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Sumvision Cyclone Nano Media Center Review

Sumvision Cyclone Nano Media Center Review

The Sumvision Cyclone Nano Smart Android Media Center allows you to play video, listen to music, browse the web or use any of the 450,000+ apps available on the android marketplace. It is not without its faults but with the rich set of features and a low price tag it should be a worthwhile purchase for most homes.

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Anyone familiar with the Android operating system will feel right at home as the Cyclone Nano  uses a reskinned version of Android used on the majority of smartphones. In fact if you delve into the settings you should find the device referred to as a phone in several places.  Full specifications can be found below.

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Connectivity: Wifi and RJ45
RAM: 512MB
Built in Flash Memory: 4GB
Connection Option: HDMI and CVBS
Video Output: 1080p
Video Codec Support: MEPG 1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, Xvid, RMVB, VP6
Device Interface: Air Mouse/Keyboard Remote
Picture Format Support: JPG, BMP, GUF, TIFF, PNG
Subtitle Support: SRT, SUB, IDX, SSA, SMI
Support: Network Supports – Media player adapter, e-mail, internet surfing, gaming social networking, e-book and much more.
Functionality: Media player adapter, e-mail, internet surfing, gaming social networking, e-book and much more.
Video Container: MKV, TS, M2TS, RM/ MVB/ AVI/ MPG, VOB, FLV
CPU: A9 ARM Cortex 800MHz

Whilst the device can output 1080p HD picture quality with ease it is worthwhile noting many apps available on the Android Marketplace are designed to be used on a much smaller mobile screen. For example if you were planning on using the media center as a dedicated player for Netflix or other streaming services you may be disappointed with the current quality.


Setting up the Cyclone Nano couldn’t be easier you simply insert the power cable and the HDMI/RCA cable and you are good to go. However if you have the version of the player that comes with the “Freestyle Air Mouse” you will have to use up one of the USB ports immediately with the wireless receiver for the remote. You can connect wirelessly from the device or connect it to your network via an Ethernet cable depending upon which you prefer. The biggest problem I encountered during setup was that the manual provided was referring to a slightly different version of the product with a power button and a different style remote but a quick call to Sumvision clarified what I had to do.

Ease of Use

There are two main ways of using the Cyclone Nano Media Center. Most people will simply use the standard Android smartphone/tablet interface that lets you navigate apps and widgets on multiple panes. You can however use the “Media Interface” that is reminiscent of Windows Media Centre that offers a more streamlined use of the files and applications you have stored.

The Freesytle Air Mouse has a standard qwerty keyboard with a few dedicated function keys which comes in handy when browsing web-pages. It can also be used like a Wii remote with most applications and is essential when playing games like Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja. You bring up the pointer by holding the central button and move you hand to alter its position. This control method works well most of the time but in order to left and right click you must move your thumb left and right which takes a little getting used to if you need to continuously hold a button down.

Our Verdict

The Sumvision Cyclone Nano Smart Android Media Center works great as a media player and with the addition of hundreds of thousands of Android apps to keep you busy there is always something to keep you entertained. You can normally pick one up for around £80 so it is a great way of browsing the web, casual gaming or getting your social media fix from the comfort of your sofa without slashing out on a expensive smart TV. It is worthwhile bearing in mind that not all of the apps are ready to be used at full 1080p HD quality so fans of on demand TV and movies may want to stick to their favourite games console.

Let us know your thought on this product in the comments below.

About the author

Matthew Stevenson

I have been involved in the printer industry since I was 18 and have been an employee of Refresh Cartridges since early 2009. I am a dedicated family man, gamer, music fan and friend to all. I write the majority of the content here on Igloo and am responsible for its upkeep.


  1. Paul Thomas

    I might have the same problem with set up……just get the yellow logo on the screen, doesn't seem to boot up. Can't find a contact number for Sumvision anywhere, even though I've registered the product on their site.

    Any advice for what you needed to do for set-up or a number I can call Sumvision directly?

    1. Matthew Stevenson

      No worries, if the product is registered you can get hold of Sumvision technical support on 0121 331 8992. Hope this helps.

  2. Tom

    I have the device and it has massive flaws, the network support is absolute rubbish, it is supposed to support samba shares but i challenge somebody to actually get it working and prove it. It keeps refreshing the screen all the time causing my samsung lcd tv to disconnect and reconnect every 10 seconds. The main console app crash all the time and then prompts you to restart it. If you spend more than 10minutes with it, it sucks. i have gone back to my 2 year old wd tv, at least it works, even if it doesnt have all the bells and whistles, angry birds on a tv who cares, just let me watch video from my nas box!!!!

  3. sean gibson

    i have had this for 4 days and its a great bit of equipment. plays netflix iplayer and streams with ease. sometimes u have to change the display settings to get flawless stream but its a doddle to do. i love this and have no probs at all with it. buy it! you wont be dissapointed.

  4. Mark Nichols

    Just got a Nano Slim, Although it does work well as a media player, is dissapointing with the limitations of the version of android. A lot of apps are not available for it, ie BBC Iplayer, ITV Player? seems to be because most sites detect it as a phone not compatible with these services? real shame., device would be so much better with better compatibilty with these services. looked at the android 4 beta , but still does not address these problems.

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  5. jdff

    I've just got the discussion cyclone nano slim.

    overall reasonably happy:

    put an app called twonky on there and I can use the "beam browser" application on my tablet pc to send web video from most tires to my TV!

    Android 4 (ICS) is now available for this, so I updated.

    Note: you loose all your apparently when you do this.

    The update looks great and is really responsive and the updated YouTube app (needs installing ) is rather good , but you do lose a few things:

    – standby option has gone – remote power button fully switches off the device and can't turn it back on .

    – the media browser and all manager apps aren't on there.

    – the play store/market thinks I'm in Hong Kong

    – I think the BBC updated all does too as it won't play video , but the BBC website let's me play them so not a big deal.

    – on screen keyboard now appears when you hit a text entry screen

    – doesn't seem to have an English dictionary installed as it highlights entered words as spelling mistakes.

    Some of the new Android takes a bit of getting used to, but it does look great. Could do with the remote app talked about on their website – Shame they don't give an email address as it seems a bit weird to phone someone up to download some apps.

  6. Bhupathy

    I have updated ICS 4.0 in my sumvision cyclone nano 1. But half of the picture comes in the screen and the other half disapper. I tried set my screen setup still its not working. the second problem I am facing is my remote is not working correctily.

    any one help me to rectify this or please let me know the contact number of the Sumvision.

    Many thanks and regards


  7. Roger

    Got the Nano slim+ but being a bit weak on the technical side of things I have been unable to work out how to stream movies direct from my home PC to the nano. Can anyone help?

  8. Paula

    Hi, ive just purchased a cyclone nano slim plus, plugged it in, can't get the blinking remote to work, I've tried new battery's , hope someone can help, it's a air remote

  9. b graham

    I have just purchased a cyclone nano slim smart android media centre unit
    can anyone in the Stanley co durham area come and show me how to use it will pay £20.00 for 1/2 an hours insruction

    1. Lee

      I could help in from Birtley give me a reply if you still need help

      1. B Graham.

        Hi Lee,
        Have not used my Nano for a while.I only use it for films.
        Never been ablet to watch local football matches such as Newcastle and Sunderland.
        Offer of £20..00 still stands If I can be shown how to use it. B Graham. 01207 231596.

      2. gary

        Lee could u help. me I've reset my nano box.. and I want sports and movies back on could u ring me on 07539571809. thanks mate

      3. natalie

        please can you help us with our nano box, have not got a clue whats wrong with it

  10. mary rodger

    I have just bought the nano slim but cannot get it set up please can someone send me instructions

  11. Brenda Eaton

    As Im new to this kind of thing was wondering how you actually view movies. Can anyone point me in the right direction please. Thank you so much

  12. Sean

    I have had a nano for a while now. To be honest it does my head in. Always crashes and slow even though I have fibre optic. Gonna change to apple t.v!!

  13. GRAHAM

    Hi i have somehow gon back to factory settings oops can anyone help please

  14. GRAHAM

    How do i register the product

  15. Flashing Tools

    Nice post thanks for sharing.

  16. ken raper

    iv lost all my channels can somebody in the darlington area fix it i will pay them ring me please 01325257205

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