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The Best Cheap Android TV Boxes

By Jeffrey Ulrich

The Best Cheap Android TV Boxes

An Android TV box is a small set-top box, running on Google’s Android OS, that makes it possible to stream content from the Internet to your television set. These streaming devices are quite flexible and getting one will add a whole new dimension to your home entertainment experience.  The problem, however, is there are a lot of Android TV boxes on the market and knowing which one is best for you may be a tough call.

Like most devices, there are pricey as well as cheap Android boxes out there. Often the features that differentiate the two come down to your desires and specification requirements. Indeed, you can get quality content streaming from an inexpensive Android TV box as you would from the high-end alternatives. If, on the other hand, you simply want a cheap TV box that is Kodi-friendly and offers access to a wide array of content, then consider this list of the Best Android TV Boxes:

Amazon Fire TV: This Android TV box comes with 4K Ultra HD video output and allows you to install Kodi and other apps you may desire. Its user-friendly interface, 2GB of RAM, and high-speed processor ensures you get pleasurable and seamless streaming of your favorite movies and TV shows.

Emtech’s GEM Box: This pocket-sized, inexpensive Android TV box is not only good for streaming from your home network, it is also ideal for playing light games on your TV screen. The GEM Box also allows for easy installation and access to content available on Kodi.

Tonbux’s Q-Box 4K: Although the brand name isn’t so popular, this affordable smart TV box comes loaded with features such as 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, and 4K video output. The Q-Box comes loaded with Netflix, YouTube, and Kodi and is also compatible with external storage.

WeTek Core Android TV Box: This affordable 2GHz Quad Core-powered smart TV box, in addition to offering a host of other features, also supports 4K playback. It runs on Lollipop 5.1.1 OS and offers quality streaming of online content.

The X92 Amlogic S912 Android TV Box: This Android TV box is powered by Amlogic S912, 3GB of RAM, Mali-T820MP3 graphics processing unit. It comes with 16GB of internal memory, runs on android 6 Marshmallow OS, and supports various video and picture formats.

NVIDIA Shield Android TV Box: The NVIDIA Shield remains one of the best Android TV Boxes in the marketplace. The newest version of this feature-rich streaming device comes with the Android 7 Nougat OS. Although the price of this smart TV box is comparably higher than others, it makes up for this on terms of features. Apart from offering the flexibility that only an Android device can provide, this TV box is also great for gaming as it is capable of rendering high-quality gaming from apps such as Gamecube and Wii games. Its Tegra X1 mobile chip, 3GB of RAM, and 256-core GPU ensure smooth 4K video output from YouTube, Amazon Prime, and 4K Netflix.

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