With a price tag under $40 this Android TV Box performs surprisingly well. My MXQ Pro 4K Review will give you all the Specs and list the Pros and Cons.
The MXQ brand seems to have been around forever and you would be well within your rights for thinking it’s not up to much with such a low price tag. However, this review will show that it’s decent value for money if you are planning to use it for certain tasks.
MXQ Pro 4K Smart TV Box Review
Price: $39.00 + FREE shipping
Best place to buy: Amazon
Product size: 5.6 x 5 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 15.2 ounces
Connections: Ethernet & WiFi
Guarantee: 1 year
Amazon US rating: 3.6/5
What’s in the box?
- 1 x MXQ Pro 4K Smart TV Box
- 1 x I/R remote (no batteries included)
- 1 x HDMI cable
- 1 x Power adapter
- 1 x User Manual
MXQ Pro 4K Specs
- OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- CPU: Amlogic S905X Quad Core Cortex-A53 2GHz
- GPU: ARM Mali-450 3D Graphics
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of NAND flash storage
- Video decode H.265
- 4K Max. resolution
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- SD card reader
- Single Band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
- 100M Ethernet LAN
- HDMI 2.0 4K2K @ 60fps
- Photo format: JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF
- Video format: AVI/RM/RMVB/TS/VOB/MKV/MOV/ISO/WMV/ASF/FLV/DAT/MPG/MPEG/MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/OGG/AC3/DDP/true HD/DTS/DTS/HD/FLAC/APE
- No Bluetooth
Some of these specs are not the latest but that’s to be expected for a box with such a low price tag. For example, you can now get a TV box with the S912 Amlogic processor which is much faster.
Also, 1GB of RAM is not a lot for live streaming and you would be much better off with 2GB as a minimum. Single band WiFi is not great and it has no Gigabit Ethernet but despite that, if you hard-wire it there will be decent speeds.
First thing to note is how poor the remote control is. I always recommend using a good wireless keyboard with track pad. You can read my recommendations by clicking here.
This box is another OEM (original equipment manufacturer) device which means the manufacturer sells them to suppliers and they can brand them with their own logo and sell with different packages. The engine and specs remain the same.
This box has been upgraded with Android 6.0 for 2017 and is now loaded with the S905X SoC compared to the older S905 processor that was previously in these boxes.
The MXQ Pro has a very good name and functions very well if you hard-wire it to your router. The WiFi is only single band 2.4GHz and is not the best for download or upload speeds.
If you plan to use this box for Kodi or Mobdro it will perform as expected. It can also handle 4K video playback extremely well with no flicker. YouTube files are also easily handled.
Pros and Cons
Things I liked about this TV box:
- Excellent price
- Performs very well with 4K files and also on Kodi
Things I didn’t like about this TV box:
- No external antenna for better WiFi reception
- No Dual Band WiFi (2.4GHz only)
- Remote control
- No Gigabit Ethernet
- 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM only
MXQ Pro 4K on Amazon
This box has an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars from 49 customer reviews. Some of the reviews are shown below. I have selected some positive and negative comments.
“I ordered this box and it worked for a night after that the box would turn off by itself and restart itself. The next day the blue light went off and never came back on…”
“I’ve had nothing but trouble with this device. I’ve been trying for days to get this to work on a consistent basis. One day it works, the next it doesn’t…”
“I thought kodi was already installed. When I set my box up there was no Kodi…”
“This is the best thing I’ve ever bought!”
“It’s a great product once you get it running. You really have to be patient with this, it’s not a plug and play type of device…”
The comments are a bit of a mixed bag. With reference to Kodi, Amazon do not allow TV boxes that are fully loaded with Kodi any more. This is due to the ongoing legal problems surrounding the copyright of some unofficial add-ons.
Sellers will be banned if they try to promote Kodi as pre-installed. It’s not a big issue. These days it’s very easy to install Kodi.
MXQ Pro 4K with Kodi
If you buy this box you will need to install Kodi. You can do that from the Play Store or by side-loading it from the Kodi website. This is not a bad thing since you will get the very latest version of Kodi.
This is important. There was a recent security risk with older versions of Kodi (17.1 and below). If you are planning to run any of the older versions you could be at risk from hackers through Kodi subtitles.
Another problem with using Kodi could arise if you access illegal streams. These are related to live channels that should have subscriptions. If you are not sure which channels that includes, you should consider using a good VPN to protect yourself.
The authorities can check what you are accessing through your ISP. It’s now very easy using a VPN with Kodi and you can get more information on my article below. You will also get access to a Special Offer with one of the best VPN providers.
There are other free TV apps lijke Mobdro and Showbox but Kodi is far more flexible. Mobdro relies on links working and you may get a lot of errors if links are broken. This used to happen a lot on Kodi but it is much better now than it was before.
A Better Alternative to Kodi
Since 2016, I have been watching Live TV at home with a paid IPTV service. This allows me to use a 14 day Catch Up service and have access to 1000’s of movies with a quality streaming service.
It’s just like watching cable or satellite TV and the channels come in SD or HD resolution. It is for sure the best way to replace your expensive cable TV subscription. Packages start at €14.95 / month.
They also have a lot of Scandinavian channels on the Ultimate package but this service is not available in the UK.
I hope you enjoyed reading this MXQ Pro 4K Review and if you did, why not leave a comment below? Would you buy this box or would you pay a bit more for a better one?