We are after testing one of the cheaper TV Boxes powered by Amlogic S905X2 SoC called Alfawise A9X. That's why we want to encourage you to read the Alfawise A9X review. Is this cheaper TV Box worth recommending you will learn from this review.\nWe want to say thanks to\u00a0Gearbest\u00a0store\u00a0for sending us a\u00a0Alfawise A9X TV Box\u00a0to review.\n\nAlfawise A9X Review: Product details\nNow\u00a0A9X\u00a0Android TV Box\u00a0is available on\u00a0Gearbest store\u00a0for $59.99.\n\n\n\n\n\nA9X Android TV Box Specifications:\n\nCPU \u2013 Amlogic S905X2 quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor\nGPU \u2013 quad-core Arm Mali-G31MP2\nMemory \u2013 4GB DDR4 RAM\nStorage \u2013 32GB eMMC flash, Micro SD slot\nVideo & Audio Output \u2013 HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @60 Hz with HDCP, 3D support, 3.5mm AV jack for composite video (480i\/576i) and stereo audio, SPDIF Optical audio\nVideo Playback \u2013 10-bit H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K @ 60fps, AVS2-P2 up to 4K @ 60fps, H.264\/AVC up to 4K @ 30fps, H.264 MVC up to 1080p60, MPEG-4 ASP up to 1080p60 (ISO-14496), etc..\nConnectivity \u2013 Fast Ethernet, dual-band 802.11 b\/g\/n\/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2\nUSB \u2013 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port\nPower Supply \u2013 5V\/2A\nDimensions \u2013 8.20 x 8.20 x 1.60 cm\nWeight \u2013 150 grams\n\nThe box\u00a0included everything that you need to get started:\n\nA9X TV Box\nPower Adapter\u00a0\nHDMI Cable\nRemote Control\nUser Manual\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe following\u00a0video\u00a0from our\u00a0YouTube\u00a0channel\u00a0where you can\u00a0take a look at\u00a0more\u00a0Alfawise A9X TV Box\u00a0and\u00a0bundled accessories.\n\n\nFirst impressions, settings, overview of features\nAlthough the TV Box looks cheap and light, it is well made. As mentioned at the beginning of\u00a0TV Box\u00a0is equipped with a\u00a0new\u00a0Amlogic\u00a0S905X2 SoC,\u00a0which supports VP9-10 Profile-2 up to\u00a04Kx2K@60fps, H.265 HEVC\u00a0MP-10@L5.1\u00a0up to\u00a04Kx2K@60fps, H.264\u00a0AVCHP@L5.1\u00a0up to\u00a04Kx2K@30fps, H.264 MVC up to 1080p @60fps, MPEG-4\u00a0ASP@L5\u00a0up to\u00a01080P@60fps\u00a0(ISO-14496) and more. TV Box also runs on\u00a0Android TV OS 9.0.\nOn one side are two USB ports (USB 2.0\u00a0 and USB 3.0) and micro SD card slot. On the rear panel are HDMI port, AV port, RJ45 Ethernet port,\u00a0 DC jack. At the bottom of the device, there are also four rubber pads to prevent shifting. TV Box comes with simple typical remote control known from previous reviews. Below pictures.\n\n\n\nTV Box has a launcher known from earlier TV Boxes. We can choose typically the resolution of\u00a0FHD 1920\u00d71080 (1080p 60Hz)\u00a0but you can\u00a0also adjust the preferred resolution or set the auto switch. TV Box works stable and very quickly without delays.\u00a0We\u00a0had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to the router and to the Internet.\u00a0Ethernet: Download \u2013 93.3Mbps Upload \u2013 36.0Mbps, WiFi: Download \u2013 239Mbps Upload \u2013 35.8Mbps.\u00a0\u00a0In addition to the remote control, we used a standard keyboard and a gamepad from\u00a0iPega\u00a0called\u00a0iPega PG-9076.\u00a0 \nImpressions from the use\nUnfortunately, the most serious and main problem of the A9X TV Box is the problem with compatibility with applications from Google Play store. You cannot search for and install typical applications. You need to download applications (apk) via Google webrowser. Some required applications cannot be found even in the installed Aptoide.\nDespite this serious and annoying problem, TV Box works really well. TV Box supports Miracast, but you need to install the AirScreen\u00a0app.\u00a0If you need to control the TV Box through a smartphone, you can use\u00a0CetusPlay.\u00a0 Unfortunately, TV Box supports Youtube only up to 1080p and Netflix up to 540p. TV Box comes with the pre-installed KD Player application, based on Kodi 18.0-ALPHA1. Unfortunately, no root access prevents the installation and update of the Kodi to the latest version. In addition, TV Box has a lot of picture settings. Games run smoothly with maximum settings. Just connect a gamepad or keyboard. We used iPega PG-9076\u00a0and played\u00a0Beach Buggy Racing and Asphalt 8. Below the screenshots.\n\n\n\n\nMy Family Cinema Service Overview\nAs you could see in the unboxing photo, a brochure was attached to the Alwafise A9X TV Box.\n\n\n\n\n\nWe decided to try the trial version of My Family Cinema service \/ application. My Family Cinema (MFC) is another paid video streaming service.\nMFC is a software that collects over 1,591,934 multimedia data that includes the latest movies, popular series and biographies of famous actors and directors in the movie industry. Additionally, MFC constantly updates the media information, supports HD & FHD streaming, provides subtitles and offers a forum to share your experience at affordable prices.\nImport all your media content right away from your cloud to MFC and find it sorted into the following categories: genre, topic, film and TV Awards by year, and more.\nMy Family Cinema APP collects, matches and automatically updates the latest news about movies and series in the platform.\nWith My Family Cinema, you can play your own content from your cloud account right away. No loading problems and zero ads, offering you the best experience. https:\/\/www.myfamilycinema.com\/en\/\nThrough the application you add your cloud (at the moment) in MEGA and Redboxes and stream your videos. You can also use other people's resources. By searching for movies in a base There are many ways to search and categorize. The video database is huge. Subtitles are available in three languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish. Played video works very smoothly and the subtitles are well placed in time.\nBelow you will find a price list and a lot of screenshots from the application. We leave the matter of purchasing the subscription to your opinion.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAlfawise A9X Review: Operating system and components\nThe\u00a0A9X TV Box\u00a0runs on the\u00a0Android 9.0,\u00a0Kernel version 4.9.113.\u00a0TTV Box is equipped with\u00a0Amlogic S905X2 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 @ processor up to 1.8GHz\u00a0and\u00a0GPU Mali-G31MP2, CPU speed between 100MHz and 1.8GHz.\u00a0On the following screens, you can see exactly the components used and their specification (Information taken from the CPU-Z app, the application does not yet recognize Amlogic S905X2 SoC). After using the DRM info we know that A9X\u00a0supports only Google Widevine. The device has no root access. Below screenshots.\n\n\n\nPerformance tests and benchmarks\nFor testing, we\u00a0use the\u00a0AnTuTu\u00a0Video\u00a0Tester\u00a03.0\u00a0app and\u00a0AnTuTu\u00a0Benchmark\u00a07. 2.0.\n\nAlfawise A9X Review: Video Tests\nAntutu Video the result 1023 and one unsupported codec.\u00a0Video playback by\u00a0KD Player via Kodi 18.0-ALPHA1 runs almost smoothly and stable.\nThe TV Box\u00a0without problem seems\u00a0plays movies\u00a0with\u00a0the resolution of\u00a0480p,720p, and\u00a01080p\u00a0(24fps,\u00a030fps,\u00a060fps)\u00a0and also\u00a04K\u00a0(60fps) with various\u00a0codecs\u00a0videos\u00a0such as\u00a0H.264,\u00a0H.265,\u00a0MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB, and audio \u2013 DTS and AC3. Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough worked fine via HDMI. Also, we\u00a0tested\u00a0several\u00a0video\u00a0formats \u2013\u00a0AVI,\u00a0MKV,\u00a0MP4 (typical formats in which it holds the majority of movies), ISO and also\u00a0videos\u00a0was\u00a0played\u00a0fine. The tested\u00a0TV Box\u00a0plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) almost without any major problems.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nVideo Playback via KD Player with Kodi 18.0\nThe following table of video samples tested for Kodi 18.0. TV Box plays the video on YouTube only in 1080p.\n\n\n\nTypical 1080p\nKodi 18.0\n\n\nMPEG2 \/ MP2 2.0 \u2013 6.6Mbps\nOK\n\n\nMPEG4 \/ MP3 2.0 \u2013 7.6Mbps\nOK\n\n\nH264 \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 7.2Mbps\nOK\n\n\nVC1 \/ WMA3 2.0 \u2013 25Mbps\nOK\n\n\nVP8 \/ VORBIS 2.0 \u2013 7.8Mbs\nOK\n\n\nJellyfish 1080p HEVC 10bit \u2013 90Mbps\nOK\n\n\n4K Video\n\u00a0\n\n\nSintel \u2013 H264 \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 24fps\nOK\n\n\nBBB Sunflower -H264 \u2013 30fps\nOK\n\n\nBBB Sunflower -H264 \u2013 60fps\nOK\n\n\nHoney Bees \u2013 96fps\nOK\n\n\nSkyfall \u2013 H264 \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 10Mbps\nOK\n\n\nPuppies Bath \u2013 h264\/AAC 2.0\nOK\n\n\nCinemartin H265\/HEVC\nOK\n\n\nTears of steel \u2013 60fps\nOK\n\n\nHD Club Chimei \u2013 H264 \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 60Mbps\nOK\n\n\nJellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit \u2013 140Mbps\nOK\n\n\nJellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit \u2013 200\/250\/300\/400Mbps\nAlmost smooth\n\n\nLG Demo \u2013 Istanbul 3840\u00d72160 MP4\/H264 8bit \u2013 116Mbps\nOK\n\n\nSony 4K \u2013 Camp HDR MP4\/HEVC 10bit \u2013 75.8Mbps\nOK\n\n\nDemo Samsung 2014 \u2013 USA Road Trip TS\/HEVC 10bit \u2013 51.4Mbps\nOK\n\n\nSamsung UHD DUBAI TS\/HEVC 10bit \u2013 51Mbps\nOK\n\n\nH.265\/VP9 Video\n\u00a0\n\n\nTears of steel \u2013 H265-HVEC \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 15Mbps\nOK\n\n\nYoutube\u00a0\u2013 VP9 \/\u00a01080p\nOK\n\n\nVP9 \/ 4k \u2013 Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmv\nOK\n\n\nVP9 \/ 4k \u2013 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmv\nOK\n\n\nVP9 \/ 4k \u2013 Australia \u2013 Land Down Under in 4K.webmv\nOK\n\n\n\n\n\nBenchmarks\nBelow Benchmark screenshots we were able to do:\u00a0AnTuTu Benchmark,\u00a0GeekBench 4, 3D Mark: Ice Storm Extreme, Sling Shot, Sling Shot Extreme, GPUBench. Alfawise A9X TV Box\u00a0has the internal memory benchmarks:\u00a0Read 124.81MB\/s \u2013 Write 54.70MB\/s. RAM copy speed was 2917.55MB\/s.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAlfawise A9X Review: Conclusions\n\n\n\n\n\nIf you do not take into account the problems with the optimization of applications available in the Google Play store, you can safely say that it is an inexpensive and good TV Box with good performance. However, if we take into account the above problems, we will be irritated and downloading necessary applications from the google browser. Therefore, we hope that soon there will be firmware to fix these errors. The question is only when.