Cheap Android TV boxes from Asia I already had some in the review. Today follows the THL Super Box Amlogic which should convince with an Amlogic S912, 2GB RAM and 4K support in our test. Also, a big plus is the availability of the ability to use SATA for SSD and HDD extension.
The whole thing you get for just $86.99! Sounds too good to be true? Let’s find out in the specs of THL Super Box Amlogic!
THL Super Box Amlogic: Specifications
|THL Super Box Amlogic:||Specs|
|Processor:||Amlogic S912 Quad-core 1.5GHz and Cortex-A53|
|Graphics accelerator GPU:||Mali-T820MP3|
|External Hard Drives:||up to 1TB|
|Wifi:||IEEE 802.11 b / g / n / ac|
|Ports:||2 x USB 2.0 DC Power Port, HDMI, Micro USB, Reset Port, RJ45|
|Operating system:||Android 6.0|
|Size:||150.0 x 106.0 x 24.6 mm|
THL Super Box Amlogic: Unboxing and Packaging
The THL Super Box Amlogic TV Box comes in a beautifully printed and quite reasonable looking package.
In this, we find of course the TV box itself as well as a European plug power supply, an HDMI cable, and a remote control.
Packaging is not great, but at this price, you can not expect a lot, so this band reception is a good selection of equipment.
THL Super Box Amlogic: Design and Appearance
Visually THL goes with the Super Box Amlogic the “usual” way. It is also in this TV box to a box about the size of a palm, which consists primarily of matte metal.
In order to stand out from the competition, however, THL rounded off the edges of the TV box and provided it with matte metal.
As usual, this “Chinese TV Box” is well equipped with ports. Starting with two USB 2.0 ports via a microSD slot to HDMI, LAN and an optical output, everything is there what you need.
As I said above, this version of the tv box has the ability to connect SATA for SSD and HDD extension up to 1TB.
Therefore, this is a big advantage, as you will have the opportunity to store a large number of movies and TV shows or any of your photos.
The enclosed remote control has a reasonable quality and is visually similar to the Fire TV. However, if possible, you should have a keyboard handy for at least initial setup, as the remote does not have a keypad which makes entering account data annoying.
THL Super Box Amlogic: Hardware and Performance
In the product data, the THL Super Box Amlogic is advertised with 4K 60FPS. I can only partially confirm this. On my 4K monitor is only the 4K 30Hz option to choose from, which indicates the lack of HDMI 2.0.
Regardless, the box runs properly. Android apps from the Google Play Store are easy to install and mostly run smoothly.
Although the user interface feels a bit sluggish at times, I suspect that this is more due to the IR remote control and/or the software optimization of the launcher.
If this is done, the TV Box can easily play Full HD material or even 4K videos, if the latter is in the right format.
If you’re streaming videos from a local server, especially if it’s BD Rips or something like that, plan to use the LAN connection.
The installed WLAN module is the fastest!
Otherwise, the box makes a pretty brisk impression. The Amlogic S912, in combination with the 2GB of RAM, is even a bit faster than, for example, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, which I would classify as very neat for the price.
THL Super Box Amlogic: Software
THL Super Box Amlogic in our analisis relies on Android 6.0 with a pretty much-customized interface.
Here primarily the launcher was exchanged for a “TV” optimized user interface. It has large tiles and is easy to navigate with the remote control.
THL has also pre-installed some apps. These include, of course, the standard applications such as a Media Play, Google Play Store or the often found on TV boxes KODI Media Center.
KODI is available here in version 16.1. In addition, the manufacturer has pre-installed some add-ons. Many of these I would cautiously classify as “dubious” and advise against use!
But also pre-installed is, for example, Netflix or Hulu.
The internal memory of THL Super Box Amlogic falls with 11GB, which are still the user at leisure, pleasingly large.
THL Super Box Amlogic: Application
To configure the THL Super Box application you need to download the application itself via the QR code below.
Then turn on the TV box and connect to the network Wi-Fi with password 12345678.
Pass registration and then you can use the application through your phone.
I wanted to note the application is running on Android or iOS. So, there will be no problems with difficulties.
THL Super Box Amlogic: Power Consumption
The THL Super Box Amlogic TV Box in the test has a simple 5V and 2A power supply.
Under full load, you can expect about 4.6W power consumption. In normal operation, this is much lower with approx. 2.5W.
THL Super Box Amlogic: Conclusions and Reviews
Can I recommend the THL Super Box Amlogic TV Box in our review?
To be honest yes. In our test, we saw that the TV box has a good design and a reliable metal structure, which is good for cooling.
Also, there is the possibility to use additional memory such as SSD and HDD up to 1 TB. This is a good opportunity to store personal files or a movie library.
Performance and performance with the Amlogic S912 CPU along with 2GB RAM gives a good range and smooth operation.
THL Super Box Amlogic: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
As you can know at GearBest, the Mid Year Sale 2018 festival is taking place. Just in this period, you can save and buy devices at a bargain price.
This also applies to THL Super Box Amlogic, you can already buy for low price only $86.99. So this is a good opportunity to purchase the device you need for your home and TV.