In this video, I check out the KyeBriq Briq2-Pro Android 10 AI Box. You can buy this AI Box for $253 from KyeBriq directly here → https://bit.ly/briq2pro and use coupon code 'carplaylife' at checkout for $10-OFF your order.
If you wish to use this AI Box for wireless CarPlay or Android Auto, the pre-installed Zlink app allows you to connect your mobile wirelessly to the AI Box. This it the first time I’ve seen the newer 5.2.43 version come pre-installed. This version brings a few nice additions including a way to improve the sharpness of the wireless stream in high definition and float a Zlink option button over other applications for fast switching, whilst background connection and driver position toggles round up the app’s more standard settings.
Connection to wireless CarPlay took around 15 seconds, whilst Android Auto took a little faster at about 10 seconds to connect, after the initial Bluetooth pairing. So for a bigger picture, add these times to both the initial bootup of the system and the dongle startup time and you’ll end up with around 80 seconds from a cold boot into Wireless CarPlay and about 77 seconds into Wireless Android Auto.
Once in either platform, the experience is much the same as you would expect with any wireless adapter, however, I did notice some streaming artefacts occur with fast map movement in wireless CarPlay at times, and on my Coral Vision display the Android Auto interface was very small and practically not that useable due to the size of the icons and their hit zones when pressing them. But with that said, everything functioned as intended on both platforms, with the usual wireless audio delay traits and experiences.
Overall, my time with the Briq2-Pro has been good, but when considering the faster alternatives out there, it isn’t the best. It does tick many boxes as the most current and popular AI Boxes do, with its average level of technology inside its sleek looking case, just don’t expect a zippy experience overall. KyeBriq has done a great level of optimisation on the Android 10 platform, which makes this AI Box good enough for video streaming and low-level tasks. It’s let down by its no frills, floating button user interface, which can frustrate at times compared to a fixed side menu. I did lose audio at times in the media player and in games, and I also found times where it struggled to display my high bitrate local video files, so this just shows if you push this AI Box too hard with certain performing apps it will bite back at you and it may leave you wanting something that performs a little better.