After a (very) long delay, I’ve finally got around to writing this article, between a few reviews.
To start off, the “winners” are all android boxes. This is (mostly) not because they are essentially better, but because the vast majority of the boxes I review happen to be of the android variety and not of the (more expensive) windows variety.
In the First place, I picked a less known box, that almost obliterated all competition – especially when it comes to Kodi and video performance, as well as network speeds. It’s a company with a lot of experience with TV Boxes, and their product are far from cheap. But at least you know you’re getting what you pay for:
- HiMedia Q5 Pro (Hisilicon 3798c V200)
HIMEDIA Q5 Pro Quad-Core Lollipop TV Box (EU) The Second place goes to the un-changing market leader – Minix. I picked the new comer U1 even though in terms of raw power I would go for the older X8H Plus. The U1 is based on the budget S905 SOC and shows what you can get out of this chipset if you really put your head and considerable experience to making it the best box it can be.
Minix Neo U1 (Amlogic S905)
MINIX NEO U1 TV Box – 4Kx2K Ultra HD, Android 5.1, Amlogic S905 Quad Core CPU, 2GB RAM, KODI, Bluetooth 4.1 The Third place goes to another S905 box, but this one is a bit different. One of the things Kodi enthusiasts keep complaining about is live channels. The reliability of non-paid live streamed channels is notoriously low, so a few manufacturers came up with a nice solution. The solution was to add a digital tuner to the Kodi box, which allows reception of Over the air digital broadcasts. All you need is to add a small antenna (not included) and you’re good to go with crisp HD live channels from your local selection. It works anywhere the standards are supported and you can mix it with your favorite Kodi content to your heart’s delight (this box also supports satellite broadcast but I could not test it):
- Videostrong KII Pro (Amlogic S905) 77 USD KII PRO Hybird STB DVB-T2 DVB-S2 TV BOX Android 5.1.1 S905 2G16G 802.11AC WIFI LAN KODI Bluetooth
These 3 boxes are definitely NOT on the cheap side of the spectrum, but for quality and reliability you need to pay – same as with any good product. That’s what I say to anyone who asks for my advice. You want to spend no more than 50$? don’t ask my recommendation, and don’t expect your device to work well or even moderately properly for too long.
I hope you enjoy this article and take these things to heart. They can help you from double or even triple spending once your cheap crap sticker box dies after fighting to make it limping through however short time it lasts.