Today we will consider not expensive TV Box from China with the name MECOOL KM8 in our review.
It runs on the popular budget processor Amlogic S905X, running the fresh Android 8.0 operating system.
Of particular note is the presence of Bluetooth-remote control with built-in microphone for voice search.
The TV Box comes in two with a black case with a memory configuration of 2GB of RAM + 16GB of ROM for about $59.99. So, let’s see the main specs of MECOOL KM8 TV Box.
MECOOL KM8: Specifications
|Alfawise A8 TV Box:||Specs|
|Processor:||Amlogic S905X Quad Cores at 1.5 GHz|
|Graphics accelerator GPU:||Mali-450MP2|
|Wifi:||IEEE 802.11 b / g / n|
|Ports:||2 x USB 2.0, HDMI, 3.5mm Audio, DC Power Port, RJ45, TF card|
|Operating system:||Android 8.0|
|Size:||98.0 x 98.0 x 26.0 mm|
MECOOL KM8: Desing and Appearance
The MECOOL KM8 in the analisis is assembled in a very compact plastic case, measuring only 98.0 by 98.0 by 26.0 mm.
In appearance, it may seem that the body is metallic but it is painted plastic.
On the front panel, there is a small name Dolby Audio and mic with the power button. There is also an IR receiver for the remote control.
On the left side, there is a slot for the Micro-SD card to expand the internal storage and two USB ports.
On the back side, there are AV out, Ethernet, HDMI and a jack for connecting the power supply DC In 5V.
It should be taken into account that one USB port will always be occupied by the Bluetooth receiver of the remote control, two USB connectors remain free.
On the bottom cover, there is an identification sticker, ventilation holes, and four rubber feet.
MECOOL KM8: Multimedia and Settings menu
The TV Box has a power button on the case, it turns on immediately when you press the power button.
Switch it to sleep mode or turn it off by pressing the button on the remote control. When the set-top box is turned on.
After a short boot, the home screen is launched, looks like Android TV, but it’s the usual Android 8.0 with the launcher Amlogic TVLauncher.
The interface is made in the form of tiles with horizontal scrolling in two sections: selected applications where you can add your favorite programs and menus of all installed applications.
Below there is a button for launching the settings menu and WiFi. There is a standard menu of Android settings, which is pushed to the right.
In the menu, you can configure the basic system settings – language, wireless network, sound settings, etc. Almost all the menu is fully translated into English.
In the adjustment of the image, you can select the desired resolution up to 4K, if your TV supports 4K, but the interface will still be displayed in 720p resolution.
This is done to save CPU resources and avoid overheating of the chip. The video itself will be displayed in 4K when watching movies.
In the settings, you can fine-tune the image’s color profile and the size of the output image.
There is support for CEC (control of the TV and set-top box for HDMI), which was translated as inputs.
The settings items themselves are described in detail in English, which we meet for the first time.
A version of Android 8.0, firmware from May 11, 2018.
MECOOL KM8: Hardware and Performance
The MECOOL KM8 TV Box in the test works on the basis of the budget and popular chip Amlogic S905X. This is a quad-core Cortex-A53 with a frequency of up to 1.5 GHz.
Also, it has graphics accelerator: ARM Mali-450 MP2, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM.
Unfortunately, not all tests are correctly installed and working, because of the new OS.
The speed test of the built-in memory showed fairly low results.
ROM: reading 56.29 Mb/s recording 36.02 Mb/s
USB: reading 102,83 Mb/s record 47,07 Mb/s
AnTuTu Benchmark was executed with 29162 points. The result is average and quite typical for consoles with this processor of MECOOL KM8.
The Geekbench test: the results are also not quite high.
The MECOOL KM8 in our analisis has an integrated Wi-Fi wireless adapter b / g / n with an internal antenna, and also an Ethernet 10/100 port.
The transfer speed over WiFi is sufficient to view any online content. Through the network connector, the speed reaches about 90 Mbps.
The Bluetooth 4.0 adapter works fine, connecting wireless speakers and joystick – no problem.
It should be noted that the MECOOL KM8 is not critical overheating, the average temperature does not exceed 80 degrees.
When testing the console and heavy load, the temperature can rise to 85 degrees.
Using the wireless Bluetooth connection, you can easily connect the gamepad of MECOOL KM8.
In terms of power, the Mali-450MP2 graphics processor built into the SoC Amlogic S905X allows you to play decent, more or less demanding 2D-3D games on average performance settings.
MECOOL KM8: Software
The application menu is available on the desktop of MECOOL KM8 in the form of large tiles, initially installed the minimum number of programs.
The Google Chrome browser, a conductor, a media center for video, audio and photo playback, AirPin and WifiDisplay for image translation from mobile devices, Play Market, RKMC based on Kodi, YouTube and gallery, etc.
With built-in applications, there are no problems, but for full use, it is recommended to additionally install a good media player, for example, MX Player and popular applications for watching online video.
MECOOL KM8: Voice control
One of the interesting features available with this MECOOL KM8 in our full review is the support for voice search.
When you press the corresponding button on the remote, you can specify not complicated voice commands. For example, “watch the movie..”:
The system looks for available content in various applications and displays the result in a beautifully designed form.
Inquiry: “what’s at the cinema today”
Query “Very scary movie”. In this case, the system offers us to view the movie trailer on Youtube or watch a full movie in the HD Videobox application, which is very convenient.
On request, “the weather in London”, the system voice informs the current weather. Also, you can find out the weather forecast for the coming days anywhere in the world.
In general, voice search of MECOOL KM8 works very correctly and quickly. Very convenient function!
MECOOL KM8: Watching Videos
Thanks to the quad-core processor Amlogic S905X, the MECOOL KM8 attachment allows reproducing files of almost all formats without problems.
Supports video with its own resolution up to 4K at 60 frames per second, encoded by the h.265 codec. There is also support for HDR mode and 10-bit.
A regular YouTube viewing application is a version for Android TV, optimized for remote control.
YouTube by default allows you to watch the video in 4K resolution (up to 2160p).
When viewing a heavy video, there are no problems with the image, everything works clearly.
Movies reproduced without problems, no problems with the image and sound are not observed.
Viewing IPTV channels from an external playlist works without problems.
MECOOL KM8: Conclusions and Reviews
The MECOOL KM8 TV Box is one of the first to run the new version of Android 8.0 in our review, and, naturally, may have some flaws in the software.
Our experience with the TV Box was quite positive, no serious problems were found. The MECOOL KM8 works quickly and clearly, all applications are launched and work without problems.
The main feature of the model is the availability of the Android 8.0 system with the built-in voice assistant Google Assistant, which allows you to more comfortably enjoy all the advantages of a modern system.
MECOOL KM8: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Here we come to the most interesting point is the price. Today you can already buy MECOOL KM8 at an attractive and low price for only $59.99 from July 23 to 29 with coupon: GBKM8.
So this is definitely a good offer on the TV Box market, and we recommend it for purchase.