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  • Best Alternative to Xiaomi/Nvidia/Nexus?

    Hi Guys,

    Long time member here, but I've been away a long time as I've been using official Android TV on my Nvidia Shield & Xiaomi Mi Box.

    I recently discovered there are Freaktab devs supporting Nexus/Android TV ROMs for these China boxes! That's amazing. I am looking to dive right in, but I'm a bit out of touch. Which would be considered the best box to run these ROMs? I see the MeCool M8S Pro+ is coming up a lot. Would this be recommended? I'm not too worried about price right now, all about performance/stability for me.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Right now, the Mecool M8S Pro L has moved the bar a little higher, they added a Bluetooth remote (similar to the Xiaomi remote). The price is a little high, but can be purchase for $69.99 USD if you find a coupon, and they are always providing a coupon.

    I have 2 Nexus Players and one Xiaomi Mibox, but I always use my "L".
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    • #3
      Originally posted by clarkss12 View Post
      Right now, the Mecool M8S Pro L has moved the bar a little higher, they added a Bluetooth remote (similar to the Xiaomi remote). The price is a little high, but can be purchase for $69.99 USD if you find a coupon, and they are always providing a coupon.

      I have 2 Nexus Players and one Xiaomi Mibox, but I always use my "L".

      good to know, and full chromecast support?

      What is it that keeps you using the L over the official boxes?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by clarkss12 View Post
        Right now, the Mecool M8S Pro L has moved the bar a little higher, they added a Bluetooth remote (similar to the Xiaomi remote). The price is a little high, but can be purchase for $69.99 USD if you find a coupon, and they are always providing a coupon.

        I have 2 Nexus Players and one Xiaomi Mibox, but I always use my "L".
        Sorry to the OP for interupting. I'm also in the market for a new budget TV box.

        Considering the Xiaomi Mi box is available for the same price as the new Mecool Box, what makes the Mecool worth a purchase over the Xiaomi.

        The Mecool have slightly better hw but I'm not sure this is necessary with the light use most of us use these boxes for (Kodi, a couple of apps).
        Mecool have built in ethernet, but buying an usb adapter won't set you back more than a couple of dollars.

        The Xiaomi officially supports ATV, which ensure all functions should work flawlessly, even if the community is doing a marveloius job by making and releasing custom roms incl a ATV for the Mecool, I would still prefer an official due to stability and security.

        On paper I would prefer the Xiaomi over the equally priced Mecool. I better understand the alternative to buy a cheper box like the Mecool MS8 Pro+ and flash a ATV rom.

        Is there anything I don't see?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by eramik View Post

          Sorry to the OP for interupting. I'm also in the market for a new budget TV box.

          Considering the Xiaomi Mi box is available for the same price as the new Mecool Box, what makes the Mecool worth a purchase over the Xiaomi.

          The Mecool have slightly better hw but I'm not sure this is necessary with the light use most of us use these boxes for (Kodi, a couple of apps).
          Mecool have built in ethernet, but buying an usb adapter won't set you back more than a couple of dollars.

          The Xiaomi officially supports ATV, which ensure all functions should work flawlessly, even if the community is doing a marveloius job by making and releasing custom roms incl a ATV for the Mecool, I would still prefer an official due to stability and security.

          On paper I would prefer the Xiaomi over the equally priced Mecool. I better understand the alternative to buy a cheper box like the Mecool MS8 Pro+ and flash a ATV rom.

          Is there anything I don't see?
          That is a good question, and not sure I have an answer. I have the Xiaomi Mibox, Nexus Player, Mecool M8S Pro Plus, Mecool M8S Pro, and the Mecool M8S Pro L (soon to have the "L" with Bluetooth voice remote). My grandkids like the Xiaomi, because they only use it for YouTube and Netflix. I, on the other hand, use the Mecool boxes for a lot more. I have numerous apps installed that are a pain to install on the Mi box. On my "Pro" box, I am running LibreELEC with my Tvheadend and Emby servers.
          MK818B, T428, ATV 1220, CS918S, TV01, S89H, R89, ADT-1, MK808B Plus, MINIX X8-H Plus, Tronsmart Orion R68

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          • #6
            Originally posted by clarkss12 View Post

            That is a good question, and not sure I have an answer. I have the Xiaomi Mibox, Nexus Player, Mecool M8S Pro Plus, Mecool M8S Pro, and the Mecool M8S Pro L (soon to have the "L" with Bluetooth voice remote). My grandkids like the Xiaomi, because they only use it for YouTube and Netflix. I, on the other hand, use the Mecool boxes for a lot more. I have numerous apps installed that are a pain to install on the Mi box. On my "Pro" box, I am running LibreELEC with my Tvheadend and Emby servers.
            From your experience, do you prefer boxes running on the regular Android or you prefer Android TV?

            That are the main differences, advantages, disavantages?

            And from your Android TV experience, is it the same or better on the Mecool M8S Pro L compared to the Xiami Mi Box?

            Thanks!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by shuot View Post

              From your experience, do you prefer boxes running on the regular Android or you prefer Android TV?

              That are the main differences, advantages, disavantages?

              And from your Android TV experience, is it the same or better on the Mecool M8S Pro L compared to the Xiami Mi Box?

              Thanks!
              since I use my Mecool predominately as a media player, then the Android TV OS, with the leanback launcher suites that need very well. I do use Chrome on that box with a standard wireless mouse and air mouse, so that work well also. The native apps are very limited with this OS, but that hurdle is easily overcome by installing Aptoid. So, I now prefer the Android TV OS, vs. just the touch version of Android.

              I personally prefer the "L" to the Xiaomi Mibox, because it is a little more powerful and has more memory, an Ethernet port and a few goodies that the Mibox does not have. But the Mibox supports chromecast natively, whereas the Mecool doesn't. Also, the "L" box does run HOT!!!

              The Mibox is for people that just want it to work as a media player only........
              MK818B, T428, ATV 1220, CS918S, TV01, S89H, R89, ADT-1, MK808B Plus, MINIX X8-H Plus, Tronsmart Orion R68

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            • #8
              Yes, Trebor, that is an interesting box for that price......... Would like to have some reviews.....
              MK818B, T428, ATV 1220, CS918S, TV01, S89H, R89, ADT-1, MK808B Plus, MINIX X8-H Plus, Tronsmart Orion R68

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              • trebor
                trebor commented
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                well I was giving you a chance....and look a coupon also

            • #9
              Come on clarkss12 if you get one I'll try one too.... promise
              Many devices now mk902ii/Shield/Mk68 /Ugoos/neox5/minix5 (yes they still work lol) mk80 no it doesnt work lol.

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              • #10
                WHAT???? I can't hear you.
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                • #11
                  Originally posted by clarkss12 View Post
                  WHAT???? I can't hear you.
                  IF YOU BUY ONE I WILL TOO.
                  Many devices now mk902ii/Shield/Mk68 /Ugoos/neox5/minix5 (yes they still work lol) mk80 no it doesnt work lol.

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                  • scooter2014
                    scooter2014 commented
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                    Soon as your review done I'll buy one.

                • #12
                  He Said
                  You can do it...
                  tЯeboЯ
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                  • #13
                    You can dooooooo it!!
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                    • #14
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                      • #15
                        Originally posted by scooter2014 View Post

                        IF YOU BUY ONE I WILL TOO.
                        Mine is ordered, is YOURS???
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