Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

Today in our review is new Tanix TX3 Max TV-Box running on SOC Amlogic S905W. This model is based on the Tanix TX3 mini set-top box and features a new case and modified software.

Tanix TX3 Max received a brand new launcher New ELICE UX UI, working as an automatic frame change (Auto Frame Rate) and a switchable ROOT.

Tanix TX3 Max TV Box

Price: $44.99

4K video, RAM: 2GB, ROM: 16GB, Operation System: Android 7.1, Bluetooth 4.0, RJ45 Port Speed: 100MB, Amlogic S905W chip

Tanix TX3 Max TV Box

Price: $44.99

4K video, RAM: 2GB, ROM: 16GB, Operation System: Android 7.1, Bluetooth 4.0, RJ45 Port Speed: 100MB, Amlogic S905W chip

About these and other features of the new console, see in our review.

Tanix TX3 Max: Specifications

Processor: S905W quad-core with 2.0 GHz
Graphics accelerator GPU: Mali-450
RAM: 2GB DDR3
ROM: 16GB eMMC
Wifi: IEEE 802.11 b / g / n
Bluetooth: 4.0
SPDIF: Coaxial (optical)
Ports:2 x USB 2.0
Operating system: Android 7.1.2 with Alice UX launcher
Weight:385g
Size: 105.0 x 105.0 x 15.0 mm
Price:$45

Tanix TX3 Max of the main specs has the Amlogic S905W processor with four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cores capable of reaching 1.2 GHz (the documentation is often indicated at 1.5 GHz). Also, it has an ARM Mali-450 graphics processor that decodes the most popular video codecs.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

It has 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of memory eMMc memory, Wi-Fi / g / n with internal antenna and Bluetooth 4.1.

An operating system is Android 7.1.2. On the sides of the case, there is two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD memory card reader. Also, you can find a SPDIF digital audio output, an HDMI 2.0 connector, a 10/100 network port and an analog AV output.

Tanix TX3 Max: Packaging

The TV set-top box Tanix TX3 Max is delivered in a black cardboard box with a brief description of the features and an identification sticker.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

The remote control, as the budget model believes is very simple, supports a minimum number of functions.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

Nevertheless, after full pre-setting of the console, it is quite possible to use such a remote control.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

The console is powered by a network adapter with a European plug. The declared characteristics of the adapter.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

HDMI cable of the usual quality, about 80 cm long, almost all of the not expensive Chinese devices are equipped with similar ones. In the work of claims to him there.

Tanix TX3 Max: Design and Appearance

The Tanix TX3 Max is assembled in a plastic case in black, on the top cover is a surface with two glossy oblique strips and an inscription Tanix.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

The front panel is translucent, behind which is a small display. It displays the clock and icons for the status of the USB and network connections.

On the right side of the case, there are two USB 2.0 ports and a TF card slot, with which you can expand the internal memory of the attachment up to 32 GB.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

Two USB ports may not be enough to connect all the necessary gadgets, but in the console, there is Bluetooth, through which you can connect many devices.

The connectors are located on the back side: analog audio and video AV output, with which you can connect the set-top box to an old TV or an analog speaker system, SPDIF digital optical audio output, RJ45 network port, HDMI and DC power connector.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

On the bottom cover of the console are stickers with the name of the model, with a MAC address and a serial number. At the corners are four rubber feet, preventing slipping. Immediately there is a hole behind which the reset button is located. There are no air vents on the body.

Tanix TX3 Max: Software and Operating System

When the Tanix TX3 Max in our analisis is connected to the network, when the system is booted, “boot” appears on the screen, after which the clock appears. Due to the lack of a built-in power source, after turning off the set-top box, the clock is knocked down and restored only after synchronization via the Internet.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

When you first turn on, the five-page preset wizard starts. In the first step, we are offered to choose the language of the system, with what the English language is offered.

After the initial setup, we welcome the new user interface ALICE UX – a new development and pride of the company Tanix, a bright, beautiful and convenient launcher.

The new interface includes an updated bootloader displaying a beautiful boot animation of the system and a beautiful launcher work desk that contains several zones.

It including large buttons for access to fixed and selected applications, settings and applications menu.

In the lower left corner is a custom widget that displays the weather. On the left side, the task manager is a list of previously launched applications.

There are an upper bar status and a lower control panel that is activated in the menu.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

In the settings, you can select the resolution of the displayed image to the flesh to 4K, if your TV supports it.

In reality, the interface of the system and all programs are output with a resolution of 1280 by 720, and then it is scaled to the selected in the system settings.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

That is, selecting the value in the settings, for example, 1920 by 1080 or 3840 by 2160 interface will still be displayed with a resolution of 1280 by 720.

In this case, the system, programs, and games work significantly faster, but the quality suffers – on many TVs with a large screen diagonal, because of the low resolution, the image may be blurred.

Given the low cost of the set-top box (it’s hard to imagine that someone will buy a $ 40 set-top box for 4K TVs, costing in a thousand dollars), such a move by the manufacturer is understandable, because its main purpose is the reproduction of media content in the resolution to Full HD.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

The application menu is made in the form of large tiles, initially, the minimum number of programs is installed, most of which are most likely not to be claimed. You can install the necessary applications using the Play Store or from files downloaded on the Internet.

The quick settings menu is not translated into Russian but is intuitively understandable and convenient.

There is also a standard menu of Android settings.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

The menu contains a wide variety of settings, including language settings, video and audio settings, and many functions such as CEC Control – control of the set-top box and TV simultaneously with a TV remote control for HDMI, a two-level auto-frame and a WiFi emulator that is needed for some games.

The prefix supports updating the firmware over the network and locally, from an external drive. When you turn on the console, we flew another OTA-update.

According to Aida64 information, Tanix TX3 Max works on the Amlogic S905W processor with four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cores, the maximum frequency of which is 1200 MHz.

This console Tanix TX3 Max in the test has a switchable ROOT out of the box. You can activate it in the settings.

Tanix TX3 Max: Testing

Budget console Tanix TX3 Max in the review gives the same budget result in Geekbench 4 only 478 and 1268 points.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

The operating speed of the RAM is 2277.74 MB / s, built-in – reading 55.59 MB / s and recording 23.68 MB / s. The indicator is usual for budget TV set-top boxes.

3DMark Ice Storm Extreme – 3285 points.

For a wired network, the Fast Ethernet controller, built into the chipset, is responsible.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

The WiFi / Bluetooth controller – Realtek RTL87238S, supports 802.11b / g / n, which operates in the 2.4GHz band only, for the wireless network.

Antenna internal with a capsule. The data transfer rate on the wired interface is at the level of 32 Mb/s.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

The speed when connecting via Wi-Fi varies between 40 Mbps. which is quite enough for the confident operation of online services.

Tanix TX3 Max: Playing Videos

The Amlogic S905W processor, based on which Tanix TX3 Max in the analisis operates, does not have Dolby Digital or DTS system decoders due to licensing restrictions, so this video needs to be decoded programmatically (for example, using Kodi or MX Player media players) or to give it back to the receiver, which has the necessary functionality.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

Autofreight works fine, only the whole sweep frequencies are supported: 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 Hz, without fractional frame rates.

When playing test videos with Full HD resolution, including those encoded in H.265 – no problem arises.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

But when playing test video clips with a resolution of 4K sometimes there was a slight slowing.

The built-in Youtube application plays 4K video clips without problems, but it supports output of the image in the resolution up to 720p.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

An additionally installed application HD VideoBox aggregator of many online theaters works without a complaint.

At the moment this is the most popular application for watching movies online and directly playing torrents through Ace Stream and any selected player.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

Despite the obviously not game technical characteristics of the console, it still can be played in most of the non-demanding games like Beach Buggy Racing, etc. The presence of Bluetooth support allows you to use the wireless gamepad for games without problems.

Tanix TX3 Max: Heat

Thanks to the good radiator of the chipset of Tanix TX3 Max in the form of a thick metal plate, the attachment maintains a normal temperature regime.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

The temperature values for various applications can be seen in our screenshots above. With an average load, the temperature keeps around 65 degrees, while running demanding applications and games, viewing high-quality video and testing, the temperature reaches 70 degrees.

Tanix TX3 Max: Conclusions and Reviews

In general, the Tanix TX3 Max set-top box deserves attention in our review, given its capabilities and low price.

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W for low price in 2018

TV box is spotted with normal build quality, no overheating, very good wireless connection.

The claims are only for 4K video playback and output, so it’s better to use it on the Full HD TV. If desired, the system can be easily upgraded, by installing a new firmware, which in large numbers create fans of this model.

It is gratifying that the manufacturer also does not forget about users, releasing new updates, for example, the recently announced firmware with two operating systems DUAL OS EDITION – LibreELEC + Android.

Tanix TX3 Max: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

Now you can buy a Tanix TX3 Max TV Box at an attractive and affordable price for only $45. So this is a good offer for a budget TV Box for a home in 2018.

Tanix TX3 Max TV Box

Price: $44.99

4K video, RAM: 2GB, ROM: 16GB, Operation System: Android 7.1, Bluetooth 4.0, RJ45 Port Speed: 100MB, Amlogic S905W chip

Tanix TX3 Max TV Box

Price: $44.99

4K video, RAM: 2GB, ROM: 16GB, Operation System: Android 7.1, Bluetooth 4.0, RJ45 Port Speed: 100MB, Amlogic S905W chip

Tanix TX3 Max Review: Effective TV Box with Amlogic S905W was last modified: April 6th, 2018 by Boby Sanburn