Recommend us a cheap Android TV box

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Found 27th Jun
Hey all,

We're on a budget and are looking for a cheap Android based STB

Been looking at the X96 Mini 2gb ram / 16 gb rom with Android 7.1.2 it has google play store installed to install apk's. This box works out at just under £30 and seems ok but I can't find any real review of it other than those sponsored type ones on YouTube

The box we buy has to be able to install IPTV Smarters and or GSE IPTV - I think these require Android 7

So with all that said is there anything else we should be considering upto a maximum of £50 ?

Requirements.... prefer 4gb ram, android 7, google play store and must install IPTV Smarters and or GSE IPTV

Recommendations appreciated - thank you
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Any recommendations at all ?
Depends on what you think is cheap, for the money the nvidia shield is amazing and compared to others is value for money
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Yes the Shield is a lovely bit of kit but kind of overkill for what I'm needing. Looking to spend no more than £50 and happy with a no name brand from China but was hoping to gauge if anybody else had ordered one and what they recommended,


Looks like it's a case of spend your money and take your chances.
The mxq boxes are about £ 25-30, they are ok for things like showbox, they take a while with kodi and you have to install the stuff yourself or update even with pre loade
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thanks for that, I'll have a google of the mxq when I get home
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seen a 2GB box on eBay with a keyboard, it looks ideal for the money

Does anybody have any experience with this one ?

ebay.co.uk/itm…649
m14x745 h, 31 m ago

seen a 2GB box on eBay with a keyboard, it looks ideal for the moneyDoes …seen a 2GB box on eBay with a keyboard, it looks ideal for the moneyDoes anybody have any experience with this one ?https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Smart-X96-MINI-2GB-16GB-Quad-Core-Android-7-1-TV-Box-Media-Streamers-4K-Keyboard/282939156330


Seems decent for the money but with caveats: it has a socket for cable IR receiver but the cabled IR receiver is not included in the "Package included" list (it is assumed the box has integral IR receiver built into front panel, but doesn't say); the wireless keyboard is assumed to terminate via USB dongle as there is no mention of bluetooth support, so the USB dongle will occupy one of the two USB ports; the wireless keyboard appears to be backlit with selectable colours, although the layout appears to be US not UK (not really an issue if you are comfortable ignoring some of the lettering ID on the keys); no 5kHz wireless support although always best to use ethernet anyway; S905W is a marginally cut down version of the previously higher-spec'd S905X (research if a loss of feature of S905X is critical to you); optional nearasdammit same box / identical(?) box is under £30 without the wireless keyboard but with the cabled IR receiver and mention of gigabit ethernet (gigabit spec is questionable and may be a typo / error) at ebay.co.uk/itm…116
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Thank you @AndyRoyd (I think you may have helped us in the past because I recognise the name !)

Is there anything else up to say 50 pounds that you think would offer significantly more OR do you reckon that one you've linked us to is a good fit ?
If you use kodi with your iptv then you can get any cheap amlogic box (s905x/s905w, get the x if you need proper 4k support), whack libreelec /coreelec on it and it will out perform anything this side of £100 with ease.
Edited by: "dcx_badass" 29th Jun
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dcx_badass58 m ago

If you use kodi with your iptv then you can get any cheap amlogic box …If you use kodi with your iptv then you can get any cheap amlogic box (s905x/s905w, get the x if you need proper 4k support), whack libreelec /coreelec on it and it will out perform anything this side of £100 with ease.


thank you for the advice (another name I recognise)

Tbh, it's for a bedroom that will be used maybe for a couple of hours a week

It will be used for the Android app store specifically to run PTV Smarters and or GSE IPTV - it's unlikely we'll be using kodi
m14x7423 h, 39 m ago

Thank you @AndyRoyd (I think you may have helped us in the past because I …Thank you @AndyRoyd (I think you may have helped us in the past because I recognise the name !)Is there anything else up to say 50 pounds that you think would offer significantly more OR do you reckon that one you've linked us to is a good fit ?


From your later post of "unlikely we'll be using kodi" and your earlier comment identifing your researched requirements ibncluding A7 & Play Store: either of the mentioned ebay options should suit (assuming platform & seller credible etc) and I doubt you could obtain significant improvement to justify spending £20 more. If you have no requirement for bluetooth or dual wifi support I would suggest the item you located with the inclusive wireless keyboard offers the best value primarily because a dedicated keyboard always makes text input easier than a traditional TV-style remote, but you may already have a suitable wireless keyboard...
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AndyRoyd4 m ago

From your later post of "unlikely we'll be using kodi" and your earlier …From your later post of "unlikely we'll be using kodi" and your earlier comment identifing your researched requirements ibncluding A7 & Play Store: either of the mentioned ebay options should suit (assuming platform & seller credible etc) and I doubt you could obtain significant improvement to justify spending £20 more. If you have no requirement for bluetooth or dual wifi support I would suggest the item you located with the inclusive wireless keyboard offers the best value primarily because a dedicated keyboard always makes text input easier than a traditional TV-style remote, but you may already have a suitable wireless keyboard...


Thanks Andy... You're input is very much appreciated... I think that's what we'll order in that case

Thanks to both of you for the input
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