Android TV boxes have dominated the streaming device market for years due to their global availability, reliability, versatility, and competitive pricing. These devices are not just for video streaming and gaming; they also make a compelling choice for digital signage installations. In this review, we'll explore five standout options that deserve your attention in the Android box landscape.
1. Nokia Streaming Box 8000
Leading our list is the Nokia Streaming Box 8000, a compact device that marks Nokia’s successful return to the streaming device market. While its specs may appear average in the market, they are more than sufficient for its functionality. Noteworthy features include 4K support and the adoption of the brisk Android 10 operating system.
Other features include:
- A built-in Chromecast functionality
- Expandable memory options for users demanding flexibility in their storage needs
- The inclusion of Google Assistant for enhanced user interaction
- Music or video playback from an external USB device
- Access to hundreds of apps on the Google Play store such as streaming services, YouTube, games, and more
- The pricing is around $100
The older version, the Nokia Streaming Box 8010 takes a step further with Android 11, wifi 6, increased RAM, and storage. It may come at $50 higher but it’s a great choice for users seeking additional performance and features.
2. Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K
The Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K has a recognizable design available in three colors; Sky(blue), Sunrise(a Google Store-exclusive pink), and Snow(white). While the specifications may not be groundbreaking, the Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K sets itself apart with the integration of smart home control functionality. This feature extends the device's utility beyond streaming and allows users to manage connected devices within their home environment.
- Fast streaming with a crystal clear picture in up to 4K and vibrant HDR colors.
- Connect to either a 2.4 or 5 GHz network for versatile streaming options. Note that Chromecast can only connect to one WI-FI network at a time.
- The Google Assistant button on the remote is convenient for voice searches and commands
- Cast movies, shows, and more directly to your TV using your phone or tablet.
- The pricing starts at around $50
The consistent performance offered by this device at such a competitive price makes it a favorite among users looking for reliable streaming solutions that don't break the bank. Its value-for-money proposition remains a strong selling point, making it a staple in many households.
3. Xiaomi Mi Box S (2nd Gen)
The second-generation Xiaomi Mi Box S elevates the user experience with significant improvements over its predecessor. It features an advanced quad-core Cortex A55 CPU and Mali G31 GPU. The transition to the latest Google TV version enhances the user interface with a more responsive and convenient navigation experience compared to the Android TV 9 of the previous model
In terms of visual and auditory enhancements, the added support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos enriches the audiovisual journey for users. While the 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage remain unchanged from the previous model, the Mi Box S positions itself as a fit-for-purpose device and maintains a competitive price point of around $60.
4. A95x F4 8K UHD Smart TV Box
Although it lacks global brand recognition, the A95x F4 8K UHD Smart TV Box has remarkable features and a competitive price tag in the range of $110-120. The Amlogic S905X4 powers the device with a quad-core Cortex A55 CPU and Mali G31 GPU, similar to the Mi Box we mentioned earlier. The standout feature is the inclusion of a substantial 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.
The A95x F4 8K UHD Smart TV Box runs on the recent Android 11 and supports resolutions up to 8K@24fps. While impressive, this specification can only handle or process content in 8K quality but the actual display output will vary based on the display capabilities of the connected device. Even so, the device excels in smooth 4K playback, complemented by an array of interfaces, including an ethernet connector. The futuristic design of the device adds a touch of aesthetics to its robust capabilities.
5. Ugoos UT8 PRO
The Ugoos UT8 PRO is the flagship model among TV set-top boxes from its manufacturer and is priced at approximately $180. It caters to users seeking a device that excels not only in video streaming but also in gaming.
The UT8 PRO runs on Android 11 and features a 64-bit RK3568 CPU from Rockchip, paired with a Mali-G52 2EE GPU. With an impressive 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, it’s the best choice for gaming needs. It also supports 4K@60fps resolution, ensuring a high-quality visual experience for users.
The UT8 PRO supports WIFI 6 and is the only device in this list with a sturdy metal case, weighing only 300 grams. While it comes with a higher price tag compared to other options, this device justifies the investment with its features and capabilities.
Choosing the Right Device for Digital Signage
When considering these Android TV boxes for digital signage players, be mindful of Android and Google TV software limitations. For instance, the inability to rotate the screen vertically may be a deciding factor based on your specific requirements.
For simple scenarios involving image and video streaming on horizontal screens, any of the first three devices on our list would be a suitable and affordable solution. However, for more intricate scenarios that involve broadcasting complex content with the screen divided into multiple areas, extensive online content, and simultaneous high-definition video playback, we recommend options 4 or 5.
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