Are you looking for a complete media center for your TV in the living room? Here are the best Android TV Box models to take advantage of multimedia apps.
You do not have a Smart TV, but now you want to watch TV series and streaming movies? 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 easily make smart any old TVs with a modest expense, three groups of products exist for the purpose:
- TV Box with Android TV (the cheapest, but fully loaded android tv box);
- HDMI Dongle for TV (average economic solution with support for many services);
- Android TV Box (the most economical solution, but with many 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. There would be a further category, that of the PC with Windows, which is based on Microsoft’s system have no problems with any service (at least through the browser) to learn more, please see the dedicated post below.
Fully Loaded Android TV Box: Complete Solution
A smart TV Box with Android TV can make you really happy, it is in fact certified devices equipped with DRM and all the app of the main services.
Android TV is the version of the system optimized 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. Unfortunately, there are a few Android TV Box on the market, we have the following.
Best Android TV Box to Buy
Here below instead our selection, that is the best Android TV Box on the market and which should buy.
Xiaomi Mi Box 3s[amazon box=”B075QD7HRW” /]
The Xiaomi Mi Box 3s is a very basic but great device thanks to the presence of Android TV.
The Mi Box 3 is available in two versions:
Mi Box 3s: More expensive, it’s the international version (with Western languages and Google apps);
Mi Box 3c: Less expensive, it’s the Chinese version (with translation difficulties, and problems with the installation of Google apps).
Among the technical features are an Amlogic S905x quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz processor, Mali-450 GPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of internal storage (not expandable). Among the supported media, we have H.265, tv box 4K, H.264, H.265, VP9 Profile-2 and DTS audio. Excellent WiFi reception thanks to the dual-band chip.
NVIDIA Shield TV[amazon box=”B075RXV2VR” /] [amazon box=”B01NAQ00Z0″ /]
With its powerful processor, Nvidia Shield TV is not only a great TV box but also a real console. Here are its hardware specifications in brief: 64-bit quad-core Tegra X1 processor with 256-core GPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable), dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, Android 6.0 (upgradable), controlled with voice commands, remote control with voice commands, support for 4K and HDR.
Cheap Android TV Box
TV Boxes with Android are very interesting and useful products, but they have some limitations:
- They do not support most of the legal streaming services due to lack of DRMs;
- They do not support Netflix in HD (we have dedicated a deepening to the question).
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 are really good with pirated streaming, and they work great with both Kodi tv box and with IPTV lists. On average these solutions are for those with the best price-performance ratio, have expandable memory, USB ports and, 4K support. We strongly advise against devices with only 1GB of RAM, and especially those with Android 6.0 Marshmallow versions.
Let’s see the Best Android Box in the Category
Leelbox Q2 PRO[amazon box=”B07B2H9B2D” /]
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 memory and support for dual band WiFi.
Bqeel M9C Max[amazon box=”B0711CRD18″ /]
Among the very interesting product 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 internet tv box is well built and has good performance thanks to the quad core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Zidoo X9s and X7[amazon box=”B01LYUGXDD” /] [amazon box=”B072XG8CSG” /]
Zidoo is a manufacturer that has always offered the top in this range of devices. 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). The excellent performance of the product that is 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, cared and updated (and now quite cheap).
Docooler MX9 Pro[amazon box=”B071718BF9″ /]
A good TV box from Docooler with Android 7.1 OS, RK3328 Quad-Core 64bit CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via SD), dual-band WiFi, external antenna for better WiFi reception, Bluetooth, AV output, Netflix, YouTube, 4K support, convenient alphanumeric remote control supplied and best tv box for Kodi with pre-installed.
Beelink A1[amazon box=”B0761MP4S7″ /]
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 devices of the same range offers 4GB of RAM that certainly do not do badly. The build quality is average as the reception.
HDMI dongle for TV
These are the links between the two families of Android TV Box. With the more noble (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 all the imitations of the Chromecast, and the keys of Chinese 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 box does not need a smartphone to work and has its own strongly modified Android system (Fire OS). It supports some big legal services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, for others like Premium Play can be remedied with a trick. Regarding the pirated streaming goes great with full support for Kodi and IPTV lists.
We advise you to make the purchase with an Amazon Prime account so save more bucks.
Google Chromecast[amazon box=”B078BCQNLS” /]
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 that in one way or another (for example forcing the transmission of the screen and the sound of the smartphone or PC) go practically all. Less suitable is for pirated streaming as it has difficulty with IPTV and with Kodi.
Best-selling Android TV Box
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