The world we live in offers a tough competition for Android TV boxes. We have had Chromecasts for a while, and newer devices come with the ability built-in anyway. In this market, Strong have literally taken a leap of faith with the Leap-S1 to introduce a loaded up Android TV Box with a huge array of features to try and fit themselves in this market.
Strong LEAP-S1 – Features
- Android TV box (latest Android version)
- 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160p)
- Quad Core Cortex-A53 1.8 GHz
- Remote control with Bluetooth and voice control
- Immersive sound with Dolby Digital Plus.
- Stream content from your smartphone or tablet to your TV using built in chrome cast technology.
- Download and enjoy your favourite apps from the Google Play Store, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Youtube.
- Easy Internet connection via dual band Wi-Fi 5 or built-in LAN (10/100 fast Ethernet port also onboard).
- Bluetooth allows you to connect speakers, etc. Connect Bluetooth devices such as speakers, sound bar, headphones, keyboards etc.
- 2 USB ports allow you to connect 2 accessories at the same time
- The Bluetooth remote control with Google Assistant with integrated voice recognition allows you to search the internet quickly. Shortcuts on the remote give you direct access to your NETFLIX and PRIME Video apps.
- Connectivity: HDMI, AV, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, LAN, IR expansion port, 12V / 1A DC power adapter, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
- Compact case: 11 cm x 11 cm x 2 cm.
In the box
- Android TV Box
- Voice Enabled Remote
- Power Adapter 12 V / 1 A
- HDMI Cable
- 2x AAA Batteries
- Installation instructions
Look and feel
The box itself is a tiny 11cm x 11cm square, with a height of 2cm. Two of the sides offer all the connectivity and the ports. The remote is fairly basic and representative of this kind of product.
The setup for this is pretty much like any Android TV or similar product. Once you boot up, you connect to internet using WiFi or LAN, and then proceed by adding your Google account details. From there on, the world is your oyster, as you have a whole range of apps to to install on your device.
Apps and connectivity
It must be mentioned that the apps you get on this will not be the same range as your phone or tablet, but pretty much anything that isn’t available here can be compensated by streaming directly on to the device with its casting capabilities.
This will change as more and more apps will appear, and such is the joy with a system such as Android.
Overall performance and usage
The best kind of a device is one that doesn’t let you write much about it. The Strong LEAP-S1 is such a device. It pretty much works straight out of the box, and carries on doing so once connected. It is fast, it is smooth, and as long as the Internet work and your source/app is working fine, you are all good.
The Dolby ATMOS is a good tough, and particularly fun if you have the right speaker setup.
4K is a cherry on top, but it does obviously need the content as well as the hardware.
Overall, if you need to add smarts to your TV, this is a very good option.
More information on the Strong LEAP-S1 can be found via the Strong website.
It retails around £80, but is currently on offer on Amazon.