Usually we think of 64-bit technology as a truly marvelous hi-tech term to refer to “advanced computers”. While this is not entirely true, a 64-bit system has some advantages over a traditional 32-bit one; and in the case of TV boxes, these advantages might -or might not- translate into better image quality, faster response times, less lag or latency, and other interesting factors. Since amazing boxes like the NVIDIA SHIELD TV also boast 64-bit processors without explicitly marketing it; and more modest boxes like the Tronfy MXQ Android media player use 32-bit processors without suffering much in the realm of average performance, it’s yet to be seen in this Emish X800 review if this Android TV box offers speeds and image quality that justify the slightly overpriced tag with its advertised 64-bit processor, and other features. [Read: Monit: Processor or CPU temperature monitoring]
Of course, this box has more than a neat CPU. In this Emish X800 review the first thing we notice is the presence of two antennae protruding from the device. These can be put in horizontal position behind the device, for a better storage. This box uses Android 5.1, and comes with Kodi for Android preinstalled, which is great if you want to jump straight to watching content. With addons such as YouTube Kodi addon and Phoenix Kodi addon, you can add lots of content sources right away, ready to be streamed. In regards to image quality, this box offers 4k UHD support, as well as support for HEVC H265. The Emish X800 could very well fit in our list for the best Android media players for less than $100, because it’s going at about roughly 80 bucks right now. Is it worth buying? Well, that’s a different story.
Emish X800 review: Octa-Core? Miracast? AV Port?
Most Android media players feature a Quad-Core processor, which lets them work well with most types of media, whether local or streamed. In this Emish X800 review we saw this device has an Octa-Core processor, which looks very promising in regards to great performance. The Emish X800 TV Box supports Miracast, as well as AirPlay and DLNA, so you will be set, regarding screen mirroring solutions. However, what caught my eye the most was a traditional and old-fashioned AV Port on the back of the device. Apparently, if you have an older TV set and want to use the Emish Android Box, you can, which brings more compatibility to this device. You can of course use the HDMI2.0 port included if your TV set is a newer one. [Read: Send media stored on your Android device to your TV using AllCast]
Emish X800 review: technical specifications
- OS: Android 5.1.1
- CPU: Rockchip 3368 64Bit Octa Core 28nm
- GPU: PowerVR G6110
- Memory: DDRIII 1GB
- Flash: eMMC Flash 8GB
- WIFI: 802.11 b/g /n
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
- Power: DC input 5V/2A
- USB: 2 ports
- XBMC Preinstalled
- Video: support 3Dmovie,HEVC H.265/H.264,realVideo 8/9/10, up to UHD 4K×2K
As you can see, the Emish X800 Android Box has 2 USB ports. This provides the device with a good connectivity, in case you want to hook up peripherals such as wireless HTPC keyboards. In this Emish X800 review, we noticed that this device includes a remote. This remote is a standard one, and seems to work from a short range only. Luckily, there are other options you could use instead, such as downloading a remote app like Kore or Yatse. [Read: Logitech Harmony Smart review: great remote for your HTPC]
Emish X800 review: do you recommend this device?
In this Emish X800 review we have taken a look at a solid alternative for your HTPC in terms of features and price. A box that offers 4k support, as well as other good selling points like a preinstalled XBMC/Kodi, the Emish X800 Android box offers the best experience when combined with Kodi addons for your enjoyment. Take a look at our lists with the 10 best Kodi movies addons or the 10 best Kodi addons for kids to know some of the options you would have at your disposal to expand your Emish X800 TV box capabilities if you decide to get it!