TViX Slim S1 : Bidding Adieu to the Realtek RTD1283by Ganesh T S on March 8, 2011 8:23 PM EST
The TViX Slim S1 comes in a sleek package, and every aspect of the package as well as the bundled components screams 'premium'.
Inside the box, we have the following components:
- Slim S1 main unit
- 36W power adapter
- IR remote with batteries
- RCA Cable
- CD with manual and Netshare NFS server software
- USB 2.0 cable for external hard disk mode usage
- Glossy setup guide
The remote bundled with the unit is one of the better ones (but, not the best) that we have seen in a media streamer. The keys do not feel cheap, and have a certain solidity in them. That said, the remote was occasionally too sensitive, registering multiple key presses with a short duration.
The front of the main unit has a VFD display behind it (7 alpha-numeric characters and 5 digits), with a host of buttons on the top panel. These buttons include the ability to power on and off the unit, perform menu navigation and control playback. On one side of the unit is the hard drive slot, while the other side has the fan outlet and an eSATA host / USB 2.0 host. The rear side has the power adapter connector, optical & coaxial SPDIF, component and composite (along with stereo) connectors, HDMI 1.3 port, 100 Mbps RJ-45 port, USB 2.0 host and USB 2.0 slave ports.
The screwless hard disk installation is a welcome feature. The internal hard disk is quite easy to install, even for the novice users. The only simpler hard disk installation mechanism that I have seen is the one on the A.C.Ryan PlayOn!HD2. Some pictures of the main unit and the hard disk tray / screwless installation mechanism are given in the gallery below. We used a 7200rpm 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT for testing out the internal hard disk capabilities of the TViX Slim S1.
Let us wrap up this section with a table summarizing the A/V and data connectivity options of the TViX Slim S1
|TViX Slim S1|
|Feature||TViX Slim S1 Config|
|SPDIF||Yes (Optical and Coaxial)|
|Optical Disk Drive||No (Supported on USB)|
|USB||Yes (2 x 2.0 Host, 1 x 2.0 Slave)|
|LAN||Yes (100 Mbps)|
|Internal HDD||Supported (3.5", Not Included)|
|WiFi||No (Supported over USB Dongle, Not Included)|