G-Box Midnight MX2 review
A couple of years back we absolutely adored the G-Box Midnight MX2, and that’s why it constantly peaks on our review lists.
The design, the specs, the usability and customization. There are lots of different things that make this a fantastic Android TV, and we want to take you through a few of them in this article.
Graphics Processing Power
Boasting a Dual Core A9 CPU working in tandem with a Mali400 Dual Core 3D Graphics Processor, the Midnight MX2 gets the upper hand on competing devices, allowing you to stream both HD and 3D movies. Pairing it with another one of our favorites, the TaoTronics TT-MK001Android remote, we were also able to smoothly play any Android game on our TV, without any lag.
This, we think, is where the MX2 really shines. Most other products of this type come with one, maybe two USB ports, in an attempt to make the devices more compact. However, this means sacrificing port access, which in turn means you have to keep plugging and unplugging peripherals, depending on what you want to do with them.
The Midnight has 4 USB ports, allowing you to customize your own ideal peripheral set-up, so you won’t have to always change its configuration when going from watching a movie to attempting a 5 star score at that annoying Angry Birds level you’ve been trying to best for the past couple of days.
On our current set-up, we have a 300GB hard drive for movie storage, a webcam for Skype calls, and a USB dongle for the TaoTronics mouse. All we need is a USB powered popcorn machine, and we have the perfect online viewing party configuration.
Surround sound is an intricate part of creating an excellent home theatre system. You just don’t feel like you are at the cinema if the sound is coming from two desktop speakers.
Once again, most products overlook this vital aspect, and do not include surround sound support. The G-Box, however, also comes with a Coaxial SPDIF Digital Audio Output which allows you to connect it to surround sound speakers, so you can finally have the home theatre experience you’ve been dreaming of.
Software and Support
XBMC now Kodi
Kodi is the software you need to transform a Android Mini PC into a true home theatre system. Installing it isn’t the hardest task in the world, but it is a hassle nonetheless, so having it pre-installed would be a really nice gesture from the developers.
There are but a few devices that come with the software already installed, and the MX2 is one of them. More so, the version of XBMC that it comes with is uniquely designed for the device, meaning it runs much more smoothly than the factory build you regularly download.
We all know that technology is constantly changing and improving, so updates are vital to getting the most bang for your buck, no matter the device in question. Unfortunately, installing updates is annoying, especially since they usually pop-up when you really wanted to do something else.
We were very pleasantly surprised to find out that the G-Box uses Over-the-Air updating, allowing us to install the updates at our leisure with just a few simple clicks, rather than when the device wanted us to.
In short, we love the G-Box Midnight MX2 because it is the best and easiest to use out-of-the-box Android PC available.
There are some devices that come with Quad Core processor, but this device’s pairing with the Mali400 definitely makes up for it, and allows the speedy streaming of high definition movies. Also, the fact that you can make the perfect peripheral set-up for you, using the 4 USB ports, the unique software, and the fact that you can perform the updates as you wish make it a truly user-oriented device.