New Matricom G-Box MX2 - Kick Ass Streamer
Does Roku need to worry about the MX2?
Matricom's newest streamer the Android and XBMC based G-Box MX2, is going full stream ahead after Roku's market share. It sports a dual core processor and is built to higher quality standards to outperform any Roku currently on the market. For a relatively new device, it has completely swept aside all of Roku and Apple's competitors and is selling very well on Amazon. With sales just behind Roku and Apple TV, this streamer could be the next big thing in media streaming.
This is what Matricom had to say about their new G-Box Midnight MX2:
"We're building devices intended to be around for a while. The hardware in our new MX2 is far more powerful than anything released by Roku and Apple TV which allows this device to have a longer life-span by improving through software updates over time.
We've built this device on the Android operating system giving it lots of great features and to keep the device user-friendly by providing an experience that is already familiar to millions of Android users world-wide.
This box is not only powerful, it's extendable and has ports to add external memory, hard drives, attach input devices and so on. We believe that this type of device should be open and customizable to the user's preference. There's no need to 'jailbreak' the MX2, it's already completely open and ready to be used for virtually anything."
It's simple user friendly interface has caught on and the fact that it uses the excellent XBMC media player software is hard to overlook. To make XBMC your default launcher and boot directly to it, install latest firmware currently (1.3). After it's all setup and you get the launcher selection popup, choose XBMC and click always. Now it will launch directly into XBMC.
G-Box Midnight MX2 Specs:
* Amlogic A9 Dual Core Neon HD CPU * Mali400 Dual Core High Performance 3D GPU * 1GB RAM (DDR3) * 8GB Total Internal Storage * Advanced OTA Updating * USB Storage Extendable (Flash Drives/HDD) * SD Storage Extendable (Up to 32GB!) * 802.11b/g/n internal Wifi * HDMI v1.4 video output * 10/100 Ethernet Port * Coaxial SPDIF Digital Audio Output (Surround Sound) * Composite Audio/Video Out * 4x USB 2.0 Ports * Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean installed * Supports Wireless USB Keyboard/Mouse * Google Play Store installed * Fully Rooted!
Some consumers have grown tired of their older Roku players not being able to use the latest Roku software features. Instead of automatically upgrading to a new Roku, they may instead decide to take a closer look at the G-Box Midnight MX2.
We have not yet got our hands on a G-Box MX2, although the overwhelming positive reviews of this streamer has our attention. The XBMC Dual Core G-Box Midnight MX2 streamer may prove to be worthy competitor to Roku and Apple alternatives, and when the time comes to upgrade our Roku 3, it will be on our short list for a second look.