Review: S912 KODI BOX MECOOL BB2 8Core 64bit 2GB RAM

By | September 21, 2016

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The MECOOL BB2 is a Octa-Core S912 android TV box with 2GB of RAM that comes fully loaded with Kodi 17 Krypton.
 
This is a box that has some nice hardware with a S912 CPU which is a step above a S905 and S805 processors.
 
Specifications
Amlogic S912 64 bit Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2 GHz
2GB DDR3
16GB Flash
WiFi 802.11AC
Bluetooth
Ethernet
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The box has a external antenna for better WiFi, along with USB, Ethernet, HDMI, AV, Optical, and power port.
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Powering on the box it turns from red to blue.
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The box user interface is like any android TV box with apps and setting up the WiFi in settings easy to do.
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Starting Kodi it is running 17 Krypton which is still in Beta. While it can be nice to have the latest software, personally I like to wait until all the bugs are worked out.
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Everything loaded up fine and worked. The layout is different from those familiar with older version of Kodi but easy enough to navigate.
 
In System Info, the CPU is barley used, while the RAM usage is high at roughly 70 percent. Kodi 17 requires more system resources than previous versions so keep this is mind.
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It comes with pre-installed add-ons including top ones such as Exodus and Phoenix.
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Add-ons always take time to update with new Kodi releases so dont expect them all to work. Especially since Kodi 17 is still in Beta. Exodus found streams and played fine, other add-ons struggled.
 
Playing video files it worked good with Blueray and DVD formats. It did struggle with 4K content giving a black screen.
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Read More Reviews Here on Amazon
MECOOL BB2 Android TV Box – Octa Core Amlogic S912 CPU, 2GB RAM, Android 6.0, Kodi 17.0, 4Kx2K

 
 
Summary
The MECOOL BB2 runs Kodi well enough but like many android units has some faults, such as not able to play 4K content.
 
It is a good enough unit and what to expect form a low-end box as Kodi 17 Krypton goes into final release.
 
If you currently have a unit running Kodi and are looking to upgrade I would wait a bit for the bugs to get worked out.
 
If you want the best unit to run Kodi than the Nivida Sheild is currently still the best unit to get in my opinion.
 
For those who like to have the latest software to play with than it may be a good unit for you.
 
As always be sure to read reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure a box fits your setup and technical skills.
 


 
 

14 thoughts on “Review: S912 KODI BOX MECOOL BB2 8Core 64bit 2GB RAM

  1. mohsen

    hi,
    I did buy one android tv box and it has
    The CPU is Amlogic S912 64 bit Octa core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2 GHz and so my question is can I install kodi 64 bit (MECOOL android tv box)

    Reply
  2. Ran

    I’ve tried to install a predefined addon.
    I needed to delete the pre-install 17 Kodi.

    I assumed I could re-install it after.
    Tried several Kodi 17 versions…all fail to be installed (Kodi 16.1 is installing, but keep crashing).

    Do you know the exact kodi 17 version mecool bb2 is using?
    Do you have a link?

    Reply
  3. Savanna

    Powered on my box, couldn’t find ANY of the apps I downloaded. Even when uninstalling and installing again. Beyond angry

    Reply
  4. JF

    Just bought this box, within a week of using, WiFi won’t turn on… Always says WiFi off. Anyone know how to resolve this?

    Reply
  5. Mike

    have just received the box. Two updates went already fine, last one on 17.11.

    All good so far! No crashes, except when trying to launch tankionline from dolphin browse.

    Kodi plays flawlessly: all repositories and add ons working out of box.

    CEC does not work with my samsung TV: no sure where is the problem.

    Have kodi running on another machine on the same NW and it loads the streams a bit faster: the video playback is however fine.

    Reply
  6. Kerry

    Having similar issue.Upon completion of any video in kodi,kodi crashes within about 15 sec.With any version of kodi.

    Reply
  7. kiran

    ihave exactly same problems plus keeps dropping wifi, despite I have dual band router, pre installed kodi 17 is very unstable

    Reply
  8. PETROS POLYVIOU

    I have the same problem with Mecool..kodi stopped working..i tried and other versions of kodi but nothing but same problem….please help to fix this problem

    Reply
  9. David

    Let’s be real here, this box crashes KODI regularly with the amcodec enabled and when a codec is disabled for greater KODI stability, colour rendition deteriorates into a golden yellowish colour. Box needs a considerable firmware update.

    Reply
    1. Mark

      I’m having the same issues with 2 of these same units I just purchased from Amazon. Concidering the excellent specs it does not run kodi stable. Kodi is constantly crashing with any type of build installed. I will be returning them. I agree. Needs major firmware update to run kodi stable.

      Reply

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