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Make sure to choose the US Adapter before checking out.

Nice thing is it has Android TV for the operating system.

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Moderator Comment: This thread is mirrored to these forums: MOBILE, LAPTOPS, AND COMPUTERS, HOT DEALS. — Aug. 23, 2017 @ 12:28pm
I've been looking at Android TV boxes over the past several weeks, which use the same Android OS as smartphones and tablets to display on a television online digital content (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video, plus many other channels via an app called Kodi, f/k/a XMBC), offline video content uploaded via USB drive, as well as do basic computing tasks like websurfing, and which can also play the thousands of Android computer games.  There are a few things to note about this Xiaomi Mi Box:


- The Xiaomi Mi Box will play Netflix in HD. Other than the NVidia Shield (the best Android box on the market and one of the most expensive at $199-$299), almost none of the hundreds of other makes and models of Android TV boxes out there (check out websites like GearBest, BangGood, and TomTop and you'll see how many dozens upon dozens of these boxes are available from the Chinese manufacturers), will play Netflix in a resolution above 480p, because none of the cheaper manufactures will pay the digital rights management fees to enable higher resolutions for Netflix.

- The Mi Box's remote has a microphone built-in and accepts voice commands, one of the very few that do so (the Shield does, also).

- It has Bluetooth built-in, although this is the case with most Android boxes above the $40-45 range.

- While not very well known in the US yet, Xiaomi is a big Chinese company that does pretty high end electronics of all sorts, ranging from Android phones to laptops to 4k quadcopter drones to Roomba clone robotic vacuums. Its action cams (GoPro clones) according to some people give superior video quality to the industry standard GoPros and the company is pretty highly respected in Asia.


- This version of the Mi Box, the international version, is an older unit with a weak, inferior chipset and has below-average performance for a 2016-17 Android TV box. The current U.S. version of the Mi Box (which is $69 at Walmart) has an AmLogic S905x quad core chipset that is not cutting edge (the NVidia Shield's Tegra X1 is probably the fastest Android box chip, followed by the octo-core Amlogic S912 chipset), but still is a competent chipset that will give decent performance for both video and gaming. If having HD Netflix and the voice command remote are not of interest to you, there are better performing Android boxes than this Xiaomi for about the same money that have the significantly faster, newer S912 chipset, such as the Alphawise H96 Pro, that will have better performance and more ports.

- The Mi Box has no SD card slot and only one USB port - most other Android boxes have an SD card slot and two USB ports, some have four. Any box with Android version 6.0 or higher can recognize a memory card or USB drive (flash drive or external hard drive) as additional internal memory. A work around for this would be to use an USB hub (probably a powered one) to gain additional USB ports for a flash drive or hard drive for additional storage of apps or to upload videos, for a memory card reader, for a game controller or for a mini-keyboard/mouse/remote (highly recommended).

There are a lot of reviews on YouTube of Android TV Boxes. If you're thinking about this Xiaomi box, or any other Android box (or action cameras, cell phones, or other personal electronics of all sorts), I recommend checking out the video reviews on the Redskull channel, among others. For more info on Android TV boxes in general, a buyers guide and reviews of specific models, here's a good place to start: Android PC Review .  In a nutshell, if you're not going to go for the NVidia shield, the Ferrari of Android boxes, get a box with a brand name (not generic) from a larger, more reputable online retailer like Amazon (but be aware that all Android boxes sold on Amazon cannot have Kodi initially loaded on them because of potential for accessing pirated video sources, so you'll have to load Kodi from the Appstore and install it yourself), BangGood or GearBest so you can return it if it has problems (at this price point for a relatively sophisticated device, QC is one of the corners these Chinese companies cut), with an Amlogic chipset, Android 6.0 or higher, get at least  2gb RAM, Bluetooth, and over-the-air (OTA) automatic firmware updates.

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