Walmart has an Android TV Kodi box available called the Mi Box with many wondering if it is a good unit or not.
We got our hands on one and did a break down to see how well it works.
It uses a S905 CPU and 2GB of RAM which is the minimum recommended hardware for a Kodi box in 2017.
The hardware cant be compared to a high-end unit such as the Nvidia Shield as the Shield is a much faster better unit.
Of course the Shield has a much higher price while the Mi box has a much lower cost.
The Back of the unit has HDMI, a USB port, audio and power.
There is no Ethernet port and it runs only from a WiFi connection.
If you need to stream from Ethernet there are low cost USB to Ethernet Hubs that can be used.
A standard remote control is included which has voice search built-in.
Booting the Mi Box it comes up to an Android TV interface.
This is nice since most Apps from the Google Play Store will likely work with the unit.
Kodi does not come installed and needs to be downloaded from the Play Store or the Kodi website.
The box will run Kodi 17.1 Krypton but I would suggest staying with Kodi 16.1 Jarvis.
Jarvis runs well on the Mi Box with Krypton running sluggish at times.
Kodi 17.1 Krypton is still very new and with the new Estuary skin still has a few bugs to work out for some hardware.
Which version to use is a matter of preference with Kodi 17.1 getting better daily.
To download the older Kodi 16.1 go here to the old releases download page. http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/
To run the new Kodi 17.1 go here to the Google Play Store or here to the main Kodi download page.
HD 4K Video Test
The Mi box is listed as having 4K support which it can run but starts to drop frames as they go up.
In our test it could only support H.264 A 4K x 2K at 30fps, and not 60fps.
It had no problems running HD 1080p as well as streaming it.
If you are looking for android box to play the new 4K Ultra HD content it is best to go with a Nvidia Shield or similar.
For HD 720p/1080p content it will have no problems streaming and playing videos.
Being an Android TV box it will be able to play many games such as NBA JAM.
Testing it out with Castle of Illusion while it played the characters lost pixels and colors.
Future updates may help with some games but don’t expect to be playing any graphic intensive games.
Running a Benchmark test as you can see from the results it can not compare to a Nvidia Shield.
It received a overall score of 3,921 compared to a Shield with 47,728.
Of course this is to be expected with the price of the Shield much higher than the Mii Box.
The Mi Box is a low cost android TV box that for the money is a good unit.
It does have the bare minimum requirements for an android TV box in 2017 which gives it little room for future updates.
It played and streamed HD 1080p videos well and will have no problems running Kodi.
If you want the best there are better units but they also cost more.
Read Here For Our Picks of the Best Android TV Boxes.
We are still testing the unit and will update if anything changes.