Recommended TV Boxes

Which Android TV Box Should I Buy?

A lot of people keep asking me what TV Box should they buy. Well the answer to that question is not that easy because everyone has different needs and also different price range. So let’s try to put an order into this question. This list is always updated when new, worth mentioning devices become available so make sure you visit it again in the future!

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick (Firestick) – NEW Version

US:http://amzn.to/2dNefXm UK:http://amzn.to/1UlJIzd

This is without doubt the most cheap device and also the slowest (dual-core cpu at 1Ghz). When comes to KODI it performs pretty decently but if you want to install the latest build, just forget about it. It comes with an excellent remote control, the closed ecosystem from Amazon which you can easily by-pass (even though it is a pain in the ass!) but no keyboard so you may have to purchase one. Decent but nothing special, just the essential. My opinion, invest 10$ more and get something better!

  • Amazon Fire TV

US:http://amzn.to/249QivX UK:http://amzn.to/1UlJR5P

The next solution from Amazon. Overall is a decent box with excellent build quality. Specs-wise we find a Quadcore CPU (a dual-core at 2.0Ghz & another dual-core CPU at 1.6Ghz), a PowerVR GX6250 GPU, 2Gb of RAM and Dual BAnd Wifi. The only downside is the 4K supported is “just” at 30 fps when the S905X and S912 CPU from Amlogic can deliver easily 4K at 60 fps (fps= frames per second). If you need this device for Amazon Prime content you will be very satisfied. But when it comes to KODI you may look elsewhere at this price and specs. Excellent remote control with voice control (Alexa).

  • Beelink Mini MXIII 2

US:http://amzn.to/28jPPJO UK:http://amzn.to/2dQmNPS INT:GearBest.com/MiniMXIII

One of the smallest yet very performing boxes! Powered by Android 6 Marshmallow comes with 2gb of RAM, an Amlogic S905X 64bit cpu, a Mali 450 Pentacore gpu and with an HDMI 2.0 output so you can enjoy 4K Movies at 60FPS! Overall an excellent device, my only two downsides: the cheap in hand feeling of the remote control which works great though and some heat when stressed that didn’t not cause though any problems! For my review on the older version (MXIII 1) Beelink MiniMXIII 1 click here.

  • Beelink GT1

US:http://amzn.to/2dNc6uP UK:http://amzn.to/2dNJmRq  INT:Gearbest.com/GT1

One of the best sellers of the second half of year 2016, is powered by the Amlogic S912 Octacore 64bit CPU and the Mali T820-MP3 GPU, with 2Gb of RAM and 16Gb internal memory, offers some of the best specs an Android TV can offer at a very low price. Of course after the great popularity this device got the prices have risen but you still can get it for an honest price (Amazon, Gearbest). The Gt1 is perfect for KODI and other media player but also for Android gaming since it is very powerful and comes with Android 6 Marshmallow! Comes in two different versions: 16GB and 32GB referring to the amount of internal storage.

  • XIAOMI MI TV

INT:Gearbest.com/XiaomiTV CAN:http://amzn.to/2rLRo2Z

Fantastic Android TV despite the average specs has a brilliant performance and does exactly what it promises and more! Supports 4K HDR @ 60 FPS and has great audio quality as well. If you are looking for an Android TV device and spending for an NVIDIA Shield is simply too much, this is the best alternative! Now it also supports voice commands from the remote control and comes with the default Google TV launcher as any Android TV device. Powered by an Amlogic S905X and 2GB of RAM it only has 8GB of local storage but you can always use external hard drive. Great value for money!

  • Alfawise H96 PRO+

INT:Gearbest.com/H96PRO+ US:http://amzn.to/2qfNv4y CAN:http://amzn.to/2qQLWOm

Want the most out of an Android TV Box like 3GB or RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Dual Band WiFi and the fastest CPU & GPU of the moment? This is definitely a device you should check! Comes with a high build quality, all the possible connections you can find on a device and in a very interesting price. Unlike the Mecool BB2 PRO the 3GB of RAM are DDR3 which make it just a little slower in some occasions but the average user won’t even notice it! Runs KODI 17 smoothly but gaming also is fantastic so whichever use you make of it you will surely love it!

  • MECOOL BB2 PRO

US:http://amzn.to/2iCahjC UK:http://amzn.to/2hlLG1t 

CAN:http://amzn.to/2qQXS2u INT:Gearbest.com/BB2PRO

A new entry of the last quarter for 2016, sports the Amlogic S912 Octa-core 64bit CPU, the Mali T820-MP3 GPU, 3Gb of DDR4 RAM (the only one on the market!), 16Gb internal eMMC and Dual Band WiFi b/g/n/ac. If you are into 4K, lots of streaming and multi-tasking this is an amazing device for you! Android 6 by default and all of that at a very low price considering the device. Playback on KODI 17 is flawless and updates OTA are quite frequent as well. Future proofness at low cost. You can read or watch my review on the Mecool BB2 PRO here.

  • YUNDOO Y8

INT:http://Gearbest.com/YundooY8

Call it also Benchmark Monster, this Android 6 TV Box has an incredible performance with top specs! It is the only TV Box that fills the gap towards the NVIDIA Shield, comes with a Six-core Rockchip RK3399 64bit CPU, a Quad-core ARM Mali-T860MP4 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Dual Band WiFi b/g/n/ac, 1 X USB 3.0, 1 X USB Type C, 2 X USB 2.0. With one word: powerhouse! The default launcher is it’s weakest point but that you can easily fix by downloading a different one from the already pre-installed Google Play Store! You can watch my review of the Yundoo Y8 here.

  • NVIDIA Shield -NEW 2017 model

US:http://amzn.to/2saK4OP UK:http://amzn.to/2kjlmLd CAN:http://amzn.to/2rMa9Dv

Without doubt the top of the category! Powered by the best CPU, the Tegra X1, the Shield TV is capable of flawless 4K HDR playback,  has 3gb of RAM, comes with the most powerfull GPU with 256 cores and delivers some exclusive features like PC gaming, voice command, Netflix in 4K HDR, Youtube in 4K, Plex Media Server with hardware transcoding. Even if it uses Android and not a KODI-based OS, the performance in KODI is outstanding! You can install any build you want, the playback is outstanding, it comes with an excellent remote control (the best in the category) and there is a Pro version with 500gb! For gaming is simply the best, comes with a fantastic gamepad for experiencing the best games from Google Play Store and the NVIDIA GeForce Now even the most demanding! For my review on the NVIDIA Shield click here.

Do you have a tv box you feel I missed or had experience with? Please share your thoughts in a comment below. This list will always be updated so feel free to keep visiting whenever you need it!

26 replies
  1. drom
    drom says:

    My ugood ut3s would dick any of them other than the shield. This article is bollocks. Firestick shouldn’t even be mentioned. A shitty mxq box is better!

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    • dimitrology
      dimitrology says:

      The article tries to include everything, also considering value. There’s no doubt that a box is better than the stick. But you can buy a stick on offer for $19 and that makes it an unbeatable product for it’s value if you just want the basic stuff on KODI.

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  2. Chris
    Chris says:

    I have the zidoo x9, I deleted the stock kodi and now run on Jarvis. Everything I through at it works perfectly and I can plug my laptop into the hdmi in port and record off that. Don’t ever see it mentioned so just wondered if anyone else had one

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  3. rob
    rob says:

    I have the nvidia shield and it is by far the best performing box out there, I also have the zidoo x6 and it’s pretty good as well and I also have the mygica1900ac but I have removed the OS and installed aversion of openelec called ember

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  4. Toby
    Toby says:

    Yeah the zidoo X9 looks very good I don’t have it from Spectrum when I write it comes close to the himedia pros 10 butt it has a external hard drive which I don’t like but that’s just personal preference I’d rather have it inside so you don’t see it and it looks more professional but for the most part himedia protein is one of the best boxes that I’ve seen as well as yes the Nvidia Shield is expensive but it’s expensive and most people don’t unless you’re a tech or someone that knows what they’re doing or a gamer you can spend that money but for the same price you can get regular pc I-5 gaming machine that will blow the Nvidia Shield away probably the same price

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  5. Ade
    Ade says:

    Wouldn’t buy any of those cheap ones as they don’t work properly ie auto refresh rate change, HD audio passthrough etc. I have owned a shield, acer revo,minix x8h+, setup a minix u1,firesticks,mx boxes and currently have a gt1 and Beelink minimx3 v1 and the minimx3 flashed with Libreelec is the best out of the lot. The shield is only good for games and the official apps.

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  6. Jaspal Jawanda
    Jaspal Jawanda says:

    What do you think of the X92? Not many reviews. Also which boxes offer the best OS updates, with nougat here, I think support is important for the product’s longevity. Not easy to find this information for different box manufacturers. Also I like the sound of the upcoming beelink gt1 ultimate. Have a choice between the Mecool bb2 pro 3gb, X92 3gb or h96 pro + at the moment.

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  7. blacky
    blacky says:

    my FOMO Streams box sucks!!! freezes, reboots on its own!!! Same as digixstream box did. DO NOT BUY THESE BOXES, just get a box and install dimitrology

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  8. fjuman
    fjuman says:

    Zidoo X9S (also Zidoo X8), Beelink SEA are great boxes. Also been hearing good things about MXIII-GII…supposed to be even better (very slightly) than the GT1 (pricing, wifi and benchmarks).

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  9. John
    John says:

    Hi, Is it also possible to use with all android boxes miracast? Problem mine s7 edge doesnot mirrowing to my samsung smarttv. Therefore looking for streaming from my s7edge to an android box
    Also are there too android boxes with pvr by having in and out hdmi and also miracast for my s7edge?
    Thanks, John

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  10. Stan
    Stan says:

    Dimi i also have the X92 3gb ram 16gb hd version. If you get a chance could you please test and benchmark it against some of the other boxes as I’d like to know how it stands against those. I think it is a great machine runs Kodi and external apps well but without comparing it I really don’t know if it stacks up. Preferably up against the Mecool BB2 Pro as I’m thinking of buying an additional box for another one of my rooms.

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