REVIEW: Mecool KM2, new Android TV-Box with Netflix 4K support


Mecool KM2 is the TV-Box certified with Netflix 4K support that we will see today in its analysis or review. This new device has Android TV 10 OS, has Google certification and interesting hardware.

The new Mecool KM2 has a solvent Amlogic S905X2-B processor that allows moving Android TV agilely, a much more powerful SoC than the Xiaomi Mi Box. This device comes with a bluetooth remote control is included (which we have already seen in other devices) and has a microphone to use the Google Assistant. We also have Chromecast to send content from our Smartphone, it is compatible with Google Home devices and has all the permissions for popular streaming services. Let’s see in our review how the Mecool KM2 behaves and what it offers compared to its rivals.

  • Mecool KM2 is available in Aliexpress or Amazon only for $61 (€51) with shipping cost included.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Mecool KM2
SoC: Amlogic S905X2-B Quad Core 4x ARM-A53 @ 1.8GHz (64bit) / GPU Mali-G31 MP2 / 12nm.
System: Android TV 10 (32bit).
Components: 2GB RAM DDR4 / 8GB eMMC / Wifi ac + Bluetooth 4.2.
Ports: HDMI 2.1 / USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 / SPDIF / AV / AV / IR / microSD (32GB max.)
Extras: BT + IR remote control with micro / Manual / Adapter DC 12V 1A (12W).
Materials and dimensions: Plastic / LED status / 112 x 112 x 24 mm / 250 gr.

Unboxing

The Android TV-Box Mecool KM2 comes in a cardboard box with the image of the product in the upper area and some information of its functions. Inside we find the small TV-Box, remote control, charger 12V 1A and a manual of first steps.

Description

This Mecool KM2 is a device manufactured by Skyworth with Netflix certification within the Hailstorm program, Mecool slo brand has remarked and performs its distribution. A device with a fairly conventional design, in the rear area we have Ethernet 10/100 connector, AV jack, HDMI 2.1, SPDIF, IR extender, ON/OFF button and power connector, on one side we have a USB 3.0, another USB 2.0 and microSD reader with a maximum capacity up to 32 GB.

We also have Bluetooth remote control that has a microphone for Google Assistant, at the front we have a status LED, some keys that have no direct use, but we can remap for other functions. The IR emitter of this remote control has no practical use, we have no settings in Android to configure it.

This TV-Box has a Wifi aC + Bluetooth 4.2 chip with internal wifi antennas. The passive cooling system works perfectly because the Box hardly heats up. In the lower area it has a reset button to reboot the system if it suffers a software catastrophe and to reset it.

  • Remote Control: Basic BT + IR Remote with mic / Compatible with keyboard and mouse / App control for Android TV.

SYSTEM AND PERFORMANCE

Environment and Android system

After connect the Mecool KM2 it boots automatically, we are shown the configuration wizard where we can set the Wi-Fi connection, define which apps will be installed by default and select the type of content we want to see on the main screen. Once configured we get to the new Android TV launcher based on rows with tabs of the contents or shortcuts to the installed apps. By default the system comes with some rows that can be disabled and leave the environment quite clean. The overall performance is good, we can move smoothly and quickly between menus.

  • Launcher: We can change de the launcher / Android UI rendering at 1080p.
  • Multitasking and access: Multitasking NOT available / Notifications the upper  icon.
  • Languages and Google Play: All the international Android languajes / Google Play for Android TV installed.
  • Check our Android TV User Manual to install classic Android Apps, prevent screen rotation and much more.

System

We check the system data and the options it includes as far as root is concerned, we also observe what power on/off system this device allows us. This TV-Box will have updates via OTA to correct possible failures.

  • On/Off Controls: Sleep mode / Shutdown settings available.
  • System version and root: Android TV 10 (32 bit) / NO rooted / NO root menu / CPU r0p4 (S905X2-B) / Model Skyworth HP40AX2.
  • Support:  Meecol OTA support / IMG firmware NOT available, only OTA update.

Network, storage, RAM and ports

The Android TV-Box Mecool KM2 has installed 2 GB of RAM and for storage we have 8 GB eMMC that we can expand with a USB memory. It has a USB 3.0 port for connecting external drives (read only) or peripherals and we also have another extra USB 2.0. In the network section we find a wireless adapter Wifi ac + Bluetooth 4.2 that as we can see in the tests the results are good. The internal memory is fast and helps us to use the system with no lag.

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  • Storage: Total 8GB  – Free 3.5GB / Expandable with a USB external memory.
  • RAM: Total 2GB – Free 1GB / DDR.
  • Network: Good speed with internal wifi antennas / Range 40dBm, good. / Bluetooth YES.
  • Read/Write Ports: USB 3.0 OTG / On external USB drives it is only possible to read data.
  • We recommend reading our Tutorial SAMBA on Android networks if we are going to use files from our network PC.

Power and performance

In the performance section the Mecool KM2 has the Amlogic S905X2-B Quad Core SoC with ARM Cortex-A53 processors up to 1.8GHz and in the graphics section has a mid-range Mali-G31 MP2 GPU. As we can see in the results we have a pretty good performance that exceeds some generic box, this hardware is matched against the Fire TV-Box 4K and the new Googlecast TV, far exceeds the Xiaomi Mi Box which is already quite amortized.

As for games we can run PUBG in medium/low quality and also cloud gaming services like NVIDIA GForce Now or Google Stadia using the APK to install it. In the emulators section we can get at most run some Wii titles, but we will not have problems with 2D games of classic consoles with emulators like Retroarch or using KODI, the full OS EmuELEC is not compatible.

This SoC is manufactured in 12nm, has a fairly low power consumption and the cooling system maintains low temperatures in normal use. The processor manages the speeds correctly so as not to heat up excessively.

  • Thermals: Min. 39ºC / Working 50 ºC / Max. 62ºC / Maintains performance up to 100% / Heat zone on the top / Noise 0db
  • Consumption: Off 0.9W / Min 3W / Working 3.6W / Max. 5.2W

VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST

Video playback test

In the video playback section, the Mecool KM2 is compatible with most modern video formats such as h.265, VP9 with native resolution support 4K@60fps HDR, although it does not support the recent AV1 codec that for now has a testimonial use. It does not have a video quality settings app and no automatic refresh rate change. We have official HDR support is available to get a better image from some streaming services.

It is possible to use players like KODI or PLEX without the slightest problem by installing them directly from the Android TV store. In terms of audio we can play DD 7.1 and DTS up to 5.1 through its HDMI port, 5.1 via SPDIF and stereo via the AV jack. The Chromecast system works perfectly with all compatible services.

Video and audio results

FormatsResult
h.264 / 1080i / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)Frameskip (SW)
h.265 / 1080p / 8bitOK
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)OK
h.265 / 4K@24fps / 8bitOK
h.265 / 4K@60fps / 10bit HDROK
VP9 P1 / 4K@24fps / 8bitOK
VP9 P2 / 4K@60fps / 10bit HDROK
VP9 P2 / 8K@60fps / 10bit HDRFrameskip (SW)
AV1 / 4K@24fps / 10bitFrameskip (SW)
Max. Bitrate100 Mbps = 12,5 MB/s.
  • The maximum bitrate depends on the port used to connect or the limitations of SAMBA Networks.
  • SW = does not have hardware acceleration and may have have some frameskip in very heavy files.
Audio FormatsResult
Dolby5.1 / Plus / True HD = OK | Atmos = Core
DTS5.1 = OK | MA / HR / X = Core
  • PCM – Stereo only doing downmix from DD or DTS
  • Core – Only the core of the format is played back with what we passed to the Dolby or DTS base system / More info

Streaming services

We tests this device on streaming services to check how the most popular services work. The Mecool KM2 offers maximum compatibility with all the most popular streaming services. We can watch in 4K HDR quality content from Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and in maximum quality others like HBO.

Streaming serviceCalidad / Audio
Youtube4K (2060p) / 5.1
Google Play Movies4K (2060p) / 5.1
Netflix4K (2060p) / 5.1 / Netflix Guide
HBOFullHD (1080p) / Stereo / HBO Guide
Disney+4K (2060p) / 5.1 / Disney+ Guide
Amazon Prime Video4K (2060p) / 5.1 / Prime Video Guide
Apple TV+4K (2060p) / 5.1 / Apple TV+ Guide
DAZNHD (720p) / Stereo
IPTVFullHD (1080i) / Stereo

CONCLUSIONS AND BUY LINKS

Opinion

After testing for several days the new Mecool KM2 we must say that we are facing an interesting certified TV-Box at a good price. Thanks to the efficient SoC Amlogic S905X2-B we can move the system and any app smoothly, this chip far exceeds the Xiaomi Mi TV-Box, its great rival. The Bluetooth remote control with microphone included is practical and we can use Google Assistant without problems on a daily basis.

In the connectivity section the Mecool KM2 integrates a Wifi aC + BT 4.2 adapter without speed problems, we also have USB 3.0 connectivity, another extra USB 2.0 and microSD slot to expand internal storage. As operating system we have Android TV 10 fully stable and hopefully with OTA updates. This model does not heat up at all playing video, in normal use or playing a demanding title thanks to its cooling.

This TV-Box has all the certificates for streaming apps allowing us to play our contracted services in 4K HDR quality. We can also use other apps such as IPTV players, PLEX or KODI to watch local content. We have the usual limitations of Amlogic SoCs such as the lack of image quality control or automatic refresh rate change.

With this Mecool KM2 we have a good TV-Box for streaming, a device much more powerful than the Xiaomi Mi Box but that is somewhat below other options that have recently come out.

Score

Mecool KM2

0.00
7.5

Design

7.0/10

Hardware

8.0/10

Conectivity

7.5/10

Support

7.0/10

Price

8.0/10

Pros

  • Cheap
  • All certifications
  • Good BT remote
  • Fast Android TV 10
  • Chromecast & Google Home

Cons

  • Ethernet 10/100

Where to buy

  • Mecool KM2 is available in Aliexpress or Amazon only for $61 (€51) with shipping cost included.

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In You tube app play videos and transmit the audio with mecool bluetooth. The Bluetooth audio transmit sound to bluetooth speaker there is a distinct audio/video lipsync problem.

The av port on the back of the mecool KM2 does not work at all.

Wish reviews tested all the functions on these devices, would not have bought KM2 if this bluetooth and av port problem was known.

C. KANTAS

The box has always HDR on, you have to manually decrease brightness when watching non HDR content.The colour is shown right (no washed out colours). In settings there is a choice to turn on or off HDR but it does not work.
I use a cheap usb 2.0 to ethernet adapter and it works fine. It supports bitrates up to 280 Mbps . If you buy a usb 3,0 to ethernet adapter it will reach Gbps speeds

Last edited 2 months ago by C. KANTAS
maxhim

Hi! The HDR is continuous? OMG! And what say the manufacturer? 
Because this bad operation.

Dave W

Every time I go to use the box it has to be restarted, everything is shaded pink and green, very annoying……

Rich

You’re using the 2.1 cable they’ve provided you? On a 4k @60hz tv? I’ve been using 3 months to run my certified 4k hdr apps and my tv app and I’m very happy with the purchase. I also put it into sleep mode when I’m done instead of powering down. And I use the WiFi on it which well exceeds 100mbps

Rich

Also are you using the power button. I have it set to turn my tv on and come out of sleep mode I’ve only used the power button handful of times but sounds like a busted box. I’m very happy with mine. I only use 5-6? Apps and web browser.

Pierre Cizungu

 I dislike the ethernet 10/100. Is the firmware compatible with a USB 3.0 Gigabit Hub in this case?

Rich

I get just about 300 mbps (just under ) on my WiFi. On 4k tv and I have zero issues for 3 months however the 3.0 hub port is open as they say to use the 2.0 port if you want to add a thumb drive for storage.

Rich

I havent needed storage though, I knew what I was buying and what I’d be using , I have just enough remaining 👌

C. KANTAS

yes , i use a cheap usb 2.0 to ethernet adapter and it works fine. It supports bitrates up to 280 Mbps . Just buy a usb 3.0 to ethernet adapter if you want Gbit speeds

Last edited 2 months ago by C. KANTAS
Buggerlugz

I can’t figure out how to get the optical output to work, (it works via HDMI at the same time). There is no setting to specify which output you want, either way my AV receiver remains on PCM and doesn’t decode anything.

gigimaru

i cant play flie dts rear speker not hear anything
dobly is ok (sound bar q90r)

Jose

does not play dts x?

jose

what is core version?

Sander Kuyten

I can not get Kodi to run in anything other than 1080p on this device.
The white list has only one entry.
Suggestions anyone?

Sander Kuyten

I’m afraid this is not the case here…
I would like to add some screenshots, but I don’t know how to upload them .

Colin

The Mecool KM2 has serious limitations. The remote can only control 1 peripheral like a tv or sound bar, but not both, unlike the Firestick 4K remote. The Mecool remote is poorly designed with a small enter button and an overly wide navigation ring. Android TV 10 does not have a fully functional web browser like Silk on the Firestick I bought this item based on advertising big mistake. I tried to use it for 3 days and because of it’s limits immediately went back to my Firestick 4K. Mecool km2 sits on my bureau and will remain there until… Read more »

Johnny

Google Chrome browser runs perfectly 4k Certified apps also run perfectly Device does not overheat Chromecast works great remote works and design is also great so that is up to opinion I take this with all of its ports especially USB and ethernet over 4K fire stick any day

Colin

Chrome does not work fully. Have you tried using it to stream movies? Sporting events? Live news?

Colin

Fire TV works flawlessly for me. So does Android TV10. It isn’t the OS that is a problem other than limitations on the web browser. The remote has such a small “enter” button that you must use the tip of your thumb, not the pad, to enter, and that’s a huge problem as it isn’t good for extended use and contributes greatly to incorrect entries. The navigation ring does NOT need to be so wide. The Firestick remote is light years ahead in functionality. Google is changing from APKs to bundles, has not released a needed update for the KM2… Read more »

Rich

I’m using this 3 months now I have no need to use scrapers or kodi I bought it for using my certified apps in 4k that were advertised and I run on which more than doubles the Ethernet of 10/100 for 3 months now not a hiccup and 4k hdr Movies where advertised and casting is also a breeze. Great device” in my opinion. “

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