In this article I talk about a Minix NEO U9-H TV Box + MINIX A3 Air Mouse, acquired na GearBest. The Minix NEO U9-H is a TV Box with Android operating system, octa-core processor, able to play videos with 4 k resolution and HDR, in h. 265, HEVC and other.
In November 2016 I bought a Minix NEO U1, which I have already spoken here in Skooter Blog, to serve as a Media Player in my living room. It supports 4 k resolution, but not HDR, which wasn't a problem because until then my TV was still only Full HD.
Some time later it launched the Minix NEO U9-H, your successor with a newer version of Android (Marshmallow versus Lollipop), a better processor (Cortex A53 octa-core versus quad-core Cortex A53), a better GPU (Mali-Mali-450 820MP3 GPU vs. GPU) and HDR support.
I became interested in not upgrade immediately, because Minix NEO U1 I still answered perfectly. But with the acquisition of Sony XBR TV-4 k 55X905E HDR, at upgrade became desirable, because I wanted to enjoy the HDR of nova TV. So, in January of this year I decided to purchase the Minix NEO U9-H.
Choice of Minix NEO U9-H
The choice of Minix NEO U9-H It was quite natural, After all I was already satisfied with your predecessor. The Minix NEO U1 not perfect, has points at which could improve, but all the TV Box that I did the research has its limitations.
I got the contemplated Xiaomi Mi TV Box, It's cheaper, has a brand best known for back and uses Android TV (the MINIX use the Mobile Android). But it has some limitations, as the lack of Ethernet network, and em reviews read that it does not adjust the refresh rate of the screen according to the video and still chokes on some heavier contents. I ended up giving up on him.
Purchase of Minix NEO U9-H
I made the purchase Minix NEO U9-H in GearBest, It was the lowest I found. He left for $ 143,79, including the insurance and freight. The package took you long enough to get, Thanks to the post office, but arrived and was not taxed.
Check out unboxing from the Minix NEO U9-H TV Box + MINIX A3 Air Mouse in the following video:
The box Minix NEO U9-H highlights in front: “64-Octa Core bit for Android Media Hub”, and logos of HDMI, Dolby Audio, H. HEVC 265 Main-10, and 4 k HDR.
At the rear we have your specifications:
Octa Core Cortex A53 Processor (64-bit)
|Memory||2GB DDR3 (32-bit)|
|Storage||16GB eMMC 5.0 Storage(MLC)|
|Wireless Connectivity||802.11AC 2x2MIMO Dual-Band Wi-fi|
|Operating System||Android Marshmallow 6.0.1|
|Video output||HDMI 2.0, up to 4 k @ 60 Hz, Supports HDMI-CEC, HDR|
|Audio output||Via HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm stereo jack, Optics|
|Peripheral Interfaces||RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet – Supports sharing via WiFi hotspot, USB 2.0 port x 3, OTG port x 1, Kensington lock ready
Micro SD Card Reader
|Energy||DC 5V adapter, 3The included (CE and FCC)|
|Video formats supported||Dat/MPEG/MPG/MPE/TS/TP/VOB/ISO/AVI/MP4/MOV/3GP/FLV/
|Supported audio formats||DTS-HD/DD/DD +/MP2/MP3/WMA/WAV/OGG/OGA/FLAC/ALAV/APE/AAC|
On the side we have the highlight for the playback of videos in 4K2K Ultra HD, XBMC Minix Edition, the Android operating system 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and WiFi 802.11 MIMO with 2 ac×2 Dual-Band. Interestingly the XBMC Minix Edition doesn't come installed and no need, because the official Google Kodi Play works perfectly.
On the other side the highlight is for the hardware: ARM Cortex processor-A53 Octa-Core, Mali GPU-820MP3, 2 GB RAM DDR3, 16 GB eMMC.
The upper side highlights the contents of the package: remote control, dual-band antenna, power adapter 5V 3A, HDMI out, Micro USB cable, and OTG cable.
Opening the package we got the device wrapped in plastic. On the outside it is identical to Minix NEO U1. At the top the name MINIX in bas-relief.
The front is discreet, with just an LED and IR sensor.
On the right side we have the POWER button, 3 USB slides, 1 TF card, 1 OTG port and the port for Kensington locks.
On the back we have the headphones output P2, microphone input P2, HDMI output, SPDIF output, Ethernet port, and power supply input.
Finally, at left we have only the output to the antenna of WiFi.
Returning to the box, We have all the accessories and more the MINIX A3 Air Mouse, which is optional, but highly recommended.
The power supply is also the same as the Minix NEO U1, 5V 3A. I chose the European standard source, that is compatible with Brazilian outlets.
The MINIX A3 Air Mouse brings traditional buttons in front and a full keyboard behind. It is powered by two AAA batteries, not included. The batteries are on either side, to maintain the balance of the control. Along with it comes a receiver to be plugged into one of the USB ports on the Minix NEO U9-H.
The original remote control of the Minix NEO U9-H is also in the package. He makes the basic functions, but no substitute for mouse and keyboard.
Side by side, Minix NEO U9-H and Minix NEO U1 are indistinguishable. On the other hand, the MINIX A3 Air brings slight differences with respect to MINIX A2 Lite. The MUTE button has been replaced with a button that acesssa settings. And the ENTER button has been replaced with a button that activates the microphone for voice commands. The rear keyboard, both are equal.
Installation and testing
The installation of the Minix NEO U9-H It was pretty trivial, I connected the HDMI cable to one of the HDMI inputs of the receiver Yamaha Aventage RX-A870. He's already picked up the TV and have chosen the 4 k resolution automatically. The network connection made through the Gigabit Ethernet port. A firmware update was available. The current version is MCH19J. 20171020, launched in 20/10/2017. The update of the system is very similar to any Android phone update, even with the step of optimization applications.
And the default launcher is still the same Minix NEO U1. Of course it can be replaced at home, but I like him and I kept. It's simple and functional, with navigation that requires no mouse or touchscreen. Ideal for a TV Box.
When I bought the Minix NEO U1, both the Kodi as the SPMC did not support adjust the refresh rate of the TV according to the content, What forced me to use the edition of XPMC modified especially for the Minix, that needed to be installed via. apk. Currently the SPMC already supports this function, so I use it and update it from the own Play Store. In Kodi limiting persists.
On Minix NEO U9-H the Kodi came pre-installed, and this device it supports changing the refresh rate of the TV perfectly, so I just did the upgrade to the latest version (17.6) by Play Store and I'm using it as my default player. In the SPMC passthrough audio is not working, HE knows-because. But as the Kodi is working perfectly I even insisted on finding a solution. The interface of the Minix NEO U9-H and Kodi run in 4 k all the time.
Then did some tests with movies in 4 k HDR in Kodi, and all worked perfectly. A Sony XBR TV-55X905E activated the auto HDR mode in all cases. The audio was also passed properly in all modes that tested, including Dolby Atmos.
It is clear that the Minix NEO U9-H not limited to Kodi. He is a full Android, then you can run any Android application. As I only intend to use it as a media player and photo viewer, the Kodi I've perfectly meets. Also installed the Deezer to hear music in the Yamaha Aventage RX-A870, but it was only.
Some people install games and emulators, connect joysticks and make it a game central. I know he also has good potential for this. But I didn't matter since I already have my consoles and the MSI Cubes 2 for emulators.
These are the tracking information package, the site of the station:
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|Object out for delivery to the recipient|
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de CENTRO INTERNACIONAL em CURITIBA / PR for operating Unit Released without tax. Delivers 40 d useful / BR
|Object received by the post Office of Brazil
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from country to SWITZERLAND / para País em BRASIL / BR
|Object received in export unit|
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This is the table-summary of purchase:
|Product Name:||Minix NEO U9-H TV Box + MINIX A3 Air Mouse|
|Name Original:||Minix NEO U9-H TV Box + MINIX A3 Air Mouse|
|Value:||US$ 192,75 + US$ 3,80 (insurance) = US$ 143,79 (with discount)|
|Current value:||US$ 189,66|
|Payment Method:||Credit Card Visa International|
|Shipping Type:||Switzerland Registered|
|Package Home Country:||China|
|Time in Transit:||117 days|
|Declared content:||1 * HD Media Player (GIFT)|
|Type Marked Content:||Gift|
|Declared Value:||USD 90.0|
I was quite pleased with the Minix NEO U9-H TV Box + MINIX A3 Air Mouse. With the use of Kodi I can organize and play audio content, video and pictures from the local network. He can play 4 k content HDR without gagging. The Gigabit Ethernet interface also ensures that network access will never be a bottleneck. And for those who have no way to turn it with cables, There's still the WiFi IEEE 802.11 ac.
I know that my review If limited to my use and this may disappoint some readers, but after 10 years writing without getting any return, I came to the conclusion that I better do what I want and I don't care. Reviews most complete are made by professionals paid, We often receive free products. I won't try to compete with them. Instead, I will continue giving my impressions of who actually use the products, and not just the forehead for a few hours before you give them/resell them/discards them, How do the pros.