So it’s a Saturday afternoon and you are on your couch binge watching your favorite TV show on your Macbook but the 13″ screen doesn’t do any justice to Frank Underwood’s magnanimous screen presence. Who on earth would get up, walk 20 steps, plug-in the wires or better still, search for the ghastly Thunderbolt adapter and return to enjoy HoC in full glory. Enter Teewe, a teeny tiny media streamer that can make your lazy afternoons lazier!
Teewe is the flagship product of Mango Man Consumer Electronics Pvt. Ltd, a Bangalore based startup who were kind enough to loan a unit to me for a review.
The tiny device’s tag line “Play anything on your TV at anytime with the tap of a finger” is true to the last word. All you need to do is to plug it into a HDMI port, sit back, relax and let it work its charm.
Unboxing the little guy, the packaging is simple and straight forward. No flashy metal boxes or stuff. The Teewe branding is prominent and so is the purple color scheme which for some reason looks catchy while being classy at the same time.
Open the box up and the device lies nestled in a foam casing. Comparing it to Google’s chromecast, one can not help but notice how light the device actually is. The rectangular vs circular design is a matter of personal preference though the one can barely see the devices when they are plugged into a HDTV.
The box also has the staple manuals and warranty information guides, and a 5V power adapter which is thankfully a standard microUSB meaning one can easily use their smartphone’s data cable. There is also a handy HDMI extender which is a lifesaver for people like me who have their TV’s wall mounted.
For a media streamer that costs a mere 2000 bucks (INR / $39 nearly), Teewe comes with all the bells and whistles. The device packs in an ARM Dual Core Cortex A9 Processor, 1.5 GHz and 1GB of DDR 3 RAM. On the connectivity front, the device interfaces with your regular HDTV via HDMI and can also be used on your laptop if you have an HDMI-In port.
The best part, you don’t need an internet connection to stream your offline content and this is where Teewe scores big over Google’s Chromecast.
The device draws power via a regular microUSB port. This is my one and only gripe with the device that you need to keep it plugged into a power source all the time while you enjoy wireless streaming. If you are still wondering what the fuss is all about:
What is Teewe?
Well, Teewe is a media streamer. In simple words, it is a HDMI dongle that allows you to play your content from any wifi enabled device.
Why do I need one?
If you have loads of media content on your smart phone, tablet and own a big-ass HDTV, stop reading and go get yourself one. It costs barely 2k and is worth every single penny. You can play all your content from a laptop, phone straight to your TV without having to convert or plug-in any messy wires.
This is the first part of our three-part review series. Stay tuned for more. What’s more, we are giving away the review unit as a part of #iskoteewepedekh contest. To participate in our giveaway, follow us on Twitter and Facebook and check out the contest details! Let the games begin!