Android boxes provide the same power and streaming capabilities of a personal computer for your television at a fraction of the cost of a PC.
Look for an Android box that has enough processing power and memory for your entertainment needs, an SD card slot for expandable storage, and at least 802.11ac Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. You’ll probably want a Kodi-capable system for access to streaming content too. A Kodi device allows access to stream and organize your videos and music and play them across almost all available devices. On your end, you’ll need a high-speed internet connection to take full advantage of your Android TV box.
These four Android TV boxes stand out in the market.
1. W95 TV Box
The W95 is the perfect entry-level Android box for budget entertainment systems. Two USB ports, an SD card slot, 2GB of ram, and 16GB of onboard storage provide the bare essentials for Android 7.1, and it even comes with a remote control.
2. Zidoo X8
The unique Zidoo X8 unit is one of the only android boxes on the market to boast OpenWRT implementation, allowing you to set up additional security features like a VPN or SSH tunneling. It also features outstanding connectivity with 802.11ac and Gigabit Ethernet capabilities. This system provides great processing power but has limited onboard storage.
3. Nvidia Shield TV
The Shield TV box from Nvidia is one of the most impressive Android systems to date. A Pro model includes a 500GB hard drive, and you can use the system as a Plex server, which allows you to conveniently organize your videos and music, and stream them to all of your devices. The Shield TV even comes with access to Google Assistant, allowing voice-activated home and DVR controls.
4. WeTek Play 2
The versatile WeTek Play 2 combines two devices in one: this handy Android box doubles as an over-the-air TV tuner for local channels. You’ll need an antenna to access the digital signal, but this capability further expands your entertainment options. This system is inexpensive but doesn’t skimp—it’s 4K ready and Kodi capable with broad app compatibility.
If you’re going for the basics on a budget, the W95 is straight to the point. But if you want the most access to Netflix, Hulu, and other apps, the Nvidia Shield has the tech and controls to complete any entertainment system.
Tell us what you think in the comments. Do you own any of these devices? How have they worked for you? Or let us know if you’ve got questions.