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Anyone ever seen or heard of the Zeki Streaming Media Box? We got two of these in at work today and it looked really interesting. A quick Google search turned up no results.

The listed specs are:
  • Android (doesn't list the version, but looks to be at lest ICS)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • HDMI out
  • Ethernet
  • 2 USB posts
  • SD card slot
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • 4 GB flash memory

And it looks like it includes:
  • Remote (Appears to have a full QWERTY keyboard)
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter

And here's a picture of the front and back of the box: http://i.imgur.com/BMk8bDT.jpg

Sorry about the non-clear pictures. I think it says "TAB803B" as a model number, but I'll have to check. If that's indeed the case, it may be related to the MK803-based series of HDMI sticks.

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Anyone ever seen or heard of the Zeki Streaming Media Box? We got two of these in at work today and it looked really interesting. A quick Google search turned up no results.

The listed specs are:
  • Android (doesn't list the version, but looks to be at lest ICS)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • HDMI out
  • Ethernet
  • 2 USB posts
  • SD card slot
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • 4 GB flash memory

And it looks like it includes:
  • Remote (Appears to have a full QWERTY keyboard)
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter

And here's a picture of the front and back of the box: http://i.imgur.com/BMk8bDT.jpg

Sorry about the non-clear pictures. I think it says "TAB803B" as a model number, but I'll have to check. If that's indeed the case, it may be related to the MK803-based series of HDMI sticks.

Yeah, I picked one up at Wal-Mart yesterday for $98 total. Tried to set it up and couldn't get it to power on! The instructions say that it's normal for it to take several minutes to boot up but never got it to show any kind of menu or anything - just an annoying red flashing light that never turned blue and a black TV screen - yes I checked the HDMI connections - so maybe it was DOA out of the box? At any rate, the box is bigger than my Roku 3. The combo QWRTY keyboard and remote is a good idea but in my opinion, the whole thing is poorly constructed. It's going back tomorrow. I am not a paid spokesperson for Roku but I really love the Roku experience but would love to use an Android type device so I can stream my SlingBox which unfortunately isn't supported on Roku. I also saw that my Wal-Mart had an Equiso but after reading all the negative reviews I passed on that. As with anything, take this "review" with a grain of salt and your mileage may vary.
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I actually saw this box in my local Walmart and wondered what its all about.....im looking to kill my cable bill and see if a streaming box is all i need....or maybe not....as i see Roku has no advantage then my PS3....so not sure where to go

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I recently picked up this box. What is inside is essentially the Hackberry by miniand except it isn't rooted. The Zeki is the 1GB Ram version. Haven't tested it out much. It doesn't have bluetooth. It comes with a remote that you have to plug a dongle into one usb port in order for it to work thus eliminating one usable usb port. Full size sd card slot. The remote feels cheep, but is fairly nice. Also a nice feature of it is the dongle can be plugged in to your pc and you can use the remote on your pc. Button map for use on pc. The keyboard works just fine. the volume buttons work as normal. The video controls work except fast forward and rewind they only seem to work in windows media player not vlc or media player classic. For right click use the back button and middle mouse button(to scroll) use the menu button.

There are much better options out there for the same price, but it comes with a cool remote. Also it supports output to rca which is useful if you happen to only have that option avaliable. Comes with the hdmi cable.
 
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I just picked up the ZEKI SMB at walmart also. I have 3 Roku and the vizio co-star and I can say this is not as popular but it can be. It gives you more option than the roku because you have access to the google play store. The vizio costar has access to the google play as well but I can't get 95% of my apps to install not even by sideloading.

This box gives you a 100% Android feel with the ability to customize the home screen and access the google settings just like your phone or tablet.

So far I can't get the hulu plus but I haven't tried the other modified hulu apps I have yet. I have FB, gmail, my regular email, netflix, plex app which are my main apps up and running.

installing apps could be faster but i'm not sure if it's due to my doing it via wifi or if it's cpu.

The remote does feel cheap but it's not as big and bulky as the co-star remote.

I can see this becoming very big if it can get rooted and then a nice kernal for some OC/UC love.
 
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This box works great for me. works with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Google Play, HD Home run app, and many more. WiFi works decent would probally work better with external antenna. I just need to figure out how to root it which doesn't look easy. If anyone finds anything on how to root this please pm me thanks.

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Eclipsekid.. Hulu can be installed but how did you get it to play?
 
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Used modded hulu plus from another xda topic used one that said Hulu landscape mod also had to check allow unknown sources in settings.

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This box works great for me. works with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Google Play, HD Home run app, and many more. WiFi works decent would probally work better with external antenna. I just need to figure out how to root it which doesn't look easy. If anyone finds anything on how to root this please pm me thanks.

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tTorrent also works well...
 
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Thumbs up It has great potential

I picked one up from the walmart. Loaded XBMC frodo just fine. Now if I could just find a way to root

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