The H96 Max+ is, how can I put it, wonderful. It has Android 8.1, both WIFI and high speed Ethernet, 4k HD video (yes, I have a 4K TV) 32GB storage (4GB internal RAM), USB 3.0, HDMI output and more. At the time of writing, it is a very low £38.87 at Banggood.
At this point I would normally send you off to look at the ad but in this case you might be put off as it is the usual gloss complete with language errors. The unit deserves so much more.
I’ve tried all manner of TV boxes from PCB level Android units to full blown Android TV. The former generally work but often need some technical knowledge to set up and often come with old versions of Android, The “Android TV” units (as against full Android which this unit supports) are, in my experience, a let-down.
Who wants the restricted content and stripped down Android TV Play Store when you can have the full App store. Indeed, the only thing up to now I can’t get this box to run is NowTV and I believe that is a SKY restriction more than a problem with the unit as I cannot get any other Android unit to fire off NowTV to the big screen. Netflix is fine, Amazon TV is fine, YouTube is fine and unlike the Roku, there is a VPN facility for those of us who travel overseas. The IPlayer as yet does not seem to want to know Android 8.1 but the BBC Radio IPlayer works a treat. Meanwhile my SmartTV handles the normal IPlayer no problem. I’ve installed a ton of apps such as TED-TV but it would take weeks to do justice to all of them. Thanks to the 4K RAM and 32GB built-in memory (expandable by microSD) there seems to be almost no limit in sight to what I can put into this box. I was originally determined to crack NowTV rather than buy another unit just for that but eventually took the plunge – the units are cheap and Sky doesn’t do 4K (at least, not for NowTV) -When ARE they going to join the modern world?
As usual with these Android units, initially I noted some edge content missing off-screen but in this case a very simple and very welcome zoom facility immediately corrected the issue – end of story – no technical knowledge required. I now have a perfect picture. I DID have a slight issue with the remote control which seems to be missing the odd useful button. Eventually I just bought another control. I am amazed at how well this is working with my “bargain” Aldi 4K TV. The overall result is stunning and trust me, I’m no novice to HD TV.
The unit displays a “skin” but unlike “Android TV” you can get to normal settings and the full Android Play Store without issue.
I cannot stress enough that my crude screenshots are not intended to convey the quality out of this unit. Hopefully they do help otherwise. Not ALL of these packages were installed by default but took seconds to get from the Playstore. I should point out that the Netflix and Prime apps are free but you will need subscriptions to these services of course.
If you need more storage, the unit has sockets for both USB sticks and uSD.
Here’s the link – H96 Max Plus RK3328 Android 8.1 USB3.0 TV Box — https://goo.gl/oS5DRB
More Android TV Boxes — https://goo.gl/UxpC64
EU Warehouse — https://goo.gl/QceUQM
Note: The images here are meant to help but probably fail to get the quality across. Take my word for it that image quality (clearly, depending on the App and your broadband) is superb.