PROBOX2 Air Review: Android TV Box powered by Amlogic S905X
Today we want to introduce you to PROBOX2 Air TV Box review. Surely you are curious whether PROBOX2 Air repeat the success of the previous model PROBOX2 EX+. Already now we can confirm to you that PROBOX2 Air is also a very good TV Box, and PROBOX2 team has done a good job. This is another successful TV Box from PROBOX2. More in the review. In this review (typically) we want to bring you the the features and impressions of using PROBOX2 Air TV Box and answer the questions: how Air TV Box powered by S905X chip works in normal use, as copes with video playback at 4K and that we stumbled upon some problems. Together we follow the standard stages of our review. We invite you to read.
I want to say thanks to PROBOX2 team for sending us a PROBOX2 Air with PROBOX2 Remote+ to review. Now PROBOX2 Air is available on W2COMP for $79.99 and $99.99 with Remote+ flymouse controller with Mic & Gaming function. PROBOX2 Air also is available on Amazon – Amazon (USA | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Italy | Spain) and eBay.
PROBOX2 Air with Remote+ also is available on Amazon – Amazon (USA | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Italy | Spain) and eBay.
PROBOX2 Air Android 6.0 TV BOX specifications:
- CPU – Amlogic S905X Quad Core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2GHz
- GPU – Penta Core ARM Mali-450 GPU up to 750MHz+
- Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 16GB eMMC ( 3-4 GB for OS, 11-12 GB available space)
- Wireless Connectivity – 802.11ac Dual Band WIFI (2.4Ghz / 5.8Ghz), Bluetooth 4.0
- OS – Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0b, up to 4K*2K @ 60fps, Support HDR, HDMI-CEC, HDCP 2.2
- Audio Output – HDMI 2.0b, optical SPDIF (5.1CH, 7.1CH)
- Power – DC 5V 2A adapter
- Interfaces – RJ-45 Ethernet Port (10/100Mbps), USB 2.0 Port x 2, OTG Port, TF Card Reader, IR Sensor (Remote included)
- Supported Video Format – UHD 4K 60fps HW decoding, supports multiple formats including H.265 10-bit, H.264 & VP9
DAT/MPEG/MPE/MPG/TS/TP/VOB/ISO/AVI/MP4/MOV/3GP/ FLV/MKV/M2TS/MTS/M4V/ WMV/ASF/RM/RMVB
- Supported Audio Format – MP2/MP3/WMA/OGG/FLAC/APE/AAC/WAV/OGA/ALAC Programmable with 7.1/5.1 down-mixing
- Dimensions – 99mm * 107.5mm * 16.3mm
- Weight – 190g
PROBOX2 Remote+ Technical Specifications:
- Technology – Six-axis gyroscope & accelerometer
- Wireless Connectivity – 2.4Ghz Wireless (USB receiver)
- Support OS – Android OS/iOS/Windows/Linux
- Support Device – Media Player/SmartTV/Computer
- Microphone – Built-in
- Battery – 2 x AAA Batteries
- Control Keys – D-Pad, 4 Game buttons,Menu button and Home button, Volume Up/Down/Mute button, MOde switching button and Mic button
- Mode – Remote controle Mode / Air Mouse Mode, Gaming Mode (Vertical) / Gaming Mode (Horizontal)
- Color – Black
PROBOX2 Remote+ is a combination of air mouse and gamepad. It looks very interesting compared to typical remote control. Main Features:
- 2.4Ghz wireless, operating range up to 10 Meters
- Six-axis gyroscope & accelerometer
- Gaming controller function
- Superior accuracy control
- USB plug-and-play receiver
- Built-in microcphone / Audio chat function
- Require 2x AAA battery. Advanced power management
- Multi-OS support (Android / MAC OS / Windows / Linux)
- Support Media Player/ Smart TV/ Computer
What we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:
- PROBOX2 Air Android TV Box
- HDMI cable
- Power adapter 5V/2A (EU)
- Remote control (without AAA batteries)
- Remote+ controller
- USB Receiver for Remote+
- User Guide for Remote+
- User Manual
- Dual-Band Antenna
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more PROBOX2 Air TV Box and bundled accessories.
First impressions, settings, overview of features
The PROBOX2 Air is a small TV Box, which was made of good quality plastic in black. As we wrote at the beginning of his heart is Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2GHz (DVFS) which supports VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K2K-60fps, H.265 HEVC MP-10-L5.1 up to 4K2K-60fps, H.264, AVC HP-L5.1 up to 4K2K-30fps, H.264 MVC up to 1080P-60fps, MPEG-4 ASP-L5 up to 1080P-60fps(ISO-14496) and and HD Audio (7.1CH) passthrough. The top cover has a distinctive logo PROBOX2. Air TV Box also has an external WiFi antenna. The front panel has an IR receiver and power LED. On one side is a one USB 2.0 port and micro SD card slot. On the rear panel are: 5V DCjack, USB 2.0b port, HDMI 2.0 port, RJ45 Ethernet port and an Optical S / PDIF port.
At the bottom of the device is a hole to reset. At the bottom of the device there are rubber pads to prevent shifting. Below also remote control.
Version PROBOX2 Air which we have received, had also PROBOX2 Remote+. This is a well known remote control with features flymouse controller with Mic & Gaming function.
Fly mouse function works great. Gaming mode works differently, everything depends on the game. You do not always have control in all games, but we managed to play via Remote+ on Asphalt 8: Airborne, Beach Buggy and Jetpack Joyride. We failed us to test voice commands. Besides, the PROBOX2 Remote+ works great and makes it easy to navigate on UI, Kodi etc.
Booting Android to the “home screen” takes about 00:35:07 seconds. PROBOX2 team refreshed launcher and now we have APEX UI launcher, which had easy and friendly navigation with a good layout. When you start you can configure the device to suit your needs and choose the APEX UI launcher in your preferred language. On the other hand if you’re used to from the previous launcher EX+, you can easily switch to it. Below are some screenshots. In addition to the remote control I used a standard keyboard and mouse, Gamepad GameSir G3s, and Xiaomi gamepad.
The device worked (typcally) in the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust the preferred resolution or set the auto switch. Everything worked stable and very quickly without delays, Netflix (Netflix ofline) also works without problems. PROBOX2 Air support also DLNA, Miracast and Airplay I had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to my router and to Internet. Below a some screenshots.
The PROBOX2 is another TV Box which has Kodi 16.1 with Addons TV. On Air TV Box games from Google Play are working properly. You can play without a problem just connect gamepad or airmouse and keyboard. We used GameSir G3s and Xiaomi gamepad. The combination of PROBOX2 Air with gamepads is great fun. Beach Buggy Racing, Asphalt 8: Airborne works without problem, even with high resolution works trouble free, also I was able to run Modern Combat 5: Blackout which also worked without problems.
Operating system and components
The PROBOX2 Air runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, namely version 6.0.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.14.29. PROBOX2 Air comes with firmware build number PROBOX2-AIR-20160814. It was enough to connect the TV Box to the Internet, and we have access to updates via OTA (Big plus!). There was no need to do anything special, no flash method etc. We had to accept the update OTA type, which updated the firmware Air TV Box version to the latest available firmware, build number PROBOX2-AIR-20161019.
TV Box is equipped in the recently very popular a SoC Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2GHz processor and GPU penta core Mali-450, CPU speed between 100 MHz and 2.0 GHz. On the following screens you can see exactly the components used and their specification (Information taken from the CPU-Z app). The device is detected as Air (p212)and board p212. Below screenchots.
After using the DRM info (app) we know that TV Box supports Google Widevine Moudlar DRM, but unfortunately does not support Microsoft Playready DRM, Marlin DRM and Verimatrix VCAS.
Performance tests and benchmarks
For testing I use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 6.1.4. The result 937. Also worthy of note is that PROBOX2 Air TV Box did not have not supported codecs.
Video playback by Kodi Jarvis 16.1 and MX Player runs smoothly and stable The PROBOX2 Air without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and 1080p (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 movies), ISO and also videos was played fine. The tested Air TV Box plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) almost without any major problems. The following table of video samples tested for Kodi. TV Box Also copes well with playing the video on YouTube – videos plays in 1080p. Also, we tried to play VP9 4K video and also runs smoothly without any problems.
|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|
|Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps||OK (audio delay)|
|Honey Bees – 96fps||OK|
|Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps||OK|
|Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0||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 (without sound)|
|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|
|Demo Samsung 2014 TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps||OK|
|Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps||OK|
|Youtube – VP9 / 1080p||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmv||OK|
PROBOX2 Air TV Box Benchmarks
The PROOX2 Air scored 34278 on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4. The Air on GeekBech 3 scored: Single Core score – 596 and Multi Core score – 1666. Below screenshots.
The PROBOX2 Air TV Box scored 4236 on Ice Storm Extreme. 7028 scored on Ice Storm Unlimited.
Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. PROBOX2 Air TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 55.37MB/s – Write 30.97MB/s. RAM copy speed was 3339.34MB/s
The PROBOX2 Air is another successful TV Box from PROBOX2 team. It has small size and aesthetic appearance. It has a friendly and easy to navigate UI (APEX UI). Supports DLNA, Miracast and Ariplay. TV Box has a very good performance and supports OTA update, which is very handy to use. PROBOX2 Air copes very well with video playback via kodi, supports video playback at 4K. The combination of Air TV Box with PROBOX2 Remote+ is a convenient way for navigation and entertainment. In conjunction with the gamepad you can easily play the famous game available in the Play store. Once again I want to say thanks to PROBOX2 for sending us a PROBOX2 Air with PROBOX2 Remote+ sample. Is it worth buying? YES !. If you need a reliable TV Box to your home entertainment center, which is in daily use will allow easy access to entertainment, stable operation and easy updates this PROBOX2 Air is for you. We recommend a PROBOX2 Air TV Box.