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Features of modern TV set-top boxes. Rating of popular 2023 models

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Features of modern TV set-top boxes. Rating of popular 2023 models

Features of modern TV set-top boxes. Rating of popular 2023 models

06.09.2023

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The desire to turn your TV into a multifunctional multimedia device with Internet access prompts owners to buy the very TV set-top box. If you are also going to buy a set-top box, but do not know where to stop, we offer you a review of popular models of 2023. But first let's talk about the typical features of modern set-top boxes.

Modern TV boxes and their impressive functionality

Thanks to the connection of the set-top box to the TV set you at any time of the day become available:

  • Watching TV programs and news resources.
  • Watching movies and YouTube.
  • Surfing websites in different browsers.
  • Playing audio and video recordings.
  • Social networking.
  • Checking and sending e-mail.
  • Checking the weather.
  • Games.

I.e. with a set-top box an ordinary TV set turns into a full-fledged mini version of a personal computer, so that you get even more impressions and opportunities. Plus, it's easy to connect the device to your TV with just a cable.

Characteristics you should pay attention to when choosing a set-top box

To ensure that the selected model meets your needs, it is important to consider the following parameters before buying a set-top box:

  • Connection type.
    If you are going to connect the smart set-top box to a TV or monitor, make sure that both devices have the appropriate ports. It can be either a connector for a "tulip" cable (but this option is inherent in the designs of outdated tube TVs), or the more modern HDMI-input.
  • Hardware features (processor, memory capacity).
    Today you can find set-top boxes on sale that run on 4, 6 and 8-core processors. The greater the number of cores and frequency, the higher the speed and quality of the device. Also, the performance and multitasking set-top box depends on the amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) and Read Only Memory (ROM). A larger amount of ROM allows you to install more applications and games. For normal operation of the device you need at least 2 GB of operational memory and 16 GB of Read Only Memory.
  • Operating system.
    There are models of set-top boxes that run on the Android operating system, and there are those that run on Android TV. The first option is better for users who need the device not only for entertainment and watching video content, but also for Internet surfing and work. In addition, such a solution will cost less compared to the Android TV platform, which offers licensed services and is suitable mainly for comfortable viewing of digital TV, games and entertainment.

Top 10 smart consoles of 2023

Having evaluated different models of set-top boxes by such main characteristics as processor, memory, interface, software, equipment and others, market experts have made the following rating:

1. Apple TV 7 Gen 4K


This model with a powerful processor A15 and inbuilt memory 128 GB Bionic takes the first place in the rating. And there is no cheaper device with such power on the market (its average of 8000 UAH is definitely worth it). In terms of smoothness and speed of response of the system Apple TV 7 Gen 4K has no equal today. Connecting this device to the TV, you get access to online services YouTube, Netflix, Apple Music and more, as well as the ability to view photos and videos from iCloud or AirPlay on the TV screen.

2. iNeXT TV 5 Ultra


The iNeXT TV 5 Ultra is distinguished from the most models by the presence of a TV and set-top box remote control in the package. As for other characteristics: Allwinner H313 processor, 2/16 GB memory, standard set of wired and wireless interfaces. Quite a reliable budget option presented in our range of equipment. Here we tell you how to set up Inext TV5 set-top box in detail.

3. Android TV Box X96Q


Thanks to the AV outputs of the set-top box, this is a good solution to give life to an old TV set (including models with a cinescope). Although the processor here is weak, but the built-in encoders allow you to watch videos in high quality. The model runs on Android 10, its RAM is 2 GB, ROM is 16 GB. During viewing, there may be sluggishness, but this drawback is compensated by the budget price of the device (about 1000 UAH).

4. Xiaomi Mi TV Stick 4K


Among the advantages of this model, first of all, it is worth noting its compact size, thanks to which it can be discreetly placed behind the TV. Another plus of Xiaomi Mi TV Stick 4K is the presence of modern wireless interfaces and Android 11 OS. If 8 GB of built-in memory is enough for you to download video services and online cinemas, then you can safely choose this option.

5. Android TV Box X98 Plus


A relatively inexpensive media player to connect to your TV to turn it into a Smart TV. Supports H.264, H.265 codecs. Like the Android TV Box X96Q, the Android TV Box X98 Plus has an AV output. The processor power is enough to play 4K video. It is also worth mentioning about the 4/64 GB of memory. Conclusion: for those who are looking for an optimal cost/capability ratio, this is the one to get.

6. Gelius Pro Android TV Stick KX


In shape this model is similar to a flash drive and also has compact dimensions, which to some extent is reflected in its cost (about 3000 UAH). Gelius Pro Android TV Stick KX is equipped with a modest Amlogic processor, has a memory subsystem of 2/16 GB and supports HDR10.

7. NVIDIA SHIELD TV


The high cost of this TV box (more than 10,000 UAH) is due to the presence of a powerful 256-core Tegra X1 processor. Although the memory of permanent storage is not so much (8 GB). But the speed of the interface and SoC, as well as the quality of DTS sound deserve to be highly appreciated. In addition, compared to other models, NVIDIA SHIELD TV has the best access to cloud gaming.

8. Mecool KM6 Deluxe


The original design of this set-top box "under wood" stands out favorably against other models made of plastic in black color. Mecool KM6 Deluxe runs on Android 10, has a strong receiver and supports Wi-Fi 6 in two bands.

9. Nokia Streaming Box 8000


This model has rather modest characteristics: Amlogic S905X3 processor, 2/8 GB memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 n, Bluetooth version 4.3. But the Nokia Streaming Box 8000 package deserves special attention, which includes a full-fledged remote control with a digital block — a rarity for most Smart set-top boxes. For its price (about 3000 UAH) it is quite a good option.

10. Artline TvBox KMX3


A mid-range model with a common Amlogic S905X3 processor. Among the advantages of Artline TvBox KMX3 are a powerful Wi-Fi receiver, SPDIF connector for external speakers, gigabit LAN port, and convenient remote support. And it also comes with a remote that supports the function of an aeromouse. The aesthetic appearance of the device slightly spoils the external antenna, but from a practical point of view, its presence is a plus, because it strengthens the signal.

Do you use a TV set-top box at home? If yes, are you satisfied with your choice? If you wish, please share your own operational experience in the comments.

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