Forget about surfing TV channels. They have limited programmes and are filled with commercials. Which brings us to the Android TV box, a handy device that allows you to connect to the TV and stream contents from the likes of Netflix, HBO, Spotify and YouTube.
But which streaming media device should you choose? Well, here is a list of recommended Android TV boxes you should go for based on your specific needs.
Ideal for those who are extremely tight on budget, you can own this compact-sized Android TV box for less than $50. And given its unbeatable price, it doesn’t skimp on features too. It boasts a powerful Amlogic S905X quad-core processor, a built-in WiFi and even the ability to play high-resolution 4K videos.
The Xiaomi Mi Box S is an affordably-priced Android TV box that comes with a space-saving design measuring only at 3.75 x 3.75 inches. And it’s easy to set up too; simply plug in the HDMI port to your TV, turn on both devices and start streaming by following the instructions on the screen.
For such a low price, this TV box has most of the essentials: a voice remote to launch Google Assistant as well as a dedicated button to access the app menu. There’s also a 4K and HDR playback, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth; and multiple connectivity options including a HDMI 2.0a port, USB 2.0 port and audio-out port.
The Vontar T95Z Plus is an IPTV (internet protocol television)-compatible Android TV box boasts a speedy Amlogic S912 octa-core processor that gives you a smoother viewing experience with minimum buffering delays. It also has a 16GB storage, which is ample space for installing apps and storing numerous streaming contents.
Other highlights include a built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connection as well as a handy remote control that comes with basic controls and additional controls such as changing the colour of the LED lights atop the box and to access the Kodi streaming app.
Processor: Quad Core 1.2 Ghz | GPU: ARM Mali-450 | Memory: 1GB RAM | Operating System: Android TV 8.0
Stream various contents, app and games at the comfort of your own home with the DishTV Smart VU media player. It comes with a built-in Chromecast feature, allowing you to browse popular apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Spotify and Google Play Music.
The DishTV Smart VU media player is also lightweight and compact enough that it only takes very little space on your TV rack or cabinet, while the Bluetooth 4.1 + EDR-enabled remote control for easy wireless access.
If speed matters a lot to you, make sure your Android TV box comes with an Ethernet port like Q Box’s 4K TV Box. This allows you to enjoy a smooth and consistent wired connection while accessing and streaming the apps. It also offers you the option to connect wireless with the help of built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.
Processor: Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 | GPU: ARM Mali-T720 | Memory: 2GB RAM, 1TB Storage | Operating System: Android TV 8.0
More than just a device that allows you to stream movies, music and games, the DishTV Super Box comes with a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) recording capability. Think of it as a VCR and you will roughly get the idea. And with massive storage of 1TB, you can record programmes at up to 500 hours long.
It also comes equipped with two tuners - Dual Satellite and Dual Terrestrial, which particularly comes in handy whenever you want to record two channels/shows at once. As for the rest, this device has the ability to play 4K UHD videos and has a built-in Chromecast to access various entertainment apps at your disposal.