Today we want to introduce you to review TV Box which companies actually needs no introduction because most of you know ZIDOO company and its TV boxes. Today we want to introduce you to review the next TV Box from ZIDOO called ZIDOO X5. This time the company has equipped the device with a processor Amlogic S905. In this review we want to bring you thethe features and impressions of using ZIDOO X5 Android TV Box and answer the questions: how X5 TV Box works in normal use, how copes with video playback at 4K and that we stumbled upon some problems and in comparison to other ZIDOO TV Boxes is also worth buying. We invite you to read.
ZIDOO X5 technical specifications:
- SoC – Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz
- GPU – Penta-core Mali-450MP Up to 750MHZ, OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 and Open VG 1.1 support
- Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB NAND flash + Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
- OS – Android 5.1
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 (support CEC), AV
- Video Supported – HD MPEG1/2/4, H.265, 4K-HD, HD AVC/VC-1, RM/RMVB, Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6; RealVideo8/9/10; Avi/Rm/Rmvb/Ts/Vob/Mkv/Mov/ISO/wmv/asf/flv/dat/mpg/mpeg4K@60 Hz video decoding 10-bit HEVC and AVS+ codec support; H.264 up to 4K
- Audio Supported – MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/OGG/AC3/DDP/TrueHD/DTS/DTS/HD/FLAC/APE
- Picture Supported – HD JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF
- Audio – HDMI, S/PDIF
- Connectivity – 10/100M Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Interfaces: 2x USB 2.0 host ports, TF Card slot, HDMI, S/PDIF, LAN RJ45 (100Mbps), DC Jack,
- Misc – IR receiver,
- Power Supply – DC 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 13.6cm x 13.6cm x 0.85-2.05cm
What we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:
- ZIDOO X5 Android TV Box
- HDMI cable
- Power adapter 5V/2A (US)
- UK Plug
- Remote control (without AAA batteries)
- Simple Manual
- Guarantee card
- Qualified certificate
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more ZIDOO X5 TV Box and bundled accessories.
First impressions, settings, overview of features
The first thing that strikes the eye is an interesting and unusual shape of the TV Box. This is not the first time the team ZIDOO surprising design TV Box. According to us it is a characteristic of devices from ZIDOO. As we said at the beginning of his heart is a an Amlogic S905 Quad core 64-bit Cortex A53 Up to 2.0 GHz processor which supports UHD 4K@60fps HW decoding, multiple formats including H.265 10-bit, H.264, AVS+ and also FHD 1080p @60fps HW encoding, H.264. TV Box is made of good quality shiny plastic in silver color. It is slightly larger than the most recently TV Boxes (13.6cm x 13.6cm x 0.85-2.05cm) and has sides with an uneven width. The front panel is extra thin and has small window with power LED and IR receiver. On one side there are two USB 2.0 ports and a micro SD slot. On the rear panelare reset/recovery button, the power jack, a 3.5mm jack for video composite (CVBS) and stereo audio, a Fast Ethernet RJ45 port, HDMI 2.0 output, and optical S/PDIF.
At the bottom of the device there are rubber pads to prevent shifting and warm air outlet. Below also remote control, well known from other models ZIDOO TV Boxes (X1, X6 Pro). Available is application to control the TV Box using a smartphone called Zidoo Remote Control.
Below also we include the ZIDOO X5 photos in combination with a matchbox, so it was easier to see the size of ZIDOO X5 Android TV Box.
Booting Android to the “home screen” takes about 00:29.9 seconds (nice!). Home screen” ZIDOO launcher called ZIUI looks very nice and simple (a big plus) and access to functions is also simple andintuitive. I had no problems with navigation on the “home screen” probably because ZIDOO cares not only about design, but also about software quality. In addition to the remote control I used a standard keyboard and mouse, MINIX A2 Lite and Xiaomi gamepad. Below addition to the standard screenshot of the main screen, put the screen after updating the firmware (the latest version v.1.0.11). Later in review also we will present screenshots on new firmware.
The device worked in the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust thepreferred resolution (also 4096x2160p @ 60Hz) or set the auto mode. On the ZIUI launcher we have access to the most important features: settings, apps, browser, explorer (file browser), kodi, app lock, clean up etc. After updating, Kodi place it was replaced by ZDMC (it is customizable version kodi by ZIDOO team). Others are known from ZIUI launcher other applications such as: Clock, Weather, APP LOCK a sort of parental control allows you to give the password selected applications. CLEAN UP application, allows killing tasks and cleaning the cache memory. Well that they are placed on the main screen. Most features which are well known from the ZIDOO X6 Pro: zidoo remote control and shortcut key settings. ZIDOO X5 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 ZIDOO X5 has 8 GB of internal memory, but the device shows the total memory 4.76GB (screen below). The remote control and A2 Lite works without a problem, Xiaomi gamepad as always worked greate. Everything worked quickly without delays. Below a few screenshots.
We received ZIDOO X5 with preinstalled Kodi Isengard version. However, from the Google Store I installed the latest version of Kodi 16.0 Jarvis because of minor problems with video playback (about this later). After updating the firmware TV Box had ZDMC based on Kodi 16.1 Jarvis. Below Kodi screenshot.
On ZIDOO X5 Android TV Box you can play without a problem just connect gamepad. I used Xiaomi gamepad. The combination of ZIDOO X5 with Xiaomi gamepad is great fun. Beach Buggy Racing works without problem, even with high resolution works trouble free, also I was able to run Asphalt 8: Airborne which also worked without problems. Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride works also greate.
Operating system and components
We received ZIDOO X5 with firmware version v1.0.9. For testing TV Box has been upgraded to the latest version of firmware v1.0.11, which we mentioned earlier.
The ZIDOO X5 TV Box runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop, namely version 5.1.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.14.29. Received device has firmware build number p201-userdebug 5.1.1 LMY47V20160129 test-keys. For people who have a need root tv box Zidoo team prepared a root tool here.
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 and AIDA64 app). The device is detected as ZIDOO_X5 (p201) and board p201. Below screenchots.
After using the DRM info (app) we know that ZIDOO X5 not supported Google Widevine Moudlar DRM, and unfortunately does not supported Microsoft Playready DRM.
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 921. MXV+ (result 903), PROBOX2 Z (result 910), MX Plus (result 892). Other 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 MXV+ did not have not supported codecs.
As I wrote earlier video playback by Kodi Isengard did not work smoothly (mostly on the sample 4K HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps). After installing the latest version of Kodi 16.0 Jarvis and ZDMC (base on Kodi 16.1) everything was ok. MX Player runs smoothly and stable. ZIDOO X5 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 wasplayed without any problems. The tested ZIDOO X5 plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) without any major problems. The following table compares ZDMC (base on Kodi 16.1 Jarvis) and MX Player for some video samples. Also copes well with playing the video on YouTube.
|Typical 1080p||ZDMC||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|
|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|
|Tears of steel – 60fps||OK||OK|
|HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps||OK||OK|
|Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps||OK||OK|
|Youtube – VP9 / 1080p||OK||OK|
ZIDOO X5 TV Box Benchmarks
The ZIDOO X5 Android TV Box scored 35577 (MXV+ – 34208, PROBOX2 Z – 35996, MX Plus – 35808, MRX– 35466, Sunvell T95 – 28731, MINIX Neo U1 – 37564, Beelink Mini MX –34123, K1 Plus – 29252, PROBOX2 EX+ – 34332, ZIDOO X6 Pro – 30158) on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.0.1. The ZIDOO X5 scored on AnTuTu and GeekBech 3: Single Core score – 610 and Multi Core score – 1790. Below some of screenshots.
The ZIDOO X5 scored 4671 (MXV Plus – 4218, PROBOX 2 Z – 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. 6834 scored on Ice Storm Unlimited.
Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. X5 TV Box as the internal memory benchmarks: Read 55.88MB/s – Write 16.09MB/s. RAM copy speed was 2322.31MB/s.
The ZIDOO X5 is another TV Box with already large family ZIDOO TV Boxes. It has an unusual shape and is made of solid plastic with good quality. As we said at the beginning of his heart is a an Amlogic S905 Quad core 64-bit Cortex A53 Up to 2.0GHz processor which supports UHD 4K@60fps 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 very well with the video in 4K (also with 60fps). It has a very friendly ZIUI launcher that allows you to easily navigate the main screen. V Box copes well with games that can be downloaded from the Google Store. The strength of this unit and other TV Boxes from ZIDOO are frequent firmware updates. Vendor takes care of the user and provides frequent updates (a big plus). It is probably one of the best TV Boxes with SoC S905 in the configuration 1GB RAM / 8GB ROM. We can also safely say that ZIDOO X5 holds the level of the previous TV Boxes from ZIDOO. The ZIDOO X5 also has good value for the price ($59). Once again I want to say thanks to ZIDOO for sending us a X5 TV Box sample. If you are looking TV Box equipped with a chipset S905, good support multiple codecs and 4K video playback, and has very good support a vendor, this ZIDOO X5 it is for you. We recommend ZIDOO X5 TV Box.