Ok, that’s done. I am more grateful than you might imagine for a speedy delivery from China – Banggood sent me the latest A95X TV box which is around £37 inc post right now. But perhaps the main reason I’m grateful is we just arrived back in the UK from our summer in Spain, minus either of our TV boxes. Had it not been for Banggood delivering the A95X earlier than expected, we’d have no TV right now as we abandoned aerials maybe 3 years ago and have been happily managing on Netflix and Amazon Prime (with subscriptions) and of course BBC iPlayer and a couple of other apps to fill in the blanks not covered by the above. Some readers might be interested in the likes of Showbox and similar.
To keep this in perspective, I’m no stranger to this kind of TV box as I already have the A5X and H96MAX boxes (neither of which support 4K) but this one is more up to date and I think the interface is cleaner – also it is cheap. I’ve had several in the past including terrible “Android TV” boxes (this one and my others have normal Android with a skin to make them easy to use for non-techies ( while retaining the full Android Playstore – important unless you’re happy simply with Netflix – that is no-where near good enough for me though I do use it and pay for it as they have some good content)
If this unit had been a duffer I’d be in REAL trouble with the wife, in fact, it offers a very clean interface not a million miles from the normal Android 9 experience (on which it is based – very much up to date at the time of writing) but simplified for TV use but retaining the full PlayStore.
The last OTA update was Oct 11 2019 – Settings – Device Preferences – About – System Update. Can’t ask for more.
I won’t go into the 5G WIFI as I would not dream of connecting a TV box by WIFI – I’d rather use power-line Ethernet or “proper” Ethernet – I hear all sorts of stories about “lag” with other setups and systems – and I get none of it, here in the UK or over in Spain as I’m using the best connection I can manage – and bearing in mind that one of my connections drops to 5Mbps at times yet I’m still getting HD with that – and this box is working with and supporting my 4K TV here in the UK.
The link I gave you has all sorts of specifications in English so I’m largely avoiding re-inventing the wheel here. Note the built in media Player as well as the standard Android apps and there is enough storage and RAM to just keep on going.
If anyone wants to hear my gripes about (and final working solution for) geographical TV material restrictions 9 (nothing to do with the box, more Netflix, BBC, Amazon, Hulu) and NowTV’s ridiculous restrictions on Android boxes (my solution, scrap NowTV) – well that’s another conversation.
As for remotes, I find the likes of this cheap Ebay MX3 remote do the job well. As is often the case, the remote that came with the unit was a bit basic (no rear keyboard to ease password entry for accounts) whereas this unit has a full keyboard on the back. Together they make a great team with which I’m entirely happy. I’ve had several of these remotes from various suppliers over time. Here is a Banggood equivalent though I’m not sure I’ve bought one from them. Regardless, they work a treat.. avoid the white back-lit versions which are similar but don’t work as well.