We’re already after testing, so today, we would like to show you the TOX1 review.
TrustOnX TOX1 is an inexpensive TV Box powered by the well-known Amlogic S905X3 SoC. How it compares to the previously tested TV Boxes with this chipset, and whether it is worth recommending, you will find out in our review. We can now tell you that if you are looking for a budget Android TV Box, you should consider the TOX1 TV Box, why? more on that later.
Availability and price
I want to say thanks to the SZBOX brand (company Shenzhen Box King Technology Co., Ltd) for sending us a TOX1 TV Box to review.
TOX1 TV Box now is available at Aliexpress in SZBOX Official store for $42.99 (4GB/32GB)
TOX1 Review: Product details
TrustOnX TOX1 TV Box specification:
- CPU – Amlogic S905X3 quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 processor @ 1.9 GHz
- GPU – Arm Mali-G31MP2 GPU
- Memory – 4GB RAM DDR3
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash + microSD card slot
- OS – Android 9.0 Video
- Output – HDMI 2.0 to support maximum 4K@60fps output (HDCP2.2)
- Video Codecs – VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K 60fps, 10-bit H.265 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..
- Audio Output – HDMI 2.0
- Connectivity – 2.4G+5G The wireless module complies with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with multi-user MIMO Technology, RTL8822BS, Gigabit Ethernet (Rj45) 10/100/1000Mbps, Bluetooth 4.1
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port
- Misc – IR receiver, digital led display, LEDs
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 110*62*22mm
- Weight – 90g
The box included everything that you need to get started:
- TOX1 TV Box
- Power Adapter
- HDMI Cable
- 1x external antenna
- Remote Control
- User Manual
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more TOX1 TV Box and bundled accessories.
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TOX1 Review: First impressions, settings, an overview of features
TV Box is solidly made of good quality plastic. It is small and light. The openings in the housing immediately catch the eye.
On the front panel is an LED display with an IR receiver. USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0, and TF card slot are located on one of the sides. On the other side, there is an external WiFi antenna. In the back are a DC jack, RJ45 Ethernet port, and HDMI 2.0 port At the bottom of the device, there are 4 rubber pads to stabilize the device, a Reset hole, and holes for better ventilation (holes are also located on the sides of the case). Below also typical remote control. Below pictures.
This time we have a choice of 2 Home Screens (Quickstep and MediaBox launcher). Additionally, with or without a status bar.
We can choose a typical resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust the preferred resolution or set the auto switch. Everything worked stable and quickly without delays. TV Box support DLAN and Miracast. We had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to the router and to the Internet. Ethernet: Download – 892Mbps Upload – 306Mbps, WiFi: Download – 227Mbps Upload – 222Mbps. In addition to the remote control, we used a wireless Logitech MK540 Advanced set and a gamepad from iPega called iPega PG-9076. If you want to control TV Box via smartphone, you can use the Android TV Remote Control app or CetusPlay.
Impressions from the use
TV Box supports Youtube 4K (2160p). Netflix up to 540p. The TV Box has pre-installed Kodi 18.7, we updated to Kodi 18.9. Of course, you can play in games (Beach Buggy Racing, Riptide GP2, Asphalt 9: Legends ect.) without a problem just connect the gamepad or keyboard. We used an iPega PG-9076 gamepad (paired via Bluetooth). We also updated the firmware to the latest version (20200812). Below some screenshots.
TOX1 Settings and features
TrustOnX TOX1, compared to the TV Boxes of the competition (in a similar price range), has additional settings and features that are an added value and you could see them in more expensive Android TV Boxes, for example, UGOOS AM6. This is a big advantage!.
As you can see the following settings are available: ROOT, SAMBA server, Power, Hardware monitor, User scripts, System bars.
You can easily give ROOT acces via ROOT settings. The device supports Samba server, you can share files on a LAN. You can easily share folders in Windows 10, or use them via BubbleUPnP app (on smartphone). Below some screnshots.
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TOX1 Review: Operating system and components
The TOX1 TV Box runs on Android 9.0, Kernel version 4.9.113. As we mentioned have updated the firmware to the latest version without any problems (firmware here). TV Box is equipped with an Amlogic S905X3 processor with 4x Arm Cortex-A55 @ 1.91 GHz and GPU Mali-G31 MP2, CPU speed between 100MHz and 1.91GHz. Below screenshots from the CPU-Z app, DRM info app, and Root Checker app. As we mentioned, you can enable ROOT Access in TOX1 Settings, and we did it.
Performance tests and benchmarks
For testing, we use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 8.4.5, GeekBench 5, and 3D Mark.
TOX1 Review: Video Tests
Video playback by Kodi 18.9 Leia runs almost smoothly and stable. TV Box without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p, and 1080p (24fps, 30fps, 60fps) and also 4K (60fps) with various codecs videos 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 (also 60fps) almost without any major problems. TV Box also copes well with playing the video on YouTube in 4K 2160p.
Video Playback via Kodi 18.9
|Typical 1080p||Kodi 18.9|
|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||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 30fps||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps||Not smooth, sound delays|
|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|
|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|
|Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51Mbps||OK|
|Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps||OK|
|Youtube – VP9 / 1080p||No|
|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||OK|
TOX1 a score of 63954 points in AnTuTuBenchmark v8.4.5.Below Benchmark screenshots, we were able to do: AnTuTu Benchmark, GeekBench 5, 3D Mark, and GPUBench.
TOX1 Review: Conclusions
Considering the price of the TrustOnX TOX1 TV Box and the additional features offered, this is a good budget TV Box for home entertainment worth recommending. It is efficient thanks to the Amlogic S905X3 SoC, it works stably, it plays video playback well, has vendor support (firmware updates) and it is not expensive. If you’re looking for a good TV Box and you don’t have a big budget, buying the TOX1 TV Box is a good option. We recommend a TOX1 TV Box.