TAP1 Android 6 TV Box - 2GB +16GB S905X. £21.82 at Gearbest - china delivery
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TAP1 Android 6 TV Box - 2GB +16GB S905X. £21.82 at Gearbest - china delivery

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Found 11th Jan
What doyou think of this TV box? Its the Amlogic S905X which supports 4k playback at 60fps. Only 2.4G wifi and 100Mb ethernet though. Obviously may be subject to customs due to the china delivery but a good price *if* you're not unlucky with it getting caught up in customs.

Flash sale price till Monday.

Opinions? Any know any coupon codes before I order?
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Very cheap for a 2GB Android TV box, heat!
Looking for a android tv box to load tor guard vpn to watch content outside UK . Anyone know if this is any good?
I always vote Gearbest deals cold, maybe I'm a snob (yes most likely) - However the OP has helpfully added 'china delivery' to the title of the deal and so I shall apply some heat. Well done sir, if only all other non UK retailer deals had the same helpful info it would help those that don't know these things,

Edit:

I feel that the OP deserves best man/woman/unspecified* person of the week award for being so helpful.

*Please delete as appropriate.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 11th Jan
Can I ask a question which will be super obvious to anyone that’s had one of these (android boxes generally)?

We can’t have a dish on our house due to it being listed so have our Sky running through the Sky Go app on the XB1.

I’d like to downsize to something like this to get rid of the massive Xbox out of the lounge. Will this run anything - like Sky Go - from the play store or do they work a bit differently to the apps you would get on a standard mobile/tablet?

Cheers in advance.
Spec is good, very similar to my main box which I have had the last couple of years. Good price too, but I cant find a review. Worth a risk at this price.

I think with all gearbest deals its worth pointing out that you can pay with paypal, so you have some security there.

Also these boxes always come with hideous launchers so change it as soon as you can. I use top tv launcher 2 on my box, combined with an air mouse its a great set up.
Edited by: "Bushes" 11th Jan
daanuk37 m ago

Can I ask a question which will be super obvious to anyone that’s had one o …Can I ask a question which will be super obvious to anyone that’s had one of these (android boxes generally)?We can’t have a dish on our house due to it being listed so have our Sky running through the Sky Go app on the XB1. I’d like to downsize to something like this to get rid of the massive Xbox out of the lounge. Will this run anything - like Sky Go - from the play store or do they work a bit differently to the apps you would get on a standard mobile/tablet?Cheers in advance.


These android TV boxes don't run Sky Go or Now TV apk.
Don't know about the w\x processor but This looks similar & has android 7. Also gearbest
The W processor only supports 30fps at 4k whereas the X is 60fps afaik...
Edited by: "kashavsehra" 11th Jan
jumpinoffthbed50 m ago

Don't know about the w\x processor but This looks similar & has android 7. …Don't know about the w\x processor but This looks similar & has android 7. Also gearbest



905W SOC. Also, if you can hold out, the M8S Pro+ (Plus) usually drops to £25. It has Widevine Level 1 so supports Netflix HD/4K. Worth a look.

Good price regardless.
Edited by: "M0nk3h" 11th Jan
Thanks OP. My Amazon fire TV just packed up.
Now I have all the standard stuff on my smart TV, this will be perfect for going off-piste
M0nk3h5 m ago

905W SOC. Also, if you can hold out, the M8S Pro+ (Plus) usually drops to …905W SOC. Also, if you can hold out, the M8S Pro+ (Plus) usually drops to £25. It has Widevine Level 1 so supports Netflix HD/4K. Worth a look.Good price regardless.


Is that the 2gb one that drops to £25? The 1gb one is £25 currently on the flash sale so I assume you mean the 1gb version...
kashavsehra4 m ago

Is that the 2gb one that drops to £25? The 1gb one is £25 currently on the …Is that the 2gb one that drops to £25? The 1gb one is £25 currently on the flash sale so I assume you mean the 1gb version...



Usually it's the 2GB but they must have just reduced the 1GB. On another note, there is a listing for the 2GB at £26 but it's the AUS version and "Discontinued". I'm fairly sure it was reduced recently to £26.

Either way, for the little bit extra it's worth it if you're into that, oh and there's a flashable Android TV ROM so effectively a cheaper Shield running (semi-official) Android TV software. If you're spending £40 or so, there's the M8S Pro L. Again Widevine Level 1 and the flashable Android TV ROM.
RiverDragon83 h, 31 m ago

These android TV boxes don't run Sky Go or Now TV apk.


Appreciate the reply. Back to the drawing board.
M0nk3h4 h, 8 m ago

Usually it's the 2GB but they must have just reduced the 1GB. On another …Usually it's the 2GB but they must have just reduced the 1GB. On another note, there is a listing for the 2GB at £26 but it's the AUS version and "Discontinued". I'm fairly sure it was reduced recently to £26.Either way, for the little bit extra it's worth it if you're into that, oh and there's a flashable Android TV ROM so effectively a cheaper Shield running (semi-official) Android TV software. If you're spending £40 or so, there's the M8S Pro L. Again Widevine Level 1 and the flashable Android TV ROM.


Hi, been looking for a android box to play Netflix hd but waz told its only hd on the Nvidia shield... your info above gives me hope! Have you tried either of the M8S Pro L or Plus? Is the netflix defo HD? Cheers
ME55Y1 h, 39 m ago

Hi, been looking for a android box to play Netflix hd but waz told its …Hi, been looking for a android box to play Netflix hd but waz told its only hd on the Nvidia shield... your info above gives me hope! Have you tried either of the M8S Pro L or Plus? Is the netflix defo HD? Cheers


Because they're mis-informed whoever told you that.

There are very few Chinese Android boxes that conform with the DRM level that is needed for Netflix to stream in HD. You need to look for a box that advertises Netflix HD/4K in laymans terms OR they may state the Widevine level (in this case you need to find one that has Widevine Level 1).

I don't currently own one but will be buying the M8S PRO L soon.

If you got to the link below it gives you a little indepth look into the M8S PRO L with some screenshots showing Netflix in 1080p (Obviously this means it's passed DRM and can stream Netflix 1080p).

freaktab.com/for…-hs

There are some other bits in there for you, like the Widevine level etc.

The box itself has a S912 and 3GB RAM so it should be more than enough - currently £42 on Gearbest. It kinda works out better I think to spend that little extra for the PRO L model purely because it's only a few quid more. The M8S PRO+ should be relative and similar to the link above.

Just make sure whichever you buy, is either the M8S PRO+ (PLUS, Important) or the M8S PRO L model. The M8S PRO (non-plus) isn't certified for Netflix in HD.

As far as I know, these two models are the only two that can play Netflix in HD due to their Widevine level. I've yet to find another box that does apart from the Shield.

If you're wanting something that will be guarenteed, look into the Xiaomi MiBox, but make sure it's the proper Android TV not a box running Android.

mi.com/en/…ox/

To quote XDA Developers:

"...Netflix and other services such as Amazon Prime Video are protected by digital rights management, or DRM services, and on Android require the most secure level of Google’s Widevine DRM solution (Widevine Level 1) in order to deliver HD (720p+) video content to Android devices. Lack of support for Widevine L1 can, and will, result in HD video not being played properly on your Android device, regardless of how powerful your device is or what its screen resolution is."

Source: xda-developers.com/and…rm/
RiverDragon813 h, 0 m ago

These android TV boxes don't run Sky Go or Now TV apk.


In the past I have had Now TV running on a similar box, but the control wasn't as smooth as usual.
vultura8 h, 17 m ago

In the past I have had Now TV running on a similar box, but the control …In the past I have had Now TV running on a similar box, but the control wasn't as smooth as usual.


Not anymore. You can load up the interface no problem but when you go click on something to watch you get this message.
33045046-rvDLl.jpg
Edited by: "RiverDragon8" 12th Jan
I can't comment on the quality of this particular device, but if you want one for Kodi, then install LibreELEC on this or a similar device for a better experience than running it through Android. You can dual boot from a microSD card, or install over Android on the internal memory for even better performance.
Edited by: "Torchwood" 12th Jan
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