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Old 03-04-2019, 10:13 AM   #1471
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I see; just noticed that the box I bought doesn't state a remote control (arriving soon).

Just wondering if I can use my phone as a remote control. In the event there's no remote control, you still prefer to use a wireless mouse and keyboard combo right? I suppose a track-pad will be more convenient?
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Old 03-04-2019, 12:03 PM   #1472
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Android TV Box. Any models to recommend ? Thank you.

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Old 03-04-2019, 01:00 PM   #1473
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I see; just noticed that the box I bought doesn't state a remote control (arriving soon).

Just wondering if I can use my phone as a remote control. In the event there's no remote control, you still prefer to use a wireless mouse and keyboard combo right? I suppose a track-pad will be more convenient?
For sure you will get a remote, no worry.

You can install Cetus Play from Google Play Store if you want to use your phone as remote control. I have not tried it myself though. There are some other apps as well.

For device running official Android TV OS like the Mi Box S, Google has the Android TV remote app.

I am just used to the mouse myself. I do not really use the trackpad even for my laptop -- I can not work without a mouse.

I will still need to use the remote occasionally since the mouse can not do everything.

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Old 03-04-2019, 01:30 PM   #1474
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Android TV Box. Any models to recommend ? Thank you.
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You are replying the first post of this thread, which was in 2017...

Anyway, it all depends on your need. Read the comments in Page 94 and then see if you have more specific questions.
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:19 PM   #1475
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i've got my new toy the beelink gt1 mini, looking to set up soon
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Old 03-04-2019, 06:58 PM   #1476
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i've got my new toy the beelink gt1 mini, looking to set up soon
Great. Please share your experiences with this unit. I am actually interested to know it the remote and voice control are good or not. That seems to be one of the major HW differences between Beelink GT1 Mini and Tanix TX5 Max I have. The other major HW difference is size.

The FW is of course a bit different as well because of the different launcher used.

As mentioned before, the review is pretty positive. Hopefully you like it as well.
https://hometheatrelife.com/beelink-gt1-mini-review/

One of the missing features of these Android TV boxes is the switch to turn on / off root. Out of my 7 boxes 6 are rooted and can not be switched off. Only the junk China Mobile OTT box is not rooted but it runs old Android 4.4.2 and got no Google play services. Certain app like SingTel Cast and SingTel TV Go will detect rooted box and exit immediately.

It seems to me that Berlink GT1 Mini also miss this feature.
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Old 04-04-2019, 11:47 AM   #1477
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i've got my new toy the beelink gt1 mini, looking to set up soon
I just received my TX5 Max late last night. It was really easy to setup and work better than my Starhub Android box, probably due to it's larger RAM.

The only complain is the short power cable. I have to pull and extension cord in order to get power but other than that, it's really worth the money.

Many thanks go to Xiaofan for his recommendation
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Old 04-04-2019, 12:51 PM   #1478
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I just received my TX5 Max late last night. It was really easy to setup and work better than my Starhub Android box, probably due to it's larger RAM.

The only complain is the short power cable. I have to pull and extension cord in order to get power but other than that, it's really worth the money.

Many thanks go to Xiaofan for his recommendation
Glad to hear that and thanks for reporting back.
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Old 04-04-2019, 03:06 PM   #1479
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Hi people, I've found a good site for firmware updates, here is the link.

https://androidpctv.com/firmwares/

There are custom (TWRP) and stock firmwares, feel free to explore which works best for you.
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Old 04-04-2019, 03:27 PM   #1480
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Hi people, I've found a good site for firmware updates, here is the link.

https://androidpctv.com/firmwares/

There are custom (TWRP) and stock firmwares, feel free to explore which works best for you.
This is a similar site.
https://androidtvbox.eu/category/firmware/

On the other hand, it is debatable whether you need to update the FW or not, especially for no brand generic boxes like H96/X96/etc. My two H96 boxes never prompt for any OTA and I do not want to update either as they are working fine with Android 7.1. For example there are different configuration of H96 Max Plus and I am not positive that the Android 8.1 FW will work on my box.

If you buy boxes from Tanix or better brand like Beelink and Zidoo, they will be able to support OTA update for a while (shorter for Tanix, a bit longer for Berlink, Zidoo still supports X9S from 2015). I myself will go for small OTA updates but I will wait for major OTA updates (Tanix TX6 got Android 7.1 to Android 9.0 update recently -- my box comes with Android 9.0, but if you get Android 7.1, be happy with it and do not upgrade now).

For custom FW, better be careful unless you are tech savvy and got the means to recover. You may need to get a male to male USB cable for the recovery as well.

For advance users, you can get more info about custom ROM from sites like Freaktab Forum and XDA developer forum.

For advance users who are interested to run Linux from the TV boxes, Armbian forum is a good place to go. FYI my first two TV boxes were bought with the specific goal to run Armbian Linux. They are cheaper than Maker boards but lacks the GPIO support.

https://forum.armbian.com/forum/24-tv-boxes/
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Old 04-04-2019, 07:15 PM   #1481
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Received the Beelink GT1 Mini




Its very small and compact
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:55 PM   #1482
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https://www.cnx-software.com/2019/04...tified-tv-box/

A new “Google certified TV Box” running Android TV OS 9.0, but not Netflix certified, from Mecool.

Good thing — S905X2 CPU, Chromecast Support, Google Voice Assistant, YouTube 4K support.

Bad thing: no Netflix HD, not proven yet about the performance about the Chromecast implementation

Track record of Mecool Google Certified TV Box is not that great, previous one is Mecool KM8 S905X CPU, Chromecast supported, but no Netflix HD support. Performance was not good either.

Mecool KM3 should have good performance similar to Beelink GT1 Mini, Tanix TX5 Max, Mecool KM9 and other S905X2 boxes. Let’s wait for more review.

Still it is probably better to buy Mi Box S as it is certified by both Google and Netflix.
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:52 PM   #1483
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hi guys, just wondering if anyone knows any surround sound (5.1) capable box besides Mi Box and Nvidia Shield?
Preferably those china ones like EVPAD or something.
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Old 05-04-2019, 04:48 PM   #1484
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hi guys, just wondering if anyone knows any surround sound (5.1) capable box besides Mi Box and Nvidia Shield?
Preferably those china ones like EVPAD or something.
Many boxes are capable of 5.1 Surround Sound. Some are capable of Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. If you need Dolby, Mi Box S is one of the cheapest.

Ref: Chigz Tech TV Box Chart 2019. For reference only.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...t?usp=drivesdk

More charts in his website.
http://chigztech.com/charts.html

I do not have 5.1 capable setup so I do not know how well the normal 5.1 surround sound works with my generic boxes.

BTW, EVPAD and UBOX are banned in mainland China as far as I know because of the adult channels. So they may not be considered as typical China boxes.

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Old 05-04-2019, 06:45 PM   #1485
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Hi xiaofan, appreciate your prompt response.

I am using EVPAD but seems that it doesn't supports surround. Not much settings in the sound menu.

I only know Netflix and google movies have surround sound support.

So I'm looking for more source be it paid or free. Jus wanna know if anyone here know any China drama or movie source has surround support
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