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Best smart box for TV in 2020

Even with an increasing market of "smart" TVs, the demand for smart set-top box is not reduced. It's all in the flexibility and user-friendliness, price and improved features compared to conventional SmartTV.

In this selection we have collected the best, in our opinion, a smart set-top boxes, so you can choose a model of taste, performance, features and price.

Xiaomi Mi Box S

  • Display: No
  • CPU: Amlogic S905X
  • memory: 2GB
  • Built-in memory size: 8GB
  • Remote: Has
  • Power External
  • Cooling Passive
  • Operating system: Android 6.0

Price: 4 400 rubles

TV-box Xiaomi Mi Box S one of the most popular and stylish models of the segment. With smart set-top box, not the most outstanding features, but it works well system and it "sharpened" under the movie lovers and TV shows, and even supports playback of videos in 4K and HDR.

Xiaomi Mi Box S works with many online services by subscription, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. They even have a separate button on the remote control as a convenient and available voice control, and support for AirPlay and Miracast.

Among the disadvantages of this TV set-top box is not isolated always high quality broadcast video and the lack of a LAN port to connect it to the Internet via cable (the following ports available: USB 2.0 Type-A, stereo audio output, HDMI output). But this is one of the most compact smart set-top boxes in the top.

Merits:

  • Adequate price tag.
  • Fast and the ground under moviegoers.
  • Voice control.
  • A handy remote control with buttons for popular services.
  • Autorama.

Weaknesses:

  • The lack of a LAN port.


A95X F3

  • Display: Has
  • CPU: Amlogic S905X3
  • memory: 4GB
  • Built-in memory size: 32 GB
  • Remote: Has
  • Power External
  • Cooling Passive
  • Operating system: Android 9.0

Price: 4 490 rubles

Наш рейтинг смарт-приставок для ТВ на Андроид продолжает доступная модель A95X F3, работающая на процессоре Amlogic S905X3 с 4GB ОЗУ и 32 GB встроенной памяти. У нее современный стильный дизайн, компактные размеры, есть возможность управления голосом, включая голосовой поиск, а также доступна поддержка HDMI CEC и HDR. 

Of the disadvantages is to provide the average speed and not the best data transfer over Wi-Fi. The following list of available ports: USB 2.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-A, 10/100 Ethernet, coaxial audio output, composite video output and HDMI output.

Merits:

  • Affordable price tag.
  • Autorama.
  • Stylish design.
  • Voice control.

Weaknesses:

  • The slow Ethernet port.
  • , the Average speed of "over the air".


Vontar X96 Max

  • Display: Has
  • CPU: Amlogic S905X3
  • memory: 4GB
  • Built-in memory size: 32 GB
  • Remote: Has
  • Power External
  • Cooling Passive
  • Operating system: Android 9.0

Price: from 3 900 rubles

Top smart set-top box continues model Vontar X96 Max, which runs on the same chip Amlogic S905X3. The console easily handles video in 4K resolution and include dual-band module Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth module.

Has поддержка функций AirPlay и Miracast, а интерфейс представлен портами USB 3.0 Type-A, Ethernet 10/100, оптическим аудиовыходом, композитным видеовыходом, HDMI и парой USB 2.0 Type-A. Не забыли о поддержке голосового управления и настройке достаточно быстрой скорости работы системы. 

From the pros TV set-top box, you can note Gigabit Ethernet, and of the main drawbacks — the need for additional system settings for the most comfortable work.

Merits:

  • Affordable price tag.
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi.
  • Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Voice control.

Weaknesses:

  • Mediocre speed stock firmware.
  • The need for additional configuration.


Vontar X96 mini

  • Display: Has
  • CPU: Amlogic S905W
  • memory: до 2GB
  • Built-in memory size: up to 16 GB
  • Remote: Has
  • Power External
  • Cooling Passive
  • Operating system: 1.5 Гб

Price: 2 150 rubles

Vontar X96 mini — the simplest console smart TV with Wi-Fi for your TV in our list. She's super compact size and toppings for average performance, but this is quite enough for watching videos on YouTube, IPTV channels, movies and TV series from various online cinemas. Included is a convenient remote control, but voice control is not. But there is a technology support HDMI-CEC. The interface model presents the following ports: 10/100 Ethernet, composite video output, HDMI, two USB 2.0 Type-a

Merits:

  • The minimum price tag.
  • Super compact size.
  • Handy remote control.

Weaknesses:

  • Is not suitable for viewing 4K content and games.
  • Is not the fastest filling.


Ugoos PRO X3

  • Display: Has
  • CPU: Amlogic S905X3
  • memory: 4GB
  • Built-in memory size: 32 GB
  • Remote: Has
  • Power External
  • Cooling Passive
  • Operating system: Android 9.0

Cost: 6 790 rubles

Among the best smart consoles was the model Ugoos PRO X3, which supports playback of 4K video and receives regular updates from the manufacturer. One of the main functions of this model — auto-switching refresh rate of the screen depending on the video being played. Users pleased with unlocked Root, so the smart console can be directly and easily install applications from your external drive or USB flash drive. To Ugoos PRO X3 can also connect the controller to control the games that can be installed through the Google Play store.

Of the shortcomings noted by users is not always a stable operation of the Internet, if the TV box to connect to Wi-Fi. The following ports available: USB 2.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-A, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, stereo audio out, optical audio, composite video and HDMI port.

Merits:

  • Fast work system.
  • The constant official updates.
  • the Ability to connect controllers and play mobile games.
  • Support for 4K video.
  • Public Root.
  • The auto refresh rate.

Weaknesses:

  • Price.
  • A mediocre wireless connection.


Ugoos AM3

  • Display: No
  • CPU: Amlogic S912
  • memory: 2GB
  • Built-in memory size: 16 GB
  • Remote: Has
  • Power External
  • Cooling Passive

Cost: 7 390 rubles

Smart-TV console Ugoos AM3 has also received the function of auto-tuning the frame rate of the TV under the video settings. Support Miracast, and the system works quite quickly to playback 4K videos. This smart console for Android can be controlled not only by using convenient compact remote control, but via a branded mobile app. the Available ports model the following: USB 2.0 Type a-A, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, optical audio and HDMI.

Merits:

  • Support for 4K video.
  • The constant official updates.
  • The control application and the remote control.
  • The auto refresh rate.

Weaknesses:

  • Slightly inflated price tag compared to competitors.
  • No AV-интерфейса. 


MINIX NEO U9-H

  • Display: No
  • CPU: Amlogic S912
  • memory: 2GB
  • Built-in memory size: 16 GB
  • Remote: Has
  • Power External
  • Cooling Passive

Price: 9 990 rubles

Is one of the best smart boxes for TV in our selection — MINIX NEO U9-H. the Gadget supports codecs of multichannel sound (DD, DTS, DTS-HD), and yet it has a separate DAC ES8388 that makes the sound of the highest quality, for which this model and love users.

Also has a simulated wireless connectivity to run some games, compatibility mode with old TVs and fast dual-band Wi-Fi with support for MIMO 2×2 to 5 GHz range. Interface of TV-box presented USB 2.0 ports Type-A, USB 2.0 Type B, Ethernet 10/100/1000, stereo audio output, optical audio output, 3.5 mm headphone and HDMI.

Merits:

  • Support for multi-channel sound.
  • Has свой ЦАП.
  • Support MIMO 2×2.

Weaknesses:

  • Price.
  • The remote is functional.


Ugoos AM6 Plus

  • Display: No
  • CPU: Amlogic S922X
  • memory: 4GB
  • Built-in memory size: 32 GB
  • Remote: Has
  • Power External
  • Cooling Passive
  • Operating system: Android 9.0

Cost: 12 290 rubles

TV-box Ugoos AM6 Plus is excellent for viewing movies and TV shows in high quality without any slowdown, but also known as a proven option for mobile games. Powerful chip Amlogic S922X и 4GB оперативной памяти без проблем запускают World of Tanks Blitz, PUBG Mobile and other hits at medium or high graphics settings. The smart console is not heated during games featuring a metal casing and the impressive radiator inside.

Ugoos AM6 Plus has also been praised for its excellent voice search app, open Root and the ability to reassign the control buttons on the connected gamepad.

The sound is also decent, even has support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. As the range of inputs and ports, so the interface of the TV box represented a stereo audio input, USB 3.0 Type-A, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, stereo audio output, optical audio output, composite video output, HDMI, and three USB 2.0 Type-a

Merits:

  • The support for mobile gaming.
  • Efficient cooling system.
  • To Configure Root.
  • Voice control.
  • Support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
  • Autorama.

Weaknesses:

  • High price.
  • Periodic problems with the firmware.


Conclusion

Despite the abundance of "smart" TVs TV boxes have conventional models too are very popular. They allow you to save money and adjust smart function to suit your needs. The user can simply watch movies and TV shows in excellent quality by subscription or even play with sections mobile games with good graphics. It's all available now, but different functions will have to pay, and the price range for the quality of the model varies from 2000 to 13 000.

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