If you are looking for an affordable 4K TV media player, the M9C Pro Android box could fit the bill. Now powered with Android 6.0 but Kodi isn’t installed.
It’s super easy to install Kodi from the Play Store so I wouldn’t let that put you off. If you don’t have a Google account you could also install it from Aptoide.
This box is the baby brother of the M9C MAX which is loaded with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage but that box will set you back around $49.99 on Amazon.
M9C Pro 4K Smart TV Box Review
Price: $35.99 + FREE shipping
Best place to buy: Amazon
Product size: 6.5 x 6.5 x 2.6 inches
Weight: 3.2 oz.
Connections: Ethernet & WiFi
Guarantee: 1 year
Amazon US rating: 3.8/5
What’s in the box?
- 1 x M9C TV Box
- 1 x I/R Remote
- 1 x HDMI cable
- 1 x Power adapter
- 1 x User manual
- Chipset: Amlogic S905X up to 2.0 GHz, Quad core ARM Cortex-A53
- GPU: Mali-450 penta-core, up to 750MHz+(DVFS)
- FLASH: 8GB NAND FLASH
- SDRAM: 1GB DDR3
- Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
- Power Indicator (LED): Power ON :blue, Standby: Red
- OS: Android 6.0
- 3D graphics acceleration
- Decoder format: HD MPEG1/2/4, H.264, HD AVC/VC1,RM/RMVB, Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6 , RealVideo8/9/10
- Media format: 4K@60fps, H.265, AVI, H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DIVD/DIVX, Real8/9/10, RM,RMVB, PMP, FLV, MP4, M4V, VOB, WMV, 3GP, MKV
- Music format: MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/OGG/AC3/DDP/TrueHD/DTS/DTS/HD/FLAC/APE
- Photo format: HD JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF
- 2 x USB 2.0, supports U DISK and USB HDD
- SD/SDHC/MMC card reader
- Expandable up to 32GB
- HDD file system: FAT16/FAT32/NTFS
- Subtitle support: SRT/SMI/SUB/SSA/IDX+USB
- High Definition video output: SD/HD max.1920×1080 pixel
- OSD type of languages: English/French/German/Spanish/Italian/ and other multilateral languages
- Ethernet: 10/100M, standard RJ-45
- Built in WiFi 2.4GHz
- HDMI 1.4b with CEC
- 1 x AV out
- 1 x SPDIF/IEC958: Coaxial
- HD 2.0 up to 4k2k Output
- 4k2k H.265 Hardware Video Decode and 4k2k Output
The built in WiFi can get download speeds up to 35Mb/s which isn’t a lot considering the last Android TV box I reviewed was getting more than 200Mb/s but the Tanix TX8 MAX does cost around $65.
The launcher on this box is fairly basic but it has a nice navigation bar on the bottom of the screen which allows you to multi-task with other apps. It can also be hidden if you don’t like it.
The box returned average benchmark scores but that wasn’t surprising with the S905X CPU and 1GB of RAM. It does have a nice update function included on the launcher menu.
It will play 4K files as advertised but there does appear to be some users having issues with their boxes freezing during playback. This sounds like inconsistencies in the manufacturing so you should be aware of this.
Pros and Cons
- Small and compact
- Update function
- Navigation bar on menu
- No dual band WiFi
- No gigabit Ethernet
- No ventilation slots
- No external antenna
- No power on/off button
- 1GB of RAM
M9C Pro on Amazon
This is the best place to buy this box. It is priced slightly higher on eBay at $36.63. The box has a rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars from 45 verified reviews, which coincidentally matches my own rating.
I checked out some other reviews on Amazon and you can see a small extract from other users below.
I have removed the names to protect their privacy and this is just a few of the comments.
These boxes do tend to fluctuate in price so it’s always worth visiting Amazon to check the latest price.
Installing Kodi on the M9C Pro
Amazon no longer sell boxes that are shipped with Kodi fully loaded so a lot of manufacturers are not pre-installing it now. If they break Amazon’s rules they could be banned.
It does come with Mobdro pre-installed which also allows you to watch free TV channels similar to Kodi. I don’t really understand why Amazon allow this since there is no difference in the legalities of accessing copyrighted channels.
It could be due to the spotlight that Kodi finds itself in and Mobdro is less popular so at the moment it is flying below the radar. It’s not clear for how much longer though.
Kodi is easy to install from the Play Store but once installed you will be left with a basic version of Kodi with no add-ons. To a novice this can be daunting if you have never added sources and repositories.
Adding a Custom Kodi Build
The best advice I can give you is to install a custom Kodi Build which will automatically add a selection of add-ons for you. However, the add-ons may contain links to Premium channels that are subject to copyright.
If you do decide to use this box to access Mobdro or Kodi it’s advisable to use it with a VPN and more people are turning to VPN providers nowadays with all the legal wrangling going on.
PureVPN have a special offer on just now and you can get a cheap VPN for only $2.95 / month if you sign up for 2 years. Total cost is still only $70 and you can use it on up to 5 devices.
Alternative TV Boxes
For this price you will be struggling to find a lot of good alternatives but you can read a couple of my reviews below for other boxes that are in a price range below $50. In my opinion these boxes offer a better alternative to the M9C Pro.
Thanks for reading my review for the M9C Pro TV box and if you need any more information you can email me. My address is on my Bio below. Do I recommend this TV box? I would be tempted to buy one of the alternatives above for a few extra $$.
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