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MECOOL KM7 Review: Certified 4K HDR AV1 Android TV Streaming Box

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Today we have the MECOOL KM7 review for you. MECOOL KM7 is Google certified Android TV streaming box powered by the new Amlogic S905Y4 SoC. Besides, KM7 Android TV Box based on S905Y4 SoC supports 4K AV1 decoding.

Additionally, the Amlogic S905X4 chipset also supports AV1 decoding. In the MECOOL portfolio you will also find devices based on this chipset (for example MECOOL KM6 Classic). 

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Is it worth buying MECOOL KM7 Android TV streaming box? we encourage you to read our impressions, which you will find in our MECOOL KM7 review.

Availability and price

I want to say thanks to the MECOOL brand for sending us a MECOOL KM7 Android TV streaming player to review.

Now MECOOL KM7 Android TV Box is available via MECOOL website for:

MECOOL KM7 Review: Product details

Review MECOOL KM7 Android TV Certified streaming box with S90Y4 SoC (AV1)

KM7 Android TV Streaming Box Specification

The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • KM7 TV Box
  • Power Adapter 
  • HDMI Cable
  • Bluetooth voice remote control
  • User Manual
MECOOL KM7 S905Y4 Android TV Box Unboxing

Unboxing MECOOL KM7 Streaming player on Youtube

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more MECOOL KM7 details and bundled accessories.

Review: MECOOL KM7 First impressions, settings, overview of features

KM7 is a well-made TV Box. It has a typical shape and a black color of the housing. The entire housing is made of matte plastic. Whereas, at the top there is a logo set on shiny plastic. It looks nice, but we advise you not to touch it with your fingers or there will be prints.

On the front panel you will find LED indicators (Power, Net and IR). The left side there are two USB 2.0 ports and a TF card slot. On the back of the housing we find: AV OUT port, DC jack, RJ45 Fast Ethernet port, and HDMI 2.1. At the bottom of the device, there are four rubber pads to prevent shifting, holes for better ventilation, and information about the TV Box version and MAC address.

Streaming Box comes with Bluetooth Voice remote that looks similar to the G10 Android TV / Google TV reference design Bluetooth Voice remote control. Voice remote control featuring Google Assistant, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Spotify shortcut keys, plus Android TV navigation buttons including a guide button, home and back buttons, direction keys, and a watchlist button. 

Recognition of voice commands via Google Assistant works without major problems. Below pictures.

First Impressions

KM7 streaming box runs on Android TV 11, so the operation on Android TV is known to most of you, or you could read about it in our previous reviews. Working with the device is child’s play from the moment of commissioning and configuration to everyday use.

Throughout testing, there were no problems with the device. KM7 was fast and stableWiFi connection works well, stable, and fast. Wifi: Download – 174.2Mbps Upload – 63.3Mbps, Fast Ethernet: Download – 93.7Mbps Upload – 97.5Mbps. In addition to the Bluetooth remote control with voice feature, we used a Logitech MK540 Advanced set and a gamepad from iPega called iPega PG-9076By the way, Bluetooth remote control with the voice control feature works very well. You do not have to navigate the remote control, just tell what you are looking for. Chromecast built-in works fine. You can also use the preinstalled ASAir Screen application

Besides, on the KM2 TV Box can play popular games like, Asphalt 8Beach Buggy Racing, Space Marshals (we used iPega PG-9076 and keyboard), and also via NVIDIA GeForce NOW without any problems. Additionally, KM7 device has pre-installed IPTV application. We used the free of 5000+ publicly available IPTV channels from all over the world .m3u (Github source here). It is also worth mentioning that the device has a pre-installed application to configure the remote control with TV called Remoter Config. If you want to control KM7 via smartphone, just install it Android TV Remote Control app or CetusPlay app.

Streaming Services via MECOOL KM7

MECOOL KM7 supports Youtube, Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play Movies up to 4K 2160p HDR (HDR10, HDR10+). HBO Go up to 1080p. Spotify works fine as well. The device does not have Netflix certification, but through the modified application you can get a display from 720p to 1080p.

Operating system and components

KM7 streaming box runs on Android TV 11.0Kernel version 5.4.86, and supports OTA updates. The device uses firmware version RTT0.210608.002.20210825. As we mentioned, the MECOOL KM7 is equipped with a new Amlogic S905Y4 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A35 CPU @ processor up to 2.0GHz and GPU Mali-G31MP2, CPU speed between 100MHz and 2.0GHz. As you know this chipset supports 4K AV1 decoding (AV1 [email protected] up to [email protected]) 

Why is it worth getting a streaming player that uses AV1 decoding?

Most of the currently popular streaming services use the latest AV1 decoding. AV1 is a high-performance, royalty-free video codec that provides 20% improved compression efficiency over HEVC/VP9 and manages to save up to 30% in bandwidth for the same image quality.

Besides device supports Google Widevine L1/Playready. The device does not have root access. Some screenshots.

MECOOL KM7 Review: Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing, we use Benchmark 9.1.1, GeekBench 4, 3D Mark and Kodi 19.3.

Video test

Playback by Kodi 19.3 runs almost smoothly and stable. Thanks to the pre-installed Movie Player, video playback was smoother. TV Box without problem seems to play movies with the resolution of 480p,720p, and 1080p (24fps, 30fps, 60fps) and also 4K (60fps) with various formats and codecs videos such as AV1 codec, H.265/ HEVC, VP9, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB, and audio – DTS and AC3. Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough worked fine via HDMI. Hovewer, It does not support Dolby Atmos / DTS-X / DTS-MA / THX / Dolby TrueHD.

Video Playback via Kodi 19.3

Typical 1080p Result
MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6Mbps OK
MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6Mbps OK
H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2Mbps OK
VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 25Mbps OK
VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8Mbs OK
Jellyfish 1080p HEVC 10bit – 90Mbps OK
4K Video  
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps OK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 30fps OK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps OK
Honey Bees – 96fps OK
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps OK
Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0 OK
Cinemartin H265/HEVC OK
Tears of steel – 60fps OK
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps OK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140Mbps OK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400Mbps Not smooth
LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116Mbps OK
Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8Mbps OK
Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps OK
Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51Mbps OK
H.265/VP9 Video  
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps OK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080p No
VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmv OK
VP9 / 4k – 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmv OK
VP9 / 4k – Australia – Land Down Under in 4K.webmv OK
AV1/ 4k – Summer Nature.webm Not smooth
AV1 / 4k – Holi Festival.webm Not smooth

KM7 Benchmarks

MECOOL KM7 TV Box a score of 92112 points in AnTuTu Benchmark v9.1.1. Internal memory benchmarks (via A1SD Bench app): Read 140.20MB/s – Write 107.89MB/s. RAM copy speed was 3654.04MB/s. Below are benchmarks screenshots.

MECOOL KM7 Antutu Benchmark

MECOOL KM7 Conclusions

MECOOL KM7 STreaming Box Review Opinion

MECOOL KM7 Android TV Streaming Box is worth your interest. It is certified by Google, works fast and smoothly, plays 4K video also with AV1 codec, plays streaming video also smoothly. If you are looking for streaming Box with a new chipset (S905Y4 SoC) that supports the AV1 codec. Additionally, if you do not use Netflix (or you are able to settle for 720p – 1080p content) then KM7 will definitely satisfy you. 

However, cheaper than KM7 (4GB/64GB), you can buy MECOOL KM2 fully certified (Google and Netflix). Additionally, supporting Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, MS12 and Dolby Atmos. However, not supporting AV1 decoding. MECOOL KM2 you can buy for $67.15 after coupon: BFMECOOL15

MECOOL KM7

$53.60
8.9

PERFORMANCE

8.8/10

USABILITY

9.0/10

FEATURES

9.0/10

DESIGN

9.0/10

VALUE

8.8/10

Pros

  • Fast and stable work
  • 4K AV1 Decoding via S905Y4 SoC
  • Up to 4K HDR Streaming services
  • Good video playback
  • Android TV 11, Voice control and Chromecast works great

Cons

  • Bluetooth remote control without air mouse
  • Sometimes the TV Box won't start via the remote control
  • No certified Netflix, only up to 1080p via modified app

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