[Review] Minix NEO U9-H TV Box + MINIX A3 Air Mouse – GearBest

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.

Motivation

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.

Package with the Minix NEO U9-H TV Box + MINIX A3 Air Mouse.

Package with the Minix NEO U9-H TV Box + MINIX A3 Air Mouse.

Unboxing

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.

Front of the Minix NEO U9-H.

Front of the Minix NEO U9-H.

At the rear we have your specifications:

Processor

Octa Core Cortex A53 Processor (64-bit)

GPU

Mali-820MP3 GPU

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/
MKV/M2TS/MTS/M4V/WMV/ASF
Supported audio formats DTS-HD/DD/DD +/MP2/MP3/WMA/WAV/OGG/OGA/FLAC/ALAV/APE/AAC
Back of the box of Minix NEO U9-H.

Back of the box of Minix NEO U9-H.

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.

Side of the box of Minix NEO U9-H.

Side of the box of Minix NEO U9-H.

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 right-hand side of the box Minix NEO U9-H.

The right-hand side of the box Minix NEO U9-H.

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.

Upper side of the box of Minix NEO U9-H.

Upper side of the box of Minix NEO U9-H.

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.

Opening the box of the Minix NEO U9-H.

Opening the box of the Minix NEO U9-H.

Top of Minix NEO U9-H, with logo in bas-relief.

Top of Minix NEO U9-H, with logo in bas-relief.

The front is discreet, with just an LED and IR sensor.

Front of the Minix NEO U9-H, with IR sensor and LED.

Front of the Minix NEO U9-H, with IR sensor and LED.

On the right side we have the POWER button, 3 USB slides, 1 TF card, 1 OTG port and the port for Kensington locks.

Right sidebar of Minix NEO U9-H, with POWER button, 3 USB slides, TF card input, OTG port, and hole to Kensington locks.

Right sidebar of Minix NEO U9-H, with POWER button, 3 USB slides, TF card input, OTG port, and hole to Kensington locks.

On the back we have the headphones output P2, microphone input P2, HDMI output, SPDIF output, Ethernet port, and power supply input.

Back of the Minix NEO U9-H, with headphones output, microphone input, HDMI output, Optical SPDIF output, Gigabit Ethernet port and power supply input.

Back of the Minix NEO U9-H, with headphones output, microphone input, HDMI output, Optical SPDIF output, Gigabit Ethernet port and power supply input.

Finally, at left we have only the output to the antenna of WiFi.

Left lateral Minix NEO U9-H, with the antenna connector.

Left lateral Minix NEO U9-H, with the antenna connector.

Returning to the box, We have all the accessories and more the MINIX A3 Air Mouse, which is optional, but highly recommended.

Minix box NEO U9-H, with accessories.

Minix box NEO U9-H, with accessories.

Minix NEO U9-H, with your fall and accessories.

Minix NEO U9-H, with your fall and accessories.

Minix NEO U9-H, with your fall and accessories.

Minix NEO U9-H, with your fall and accessories.

Brochures and manuals of Minix NEO U9-H.

Brochures and manuals of Minix NEO U9-H.

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.

Power supply of the Minix NEO U9-H.

Power supply of the Minix NEO U9-H.

Power supply of the Minix NEO U9-H.

Power supply of the Minix NEO U9-H.

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 MINIX A3 Air Mouse.

The MINIX A3 Air Mouse.

Keyboard on the back of the MINIX A3 Air Mouse.

Keyboard on the back of the MINIX A3 Air Mouse.

The MINIX A3 Air Mouse is powered with two AAA batteries not included and comes with a receiver to be connected to a USB port.

The MINIX A3 Air Mouse is powered with two AAA batteries not included and comes with a receiver to be connected to a USB port.

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.

Original remote control of the Minix NEO U9-H.

Original remote control of the Minix NEO U9-H.

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.

MINIX NEO U1 and Minix NEO U9-H side by side: indistinguishable in outward appearance.

MINIX NEO U1 and Minix NEO U9-H side by side: indistinguishable in outward appearance.

MINIX NEO U1 and Minix NEO U9-H side by side: indistinguishable in outward appearance.

MINIX NEO U1 and Minix NEO U9-H side by side: indistinguishable in outward appearance.

MINIX A2 Lite and MINIX A3 Air, abreast.

MINIX A2 Lite and MINIX A3 Air, abreast.

MINIX A2 Lite and MINIX A3 Air, abreast.

MINIX A2 Lite and MINIX A3 Air, abreast.

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.

Upgrading the firmware of the Minix U9-H.

Upgrading the firmware of the Minix U9-H.

Upgrading the firmware of the Minix U9-H.

Upgrading the firmware of the Minix U9-H.

Installed Minix NEO U9-H in a corner of the rack, in front of the speaker JBL ES30 and next to the Sega Genesis.

Minix NEO U9-H, up and running.

Minix NEO U9-H, up and running.

Minix NEO U9-H, up and running.

Minix NEO U9-H, up and running.

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.

Launcher Minix standard NEO U9-H.

Launcher Minix standard NEO U9-H.

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.

Kodi on the Minix NEO U9-H.

Kodi on the Minix NEO U9-H.

Kodi on the Minix NEO U9-H.

Kodi on the Minix NEO U9-H.

Kodi on the Minix NEO U9-H.

Kodi on the Minix NEO U9-H.

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.

"The Secret Life of Pets" in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

“The Secret Life of Pets” in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

"The Secret Life of Pets" in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

“The Secret Life of Pets” in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

Dolby Atmos in Minix NEO U9-H.

Dolby Atmos in Minix NEO U9-H.

"The Peanuts Movie" in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

“The Peanuts Movie” in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

"War for The Planet of Apes" in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

“War is The Planet of Apes” in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

"War for The Planet of Apes" in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

“War is The Planet of Apes” in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

"Ghostbusters" in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

“Ghostbusters” in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

"Ghostbusters" in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

“Ghostbusters” in 4 k HDR in Minix NEO U9-H.

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.

Tracing

These are the tracking information package, the site of the station:

09/05/2018
16:23
Delivered to the addressee object
09/05/2018
11:00
Object out for delivery to the recipient
15/02/2018
08:17
CURITIBA / PR
Object forwarded
de CENTRO INTERNACIONAL em CURITIBA / PR for operating Unit Released without tax. Delivers 40 d useful / BR
05/02/2018
09:40
Object received by the post Office of Brazil
Visit My environment Imports
12/01/2018
19:44
SWITZERLAND /
Object forwarded
from country to SWITZERLAND / para País em BRASIL / BR
12/01/2018
19:44
Object received in export unit
12/01/2018
17:56
Object posted
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Table-Summary

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
Store: GearBest
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
Shipping Fee: Free
Package Home Country: China
Purchase Data: 08/01/2018
Submission Date: 12/01/2018
Data Delivery: 09/05/2018
Time in Transit: 117 days
Declared content: 1 * HD Media Player (GIFT)
Type Marked Content: Gift
Declared Value: USD 90.0
Taxed: Not
Taxable Value: -
Tax Value: -

Final Considerations

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.

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Bought 2 These units to replace the Minix .z64 Android that had. Not Android version update of forced that me .z64, because use 60% of time but use applications Beside Fox and premiere that simply don't run more with old Android. I hope that the manufacturer keep updated this model PD, because we already have Android 8 and so far nothing. If it continues like this will have the same fate of .z64. Apart from that, they are great machines, use for several years, and a year ago .z64 more or less what you purchased. Version 17 the Kodi also runs on Android 5. On. He's got Skina best. I enjoyed your evaluation!

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a doubt…. having the tv sony w905e p q bought this appliance? wonder why tb possess these tv and use the kodi installed on it

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I can access the app from globe

Leonardo
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If this is not full Review , I don't know what is. Excellent post.