Tanix TX3 Mini L Review: Budget Android TV Box
As you remember, the Tanix TX3 Mini L is a budget TV Box powered by Amlogic S905W SoC. We are after the test, so today we want to introduce you to Tanix TX3 Mini L review. Will the really low price provide a good impression and use, or if you pay less than $40USD, will you get a valuable TV Box for home entertainment? will find out from this review.
I want to say thanks to Gearbest store for sending us a Tanix TX3 Mini L TV Box to review. Now Tanix TX Mini L is available on Gearbest for $36.99 + free shipping (2GB/16GB) with this coupon code: GBYW111108 you can save $10 (the final price is $26.99, only 50 pcs).
Tanix TX3 Mini L Android TV Box Specifications:
- CPU – Amlogic S905W quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz
- GPU – penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
- OS – Android 7.1
- Memory – 1GB/2GBDDR3
- Storage – 8GB/16GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 fps, AV port
- Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, AV port (stereo audio)
- Video Codecs – 4K,H.265, MPEG1/2/4, H.264, HD AVC/VC-1, RM/RMVB, Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6 , RealVideo8/9/10
- Video Formats – [email protected], H.265, AVI, H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DIVD/DIVX, Real8/9/10, RM,RMVB, PMP, FLV, MP4, M4V, VOB, WMV, 3GP, MKV
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Misc – IR receiver
- Power Supply – DC 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 10.30 x 10.30 x 2.50 cm
- Weight – 170g
The box included everything that you need to get started:
- Tanix TX3 Mini L Android TV Box
- HDMI cable
- Power adapter 5V/2A (EU)
- Remote control (without AAA batteries)
- Simple User Manual
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more TX3 Mini L TV Box and bundled accessories.
First impressions, settings, overview of features
Tanix TX3 Mini L TV Box is made solidly, with good quality, no glossy plastic. It has a small size (10.30 x 10.30 x 2.50 cm). As we said at the beginning of his heart is Amlogic S905W 64bit Quad-core Cortex A53 processor which supports [email protected] UHD H.264/H.265/VP9 video. The device runs on Android 7.1.2 (Android TV launcher). The front panel has IR receiver and power LED. On one side are two USB ports USB 2.0 and micro SD card slot. On the rear panel are: AV port, SPDIF port, RJ45 Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0 port, DC jack.
At the bottom of the device, there are also four rubber pads to prevent shifting, also MAC address, S/N number and reset hole. Tanix TX3 Mini L has the manufacturer’s designation as TX3 Mini -H. Below also typical remote control known from other TV Boxes models.
Tanix TX3 Mini L has Android TV launcher that visually looks like on Android TV OS (for example in Mi Box), we can also use a simple UI (available in the settings). On the “Home Sreen” we also have access to the status bar. Below screenshots.
We can choose typically the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust the preferred resolution or set the auto switch. In advanced options. Everything worked stable. TV Box supports Miracast via preinstalled AirScreen app. We had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to the router and to the Internet, but Wifi connection could be faster. (Ethernet: Download – 93.3Mbps Upload – 36.3Mbps, WiFi: Download – 18.9Mbps Upload – 30.1Mbps). TX3 Mini L supports Netflix up to 720p (only via Netflix v4.16.1.apk, Netflix from Google Play is incompatible) and 4K 2160p Youtube. In addition to the remote control, we used a standard keyboard, mouse and iPega PG-9076 gamepad with USB receiver (TV Box does not have bluetooth). The Tanix TX3 Mini L TV Box has exactly 16GB storage. The TV Box comes with a pre-installed Android TV Remote app to control TV Box via smartphone, but you can use great application called CetusPlay (Install CetusPlay On TV/Box app on TV box and open, Install CetusPlay on a smartphone). We installed the latest Kodi 17.6. Most Google Play store apps (for testing) were not compatible with the TV Box. We had to install them from external memory. On Tanix TX3 Mini L simple games from Google Play are working properly. You can play without a problem just connect gamepad or keyboard. We used iPega PG-9076 gamepad with USB receiver (TV Box does not have bluetooth), for example, Beach Buggy Racing. Below some screenshots.
Operating system and components
The Tanix TX3 Mini L TV Box runs on the Android 7.1.2 Nougat (probably TVStock Nexus ROM (Android TV 7.1)) with the Linux Kernel version 3.14.29. TX3 Mini L TV Box comes with firmware build number p281-userdebug 7.1.2 NHG47L 20180820 test-keys. TV Box is equipped with a SoC Amlogic S905W quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz (but the CPU-Z application shows a maximum clock speed of 1.2GHz) processor and GPU ARM Mali-450MP, CPU speed between 100 MHz and 1.20 GHz. On the following screens, you can see exactly the components used and their specification (Information taken from the CPU-Z app). After using the DRM info (app) we know that TX3 Mini L TV Box supports Google Widevine Moudlar DRM, but unfortunately does not support Microsoft Playready DRM, Marlin DRM and Verimatrix VCAS. The device also has root access (just enable / or disable in the settings). Below screenshots.
Performance tests and benchmarks
For testing, we use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 7. 1.0. Unfortunately, we could not perform the tests via AnTuTu Video Tester. Video playback by Kodi 17.6 Krypton runs almost smoothly and stable. The Tanix TX3 Mini L without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and 1080p (24fps, 30fps, 60fps) and sometimes also 4K (30fps) 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 we 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 TV Box plays video files in 4K (30fps, for 60fps it was not smooth, jumping and / or artifacts) almost without any major problems. As we mentioned, TV Box supports Youtube 4K (2160p). Also, we tried to play VP9 4K, the video runs not always smoothly.
|Typical 1080p||Kodi 17.6|
|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|
|Jellyfish 1080p HEVC 10bit – 90Mbps||OK|
|Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps||Not Smooth, Sound delays|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 30fps||Not Smooth, Sound delays|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps||Sound delays|
|Honey Bees – 96fps||Not smooth|
|Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps||OK|
|Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0||Not Smooth|
|Cinemartin H265/HEVC||Not Smooth, artifacts|
|Tears of steel – 60fps||NO, artifacts|
|HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps||Not Smooth,jumping, artifacts|
|Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140Mbps||Not smooth|
|Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400Mbps||Not smooth/ artifacts|
|LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116Mbps||Not smooth|
|Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8Mbps||NO|
|Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps||Not smooth|
|Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51Mbps||Not smooth|
|Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps||Not smooth|
|Youtube – VP9 / 1080p||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmv||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmv||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – Australia – Land Down Under in 4K.webmv||Not smooth|
Tanix TX3 Mini L TV Box Benchmarks
Below Benchmark screenshots we were able to do: AnTuTu Benchmark, GeekBench 4, 3D Mark: Ice Storm Extreme, GPUBench. Tanix TX3 Mini TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 64.20MB/s – Write 28.55MB/s. RAM copy speed was 2219.09MB/s.
Tanix TX3 Mini L it’s not the worst budget TV Box. It does not have great performance, but in normal operation, it works well. Wifi could be faster. In our opinion, the presence of Android TV launcher is not needed, included remote control does not support Voice remote control. Most of the video playback samples in 4K did not always work smoothly or there were sound delays, but the video up to [email protected] worked fine. Most of the tested films from the home library work well. Considering that the TV Box is from Tanix brand with firmware updates should not be a problem. In our opinion, this budget TV box is worth considering buying If you have a limited budget and do not care about playing 4K video (more than [email protected]) and you do not need bluetooth then this TV Box should satisfy you. Spending around $50 you can buy a TV Box supporting [email protected] and even with voice remote control support. Make your choice yourself.