X96 Amlogic S905X TV-Box Review


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X96 Android Amlogic S905X is the TV-Box from CNDirect which we review today. The Amlogic s905x is a major CPU chipset these days, this together with Android 6.0.1, 2GB Ram and 16GB ROM will make the X96 right priced budget box. Read the article to find out if this box is worth to try.

X96 Android Box S905X- Specs

  • CPU: Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 tot 2GHz
  • Chipset: Amlogic S905X
  • OS: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • GPU: Penta-core Mali-450MP GPU tot 750MHz
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • ROM: 16GB eMMC
  • Connections: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/ 5.8GHz)
  • Video: HDMI 2.0A
  • HDMI: Standaard HDMI (female), 1.4b
  • Interfaces: 1 x USB 2.0 host poort, 1x USB 2.0 device poort, TF kaart lezer, SPDIF Optical Audio Input
  • Voltage: DC 5V/2A

The specs for this machine are a bit unclear, in the video below we show some details about the specs on the box itself. Our box got the above specs (which yo can buy at CNDirect). The box got 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, some state 1GB Ram on the S905X but that is not right.



X96 Android Box – Package

The package includes 1x TV Box, 1x Remote Control, 1x Power Adapter, 1x HDMI Cable, 1x Manual, 1x IR Cable with a sensor. Besides the latter things, there is also one extra item included which is not always mentioned. The package also includes a bracket which you can glue on the backside of your TV so that you can mount the Box on a fine hidden spot.

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So the box got all the parts to start immediately. Except you will have to bring 2x AAA batteries for the remote control by yourself. Of course, that is not that difficult but controlling the box without the remote is not possible.

X96 Android Box – Getting Started

We tested the X96 Amlogic with a Samsung Smart TV, on Wifi and LAN, and together with a Western Digital MyPassport connected to it.

When we arranged all the different connections we were able to boot up the box. Just like we hoped, it works right out of the box. You will have to configure some setup issues, but those will always be the case. Getting on the wifi, logging into your Google account, maybe change the display settings a little bit. But that’s just it. With the major apps already installed (see later section), we have fun immediately.

Next to that we added our USB HDD into the USB 2.0 port. Within a few seconds, the box recognizes it, and we can browse my files.



X96 Remote Control

The remote control works like expected if you place the IR somewhere on a good visible spot it reacts perfectly. The remote control itself is very simple without many extra features. You will have some shortcut buttons for Kodi, Apps, or the Home screen. However, you will miss any keyboard features and pointer features. So it is usable, but when you really want to enjoy the TV Box you should consider some more advanced remote. In the video, you will see that it sometimes takes a while to get where you want. Using the pointer is very slow but often necessary.

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X96 Amlogic – Firmware & Apps

The box is provided with Android 6.0 Marsmallow. For this test/review, we did not upgrade or changed anything according to the firmware. We tested it with the out of the box specifications. Of course, there are possibilities to change the firmware. Therefore, read or look at this article when you are looking for an upgrade. If you are looking to download the stock firmware? Check this article.

There X96 already got some pre-installed apps for you. Of course the main ones like Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, Chrome, Skype. But also Kodi 16.1 with many useful add-ons for streaming movies, series, sports or music.



How to use the x96 TV Box?

In this video we show you some simple features and inferfaces of the stock X96 Amlogic.

How Does Kodi (v16.1) Work – https://youtu.be/nlXplDOtZ0Q?t=1m33s
X96 Amlogic S905X Specifications in Kodi – https://youtu.be/nlXplDOtZ0Q?t=1m40s
Working with Google Chrome on the X96 Amlogic – https://youtu.be/nlXplDOtZ0Q?t=3m23s
Use the Google Play Store – https://youtu.be/nlXplDOtZ0Q?t=4m15s
Change your favourite apps in the interface – https://youtu.be/nlXplDOtZ0Q?t=5m44s
Use YouTube and Watch a 4K clip – https://youtu.be/nlXplDOtZ0Q?t=6m14sS
A small Spotify Preview – https://youtu.be/nlXplDOtZ0Q?t=9m1s
Browse Folders and watch a MovieClip in VLC Player – https://youtu.be/nlXplDOtZ0Q?t=10m22s

CNDirect gave us this opportunity for this review, you can buy the X96 Amlogic S905X Android TV Box for *$43.21 at the moment of writing.

Pro’s & Con’s X96 Amlogic S905X

Upsides Downsides
  • Design (small ergonomic box)
  • Price (Affordable)
  • Complete Package
  • Ready out of the Box
  • s905x Chipset not the Latest
  • Simple Remote Control

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Find the latest deals for the X96 Amlogic or if you want to look somewhat further, maybe consider the new Amlogic S912 chipsets.


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