Beelink M18 TV Box Android 5.1 – Review

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According to Gearbest, the Beelink M18 TV Box is provided with a Penta-Core Mali-450 MP GPU which should give a smoothly experience to watch video and playing games. Gearbest was so kindly to offer us this Android TV box to review it. The price of this TV Box is only 64.14 dollars. Beelink has made two Amlogic S905 devices, the Beelink M18 and the Beelink MX64. The M18 has a greater Rom size (16GB instead of 8GB) and it has also an external WiFi antenna.

Pro’s and Con’s

Upsides Downsides
  • Great Price
  • Plug and Play
  • Smoothly playing movies
  • Cool Design
  • Working with Netflix, YouTube and many other apps
  • 2 USB Ports
  • LAN and Wireless Network
  • Android 5.1
  • Extended Capacity
  • Media Supported
  • Cheap Remote
  • Not all applications worked
  • WiFi range is not as perfect as I hoped

Specifications

CPU: Amlogic S905
GPU:Penta-core ARM Mali-450
RAM + ROM: 2GB + 16GB
TF card: Up to 32GB (not included)
Android 5.1
WIFI: 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Interface: AV, DC Power Port, HDMI, LAN, OTG, SPDIF, TF card, 2x USB 2.0.
Gravity sensing system: Can fluently and sensitively run various applications
Video format: AVI, DAT, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, WMV

Compare Imports Impressions and Review

When I unboxed the Beelink M18, it contains, 1x M18 TV Box, 1x HDMI Cable, 1x  Power Adapter, 1x Remote controller and maybe most important an English manual. The Box is made of aluminium with a black look. On top of the M18 box there is a power button, on the sides there are 2 USB 2.0 port,a OTG port, TF Card Slot, DC IN, AV output, LAN, HDMI and DSPDIF ports. When I plugged in the following pieces: Keyboard, Mouse, an Ethernet cable, a HDMI cable and the 5V power supply it took about 40 seconds that the boot is started. The Menu  includes 6 large icons and a lot of small icons with all kind of applications. For example Facebook, YouTube, Netflix and KodiMate is pre-installed and directly used. The menu on the Android TV Box works smoothly and the WiFi and LAN worked just fine. When I added my usb drive which I connected through a USB 2.0 Port, I could watch the following formats perfect with the VLC player installed: Avi, MKV, MP4, MPG. The 4k H264_60fps.mp4 (Big Buck Bunny Movies) I played had some trouble with the Audio/Video synchronization, but the 30fps worked perfect. The following apps: YouTube, Netflix,Facebook and KodiMate worked how It they should work. Google Play store is already installed so you could install a lot of different applications. The Horizon Go app I installed did not work in the Netherlands. This was the biggest disappointment since I wanted to use it like a media box to watch live television. Hopefully there will be a firmware upgrade.

Gearbest M18 Beelink Android 5.1 TV BOX

Conclusion

I did not test the Bluetooth, AV output and the SPDIF output but overall this is a stable high-end Android tv box which hopefully will be updated in the near future because of the applications that currently not works on the Beelink M18. Android 5.1 runs smoothly for playing movies only some 4K movies it gives a few lags. The pre-installed KodiMate, Netflix, YouTube and other big apps will make the Android box works immediately. I found the price of just 65 dollars an amazing deal for this device. I would recommend this TV Box for everyone who is searching for an Android TV Box unless you want to play an Horizon Go app to watch some live television.

Where to Buy?

This Beelink M18 Amlogic S905 Android 5.1 TV Box available with different Plugs for the EU, UK or the US at Gearbest (as a discount offer for now!):

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  • I have order tow pieces one works good but the second later not functioning and the usb dungle for the remot is missing in the package. it seems they sent me a package of returned customer not satisfied

    • Sorry the USB dongle not belong to the M18 Beelink I had a mistake but it definitly did not work I send it back cost me 8$ post ans I was refunds

  • Nice video & good content over there. I understood the whole process.

    This review will definitely help to buyers to choose this android media box.

    Please let us know when you perform testing for bluetooth & av output.

    Waiting for it.

  • I bought one of these M18 Boxes and was installed however very complicated . Kindly assist me in having same work .

  • great write up…. candid!

    I would like to hearing from you soon about;

    1) Beelink, in general as to strength and innovation of Co.
    2) models R68, and *Mini MXIII, new mods having strong value price point, with newer edge performance –
    … or is it all hype? please tell.

    waiting on the miniIII(s905) to ship now, but I have 2nd thoughts. Should I upgrade to R68 (rokchip)?
    I am a rual first timer, feeling just a little intimidated?

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