MECOOL M8S PRO L Review: 4K Android TV Box with voice control

MECOOL M8S PRO L Review: 4K Android TV Box with voice control

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MECOOL M8S PRO L - Review 4K ANDROID TV BOX

Mecool M8S PRO L is Android 7.1 TV Box with Amlogic S912 system-on-chip and improved voice control. Also M8S PRO L is Widevine L1 certified, and it supports the playback of DRM-protected HD content. We prepared the review of new TV Box, and where to buy it cheaper.

 

Hardware

M8S PRO L TV Box is equipped with Amlogic S912 chipset. The processor was released in 2016. This is IARMv8 Octa-core processor with two Cortex-A53 clusters. The clock speed of the individual clusters is up to 1.5 GHz.

The processor supports the decoding of H.265, H.264 and VP9 at maximum 4K resolution. In addition, the chipset is able to process HDR10 and HLG HDR content. The processor graphics are Mali-T820 MP3 GPU.

As for the memory, Mecool M8S PRO L TV Box is equipped with 16GB or 32GB eMMC flash memory. This is not too much, although there is 3GB of RAM. Also Mecool has decided to use DDR4 RAM, which is much faster than DDR3 RAM, used in the  previous model. The connection options are following: CVBS port, RJ45 Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0, two USB 2.0 portsand a MicroSD memory card slot. As for wireless connections, there is dual band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 are available for data transfer.

MECOOL M8S PRO L - Review 4K ANDROID TV BOX

Software

New TV Box runs on Android TV (7.1.1). There are few apps preinstalled, as well as other apps can be downloaded from Google Play Store or other markets. One of the main advantage of Android TV is Google’s Voice Search, which is implemented directly into the system. The remote control has microphone and voice search button Mecool included in the delivery.

As it is Widevine L1 certified device, then M8S PRO L is capable of playing Netflix at a maximum 1080p resolution. Furthermore, videos on YouTube can be streamed in 4K. MiraCast, AirPlay and DLNA for streaming local media are supported. The maximum playback resolution is 4K with 60 frames-per-second. According to Mecool, the TV box is compatible with Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD multichannel audio formats.

Mecool M8S PRO L: Price and buy

Mecool M8S PRO L shows that even budget Android TV box can be equipped with real Android TV. Especially interesting is the playback of Netflix HD and YouTube 4K. It is pretty hard to find cheap Android TV Box with this set of features and functions.