The interface itself is great, but there are multiple different layouts you can choose to use thanks to AC Ryan using Google's mobile OS, Android. Android 4.4 KitKat out of them all, so we're not using some ancient version of Android, either.
On top of that, the actual hardware specifications are quite beefy with a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, so there was no point throughout my entire time with the Veolo 4K media player that it slowed down. If you want to see the interface on video, check it out below.
As for the interface, AC Ryan details it in a short video that we've embedded above. But, that's not enough so we've snapped our own photos to give you a look at the user interface, and the media player software itself that plays your content back.
Starting off with the main display, this is what you'll be greeted with when you turn on the Veolo 4K media player. You can disable the Movie Jukebox screen, which will remove the entire box you see in the top half of the photo above.
Underneath, we have Android 4.4 KitKat. We're connected to our 5GHz Wi-Fi network to playback our content, with our 4K content being played from an external HDD. For most of our playback, the 5GHz Wi-Fi network was more than competent.
Here we have the AC Ryan Veolo 4K media player and its Android version: Android 4.4.2 to be exact, with AC Ryan's stock v1.0 firmware for the Veolo 4K.
If the Veolo 4K media player begins to slow down or act up at any stage, you can go back to the Home menu and then select the 'X' in the app drawer at the bottom. This will kill the processes running in the background and free up as much of that 2GB of RAM that it can.
Here we have the app drawer itself, with all of the apps that were installed onto the Veolo 4K media player by default. We have the usual Android applications like the Browser, Clock, Gallery, and YouTube. Then we have some media playback apps like MX Player and the full XMBC-like app SPMC, which I used for most of our testing.
The stock File Explorer isn't flashy, and this is something I actually didn't like. For a 4K media player, the UI is really bad here. It's far too big and bulky, I would've preferred to have had this shrunken down, or have the option to tweak the UI and text elements.
The SPMC application is really nice, where we tested out our TV episodes and movies using the great-looking app.
Another couple of photos of the SBMC application on the Veolo 4K media player.
Back to the File Explorer, where pressing the button on the remote with the three squares will bring up Options. This can be performed on specific folders, where you can copy/delete/move/paste/rename or share the files or folders selected.
And finally, we have the home screen with the Movie Jukebox removed. This is your standard home screen, just like it is on any Android-powered smartphone or tablet. It can be fully tweaked to your liking, adding in app shortcuts like we have for MX Player and SPMC.
Setting up the AC Ryan Veolo 4K media player was simple: plug in the micro HDMI to HDMI cable up to my Seiki Digital 39-inch 4K TV, plug the power in and turn it on. Once it's turned on you can enter the password to your Wi-Fi network, or alternatively, if you're running over an Ethernet cable, it will already have assigned itself an IP address and be connected to your network.
From there, you just begin using it.
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