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PROBOX2 EX+ Android TV Box powered by Amlogic S812 and PROBOX2 Remote+ Review

Recently you could read a review of two TV Boxes equipped with RK3368 (Emish X800 and ZIDOO X6 Pro). Today we want to introduce you to review TV Box equipped with SoC Amlogic S812 called PROBOX2 EX+ with a dedicated remote controller called PROBOX2 Remote+. EX+ TV Box – Extreme Media player  is a refreshed version of the PROBOX2 EX TV Box model. In this review we want to bring you the the features and impressions of using PROBOX2 EX+ TV Box with Remote+. Is the TV Box is working properly or can easily watch videos in 4K (just like TV Boxes with RK3368), about this In the next part review.

I want to say thanks to PROBOX2 team for sending us a PROBOX2 EX+ with PROBOX2 Remote+ to review. PROBOX2 EX+ with PROBOX2 Remote+ is available on w2comp for $129.99, on Amazon for $139.99 and on eBay for $139.99.

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probox2 ex+PROBOX2 EX+ is a small, well and aesthetically made TV Box. As we said at the beginning of his heart is Amlogic S812 Quad Core Cortex A9 CPU processor which supports [email protected] H.265/H.264 hardware decoding, FHD 1080p @30fps hardware encoding, supports H.264. Device also has Kodi Isengard, Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. PROBOX2 EX+ runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and has external wifi antenna.

PROBOX2 EX+ Technical Specifications:

  • CPU – Amlogic S812 Quad Core Cortex A9 up to 2Ghz
  • GPU – Octa Core Mali-450 up to 600Mhz
  • Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC + Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Wireless Connectivity – 802.11ac Dual Band WIFI (2.4Ghz / 5.8Ghz), Bluetooth 4.0
  • OS – Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b, up to 4K @ 30fps, Support HDMI-CEC
  • Audio Output – Via HDMI 1.4b, optical SPDIF
  • Power – DC 5V 2A adapter (CE, FCC, CCC Certified)
  • Peripheral Interface – RJ-45 Ethernet Port (10/100/1000Mbps), USB 2.0 Port x 2, OTG Port, TF Card Reader, AV Port, IR Sensor (Remote included)
  • Dimensions / Weight – 115mm * 115mm * 26mm / 200g

What’s in the box?

probox2 ex+What we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • PROBOX2 EX+ Android TV Box
  • HDMI cable
  • Dual-Band Antenna
  • Power adapter 5V/2A (EU)
  • Remote control (without AAA batteries)
  • AV cable
  • USB cable
  • User Manual
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PROBOX2 EX+ and Accesories (Click to Enlarge)

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

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

remote+What we find in the box?

  • PROBOX2 Remote+
  • USB Receiver
  • User Manual
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PROBOX2 Remote+ and Accesories (Click to Enlarge)

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more PROBOX2 EX+ with Remote+ and bundled accessories.

First impressions, settings, overview of features

The housing PROBOX2 EX+ is made of good quality not shiny plastic. At the top is the POWER button The front panel has IR receiver and power LED. On one side there are two USB 2.0 ports, OTG port and micro SD card slot. On the rear panel are: 5V DC jack 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.

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Of course PROBOX EX+ comes with a typical remote controller, allowing available for main functions and having thwe mouse mode. That’s why we wanted to focus more on PROBOX2 Remote+, which is not typical remote controller but a an airmouse with integrated game controls. PROBOX2 Remote+ has also Gyroscope, Gaming pad, builtin microphone and directional pad for easy navigation in media applications like Kodi. Below PROBOX2 Remote+ and USB receiver.

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PROBOX2 EX+ is a small TV Box measures 115mm * 115mm * 26mm. Below pictures PROBOX2 EX+ compared to matchbox.

Booting Android to the “home screen” takes about 01:04.5 seconds (to long!). “Home screenlauncher PROBOX2 EX+ looks nice and very, very simple and easy to useBut it also is available on PROBOX2 EX+ more colorful launcher, it all depends on your preferences. In addition to the remote control I used the standard keyboard and mouse, Remote+ and Xiaomi gamepad.

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PROBOX2 EX+ Main screen (Click for Original Size)
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PROBOX2 EX+ Main screen Launcher 2 (Click for Original Size)

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 On the launcher we have access to the most important features: settings, apps, browser, file manager, kodi etc. PROBOX2 EX+ has also DLNA, Miracast and Airplay. It also has a 16GB eMMC for data (a big plus). I had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to my router. Below a few screenshots.

PROBOX2 EX+ is another TV Box which has KODI Isengard with additions (more precisely KODI 15.2RC1). Below screenshots from Kodi.
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On PROBOX2 EX+ you can play without a problem just connect gamepadI used Xiaomi gamepad. The combination of EX+ TV Box with Xiaomi gamepad is great fun. Beach Buggy Racing and Jetpack Joyride runs reliably and without problem, even with high resolution works trouble free also I was able to run Asphalt 8: Airborne which also worked without problems. The use of gaming Remote+ is also pleasant and mainly works in games: Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, but in the Asphalt and Beach Buggy had problems with control.

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Operating system and components

The PROBOX2 EX+ runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop, namely version 5.5.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.10.33. EX+ TV Box is equipped with a SoC Amlogic S812 Quad Core Cortex A9 processor and GPU Octa Core Mali-450, CPU speed between 24 MHz and 2 GHz. On the following screens you can see exactly the components used and their specification (Information taken from the application AnTuTu Benchmark v5.7.1, CPU-Z and AIDA64). 
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PROBOX2 EX+ About device (Click for large size)
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Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing I use the app AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 and AnTuTu Benchmark 5.7.1. The following screenshots from the video test. The result 1024! (nice)PROBOX2 EX+ is the first of the tested TV Boxes that did not have not supported codecs.

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Video playback by Kodi Isengard (15.2 RC1) and MX Player runs smoothly and stable.PROBOX2 EX+ TV Box without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and 1080p (24fps, 30fps, 60fps) and also 4K (small problems with 60fps) with various codecs video such as H.264, H.265, MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB and audio – DTS and AC3. 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 EX+ tested 4K video play without any major problems. In a one samples of the video were minimal jumping frames. The following table compares Kodi and MX Player for some video samples.

Typical 1080p KODI MX Player
MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6Mbps OK OK
MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6Mbps OK OK
H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2Mbps OK OK
VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 25Mbps OK OK
VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8Mbs OK OK
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4K Video
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps OK OK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps Minimal jumping frames / audio sync issues, delay OK
Honey Bees – 96fps OK OK
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps OK OK
Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0 OK OK
Cinemartin H265/HEVC OK OK
Tears of steel – 60fps OK OK
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps OK OK
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H.265/VP9 Video
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps OK OK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080p OK OK

 

EX+ TV Box plays videos in a 4K  (Amlogic S812 can cope very well) mostly without problem. Even with some files 4K @ 60fps coped.

PROBOX2 EX+ Benchmarks

The EX+ TV Box scored 34332 on AnTuTu Benchmark 5.7. Below a lot of screenshots of AnTuTu and GeekBech 3.

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The PROBOX2 EX+ scored 5834 on Ice Storm Extreme and scored 7980 on Ice Storm Unlimited.

Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. EX+ TV Box as the internal memory benchmarks: Read 27.83MB/s – Write 24.94MB/s. RAM copy speed was 1050.39MB/s.

Conclusions

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PROBOX2 EX+ is a small, well and aesthetically made TV Box. As we said at the beginning of his heart is Amlogic S812 Quad Core Cortex A9 processor which supports [email protected] H.265/H.264 hardware decoding, FHD 1080p @30fps hardware encoding, supports H.264. Plays typical video content in 1080p and copes well with the video in 4K. PROBOX EX+ has an easy to use UI which provides quick and intuitive access to key features. EX+ in combination with Remote+ gives you pleasure and ease of use. PROBOX2 team equipping EX+ in Android 5.1 took care of optimizing the device. EX+ TV Box works well in games, but also web browsing and watching videos. It’s really good equipment to build a home entertainment center. As you can see in the reviews, benchmarks PROBOX EX+ look impressive. Therefore, if you are looking for the TV Box with good performance, good support multiple codecs and 4K playback to TV box for you. We recommend PROBOX2 EX+.

PROBOX2 EX+ with PROBOX2 Remote+

$129.99
8.2

Performance

9.5/10

Usability

8.2/10

Features

7.5/10

Design

8.0/10

Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • Small design
  • Kodi 15.2
  • Friendly&Simple UI
  • Good video playback
  • Good performance

Cons

  • Sometimes it can be freezing
  • Long booting time

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