EBox R99 V2 Smart Android TV box Review
The R99 V2 comes from Entertainment Box, a company who I haven’t heard much about. I do have to say after using this box for a couple of months, its my current daily driver and favourite box to date.
|Chipset||RK3328 Quad-Core 64bit Cortex-A53|
|GPU||Penta-Core Mali-450 Up to 750Mhz+|
|Power Supply Specifications|
|Power Supply||DC 5V/2A|
|Power Indicator (LED)||Power ON blue|
|Support Decoder format||4K VP9 Video decoder, H.265/H.264 video decoder
1080P other video decoders (VC-1, MPEG-1/2/4, VP6/8)
|Support Media format||Avi/Ts/Vob/Mkv/Mov/ISO/wmv/asf/flv/dat/mpg/mpeg|
|Support Music format||MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/OGG/DDP/HD/FLAC/APE|
|Support Photo format||HD JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF|
|HDR||HDR10 and HLG modes|
|USB||1 High-speed USB 3.0 and 3 High-speed USB 2.0|
|Card reader||SD cards|
|HDD file system||FAT16/FAT32/NTFS|
|High Definition video output||4K (4096×2160 pixel )|
|OSD type of languages||English/French/German/Spanish/Italian/ etc multilateral languages|
|LAN||Ethernet: 100 Mbps|
|Wireless||WiFi 2.4G/5G and Bluetooth|
|Mouse/ Keyboard||Support mouse and keyboard via USB; Support 2.4GHz wireless mouse and keyboard via 2.4GHz USB dongle|
|HDMI||HD 2.0a for 4k@60Hz|
|Network Function||KD 17.6, Netflix, Vudu, Skype chatting, Picasa, Flicker, Youtube, Facebook, Online movies, etc|
|Other feature||Free Internet searching, thousands of Android applications, many kinds of games, etc.|
|Certification||CE, FCC, ROHS|
|Accessories||Power adaptor, HD cable, user manual, remote|
|Option||Support mouse and keyboard via USB; Support 2.4GHz wireless mouse and keyboard via 2.4GHz USB dongle|
They shipped the box with a air mouse combo remote. This allowed me to navigate apps like Kodi with the arrows, and use the Android settings with the air mouse option. There is also a full keyboard on the back, allowing me to enter text with ease. I did find the range slightly lacking and did have to sit forward a couple of times when using the keyboard.
One addition I was impressed by was the use of Android 7.1.2. Which gives the whole box a more preium interface and snappy response.
There is an ethernet port in the back, but the R99 V2 does have wifi built in. When testing I found the wifi and ethernet to be comparable and didn’t see any massive drop in quality. Streaming 1080p movies across the network worked with the wired and wireless option.
Apps like Kodi load instantly and run perfectly. Watching 4K movies didn’t cause any issues, and I didn’t notice any frame drops or sync problems. Emulators works surprisingly well, and I was able to have all these running in the background and still couldn’t cause any performance issues.
OTA updates are included with the box, so any updates are released and can be downloaded/installed without any problems. I was happy to see the box came pre-rooted, so I could install Titanium backup to freeze any unnecessary apps. There weren’t a lot of bulk apps installed, a couple of the ebox apps didn’t offer much to me, so I froze them. But for any non-technical people the apps offered an easy to use interface to access and download needed apps.
The ebox version of Kodi is a skinned version of SPMC. This has been optimized for the R99 V2, though on testing with Kodi Krypton I couldn’t really see any advantages SPMC had for what I was using it for.
Overall I was massively impressed by the R99 V2 and will find it difficult to find anything that can top it. £99.99 for all this and I think that’s an absolute steal.