Are you looking for a complete media center for your TV in the living room? Here are the best Android TV Box 2018 models to take advantage of multimedia apps.
You want to watch online TV series and movies, but you don’t have a smart TV? And while you’re maybe even streaming games? Then you definitely need a device to make your TV smart. A smart TV is an evolved television that connects to the Internet and allows you to see the contents on the web. Fortunately, it is possible to make old television smart with a modest expense, and three groups of products exist for the purpose:
- TV Box with Android TV: cheapest, but most complete solution
- HDMI Dongle for TV: cheaper and with support for many services
- Android TV Box: the most economical solution, but with limitations.
This post would be dedicated only to Android TV Box, but to allow you to choose consciously we will inform you about all three categories of products.
TV Box with Android TV
A TV Box with Android TV can make you really happy, in fact, it is certified devices equipped with DRM and all the app of the main services.
Android TV is the system optimized version by Google specifically for televisions, has a convenient interface to navigate and dedicated apps. It also has support for Google Cast that allows you to easily receive content from smartphones (such as Chromecast).
The presence of DRM and certification allows you to see Netflix in high resolution, and not to have problems with the official app of the main video services (which are available directly often in a version optimized on the Play Store).
These devices are perfect, even if you want to be a pirate because they support IPTV and Kodi too. Unfortunately, there are a few TV Box Android TV on the market.
HDMI dongle for TV
These are the links between the two families of Android TV Box. With the nobler (Android TV) maintain compatibility with a considerable number of services and with Netflix in HD, with the less noble, they share the economic price. To avoid like the all the imitations of the Chromecast, and the Chinese keys of any brand.
It is basically two very different solutions:
Amazon Fire TV Stick[amazon box=”B00ZV9RDKK” /]
This is the real link between the world of TV Box and Chromecast. Unlike the Google device, Fire TV does not need a smartphone to work and has its own strongly modified Android system (Fire OS). It supports big some legal services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Regarding the pirated streaming goes great with full support for Kodi and IPTV lists.
Chromecast[amazon box=”B07FBY43R5″ /]
An excellent solution to see almost everything has only two real limits always depends on other devices and really goes great only with Android smartphones. It goes very well with the legal services – for example, forcing the transmission of the screen and the sound of the smartphone or PC. Less suitable for pirated streaming as it has difficulty with IPTV and Kodi.
Best Android TV Box 2018
TV Boxes with Android are very interesting and useful products, but they have some limitations:
They don’t support many legal streaming services due to lack of DRMs. They also don’t support Netflix in HD.
However, nothing prevents you from using the services blocked on your smartphone and transmitting the screen and audio with Miracast (although it is clear that this is a compromise solution).
These TV Boxes, on the other hand, go really well with pirated streaming, and they work great both with Kodi and with IPTV lists. On average these solutions are those with the best price-performance ratio, have expandable storage, USB ports, and 4K support. We strongly advise against devices with only 1GB of RAM, and especially those with below to Android 6.0 Marshmallow versions.
Here we have Best Android TV Box 2018 in our opinion, we have ordered them by price so you can switch from cheap TV Box to the best performing. For each of them then, we will give you more information about it.
Leelbox Q2 / Pro[amazon box=”B06XCCTJ9L” /] [amazon box=”B073WTY734″ /]
The best solution for value for money does its duty within the category. Thanks to the processor and especially the 2GB of RAM is really good, also worth mentioning the 16GB of expandable storage and support for dual-band WiFi.
Evanpo T95Z Plus[amazon box=”B071HG3GS2″ /]
This product is also very interesting that one of the few to include a second Bluetooth remote control with keyboard and touchpad. Thanks to the remote control, the user experience drastically improves. In addition, the TV box is well built and has good performance thanks to the octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory.
ABOX A1 Plus[amazon box=”B076KHQKZZ” /]
This is one of the best-selling Android TV Boxes ever. Its hardware does not differ much from the TV Box just seen, but it is still worth mentioning the Amlogic S905X CPU with Mali 450MP3 GPU capable of processing content in 3D and 4K. All coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS.
Xiaomi Mi Box[amazon box=”B075QD7HRW” /]
The Xiaomi Mi Box is a very basic but great device thanks to the presence of Android TV. The Mi Box is available in two versions: more expensive one, it’s the international version, with Western languages and Google apps and less expensive, it’s the Chinese version with translation difficulties and problems with the installation of Google apps.
Among the technical features are a quad-core processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of internal storage (not expandable). We have H.265, 4K, 2K video, H.264, H.265, VP9 Profile-2 and DTS audio support. Excellent WiFi reception thanks to the dual-band chip.
GooBang Doo XB-III[amazon box=”B078N3V97C” /]
Another great device in this segment is the Doo XB-III, an Android 7.1.2 TV Box with an external 3DB antenna to increase WiFi reception and be able to fully enjoy streaming content. “Standard” hardware with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage with 4K and 3D content support.
TX92 Android TV Box[amazon box=”B075NPHX5L” /]
But let’s take a step forward, and if you want a more powerful hardware than previously seen, then this TX92 is the best that is right for you to have more fluidity at the lowest price. This TV Box is powered by Android 7.1 Nougat equipped with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There are also Bluetooth, 4K decoding, dual-band WiFi and much more.
Beelink A1[amazon box=”B077XQBK51″ /]
Beelink is in the sector for a while and makes interesting devices, this A1 is no less offering an excellent quality/price ratio. Compared to other same range devices offers 4GB of RAM that certainly does not do bad. The build quality is average as the reception.
NVIDIA Shield TV[amazon box=”B01N1NT9Y6″ /]
With its powerful processor, Nvidia Shield TV is not only a great TV box but also a real console. The specifications are Tegra X1 processor with 256-core GPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage(expandable), dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, Android 6.0 (upgradable), controller and remote control with voice commands, 4K and HDR support.
Zidoo X9s and X7[amazon box=”B01LYUGXDD” /] [amazon box=”B072XG8CSG” /]
Zidoo is a manufacturer that has always offered the top devices in this range. It takes care of the assembly and the software (with frequent updates). In addition, its products are crossovers between the classic Android TV Box and the NAS (with OpenWRT). Excellent performance and that are looked after in every respect. If you are looking for only a high-quality Android TV Box Zidoo X7 is for you, it is fast, edited and updated (and now also quite cheap).
Most sold Android TV Box at the Moment
We list the top 10 ranking of the most sold Android TV Box of the moment. The ranking is updated every day automatically.[amazon bestseller=”android tv box” items=”10″]