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 expectations of our Stream The planet reviewers. Zoomtak U-Pro is an OTT TV box that runs the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system making these TV boxes extremely user-friendly. The Zoomtak S912 U-Pro TV box has an Octa-core A53 processor with ARM Mali- T820MP3 GPU and is compatible with 4K OTT/IP set top boxes and gaming applications.

The premium aluminum casing of the Zoomtak U-Pro ensures that your device doesn’t get overheated and is rare to see on devices at this price point as usually the devices are just made of cheap plastic. It comes with an IR remote with programmable keys with which you can control your TV and device effortlessly. The increased 3GB DDR4 RAM of Zoomtak Amlogic S912 U-Pro TV box runs graphic intensive games seamlessly and the larger 32GB eMMC memory provides sizable on board storage. But probably the most notable new feature of the Zoomtak U-pro is the ability to install your own hard drive. You can now expand the storage size up to 3TB beyond the 32gb ROM, which makes it possible to download and save your favorite TV shows and movies. This is a huge benefit for multiple reasons:

Travel: Allowing you to play files locally on the device makes it ideal for those traveling who may not have access to stable internet, allowing you to bring your entire media library along with you.

Slow Internet: For those who may have unstable or low internet speeds at home, they now have the option to download their media to the hard drive allowing for stutter free playback.

Media Library: For those who have a large library of media, they have the option to copy the media onto the hard drive for local playback. Ideal for all types of files especially 4k files which may be difficult to stream on slower networks.

USB Peripherals: With the installation of third party peripherals like a TV tuner/recording device, it is possible to extend the functionality of the device with features such as DVR, allowing you to record and playback live television.

Zoomtak U-Pro has been designed specifically for Kodi and comes fully loaded with the exclusive user-friendly software Zoomtak is known for. The device provides amazing multimedia performance with all video formats and Kodi add-ons. It provides the most customized and stable version of Kodi and ensures smooth streaming at all times. With the all the best kodi add-ons hand selected and pre-loaded, this device is the easiest to setup with just two clicks. The exclusive automatic update system also ensures that if a Kodi add-on goes down, it is automatically replaced with another on the next update making the experience care-free for the user. Then comes the power. An 8-bit processor, which is common in most streamers, has 256 steps per channel. But the Zoomtak UPro’s 10-bit pushes that to 1024 steps per channel, thus providing better compression efficiency. In terms of network support, Zoomtak Amlogic S912 U-Pro uses RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual Band AC WiFi for smoother 4K streaming and lesser limits. 

Combine all the technical features with Zoomtak’s infamous exclusive Kodi software and its simple to conclude that the Zoomtak UPro is the best Kodi Box 2017.

9.5 Total Score
Best Kodi Box 2017

Network Speed
  • Durable and luxurious construction
  • High-speed performance (the fastest we’ve tested)
  • Optional 3TB hard drive can be installed
  • Excellent dedicated customer support
  • New internal antenna design is slick
  • Too many options in Kodi make the choice of streaming app difficult
  • Aluminum casing makes the device heavier than others
  • Upgrade required for air mouse option
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