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
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
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
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.
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
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+
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
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.
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
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!