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Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box Review

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What is it you look for when deciding on a new media streaming device? Is it the spec of the device? The price? or do you go by pure recommendation? If recommendation is your deciding factor then have I got one heck of a recommendation for you.

The guys at Entertainment Box sent me this sleek, curvy, top of the range Android device, running the latest Lollipop 5.1.1 so that I could share my honest opinion with you all. Whether you’re a novice or a well decorated veteran in the world of streaming and of course Kodi, then have I got something great to share with you all. Plus its coming up to Christmas and I know a lot of you will be wanting to treat yourselves or your other half, or maybe someone else’s other half, to a brand spanking new device to watch all those nauseating Christmas reruns on. You’ll be fighting over the remote with this one!

When I buy a new box, I personally go for how fast the device is, what picture resolution it supports, what it can offer by way of compatibility, ie am I able to access miracast and airplay, can I add SD and HDD sources, does it have great web browser options, am I able to use the Google Playstore, can I add APKs, does it allow me to play ROMS, and does it have the capability to run as a functioning, yet fast mini PC? 

Astonishingly enough the Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box offers all of the above so it certainly ticks all the boxes for me and I think a lot of you out there will be even more impressed by the specs, I know I was.

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC 5.0 flash + SD card slot + internal 2.5″ SATA bay for HDD or SSD
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDMI CEC support + AV RCA port
  • Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, and stereo audio RCA ports
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports including one OTG port, 1x micro USB port
  • Misc – Power button, IR receiver, restore pinhole button, front panel LED display
  • Power Supply –  5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 166 x 116 x 53 mm

The Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box runs a lot faster than previous models of the same brand (and they were fast) so imagine just what the device is capable of. My internet speed has the tendency to dip to 20 mpbs at certain points in the day then goes back up around 35 mbps but the box didn’t buffer or throw me out back to the launch screen like so many other boxes do. Another great factor about the device is that the screen resolutions are crystal clear and it handles 1080p and 4K like a dream (obviously you’ll need compatible TVs for this to work). 

The only thing i’m not overly keen on with

The Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box is the launch screen (custom launcher). I think it’s a great idea for all the novice users out there as it offers comprehensive “how to” guides, links to videos, apps, etc, but it just seems too cumbersome and weighty. I personally like to see as little as possible installed on boxes as it makes users learn how to navigate their devices more independently, and do their research. But that’s just my opinion. 

The Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box does come installed with EBOX MC which is a custom build of SPMC. Be aware there are no addons installed as per copyright rulings etc, but this is a great way for you to get familiar with KODI and how it works. The best thing about owning any new device is actually making it your own with custom settings etc. 

I have been totally impressed by The Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box as it has handled everything I’ve streamed on it. At £94.99 (with the standard remote) this is an absolute bargain considering what you get for you money. After sales support is a great added bonus when you purchase any device from the site which often isn’t the case with a lot of sellers. 

T8-AML-V3 Media Box Review for Wookie and EntertainmentBox.Com

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since I put together a Blog post but I didn’t need much persuading when the team at Wookie recently contacted me to do a review on their newly released T8-AML-V3 Media Box. 

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First and foremost, before I had chance to open the device, I was initially impressed by how quick the item was despatched and how well packaged it was. Thumbs up for that one guys, customer service at it’s best.

T8-AML-V3 Specs

–  ANDROID™ 4.4 KITKAT RAPID OS
– UNIQUE EASY YO USE USER INTERFACE
– AMLOGIC S812 QUAD CORE CPU
– BUILT IN WI-FI, WITH STANDARD RJ45 PORT
AMLOGIC S812 WITH 2GHZ A9R4 QUAD CORE. 2GB OF DDR3 RAM AND 16GB OF ONBOARD FLASH
THIS FAST AND POWERFUL DEVICE ALSO SUPPORTS 4K OUTPUT EASILY.

Pretty impressive in theory given those specs, but I can safely say it does deliver what it says on the box. If you want a box that’s fast and 100% responsive then this is your device. But I will come back to the gushing praise later once I’ve gone through what it’s capable of in my step by step review.

Unpackaging the device

The packaging itself is sleek, contemporary, and certainly gives the impression that the device I was about to open was not a cheap generic import like so many on the market. Everything I needed to get started was contained in the box, it was a case of hooking everything up to my TV and away we go. Anything that isn’t complicated is a bonus i’d say. 

Navigating around the T8-AML-V3

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The homescreen on the T8-AML-V3 is so easy to navigate, I reckon your granny could do it whilst sucking lemons. There’s even an easy to use clean memory function that keeps your device running smoothly for the best performance possible. All the apps you need can be found under 3 sections “Google Play”, “Aptoide”, and the “Wookie” app store. Downloading any app you require is fast and trouble free, well it was for me but I am on fibre broadband, and I suspect most of you guys will probably be too by now.

I know most of you would be purchasing a device such as the T8-AML-V3 to use Kodi and all of it’s entertainment goodness. What I need to firstly point out is that EntertainmentBox does not install any of the packages that come with Kodi or any of the add ons, Kodi comes completely empty. It is entirely up to yourselves to install and maintain. As with all software such as Kodi it is your responsibility to understand the implications of installing such a package. You all use kodi at your own risk.

Running Kodi on the T8-AML-V3

I made a point of leaving the review until a few weeks after I had received the device to see what implications I would encounter from all aspects of the product on a day to day running basis. I can safely say that after putting the T8-AML-V3 through it’s paces, and pushing it’s boundaries it didn’t encounter any issues at all. I even hooked the device up to my sound bar via an optical cable and the sound quality is absolutely phenomenal. Loading a movie or TV show from various add ons within Kodi has proven to be faster than any other device I’ve had the pleasure of owning. It’s a whole new cinematic viewing experience, and in my opinion for the reasonable price tag that comes with it makes it well worth investing in.

Web Browser functionality

Browsing the internet on the T8-AML-V3 just got faster, infact it’s faster than any device I’ve owned before. Hook up a bluetooth keyboard and away you go, you have got yourself a mini PC without the expensive price tag. It’s capable of switching from page to page without any lag, freezing or being unresponsive. I must say it’s very impressive.

This device can do so much. It brings about a new era in Entertainment capabilities. I’ve pushed all my other devices aside since receiving this and could not be happier with what it has delivered, and delivered it has.

Happy Friday folks. Hope you are all well. Thanks to really poor…

Happy Friday folks. Hope you are all well. Thanks to really poor internet at my end this week everything tech related had to be put on hold, but alas, i’m back and ready to blog.

So then what has been happening over in the IStream camp this week?

As usual there has been lots of Playlist activity, what with constant updates from Playlist makers, new subscription free Request and VIP sections, and not to mention Coolwave’s fabulous new Channelcut Indexer added to the TV Shows section. There are now a staggering 10 Indexers available in the TV Shows section alone and 8 in the Films section. IStream is fast becoming bigger than ever anticipated, and building a greater Community.

If you’re not familiar with Indexers, what exactly is one? 

All an Indexer is is basically another add on source available directly through IStream. But rather than having to install them from a Zip like many other XBMC sources, you just simply click them to enable them as all the hard work of the initial installation process has been done for you. 

Check out the video above from XBMCConnect to get yourselves familiar with everything Indexer related.