Android-based TV boxes have become popular since they are low-cost and work well at streaming videos and basic gaming.
Best Budget Android TV Box Processor’s 2020
Minimum Amount of RAM for a Budget Android TV Box
The more RAM the better but at least 2GB which is currently the minimum amount suggested.
Budget Android TV boxes with 3GB-4GB of RAM are very common and much more responsive compared to 2GB of RAM.
Budget Android TV boxes usually do not have much internal storage and mainly used for streaming from online sources.
Since most media these days is streamed from online sources, having large internal storage to store videos has become less important.
There are many good units available with some of our favorite picks below.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
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Our Picks for Best Budget Low-Cost Android TV Box 2020
- HK1 Android TV Box
- T95Q Android TV Box
- R10 R-TV
- T95Z Plus
- T9 TV Box
Sofobod HK1 Box TV Box Android 9.0, 4GB RAM 64GB ROM, S905X3 Quad Core 64bit Cortex-A55, GPU G31 MP2, 2.4G/5G Dual WiFi BT4.0 H.265 Decoding LAN 1000 RJ-45, HD 8K Smart TV Box
Antutu Benchmark Score 72207
The HK1 Android TV Box is a low-cost media center built to stream 4K videos at 60fps along with basic game-play.
This makes it a good unit for those looking for a mid-range low-cost media center box that can play 4K video.
Android TV Box, YAGALA T95Q Android 9.0 TV Box 4GB RAM 32GB ROM Amlogic S905X2 Quad-core Cortex-A53 Bluetooth 4.1 HDMI 2.1 4K Resolution H.265 2.4GHz&5GHz Dual Band WiFi Smart Box
Antutu Benchmark Score 57546
The T95Q is an Android TV box that has the S905X2 CPU and 4GB of RAM.
While testing it played 4K videos @60 FPS and did well at basic game play.
The WiFi tested at 48Mbps download speed which while not the best is good enough for the minimum 25Mbps 4K video requires to stream.
The T95Q is good for basic game play along with playing 4K videos and is a good basic media player.
Android TV Box 4G+32G Bluetooth WIFI, DHong R-TV BOX R10 RK3328 RAM 4G EMMC 32G
Antutu Benchmark Score 57935
The R10 R-TV is an Android TV box with some good basic hardware.
It did very well during testing with no problems running Kodi along with fast WiFi at 138Mbps Download, and 21Mbps Upload speeds.
The back has all the ports with 3 USB, SD card slot, HDMI, Ethernet, AV, and Optical.
T95Z Plus Android 7.1 TV Box 3GB RAM/ 32GB ROM, Amlogic S912 Octa-Core 64 Bits Processor, Streaming Media Player 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi, 1000M Ethernet LAN, UHD 4k Bluetooth 4.0
Antutu Benchmark Score 41158
The T95Z Plus uses the S912 Amilogic processor with 3GB of RAM.
The S912 is an improvement over the S905 and a big improvement over the S805/S812 many older boxes ship with.
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, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage made it easily able to run Kodi.
The T9 Android TV box is a small unit built for those looking for a budget media center box.
It has an RK3328 CPU and 4GB of RAM which makes it great for streaming HD videos or basic game-play.
During testing, the WiFi was slow at 12Mbps Download and 9Mbps upload.
While it will stream videos it would be best to run an Ethernet cable with the T9 for the best results.
It had no problems playing HD 4K videos @ 60fps.
After reviewing many units the above systems are our favorite picks for the best Android TV boxes for those on a budget.
With the many Android-based units available there is no doubt many other good buys available.
Keep in mind with any low-end unit tech support will be almost non-existent, which shouldn’t be a problem for most, but be prepared to get a bit technical if there is a problem.
With that said they can be very good units that won’t break-the-bank and make very good media centers.
There are better units available with better hardware but they are more expensive and may have a lot of features that may not be needed.
As with anything be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, here, forums, or elsewhere to be a unit fits your setup and technical ability.