I won't talk about the specs of the device because to most it really means nothing, after a couple of weeks using the device i must say I am very impressed on the speed and playback of the device and it can handle light gaming. this is the best release since the fire tv Stick and it handles much better and your not just looking at amazons content, the remote has a few simple buttons and voice commands are a plus, that did a very smart thing also included with your purchase of a million box it will come with 2 months of sling tv and 3 crappie movies from vudu, 1 month of cbs, 3 months of Pandora which is a value that pays for the device if you choose to use it. The connectivity is flawless there is no ethernet port if your internet is good the device will work great, you also have the option to sideload your own apps as long as they are Android and APK files. I highly recommend sling TV especially the free trial it's actually way better then paying for cable they have a great selection of channels and everything transmits in HD.
Mi Box Android TV
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Mi Box Android TV:
- Sling TV: sign up to watch your favorite live channels and get $50 credit towards your subscription
- CBS All Access: stream your favorite shows live and on demand with 1 month of free access
- Pandora: listen to your favorite music with a 3-month free trial
- VUDU: rent, buy or watch your favorite movie or TV show on demand with $5 credit
- Enjoy thousands of movies, TV shows and music with Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Youtube, Pandora and much more
- Watch live TV channels like ESPN, CBS, CNN and Disney (via Sling TV)
- Built-in Android TV 6.0 with Google Cast lets you stream shows, movies, music and much more from your phone, tablet or laptop onto your TV
- 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR) support lets you watch videos in detail like never before
- Speak into the Bluetooth voice remote and Mi Box searches for what you want with Google voice search
- Android and iOS smartphone compatible
- What's in the box:
- Mi Box
- Bluetooth voice remote
- Power adapter
- HDMI cable
- User guide
- Offers booklet ($76 value)
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Excellent Android TV box!
I am really enjoying my Mi Box! I have been streaming a lot of HD videos and they look great. The the wifi works good and the Bluetooth voice remote works flawlessly. It's nice not having to aim the remote at the box. I am pleased to finally have an Android box that has reliable OTA updates. The box automatically checks for updates on a regular basis. Just go into the settings and select "About" and then select "System Update" to do a manual check for updates. I did that they day I received the box and there was an update available. If your new to Android TV, keep in mind you will not have access to all the apps in Google Play. Android TV has a limited amount of apps that are designed to work with Android TV. However, you can sideload any app easily. In my opinion, the best launcher for your side loaded apps is "HALauncher" that can be installed via Google Play. I use the browser within ES File Explorer to download APKs to the box. I only sideloaded a couple apps because most of the apps I want can be installed directly from Google Play.
Excellent for Android TV
I LOVE this little box. I cut the cord 2 years ago. I have an HD antenna and I own 3 Roku's and 2 NVida Shield Pro's. I run the KODI app on the Shield's and now the little Mi box. Honestly, IMO there is ZERO difference in the actual streaming and viewing between the Mi and Shield. The remotes are different because Shield has a gaming remote. I prefer the Mi remote when watching TV. Of course, if you're going to be gaming, get the Shield. If you just want to run apps and watch some TV save yourself $230 and get the the Mi!
The maturity of the Android TV box
It was the year 1999, and while most people were picking up the Y2K Protection CD from the checkout display at CompUSA I was dreaming. My dreams were the same every day and were centered around my realization that if I could connect my PC to my TV, I could watch from the comfort of my couch. The time was right for building this kind of connectivity. New file sharing services were being launched by developers at a rapid pace and I was enjoying the bandwidth provided by my newly installed Roadrunner connection. I had just jumped from 56k dialup to Time Warners 2Mb down/128k up cable speeds (terribly slow by today's standards) and I was quickly starting to build a good size library of audio and video files. Now, how to connect to, and present them in a user friendly format on my TV was the challenge. There was a long list of software, hardware, networks, tuner cards, graphis cards, STB's, wiring, etc. etc. If the software was written to organize and playback media files, I've installed it. If the device was built to bridge the connection from PC to TV, I've connected it. From Gateway Connected DVD players to Snapstream Beyond TV and Beyond Media, from the PrismQ media player to others that I can hardly remember trying out, I've been through many in my quest to live my dream. Fast forward 15 years and there's now a device that I was able to connect, set up, and watch a movie on in 30 minutes. The Mi Box is the most recent addition to my living room and after 3 days of aggressive use and customization, this device is a real contender to replace my full blown Windows based HTPC. The Mi Box is running Android TV and stands out as a capable, lean back device that runs Kodi seamlessly and presents Netflix and YouTube in real, remote friendly formats. If you've tried any of the Android boxes that are out there (a lot of them, everywhere) and been frustrated by trying to use Netflix and YouTube with a remote then this Android TV box is the solution. Because the 'generic' Android boxes are running what amounts to a tablet version of Android, the apps are designed for a touchscreen and do not work well when trying to use a remote. You may be getting by with an air mouse or a mini lean back keyboard touchpad, but you don't need to suffer any more. The versions of these apps that are designed for Android TV are designed to be used with a remote and are the the final solution to what forced me to return the last device I tried (Q Box) to Amazon. Having a TRUE Android TV box makes the difference and I'm now close to saying "Yes" to the Mi Box and adding them throughout my house. The long road I've travelled as I've watched the maturation of the connected set top box has brought me to where I am today. I can recommend the Mi Box whole heartedly and know that it will fit into many homes just as well as it has fit into mine. If you're a casual user that is simply looking for Netflix and YouTube you will be up and running in minutes. If you're a more advanced user and are planning to install Kodi from the Play Store you'll be up and running in minutes. If you're a super user and want to customize your experience, you'll be able to do that too because Android TV can be manipulated and customized just as easily as we've come to know and love on our other Android devices. For $69 you get a well designed, wifi enabled, HDMI connectable, remote controlled device that can be setup as simply or as complex as you need. I've had no problems other than needing to reboot the device once when the remote stopped responding. The device was still responding to keyboard commands from the bluetooth keyboard that I added (BT dongle was installed in the devices USB port), and after a reboot the remote was working again. There's a power adapter that provides the power for the Mi, and network connectivity comes from the built in WiFi (there is NO wired ethernet port). The Mi is designed and packaged well and includes an HDMI cable for connecting to the TV and even a pair of AAA batteries are included for the slim, simplistic remote. The devices search function can be accessed by a single click of the search button on the remote control and will bring up a voice search on the screen. Say "netflix" and voila - the Netflix app is launched. Say "Longmire" and the results will show my local media files that are indexed in Kodi along side the episodes that can be viewed in Netflix. If the mic is having a hard time hearing your search phrase you have the option of typing your search request. This voice search was an unexpected feature that I was surprised to see included. This does show the maturity of this device and my hope is that Google continues to develop Android TV and makes it attractive to developers to design their apps to run on this platform.
A wonderful alternative to cable!
I felt like someone removed the weight off my shoulders when I cancelled my cable service for $250 per month. I replaced it with a high speed internet access package for $69 per month (235 mb/sec), a Sling TV subscription for $40 per month for all the channels, and a one time cost of $70 for each Mi Box. I love it! I bought three Mi Boxes for my three TVs and love the fact I can watch on my TV, my phone, and my computer so long as only three are active at any one time (Sling TV restriction not a MiBox restriction). My only complaints are minor and they have nothing to do with the MI Box. Instead they are about the Sling TV app: I wish they would let you easily flip back and forth between two or more channels; and the Sling TV app often doesn't restart so I have to go into settings/apps/sling tv and force stop the app.
The Best Smart TV for the Price
This is the best product if you want a simple (and inexpensive) way to get the best smart TV experience. It lacks the crazy horsepower and price of the Nvidia Shield, but if you don't want something that diverse, then this is it. Chromecast built in, pretty much everyone and their mother is building or has built an app for the thing. Live TV support if you have a HDHomerun device on your home network. I bought one and am probably going to buy two more for the other two bedrooms in my home.
Best Official Android TV for the Price
There are currently 3 officially Google supported Android TV boxes. The Nvidia Shield, the Xiaomi Mi Box and the now out of print Nexus Player. The Nvidia Shield is out my price range but is a must for power users or gamers. The Xiaomi Mi Box is not as powerful but more than enough for a standard users not into high end gaming. For my needs of streaming and non power using the Mi Box is perfect especially for the price, well worth it. It's speed and responds well. There is only 1 USB port on the box but I was able to plug in my USB 4 port HUB so I can now plug in my wireless USB keyboard and mouse and 2 external drives one of which I used to replace the small internal 8GB to now a 128GB for apps and stuff. I like the fact that it has a headphone jack so I can plug in my headphones as my TV does not have any external headphone jacks. If you want to be a cord cutter like me then this box is perfect. The box advertises 4K ready but I do not recommend it for 4K, 1080P is fine and anyways I do not have a 4K TV so it does not bother me. My only complaint is that I am not able to customize more the home screen to my liking and am forced to use they're limited way of displaying the ICONS. Hopefully a future upate with correct this.
Great Device for streaming.
Works great for streaming hulu, netflix, plex, etc. It is only wifi though which is my only gripe. No issues with streaming over wifi but I like to use ethernet whenever possible. Due to no ethernet port it has a very low profile. It was smaller than I had anticipated but was much heavier also. I'm not sure if it's heavier to keep it from sliding around but my guess would be there is a substantial heatsink in it because it will get warm to the touch. The main reason for me purchasing the device was to use the hdhomerun app to view live tv on my home theatre system. It works very well and doesn't hiccup at all on 1080p content even though it is wifi. This has kept me from having to rent another cable box from Comcast so this essentially will pay for itself in a few months.
Decent product, with one major flaw
The Mi Box was my first introduction to the Android TV platform. I like interface and the remote does a good job. It responds relatively smooth. It handles most apps smoothly. I love the way certain games (like Beach Buggy Racing) and apps (like Kodi) run on this machine, and the relative ease to operate it. My main reason to get the Box however was to access Netflix in a 'friendlier' way than with the Chromecast (for the family members that want to push the button and have the machine work). Here's when things started to go wrong. After firing up the Netflix app, it would stop and give an error message (Netflix Error tvq-pm-100) that it couldn't play the movie. I've been reading up on this problem and it seems to be fairly common to the Mi Box. So far I haven't been able fix it and monitoring the fora to see if someone else does. So overall decent to good product, but I'm afraid that if we don't see a fix for the Netflix app in combination with the Mi Box it might be a deal killer for some out there!
Affordable but you get what you paid for.
The interface was clean and simple. Netflix worked fine one day, but then failed to work another day. This could have been a Netflix issue or it could have been the product. All of my other devices worked fine with Netflix. There is only wireless capability. You have to buy a separate attachment for hard-wired connections. You need to make sure you are running 802.11 AC. I was only running 802.11 N and it struggled to get enough bandwidth for streaming.
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