Welcome Citizen!

Sign in to start sharing and discover the best products you can buy today!

price-track-background
Get Notified On Price Drops

Never pay extra. We track the prices of the product you want, and notify you when the prices drop!

Welcome Citizen!

Setup your account or continue reading!

Settings

By now, you’d probably know or have heard of an Android TV box. Like streaming TV sticks, these portable smart TV boxes let you easily stream and watch show series, dramas and movies from online streaming hubs like Netflix as well as Youtube in 4K or even HD resolution. They also allow you to browse the internet, access Google Playstore apps and play games.

While Android TV boxes are simple entertainment device, they are also complicated devices. Today, we break down on which are the best Android TV boxes in Malaysia, installed with IPTV and several channels from high-benchmark performing tv box and also cheap brands.

If you don't find any of our suggestion reviews below suitable, we also have a how-to-choose guide (tab above) so you can learn how to choose an Android TV box for yourself. 

Tanix TX6S (64GB)

RM 130.00
Tanix
1. Tanix TX6S (64GB)
Best overall Android TV box
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Stylish design
add_circle External antenna for a better wireless signal
add_circle Latest Android 10 OS
add_circle Smooth 4K streaming
add_circle Expandable up to 32GB
remove_circle No USB 3.0 support
remove_circle Tends to be laggy at times
remove_circle Only basic cooling system
remove_circle Prone to overheating
  • Processor: Allwinner H616, quad-core, ARM Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-G31 MP2
  • Memory: 4GB RAM 
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable storage up to 32GB
  • Operating System: Android 10.0
  • Ports: Ethernet, HDMI 2.1, USB-A 2.0

Looking for an all-rounder of an Android TV box? Here’s one for you: the Tanix TX6S, which has an ample 64GB storage space alongside a 4GB of RAM and a speedy 5G Wi-Fi connectivity. It features a stylish black rectangular design with a diamond-shaped gradient top, making it a sleek device to place among your TV setup.

Speaking of which, the outer TV box design itself is made from a high-quality plastic material with an external Wi-Fi antenna located on the upper right corner. That means you get to enjoy faster data transmission since it utilises a dual antenna system.

Moving deeper into the Tanix TX6S, it is powered by an Allwinner H616 quad-core chipset and runs on Android 10 operating system. The performance has been said to run smooth and stable upon loading and streaming movies or games.

Tanix TX6S supports many recent codecs, namely HDR and VP9-10 that enables you to enjoy 4K movie smoothly with enough visual clarity and details. This TV box also benefits from the brand’s Alice UX launcher, which supports the majority of Android APPs. Not to mention its user-friendly interface means you can access the launcher faster and easier with minimum fuss.

While Tanix TX6S’ 64GB version happens to be their product’s maximum storage capacity, they are considerate enough to include a microSD card reader that allows you to expand another 32GB worth of space. Connectivity-wise, the Tanix TX6S has got you covered. This includes two USB 2.0 ports, Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1 and HDMI 2.1 video port.

There have been some reviewers whom complained about its laggy issue when not streaming. Another thing to note is that overheating issue is a common complaint upon running the Tanix TX6S, with the plastic case tends to get warmer since it only utilises a basic cooling system. Finally, it is strange that for an updated specs box, it does not have USB 3.0 port.

Tanix TX6S is far from perfect, but the Android TV box contains sufficient features for your home entertainment needs and a value-for-money price point worth considering for.

TX3 TV Box (32GB)

RM 139.00
Tanix
2. TX3 TV Box (32GB)
Best rated Android TV Box
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Updated specs for streaming HD movies/series and popular game titles like PUBG
add_circle Stable Android 9.0 OS
add_circle Supports most video formats including 4K HDR
add_circle Comes pre-installed with various apps
remove_circle Inconsistent wireless range
remove_circle Lacks external antenna for a better Wi-Fi signal
  • Processor: Almogic S905X3, quad-core, ARM Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-G31 MP2
  • Memory: 4GB RAM 
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable storage
  • Operating System: Android 9.0
  • Ports: Dual-band ethernet, HDMI 2.1, USB-A 2.0, USB-A 3.0

Here’s an Android TV box that comes highly recommended by users who bought the TX3 TV Box online. Frankly, it’s easy to see why, beginning with the TV box’s pre-installed movies and channels of up to 10,000 varieties. Now, that’s something for everyone here since you get to choose different language programmes such as English, Malay, Chinese and Korean channels upon customisation request.

The TV box runs on the Amlogic S905X3 quad-core chipset with an updated CPU core of ARM Cortex-A55 and Android 9.0 Pie operating system. These specs will stream movies/series and even play popular game titles, namely PUBG, smoothly. For the latter, it’s best for you to pick the 4GB model to prevent the unnecessary lagging issue.

Another advantage surrounding the combination of Amlogic S905X3 and Cortex-A55 CPU is its video playback aspect. The TX3 TV Box has a VPU Advanced Video Engine Gen10 made compatible with the majority of today’s video formats such as VP9, h.265 and 4K HDR. In a real-life test, most of the video playback formats resulted in a smooth and stable operation.

The 32GB version comes with a 5G dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, which may sound like a real deal on paper. But some reviews lamented over its erratic wireless range since the TX3 TV Box relies solely on an internal antenna. If only this model comes with an external antenna, that would be a different story altogether.

Still, given its price point, the TX3 TV Box remains a good buy. Apart from the aforementioned goodies, the TX3 TV Box’s Android 9.0 Pie performance is mostly praised for its stability even running on heavy-duty apps.

T9 TV Android Box

RM 128
T9
3. T9 TV Android Box
Best buy/value Android TV box
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Plug-and-play function
add_circle Performance-driven quad-core CPU
add_circle Smooth and stable Android 9.0 OS
add_circle Comes pre-installed with various apps
remove_circle Inconsistent remote control
remove_circle Not good for graphics-intensive gaming
  • Processor: RK3328, quad-core 64-bit, Cortex A53
  • GPU: Mali-450 MP2
  • Memory: 4GB RAM 
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable with MicroSD
  • Operating System: Android 9.0
  • Ports: Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, x1 USB-A 3.0, x1 USB-A 2.0, MicroSD

If you are looking for an Android TV box that gives you the best bang for your ringgit, consider this T9 model. It’s easy to use, given its plug-and-play function that made all the setting up a breeze.

How easy? All you need to do is plug in T9 to a TV using an HDMI cable. Then, use the bundled remote to turn the TV box on and voila! -- you are all set to go (browsing and streaming your favourite contents, that is).

On the hardware side, the 32GB internal storage and 4GB of RAM coupled with an RK3328 quad-core chipset work well enough for streaming HD videos and even gaming. According to some reviews, it’s best to stick to the less graphics-intensive gameplay.

Many users who owned the T9 Android TV Box loved how the device runs smoothly with a little-to-none buffering issue, thanks to its stable Android 9.0 Pie operating system. It also comes pre-installed with various apps from different languages, namely movies as well as sports and cartoon channels.

In terms of connectivity, the T9 Android TV Box offers both Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi function (only available on 32GB and 64GB models). But those who prefer more stable network access can always make use of the TV box’s 100Mbps ethernet port.

While it has a few upsides, there are some reviews pinpointed at the inconsistent remote control. At times, the buttons tend to be unresponsive to commands required for navigating the app on the TV.

Q Plus TV Box (64GB)

RM 134.10
Q+
4. Q Plus TV Box (64GB)
Second best buy/value Android TV box
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Uses Allwinner H6 quad-core chipset
add_circle Stable Android 9.0 OS
add_circle Supports up to 6K UHD
add_circle Easy to set up
add_circle Has a light ring on the exterior that changes colour
remove_circle Poorly-designed remote control
remove_circle No Bluetooth function
  • Processor: Allwinner H6, quad-core, ARM Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-T720MP2
  • Memory: 4GB RAM 
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable storage
  • Operating System: Android 9.0
  • Ports: Dual-band ethernet, HDMI 2.0, x1 USB-A 2.0, x1 USB-A 3.0

Here is another value-for-money option worth considering for: the Q Plus TV Box. It packs a wealth of features under a curvy box design. This includes a stable and performance-driven Android 9.0 operating system and an Allwinner H6 quad-core chipset with an entry-level capacity at 2GB RAM + 16GB of internal storage.

Of course, if you happen to be a heavy user, the Q Plus TV Box comes with a max capacity at 4GB RAM + 64GB of internal storage, which we recommend especially for streaming HD contents. And speaking of HD, it can support up to 6K UHD resolution that allows you to enjoy razor-sharp images and amazing visual clarity.

According to most reviews, users are delighted with it being easy-to-set-up. The TV box also sports a buttery-smooth operation without any noticeable lags (again, provided if you choose the higher-capacity model) regardless of navigating the apps, loading or streaming the content. When it comes to connectivity, the Q Plus TV Box supports Wi-Fi but is, sadly, lacking the necessary Bluetooth function.

From the design perspective, its stylish all-black exterior complements well with the surrounding light ring that looks cool as it changes colour. The bundled remote control, in the meantime, is a mixed bag with some reviewers enjoyed its responsive buttons while others baulked at its poor design.

More: 8 Best Android TV Boxes That Are Fun For Gaming

SVI Cloud 3Pro

RM 650.00
SVI Cloud
5. SVI Cloud 3Pro
Best Android TV box for streaming
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Powerful Allwinner H6 quad-core processor
add_circle Supports up to 4K @ 60fps
add_circle Comes with various pre-installed channels
add_circle Speedy dual-band Wi-Fi
add_circle Remote has a voice-search control
remove_circle Expensive
  • Processor: Allwinner H6, up to 1.5 GHz, quad-core, ARM Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-T720
  • Memory: 4GB RAM 
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable storage
  • Operating System: Android 9.0
  • Ports: Ethernet, HDMI, x1 USB-A 3.0, x2 USB-A 2.0

If there’s one thing about the SVI Cloud 3Pro, it’s that the hefty price tag at over RM 600 (!) per unit might be too costly for most average users.

And yet, it comes highly recommended by many local users for its smooth operation, thanks to its Allwinner H6 quad-core chipset capable of supporting up to 4K @ 60fps. Even one of our own editors gave this TV box a seal of approval!

The SVI Cloud 3Pro also features some beefy specs including 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, both of which are sufficient enough to play HD contents. It also supports dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G + 5.8G) connectivity as well as Bluetooth 4.1, with the SVI Cloud 3Pro scoring handsomely when it comes to the network speed test at 5 Mbps and above. 

According to some reviews, most users are delighted with the various pre-installed channels which appeals to different demographics, covering everything from movies and series to sports and animation.

If that’s not enough, the SVI Cloud 3Pro also comes pre-programmed with LiveTV and VODs (video on demands). 

Additionally, the SVI Cloud 3Pro comes bundled with a handy remote control that has all the essential buttons. Apart from the standard volume and navigating buttons, you can make use of its voice-search control that supports popular streaming services including YouTube, Google Play and Netflix.

More: These 5 Smart TVs Will Bring Out the Couch Potato Within

Minix Neo U9-H AmLogic

RM 599
Minix
6. Minix Neo U9-H AmLogic
Second best Android TV box for streaming
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Powerful Amlogic S912 octa-core processor
add_circle Supports up to 4K @ 60fps
add_circle Supports various audio codecs
add_circle Sturdy build quality
remove_circle Average wireless range
  • Processor: AmLogic S912
  • GPU: Mali-820MP3
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Operating System: Upgradeable to Android 7.0
  • Ports: HDMI 2.0, x3 USB 2.0, 3.5mm stereo jack, MicroSD card reader

One TV box that users enjoy great streaming quality with is the Minix Neo U9H. It sports a spiffy AmLogic S912 octa-core processor for smoother, yet buffer-free playback and even graphics-intensive gameplay on namely older 3D titles like “Asphalt 8: Airborne”.

Aside that, users are also satisfied with the Minix Neo U9H’s 4K support up to 60fps as it delivers crystal-clear image quality without worrying about sudden freezes or noticeable lagging problem. Complimenting its video capabilities further is that the Minix Neo U9H supports various audio codecs such as Dolby Atmos, DTS X and Dolby True HD.

The Minix Neo U9H comes equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB eMMC internal storage, which is more than adequate enough for multitasking such as switching multiple channels or games. Not to mention, it has an overall solid build quality that justifies its above-average price tag. 

In terms of connectivity, the TV box supports both Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, with the former working like a charm at 924 Mbits per second in a real-life test. However, the wireless range claims are of a mixed result as some praised it while others couldn’t witness this. We believe that this might be due to the user’s own internet and location.

Other features that reviewers like include its operation start-up time. Booting up and shutting off takes merely less than a minute, proving how fast and efficient this TV box is.

Nvidia Shield TV Pro

RM 1299.00
Nvidia
7. Nvidia Shield TV Pro
Best Android TV box for gaming -- great for PUBG
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Powerful Tegra X1+ processor
add_circle Suitable for highly-demanding games like PUBG
add_circle Compatible with PS4 & Xbox One gaming controllers
add_circle Dolby Vision & Atmos surround sound system
remove_circle Costly
remove_circle Doesn't come with a gaming controller; sold separately
remove_circle The remote's V-shaped design looks and feels awkward
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra X1+
  • GPU: NVIDIA 256-core 
  • Memory: 3GB RAM 
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable 
  • Operating System: Android 9.0, with Chromecast 4k built-in
  • Ports: Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, x2 USB-A 3.0

When it comes to gaming, Nvidia is the kind of brand name that quickly comes to mind. And if there’s a media hub in the form of an Android TV box ideal for gaming purposes, this will be it: the Nvidia Shield TV Pro.

With its high-end Nvidia Tegra X1+ processor, most users and professional reviewers agreed that this TV box truly delivers on the performance front. This is the kind of powerful processor capable of handling heavy-duty apps or even highly-demanding game titles like PUBG; the results are fast and responsive gameplays.

Gamers are in for a treat here, where they can look forward to downloading a wide range of free games such as Nvidia Games and Android TV Play Store channels. The major drawback is that given its hefty price tag, it doesn’t come bundled with a gaming controller since you need to buy it separately. 

But the Nvidia Shield TV Pro happens to be compatible with PS4 and Xbox One gaming controllers, which is good news for those who already own either of them in the first place.

Apart from the optimum and speedy gaming performance that you’ll get from this TV box, the sound quality also deserves praise as well since it comes equipped with the surround sensation of a Dolby Vision and Atmos hybrid. This helps make your gameplay all the more immersive and cinematic equivalent to a home theatre experience.

Even though the Nvidia Shield TV Pro is primarily recommended for gaming, users can look forward to streaming HD contents ranging from YouTube to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Coupled with its superb image quality and audio from the aforementioned Dolby combination, you’re getting the best in the class in terms of home entertainment.

The bundled remote comes in handy too, allowing you to control the likes of its Bluetooth functions as well as customising menu and activating voice commands. But do take note that some users have complained about the remote’s awkward form factor, where its V-shaped design doesn’t allow you to lay it flat on the surface.

Nvidia Shield TV 2019

RM 799.00
Nvidia
8. Nvidia Shield TV 2019
Second best Android TV box for gaming
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Cheaper than Nvidia Shield TV Pro
add_circle A space-saving and compact tube-shaped design
add_circle Powerful Tegra X1+ processor for multitasking, streaming and gaming
add_circle Support up to 4K HDR
remove_circle Unable to play Advanced Android Gaming titles since it requires 3GB of RAM
remove_circle Only 2GB of RAM
remove_circle The tube-shaped form factor might look odd for some users
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra X1+
  • GPU: NVIDIA 256-core 
  • Memory: 2GB RAM 
  • Storage: 8GB, expandable via MicroSD
  • Operating System: Android 9.0, with Chromecast 4k built-in
  • Ports: Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, MicroSD

If Nvidia Shield TV Pro sounds too much for you (price-wise, that is), here’s the next best alternative from the same brand to look for. Unlike its bigger brother, the Nvidia Shield TV 2019 edition sports a more compact and streamlined design, complete with a tube-shaped form factor that doesn’t take up much space.

This TV box is surprisingly, praised for its odd shape of being ingenuity, where it feels good in the hand and also benefits from a sturdy construction. But others do not share the same sentiment, with the tube design looking odd upon placing it in the open. Either way, this design is a matter of preference.

Like Nvidia Shield TV Pro, this version comes equipped with the brand’s flagship Tegra X1+ processor. The said processor is designed for multitasking and handling demanding apps regardless of high-end games or 4K HDR contents.

For the former, gamers can look forward to accessing the brand’s GeForce NOW’s extensive library of game titles such as “Apex Legends”, “CS:GO” and “The Witcher 3”. But take note that the Nvidia Shield TV 2019’s RAM capacity only comes is at an entry-level 2GB. This can be a turn-off for those who want to play Advanced Android Gaming.

The aforementioned Advanced Android Gaming such as “Portal” and “Resident Evil 5” requires 3GB of RAM. So if you happen to be a fan of such titles, it’s best to consider the higher-RAM Pro model instead.

Although it comes at a cheaper price tag than the Pro model and is also the older one among the two, but it’s far from an obsolete kind and is still worth buying, recommended in several top lists. It’s got a performance-driven processor and other features-heavy specs (the AI upscaling along with Dolby Vision & Atmos support comes to mind) to accommodate your streaming needs.

MXQ Pro 4K TV Box

RM 95.00
MXQ
9. MXQ Pro 4K TV Box
Best cheap/budget Android TV box
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Good beginner/basic device
add_circle High-performance Amlogic quad-core CPU & Mali-450 penta-core GPU
add_circle Capable of playing HD contents up to 4K
add_circle Supports Wi-Fi and Ethernet
remove_circle Only 1GB of RAM
remove_circle No Bluetooth
remove_circle Only basic remote
remove_circle Old Android OS
  • Processor: Amlogic S905, Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-450, penta-core
  • Memory: 1GB RAM 
  • Storage: 8GB, expandable
  • Operating System: Android 7.1
  • Ports: Ethernet, HDMI, x4 USB-A 2.0

Don’t be fooled by the MXQ Pro’s budget-friendly price tag, dismissing it completely as a bargain-basement Android TV box. Sure, the all-too-simple design comes across as plain and generic with only 1GB of RAM, which is a far cry from most other Android TV boxes out there that have at least 2GB capacity.

Of course, the very term of “you get what you pay for” rings true upon considering the MXQ Pro. But it has its few advantages for such a price point, starting with its high-performance Amlogic quad-core CPU and Mali-450 penta-core GPU. Both are reasonably strong enough to play HD contents at up to 4K resolution.

Whereas the 1GB of RAM is seen as the MXQ Pro’s major downside, it does come with a spacious 8GB flash memory. This is particularly evident if you are using it primarily for streaming but a different story altogether when it comes to downloading movies or series locally.

Fortunately, at the back of the MXQ Pro lies a USB port, which comes in handy for storing files and contents on an external drive. It also has an SD card reader, allowing you to increase its existing storage space at up to an additional 32GB.

In terms of connectivity, the MXQ Pro supports both Wi-Fi and Ethernet but it omits Bluetooth out of the equation, which is a setback that you might have to live with, particularly for those who’d want to game. Additionally, the bundled remote that you get here is pretty much basic.

Overall, the MXQ Pro is sufficient enough for what it is.

TX6 TV Box

RM 115.90
Tanix
10. TX6 TV Box
Best 4K Android TV box
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Support up to 4K and 6K
add_circle Runs on Android 9.0
add_circle Efficient dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
add_circle Has dual antennas for an optimum Wi-Fi signal
add_circle Expandable storage up to 128GB
remove_circle The newer Tanix TX6S has better processing power and an updated Android 10.0 OS
  • Processor: Allwinner H6, up to 1.5 GHz, Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-T720
  • Memory: 4GB RAM 
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 128GB with MicroSD
  • Operating System: Android 9.0
  • Ports: Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, x1 USB-A 3.0, x1 USB-A 2.0

Here’s the Android TV box that doesn’t cost you a fortune, complete with an affordable price tag that allows you to stream 4K contents. Better yet, the TX6 TV Box can support up to 6K video resolution. The only noticeable difference between this and Tanix TX6S is the former’s older operating system, which runs on Android 9.0 instead of 10.0 while the latter has a better processing power in the form of its H616 chipset.

But that doesn’t mean its Allwinner H6 quad-core chipset is inferior by comparison. Coupled with Mali T720 GPU, it comes equipped with a minimum capacity of 2GB RAM + 16GB of internal storage. We do recommend that those who want higher specs can always go for the 4GB + 32GB range instead; all of which is enough for streaming, gaming and other multitasking purposes.

Most users are satisfied with its performance of streaming videos with little to no lagging issue or noticeable glitches. The dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz) and Bluetooth connectivity, in the meantime, works like a charm. On the former, it also benefits from both internal and external antennas, giving you a better Wi-Fi signal. 

Alternatively, you can always make use of the 100Mbps Ethernet port for a more stable connection. Not to mention, the TV box has a few ports that come in handy, namely both USB 2.0 and 3.0 while heavy users can expand its storage space of an additional 128GB.

Like the Tanix TX6S, it runs on the brand’s user-friendly Alice UX launcher and you’ll get all the essential features ranging from express apps manager to weather info and auto-update.

BONUS:

Roku Premiere

RM 255.00
Roku
11. Roku Premiere
Best TV box for streaming Netflix HD
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Has dedicated channel buttons on a remote such as Netflix
add_circle Plug-and-play function
add_circle Bundled HDMI cable
add_circle Support up to 4K @ 60fps and HDR
remove_circle Remote lacks volume adjustment, power button & voice control
remove_circle HDMI cable isn't very long
remove_circle No HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support
  • Processor: ARM Cortex A53, quad-core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Ports: HDMI
  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices

HD Netflix isn’t actually possible on all devices. Rather, only a selected few are certified to play them, with a couple of TV Boxes including Nvidia and Roku. The former is quite pricey, hence you should consider Roku.

Okay, Roku Premiere isn’t traditionally an “Android” TV box. Rather it’s more of a streaming media player that uses Roku’s own OS, where you can stream certified (though limited) entertainment services such as Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu (the latter two aren’t available locally unless you have a paid VPN service) entirely with HD resolution.

Using the Roku Premiere is easy peasy. All you have to do is connect the player to your TV via HDMI cable. Make sure the internet is well-connected (where it comes with an 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless capability) and you are basically good to go! Streaming, that is.

The Roku Premiere comes bundled with a remote, though the handy device is pretty much restricted to the likes of playback buttons and quick access to Netflix and Hulu. It lacks a power button (!), volume adjustment (!!) and voice control; three features that might be a turn-off for some users depending heavily on them.

When it comes to accessing the Roku interface, it’s easy to navigate regardless of searching for a movie/series or the name of an actor/actress. You don’t have to buy an HDMI cable either since Roku included it in the box. That’s a good thing except that the cable length itself isn’t a longer type.

Finally, the Roku Premiere may support up to 4K @ 60fps but it sacrifices other essential supports such as HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, both dynamic formats that could have given you a better viewing/audio experience. Still, if you don’t mind some of the missing fancy features, the Roku Premiere remains adequate for a HD streaming device.

Disclaimer: The pricing shown is just a good indication of how much these products are worth. The prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on. If some of the products are not available, do email us at [email protected] Thank you!


android tv box boy jumping

What is an Android TV Box

Think Astro, but ten times better; simply because an Android TV Box can access movies from other platforms as well, including some channels from Astro itself. In a layman’s term, Android Box is a device that turns even the most basic TV into a smart TV. Connect it to the Internet, hook it up to your TV, and you’re set to binge-watch your favourite TV shows.

Many Android TV Boxes offer different services, depending on what you want to do. There are Android TV Boxes that cater to watching sports or the latest movies, custom music entertainment systems set up via your TV, or playing video games.

Why is it called an Android TV Box?

It is because it runs on an Android software, usually a version or two behind the latest updates. Good news, Apple fans. You don’t need to have an Android smartphone to use an Android Box. So if you’ve been wanting a smart TV but don’t have the budget to make this dream a reality, then consider getting an Android Box.

Where to buy an Android TV Box?

You can get them online

Lazada and Shopee are the best e-commerce site to buy a legit Android TV Box. They can be cheaper as well, especially during sale seasons, as compared to buying one of the brand’s official site, or worse, an unknown website. However, do pay attention to the sellers or re-sellers to make sure they are proper. Nevertheless, we’ve done that tedious job for you with our best options.

These stores sell legit Android TV Boxes

Not a fan of buying electronics online? Then head over to a Xiaomi Mi Store in Mid Valley or KLCC and get your Android TV Box. Upon buying, you can ask the store managers for some assistance, tip and tricks, and how to properly work an Android TV Box.

Besides, you can head over to Low Yat Plaza at Bukit Bintang to get one as well. There are plenty of brands, types and sizes with different prices on their shelves.

Is the Android TV Box legal?

The simple answer is, yes! However, it’s more complicated than that. Brands like Smart Android TV Box and Xiaomi Mi Box, T9 and Mecool M8S Pro are the few you should be eyeing. There are plenty of China-made TV Boxes that are still selling an illegal version of this product.

 If an Android TV Box is connected to an unauthorized cable connection or international connection that is not from a Malaysian landline, it also goes against the MCMC regulations. So, be sure to stay away from it.

When to buy an Android TV Box

Tech products are at their cheapest during the Black Friday sale and Cyber Monday Sale which happens 27 November 2020 and 30 November 2020 respectively. Can’t wait that long? Fret not, as Shopee throws a sale very often; like the Chinese New Year sale, and the 7.7 Sale.

Who needs an Android TV Box

If you love watching your shows on Netflix, iFlix and Astro On-The-Go, then you’ll love an Android TV box. Simply because you can stream these shows from just one platform instead of three (or more), plus you can watch them on your big TV screen. It’s perfect when you have guests over for movie nights, or when you’re on Couch-potato Mode on Sundays.

What can you watch on an Android TV Box

playing games

Netflix, iFlix, YouTube, Hulu, Astro-On-Demand, Vevo, Prime Instant Video, you name it! You can basically watch any TV shows, TV series, movies and videos on any channels you want on an Android TV Box. Some brands come pre-installed with the channels mentioned above; however, you’re able to download the channels that you prefer too. You can stream live or old content as well.

Besides, some Android TV Boxes allows you to download or play online games as well. They will usually cost more, but that saves you from buying other game consoles that might take up space at your home and your credit card bill statement. 

What are the prices like?

There are plenty of Android TV Boxes in the market with different price range based on what they can do for you. If you are looking for a basic one, then go for one that cost between RM 100 to RM 350. They are good enough for a small TV. If you are watching your shows through an Ultra HD or 4k TV, then go for ones that can play movies up to the 4k quality. However, be ready to fork out about RM 500 and above, or even over RM 1000 if you are looking to play games on it.

Why you should buy an Android TV Box

No satellite dish, no wires snaking around the back of the TV console, no chunky decoders – but just a compact, space-saving TV box next to your television. What’s not to love? Besides, you can enjoy pre-installed apps on the TV Box immediately upon setting up. Some retailers have already installed the latest must-have apps for the Android TV box to save time, money, and bandwidth. If you're new to the world of Android Boxes or are looking for specific apps, you'll want to consider it.

You can access it quickly with just a click or two on your mobile phone and your favourite TV episode will be playing. Although they are all WiFi-enabled, you’ll still need an HDMI wire to plug the device in, if you’re using older television models that don’t support WiFi. They’re generally quick to install and setup is a breeze. Just a few minutes and you’re done. Enjoy your shows and popcorn. Just don’t forget to hit pause for bedtime…or for work!


How to choose an Android TV Box?

Performance is Key

In terms of performance, some Android TV Boxes operate on specific internet speeds. Should your internet speed drop below what's suggested, it may be challenging to achieve HD viewing or download a movie on time. Loading times on your games might also be slower than usual.

There's also the matter of space. If you're planning on downloading every season of Game of Thrones, then you're going to need a higher memory or one that is expandable with an external card. Don't forget about operating speeds; the higher the RAM, the faster your Android TV Box moves.

While 3GB and 4GB RAM are common, there are Android TV Boxes available with much higher RAM, which means a quicker controller-response time for you. If you don't want to be the schmuck who's pounding away on their unresponsive Android TV controller, you might want to consider this. Alternatively, you can also download an Android box remote control app to your smartphone or device to have a more seamless and comfortable control.

What are you using your Android TV Box for?

Think about whether you'll be using your Android TV Box for movies or TV, games, or if you just want to get work done on a larger, more comfortable screen. What apps will you need? Sometimes, you can even contact potential retailers to see what they offer. One more thing to take note of is that native TV box launchers may not be too user-friendly, so you may want to consider downloading your preferred Android TV box launcher to customize.

There are also Android TV Boxes, such as the Unblocks Ubox 4, that come with proprietary apps, allowing you access to various viewing methods exclusive to your Android TV Box. If a one-time payment in exchange for a lifetime subscription to live sports and video on demand sounds useful to you, this may also be something to think about!

Make sure your Android TV Boxes is SIRIM-certified

Another crucial thing about illegal Android TV Boxes is that if they're not certified by SIRIM (Standard and Industrial Research Institute), then it can't be used in Malaysia. Hence, it's crucial to know who and where to purchase an authorized Android TV Box with SIRIM's approval if you're planning to get one soon.

After-Sale Customer Service is Important

Upon purchasing a brand-new device, people want to be assured that they'll be guaranteed post-purchase support. If this is an important factor to you (and we know it matters to us!), be sure to choose a retailer who guarantees that they'll keep your firmware updated, talk you through any glitches or installation issues and that they'll definitely honour your warranty!


How To Set Up An Android TV Box?

Installing an Android TV Box is easier than you thought. Although there will be a manual in each box, let’s run you through the simple steps. First, connect the device to your smart TV via the HDMI cable. Secondly, switch on your TV, to the HDMI port that’s used. The image and information will appear, and both your Android TV Box and TV should be connected to your WiFi by now. Follow the simple installation process, and you will be able to enjoy your movies in a few minutes.

If your TV is the older version and is not able to connect to the WiFi, fret not, there’s another way. After plugging in the Android TV Box and switching your TV mode to the HDMI port used, download the TV Box’s app on your phone (the specific name will be stated in the manual). From the app on your phone, connect to the Android TV Box via the WiFi. Then, set it up from there, and within a few minutes, you’ll be able to binge-watch your favourite TV shows.

Alternatively, you can just watch this video! 

How To Use An Android TV Box?

Using an Andriod TV Box is fairly simple. The device comes with a remote control. Firstly, you got to power up your TV and switch to the plugged HDMI port. Then, use the remote control from the Android TV Box to browse through the platform you wish to use, choose your movie, and taa daa!

Smart devices like your big screen and TV Boxes are conquering homes, making them smarter and tech-filled unlike before. That being said, smart devices come with plenty of hidden tricks, and we've gathered some tips for you on how you can make full use of your electronics.

Turn your Smartphone into a remote control

Just like the Google Chromecast series, they will require your Smartphone to act as a remote control every time you're using the device. Although TV Boxes do come with sleek, lightweight remote controls, using them to type something on your TV is not the fun at all. That’s when your smartphone comes in.

Head over to the Google Playstore, download the Android TV Remote Control app and connect it to your TV Box via Bluetooth or WiFi. That way, you can navigate your way through much easier.

Surf the web on your TV Box

You can download any app on your TV Box, including Google Chrome. So, take this opportunity to browse the web via your big screen in your cosy living room; especially when you’re IMDB-ing the latest movies or films that you’ve missed in the past. When you’re done, switch over to your preferred channels or stream the movies online and watch it immediately.

Like writing about great products? We're hiring! Learn how you can write for us!

End of Article