Ugoos UT4 RK3368 64-Bit Octa Core Android TV Box Review
Having looked at Minix products in the past, I thought It best to branch and look at other popular Android boxes. This led me to the UT4 from Ugoos, the UT4 is running a RK3368 64-Bit Octa Core processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and 16GB eMMC.
The UT4 offers support for Ultra High-Definition (UHD) 4K video playback right out of the box. This means you can get an incredibly clear picture, better image texture and a lot less pixelated than on regular high-definition signals.
The UT4 includes a dual band Wi-Fi connection with an external antenna to allow for maximum network stability. Firmware updates are available Over The Air (OTA), so you don’t need to manually download and install new releases on your own. I have already had 3 updates over the course of using the box, Ugoos are renowned for their faith to updating older products with some boxes that are 2 years old, still getting updates.
The UT4 includes 3 USB ports, a wired Ethernet port, an optical audio out, HDMI, a USB OTG port, and a TF card slot.
The casing of the UT4 was white, with a matte black block at the front, which had the Ugoos logo on it and the LED. The rounded off corners remind me of previous Minix boxes I have looked at. The UT4 includes a Remote, which looks like those you get with a Roku. The remote is basic in terms of functionality, it feels good in the hand and works. The buttons have a good solid click to them.
The included accessories with the UT4 are the remote, power adapter, dual-band antenna, HDMI cable, power adapter cable and a USB cable. I have to say I was surprised by the inclusion of the HDMI cable, these can cost around £5, and not a lot of manufacturers include them anymore.
When you first turn on the UT4, you’re greeted with the Android Lollipop launcher, and not a custom made one. But as always a launcher like Nova can be installed over the top if needed.
The UT4 played avi, mov, mp4 and mkv files perfectly. There was no loss in picture or sound quality. I thought a good test would be to push it to its limit, so I tried to stream a 2.5GB mkv over my network and play it using Kodi. The large file size, along with the network transfer caused some stuttering in the playback. That was the only downside to an otherwise perfect time using this box.
There are several utilities and cool extras included right out of the box, such as AirPlay, native Miracast, and the lovely Kodi. A nice addition is when buying you can ask them to load the Kodi with everything you need to get going, addons such as subtitles etc.
A nice big change for me was the Ugoos settings menu. This can be found in the standard Android settings, and allow me to make some changes to the UT4 box. This can include the LED only appearing when the SD card is activated, or just turning it off. I can control the fan controls, and also root the UT4! That’s right, I can click and button and root the UT4, and install Superuser in one go. While still being able to install the updates as they come through. This is probably the biggest selling point for me. With rooting I have been able to install some apps, like Titanium backup etc.
Coming in at €149, this is a good looking box. It’s got great performace, where I need it. It can play movies and 1080p and 4K resolution, and with the added bonus of being rootable with a click of a button.