With this shopping guide, What Android TV or mini PC buy in 2018? we want to present in a simple list the best models available in the market. In this guide you will also find help to have a selection criteria and thus choose them regarding your personal needs. If you have any doubt please ask us and we will guide you.
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INTRODUCTION AND SELECTION HELP
Android TV-Box or mini PC ?
- Android TV-Box – It is an Android device in TV-Box or TV-Stick format that offers us the possibility of converting our screen or TV into an Android device, with it we have the option of having all of this system’s apps on the big screen. You can use it as a multimedia player such as KODI or LibreELEC system, streaming applications such as Netflix, play games, use desktop apps and use file download managers.
- Mini PC – These mini PCs are small computers usually with Windows 10 fully functional, we can use them as a conventional PC but with a minimum consumption and they are mostly fanless. We can use it as a desktop PC with office suites, simple games or HTPC.
Common uses and recommendations
- Brand support : Some Android TV-Box and mini PC devices have a very low price and we usually do not find information about them. Normally these devices are products of a unknown brand that does not offer support to their products with what is possible that then we find problems with their firmware, hardware deficient or with variations within the same model. We recommend models that we have tested and brands that we know give at least a minimum support to their devices.
- Power : At power level we need to browse and watch movies at least 2GB of RAM and a Quad Core processor, all models in this selection have enough hardware for these needs.
BEST ANDROID TV 2018
NVIDIA Shield TV 2017
A beast, the best model of the market with Android TV. This model has a powerful Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC with support for 4K HDR playback and 7.1 DD & DTS audio codecs. The system includes 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage memory, Wifi ac, Gigabit Ethernet … and a long list of other features. It is also compatible with Netflix 4K, HBO and Amazon Prime video.
Xiaomi Mi Box / Xiaomi Mi Box S
Xiaomi Mi Box International version is a device with Android TV oriented to the reproduction of Streaming contents, have a Amlogic Quad Core S905X-H SoC with licenses for audio pass-through Dolby digital and DTS. A tmodel that includes all the necessary certificates to play Netflix in UHD 4K, integrates Chromecast to send content from the mobile and a remote control with microphone for voice commands. Read our detailed REVIEW for more info.
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon offers us with his Fire TV family some very interesting devices to play streaming contents, the operating system is FireOS oriented to the Amazon ecosystem products and we can use Alexa system for voice control. With these devices we can play in HD or 4K quality streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and HBO. Some models that are available in several versions, with TV-Stick format we have the most basic versions and with the TV-Box format we have more power and connectors. You can rear our detailed review about Fire TV 3rd gen and Fire TV Basic Edition (2nd gen),
MINIX NEO U9-H
The TV-Box MINIX NEO U9-H is the new flagship of this famous brand that comes to replace the successful MINIX NEO U1, this device has a more powerful Octa Core Amlogic S912 SoC, a more efficient Wifi aC and a system with Android 7.1. Excellent brand that has support and a good system of updates that makes this TV-Box a safe investment. You have the option to buy this device with the fly mouse MINIX NEO A3. To see more details of this model you can read our detailed REVIEW.
Beelink GT1 Ultimate
Beelink GT1 Ultimate is a device that uses the latest of Amlogic S912 Octa core SoC that we are seeing in many similar devices. This model has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which allows us to use it without problems. We also have a good network performance and a quite good brand support as they offer constant updates. You can read our full REVIEW to see the details.
MECOOL M8S Pro L and W
The TV-Box MECOOL M8S Pro L and MECOOL M8S Pro W are two low cost models, the first with the powerful SoC Amlogic S912 Octa core and the second with SoC Quad core Amlogic S905X, the two models are valid to use KODI, streaming and the most commons apps.They also have Android TV system, remote control option with voice. You can read our full REVIEW. Supports Netflix FullHD.
KIII PRO / KI PRO
The Mecool KIII PRO model is currently one of the best TV-Box that includes dual satellite tuner and HD TDT (DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-S2), this device also supports cccam servers. This version has the efficient Octa Core Amlogic S912 SoC, it has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. This models have a very good number of customs roms too. Supports Netflix FullHD.
Zidoo X8 / X10 / X9S y Himedia Q10 Pro
Interesting devices such as video and audio players since has Realtek and Hisilicon SoC’s with specific processors for image post-processing and audio support DTS and DD 7.1 certified. The Zidoo X10 / X9S Tv-Box in addition to its image quality has an HDMI video capture that allows you to record the content connected by this input. Another similar solution is Himedia Q10 Pro also excellent also in terms of high quality audio and video playback.
With Google Chromecast we can play streaming content on our screen controlled by means of another device such as a phone or tablet, the good thing about this device is that it is compatible with Netflix HD or 4K, HBO and other streaming services, although it is not compatible with Amazon Prime Video. We can not install Android applications or use it independently.
BEST MINI PC 2018
The new generation of Intel NUC is very interesting, we have a lot of variants and prices. A mini PC with many enlargement options despite its compact size, with a careful exterior design and unique features. In this mini PC we have support for M.2 SSD Opteron units and HDMI 2.0a video output that allows resolutions 4K@60fps. A very interesting device both for desktop use and for multimedia content since we can for example see Netflix in 4K resolution in the Core models. All this NUC’s have a internal fan but the noise level is near zero on video playback.
MeLE PCG35 APO / PCG03 APO
The new MeLE PCG35 Apo has an innovative heat dissipation that offer us a fanless design. As a core we have an Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core processor from the Apollo Lake family designed for desktop use and manufactured in 14nm. This mini PC also integrates 4GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage that can be extended thanks to the fact that it allows to mount a 2.5″ SATA disk and another one in M.2 format. It also has HDMI 2.0 connector that allows us to take video 4K@60fps and at the same time we have VGA output. You can read our review for MeLE PCG35 Apo and the review for MeLE PCG03 Apo in our website.
CHUWI GBox Mini PC
The brand Chuwi offers us a new miniPC called CHUWI GBox Mini PC with procesador Intel Celeron N4100 Quad core, supports M.2 disk and a 2.5″ disk, has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage sufficient for office and multimedia use. It also has a remote control flymouse that can remotely power up the mini PC, ideal for use by HTPC. A very energy efficient model with a very interesting level of finishes, you can read all the details in our REVIEW.
Beelink mini PC
The Beelink brand has many energy efficient mini PCs and we can use them as a desktop computer without problems. Within its sector we find some very compact that only allow to add M.2 discs, others that support 2.5″ disc and some in NUC format that allow to mount SODIMM memory and discs of various types. In each link of the following list you have reviews, detailed information and purchase links for them.
ASRock fanless motherboards
Within the sector of the miniPC there is also the option of mounting a classic box or HTPC with the entire passive system (no noise and very low consumption), so we can have more space for hard drives or more external connectors. With this option we can tailor the configuration we want without limiting ourselves to a pre-established model. You can see a complete PC configuration based on these ASRock fanless motherboards in our detailed REVIEW.
Fanless Mini PC with aluminium chassis
Passive miniPC with aluminum box are interesting mini PCs that work very well and that has some very interesting specifications for the price at which we can buy them. These mini PCs can mount Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 processors and the most economical Celeron models. Inside we can mount a 2.5 “inch disk and two DDR3L RAM modules which allows us to reach high RAM figures of 16 or 32GB, which allows us to work seriously with design or video editing programs in total silence You can see in detail the reviews of mini PCs with Intel Core processors or Intel Celeron models.