The Best Kodi TV Boxes [July 2019]
The media-streaming revolution is finally upon us. Users are finally able to ring up everything from the latest TV shows and movies to esoteric and old-school titles right on their TV in the comfort of their living room–without having to trek to the video store or even wait for a disk from Netflix to arrive in the mail.
There are, of course, several go-to platforms that compete for subscriptions among those who love to stream. Netflix, Hulu, and Roku are all fantastic platforms that offer a long list of titeles that span a wide range of genres, and their inginuity and user-friendly interfaces should be applauded.
Still, for the hardcore and tech-savy streamers, these services can fall a bit flat. Regardless of whether you’re streaming content directly on your laptop or you have a third-party box that’s used to dial-in your favorite shows, platforms like Netflix and Hulu tend to lack the functionality that some users crave.
Home-theater entusiasts, for example, may want to route their various sound systems and servers into a single box that can perfectly control the flow of information to the screen–without having to rely on a sea of cables and external routers in order to get the job done.
That’s why true AV fanatics tend to invest in what’s known as a Kodi TV box. Developed by XBMC, these all-in-one platforms allow users to control virtually every aspect of their entertainment experience–through a single, streamlined interface that integrates everything from streaming content and Internet to digital media and offline storage.
As a multi-platform home-theater application, Kodi is uniquely customizable, and offers a variety of skins that can change its appearance and overal functionality. You also get to implement and experiment with a wide range of third-party plugins, and since the software is open source and cross-platform by nature, users with knowlegde of programming languages like C++ and Python can tweak their settings and engagement to their heart’s conent.
So if your run-of-the-mill streaming service just isn’t offering the kind of power and customizable interface you crave, check out our list of the best Kodi boxes around.
This was a tricky list to make, since the wide range of boxes that exist on the market means that users will inevitably crave different details in their unit–rendering a numbered ranking somewhat superfluous to a more egalitarian list of quality Kodi boxes.
Still, some boxes are blatantly better than others when it comes to functionality and overall quality, and you won’t find any lemon boxes on this list.
We decided to feature this VANKYO unit primarily due to its simple-but-powerful interface, as well as its uniqely low price point–something that isn’t a given when it comes to some of the more feature-laden boxes.
Boasting a fast and powerful Android 7.1 operating system that offers a noticeably smooth and responsive experience, this sleek and unassuming box is compatible with the vast majority of go-to software.
You’ll be able to control everything from games and streaming content to third party apps and beyond without having to navigate through a sea of commands and code, and an upgraded 2GB/16GB high-speed flash memory drive means that you’ll be able to enjoy higher running and processing speeds without having to endure endless buffering.
This box supports 4K Ultra HD along with HDR 10+ technology, and the results are noticeable if you’re connected to an HD screen. The colors remain crisp, the action is never blurry, and there’s a realness to the picture that can oftentimes get lost with other boxes at this relatively low price point.
This box also comes loaded with an Amlogic S905X Quad Core Cortex A53 2.0GHz processor for maximum efficiency across the board, and you get a powerful WiFi antenna that can reach other rooms without the need for a booster.
You’ll also be able to directly link a variety of external devices thanks to an HDMI out along with two USB ports, and an included infrared remote control holds up well even when it’s not pointed directly at the box.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s familiar with Android devices that this company has earned a reputation for making superb Kodi units. Beloved by tech enthusiasts who love to have maximum control over the workings of their gadgets, Android in many ways reigns supreme over Apple when it comes to customizable gear.
This box embodies that Android spirit by allowing users to fine-tune a wide range of settings and even incorporate their own code into their unique setup.
This box is equipped with the latest Android 9.0 OS and is powered by a super-fast Allwinner H6 Quad core cortex-A53 Ultra high frequence CPU. It also boasts dual-band WiFi and supports 2.4G/5G connections thanks to a powerful built-in antenna.
The box comes loaded with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, along with a series of ports (including a USB 3.0 port) that allow for endless connectivity. (You also have the option of adding an extra TF card in order to expand storage.)
This unit also supports the decoding and playing of almost all popular audio and video formats, and brings you true-to-life picture quality and [email protected] ultimate HD video.
And for a device that offers so much functionality, power, and customizability, it’s incredibly easy to setup and use right out of the box. All you have to do is plug in the power supply, connect to your screen via HDMI or WiFi, and you’re good to go.
Don’t let its seemingly complex keyboard accessory fool you–this interface is suprisingly easy to use despite the fact that it’s incredibly powerful.
Running the latest and greatest Android 7.1 OS, this box is designed to meet the needs of different users who demand only the best from their streaming tech gadgets.
You get a blazing Amlogic Octa-core Speed-T95Z chipset along with a 64 bit Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU that’s capable of churning out speeds of up to 2 GHz, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM for super fast and stable operation across the board.
This unit also boasts fast and reliable WiFi technology along with a 1000M Ethernet connection in the event that you need to connect your peripherals directly to the box, and the included 2.4G wireless keyboard acts as an all-in-one remote for any type of configuration switching you may need.
It also works seamlessly with everything from PCs running Windows to Linux platforms, Smart TVs, Android TV boxes, Raspberry Pi, XBOX and PS3, and more.
When we said that Android devices tend to dominate the Kodi TV market, we weren’t lying. This slightly earlier configuration of the box at our number-2 spot offers much of the same functionality and power at a slightly lower price, and may actually be more appealing to people who don’t need all the bells and whistles that the Android 9.0 box offers.
You get the Android 7.1 operating system along with a quad-core CPU that delivers speeds of up to 2 GHz at ultra high frequency, along with full support for 2.4GHz WiFi.
This box also comes loaded with 2GB of DDR3 RAM along with 16GB of solid flash memory, and you’ll be able to expand your storage to up to 32GB if you need to install more apps and third-party platforms that can’t be accessed directly on the cloud.
You’ll also get a series of go-to connection options (including an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, a SPDIF connection, AV outs and a TF card slot), and each connection is made without having to disrupt signal flow to your screen or speakers–something that can’t necessarily be said for some of the other boxes on the market.
Last but not necessarily least, we have this ultra-compact and elegant Matricom G-Box, which offers a wide range of features that are doubtlessly appealing to techies who want to consolidate their media connections.
This box features a high-performance quad core S812 CPU paired with a powerful Mali-450 Octo Core 3D GPU Graphics Processor–an incredibly pro-level combo that means you’ll never have to endure blurred or laggy images on screen.
You get full Adroid functionality which means that you’ll be able to install and configure a virtually limitless number of apps and peripherals, and you’ll be able to completely customize your user and viewing experiences regardless of whether or not you know how to code.