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PROBOX2 Z Review: Android TV Box powered by Amlogic S905

Today we want to introduce you to PROBOX2 Z TV Box review. This TV Box has well known to us from previous reviews and articles SoC Amlogic S905In this review we want to bring you the the features and impressions of using PROBOX2 Z Android TV Box and answer the questions: how PROBOX2 Z works in normal use, how copes with video playback at 4K and that we stumbled upon some problems. We invite you to read.

I want to say thanks to PROBOX2 team for sending us a PROBOX2 Z TV Box to review. Currently PROBOX2 Z Android TV Box is available on w2comp priced at $59.99 and $84.99 with REMOTE+.

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PROBOX2 Z TV Box specification:

  • CPU –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz
  • GPU – Penta-core Mali-450MP Up to 750 MHz
  • Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • OS – Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDMI CEC support
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Interfaces – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, TF Card slot, HDMI, S/PDIF, LAN RJ45 (1000Mbps), DC in Jack
  • Misc – IR Receiver, Power LED
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 110mm * 110mm * 17.5mm
  • Weight – 185g

What’s in the box?

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

  • PROBOX2 Z 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 PROBOX2 Z TV Box and bundled accessories.

First impressions, settings, overview of features

As you can see  PROBOX2 Z  looks identical like a Beelink Mini MX, of course, differs only in branding. The PROBOX2 Z is a small (110mm * 110mm * 17.5mm), well and solidly made TV Box with good quality not shiny plastic in black color. The front panel has 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 2.0 port, HDMI 2.0 port, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port and an Optical S / PDIF port.

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At the bottom of the device is a serial number, and you’ll notice a hole to reset. The bottom of the device formed is covered with a rubber which causes no slippage. Below also remote control.

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As we said at the beginning of PROBOX2 Z is a small TV Box (the same as Beelink Mini MX) andextra thin. Below pictures PROBOX2 Z TV Box compared to matchbox.

Booting Android to the “home screen” takes about 00:56.3 seconds (to long!). “Home screen” launcher PROBOX2 Z TV Box looks very simple and familiar, and also looks the same as in the previous model PROBOX2 EX+. In addition to the remote control I used a standard keyboard and mouse, PROBOX2 Remote+, MINIX A2 Lite and Xiaomi gamepad.

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PROBOX2 Z Main screen (Click for Original Size)

The PROBOX2 Z works well with remote 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 On the launcher we have access to the most important features: settings, apps, browser, file manager, kodi etc. PROBOX2 Z Android TV Box has also DLNA, Miracast and Airplay. I had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to my router. In the specification, you can see that the PROBOX2 Z has 8 GB of internal memory, but the device shows the total memory 4.7GB (screen below). Connections to work fairly quickly. The remote control works without a problem also with PROBOX2 Remote+ and A2 Lite works without a problem,Xiaomi gamepad as always worked greate. Everything worked quickly without delays. But sometimes it happens that during a the running application, there has been a return to the “Home screen”. TV Box also comes with preinstalled Netflix app, which is functioning properly and there is no problem with loading your video content. Below a few screenshots.

The PROBOX2 Z TV Box  is another TV Box which has KODI Jarvis (more precisely KODI 16.0 Jarvis Beta5) version with additions. Below Kodi screenshots.

On PROBOX2 Z you can play without a problem just connect gamepadI used Xiaomi gamepad.The combination of PROBOX2 Z 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.

Operating system and components

The PROBOX2 Z TV Box runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop, namely version 5.1.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.14.29. After checking availability of an update in “System Update” it turned out to be the new firmware is available via OTA update (Big Plus!) The device had installed the firmware Build number – s905_103L1. After updating firmware the device has received the Build number s905_104L1.

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). Unfortunately, Amlogic S905 is not yet recognized in the applications only detected ARM CortexA53. Also, the model device is detected as Z (p200) and board p200 (well known board p200 with other models with Amlogic S905). Below screenchots.

After using the DRM info (app) we know that PROBOX2 Z 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 910, slightly worse than MX Plus (result 892), 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 Plus did not have not supported codecs.

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Video playback by Kodi Jarvis (16.0 Beta 5) and MX Player runs smoothly and stable. PROBOX2 Z TV Box 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 anyproblems. The tested PROBOX2 Z plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) without any major problems (Big Plus!). The following table compares Kodi and MX Player for some video samples. Also copes well with playing the video on YouTube.

ypical 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
 –  –  –
4K Video
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps OK OK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps OK 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
 –  –  –
H.265/VP9 Video
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps OK OK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080p OK OK

 

PROBOX2 Z TV Box Benchmarks

The PROBOX2 Z  Android TV Box  scored 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 MX Plus scored  on AnTuTu and GeekBech 3: Single Core score – 609 and Multi Core score – 1798. Below some of screenshots.

The PROBOX2 Z TV Box scored 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.  Ice Storm Unlimited scored 7240.

Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. PROBOX2 Z TV Box as the internal memory benchmarks: Read 31.56MB/s – Write 13.01MB/s. RAM copy speed was 2084.05MB/s.

Conclusions

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The PROBOX2 Z TV Box is a small, well and solidly made TV Box with good quality plastic. 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). Noteworthy is easy to update via OTA update. TV Box has an easy to use UI (the same as in the previous model PROBOX2 EX+which provides quick and intuitive access to key features. The PROBOX2 Z TV Box works well in simple games, but also web browsing and watching videos. 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. PROBOX2 Z in combination with Remote+ gives you pleasure and ease of use. PROBOX2 team equipping Z TV Box in Android 5.1 took care of optimizing the device, and also launched the same good TV Box as the previous model PROBOX2 EX+. Adaptation and rebranding renowned model Mini MX left the team PROBOX2 very well. Once again I want to say thanks to PROBOX2 team for sending us a PROBOX2 Z TV Box sample. As you can see in the reviews, benchmarks PROBOX2 Z look impressive. Therefore, if you are looking TV Box with good performance, good support multiple codecs and 4K playback, this TV box is for you. We recommend PROBOX2 Z Android TV Box.

PROBOX2 Z TV Box

$59.99
8.1

Performance

8.0/10

Usability

8.5/10

Features

8.0/10

Design

8.0/10

Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • Friendly & Simple UI
  • Good video playback
  • Good performance
  • Good value for money
  • Fast & Stable work

Cons

  • Minor errors
  • Long booting time

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