MINIX NEO X7 Quad Core Android Mini-PC
Worthy competitor to the G-Box Midnight MX2
Now that MINIX has added the excellent Quad Core NEO X7 to their line of Android Media Player/HTPCs, the G-Box Midnight has a worthy competitor.
If you are looking for a well built, fast media player that will rip through your favorite 1080P mkv HD movies, the MINIX NEO X7 will do it perfectly.
Under the hood is a blazing fast Quad Core A9 processor paired with an equally fast Quad Core Mali GPU. Included onboard is 2GB of RAM, 16GB Internal Storage, along with an exceptional build quality similar to Apple TV or Roku which makes the NEO X7 a worthy Mini-PC/Media Streamer.
Unlike some Android media players that limit you to a handful of Apps, the NEO X7 gives you full access to over 10 thousand apps from the Google Play Store.
MINIX NEO X7 Features
TOP ANDROID STREAMER MINIX NEO X7
|Model: MINIX NEO X7|
|CPU (Processor): Quad Core Cortex A9 Processor (1.6GHz)|
|GPU (Graphics Processor): Quad Core Mali-400MP|
|RAM (System Memory): 2 GB DDR3|
|ROM (Flash memory / storage): 16GB NAND Flash|
|Networking – WiFi: 802.11 b / g / n Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz/5Ghz) and RJ45 Ethernet|
|Ports USB - 3, HDMI -1, RJ45-1, DC, Optical Out, Mic, Headphone Jack,|
|Android (Operating System): Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 - Custom Rom Available from Wasser|
|Power Supply – DC5V/3A|
|Accessories: Power adapter, remote control, HDMI Cable, User Manual|
MINIX NEO 7X Full Review
As you can see from the specs, the NEO X7 is no slouch and is fully capable to play the most demanding videos smoothly. Firmware updates are released often for the NEO X7 and while earlier firmware had a few glitches, their latest firmware update has taken care of these bugs. Updating to the latest firmware is highly recommended.
MINIX NEO X7 Keyboard
The included remote control will not let the NEO X7 function to it's full potential. A wireless keyboard with touchpad is a must have accessory like the highly rated: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad.
While the graphics may not be as polished as Apple or Roku, this can be tweaked with custom firmware and templates. Although this can get more technical for those new to streaming.
Both Apple TV and Roku would be a much better choice for those of you that don't like to fiddle to get thing working perfectly.
Occasional momentary hangups happen when switching between apps. This is more of an issue related to the Android platform itself and is also common on other Android smart phones and tablets as well.
Performance on the fastest games may suffer. Even though the hardware is suitable for streaming and watching movies flawlessly. Some newer games require even faster specs and the NEO X7 can't quite keep up.
How does it compare to the formidable G-Box Midnight MX2
The G-Box Midnight MX2 is an equally impressive piece of hardware and fully capable of great performance. The NEO X7 may edge it out on hardware specs, although you can get a G-Box for less money. Click here to read more about the G-Box Midnight.
TV Launcher is a Free APP that will setup your main screen with your favorite apps. A few other must have apps to get the most enjoyment out of a NEO X7 are PLEX, XBMC and VEVO. For mkv video playback MX player or Archos Video Player both work excellent. Some users have had really good results with Archos and like it as an alternative to XBMC.