Although modern TVs usually have a Smart TV, media players are still popular. And all because most TVs do not have the most powerful processors, and often they work quite slowly. In addition, many more sources of content are available with the set-top box. We have collected ten of the most popular and interesting media players, which we will talk about in our article.
Although modern televisions usually have Smart-TV, media players still remain popular and in demand. And all because most TVs are far from the most powerful processors, and often they work quite slowly. In addition, there are many more sources of content with the set-top box. We have collected ten of the most popular and interesting media players, which we will talk about in our article.
Xiaomi Mi Box S
Xiaomi Mi Box S is the most popular media player at the moment. Although the model is no longer new, it appeared at the end of 2018, it is difficult to call it outdated, since it constantly receives updates.
It is ideal for those who want to buy a media player and not deal with subtle settings, but simply use streaming services.
You can safely choose Xiaomi Mi Box S for grandparents — they will definitely deal with it.
Also, this media player will appeal to those who want to watch online movies in 4K. But still, the processor is not the most powerful, so heavy 4K HDR movies can be a difficult test for her.
Xiaomi Mi Box S (MDZ-22-AB)
Stationary media player • Processor: Cortex-A53 Quad-core 64bit • RAM: 2GB DDR3 • ОС: Android 8.1 • Wi-Fi: 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2.4GHz / 5GHz • 3840 x 2160 (4K) … unfold roll up
Pluses: ease of use and setup, Netflix certification, affordable price.
Cons: weak “iron” by modern standards.
Xiaomi Mi Box S — this media player has long been the most popular model
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick
If the Xiaomi Mi Box S is appreciated by those who need 4K support, the maximum of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is FullHD.
The set-top box is made in the stick form factor, so it can generally be called portable, it is convenient to take with you on a business trip or trip.
It is also suitable for undemanding people who do not want to bother with settings, but just watch YouTube, MEGOGO, OLL TV, Sweet TV or NETFLIX.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick (MDZ-24-AA)
Smart-stick media player • Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A53 • RAM: 1 GB • OS: Android 9.0 • Wi-Fi: + • 1920x1080 … unfold roll up
Pluses: stack form factor, ease of use, affordable price, Netflix support.
Cons: No 4K support.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is an ideal solution for FullHD TV owners who are looking for an easy-to-manage device
MECOOL KM2 is an interesting set-top box with a fairly powerful processor, thanks to which it can easily cope with difficult 4K HDR movies.
Despite the fact that the model comes from the sky, it is certified by Netflix.
The complete remote control is convenient, multifunctional. Unfortunately, the auto frame rate can only be changed manually, and HDR is always active.
Otherwise, it is a very good media player for little money, a competitor of Xiaomi Mi Box S and surpasses it in terms of speed and processor power.
MECOOL KM2 2/8GB
Stationary media player • Processor: Amlogic S905X2 • RAM: 2 GB DDR4 • OS: Android 10.0 • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n/ас • Ultra HD (4К) … unfold roll up
Pluses: performance is sufficient to watch 4K HDR movies, Netflix certification, convenient remote control, price/functionality ratio.
Cons: manual auto frame rate, inability to disable HDR.
MECOOL KM2 is a fairly productive and not very expensive media player
TOX1 is a mid-level console that runs on pure Android.
It is difficult to recommend it to everyone, but if you like and know how to customize devices for yourself, and you are not afraid to read forums, then you will like it.
This media player has many features — work with 4K HDR resolution, working auto frame rate, gigabit Ethernet, the ability to connect multi-channel sound and the availability of Root rights. There is no Netflix certification, so if you need it, it will only work in SD quality.
The remote control is quite simple, modest and unmodern in appearance. It does not have a voice search and this is a rather significant minus. But there is a way out — to buy another remote control and “friend” it with the set-top box.
Stationary media player • Processor: Amlogic S905X3, 1.9GHz, Cortex A55, Quad Core • RAM: 4 GB • OS: Android • HDMI: + • Wi-Fi: + • Ethernet: + • + … unfold roll up
Pluses: performance, wide functionality, speed, working autoframe rate, gigabit Ethernet.
Cons: not suitable for the average user, no Netflix certification, simple remote, pure Android.
TOX1 will turn your TV into the screen of an Android device, which is why it is not suitable for everyone
MECOOL KM6 Deluxe
MECOOL KM6 Deluxe is a set-top box for those who want a functional device, but are not ready to use pure Android.
It is quite well equipped: gigabit Ethernet, SPDIF, two USB ports, HDMI 2.1, micro sd and AV output.
The media player runs on Android TV 10, supports 4K HDR, and easily opens 100 GB video files.
Unfortunately, there is no Netflix certification, so you will not be able to use the service.
The control panel is pleasant, with support for voice search.
MECOOL KM6 Deluxe 4/32GB
Media player • Processor: Amlogic S905X4 • RAM: 4 GB DDR4 • OS: Android 10 (Android TV) • HDMI: + • Wi-Fi: 2.4 + 5 ГГц + Wifi 6 (ax) • Ethernet: + • 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) … unfold roll up
Pluses: high performance, a large number of connectors, a convenient remote control with voice search.
Cons: No Netflix certification.
MECOOL KM6 Deluxe is a good set-top box, but without Netflix certification
Ugoos X4 Pro
Ugoos X4 Pro is a productive set-top box that will appeal to those who are ready to understand and adjust it to their preferences.
The media player has many connectors for connecting peripherals, it works under the control of “pure” Android 11, which means that by connecting it to a TV, you will get a large tablet.
The set-top box supports many codecs, auto frame rate, but still it is a device for geeks.
The control panel is simple and many will not like it.
Ugoos X4 Pro 4/32GB
Stationary media player • Processor: Amlogic S905X4 • RAM: 4 GB • OS: Android 11 • HDMI: + • Wi-Fi: + • Ethernet: + • + … unfold roll up
Pluses: powerful utensils, wide possibilities of connecting peripherals, automatic frame rate.
Cons: the device is unlikely to be understood by an ordinary user.
Ugoos X4 Pro is a great choice for those who are ready to deal with it
Apple TV 4K 2021
Apple TV 4K 2021 – this media player will be of interest primarily to owners of the Apple ecosystem.
It has Netflix certification, ideal for watching videos from streaming licensed services.
Separately, I would like to note the quality of the remote control: it is metal and very easy to use.
With the latest update, Siri support in Russian appeared, now finding your favorite movies and series has become much more convenient and easier.
Apple TV 4K 2021 32GB (MXGY2)
Stationary media player • Processor: A12 Bionic 64-bit • OS: tvOS (iOS) • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) • Ethernet: + (Gigabit Ethernet) • 3840x2160 (4K) … unfold roll up
Pluses: performance quality, convenient remote control, Siri support.
Cons: high price, suitable only for viewing content from streaming services.
Apple TV 4K 2021 is a set-top box for Apple fans
Google Chromecast 4K with Google TV Snow
Google Chromecast 4K with Google TV Snow is a simple and inexpensive media player from a well-known manufacturer.
The model is compact, except for HDMI, there is only USB Type‑C, which is used for charging. To connect a flash drive, you will need to bother with USB Type‑C adapters.
This set-top box is suitable for those who just want to watch movies from streaming services and use IPTV. The performance is enough to play 4K HDR movies on Netflix.
Separately, the control panel should be praised — it is small and convenient. You can configure the TV to turn on so that its remote control will not be needed.
Google Chromecast 4K with Google TV Snow (GA01919)
Сhromecast • ОС: Android TV • HDMI: + • Wi-Fi: 802.11ac (2.4Ghz, 5 Ghz) • 3840x2160 (4K) … unfold roll up
Pluses: ease of setup and use, high level of productivity, convenient remote control, low price.
Cons: there are no additional ports for connecting a drive.
Google Chromecast 4K with Google TV Snow is an interesting set-top box from a well-known brand
NVIDIA Shield TV Pro
NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is the top media player on the market and not only because it is NVIDIA.
This model is really the most functional and powerful, it has Dolby Vision certification, which is very good.
There is also support for auto frame rate, voice search and Netflix certification.
One of the features of the set-top box is support for the GeForce Now game service, which turns the media player into a game console.
NVIDIA Shield TV Pro (945–12897-2505–101)
Stationary media player • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra X1 • RAM: 3 GB • OS: Android 9.0 • Wi-Fi: 802.11ac Mimo 2x2 (2.4 / 5 ГГц) • Ethernet: + • 4К (HDR Dolby Vision HDR і HDR10) … unfold roll up
Pluses: the most powerful, convenient remote control with voice control, auto frame rate, manufacturer support, Dolby Vision certification and support for the GeForce Now game service.
Google NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is the most powerful and functional media player at the moment
MECOOL KD1 is a media player in a stick form factor. This is a plus, because the device is compact, but also a minus, because you will need to buy a microUSB to USB‑A adapter to connect a flash drive.
Not many sticks support 4K resolution in HDR mode, but the MECOOL KD1 is one of them.
The model has a powerful processor, it will be enough even for those who use not only streaming services.
Unfortunately, there is no Netflix certification, but the media player copes with the rest, because it runs on Google Android TV 10.
The control panel is convenient, equipped with Bluetooth and an infrared port, and can be configured to control the TV.
MECOOL KD1 2/16GB
Smart-stick media player • Processor: Amlogic S905Y2 • RAM: 2 GB • OS: Android TV (Android 10) • HDMI: + • Wi-Fi: 2.4 + 5 ГГц • 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) … unfold roll up
Pluses: stack format, performance is enough for a 4K TV.
Cons: no Netflix certification, no free USB port.
MECOOL KD1 is a stack that supports 4K TVs
We hope that our material will help you choose a media player, and we wish you successful purchases from Hotline!
Author: Vitaly Matvienko