Our Picks for Best Hardware Boxes To Run KODI Media Center

By | January 3, 2017

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Kodi has become the go-to streaming media center for everyone from cable cutters, to anyone wanting a great media experience.
 
The basic requirements to run Kodi are listed as 3D capable GPU graphics hardware controller for all rendering, a Dual-core 2 GHz or better CPU, and 1 GB of RAM.
 
Of course it can be installed and used on slower machines but becomes laggy.
 
To give an example I have installed Kodi on a Raspberry Pi single core 900 MHz CPU with 512 MB of Ram and it does work although it does freeze up at moments.
 
The new Raspberry Pi 3 quad core 1 GB of Ram does a much better job of running Kodi.
 
But what about media boxes that already have Kodi installed?
 
When it comes to pre-installed Kodi boxes there are many to choose from and can vary wildly in hardware.
 
As listed above they should have at least the basic specifications to run Kodi, but ideally faster.
 
In 2017 the minimum hardware specification for a Kodi box should be at least 2GB RAM and a S905 CPU or better.
 
After reviewing Kodi android TV boxes for the last two years here is our picks for the best options. The units come in all shapes sizes and price ranges.
 
As always be sure to read reviews on Amazon, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is the right pick for you.
 
Our Picks For The Top Pre-Installed KODI Media Center Boxes
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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro Home Media Server

The NVIDIA Shield is a very popular Kodi android TV box that has many nice features.
 
It has a NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 3GB Ram, 802.11ac WiFi, and USB 3.0.
 
Two version can be bought 16GB and 500GB that give more internal hard drive space. Most Kodi boxes don’t give this option and have limited internal space. If you have a large video library you want to store and play a 500 GB hard drive version can be bought.
 
There is a new 2017 version of the Shield that is smaller then the old one and comes with a new redesigned controller.
 
While more costly than other options it is a nice box to run Kodi on. The NVIDIA SHIELD Pro combined with Kodi is definitely a cable TV killer.
 
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Tops MXV Android TV BOX Amlogic S905 Quad-core Mini PC Streaming Media Player DDR3 2GB/ROM 8GB

The MXV runs a Quad Core S905 CPU with 2GB of RAM.
 
One of the things that makes it stand out is it is cheap.
 
The box we had came with Kodi Isengard which we upgraded to Kodi Jarvis 16.1 and is still working great.
Review Cheap KODI Box MX V S905 Android TV 2GB RAM
While not the fastest Kodi android box it does work quite well. If you are on a budget then it is worth a look.
 
Read Here for a full Review of the MXV Quad Core Kodi Box
 
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Edal 2017 the Latest T95Z plus TV Box Amlogic S912 Octa-core 2G DDR3 RAM 16G eMMC ROM Android 6.0 Support 1080P 4K Resolution Smart TV Box

Edal makes this T95Z Plus which uses the new S912 Amilogic processor with 2 GB of RAM.
 
The S912 is a slight improvement over the S905 and a big improvement over the S805/S812 many boxes ship with, expect to see many new units being sold with a S912.
AKASO T95Z PLUS TV BOX 4K Pre-installed Android 6.0 BEST unit
In testing the WiFi was fast and maxed out a 50Mbps Download, and 5Mbps Upload connection. It also can play 720p, 1080p, or the new 4K Ultra HD videos.
 
The S912 CPU, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage will make it able to easily upgrade to Kodi 17 Krypton when the final release is done.
 
Read Here for a Full Review of the T95Z Plus
 
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WELLWIN T95N M8S pro TV BOX S905 quad-core 2G/8G/4K Android 5.1 KODI 16.0 Bluetooth 4.0 WIFI/Internet HD Fully Loaded

The M8S is a low cost unit with some good basic hardware.
 
It runs a S905 processor and 2GB of RAM. Like many low cost boxes the internal storage is low with a 8GB ROM, but expandable with a SD-Card or Flash drive.
Review Mini M8S Budget Android Kodi Smart TV Box Size
In our test it handled Kodi and playing HD 4K videos well. The WiFi was lacking a bit which we maxed out at 14Mbps. The minimum needed to stream standard definition videos is 5mbps. Running a Ethernet cable may be necessary for 4K videos.
 
For the price it is a good buy and worth a look if you are on a budget.
 
Read Here for a Full Review of the WELLWIN T95N M8S pro
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GPD XD DroidBOX PlayOn Gamepad Handheld 5″ Touchscreen Gaming Tablet Android 4.4.4, Kodi Box, XBMC; 1.8Ghz Quad Core CPU, 2GB RAM 32GB

DroidBOX has made some nice Kodi units from projectors to portable all with good support.
 
The DroidBOX PlayOn is built as a portable Kodi box and game emulator.
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It has roughly the same look as a Nintendo 3DS along with a nice button layout.
 
A HDMI cable can be conected to a TV to watch videos with Kodi or play games on a big screen.
 
The DroidBOX PlayOn is a great device for those traveling and needing an all around entertainment device, from playing games to watching videos with Kodi.
 
There is a built in battery which last 5-7 hours depending what it is being played.
 
Read Here for a Full Review of the GPD XD DroidBOX PlayOn Android Gamepad
 
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Himedia Q10 PRO:QUAD CORE ANDROID TV BOX A53 CPU/MALI-720 GPU ANDROID 5.1 4KX2K@60FPS ULTRAHD VIDEOS WITH FLIPPING HD ENCLOSURE

The Himedia Q10 PRO is a high-end Kodi android TV box with many nice features.
 
The main nice feature is the ability to quickly snap in a SATA hard drive which makes it a good unit to store lots of videos, music, or games.
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It uses the Hi3798C V200 chipset with a Realtek RTD1295 processors which is one of the best ARM based CPU’s available.
 
The Himedia Q10 PRO is not a cheap box and on almost the same level as the Nvidia Shield.
 
It also has dual band WiFi which can run on the new 5 GHz 802.11ac protocol. If you have a dual band router than than you will have no problems with a fast internet connection, at least to the router.
 
Read Here for a Full Review of The Himedia Q10 PRO
 
Summary
Kodi android TV boxes have changed a lot in the last year going from 1GB of RAM to 2GB of RAM or more.
 
A box with 1GB of RAM will still run Kodi but is not ideal for future updates and cost about the same for a box with 2 GB of RAM.
 
The processors have also changed with older units mainly using the S805 and new unit using the S905, or better.
 
Many of the older boxes are still sold so be wary of these older boxes, especially since the new ones cost almost the same.
 
If you want the best one available than most would agree that the Nvidia Shield is currently the top box to get. It unfortunately is also the most expensive.
 
Many of the lower-end cheap boxes run Kodi well but do require some technicality.
 
For example during a major update with Kodi there will be almost no support, if any. Also many of them have less than desirable WiFi, so running a Ethernet cable may be necessary.
 
With that said and having reviewed many units they do work and continue to work. I know people who bought a cheap box 1-2 years ago and continue to use it daily.
 
Just keep in mind if a low cost box has a problem than you will need to get a bit technical. There are lots of YouTube videos and tutorials that can help.
 
Here is a video review of one such low cost box I recently made.

 
When buying a Kodi box read the reviews on Amazon to be sure it meets your technical ability. While any of these boxes will run Kodi they often come with some degree of setup that may not be for everyone.
 

 
This list is updated to reflect the current state of hardware requirements for Kodi. Older boxes that once were recommended are pulled and replaced with up-to-date versions.
 

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61 thoughts on “Our Picks for Best Hardware Boxes To Run KODI Media Center

  1. Robert F

    What if you compare the Matricom G-Box with the latest Pigflytech® [2015 New Arrival] MX3-plus.
    That comes with the s802+
    Or compare it with the Element Ti4 Quad Core Android TV Box 2GB/16GB/4K S812 .
    I am trying to figure out which one to buy out of these 3 boxes.

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    1. WirelessHack

      When I get more time I will compare them. The Matricom G-box is faster than the Pigflytech box but they do keep upgrading it so this may change.

      The Element Ti4 Quad Core Android TV Box has basically the same same hardware specs as the Matricom G-box. I will have to do more research on it.

      I currently use the Maticom G-box and have the Idroidnation I-Box you can read the reviews I did for them here http://www.wirelesshack.org/review-idroidnation-i-box-octa-core-kodi-android-smart-tv-box.html

      Which ever one you get let us know how it works for you.

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      1. John Brandow

        With this box do you still have your cable connection to your house like DIRECTV or does this replace all that

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        1. WirelessHack

          These boxes stream from the internet, so only a internet connection is needed.

          Reply
  2. Shelley

    I just received the Raspberry Pi 2 media starter kit with Quad core Broadcom. Working good although has froze couple times, but we noticed our PS4 is now lagging. Is there any remedies?

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    1. WirelessHack

      PS4 is Lagging? The only thing I can think of how the two would interfere with each other would be the WiFi signal. There are a number of solutions if this is the problem with the simplest being to use a wired connection with at least one device.

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      1. Andy

        Wire ps4 or put in dmz in router set up.google it.makes ps4 priority on sending/receiving packets.

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  3. Joe

    I have the G-Box and it’s awful. It’s network speeds makes it pretty much useless for streaming 1080p video.

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    1. WirelessHack

      I haven’t had any problems with mine of course my router is not far from it. A wired connection may be the way to go.

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      1. Wayne

        Best box on market is the m8s+ super fast quad core loilop 5.1 I have had all those 1 gb boxes there. Crap

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        1. Tim

          I have one too and finally solved the screen positioning problem and the low image quality problem

          I’m sure many think it is junk as I did before but it’s now great

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    2. ben

      Joe have the same problem with my gbox. Actually I think the gbox is a hunk of junk!! My fire stick is faster and more reliable by far.

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  4. Curtis Spiers

    I bought an MXQ box as a suggestion from a long time streamer and find my fire tv sticks are faster and much more reliable. I average around 20 meg download speed out of New Orleans, LA via U-Verse

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  5. Steve

    Does the Idroidnation box have hdmi playthrough problems with HBO go and showtime anytime and Netflix players? My android 4.4 mk8088 plus stops playing 30 seconds in and hdmi errors out?

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    1. WirelessHack

      It plays through with HDMI. I haven’t used it with HBO Go or any other sources than Kodi so I’m unsure how well it does with those services. It plays Kodi good.

      Reply
  6. VICTOR

    I’d like to hear if anyone else has the nvidia shield. I have roku but wanted to get a kodi box and nvidia seems to be the best in terms of performance. Does anyone have any input?

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    1. Rich

      The nvidia shield is the best box for kodi period. I have a roku 3 and it blows the roku away not only because of kodi but the speed and versatility and throw in gaming capabilities the shield is the best on the market hands down. I use it every day,trust me.

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    2. Douglas Medina

      Nividia is the best i have 2 cheaper boxs for the bedrooms

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    3. Paul

      I got a few the mini roka and s905 both work fine in my bedroom fink it depends on your WiFi the s805 my misses haves her in the bedroom upstairs router is downstairs.. It’s worth looking a r

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  7. D. E. Driscoll

    Is there anyone who can help me with a Kodi Fire box which a friend got for me. The cost was about £55.00 which included postage. I installed it and he came round and demonstrated how to operate the unit. He showed me how to get all the football and films but when I tried the Kodi ‘addons’ only showed ‘Programs’ ‘System”Settings’ etc.

    I can post the box with the attachments if there is someone more experienced than me can solve my problem.

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    1. peter

      when you get an unloaded version of kodi, nothing works as you have to install the tv and movie apps like phonix and salts yourself but it is easy to do,

      Reply
  8. Gregg Hernandez

    Hello, originally I ran the quad core OUYA gaming box with KODI side loaded, and it ran beautifully, but I thought it was time to upgrade, so I built a nice little quad core Raspberry Pi, and it runs just as well with absolutely no lag at all. I use the OPENELEC build, which is nice because you can set it to update to the newest version of KODI automatically. You may also be able to do this on the boxes mentioned above. The trick for me may be is the Wi-Fi booster I have downstairs because my wireless router is upstairs. This really helps with my Wi-Fi signal which is very high. I also built a nice dual core PC running Linux Mint with KODI installed. I use this sometimes with a small TV hooked up to it, and it also runs great. My next project is using the ODROID C1+ running the OPENELEC build, should run great.
    I have tried using a Matricom box in the past, but it seems to heat up after a few hours of use. This problem may have been solved by now, because I had the box a couple of years ago. I use the little heat sinks on the Raspberry Pi builds and they never get hot, ever after several hours of use.

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    1. Muhammad Bilal

      Hi Greg,

      I am using Kodi on Rasberry Pi 3, and it is working fine so far. I am using (Soft) remote control on my iPhone to navigate in side Kodi, which can be painful at times, What remote are you using with your Rasberry Pi setup?

      Thanks

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  9. Kevin Wood

    Has anyone used the Tigerstream.tv box? It’s damnned expensive!! ….. Or the bizarrely named “jesusboxtv” ? *snickers *

    Reply
  10. JCV

    Currently have a streamsmart box strictly to run Kodi which basically gives me anything I can find on demand, most bluejays and even some in theatres. Downside is that it is 3-400 to buy. Do these boxes run Kodi the same way and provide solid Kodi/channel up performance?

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  11. JENEAN

    Probably no help can be given, but do you have any idea how to update the UBOX? I was told KODI.com, but can not understand any of it. At then rate I’m going, I believe I may purchase the Nvidea shield, based on the replys to this page. Can you help??

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  12. Mike

    I bought a shield last year on Black Friday to play a couple of games and now I use it almost exclusively as a kodi box. I have a Raspberry Pi 2 and the overall experience was kind of painful enough for me that I didn’t really stick with it. The Shield is so stunningly fast that I can’t imagine there being a comparable box to it in terms of performance. It’ll cost you some money, especially if you buy the remote, but in IMO both are worth the coin if you use the thing a lot. Really much, MUCH better as KODI/media center platform than as a gaming console (due to overall lack of games for Shield at present).

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  13. toetied

    i have a g box q, 1st off you can not use it with wifi, maybe its interference, or crappy Internet (i live in Mexico) but with an Ethernet cable to the router its very rare i have problems.
    all my add ons are set to auto play with 1080 or 720, but 1080 is the 1st choice i never wait more that a couple seconds for it to start ( i have 20mbs).kodi is great, but its the most backwards software ive ever used. you need to be prepared to ) spend some time to learn it. i still wonder how they even came up with the (internal) layout i cant imagine a situatin where how they have built it seems anything more that a pain in the ass.
    having said that nothing else out there will do what it does except openelec, or forks
    my friend also has one, and he hates it, well he loved it until the build he payed for experied.
    he wanted to plug it in and watch whatever he wanted right off the bat, without putting any time at all into learning it.
    i also have a firestick, it works but its slow, and im never sure if i hit the button so i do it again and suddenly it moves a bunch at once, its the low cost option, but i would recommend the g box q for the main tv the firestick maybe as bedroom, or something not often used.
    i canceled my cable tv and doubled up on the Internet speed and still save 50% and i can literally watch tv all day without issues.
    i dont know about its 3d or 4k features, the g box q 2 has dual band 802.11n, a step down from my 802.11ac, but again i think wifi for steaming video is a bad idea. besides its not like your moving your Tv around. most of you aren’t anyway

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  14. Tom G

    I agree with toetied. Kodi is a pain in the butt to try and do things like loading a new site to stream from. First you go do something like downloading a zip file, then you go to programs or something else to find and identify it. They you go to a different section to install it. Then to another section to pay something from it. And WHY are their repositories AND zip files? What ever happened to files and folders. Good lord it is such a pain to use.

    And don’t even think about trying to delete just one site from a repository. When you get install Phoenix for example about 25-50% of the links never work. Just a whole bunch of clutter if you ask me.

    But Kodi as a media player is fine but it just can’t be update it on my new Android box. Some stupid programer locked down my MXQ Pro + box so that almost everything fails to load from the play store. Heck it won’t even play my subscription to Netflix and Google Chrome is hopelessly out of date . Oh and trying to find a VPN service that works is hopeless. Everything in the play store says my box is not compatible with their apps. WHAT DO YOU MEAN THEY ARE NOT COMPATIBLE. Its running Android 5.1.1. Stupid.

    Android TV boxes belong in the trash. If you want a media center get serious and load up Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10, the latest version of Kodi 16.1, Netflix and Google Chrome ver. 51 and enjoy yourself. The Android TV boxes being sold are hopelessly cluttered with junk operating system software which MOST of the time doesn’t even run and it certainly can’t be updated. If you expect your Android box to every work correctly then you must also believe gold grows on trees.

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    1. Greg M

      Tom, I suggest you pack up all of your Android devices and go get an Amazon Prime or Netflix account. You and technology that millions love are obviously not compatible.

      Reply
  15. Tom Mack

    Friend has the fire stick unlocked and seems to work well w Kodi. Another has Stream Smart but over $300.00. Any advice of which is better or does it really matter? Or other suggestion? thx!

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    1. Frank V

      I am not sure about stream smart but I have a firstick. I modified the buffer and cache settings along with upgrading the power source from .15 Amps to 2 Amps (old samsung phone charger will do it). This helped the buffering speed, a lot. I don’t run less than 1080p, With no freezing or unwanted resets. Gathered those modifications after much research. Just becareful with the 2 amp upgrade, it could melt your firestick if there is a power surge or you run it more than 7 hours straight. The 1 amp ( old Iphone usb charge box),is good as well and a lot safer, its works well with buffering but still lags on loading the metadata. Something the 2 amp does not, if you are a concious person stick with the 2 amp if not 1 amp is for you. Hope this helps

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  16. Sid

    I Use Tronsmart Android TV Box Vega S95 Telos . It works like a charm. I use it on wifi with my WD 4tb network hard drive connected to router and its plays flawless without any lag or buffering. Even library scanning of 550 movies was done in 10 mins.

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  17. Papi

    The previous posts present food for thought…Here’s the dessert! MINIX NEO X8-H Plus! Quad core, 4K, dual band WiFi, 2gigs ram, air mouse and as easy to use as a smart phone! I have one on each TV in my home and only the living room TV is Ethernet connected. I started streaming with a raspberry pi 2 several years ago. The pi worked very well w/OpenElec but I wanted more! The MINIX basically turns your TV or smart TV into an Einstein TV! I have tried other devices,ie fire stick and G box which are OK but don’t perform as well as the MINIX. I can honestly say I have not experienced any of the issues expressed in previous posts with this device. The X8 works flawlessly. Plays media from my WD HDD seamlessly and connects to all my networked devices including my printer! I may upgrade the living room TV to a Shield but the cost isn’t in my budget right now.

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  18. harrel jones

    i purchased aandroid tv box but had to return it to the seller .the reason was I could never get pass the authenticating it would get the password and go through the connecting processing stage then I would get the connection fail prompt I could never find out why is there an explanation, its a brand new sony tv I have a excellent wifi signal but no answer to the problem

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  19. Montag451

    There are 3 necessary parts to getting a streaming system working:
    1 – the android box
    2 – installing Kodi
    3 – getting the Kodi program configured with apps (called addons in Kodi world) correctly.
    Which android box? There certainly is some junk out there that stops working after a few days/weeks.

    Here is what I’ve seen work re android boxes:
    a) Rasp. Pi 2 – slow but works well if you are patient.
    b) Pivos XIOS DS – an OLDer system but works fine. I don’t think it even has the specs mentioned above. Used on a daily basis by someone I know.
    c) Minix Neo X8-H Plus (careful that you get this version not one of the other ones with different specs) – This one works on a daily basis FLAWLESSLY. The remote that you can get from Minix has the standard VCR type controls on one side and a keyboard on the other side. Very useful. This Minix box can have Kodi installed but also can be connected to Google Play so you can download other apps from the Play store. The specs on this box are very good.
    d) I also know of people who are using brands called GOOBANG and MXQ or MYGICA. But make sure you get the appropriate specs. Some of the older versions are a bit limiting. Look for a newer Android version.
    Of course you can also download Kodi onto a Windows PC or your smart phone or tablet…

    To get the Addons configured you can do two things:
    a) go to the Kodi site and read through the material.
    b) go to a site called tvaddons[dot]ag . This offers complete installation and configuration help for whatever platform you are using (windows, linux, android, even apple ). VERY easy.

    I have to say though, that the live TV channels are not ready for “Prime time” yet. In general they seem to be unreliable. When they work they are great. Sometimes they just don’t work… oh well. But the movies and TV series, and the privately generated content is priceless. learn a language, learn to play guitar, learn to mountain bike, learn python, fitness shows… endless content!! No more content restrictions by cable companies with limited vision. See perspectives from around the world instead of being constrained by the corporate-approved news shaping your world.

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  20. Tiago

    Great list! NVIDIA Shield is the best! I also did a list of the best kodi boxes 2016, take a look on the Q-Box, great features as specs.

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  21. Sal. Marino

    I originally bought a Google Nexus player and put Kodi on it. It works flawlessly and the speed is right there, never a problem. Now they don’t make them anymore, so I went and bought a Mqx pro fully loaded not quite as fast as the Nexus player but it’s a decent machine, so I buy a dozen at a time and sell them to friends who can’t see spending big money on these streamers and so far everything is going well.

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  22. Pmdr

    Bought an MXQ box, my first experience with Kodi. Out of the box, almost none of the loaded services worked. After much updating and tinkering, it does sometimes play now. But I’ve hit a brick wall. This box came to me basically from an anonymous supplier. It’s rooted. I have NO idea what they loaded on it, I don’t know if it’s waiting to steal my Play store password and go nuts with it, I don’t even know if it’s trying to steal Ethernet traffic. Bottom line, I can’t trust it.

    And of course there are no ROMS to drop on it for a clean start because everybody is using something slightly different. And even if there were ROMS, can you trust the person who made them?

    Right now I just don’t know what to do with this box. I will not let this thing loose on my network (is on a segmented guest network now) or give it my Google password. It’s just not worth the risk.

    Has anyone else thought about this? How have you managed it from a security-first perspective?

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  23. Rich S

    If you don’t have the technical knowledge most of the MXQ boxes are crap and only a few have even mediocre support.
    But I like to tinker and have been hacking for years.
    KODI was written by Linux geeks. If you know LinuX you are familiar with repositories, etc.
    The interface was designed by techies and leaves a lot to be desired. It’s almost as ugly as OS X or Win 8-10.

    For the average guy the Tronsmart line offers good performance at a fair price.
    There are some small problems but they are working on updates. Good box with fair support.
    The Q-Box is basically the same as an MXQ Pro+ but with MUCH better support. Good box as it comes.
    If you spend in the $80-100 range you can get some good performance and value.
    Read the reviews at Freaktab and DON’T buy a box less than 4 months after it’s first sold.
    It takes time and $ to get the bugs out.
    If you like to hack go for it, otherwise wait a bit and READ the reviews.

    Most boxes are easy to root, then with Titanium Backup or Root Uninstall programs delete KODI and other system loaded crapware, load a new version of KODI with the best addons, Showbox, Cloud TV, Home Manager, Smart Launcher 3, Smart Taskbar 2 Pro or OmniSwitch and Button Savior with all the activation areas on the left side. Add Koi Free , Pro or your favorite Live Wallpaper and you will have a box you will love.
    Takes about 4 hours to root, find and download the new programs, install Titanium, backup, remove the crap, and install KODI and the addons. Took days to figure it out.
    I was fortunate as the NEXBOX which cost all of $26 had a non system version of Kodi 16.1 with a good set of addons so I just backed them up and restored them to the other boxes.
    No more resets, lockups, etc.

    With some knowledge of custom ROMs on my tablet and phone and a LOT of reading at Freaktab, XDA and the 4PDA Russian site I was able to make a LEELBOX MXQ, NEXBOX MXQ Pro, QuickPlay MXQ Pro, and a MXQ Pro+ work almost flawlessly (SPDIF does not work on the MXQ Pro+) (I loaded a Tronsmart META ROM on it).
    The LEELBOX plays anything up to 1080P without a stutter.
    The other 3 play 4K HEVC 10 bit fine from the LAN or USB ports. I use The 5th Wave which is 30-35mb/s.
    Some of the 4k HDR demos I have with bit rates over 100 mb/s do stutter but with USB 2.0 ports and no ac WiFi that’s to be expected. Those I plug directly into my TV from a USB 3.0 drive or he LAN from my network server.
    WiFi struggles but I only have 450mb/s n routers.

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  24. Rich S

    The Q-Box has 1 major failing. It’s S805 and doesn’t handle HEVC in hardware.
    The Q2 with S812 CPU does and it has excellent support which is VERY important to the average person.
    Personally I would buy a S905 box or better still wait 3-4 months and buy a S912 box.

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  25. Adam

    Im new to this and would like to know what I should buy with kodi pre loaded… let’s say I have no budget and then let’s say I have a 100$ budget which two would fit each category

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    1. John

      I purchased mine at Skystreamx.com and the boxes came pre-loaded with auto updates, they have good support via 800 number. I purchased the 3 different boxes they offer and each works great.

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  26. Art Walicki

    If you want an excellent android box, get the Skystream One. Works flawlessly on wired Ethernet, it does have wireless. Everything you need is pre-loaded. Pretty much a plug and play box. Very responsive and excellent customer service.

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  27. Mario T

    I have 3 MXQ boxes in my house, the one in my master bedroom is connected via ethernet and my kids boxes are on WiFi but I made sure to run a dual band cable modem router. I completely stripped the Kodi app from each preloaded box because they were running Jarvis 16.0 beta and reinstalled Jarvis 16.1 from the Google Play Store but I also downloaded the Complete Kodi Setup Wizard from the play store also. Then I reinstalled my add-ons using the builds from the setup wizard including Goodfellas 2.0 which along with Exodus, Sportsdevil, CCloud, Navi-X, Specto, Channel Pear & Robocop are some of my favs. I’ve used these same steps for the 3 MXQ boxes my father bought and they’re working as great as mine are. So it’s not about the box unless you don’t have much memory but you need to be sure to clear your cache frequently and make sure you stay up-to-date on any upgrades and you’ll enoy your Android box a lot more!

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    1. GeezLouise

      Can I or do I need to run a VPN with these boxes? Used Kodi on old laptop for a while but would like a stand alone.

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  28. BASAVARAJA GHALE

    Hi..
    Not much competition to Kodi..?
    Kodi software update are controlling the Tv Box manufacturer specifications & hence the price..?
    Year back 1gm ram was sufficient now minimum 2 GB..soon it will be 6gb ram?

    Thanks

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  29. Ron Anderson

    i really enjoyed all of these comments and learned a few things. My dilemma is this I recently purchased a box from code tv box.com——have yet to get it working like it should—–have been able to watch a few movies but most of the times it produces a bunch of streaming sites that won’t let me access them or wantsme to go to a website for permission and have had no luck there yet. I get a good wi fi signal all over the house and also put in a wi fi extender—–the web site only has e mail support which is terrible—–will only answer one question at a time and since i cannot speak to anyone who will walk me thru to learn or fix the problem all i can get from them is they blame it on the internet signal which i know is wrong—so i am dissatidfied with their customer service but like the system and KODI application if i can just work out a few kinks——any suggestions

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    1. Bobe

      There can be a lot of bad links from a server list. Recently there has been some links that want you to visit their site for access, just ignore those and cancel. Basically just keep going down the server list until a good link is found and plays the stream, sometimes it can take 5-7 tries for a good one.

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  30. Paul

    Do all KODI programs come with a live tv option regardless of what box you use?

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  31. Randy

    I’ve used dozens of different media center programs and while Kodi (formerly XBMC) looks nice, it generally comes at a performance price. Even full-blown computers can be laggy using it and it is very finicky to get the Networking to work (adding libraries). I find Plex to be much faster and easier to network and it still looks good.

    I’m not knocking Kodi, it’s still one of the better media center platforms, just stating an honest opinion.

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  32. Ira S. Cohen

    I read your article on cutting cable among others, but what about cutting cable & their IP? I use comcast cable & internet. If I cut comcast what can I use for internet access? I have been reading & watching youtube videos on KODI but can’t seem to get it downloaded. It keeps coming up with an error about not connecting to the server?? I am a disabled vietnam veteran & am not too computer literate, in fact I just got this Asus G60 laptop only 5 yrs. ago. I surely could use some Help for I am on a small fixed income.
    Thank You, Ira S. Cohen

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  33. Steve Mcmillian

    I see a few comments about the G- box and would like to add my thoughts.
    I purchased my streamer after two years of contemplating whether or not to buy one. I bought mine last year and I love it. I’m a movie fanatic and this streamer allows me to watch tv the way I always wanted to.
    I recommend the G- box to anyone looking to cut that annoying cable bill that seem to keep increasing every few months

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  34. Patti Cook

    Actually have a question…. after reading your reviews on the best boxes I went out and purchased the NVIDIA Stealth 2017 edition… it is SWEET! My question… how do I install KODI version 17? I went to the Play store like I did with my old box, but the only option was 16… what am I doing wrong?

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