TV boxes have gained immense market value since the launch of applications that have original TV series or movies. From YouTube to amazon videos and Google home, everything has become functional with android TV boxes in the market. Not only are they existing but improving also. An android TV box works as a small media center that provides you will all the applications, features, and entertainment that comes with it. Along with this, you get to browse the web and stream internet videos right on your TV.
As mentioned earlier, there are a few companies who have been developing these android TV box / boxes and improvements have been witnessed every year. The huge number of audience that uses these TV box / boxes have a variety of options to pick from. With so many manufacturers, it becomes a confusion for the customers to pick the best TV box for them. This review will list down the best android TV box / boxes present in the market and talk about the advantages and disadvantages that come with them. Their comparison shall help you in finding the TV box that you desire for.
In a lot of ways, android tv box / boxes find a resemblance to the smartphones. It works on a UI that has big icons to highlight everything that the box enables your tv to run. Starting from the google play store which will also be the least used application as the real part is further ahead.
The apps are optimized for television usage. The list is highly modified and works to make the features available on your TVs in the most presentable way. Not only are they supposed to be made visually better but the compatibility is also involved in this app optimization. A direct implication of this means that apps by small developers are almost impossible to find on the TV.
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video, youtube, HBO, BBC iplayer, NBC, MLB.TV and many more. The main media consumption apps that almost everyone in the world are keen to use on better screens and not just their smartphone or PC screens are available with all the TV boxes that we are going to list down.
Just like powerful options for PC, you can use VPN tricks (preferably VPN Express) to get access to geo-restricted content.
16MECOOL KM9 PRO TV Box:
MECOOL is very proud of its TV box which is certified by Google. This has a lot of perks that customers are aware of. It allows you to use google home and google mini with ease and without external supports (specifically). Even your home appliances that are compatible would be controlled with this feature making your life feel much advanced. Along with all the google services that include youtube and other media apps, the assistant features make MECOOL a highly recommended TV box.
The KM9 Pro looks beastly with the specifications on paper. Working on android 9.0 and USB 3 ports for connectivity, the box supports dual wifi band for uninterrupted media usage. The transmission is rated at 640 MB/s. It does have Ethernet port. The 2.4G and 5G wifi bands work perfectly well. Coming to the core internal specs, the MECOOL KM9 has 4 GB RAM to support 32 GB ROM that is quad-core DDR4. This space and numbers make even bigger games run seamlessly on your screen, making the gaming experience a treat on TV.
As far as quality is concerned, even 4k videos can be viewed with KM9 but the TV does decide resolution and frames quality of the content. However, one thing to pay attention to is the voice control remote which has a reasonably good range of 50 feet. Navigating on television becomes much easier with this remote.
15NinkBox N1 Max TV Box:
NinkBox emerged as a special manufacturer for TV boxes. They have done pretty well with the N1 which has helped them gain enough attention from users. To begin with, it is also rocking android 9.0 on cortex A-53 64-bit processor. With these specifications, it ensures seamless working and gives your television great stability to work with apps and games. With plenty of space to play games and have media run smoothly at the same time, it also supports TF card reader. This enables the user to expand their space.
This is one thing that makes gamers more inclined towards NinkBox. The resolution quality also makes a huge difference for users. People who like to binge a lot or are gamers at a decent level would try to find the best ROI on the screen resolution. The NinkBox N1 nails check that box. On the other hand, internet band options are not as smooth as KM9. It is not bad but then the speed is comparatively slower. On regular usage, the customer could find a delay in connection which can be an issue sometimes.
All customers are suggested to remember that the Nink N1 has 12 months of warranty, something that many devices miss. The customer support is rated well on their website which gives users the confidence to deal with any issue that concerns with it.
14Media Player RK3318
Just like most of the TV boxes on this list, RK3318 also works on android 9.0 which is the latest version for the category. However, because of the UI and latest improvements, it emerges at the top of our list in terms of software compatibilities. The 9.0 OS is supported by extended flash storage works extremely well for the heavy-duty works assigned to the beastly specs of RK3318. The 4 GB + 64 GB combination because of the extended storage works twice as good. It supports both 4k and 2k resolution media that too at 60 fps. It has the very necessary USB 3 port. Even after the dashing numbers on paper, the manufacturers were able to keep the price modest, so if you are looking for an android TV box and have a budget for it then RK3318 is the choice for you.
The highlights would comprise of high-machine configuration which enables it to perform incredibly well. Because of its interface and software capabilities, this TV box has gained a high preference on this list. It is seamless throughout and can be expected to work at the same level for a very long time.
In many use-cases, we could see that Media Player RK3318 was used by professionals for display and large scale services. Because of high image processing capacity, almost zero frames are dropping the issue. With 24×7 service availability, it is highly recommended.
13EASYTONE T95Z Plus
The EasyTone T95Z runs on android 7.1 which was supposedly the latest version of OS then. The current variant will come with an update out of the box. The userspace again might not feel as modern as a few others, but the EASYTONE set new trends for TV box market. The chipset in this is a 64-bit ARM Cortex A-53 which can boost up to 2 GHz of frequency. It has a 3GB +32 ROM variant which is very humble. All the latest boxes shall weigh more than T95Z in terms of specification but it still isn’t at one extreme of the list.
As far as specifications are concerned, a 3 GB + 32 GB combination doesn’t promise great performance. It anyways hasn’t had issues while playing games of its order and media entertainment even at high scale. It is very comfortable to use with Windows or Linux as far as software compatibility is concerned. The lack of flash storage is compensated by the 64-bit cortex A-53 processor.
Along with the box, you also get a mini remote and keyboard as input device additions. This complete package works extremely well but gamers can still look beyond the EASYTONE.
12EVANPO T95 max
Another smart TV box by Evanpo has turned many heads. It is working on the latest version of android that is 9.0 and has been rated as a seamless performer by customers. It is much appreciated for supporting multiple UI. It runs smoothly and it is very easy to navigate between apps.
As it was reached not too long ago, the T95 has latest specs with updated base. It comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM and is heavily used for gaming. As an Android TV box, it is hard to exhaust this flash-storage even on heavy gaming. You can experience its speed right from the first booting. It doesn’t take more than a few moments to get into action and also works perfectly well in extraordinary signal conditions. The amount of storage T95 has allows you to have multiple games at the same time with all-day media capabilities.
With more content comes the hunger for better quality. EVANPO introduced the T95 model with 6k and 3D support which kills the race for resolution. If you are someone who prioritizes resolution and frame quality over anything else then this is the right option for you. Very few TV set-up boxes have 6k video support, while a lot of them might be having 4k. The 6k ultimate resolution feels very premium and because of very less difference in price, it is completely worth it. The audio quality also helps you in getting theatrical experience, what else would one need in terms of entertainment?
Another recent launch in the market that has been giving a tough competition to EVANPO T95 is TX6 by Greatlizard. It comes from a lesser-known manufacturer but the updated specs and customer response from some locations have helped it get a spot on this list. Even the TX6 runs on android 9.0 and is supported by a very different looking UI. With not so heavy graphics in its standard form, the TX6 is pleasant to use and works on customer satisfaction in terms of looks and design.
As a more recent set-up box that has heavy competition, the TX6 also has 4GB RAM and 64 GB ROM which clearly defines the best level of flash storage in any android TV box for the price. This is EMMC flash storage which has certain technical support and flexibilities. All of this encourages gamers to take it up and test it heavily. It has worked without any observable issues even with graphically intense content. With this fluent performance reviews, let us quickly run through other important specifications.
It has dual-wifi support. Both 2.4G and 5G bands work well and have almost uninterrupted connectivity throughout the life-time of this box. The dual wifi support is underrated because many do have it and the benefits are usually overlooked. But once you use a set-up box with no dual-wifi support you shall understand the major issues that are otherwise not seen with it. To keep up the good work, there is 12 months warranty on the product and 24 hours customer care service (terms and conditions applied)
10Q Plus Android 9.0 TV Box
You are looking at a beastly android set-up box that is great on paper as well as is an extremely good performer. It is among the top 1% of the boxes that we tried to sort out for this list and has a premium specification in almost all factors. Again, this box is running on android 9.0 and users of all standards can have seamless usage even on all-day-long usage. The media entertainment and gaming on this box are of first-class quality and yes there is almost zero buffer during your usage given that the input is just as strong.
It has ah6 quad-core cortex A-53 processor and is primarily an HD media player. The lag-free performance increases usability while complementing the best processor in the market. In addition to this, it comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM which is in-line with the best flash storages in the market. With this in the house, you can expect yourself watching Netflix or any other media of your choice with the best resolution, playing games of your choice and using 100s of apps that you would otherwise be using on a much smaller screen. This speed eliminates the smoothness issues that most PC lovers talk about. Transition to TVs has become more comfortable with constantly improving the software on android TV box / boxes.
9Mecool TV Box – KM3 Android
As we go ahead with the TV boxes on the list, the competition is on par among these products. Basic specifications are set high and the performance would deciding factor for these android TV box / boxes.
It also comes under the real google certified set-up boxes. This brings back the same perks as the initial ones on the list. You get to access all the google services apps and services without any third-party addition. Google play store shall be the first one on this list. Not having this luxury might feel like missing on applications options but it isn’t the case. You do get the apps needed some or the other way, but having this addition gives you the freedom to download them easily which makes Mecool TV box very efficient.
To keep up with the best of the boxes on the list it does support dual wifi bands with the same number (2.4G and 5G). It does have Bluetooth 4 and USB type 3 just to mention as hardware usability.
There is an absolute disadvantage of this set-up box which scratches many heads is that it has OS restrictions. It supports only the apps that were made for television compatibility. You will have a tough time to get apps were previously made for the phone but are optimized for TV now. To be more specific, it is a little harder to work with apps but then it isn’t an unbearable condition. It has almost all the video entertainment apps ready and the shortage will affect you only if you want to shift your entire PC work on TV.
8Beelink GT King
The Beelink TV box that was launched not very long ago has some promising specifications that would make it sound stronger than almost any other mention until now.
The model is numbered as S922X and is filled with beastly specs. This makes it one of the best pick for gamers and heavy-duty users. To make it more specific, it has a hexa-core ARM cortex-A73 and dual-core cortex A-53 processor that make it a highly reliable machine. This set-up box is a powerhouse which increases its functionality without compromising on the speed. It works on android 9.0 which is again the latest OS to work on any TV box. This is supported by 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM which ensures minimum lag and zero frame drops. This gives proper support to the graphics hungry games and applications. The UI is fairly heavy but can work with ease because of its high-end specifications.
For a more outreached look of Beelink, users should know that the quality of playback is 4k at 60 fps. It has 2.4G and 5G support in terms of wifi connectivity backed by an amazing 1000 Mbps transfer speed. Apart from all of this, you get a great range of remote and lovely overall performance.
7S922X TV Box – BEELINK
This is yet another set-up box by beelink. A clear-cut high-end box with nothing too fancy but almost everything just about right. The base is built on android 9.0 and the skin is very neat. Just as we mentioned earlier, Beelink has kept it clean inside out. It has compatibility with multiple software. Customers have a variety of options to choose from especially apps in almost every category.
It comes with the latest cortex A-73 processor which helps it work with media applications and games seamlessly. The resolution of S922X is 4k that is handled at 60 fps. There is almost zero lag while handling content even at this resolution because of the processor, which is backed by 4GB RAM and 64 GB ROM. Because it has an integrated GPU, it can be used for professional gaming too. Because of dual wifi connectivity, the working is uninterrupted which works like a big factor. It has two USB 3 ports and an HDMI port which is pretty standard.
It works perfectly well with all internet-specific applications from browsing youtube to skype. With multiple seller options, the box is pretty convenient to find on Amazon and is sold at a good price irrespective of what your budget is.
Beelink has been one company that constantly pushed the standards of android V boxes and made it better for the next generation. GT1 is another premium looking box which not only sets the internals greatly but also looks good in the living room.
The S912 octa-core processor is what runs this amazing set-up box. But because it is android 7.1 you wouldn’t be handling this box at the best of its capabilities. With all of the standard specifications, it is also certified by Google. Once again you will be getting all the googles services and pre-installed applications without any third-party support. It is very efficient and user experience is rightly matched. To keep the good work up, it adds dual wifi support that makes the connectivity uninterrupted. 1000 Mbps LAN speed boosts the entire system up. The set-up is very easy and one shall face no problem in using it.
5Bqeel U1 Pro
Running on Android 9.0 with cortex A-53 processor, the Bqeel took a good dive into set-up boxes. In addition to this, you get Penta-core Mali-450 which is a very good support to never let the performance go down.
It also comes with a combination of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM which has been working pretty well and we don’t expect to see a base-spec hike anytime soon. However, the Bqeel U1 gives expandable options making it possible for the user to take it up to 128 GB. This makes it an ideal option for people who do a lot of media entertainment on TV as well as gamers. With dual wifi and Bluetooth 4, we don’t compromise on anything except for the OS version which is lower than the base set by its competitors. It also highlights the presence of 2 TB memory that makes your android box independent of many supports that might have been needed otherwise.
4Fire TV Cube
The set-up box by amazon itself. A name that many of us were waiting for. A compact and not so expensive option that has almost everything that an Android TV box should have. It is beautifully designed and will add value to the looks of your house. It just makes every competitor jealous. It is among the very few boxes that are hand-free. We finally have a TV box that does everything just by listening to your voice. With billions of commands that it take with the help of AI and machine learning that is used to build it, this is just a great thing to have at home. Voice control compatibility is perfect but you still get the usual options as per your comfort.
It can play with 4k UHD resolution at 60 fps which is not only on par with any other android box but amazon also claims that it works better than a few that might have better numbers than this. It has an epic dynamic range making the complete experience very dynamic which is supported by an equally good audio quality. Even live TV can be watched without any cable connection because of the features and applications that amazon gets with its brand value.
3Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa
One thing that you must know before reading about this content is that it is not shipped in India. It is rated as the most powerful media stick by any brand or product of its grade. It is created with brilliance and has optimized 4k resolution options.
With 4k ultra-HD options you get Dolby vision and HR 10+ to take full advantage of these specifications. Even after being a cheaper device it has more storage than any other media stick that is available in the market. You have 1000s of options to view content on. From your daily entertainment like Amazon video, Netflix or youtube to social media apps you will find everything compatible on this. The best part is that all of this comes with Alexa skills.
This is by far the best voice commanding experience of all the devices that have tried to take a similar position in the market.
2Fire TV Stick streaming media player (2019)
A cheaper stick option which also has voice command is the fire stick from this year. It was built by considering all the previous learnings and it turned out much better. The stick itself is designed perfectly well and feels very premium to anyone. Though a lot of people would think that hardware doesn’t make a lot of difference when we are talking about a product that is to be used with our hand every day, then this shall be a strong factor.
Apart from the additions, price cut-down, and hardware you will find almost everything identical from amazon. Especially amazon prime members shall feel stalk experience using their subscriptions on the box that is designed for this. So if you don’t like cable or satellite options, this is the right option for you.
One of the most complete products that have heavy media inclusions is the ultra device by Roku. It can stream HD, UHD and 4k resolution quality which is mind-blowing. With good power input, it usually doesn’t face any problem with running the applications that it is made for. More than 500,000 option in movies and TV shows you can never get bored of it.
The channel options that are included try to cover all the tastes and especially their target market which is very wide. It is recommended to users that they should start using and setting it up only after proper understanding of manual.
So this was a long list of android set-up boxes that you can pick this year. You will have all of them on amazon wherein you will also find their prizes mostly in dollars because you will have to access it that way. The links to all the products will be added right below them along with the best prices available.