Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Minix Neo U1 Android TV Box

I bought the Minix Neo U1 android box from Comex 2016 PC Show in September. Although the Neo U1 comes with its own remote, I bought the Minix A2Lite Airmouse.

I have an AC Ryan Playon HD2. You can put an HD into the AC Ryan and it becomes a media storage. So you can download movies and songs direct into the HD and the AC Ryan can play the movies straight to your TV. I have a NAS at home, so I placed all my movies into the NAS. So the AC Ryan becomes a media streamer. Although it can work on wifi, it is very slow sometimes with numerous buffering. The AC Ryan has served me well but its time to move on. I realised from the AC Ryan that I just need a media streamer.

That is one the reason I bought the Minix. The other reason is to watch Live TVs from the neighbouring countries, channels which I cannot receive from my current cable provider.

However, I found out that there are load of other channels which I can have access to and watch i.e. movies, tv series, sports, documentaries. Its features and abilities are worth it.

The cost of the Minix together with remote was SGD229. It comes with 3 years of IPTV which I hardly used.

Android 5.1.1 OS
Gigabit Ethernet
64-bit Quad Core
2 x 2 Mimo ac-Wifi
4K Video @60fps
XBMC Minix Edition - Kodi

Box Content:
Minix Neo U1
Minix IR Remote
Dual Band Antenna
Power Adapter
HDMI Cable
Micro-USB Cable
OTG Cable

Minix Neo U1 Box Front

Box Back - Specifications

Box Side

Box Other Side

Box Content


There are 3 USB ports. TF slot is for SD Card. OTG port is to connect directly to a PC. The Minix box can be control with the following
- Wired mouse
- 2.4GHz USB wirless mouse and keyboard set
- 2.4Ghz USB air-mouse/gyro mouse - Minix product 

Ports- Other side

The Minix is connected to the TV via HDMI. There is a SPDIF port to connec to an amplifier.

Antenna Connector

Minix IR Remote.

The Minix IR Remote is sufficient for light use. If you need to input URL or commands, it does a good job of pointing to the screen keyboard. Otherwise, the Minix Air Remote is very useful. I will show that in my next blog.

Overall, I find the Minix box very useful.There are a lot of resources online that can help you with what you want to watch. I try to avoid doing any upgrades until I really have to because I have read that the links may not work after upgrades. One app that I used extensively is Kodi. That is a must have. It is open source and there are lots of links that work on it.

If you have an Android box, let me know what you used it for.

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