X96 MINI Android 7.1.2 Amlogic S905W 4K KODI 17.3 TV BOX with IR Receiver 2GB/16GB WIFI LAN HDMI £24.23 Delivered with code @ GeekBuying
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X96 MINI Android 7.1.2 Amlogic S905W 4K KODI 17.3 TV BOX with IR Receiver 2GB/16GB WIFI LAN HDMI £24.23 Delivered with code @ GeekBuying

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Found 8th Nov
Great price for a 2GB ram box with S905w chip!

Use code 'X96MINI' at checkout to receive discount!

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Highlights Android 7.1.2

X96 MINI is based on the latest Android 7.1.2 OS, with high speed and smooth, designed to turn your regular TV into a smart one.

Amlogic S905W

The processor in this chip is an Amlogic S905W, fully supporting premium 4K UHD contents with a powerful 64bit CPU and Mali-450 penta-core GPU combination in place to handle 4K graphics and offers strikingly realistic pictures.

DDR3 2GB RAM, eMMC 16GB

It boasts DDR3 2GB RAM, and eMMC 16GB Flash, advantageous in performance, security and reliability, ascribing to the eMMC memory, ultimately delivering a richer end-user experience.

HDMI 2.0 Connector

You can go directly to let your TV and X96 TV Box are connected through an HDMI cable and set up your home cinema for the best 4K x 2K UHD multimedia experience.

IR Remote

Infrared remote control powered by 2 x AAA batteries.

802.11 b/g/n

Supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless standard, among which 802.11b has a maximum bandwidth of 11 Mbps, 802.11g 54 Mbps and 802.11n 150 Mbps.

True 4K Media Player

While your average media box might only accept 1080P video playback, this gadget plays just about any 4K sources you could throw at it. Furthermore, it moves out into reality the fantasy of VP9 hardware decoding alongside the H.265.

Access to KODI 17.3 and More

Like any Android based media players, it brings, aside from the preinstalled KODI 17.3, full access to Google Play Store apps like Neflix, Vudu, Skype, Picasa, Flicker, Youtube, Facebook, etc.

32 Comments

Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down on many of the 'free' sites and it's becoming hard to find a source to get stuff on. MOO
Edited by: "mel1408" 8th Nov

mel140814 m ago

Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down …Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down on many of the 'free' sires and it's becoming hard to find a source to get stuff on. MOO


Don't know what you on about. as long as you retain on to the apk files for the likes of showbox and the likes your set. Any add on in kodi for me still work 100% for now anyway.

Ships in a week, standard delivery takes a month. Touch'n'go for christmas

The weak aspect of these super cheap Android boxes tends to be WiFi. Does anyone have any experience of the WiFi on this model. The one I have (Abox) is only useful with an Ethernet connection. The WiFi 'works' but just not well enough to stream continuously. An 'air remote' with built in keyboard is brilliant for using with these too.

Is this better than firestick v1 you reckon??

Is it possible to put ChromeOS on these boxes? (or even better, a linux distro?)

us plug?

fame1 h, 16 m ago

Is this better than firestick v1 you reckon??


depends. you won't get fullhd/4K amazon prime video. and not sure if netflix will be as well.
Do you have 4K tv?
also the wifi is N standard... the 2nd gen FireStick has WiFi ac which is very stable (I have one)
This thing will be damn fast though. if you connect it using ethernet it will be a very good streaming box for all of your videos
Edited by: "noonecanhelp1" 8th Nov

Can anyone recommend the best android TV box? Best value to money but future proof too? I'd like to be able to put Google Play on there too. I'm happy to spend good cash for a good one.

mel14081 h, 54 m ago

Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down …Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down on many of the 'free' sites and it's becoming hard to find a source to get stuff on. MOO

Your not looking hard enough

mel14082 h, 2 m ago

Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down …Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down on many of the 'free' sites and it's becoming hard to find a source to get stuff on. MOO


There has never been so many options - there are more working apps/add ons than ever before.

Heat added - good price for a decent spec box.
Edited by: "Van1973" 8th Nov

89quidyoucantgowrong1 h, 36 m ago

The weak aspect of these super cheap Android boxes tends to be WiFi. Does …The weak aspect of these super cheap Android boxes tends to be WiFi. Does anyone have any experience of the WiFi on this model. The one I have (Abox) is only useful with an Ethernet connection. The WiFi 'works' but just not well enough to stream continuously. An 'air remote' with built in keyboard is brilliant for using with these too.



You'll find this one the same, only has 2.4 and so is very hit and miss depending on the source quality.

I ran MalwareBytes and StubbornTrojanKiller on this before anything else and it came back clean.

It happily allows you to install apk's for the latest Google Service and Play Store as updates so seems secure.

It had it's own version of Kodi installed, called "KD Player", with all the usual Exodus gumph, I only wanted it for home streaming so wiped it and installed the latest base version from Play Store, it still launches from the "KD Player" button.

"Prime Video" is not compatible and so not installable from Play, but can be side installed from an APK, it does have some control issues when attempting to skip forward though.

IR remote does have a learn feature for basic TV functions, but there are no instructions in the box. It's a generic remote and so you can probably find the instructions elsewhere. I managed if by trial and error.

Entilzha4 m ago

"Prime Video" is not compatible and so not installable from Play, but can …"Prime Video" is not compatible and so not installable from Play, but can be side installed from an APK, it does have some control issues when attempting to skip forward though.IR remote does have a learn feature for basic TV functions, but there are no instructions in the box. It's a generic remote and so you can probably find the instructions elsewhere. I managed if by trial and error.


I have a similar box and have installed Prime Video from Aptoide. Had the same problem trying to instal from the Play Store but installed first time from Aptoide and works fine.

jameswalker45752 m ago

Can anyone recommend the best android TV box? Best value to money but …Can anyone recommend the best android TV box? Best value to money but future proof too? I'd like to be able to put Google Play on there too. I'm happy to spend good cash for a good one.



Personally these days I wont touch a box that doesn't have root, recovery and custom ROM support.
The base ROMs are just slow and full of pre-installed crap. Like most phones..

Most of the builds are the 'phone' style Android which was never meant for ease of use on TV's. Yes theres 'better' app compatibility but 99% of apps dont work well with a remote. Leanback isnt the most customizable launcher either but the apps in the Play Store work well for it.

Best boxes I have at the mo are the Mecool S8 (S905X 2/16) and the H96 (S912 3/16). They both have proper AndroidTV ROMs and good LibreElec support. I have a MiBox somewhere as well but wasnt too impressed with that.

My only gripe with AndroidTV is the lack of OnDemand apps for UK, Amazon have cornered that. Havnt found a good iPlayer or ITV app that works well and theres issues with using the Amazon apps on ATV

This is a place to start in terms of Kodi but every box and every platform has issues, there isnt an 'All-In-One' solution at the moment, its all about focusing on your needs and what you may want in the future.

In terms of using Kodi for addons, Id look at the separate apks for these illegal streams. The sooner the addon devs move over to this platform the better!

mel14082 h, 48 m ago

Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down …Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down on many of the 'free' sites and it's becoming hard to find a source to get stuff on. MOO

You get what you pay for. DM me and I can recommend a very good reliable source - as mentioned, you do have to pay for it.

Anyone else having issues with exodus etc? No streams for most things.

noonecanhelp12 h, 15 m ago

depends. you won't get fullhd/4K amazon prime video. and not sure if …depends. you won't get fullhd/4K amazon prime video. and not sure if netflix will be as well.Do you have 4K tv?also the wifi is N standard... the 2nd gen FireStick has WiFi ac which is very stable (I have one) This thing will be damn fast though. if you connect it using ethernet it will be a very good streaming box for all of your videos

Thanks 4k tv in main room normal HD for bedroom. Difference between Wi-Fi N and Wi-Fi a.c.?
This box will be fast via Ethernet but slow for WiFI?

IAmTheDude4 h, 41 m ago

Personally these days I wont touch a box that doesn't have root, recovery …Personally these days I wont touch a box that doesn't have root, recovery and custom ROM support.The base ROMs are just slow and full of pre-installed crap. Like most phones..Most of the builds are the 'phone' style Android which was never meant for ease of use on TV's. Yes theres 'better' app compatibility but 99% of apps dont work well with a remote. Leanback isnt the most customizable launcher either but the apps in the Play Store work well for it.Best boxes I have at the mo are the Mecool S8 (S905X 2/16) and the H96 (S912 3/16). They both have proper AndroidTV ROMs and good LibreElec support. I have a MiBox somewhere as well but wasnt too impressed with that.My only gripe with AndroidTV is the lack of OnDemand apps for UK, Amazon have cornered that. Havnt found a good iPlayer or ITV app that works well and theres issues with using the Amazon apps on ATVThis is a place to start in terms of Kodi but every box and every platform has issues, there isnt an 'All-In-One' solution at the moment, its all about focusing on your needs and what you may want in the future.In terms of using Kodi for addons, Id look at the separate apks for these illegal streams. The sooner the addon devs move over to this platform the better!


Does Android TV support normal APKs? As id like to load a few of those too. Presumably not if there's a lack of on demand support?

Can I watch US channels on this like WB TV, HBO, USA, AMC ?

Doesn’t this support VPN.

mel140811 h, 21 m ago

Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down …Wouldn't bother with this type of box now as there has been a crack down on many of the 'free' sites and it's becoming hard to find a source to get stuff on. MOO


Most of the good free sites have just reopened again under different names now plenty out there spoilt 4 choice
Edited by: "kaiser051" 8th Nov

fame9 h, 26 m ago

Thanks 4k tv in main room normal HD for bedroom. Difference between Wi-Fi …Thanks 4k tv in main room normal HD for bedroom. Difference between Wi-Fi N and Wi-Fi a.c.?This box will be fast via Ethernet but slow for WiFI?


802.11ac makes ‘beamforming’ a core part of its spec. Rather than throw out wireless signal equally in all directions, WiFi with beamforming detects where devices are and intensifies the signal in their direction(s).

Rockpaperfunko19 h, 51 m ago

Anyone else having issues with exodus etc? No streams for most things.


Covenant

noonecanhelp111 h, 3 m ago

802.11ac makes ‘beamforming’ a core part of its spec. Rather than throw out …802.11ac makes ‘beamforming’ a core part of its spec. Rather than throw out wireless signal equally in all directions, WiFi with beamforming detects where devices are and intensifies the signal in their direction(s).

Perfect thanks for that info man. nice one :-)

jameswalker45717 h, 56 m ago

Does Android TV support normal APKs? As id like to load a few of those …Does Android TV support normal APKs? As id like to load a few of those too. Presumably not if there's a lack of on demand support?


Yup, you can sideload apks as normal and also use other markets like Aptiode etc but the Google Play Store will be AndroidTV focused.

You can sideload the OnDemand stuff but I dont believe they will work well with remotes as most of the UK apps are 'touch' based so need 'fingers' to control properly.

Been a while since I looked at it but the Amazon apps which are remote friendly wouldnt work on normal AndroidTV as it was tied into the Amazon framework.

I think I read when sideloading the iPlayer from the NShield, it reverted to a webbased app rather than the remote friendly app that runs on the NShield.

IAmTheDude29 m ago

Yup, you can sideload apks as normal and also use other markets like …Yup, you can sideload apks as normal and also use other markets like Aptiode etc but the Google Play Store will be AndroidTV focused.You can sideload the OnDemand stuff but I dont believe they will work well with remotes as most of the UK apps are 'touch' based so need 'fingers' to control properly.Been a while since I looked at it but the Amazon apps which are remote friendly wouldnt work on normal AndroidTV as it was tied into the Amazon framework.I think I read when sideloading the iPlayer from the NShield, it reverted to a webbased app rather than the remote friendly app that runs on the NShield.



So if I had to pin you down to one box. Which has good wifi good Bluetooth a stable processor and has custom rooms and root which would you choose?

jameswalker45729 m ago

So if I had to pin you down to one box. Which has good wifi good Bluetooth …So if I had to pin you down to one box. Which has good wifi good Bluetooth a stable processor and has custom rooms and root which would you choose?


There isnt one They all have their quirks and issues.

I dont use WiFi at all on anything bar my phone, hard wiring alleviates a lot of problems. BT Ive always found a pita so stick to 2.4ghz for remotes etc

I would take a look at the S905/S912 and sub-sections over on FreakTab and LibreElec forums, look for a box that has good support then Google and YouTube some reviews of it.

Decide what you want from it first before doing any of this, the Kodi hardware guide is a good read and will give you a lot of ideas.

Then theres your technical ability, I have a lot of friends who cant understand the rooting/flashing side of things and even following tutorials cant get drivers installed to access their boxes or can figure out what they have to do to get LibreElec booting etc. Some of these boxes wont have reset button and will need a nudge elsewhere to get them into the bootloader, some just wont work at all.

It took me two weeks of this before I got mine and have a fair few years of working with Android, still a pita with these sort of things

If you want something simple, plug and play AndroidTV to use Kodi and Netflix etc then the MiBox is a good choice (albeit no root etc and a little bit more expensive).

If you want the custom ROM capability then it pays to research into these boxes and look for a good brand, theres plenty of fakes and clone of clones around!

I cant bring myself to say use one of these boxes as they come, they work so much better when you strip all the crap out. I've know plenty of people to use these as they come and just run into issue after issue after issue.

With these boxes, you get what you pay for, they are usually cheap for a reason.
Edited by: "IAmTheDude" 9th Nov

IAmTheDude6 h, 10 m ago

There isnt one They all have their quirks and issues.I dont use WiFi …There isnt one They all have their quirks and issues.I dont use WiFi at all on anything bar my phone, hard wiring alleviates a lot of problems. BT Ive always found a pita so stick to 2.4ghz for remotes etc I would take a look at the S905/S912 and sub-sections over on FreakTab and LibreElec forums, look for a box that has good support then Google and YouTube some reviews of it.Decide what you want from it first before doing any of this, the Kodi hardware guide is a good read and will give you a lot of ideas.Then theres your technical ability, I have a lot of friends who cant understand the rooting/flashing side of things and even following tutorials cant get drivers installed to access their boxes or can figure out what they have to do to get LibreElec booting etc. Some of these boxes wont have reset button and will need a nudge elsewhere to get them into the bootloader, some just wont work at all.It took me two weeks of this before I got mine and have a fair few years of working with Android, still a pita with these sort of things If you want something simple, plug and play AndroidTV to use Kodi and Netflix etc then the MiBox is a good choice (albeit no root etc and a little bit more expensive).If you want the custom ROM capability then it pays to research into these boxes and look for a good brand, theres plenty of fakes and clone of clones around!I cant bring myself to say use one of these boxes as they come, they work so much better when you strip all the crap out. I've know plenty of people to use these as they come and just run into issue after issue after issue.With these boxes, you get what you pay for, they are usually cheap for a reason.

Damn you! I've been on FreakTab before I own a Pipo M9 Pro had it for 4 or so years and it's still going strong on KitKat best 180 quid I spent!

What's your thoughts on RK processors? My M9 has a RK3188 (I think it was) and I don't have any problems with it. I've noted alot of people saying rockchip is no go though?

Wifi would be good but I suppose I can just powerline it if needs be

jameswalker45715 h, 31 m ago

Damn you! I've been on FreakTab before I own a Pipo M9 Pro had it for 4 or …Damn you! I've been on FreakTab before I own a Pipo M9 Pro had it for 4 or so years and it's still going strong on KitKat best 180 quid I spent! What's your thoughts on RK processors? My M9 has a RK3188 (I think it was) and I don't have any problems with it. I've noted alot of people saying rockchip is no go though?Wifi would be good but I suppose I can just powerline it if needs be


Not a fan of RockChips, the never seem to have as much support as Amlogic's. I think they were one of the offenders in the OpenSource issues a while back so I always stick to AM. This might have changed but fool me once...

I've noticed some quirks lately with LibreElec, mainly little bugs that have a bigger impact on my setup. Biggest one at moment is I have a central sources.xml with path sub in Kodi. LE either ignores it or wipes it. Infuriating, so moving back to the Android version on a couple of boxes for testing.

Plan for me is to have a central IPTV and DVR server with a Myth or TVHE to push everything to these little boxes as clients so have been buying the odd one here and there to play around with. Pi3 just wont cut it for me anymore so need something with a little more grunt!

Just bought 2 of these, anyone received one yet and used it?

Can we get a uhh Showbox on thus
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