The TV market is rapidly developing in terms of functions such as screen technology (QLED, OLED, LED, etc.) or functions such as virtual assistants. Perhaps, in addition to what users want, we have seen that despite considerable investment, our TVs are lagging behind in a short period of time. One of these star functions is the smart TV.
In addition to allowing content to be played from different sources, smart TVs can also be connected to the Internet to install and use applications specifically designed for this device. The most popular is to use it to watch Netflix HD, HBO, Movistar +, Amazon Prime video, etc., although it is also very suitable for games. If your TV is not smart, but you want to watch movies, series or sports without updating, you can use a TV box.
Android TV box, Android TV, Chromecast
To convert any TV to a smart TV, just Windows miniPC, Raspberry Pi with Linux operating system, Chromecast with Android TV or TV box. In this selection, we will find several situations, but first, it is recommended to understand the main differences.
With a miniPC equipped with Windows, we will actually have a computer where the TV will act as a monitor, through which we will be able to watch streaming content on the screen, YouTube, the Internet ... yes, we need a keyboard.
Using Raspberry Pi, we have two ways: on the one hand, this is a small computer with Linux operating system, which can work as mentioned above. Another option is to turn it into a media center with Kodi. From here, we can see streaming content and many series and movies obtained through plugins.
Chromecast is a multimedia player that can be connected to a TV via an HDMI jack and use Wi-Fi to retransmit the content of our phone. Therefore, it is not autonomous. In exchange, it is simple and cheap, but is more restricted in terms of applications and games.
Android TV is a complete system that can be controlled by a remote control without the need for a keyboard or the touch screen of a mobile phone. It is Google's official interface, so it has its own Play store, which contains applications specifically designed for this operating system. This option also includes Chromecast, a retransmission feature from your phone.
The last option is a TV box with Android. The system integrates AOSP (Android Open Source Project) with a lunch box. The modified lunch box makes the typical interface of smartphones and tablets more TV-friendly.
Similarly, as important as the OS is that it has updated software to enjoy the latest features, updated interfaces, and security measures.
Selection criteria of TV box
In the market, we can find many price and brand TV boxes, so people often wonder why this price difference. In this article, we will focus on TV boxes with prices under 60 Euros.
do. Regardless of personal preference, choosing a TV box from certain brands can guarantee our support and compatibility with future updates.
hardware. The TV box integrates typical components such as processor, RAM and storage, which will directly affect the liquidity. In general, TV boxes for surfing the Internet and watching TV shows and movies should have at least 2 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor, although if you want to play, the more power and capacity the better. In this case, you must have more than 2 GB of RAM and a processor, such as Octa Core Amlogic S912, s905x2,s905x3,s922x,s905w, Rockchip RK3328, RK3318, RK3228A.
Connectivity. In addition to HDMI and Wi-Fi, some TV boxes also have Bluetooth that can be paired with wireless controls, keyboards, and mice.
For compatibility with popular streaming services (such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, HBO, etc.), we can check the specifications provided by the manufacturer.
Resolution. In the market, due to mobile panels, computers or TVs (such as Full HD or 4K), we found that high resolution TV boxes are used by most users, referring to the number of pixels per inch in the image. Higher ppi, higher image quality, so 4K is better than Full HD. However, the possible question is: If my TV is not 4K, why do I need a 4K TV box? In fact, if your TV is 4K, you may not need a TV box because it is new enough to be integrated. Very simple: because you can buy a 4K TV in the future and use it to compress this resolution and other features that you may not find in your future TV operating system. Without further introduction, you may not have a large number of application directories found on Google Play.
design. The TV box will become the protagonist of the living room next to the TV, so it is always interesting to find a compact TV box with an attractive design and good decoration.
The new Amlogic S905X3 SoC enters the market with force and is seen in all kinds of Chinese boxes to connect to our TV and make it a multimedia center. Today's box is called H96 MAX X3 and it basically stands out for its round design since at the hardware level we have no news regarding what we find in this price range. A box on the right paper to use it as a player with KODI, play or browse for a more than correct price and that already comes with 4GB of RAM and good network connectivity with a Gigabit Ethernet port.
SoC, RAM and storage
The Smart TV-Box H96 MAX X3 includes the AMlogic S905X3 SoC, a Quad Core made in 12nm that reaches up to 1.9 GHz speed and integrates a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU, you can see the power of this SoC in a comparative article of the S905X3. This SoC has 4 ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores and also an NPU for iA. The VPU is an Amlogic Video Engine 10 with HDR Dolby Vision optional support, HDR10 +, HDR10, HLG and PRIME HDR among others. This Box is available in versions with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 32/64 / 128GB of eMMc storage memory that can be expanded from the included microSD card reader.
At the level of wireless connectivity we find integrated in the Dual Band Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0 pcb for all available versions. The connectors included in the plastic circular box are a USB 2.0 port, another USB 3.0 port, SPDIF digital audio output, a Gigabit Ethernet connector, an analog A / V port and an HDMI 2.1 video output. The operating system is Android 9.0 and a basic IR remote control is included as standard to start using this Smart TV Box from the first connection.
H96 Max X2 is a powerful and economical TV Box with which to enjoy multimedia content with great fluidity. In addition to being able to optimally play a huge variety of Google Play games. This TV Box is Android 8.1 and comes with the Amlogic S905X2 ARM Cortex A53 Quad Core CPU and ARM Dvalin MP2 GPU. It has 4 GB of DDR4 RAM that provide great fluidity in handling the interface and the different apps. This model has 2 versions, the 32 GB and the 64 GB of internal storage, expandable by micro SD card.
Ports and Connections
As for connections, the H96 Max X2 has dual-band WiFi, 10/100 Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1 to connect our peripherals such as airmouse, smartphone or gamepad to play.
On its sides we find an HDMI 2.1 port that allows resolutions up to 4k, an analog audio and video port, a USB 3.0 and another USB 2.0, and a Micro SD card reader.
This Smart Box integrates the Rockchip RK3318 SoC as an engine with four ARM Cortex-A53 processors and a Mali-450mp5 GPU that includes native H.265 and VP9 video decoding up to [email protected] resolutions with HDR support. It has versions with 2/4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 16/32/64 GB of eMMc storage memory that can be expanded by the microSD card reader. At the level of wireless connections this TV-Box has Dual Band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. On the sides of the box we have a USB 3.0 port, another USB 2.0, 10/100 network connector, analog AV jack and an HDMI 2.0a port that allows up to [email protected] video output.