7.99.


I already have android box's that are S812 and S905 based which are much more powerful than S805 so it would be going backwards and besides this box only has a 2.4ghz wifi connection so I wouldn't be able to use the game streaming service anyway because I don't have ethernet where I'm going to put it. Both my boxes cost less than this one but didn't have a decent game controller with them.

From what I understand they put an underpowered chipset in this box purely to motivate people to use the game streaming service which they get revenue from so the contrast between android and streamed pc games is more extreme. The main cpu's in this are very low performance at 9,000 mips peak performance with all 4 operating at 1.5ghz but as is common with a lot of these chipsets they often won't perform at their maximum speed anyway for long. It's a very low performance box, slow cpu, weak gpu, limited memory and low storage and because of its limited performance seems to be stuck at android 4.4.
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