MediaBox Review: It’s time to get streaming

MediaBox Review: It’s time to get streaming Darryl Linington
Design
Ease of Use
Value for Money
8.5
User Rating: 8.2 (5 votes)

Since the launch of Netflix and ShowMax in South Africa, many consumers are moving away from traditional television and moving toward streaming content instead. While this is indeed a trend, online streaming can be a bit complicated for some. Yes, you can stream content via PC as well as via popular consoles; however, there is an easier, more affordable approach to this which comes in the form of the locally available MediaBox.

Retailing at R1999.99, the MediaBox is your all-in-one streaming solution, which can be connected directly to your TV. Powered by Android, the MediaBox comes preloaded with the likes of Netflix, ShowMax, YouTube, Redbull TV, Android PlayStore, DSTV Now, SuperSport HD and many more. It also features various social apps such as Facebook and Twitter.

All content streamed is streamed via a wired or wireless internet connection at either 720p or 1080p, depending on your preference. Unfortunately, the device is unable to stream 4K content; however, this was not too much of an issue as many shows and movies are only streamed in HD or SD at the moment.

Watch our unboxing and installation of the MediaBox below:

When taking a closer look at its specs, we found that the MediaBox features a 4X ARM Cortex-A7 1.51GHZ processor, which is supported by 1GB of RAM. The device also has a very capable GPU, which will allow users to play various games on the device. Additionally, the device features a MicroSD card slot, 2 X USB ports, as well as an ethernet port for a wired internet connection.

In addition to the above features, the MediaBox comes standard with a Bluetooth remote, which ultimately means you can binge watch all your favourite shows without having to leave the comfort of your couch.

When it comes to design, the MediaBox is fairly small as well as visually appealing. Being the size it is, it sits perfectly snug on any wall unit or display case. To add to the appeal there are no additional antennas poking out everywhere and you will quite literally only need to plug in the AC power cord and HDMI cable in order to get things running.

One thing I really like about the MediaBox is the smooth running, yet simple, user interface. This allows the device to be something that just about anyone can use with ease.

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Conclusion:
For its price, the MediaBox is definitely a device that should be purchased if you are looking for an affordable media streamer.

Overall, the MediaBox is easy to setup, decently priced, and small enough to place in just about any area of your home… Whether it be the lounge, kitchen, or even the bedroom. To add, it is so easy-to-use that even those with minimal tech experience will be masters of the MediaBox within minutes. Just be advised that you will need an internet connection, preferably uncapped, to run this device.

The MediaBox was reviewed by Darryl Linington

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