November 26, 2014

MINIX NEO X8-H Review

MINIX NEO X8-H Features

Internet TV is dominating the TV market. And with a dominating market, comes countless entries from companies all sizes to become a part of the market. The MINIX NEO is one of those entries. And a great one too. Coming with a great price-tag, notable Specs and Features, and a simplictic device. The MINIX NEO X8-H is a great device. Here’s our review of it.

Specs

MINIX has had some notable products and some not-so notable products. Mainly focused on the Internet TV market, MINIX’s new NEO X8-H is deficiently a noteworthy product from this company. With features such as full on Android KitKat 4.4 use, a Quad-Core Cortex A9 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of Internal Storage make this thing overpowered for a TV player, luckily in the Tech Industry, overpowered is never bad. Here’s a full list of specs to see how overpowered the device is:

 

Processor  Quad-Core Cortex A9r4 Processor 
GPU Octo-Core Mali 450
Memory  2GB DDR3
Internal Storage 16GB eMMC
Wireless Connectivity  802.11n Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5.8GHz), Bluetooth 4.0
OS  Android™ KitKat 4.4
Video Output HDMI™ 1.4b, up to 4K @ 30fps
Audio Output  HDMI™ 1.4b, 3.5mm stereo jack, optical SPDIF
Peripheral Interface  RJ-45 Ethernet jack (10/100Mbps)
SD/MMC card reader (SD 3.0, MMC V4.41), Support HDMI-CEC
USB 2.0 port x 3, OTG port x 1 
Microphone jack, Headphone jack,IR receiver (remote included)
Power  DC 5V, 3A adapter included (CE, FCC, CCC certified)
Supported Video Format  DAT/MPEG/MPE/MPG/TS/TP/VOB/ISO/AVI/MP4/MOV/3GV/FLV
MKV/M2TS/MTS/M4V/WMV/ASF/RM/RMVB
Supported Audio Format MP2/MP3/WMA/WAV/OGG/OGA/FLAC/ALAC/APE/AAC

 

Features 

The MINIX NEO X8-H is filled with many features that make it more than an Internet TV device. Due to the fact that it is an Android based device, you get all the good stuff you look for in Internet TV such as Netflix, Hulu, Youtube and even XBMC support. You also get access to all the Music Apps (based on your region) such as Spotify, SoundCloud, rdio and more. It can also work as a ChromeCast and transmit media from your phone to the MINIX. The reason it can do all this is due to the fact that it runs a full version of Android 4.4 KitKat, giving you access to everything available on the Play Store and basically everything you can get on your phone. With the specs, the NEO is an absolute beast, integrating somewhat flagship phones specs into an internet TV device, which you honestly don’t quite need, if you already have a phone that has the same or better specs, and a $35 dongle (ChromeCast) that can mirror media and do what you really need with an Internet TV device. However it is still nice to see this, especially considering the low price tag.

Design

The design of the device is very much like the design of the Apple TV. Almost identical really, if you switched the logos, the two devices would look exactly the same. Which is a good thing, with Apple’s great design, being seen on a cheaper, full Android, betters spec’ed device. Other than the fact the it’s a small black box, that looks nice, and a-lot like Apple’s device, there isn’t much to say about the design of the MINIX NEO X8-H.

Summary

The device is great, which has amazing specs, features and designs, what’s not to love? The device is available for $179 on GearBest.



  • JC

    I’ve been waiting for something to replace my WDTV (which, say what you will, has been around forever but is still listed in the top rated media centres), which is very slow, but works well and isn’t a full computer, which is not an option for me. I grabbed an X8-H a week ago and here are my thoughts:
    It’s fast, really fast.
    If you’re already invested in the Android infrastructure, this is a plus – it’s running a brand spanking new release and behaves very well.
    Get a keyboard. The logitech k400 is cheap and it completely transforms the way you use the box.
    GGrab and burn the latest beta firmware, or withhold judgement until it’s released – huge difference.
    If you’re an xbmc noobie, like I was, be prepared for a course change. It imposes a mindset on your organization, something that takes some adjustment. It also has literally hundreds of community written addons which are of *wildly* varying quality, and if you’re the type that likes to install everything then delete if you don’t like, best of luck. Some addons install scripts that slow operations down significantly. Most addons seem intent on copyright violation, where you openly connect to foreign servers and watch crap quality first run rips. Avoid dubious plugins.
    So far media files play back fine except some older, dubiously built isos. This is an xbmc issue. My wdtv played them all. In general, though it played everything.
    Netflix is 480p. This is Netflix, not minix, since android is just starting to break out in this market, Netflix forces that, but this is changing. They are in talks with minix to change this, the box has the power, just a matter of time.
    It’s a great “inet tv”, if you have a small trackpad keyboard. It’s basically a great big screen android tablet. I watch stuff on YouTube, twitch, read reddit, the works. It’s awesome.
    Arcade style games that play with controllers work fine. Gyroscopic games like Temple Run don’t. The graphics engine is solid and fast.

    In all, I’m pleased with the box. Some negatives for me with xbmc, but overall pretty good, and minix are *aggressively* upgrading the software.