Priced at just under £39.99 this is quite a bargain even in these days of plummeting TV Box prices for a high spec box like this. Similarly specced boxes are going for around £70 at the time of writing.
Inside the box along with the unit itself was a UK power adaptor, medium sized remote control, HDMI cable, and a User Guide. The User Guide is better printed than most and easy to read but is very basic and tells you how to connect the device up and that is about it. It does tell you how to upgrade the firmware but I yet to see a single Android TV box that has actually had a firmware update! I enclose a scanned copy of it on the end of my unboxing video, switch to full screen and pause as needed to read it.
This TV Box is essentially an Android phone without the mobile phone capabilities and optimised for use as a media player. The core of this and similar devices is the remarkable Kodi media playing application. This device comes with the current version 16.1..
This is a well made and well equipped box with a full range of ports. It has two USB ports, TF card slot, AV, SPDIF, Ethernet, HDMI, Power. There are a load of high end features to be found such as an Amlogic S905X Quad Core chipset, Android 6 , 4K support, 2 GB RAM, 16Gb storage, dual band 802.11 AC Wifi. Unlike some other high end boxes it has both Gigabit LAN and dual band wifi. I can think of no hardware feature that it lacks except that of Gigabit LAN, a real pity as Ethernet is the fastest and most stable way of streaming video.
Setting the device up was pretty easy with all the essential apps pre installed. The only real task is to connect to your home network and it has both wifi and Ethernet options available. If you are familiar with Android then this is very simple, non Android users may find this more difficult. Once on the network you should then login to your Google account, that way apps can be easily installed from the Google Play store, Gmail and YouTube will be auto configured at the same time.
Thanks to the USB ports third party memory sticks, keyboards and mice can be used to make navigating the User Interface faster and easier, although the built in pop-up keyboard and full sized remote control with dedicated keys will suffice for most users. Many TV boxes in this price range now come with a separate remote keypad but that is not included here. It does have Bluetooth 4 and so suitably equipped keyboards and mice can be connected wirelessly and without occupying a USB port.
There are a variety of applications pre installed, some useful and some not, but you may find that everything want can be done from within Kodi. Kodi is an immensely powerful and, for novices, worryingly complicated media portal, with a host of plug-ins and remote repositories available. A look on Youtube will find a host of guides to getting the best from KODI.
This unit comes with comes with a generous 2GB RAM and has 16GB storage, double the norm for these units. It supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wifi and is only the second TV Box I have tried that supports the latest 802.11 AC speeds but for superior results it is always best to go for an Ethernet cable connection .I must also say that in use I have found very little difference between any TV boxes once KODI is installed and running. This one works nicely and is slick and speedy between aps and streams KODI exceptionally well.
This Is one of the best specified Android TV Box I have used and all almost the boxes are ticked. The only drawback is the very basic User Guide and lack of Gigabit LAN. . How much of a difference in performance there is from lesser boxes is more subjective, it is very fast and snappy in use but most TV boxes are fine once KODI is running.
Good build quality
Dual band wifi
SD card slot
Poor User Guide
Can be complicated to configure for non Android users
Kodi can be challenging for new users
No handset batteries supplied
No remote keyboard