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Teewe 2 streaming stick review with Software and Performance review


Teewe 2 streaming stick review
TOP FEATURES

- Ability to stream offline content
- Can mirror PC screen
- YouTube integration

Media streamers like Google's Chromecast are an economical and simple way to turn your dumb LED/LCD TV into an internet connected screen. These let you play online content through your smart device over the same Wi-Fi network. However, a large number of media streaming services are not available in India yet, which is also the reason why we mostly download and play content. Another reason for this is the limited bandwidth and relatively slower internet speeds.

While playing your own content via Chromecast is possible, it's a little tricky as you'll need to use third party apps and media servers like Plex. Mirroring is limited to Chrome and still in Beta.

Bangalore-based Mango Man aims to address this issue with its Teewe streaming stick that lets you stream your own content from your phone or computer in addition to playing other online content from the likes of YouTube and Eros Now. We try to find out if it's worth a buy...

Look and feel
The latest iteration of Teewe, is actually second-generation hardware. The Teewe 2 is sleeker (30% smaller) than its predecessor and sports a relatively premium build, employing the use of better quality plastics. It comes with a detachable power cable and a power adapter just like the Chromecast. It essentially looks like a big rectangular thumb drive with perforations at the back and edges to take care of heat dissipation since the device sports a quad core graphics processor. There's a micro-USB port at one of the edges and the standard HDMI connector to plug into a TV's HDMI port.



Setting it up
You just plug in the Teewe stick into the TV's HDMI port and connect the USB to micro-USB cable. If your TV has a USB port, you can just plug in the USB connector into it or use the supplied wall power adapter.

Download the Tewee app on your iOS or Android smartphone and make sure it's connected to a Wi-Fi network. On Android phones, you'll be able to locate the dongle through the app and connect it to Wi-Fi by entering your password. On iOS you'll need to first connect the phone or tablet to the Teewe's temporary Wi-Fi network and then connect it to your home Wi-Fi network through the app. Once connected, you'll see the Teewe screen on the TV.



Features and performance
The biggest USP of the Teewe 2 is its ability to play offline content from your PC and phone.The Teewe mobile and tablet app lets you play content from YouTube including popular videos (based on your account activity), movies and TV shows and all multimedia content (videos, images and music) on the phone on your TV. The desktop app also lets you add multimedia content, arrange it and stream to your TV. Local content can be streamed even if you're not connected to the internet.

You can also install a Chrome app and extension to play online videos from sites like YouTube and Vimeo or even just mirror the web page in case video push is not natively supported. This also means you can browse websites on your giant TV screen if that's something you're keen on doing. The Mac OS Teewe Desktop app supports mirroring as well though mobile phone mirroring is not supported.

You can connect a PC and a mobile device to the dongle simultaneously and juggle between the devices while playing content. The Teewe app can even act as a media server for streaming content stored on your PC to your mobile provided bith are on the same network.

The Teewe 2 is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor with a quad-core GPU and 1GB of DDR3 RAM. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connections to stream online content and according to the company, comes with an improved internal antenna for better streaming.



We used the Teewe 2 with a Samsung S-UHD TV, an Android smartphone and a MacBook Air on an 8Mbps broadband connection. We did not face any issue while streaming content including full-HD and 720p videos from our devices to the TV but mirroring was slightly laggy. We were also able to mirror websites like Facebook albeit with minor stutter while scrolling. We did experience a few connectivity issues occasionally buy restarting the app solved these niggles. It's also worth noting that only local photos in the Camera roll are available for streaming if you're using an iOS device due to the operating system's limitations.

Eros Now content was not available at the time of writing this review but YouTube videos played without any hiccups. However, if you've used the Chromecast, you'll miss third party app integration. For instance, when you play a video on Spuul or music on Rdio, you won't get the option to stream it to the Tewee. The Chromecast certainly has an edge when it comes to third party app support.

Verdict
The Teewe 2 is priced at Rs 2,399 and is exclusively available on Amazon India, You get free data (20GB) for three months if you're using an Airtel broadband connection and two months subscription to Eros Now content.

If you download and watch all your videos offline and own an Android phone, then it does make sense to invest in the Teewe 2. However, if you primarily use different online streaming services and own an iPhone, then we would recommend spending a few hundred rupees more and investing in a Chromecast. There are a number of ways through which you can stream your offline content to the Chromecast and it supports a large number of third party services.
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