Harper ABX-460 smart box and Harper KBT-330 universal keyboard review

Features, advantages and disadvantages of devices from Harper.

The Harper ABX-460 smart box expands the functionality of any TV with full Android 9.0, 4K support and 2 physical USB ports. And the keyboard connected to it turns it into a full-fledged multimedia center.

Specifications Harper ABX-460

  • Display: LED.
  • Processor: Amlogic S905X3, 4 cores Cortex-A55, frequency 1.7GHz.
  • GPU: Mali-G31.
  • Operating system: Android 9.0.
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Permanent memory: 64 GB.
  • Memory card slot: under microSD up to 128 GB.
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz).
  • Maximum video resolution: 4K UHD, 60 fps.
  • Extended dynamic range: HDR10, HLG.
  • Connectors and interfaces on the body: HDMI 2.1 CEC, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, RJ-45 (10/100 Mbps), OPTICAL, AC.
  • Charging: via DC port.
  • Dimensions: 104 x 22 x 104 mm.
  • Weight: 156 g.

The prefix is ​​supplied in a white box, which also contains:

  • Remote control and two batteries.
  • Power adapter (5V/2A).
  • HDMI cable for connecting to a TV.
  • Gaming gamepad.
  • User manual and warranty card.

Harper ABX-460

Here’s the controller up close:

Harper ABX-460

The keyboard is sold separately and also comes in a white box, complete with:

  • USB adapter for synchronization with other devices.
  • Two AAA batteries.
  • Documentation.

Harper KBT-330

Design

The square body of the Harper ABX-460 is made of plastic: the bottom and top panels are matte, the side faces are glossy.

Harper ABX-460

The front panel has an LED display that shows:

  • Current time.
  • Active Bluetooth connection.
  • Internet access via Wi-Fi or LAN.

Harper ABX-460

On the left side there is a slot for a microSD card and one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port each. The latter is highlighted in blue.

Harper ABX-460

On the reverse side are:

  • AV connector for connecting to old TVs.
  • Optical audio connector.
  • LAN (RJ-45) for connecting an Ethernet cable.
  • HDMI 2.1 with CEC support.
  • DC port for connecting the power adapter.

Harper ABX-460

Below are 4 rubberized legs and ventilation holes. You cannot mount the device on the wall.

Harper ABX-460

Manage the smart box using the complete control panel. Use it to adjust the sound, move around the interface or use it as a mouse. 5 buttons are collected in a separate block on top, which can be configured to control the TV.

Harper ABX-460

Looks Harper ABX-460 strictly and concisely. A separate plus for the exact time displayed on the LED display.

Harper ABX-460

Regarding the keyboard, the matte black body of the Harper KBT-330 is notable for its rounded edges and a coating that does not collect fingerprints.

Harper KBT-330

The main panel contains a full keyboard layout. The keys “F9”, “F10”, “F11”, “F12” are combined with the buttons “Home”, “End”, “Page UP/Down”. Both “Alts” also perform the “Cmd” function if you connect the device to MacOS. In place of the Num-pad, they placed a touch panel and 2 keys that repeat the left and right mouse buttons. Even lower is a block that repeats the buttons “Up”, “Down”, “Left”, “Right” and “OK”, as on the remote control.

Harper KBT-330

The main 79 keys complement another 19. The latter include:

  • Volume control.
  • Keys to control the Android system: return to the main screen, go to the multitasking window, exit the application / return to the previous page.
  • Search bar activation.
  • TV off button. It is complemented by an infrared port located on the front edge of the keyboard. TVs from LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony support this feature.

Harper KBT-330

In addition to the infrared port, there is a slider on the front panel to turn off/on the keyboard.

Harper KBT-330

Below is a compartment where the batteries are installed and the USB module is hidden. Along the edges are rubberized anti-slip feet.

Harper KBT-330

When you press the keys, the body does not squeeze and does not creak. When shaking, there are also no third-party sounds. The dimensions of the device are 335 x 123 x 18 mm and the weight is 330 g.

Harper KBT-330

Performance

The smart box is based on the Amlogic S905X3 processor with 4 Cortex-A55 cores capable of overclocking up to 1.7 GHz. Mali-G31 is used as a GPU. The amount of RAM is 4 GB.

Harper ABX-460

This configuration is enough to play video in 4K UHD resolution at 60 frames per second. High dynamic range video standards HDR10 and HLG are supported.

The signal is output to the TV via an HDMI 2.1 interface with CEC support, that is, from one remote control it is allowed to control several devices at once (TV + smart box). The presence of an AV connector allows you to connect the device to old TVs using the “tulips”.

They play content from an internal 64 GB drive, an installed microSD card up to 128 GB, or an external hard drive connected via one of the USB connectors. The installed hardware is enough to play movies up to 50-60 GB.

Harper ABX-460

There are also no problems with watching streaming video in 4K, since Internet access occurs via an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi that supports 2.4 / 5 GHz frequencies. Using Bluetooth 4.2, wireless headphones, keyboards, mice or gamepads are connected to the Harper ABX-460. Without the latter, it will not be possible to play undemanding 3D games.

The Harper KBT-330 keyboard is connected to the smart box using a USB module or via Bluetooth 5.0. At the same time, the device is synchronized with three devices and switched between them using the “F1”, “F2” and “F3” keys. That is, the user, after typing on the TV box, can switch to the TV to configure the settings, then connect to the PC / laptop and then return to the TV box.

Operating system

The operating system is a full-fledged Android 9.0.

Harper ABX-460

Unlike the cut-down Android TV, any software from Google Play or an APK file downloaded from third-party sources is installed here.

Harper ABX-460

After turning on, the user is greeted by the main screen with access to key applications, according to manufacturers:

  • Netflix;
  • SPB TV;
  • Aptoide TV;
  • Yandex.Browser;
  • File manager;
  • YouTube with 4K support.

There is also a shortcut for quickly clearing RAM and going to Settings. At the bottom there is a panel for adding software shortcuts from the Applications tab.

Harper ABX-460

Among the pre-installed software is ColorLED for adding RGB lighting. For example, change the glow color when you start games, videos or music. If you don’t like the glow, you have the right to turn it off.

Game console

In fact, Harper ABX-460 can be called a game console, because you can install different games (Android) in the media player and play them on the big screen using a gamepad. This greatly expands the capabilities of the device, especially given the progress of mobile games.

Harper ABX-460

Summing up

Harper ABX-460 is a direct analogue of Smart TV with full Android 9.0 and video playback in 4K resolution. Keyboards, mice, gamepads and external hard drives are freely connected to it, from which movies up to 50-60 GB are launched. Harper KBT-330 will be a great addition to quickly search for content, communicate in instant messengers and social networks.

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