If you have an old TV without smart functions then you will definitely like our review MECOOL M8S Pro+. This is an inexpensive TV set-top box that aims to bring Android to your TV with all the consequences. In China, as it is in the shop GearBest, this thing costs about $ 50. It is a reasonable price that will allow you to save on buying a new TV. All other details — see below in our review.
Sold by MECOOL M8S Pro+ in the white box. Inside you’ll find the console itself, wiring instructions, and even a remote control. The latter, incidentally, is very useful. It can be used to control the console and to perform all the necessary actions. Still included is the power supply and HDMI cable with which the device connects to your TV. Yes, here it should be noted immediately that, to complete the work, your TV must be HDMI port.
The appearance of MECOOL M8S Pro+ is exactly the same as other similar consoles. The front panel of the “box” has a nice matte finish and the model name applied white paint. On the lower side is 4 rubber legs for greater stability. Still there is MAC address information about the RAM and flash memory as well as the FCC ID. Back among the useful ports, you will find the following:
- full Ethernet
- a full-sized HDMI
- 3.5 mm audio output
- 2 USB 2.0 connections on the side
- slot for microSD (TF) memory card
- charging port 5V
Dimensions are 102×102×18 mm, the prefix cannot be called a miniature, but very big she looks. The device weighs about 100 grams — quite light console (plastic case and one handkerchief inside). Around the perimeter of the housing has a hole apparently for this tiny computer does not overheat during operation.
The connection to the TV
MECOOL M8S Pro+ is one of the few set-top box, which box is powered by Google’s Android OS 7.1 Nougat. At the time of release of the gadget, it was the latest version, so that’s a plus. When you turn on the console, it indicates a successful connection the blue led (or red in case of unsuccessful attempt).
On the TV screen shows the private interface of the console, but not stock Android (it’s for the best). Here you can choose Settings, Apps, TV and more. It is controlled by the console using the supplied remote control and mouse on the TV screen. Preinstalled apps include Google Chrome browser, YouTube, Netflix and a couple of standard Android.
The heart of this device is a mobile CPU AmLogic S912. This 8-core system with cores Cortex A53 with a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz per core. Responsible for the graphics core Mali-T820 GPU MP3. Among the wireless modules there is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (model of the chip — Qualcomm QCA9377).
Alas, Wi-Fi is single band, so you can not simultaneously watch a movie and control the console using a smartphone. Will have to do less convenient supplied remote control. It is made in the form of a conventional television remote control and is powered by two AAA batteries that are not included.
Memory available 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash memory. Still have configuration of 3 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB flash. Movies and other videos I play either online or with an external microSD memory card connected via USB port to the console.
I used the console as a movie player on my TV (not Smart). Maximum video quality is 4K if your TV supports this format. Even the console is able to play standard Full HD video. Video content M8S Pro+ replicates efficiently, smoothly, without jerks and brakes. The processor easily copes with such graphics.
I tried to play Android games using this device on your big screen TV. Alas, the attempt was not successful. Since normal control is not provided, a conventional remote control is not very convenient.
This is a good TV set-top box to implement the functions of Smart TV on a regular TV. Best of all, it is suitable for watching online and offline videos (movies and series). For consumption of other content MECOOL M8S Pro+ is not very suitable, largely due to the inconvenient control panel. For about $50 you can add smart features to your TV.
But in order for this game full you can play games and use the Internet (dial into the portal and enter text), you still need a Bluetooth controller and/or wireless keyboard.
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