Today I will test the third TV box with an Amlogic S905X3 processor – this is the Mecool KM1 Collective Edition.
Earlier, I talked about such TV boxes as the X99 MAX Plus and Magicsee N5 Plus, which received the same processor. Let me tell you my opinion about the new Mecool KM1 device and share the advantages and disadvantages compared to my previous experience.
I note right away that the price tag for the Mecool KM1 Collective Edition is significantly higher than that of its competitors. Now you can purchase a new TV box for up to $80. I also want to remind you that the prices for X99 and Magicsee are in the range of up to $60.
Is it worth it to overpay? I will definitely find out and tell my impression of the TV box in conclusion.
Let’s share some specifications with you – this is a modern Amlogic S905X3 processor, 4/64 GB memory version, dual-band WiFi support, Android TV control with version 9.0, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connection, HDMI v2.1 and much more.
I will begin the full review in the traditional style with unpacking and then you will be able to find out the features of appearance and performance.
Mecool KM1: Specifications
|Mecool KM1 Collective:||Specs|
|Maximum External Hard Drives:||2TB|
|OS:||Android TV 9.0|
|Interface:||HDMI, RJ45, SPDIF, AV, TF card, USB2.0, USB3.0|
|Size:||120 x 120 x 20 mm|
The device comes in fairly standard box size, like other competitors. The front side of the Mecool KM1 displays a picture of the TV box with the name of the model and brand.
Inside the box, I found out – this is the TV box itself, the user manual, the HDMI cable, the power adapter for 5V and 2A, the last one is the remote control.
The console has voice control support through the Google Assistant and some unusual buttons, such as YouTube, Prime Video, and the Play Store. Thus, you can go to the most necessary applications with the click of a button.
The package bundle is pretty standard and expecting something more is not worth it, since there is everything for full use.
Now I want to talk a little about the TV box itself. The first thing I noticed was a pretty high-quality plastic. Also, the device is well assembled and completely made of matte plastic.
The upper part is very similar to leather with a stitch in its structure, but in fact, it is corrugated plastic. I really liked the solution from the manufacturer Mecool, since the plastic itself is quite wear-resistant and does not leave fingerprints or accidental scratches.
The front end received a line with LED light, which indicates the status of the work.
On the right side, there is a microSD card slot, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.
The rear end of the TV set-top box received a DC5V power port, a standard HDMI port, 100MB LAN, and AV port. Nothing is present on the left side.
The lower part has ventilation holes for cooling, a sticker in the center, and four anti-skid legs.
Based on my observation, the build quality is similar to that of other TV boxes, but the plastic used is much better. Yes, the device does not look so bright, but the restrained and sophisticated appearance makes the Mecool KM1 a clear winner.
Performance and User Interface
Before I talk about performance, I want to mention that the Mecool KM1 Collective comes in three configurations.
This is a 2/16 GB, 4/32 GB, and 4/64 GB memory version. I have the last option on the test and out of the box, 56 GB of free memory will be available.
Read speed of 148 Mb/s and write 101 Mb/s. Naturally, the memory speed is not the fastest, so you should not expect lightning-fast work.
As I said at the beginning of the review, the TV box received a powerful processor – Amlogic S905X3. In its backbone lies the four core Arm Cortex-A55 clocked at 1.91 GHz.
The TV box uses a graphics processor – Mali-G31 MP2, which copes with the tasks pretty well. If you want to play heavy games, then Mecool KM1 can do it.
I launched games like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 8, and others, and I was able to play them without any problems. Of course, the quality of the graphics on a large TV is not the best, but it’s possible to play.
In addition, I have done some synthetic tests and want to start with the most popular AnTuTu. The device scored about 74 thousand points. The result is pretty solid and much better than the X99 Max Plus.
A similar positive result was shown by the GeekBench 5 test, which scored 805 in the single-core test and 2008 points in the multi-core test.
We’ve sorted the benchmarks well, but let’s see how the TV box will cope with the main purpose – it’s watching a video. First, I launched the video file from a 4K flash drive with a bitrate of 160 MB/second, the result was positive, the video started and played smoothly.
Next, I decided to launch YouTube and checked the 4K resolution with 60 frames per second. The video was played cleanly and without any jerks.
Mecool KM1 TV box is operated on a clean Android TV with version 9.0. The first full system boot took me about 1 minute and 1 second. This is two times longer than the X99 Max Plus.
The user interface of Android TV is completely different from the standard operating system. At the top of the main menu, there is a voice control icon, settings icon, and current time.
Next, the main screen is divided into various sections, the first is the application. Here you can select the most frequently used applications, as well as add or remove.
Below is the Play Movies or TV app. Still, lower is Red Bull TV, as well as apps like the Google Play Store, Youtube, Facebook watch, Spotify, Prime Video, and the latest TuneIn Radio.
Naturally, you can add or remove any applications from the main page of the screen.
The settings menu looks standard like on most TV boxes and it is very similar to the settings menu in a smartphone running Android. Here you can configure the sound, time and date, languages, keyboard, and more. Another feature is the presence of an official built-in Chromecast.
I could not install MiraCast on this TV box, but I launched AirPin for iOS devices. Therefore, broadcasting the screen on Android smartphones does not work. Although it sounds strange, given that the TV box is built on the Android OS.
Conclusion and Reviews
The new Mecool KM1 Collective TV box has a nice appearance, where the top panel resembles leather with stitching.
The performance turned out to be an order of magnitude better than that of its competitors, for example, X99 MAX Plus and Magicsee N5 Plus. Although the processor is one and the same, in real life, the result was almost identical.
You can watch 4k videos on YouTube or via a flash drive without any problems. If you want to play modern games, then Mecool KM1 will not cause problems.
By cons, I can include – this is a small number of USB ports and only 100MB LAN port.
Low price and Where to buy cheaper?
Currently, each user will be able to purchase the Mecool KM1 Collective TV box at a bargain price for $77.99 with a 16% discount.
If you compare Mecool KM1 and other competitors, then today’s hero turned out to be a worthy opponent, but the final choice will remain with you.