Android will be celebrating its tenth birthday in September and the operating system has come a long way in terms of features and stability. Its versatility – and the fact that it is free – has made it possible for even the smallest vendors to come up with solid products at rock-bottom prices. And the H96 Max H2 is one of them.
This is an Android box – built by one factory and sporting various names – that can be used by businesses as a thin client to access cloud resources (and occasionally as a Smart TV box thanks to a bundled remote control). Moreover, it manages to hit an incredible level of performance for not a lot of money.
Before we proceed further, it’s worth noting that if you do decide to buy this product, make sure you opt for the right model. H96 Brand also stocks a cheaper 32GB variant, but the saving you make isn’t worth it in our opinion. Get the 64GB model.
What makes the H96 Max H2 smart tv box special is the fact that it is the cheapest Android box sporting 4GB memory and 64GB of storage, offering enough capacity for those looking to install a decent quantity of apps locally.
H96 max H2 smart tv box Design:
H96 max H2 smart tv box is a bog standard slab of plastic with sides that are 113mm long and 24mm high, sitting on four plastic feet.There’s an LCD display at the front which doubles as a status screen, and plenty of vents on five sides to allow the device to cool passively.
The top is adorned by a funky lid made of plastic, and as for the ports, there are plenty with three USB 2.0 connectors, one USB 3.0, SPDIF and audio out, an RJ45 Ethernet port (100Mbps), HDMI 2.0 and an SD card slot. Another version of the box comes with a Type-C connector and a microSD slot, both of which are preferable in everyday life.
The enclosure feels reasonably solid which means that you can easily carry it around in a bag, and that’s certainly a boon for those inclined to work remotely.
The smart tv box is powered by a 5V/2A power supply unit that connects via a proprietary DC-in port. This is a missed opportunity as the manufacturer could have implemented a universal microUSB port, which would have made it possible to charge via a portable battery charger.
H96 max H2 smart tv box Specifications：
The device uses an ARM Cortex-A53-based quad-core processor, clocked at up to 1.5GHz, with an ARM Mali-450MP2 GPU and support for HDMI 2.0 (delivering proper 4K@60Hz output).
As expected you get 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 but no Gigabit Ethernet, which is a shame.
This is doubtless part of the cost-cutting to reach a low price point, and the same could be said for the use of USB 2.0 ports (in the majority).
That said, the 4GB of DDR3 memory and the 64GB eMMC on-board storage more than make up for these cut corners, especially at this price.
The H96 Max sports the sort of full-size menu screen expected on similar TV boxes, and it’s one that can be customized. The bundled applications are also heavily focused on entertainment rather than work, but Google Play is only a few clicks away anyway.
H96 max H2 smart tv box Review Final verdict：
The H96 Max H2 Android smart tv box is without doubt one of the best value thin clients on the market. It combines a generous amount of system memory and storage capacity with competitive pricing and a recent Android build.
The H96 Max H2 smart tv box is eminently usable as a thin client regardless of whether you plan to deploy it in a business setup, or use the device at home for leisure. Its dimensions and price mean that the H96 will appeal to even the smallest micro-businesses out there. Just don’t expect anything fancy; the unique selling point here is value for money.