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Zoomtak UPro Review

Knocking off the previous model’s top position and also the previous Stream The Editor’s Choice the Zoomtak Vplus, the first on the list and the best Kodi box 2017 is the fully-loaded Zoomtak U-Pro Amlogic S912 box. This Kodi box surpasses all ...

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H96 Pro+

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X96

X96: Design The X96 Amlogic S905X is an android TV box that is packed with amazing features for the ultimate home entertainment experience. The design incorporates a black box with the device’s name embedded on it. It comes in a package that ...

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T95Z Plus

T95Z Plus: Design The T95Z Plus kodi box is one of the most popular fully loaded Kodi boxes available in the market today. It’s sleek and slim form factor with multicolor LED illumination and honeycomb aesthetic makes this Kodi box one of the more ...

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TX5 Pro

TX5 Pro: Design The Memobox TX5 Pro Android 6.0 is another device that has risen to the top to become one of the best Kodi boxes in 2017. The design of this device is simple, with not many jazzed up adornments. The device is compact in size and ...

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MX Pro

MX Pro: Design Another low-cost Android TV box is the MX Pro which streams video content in a much better way, compared to other expensive Kodi boxes available in the market. You can say goodbye to your cable connection and up your home ...

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MINIX NEO U9-H

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Xiaomi Mi Box 3

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Kodi Box

Buyer's Guide and Advice

Zoomtak Upro Review

Kodi Box: Overview

A Kodi box, as an entertainment system, provide access to almost everything- television series, podcasts, movies, music and other digital content from online sources. The best thing about Kodi boxes is that they are compatible with a wide range of devices, such as personal computers, smartphones, iPads, tablets, and television sets. Kodi boxes have become a prominent feature in the home entertainment domain, bringing a huge transformation in the way people watch television today.

But the range of Kodi boxes available in the marketplace can be overwhelming; almost all of them have similar functionalities and specifications. However, don’t let the confusingly wide range of Kodi boxes fog your thoughts. We’ve put together a comprehensive buyer’s guide to assist you in your search for the best kodi box available on Aliexpress and Amazon today.

Kodi Box

What is a Kodi box?

An Kodi box is a term used for any standalone device running the Google Android operating system (O.S.). The device is usually powered by the same kind of CPU chips as most flagship smartphones.  They have the ability to browse the internet, install and run apps from the Google Play app store, as well as run 3rd party add-ons when running Kodi software, which usually comes pre-installed.

What are the advantages over cable television?

The obvious advantage over cable television is that it allows you to stream available content without a subscription. All you need is an internet connection.  Programming from all parts of the global are available both legally and illegally. We do not recommend using any device to stream or view copyrighted material.

Are Kodi boxes legal?

A bare bones Kodi box is no more illegal than your smartphone since they are pretty much identical from a hardware standpoint.  The only thing an Kodi box is missing is a built in display screen.  The Kodi media player software which usually comes pre-installed is also completely legal.  It is the 3rd party add-ons that fall into the grey area.  Some of these add-ons allow users to stream copyrighted material against the publishers wishes and is usually punishable by law.  We recommend avoiding these types of add-ons.

What should I look for in a Kodi box?

When choosing a Kodi box you want to look for a current generation processor that can run the latest version of Android 6.0.  New versions of the Kodi software (Krypton 17.0) require a minimum hardware and software requirement and do not run on older Android 5.0 O.S.  Faster processor means less video lag and faster load times.  You also want at least 2GB of ram.  In terms of ram, you can never have too much, especially when it comes to processing video.  Bluetooth audio is usually standard as well as HDMI video output. Devices are becoming smaller and smaller so look for a small form factor which will be small and light enough that you can mount to the back of your TV with double sided foam mounting tape.  In terms of software look for one pre-loaded with Kodi ver  17.0 or higher.  You can always install Kodi yourself from your google play account but this saves you a step.

What should I avoid in a Kodi box?

Make sure it DOES NOT come pre-installed with any 3rd party apps.  These apps are what make these boxes illegal.

 

Ultimate guide to buying a cheap Android TV box

In this guide I’m going to go over everything you need in order to pick the best cheap Android TV box. So, if you’re strapped for cash, but you still want to get a great streaming device, keep reading!

I love looking at big houses and fancy cars. It’s great to dream, but at the end of the day, I’m going to get in my Mazda and go home to my little house.

It’s the same thing when you’re shopping for a streaming device. You may want to get that $300 NVIDIA Shield that’s on my list of Best Android TV Boxes, but it might not be in your budget. But how do you buy a cheap Android TV box and still be happy?

This guide will take you through what you’re going to be giving up when you look at a cheap Android TV box, as well as a couple of things I absolutely will not skimp on – no matter how cheap the device is. Finally, I’ll give five recommendations for Android TV boxes that are low on cost, but high on features. Most of them are around the $50 range, but all are under $100.

If you’re ready, let’s dive in!

Understand what you’re giving up

If you’re looking at a cheap Android TV box, you need to understand what you’re giving up. It makes sense that higher priced streaming devices will usually (but not always) have better features. What I’ve found is that most of the cheaper TV boxes will often skimp on some of the things that don’t show up in the specs.

For example, here’s what you might be giving up by going with a cheap Android TV box:

  • Performance Components: You wouldn’t expect a Honda to have the same engine as a Ferrari. In order to bring the costs down, manufacturers often have to skimp on some of the components. Don’t expect to get a high performance TV box at bargain basement prices.
  • Regular firmware updates: Streaming devices get better over time – if the manufacturer updates them at all. Without regular firmware updates, the TV box that looked like a great deal when you bought it can quickly become outdated.
  • OTA upgrades: If the manufacturer doesn’t offer OTA (Over The Air) firmware upgrades, you may have to use the “toothpick method” and manually update the device. Manual updates are much more complicated and most people just skip them entierly.
  • Forum support: If I’m having a problem with my device, the first place I’ll usually go for answers is to the manufacturer’s forum. It’s rare for the cheaper streaming devices to have a good community support network.
  • Support after the sale: It takes money to run a customer service department. If they aren’t making it on the price of the TV box, this is usually the first thing to go.

Five things I won’t skimp on

Now that you’ve got a better idea of what to expect with a cheap Android TV box, let’s go shopping!

Geekbuying and Gearbest are two of the most reputable places to buy an TV box. If you want the latest stuff, as soon as it hits the market, they’re the first place to go. Usually, I will buy most of my devices through Amazon.com, but that’s because I’m an Amazon Prime member and I get free 2-day shipping. What can I say? I’m impatient when I shop for my tech. Note: You can see a full write-up of my shopping experience in my GearBest Review.

That being said, a quick look at Geekbuying and Gearbest list over 500 TV boxes! Ouch.

Now, that counts the same box with slightly different specs listed multiple times, but still…that’s a lot of possibilities.

Let’s try to narrow down that list a little?

There are some things that I simply won’t skimp on – no matter how cheap the TV box is.

  1. It MUST have Android 5 or Android 6: Unless you’re stuck in 2015, there’s absolutely no reason that you should be buying a TV box that still runs Android 4.4. In fact, Kodi 17 will require Android 5.0 or higher to run.
  2. No Generic TV boxes: Seriously. If the company can’t put it’s own name on their product, how much do you think they’ll support it after you hand them your money?
  3. Don’t bother looking at eBay or Craigslist: I’ve talked about this before in detail, so let me just say this. If you buy a box from some guy on Craigslist, you’re throwing your money away. Give it to me instead please.
  4. If it says “Allwinner” or “RockChip” just skip it: It’s been very, very well documented that Allwinner has been copying its development code from other companies without getting the proper licensing, which is a no-no in the open-source community. Similarly, RockChip has absolutely no developer support from within Team Kodi. Personally, I wouldn’t want to buy a device that isn’t 100% compatible with the most popular app I’m going to run on it.
  5. It MUST have a custom launcher: If your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, etc. is going to be using the TV box, you’re going to hear a lot of complaining if it’s not easy to use. I don’t want to hear them complain, do you?

The Verdict

Buying a cheap Android TV box doesn’t mean you have to settle, but it does mean that you need to look closely at the device you’re buying. There are hundreds of different options out there, but as long as you know what you’re getting, what to stay away from, and what you’re giving up, then you should still be able to have a great TV box that will save you some money. It doesn’t hurt to pick something on this list, either.

What do you think? Do you have a cheap Android TV box that should be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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