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Currently owning beelink gt king n decided to go for an upgrade? Any recommendations? Price doesn't matter but won't go for shield.
 

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Currently owning beelink gt king n decided to go for an upgrade? Any recommendations? Price doesn't matter but won't go for shield.

Then no point upgrade already as Beelink GT King is still very good unless you need Netflix HD. In case you need 4k Netflix, buy the Google Chromecast 2020 as the complmentary set (not an upgrade).

Wondering why not Nvidia Shield TV?
 

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Then no point upgrade already as Beelink GT King is still very good unless you need Netflix HD. In case you need 4k Netflix, buy the Google Chromecast 2020 as the complmentary set (not an upgrade).

Wondering why not Nvidia Shield TV?
The internal memory. I like to install apps for gaming, download modded games etc. The root status, cause it gives me the freedom to make the box how i like it. I may be future proofing my set up by getting an atmos tv n soundbar
 

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Is the minix neo u22 op from my beelink gt king?
Not much in terms of specifications, same Amlogic S922X CPU in reality, which is already one of the best Android TV box CPU below Nvidia Shield TV.
 

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The following ranks is only for reference, purely based on performance. You can see Nvidia Shield TV tops the chart and then followed by Amlogic S922X based boxes, then S905X4, then S905X3.
 

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Another chart for TV box, you can see Apple TV tops the chart and then followed by Nvidia Shield TV.

RANKDEVICE NAMEIN USD5/5BENCH
* Daily Driver
1APPLE TV 4K (2021)$169.003.9467,478
2*NVIDIA SHIELD TV PRO (2019) $199.005238,323
3BUZZTV XRS4900$234.005140,747
4FIRE TV CUBE 4K (2ND GEN)$119.005-
5MINIX NEO U22-XJ$169.004.5115,622
6BEELINK GT KING$118.004.5108,708
7MECOOL KM6 DELUXE$109.004.5101,529
8UGOOS AM6$129.004.597,746
9UGOOS X3 PRO$77.004.576,254
10FIRE TV STICK 4K (3RD GEN)$49.994.5-
 

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Currently owning beelink gt king n decided to go for an upgrade? Any recommendations? Price doesn't matter but won't go for shield.

What is/are the aspect(s) about the Beelink GT King TV box that is/are not good enough -- such that you want to look for an upgrade?
 

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What is/are the aspect(s) about the Beelink GT King TV box that is/are not good enough -- such that you want to look for an upgrade?
Audio support like atmos, alternate default launchers, maybe remote with full features like air mouse, play/pause, voice recognition etc
 

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Audio support like atmos, alternate default launchers, maybe remote with full features like air mouse, play/pause, voice recognition etc

Most of what you're looking for as an "upgrade" to the Beelink GT King -- can be achieved by many TV boxes (including the Beelink GT King itself). Haha..

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You want Dolby Atmos audio support -- but you never state what app(s) you use.

Do you use Kodi?

If you use Kodi, any decent Amlogic S9xx TV box + able to run CoreELEC OS -- will give you support for lots of HD audio formats (including Dolby Atmos audio).

(So) Many Web sites talk about Kodi + 4K HDR + support for various HD audio formats.

One starting point can be here:

But able to support -- DOESN'T MEAN guaranteed 100% good / smooth playback all the time.

If what you playback is extremely high bitrate (in both video & audio) -- then many TV boxes will struggle (to give you smooth playback) -- and you end up having to go back & buy the Nvidia Shield (because of the sheer power of its' hardware).

If you don't use Kodi, then Dolby Atmos audio support will also depend on the app you use -- not just depend on the TV box.

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There are so many launchers for TV boxes that you can choose (in 2021) -- without having to depend on TV box manufacturers to give you this:

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Many TV boxes have multiple USB ports (including the Beelink GT King).

Just buy any decent air mouse -- plug-in the air mouse USB dongle to the TV box & you're done :)

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It's sad... but (unfortunately) many people do not understand that:

(Many) TV box makers have known since years ago -- that the TV box market don't seems to have a bright/good future:

(1) For a small / mid size TV box maker -- it's extremely difficult to get a new TV box model to be 4K Netflix certified.

(Amazon / Nvidia / Xiaomi can get their TV boxes to be Netflix certified -- but this is difficult for the smaller TV box makers).

* Because Netflix is DELIBERATELY VERY selective in what they do regarding Netflix certification.
* That's why many 4K TV boxes are actually Google certified running official Android TV OS -- but NOT Netflix certified.

* Let's say you want to you make a good quality / highly decent TV box:
+ You give quality good performance hardware.
+ You invest heavily in software team to give good firmware upgrade support for the TV box.
+ You do a ton of R&D + ADD a lot of features / functions to the TV box.

After the new TV box model is produced, can you sell at a good price? Like S$150+ or S$200+ ??

Short answer: NO! Why ?!?

BECAUSE nobody will buy a $150+ TV box without being 4K Netflix certified -- when a cheap S$60-S$80 Xiaomi Mi Box S TV box is already 4K Netflix certified !! Haha...

(2) More & more TVs are now running official Android TV OS + each year the hardware on new TV models gets better & better.

(2a) A new model 75" TV can easily sell for S$1xxx (or more) -- but a new TV box at only S$150+ people already say the TV box is expensive !! Haha...

(2b) As TV hardware gets better...

In the coming years / future -- if the new TV already has 4GB/6GB RAM + 64GB/128GB storage + A7x range CPU + decent GPU + runs the latest Android TV OS -- why would people still want to buy another new TV box (to replace their old TV box) ?? Haha..

Now is Jun 2021, even Xiaomi has not released a new TV box model to replace the Mi Box S (for the international market) -- while the Mi Box S hardware is multiple years old / outdated already.

Why?? Because of above (1) & (2), can't make good money from selling TV boxes -- so (Xiaomi) just concentrate more on selling TVs better !! Haha..

Go & look at all the smaller (but decent) TV box makers: Minix, Beelink, Ugoos, Mecool, etc, etc.

Overall, as each year past by -- less (& less) new TV box models from all these smaller TV box markers.

Why?? Go see (1) & (2) above. Haha..
 
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FYI Mecool KM2 now has Netflix certification. Not sure if many people will buy it at US$79 or not as Google Chromecast 2020 is only around US$50 (4k Netflix, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos).
 
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Another one TiVo Stream 4K @US$29, with Netfix 4k as well, with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
 

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Thanks for the info BK. U got any recommendations for keyboard with air mouse dat is compatible with my beelink? I tried some n not all letters n punctuations work. Looking for a remote like. Not literally keyboard with TouchPad
 

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for many people , netflix certification is not important.

there is a group of people who only want to use free apps.

at the moment, the number of free apps is huge enough, the quality is also good enough for most people (i.e. 1080p), on top of these, most people are having TVs smaller than 80", not really need 4k.
 

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FYI Mecool KM2 now has Netflix certification. Not sure if many people will buy it at US$79 or not as Google Chromecast 2020 is only around US$50 (4k Netflix, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos).

Mecool KM2 cost MORE THAN S$100 (i.e. USD$79).

Does the Mecool KM2 supports AV1 decoding?
(quick search on the Internet doesn't show that the Mecool KM2 supports AV1 decoding)

Google requires new Android TV devices launching from April 2021 to support AV1:

Despite being Netflix certified, if the Mecool KM2 don't have AV1 support -- then it might be better to just save the S$100+ & go buy a new AV1 capable TV in 2021 than buy the Mecool KM2 TV box. Haha..
(or buy other Netflix certified TV box that has AV1 support)

We KNOW any new model TV you buy running official Android TV OS -- will always be Netflix certified :)

(IMHO) It's a tough call on the Mecool KM2. It looks like a product that's somewhat dead on arrival (i.e. too late for 2021).
 
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Mecool KM2 will not support AV1 as it uses an older S905X2 CPU. It is kind of niche product for people who wants better connectivity than Mi Box S and Google Chromecast 2020.

Mecool KM6 has the latest S905X4 CPU which supports AV1. It is Google Certified but not Netflix certified. It is another niche for people who want better performance but no need Netflix.
 
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