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I have a new very good TV, but it is not a "smart" TV. I need an android "smart" TV box to be able to get Netflix, YouTube and hopefully western news, etc. I have looked on Google and Nvidia Shield TV is the top rated box, but it is very expensive (B10,000 and up), the Xiaomi Box S also gets good ratings, but it has only 2 GB of RAM, and I fear that it will be slow. There is also a T95Z which is rated in the top 5, with 3 GB of RAM, and looks appealing with a B1990 price on Lazada. Lazada has an Allwinner Tx6 box with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM, but 1 reviewer said that his died within 10 months of use. Can anyone recommend one of these or another box available in Thailand that will provide good service and reasonable quality and price? Thanks. 

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Go for a windows box. Intel NUC or anything running Windows 10

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A very timely post for me! 

 

I am also now shopping for an Android media box and my understanding of these products as well as availability on Lazada and Shoppee is limited. 

 

I got this list of needed and or desirable features from a trusted tech savvy person. 

 

Based on this list can someone tell me what to buy specifically on Lazada?

 

 

 

Hevc support 
Android 9 
4k support
Dual band wifi
Quad core cpu
6k support
Hdr
64 bit
Gigabyte ethernet
Android media player h65 gigabit
Hdmi out to the tv

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Magicsee N5 max I have a few of them. Available on lazada

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I just use this for USB file playback but working great and very reasonable price - has full options for Kodi and such and enough memory to use.  Instructions very poor but there are good video set up on Youtube (just search MXQ).

image.png.bcf6a8e4f88a006f433ccb68fd342089.pnghttps://www.lazada.co.th/products/mxq-pro-android-tv-box-24ghz-and-5ghz-dualband-wifi-4k-video-output-1g8gb-andriod-71-4xarm-cortek-a7-120-ghz-rockchip-rk3229-wifi-media-player-smart-tv-box-lan-port-support-usb-kodi-hdmi-cable-free-i404210404-s784176339.html?mp=1

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For iptv, the best android box hands down is the Formuler Z8. It is the only box with an iptv app called MOL2, the gold standard.

 

Cost approx USD140 in Thailand. Difficult to purchase in TH but they are available if you know where to look.

 

https://www.formuler.tv

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Couple things:

 

With no-name Chinese boxes, you have to be careful, because they often will not have the required DRM (digital rights management) coding to allow them to properly access services like Netflix and others. Since often those services aren't available in China where the boxes are made and sold.

 

I have the original MiBox3 international version and it works fine finally now after many rounds of OS updates and bug fixes. The newer MiBox S has pretty much the same specs, but a newer Android OS version. So I doubt the newer S version would be slow since my MiBox3 isn't.

 

Depending on how much western content the OP wants to access, a box or stick that works well with VPN services might be a factor. Android boxes all pretty much can install VPN apps by many of the major VPN providers. So can Amazon Fire TV devices. Roku devices, however, cannot.

 

At home now, I find I have ended up choosing to use Amazon Fire Stick 4Ks as my primary streaming devices  -- over my MiBox and Roku devices.

 

Very good performance, small, easy to use, very inexpensive especially if you buy during one of Amazon's periodic promotions. But better suited to folks who have Amazon accounts from the U.S., UK or elsewhere.

 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

With no-name Chinese boxes, you have to be careful, because they often will not have the required DRM (digital rights management) coding to allow them to properly access services like Netflix and others. Since often those services aren't available in China where the boxes are made and sold.

 

Another thing to note with apps like Netflix is that they have a very narrow window on what devices can utilize HD and 4k. Cheap knock offs dont work very well. 

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In my opinion there's really only 2 options if one cares about picture quality and sound quality, and that you can easily download and use VPN apps. 

 

Fire TV 4k

 

Nvidia Shield. 

 

I use the Nvidia Shield, but ive had about 5-6 other boxes before finally giving up and spending the money on a quality player. Worth every penny, but Fire TV Stick 4K is also good. 

 

BUT if one doesn't have a UHD TV, then it doesn't really matter. Basic Fire TV Stick is ok

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6 minutes ago, Mama Noodle said:

BUT if one doesn't have a UHD TV, then it doesn't really matter. Basic Fire TV Stick is ok

 

Picture quality aside, the prior HD Fire Stick 2nd gen is dreadfully slow in navigation compared to either the newer Fire Stick 4Ks or even the older 2nd gen Fire TV box.

 

I still use the now aged Fire TV box along with some Fire Stick 4Ks, because the box has both an ethernet port, a full size USB port and a microSD card slot. With the Fire Stick 4Ks, you'd have to buy an add-on adapter to get Ethernet access and/or USB device compatibility.

 

So in other words, I'm still using the Fire TV box because of its port advantages and it's pretty much as fast as the 4K sticks, though it doesn't have HDR nor 60 FPS 4K (only 30 FPS).  But I long ago ditched and retired my HD Fire Stick 2nd gens...

 

Even if I only had an HD TV, I'd still choose to use the Fire Stick 4K instead of the prior HD version, just because it's a so much smoother and faster UI.

 

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Have a look at the Minix boxes,they have a huge range from Android to Windows with lots of different specs,have firmware updates,their air mouse is without a doubt the best one available,still have my U-1 going as good as the day I bought it 4 years ago,will purchase a new one with windows op system to play the watchnrl app as there's a lot of buffering with android boxes,watchNRL people were telling me their app doesn't support android tv set-top boxes,even though it does support android phones

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Lots of techy comments on here I have no clue.

For me:

Buy Android box at Tukcom. MXQ black box.

Hook up to TV and in room router  (I could figure that out).

Turn box on, go to home page, preloaded and select from numerous TV and movie sites.

Kodi has everything.

 

I have had my box for several years and love it.

Especially during these times watching all the Netflix shows, HBO, Showtime, you name it.

Just search what you want all free.  Even has Porn sites. 🙂

 

I guess if one wants to use it for games or other things they may need a higher power box with additional gadgets.

For everything TV/movie available on it suits me fine.

 

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2 hours ago, lopburi3 said:

I just use this for USB file playback but working great and very reasonable price - has full options for Kodi and such and enough memory to use.  Instructions very poor but there are good video set up on Youtube (just search MXQ).

image.png.bcf6a8e4f88a006f433ccb68fd342089.pnghttps://www.lazada.co.th/products/mxq-pro-android-tv-box-24ghz-and-5ghz-dualband-wifi-4k-video-output-1g8gb-andriod-71-4xarm-cortek-a7-120-ghz-rockchip-rk3229-wifi-media-player-smart-tv-box-lan-port-support-usb-kodi-hdmi-cable-free-i404210404-s784176339.html?mp=1

Mx pro is rubbish

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6 minutes ago, uncleP said:

Mx pro is rubbish

Works for what I use it for (playback of USB downloads) much better than TV built in systems.  And it has good ability for over the air playback if set up correctly (from those reporting and telling how on Youtube).  The cost is throw away in any case - but i have found it well constructed and with a good operating remote.

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