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MeMoBOX MX MAX Review: 4K Smart TV Box powered by Amlogic S905

Today we want to show you a review TV Box called MeMoBOX MX MAX. MX MAX TV Box is equipped with the latest SoC Amlogic  S905In this review we want to bring you thethe features and impressions of using MeMoBOX MX MAX and answer the questions: how MX MAX TV Box works in normal use, how copes with video playback at 4K , whether appeared any problems and whether you should buy MX MAX?. We invite you to read. Together, we follow the standard stages of our review.

I want to say thanks to Memo Design company (Memo Design Technology Ltd. – www.memobox.tv) for sending us a MeMoBOX MX MAX TV Box to review. Now MX MAX TV Box is available in official Memo Design store on Aliexpress for $65, DHgate for $67.99 and Cdiscount for €68.42.

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MeMoBOX MX MAX

MeMoBOX MX MAX technical specifications:

  • CPU –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz
  • GPU – Penta-core Mali-450MP Up to 750 MHz
  • Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • OS – Android 5.1.1
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + micro SD card (up to 32GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @60 Hz with HDMI CEC support
  • Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4G/5.8G Dual-Band Wi-Fi  and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Interfaces – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, micro USB OTG port, HDMI 2.0, S/PDIF port, AV port, DC jack, micro SD card slot
  • Misc – Power button, IR receiver
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 115mm * 115mm * 26mm
  • Weight – 200g

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What we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • MX MAX Android TV Box
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter 5V/2A (EU)
  • Remote control (without AAA batteries)
  • Quick Start Guide
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The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more MX MAX TV Box and bundled accessories.

First impressions, settings, overview of features

The housing MeMoBOX MX MAX is made of good quality plastic in black. Top housing is a matt while the sides of the device are shiny. As we said at the beginning of his heart is a new Amlogic S905 Quad core 64-bit  Cortex A53 Up to 2.0 GHz processor which supports UHD [email protected] HW decoding, multiple formats including H.265 10-bit, H.264, AVS+ and also FHD 1080p @60fps HW encoding, H.264. At the top is the POWER button The front panel has IR receiver and power LED. Onone side there are two USB 2.0 ports, OTG port and micro SD card slot. On the rear panel are: 5V DCjack 3.5 mm, AV port, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI port and an optical S / PDIF port.

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At the bottom of the device you see warm air outlet. Below also remote control.

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Below we include the MeMoBOX MX MAX photos in combination with a matchbox, so it was easier to see the size of MX MAX Android TV Box.

Booting Android to the “home screen” takes about 00:34.1 seconds (nice!). “Home screen” launcher MX MAX TV Box looks very simple, easy to use and familiar, we could see it in other TV boxes (e.g Beelink Mini MX, MX Plus). In addition to the remote control I used a standard keyboard and mouse, MINIX A2 Lite and Xiaomi gamepad.

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The MeMoBOX MX MAX can additionally be controlled using the application on the smartphone. Download here – RC_Client_Amlogic. The application works with TV boxes  based on SoC Amlogic: S905, S812 and S805. The device worked in the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust the preferred resolution (also 4K) or set the auto mode The launcher includes 6 large icons, with 4 of those (Online Video, Recommend, Music, and Local) being some folders for apps, and My Apps providing access to all installed app, and Settings. Below also we have access to the most important features and apps: SkyLive, Kodi and “+” to add a preferred application to the home screen.

MX MAX TV Box has also DLNA, Miracast and Airplay. I had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to my router and to Internet. Below screenshot from SPEEDTEST.

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In the specification, you can see that the MX MAX has 16 GB of internal memory, but the device shows the total memory 11.77GB (screen below). The remote control and A2 Lite works without a problem, Xiaomi gamepad as always worked greate (in Android devices). Remote control well in the hand. We know him from Beelink Mini MX. Everything worked stable and quickly without delays. Below a some screenshots.

The MX MAX TV Box has KODI Jarvis (more precisely KODI 16.0 BETA5) version. However, from the Google Store I installed also the latest version of Kodi 16.0 JarvisBelow Kodi screenshots.

kodiOn MX MAX TV Box games from Google Play are working properly You can play without a problem just connect gamepad or air mouse and keyboard. I used Xiaomi gamepadThe combination of MeMoBOX MX MAX with Xiaomi gamepad is great fun. Beach Buggy Racing works without problem, even with high resolution works trouble free, also I was able to run Asphalt 8: Airborne which also worked without problems. Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride works also greate.

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Operating system and components

The MX MAX TV Box runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop, namely version 5.1.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.14.29. Received device has firmware build number mx64_105L1. TV Box is equipped in the recently very popular a SoC Amlogic S905 Quad core 64-bit  Cortex A53 Up to 2.0GHz processor and GPU Mali-450, CPU speed between 100 MHz and 2.02 GHz. On the following screens you can see exactly the components used and their specification (Information taken from the CPU-Z app and Aida64). The device is detected as MX MAX (p200_2G) and board p200_2G. Below screenchots.

After using the DRM info (app) we know that MX MAX TV Box not supported Google Widevine Moudlar DRM, and unfortunately does not supported Microsoft Playready DRM.

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Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing I use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 6.0. The following screenshots from the video test. The result 913. MXV+ (result 903),  PROBOX2 Z (result 910), MX Plus (result 892). Other MRX (result 906), T95 (result 906), Minix Neo U1(result 899), K1 Plus TV Box (result 886) and Beelink Mini MX (result 920). Also worthy of note is that MX MAX TV Box did not have not supported codecs.

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Video playback by Kodi 16.0 Jarvis runs smoothly and stable. After installing the latest version of Kodi 16.0 Jarvis, also everything was ok. MX Player also runs smoothly and stable. MeMoBOX MX MAX without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and1080p(24fps,30fps, 60fps) and also 4K (60fps) with various codecs video such as H.264, H.265, MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB and audio – DTS and AC3. Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough worked fine via HDMI. Also I tested several video formats – AVI, MKV, MP4 (typical formats in which it holds the majority of films) and also videos was played without any problems. The tested MX MAX plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) without any major problems. The following table compares Kodi (latest version of Kodi 16.0 Jarvis) and MX Player for some video samples. Also copes well with playing the video on YouTube.

Typical 1080pKODIMX Player
MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6MbpsOKOK
MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6MbpsOKOK
H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2MbpsOKOK
VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 25MbpsOKOK
VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8MbsOKOK
 – – –
4K Video
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fpsOKOK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fpsOKOK
Honey Bees – 96fpsOKOK
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10MbpsOKOK
Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0OKOK
Cinemartin H265/HEVCOKOK
Tears of steel – 60fpsOKOK
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60MbpsOKOK
 – – –
H.265/VP9 Video
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15MbpsOKOK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080pOKOK

 

MeMoBOX MX MAX Benchmarks

The MX MAX Android TV Box  scored 35024 ( MXV+  34208, PROBOX2 Z – 35996, MX Plus – 35808, MRX  35466, Sunvell T95 – 28731, MINIX Neo U1 – 37564Beelink Mini MX – 34123, K1 Plus – 29252PROBOX2 EX+ – 34332, ZIDOO X6 Pro – 30158) on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.0.1. The MXV+  scored  on AnTuTu and GeekBech 3: Single Core score – 610 and Multi Core score – 1792. Below some of screenshots.

The MeMoBOX MX MAX scored 4349 (MXV+  4218, PROBOX 2 Z  4333, MX Plus  4300, MRX – 4357, Sunvell T95 – 4300, MINIX Neo U1 – 4326, Beelink Mini MX – 4282, K1 PLUS – 4299, PROBOX2 EX+ – 5834, ZIDOO X6 Pro – 4431) on Ice Storm Extreme.  7422 scored on Ice Storm Unlimited..

Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. MX MAX TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 25.86MB/s – Write 13.39MB/s. RAM copy speed was 2384.13MB/s.

The MeMoBOX MX MAX is a very well and aesthetically made TV Box, with great attention manufacturer of quality workmanship and materials. As we said at the beginning of his heart is a new Amlogic S905 Quad core 64-bit  Cortex A53 Up to 2.0GHz processor which supports UHD [email protected] HW decoding, multiple formats including H.265 10-bit, H.264, AVS+ and also FHD 1080p @60fps HW encoding, H.264. Plays typical video content in 1080p and copes well with the video in 4K (also with 60fps). MX MAX TV Box has well known, nice and an easy to use UI which provides quick and intuitive access to key features. It has 2GB of RAM. It’s really fast and stable running TV Box. The MeMoBOX MX MAX copes well with games that can be downloaded from the Google Play. Web browsing and watching videos also works well. It’s really good equipment with big potential to build a home entertainment center. Of course, TV Box require improvements, but as in most of the available TV Boxes, always something to find. MeMoBOX MX MAX is availablein official Memo Design store on Aliexpress for $65, DHgate for $67.99 and Cdiscount for €68.42. MX MAX TV Box now has a good price for such a specification. Once again I want to say thanks to I want to say thanks to Memo Design company for sending us a MeMoBOX MX MAX sampleIs it worth buying? YES !. This is a good TV Box with Amlogic S905 that works properly, having a very good configuration, a stable and fast work and also excellent support for various multimedia. We recommend a MeMoBOX MX MAX.

MeMoBOX MX MAX

$65
8.9

Performance

9.0/10

Usability

9.0/10

Features

8.8/10

Design

8.5/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Good video playback
  • Fast and stable work
  • Good performance
  • Nice and simple design
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Nothing so far

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