After I bought my LG OLED 55C7 tv I also wanted to be able to watch some 4K and HDR movies.
Off course I bought a XBOX One X to not only use to play games but also watch UHD Blu-Ray discs.
Also my current Kodi / LibreElec media player (Intel NUC D34010WYK) will need to be replaced as it cannot play 4K and HDR encoded movies.
As Kodi is just been released as an Alpha version on the XBOX and 4K / HDR mkv cannot yet been played, this is not an option. Also LibreElec cannot yet play 4K / HDr movies on the newest Intel NUC as the latest Intel Linux video drivers are not yet been used in LibreElec. So I was looking for an alternative solution and according to information on the Kodi forum the Vero 4K should be a good solution.
Well here is my first comparison between Vero 4K and my Intel NUC after a few days of setting and configuring the Vero 4K.
- It is a small box. Even smaller than my intel NUC!
- It plays 4K HDR encoded mkv files without problems on my TV
- Pre setup of Kodi. So you don’t start with an “empty” box.
- A lot cheaper than an Intel NUC
The not so good:
- Less CPU “horsepower” than my Intel NUC, heck even my second Kodi box running on an old AMD E350. I notice this that scrolling of menu’s is less fluent. Also scraping of libraries is my slower.
- I don’t get good data transfer performance between my files on my Synology NAS the Vero 4K. MKV files of 50 Gbyte the data transfer rate via my network is to slow. (On the same network I can copy files from the Synology NAS to my windows PC with a sustained data transfer rate between 60 and 70 MegaByte/Second). I’m forced to copy the big MKV files to a lokal USB drive before watching the movies…
- Somehow a lot of my regular full HD (X64) MKV files don’t play on the Vero 4K. After starting a movie it automatically stops after one second. All these files play fine on my windows PC and LibreElec boxes…
- Only two USB ports. (Yes you can attach a USB Hub to it but it gets messy with all kind of connectors and extenders.) I need one for a USB disk, one for my Logitech Keyboard receiver and if I won’t to connect a USB - Gigabit adapter I need to use a USB hub…
- More effort needed to configure the Harmony Remote than on my LibreElec box
At the moment I’m not yet fully satisfied with the Vero 4K and the Intel NUC will be the mediaplayer to be used by the rest of the family.