It’s Flash Sale time again! This M8S Android Box Review takes a look at the Pros and Cons. The budget box with Android 6.0 and RK3229 just got even cheaper.
Another day, another sale. Over at Geekbuying they have a Special Promotion for the M8S Pro and you can save a whopping 52% on this TV box.
Priced at only $29.89 it’s probably one of the cheapest Android TV boxes I have seen but is it money well spent or are you throwing your hard-earned cash away?
This review should point you in the right direction.
M8S Pro Android TV Box Full Review
Sale Price: $29.89 + FREE shipping
Best place to buy: Geekbuying
Product size: 4.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches
Weight: 5.05 oz.
Connections: Ethernet & WiFi
Guarantee: 1 year
It’s true what they say, you only get what you pay for. The RK3329 SoC allows the manufacturer to keep the price of this media player down low. But that’s only good if it does what it says on the tin!
What’s in the box?
- 1 x M8S Pro TV Box
- 1 x I/R remote control
- 1 x HDMI cable
- 1 x User manual
- 1 x Power adapter
M8S Android Box Specs
- OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- CPU: RK3229 Quad Core Cortex A7
- GPU: ARM Mali-400
- 2GB of DDR3 RAM
- 8GB of ROM
- Single Band WiFi 2.4GHz
- 10/100M Ethernet
- 1 x Micro SD card reader expandable up to 32GB
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x HDMI 1.4b with CEC 4K @ 60fps
- 3D graphics acceleration
- Video codecs 4K VP9, 4K 10-bit H.265, H.264, 1080p
- H.263/H.264 2160p @ 24fps
- VC-1, MPEG-1 1080p @ 60fps
- MPEG-2 2160p @ 24fps
- MPEG-4 1080p @ 60fps
- AVS 1080p @ 60fps
- MVC 2160p @ 24fps
- WMV, 3GP , MKV, ASF, 3G2M4V, MJPEG, RV8, RV9, RV10 1080P@60fps
- HEVC decode
- Main/Main10 HEVC/H.265 decoder, 4K @ 60FPS
- HDMI 720P-2160P FUII 3D HD ( 2160p, 3840 x 2160 ), 4K+2 K
- Flash 11.1
- Video format: DIVD/DIVX/REAL8 / 9 / 10, RV, RM, RMVB, PMP, FLV, MP4, M4V, VOB, VP6, VP8 2160P @ 24fps
- Audio format: Supports MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC, M4A , FLAC, APE, AMR, RA, WAV, etc
- Picture format:Supports JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, JFIF etc Resolution 8192×8192
- HDD file system:FAT16 / FAT32 / NTFS
- Supports Subtitles: SRT, SMI, SUB, SSA, IDX+USB
The RK3229 SoC returned a score of approx. 21,000 on AnTuTu benchmark which is not very exciting. I’ve seen TV boxes return double that score but they cost twice as much.
The M8S Pro with RK3229 and 100M Ethernet is limited. You will struggle to watch Live TV channels but you may get away with watching on-demand content if you have decent internet speeds. Please hard-wire it to your router though as the WiFi speeds are not impressive.
The remote control is generic and will not add to a good UX. If you do decide to invest in this TV box I would recommend a good wireless keyboard, especially if you enjoy searching for movies or TV shows on whichever platform you use it with.
Pros and Cons
Things I liked:
- 4 x USB ports
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Things I didn’t like:
- No Dual Band WiFi
- No Gigabit Ethernet 1000M
- No external antenna
- RK3229 SoC
- Remote control
- Poor AnTuTu rating
It’s maybe a little bit harsh to list so many negatives since the price reflects the specs and performance. If this TV box had Gigabit Ethernet it would make a bit of a difference.
M8S with Kodi
Kodi isn’t the only free TV streaming app, there are others like Mobdro but Kodi is definitely one of the easiest to use and it can be customised a whole lot easier. There is a lot of talk just now that Mobdro may be the future for live and free TV.
This is due to the fact that Kodi is being targeted by the large TV companies who are losing revenue from subscriptions. They have managed to instigate a bit of a witch hunt against Kodi and it is now officially illegal to access certain add-ons on Kodi that contain illegal streams.
The XBMC Foundation who own the software have tried to distance themselves from these add-ons but because Kodi is open-source these will always exist. When one add-on is shut down we will see other ones popping up.
This is already happening and as soon as we lost Exodus it appeared in another add-on. I recently published an article that shows you how to get alternative add-ons after TVAddons was lost.
Best thing to do is use a VPN to protect yourself with Kodi. I use PureVPN and it’s very easy to use with Kodi. You can get more information on using a VPN with Kodi by clicking here.
It’s not just the UK consumers who are at danger here. In the States they can also access your browsing history and other countries are following suit. Australia is another country who are using surveillance powers to spy on internet users.
Regarding the M8S Pro, it comes with Kodi v17 Krypton installed. Geekbuying are still shipping these boxes with Kodi but you won’t find one on Amazon. They have stopped selling boxes with Kodi fully loaded.
This TV box will struggle with Kodi due to the poor specs but if you are looking to reduce buffering I can offer you a few tips and tricks. Click here to read more.
A Better TV system
If you are trying to cut your expensive cable subscription, there is an alternative that is better for live streaming. I have been using my paid IPTV subscription since 2016 and there is no contract.
I pay month by month and there are various ways to get the top channels on different systems. Check out my review below for the options. Prices start at around $15 per month but this is the best option outside of cable TV. They also have a 14 day Catch Up feature.
For $29.89 this TV box is definitely a bargain. It really depends what you want to use it for and what your expectations are. Personally, I’d rather spend a bit more for a better box. I would like to recommend an alternative for you.
The Beelink GT1 is by far one of the best low to mid range priced TV boxes on the market right now. It made it into my Top 5 Boxes for 2017 and my friends have purchased it on my recommendation. They love it!
Coincidentally, I am giving away a FREE Beelink GT1 in the Prize Draw. All you have to do is sign up to our Free Newsletter. You can enter by clicking on the icon on the right sidebar (below if you are using a mobile device or tablet).
I hope this M8S Android Box Review went some way to helping you decide if this is the box for you.