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2018 Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K HDR Android TV 2GB 8GB UK Plug Netflix Google Assistant Chromecast built in £47.57 @joybuy
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2018 Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K HDR Android TV 2GB 8GB UK Plug Netflix Google Assistant Chromecast built in £47.57 @joybuy

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People saying other boxes are better.
Android TV is the main selling point here along with proper Netflix integration.
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Superb box just a bit of a pain having to sideload apps on to it
This is the 4k Chromecast one right?
Cold - Normal price.
This has been down to £40 on Geekbuying (sold out at the minute), Banggood etc. But normally hovers around the launch price of £45, so £48 wouldn't be a price I would buy at.
Also, it seems to get more bad reviews than good but that may be because they have done little to nothing with the hardware above the mi box 3.
8GB readable/writable storage only lasts around 10,000 hours before needing to be replaced. Less than that really, if you see somebody's new box and realise how slow yours has gotten.
Fridge_Magnet17/01/2019 11:21

Cold - Normal price.This has been down to £40 on Geekbuying (sold out at …Cold - Normal price.This has been down to £40 on Geekbuying (sold out at the minute), Banggood etc. But normally hovers around the launch price of £45, so £48 wouldn't be a price I would buy at. Also, it seems to get more bad reviews than good but that may be because they have done little to nothing with the hardware above the mi box 3. 8GB readable/writable storage only lasts around 10,000 hours before needing to be replaced. Less than that really, if you see somebody's new box and realise how slow yours has gotten.


I thought reviews said it was worth it for the Chromecast alone
Things have moved on considerably from 2GB RAM and 8GB of storage.
Similar money for a M8S Pro L with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, with a similar remote.
How is the web browser on this? I like silk on fire tv, as that asks if you want to open a popup.
mikewadkins353 m ago

I thought reviews said it was worth it for the Chromecast alone



My posts are still under review, so this reply could take ages too.
Some reviews say it is worth it, most reviews rate it bad, but that honestly only seems to be because it is essentially the same box but with a chromecast licence.
In any case, this is not a bargain, It's normal price. Imho, whn looking for a 'bargain', I am looking for something that is lower than it's normal price for a (probably) limited time. You can pick this up any time at this price or lower.
cutthroat_jake17/01/2019 11:38

Things have moved on considerably from 2GB RAM and 8GB of storage.Similar …Things have moved on considerably from 2GB RAM and 8GB of storage.Similar money for a M8S Pro L with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, with a similar remote.


Yes but the Android TV interface is far more user friendly than the interface that comes with those boxes.
Crap reviews and pretty standard hardware spec wise other Chinese boxes out there are better and cheaper. Tons on amazon
hkphooey35 m ago

Crap reviews and pretty standard hardware spec wise other Chinese boxes …Crap reviews and pretty standard hardware spec wise other Chinese boxes out there are better and cheaper. Tons on amazon


Yeah, but they don't have drm l1 and official netflix 4K support (or even unofficial) neither google cast server services (behave like chromecast)
People saying other boxes are better.
Android TV is the main selling point here along with proper Netflix integration.
Got the previous gen version when they were clearing out to make way for this. Great little boxes. Official netflix support, chromecast built in and the Android TV UI is decent too. Only annoying thing is my remote has started playing up and doesn't turn the box on from standby anymore. But once I power off/power on the box to get it to start, the remote works fine again.

Not enough in this new version to get me to upgrade for now but will get one when the current one needs replacing..
will it play 80gb MKV in HDR with 10 bit content via LAN or USB?
Edited by: "cramhead" 17th Jan
rufnek2kx17/01/2019 14:03

Got the previous gen version when they were clearing out to make way for …Got the previous gen version when they were clearing out to make way for this. Great little boxes. Official netflix support, chromecast built in and the Android TV UI is decent too. Only annoying thing is my remote has started playing up and doesn't turn the box on from standby anymore. But once I power off/power on the box to get it to start, the remote works fine again.Not enough in this new version to get me to upgrade for now but will get one when the current one needs replacing..


Does your Mi Box control the TV via HDMI-CEC at all? I'm thinking power on/off and volume specifically. Not sure whether to take a punt on this or go for one of the newer Amazon Fire TV sticks with volume/power controls?
AndySX17/01/2019 14:31

Does your Mi Box control the TV via HDMI-CEC at all? I'm thinking power …Does your Mi Box control the TV via HDMI-CEC at all? I'm thinking power on/off and volume specifically. Not sure whether to take a punt on this or go for one of the newer Amazon Fire TV sticks with volume/power controls?


It does do HDMI CEC to turn TV on and off. I didn't think CEC does TV volume too. Could be wrong. Mine certainly doesn't.
rufnek2kx44 m ago

Got the previous gen version when they were clearing out to make way for …Got the previous gen version when they were clearing out to make way for this. Great little boxes. Official netflix support, chromecast built in and the Android TV UI is decent too. Only annoying thing is my remote has started playing up and doesn't turn the box on from standby anymore. But once I power off/power on the box to get it to start, the remote works fine again.Not enough in this new version to get me to upgrade for now but will get one when the current one needs replacing..


Go to developer options and there's an option to stop it from going to sleep. Used to bug me too but this fixed it
jack19673 h, 54 m ago

Superb box just a bit of a pain having to sideload apps on to it


Actualy this was never a problem to me it the lack of ethernet socet, poor wifi receiver and disconecting remote has me going nuts as I really lobe this box.
rufnek2kx1 h, 3 m ago

Got the previous gen version when they were clearing out to make way for …Got the previous gen version when they were clearing out to make way for this. Great little boxes. Official netflix support, chromecast built in and the Android TV UI is decent too. Only annoying thing is my remote has started playing up and doesn't turn the box on from standby anymore. But once I power off/power on the box to get it to start, the remote works fine again.Not enough in this new version to get me to upgrade for now but will get one when the current one needs replacing..


I thought mine had a similar issue, but it just seems to be slow to wake. If I mash the buttons for 15-20 seconds it comes on nearly every time. Why it can't just sleep and wake nicely using the power button on the remote is beyond me however.

Good box for the money, but if I was buying again I would just wait till the next Shield offer and spend a bit more.
rufnek2kx32 m ago

It does do HDMI CEC to turn TV on and off. I didn't think CEC does TV …It does do HDMI CEC to turn TV on and off. I didn't think CEC does TV volume too. Could be wrong. Mine certainly doesn't.


All CEC support changing the audio volume (including yours), it just depends on where your speakers are in the chain, if they require CEC.
If you just use the default built in speakers on your tv, then your regular tv remote will just put the volume up on the tv (no CEC required). If you use the remote from something else and it has volume control buttons, then that device will use CEC to decrease / increase your tv speaker volume.

If you have an AV receiver, CEC in the chain will allow you to control the volume regardless of which device it is.
rufnek2kx48 m ago

It does do HDMI CEC to turn TV on and off. I didn't think CEC does TV …It does do HDMI CEC to turn TV on and off. I didn't think CEC does TV volume too. Could be wrong. Mine certainly doesn't.


Thanks, on further investigation it seems Amazon have just stuck an IR blaster into the new remote, which I guess is how they're controlling the volume:
cordcutters.com/one…ote

I'm trying to make use of an old TV in a location with no access to an aerial cable.
Really surprised by the poor reviews on here for this product. I have one and love it.
cramhead1 h, 35 m ago

will it play 80gb MKV in HDR with 10 bit content via LAN or USB?


Yes... but only with the optional USB mini flux capacitor plugged in.
Fridge_Magnet17/01/2019 11:21

Cold - Normal price.This has been down to £40 on Geekbuying (sold out at …Cold - Normal price.This has been down to £40 on Geekbuying (sold out at the minute), Banggood etc. But normally hovers around the launch price of £45, so £48 wouldn't be a price I would buy at. Also, it seems to get more bad reviews than good but that may be because they have done little to nothing with the hardware above the mi box 3. 8GB readable/writable storage only lasts around 10,000 hours before needing to be replaced. Less than that really, if you see somebody's new box and realise how slow yours has gotten.


This is a different model buddy. Not the one that sells for £40 usually. This sells for around £60 so good price.
Will it run Teamviewer for remote admin (considering smart tv options for the folks) and Amazon Prime Video?
Spence111517/01/2019 12:37

Yes but the Android TV interface is far more user friendly than the …Yes but the Android TV interface is far more user friendly than the interface that comes with those boxes.


That box is Android TV. Most are these days.
cutthroat_jake2 h, 4 m ago

That box is Android TV. Most are these days.


Most are unofficial with unreliable netflix and no updates.
abhijitdash1235 h, 35 m ago

This is a different model buddy. Not the one that sells for £40 usually. …This is a different model buddy. Not the one that sells for £40 usually. This sells for around £60 so good price.



No, It's the mi box s 4K that I am referring to. It's release price was £45 ($59). It sells for £40 in flash sales often, and it's normal price is around £47 - £50 depending on currency fluctuation. It only goes up to a higher price sometimes to make it look like it's on sale. It's blurb was the it was 'more affordable than the original' and was released after the mi box 4 (white box).
Initial pre-orders were in Walmart in the US, and on Chinese sites if we wanted them on this side of the atlantic.
It has the netflix shortcut and is believed to come with blockable firmware (they can block the box if required).
They also have the same hardware as the mi box 3 except for the chromecast and it has newer version of Android out of the box. The main difference is software.
And almost all the reviews are bad at the lower launch price of £45.
Nothing special
I'm looking for one of these legit android TV boxes. Ideally for running VPN, IPTV, torrents and 4k streaming. Would this be sufficient or would the Nvidia shield be a better option. I'm in two mind about spending more just for the spec of the shield
Fyi, the software for v1 of this box has also been updated to have Google Assistant.
Edited by: "rufnek2kx" 19th Jan
rufnek2kx19/01/2019 00:30

Fyi, the software for v1 of this box has also been updated to have Google …Fyi, the software for v1 of this box has also been updated to have Google Assistant.


Do you have a link or model number?
6moe667 h, 43 m ago

Do you have a link or model number?


For the box? Don't think it's worth buying now that a newer model (this deal) is out but here it is Link
cutthroat_jake17th Jan

Things have moved on considerably from 2GB RAM and 8GB of storage.Similar …Things have moved on considerably from 2GB RAM and 8GB of storage.Similar money for a M8S Pro L with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, with a similar remote.


I just got one of them and Netflix doesn't work on it.
If you don't use Netflix I would recommend it though. It's very good at what it does
Has anyone received their order? I'm still waiting for mine. It's been over month.
any new deals on this? because I see it for 57 and it is one of the very few for high def Netflix..
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