Top 10 Best Android TV Boxes in Malaysia 2023 (HD & 4K)
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Looking to connect your TV to Netflix or Youtube? That’s what an Android Box is for. We have shortlisted here Top 10 Best Android TV Boxes in Malaysia in 2023 that you can order straight off Shopee & Lazada.
Most of the newer models of Android TV Boxes support 4K TVs as well as high-quality audio compression like Dolby Audio and DTS. For the best movie streaming experience, you should pair it with your Soundbar or connect directly with your Earbuds via Bluetooth. Home-cinema at the lowest cost, guys!
How We Pick
What’s best for you may not be best for others. Nevertheless, choosing an Android Box for your TV is not that confusing as long as you’re aware of their core features.
We picked only models that support up to 4K resolution. The cost difference between one that supports 4K and one that does 1080p is not that big that even if your TV doesn’t display 4K resolution, get a TV Box that supports 4K anyway. Most do nowadays.
Having a good amount of RAM helps with processing speed of your device. Never buy an Android Box with 1GB (or worse, less!). We chose only devices with 2GB RAM or more.
ROM or storage is the memory capacity of the Android Box that will allow you to store files and apps in the device itself. Mostly you will see 8GB, 16GB or 64GB versions. We picked TV Boxes with 8GB or more storage, as some models actually perform better vs those with high storage. Also, if you plan to stream a lot (Youtube & Netfix), you probably won’t need much storage anyway.
Mostly we selected those with Android 10 and above, unless we think the device itself is still worth the price and works with most TV apps.
Most of our selections support Dolby Audio, some have dual-band WiFi and some have more than 2 USB ports. All these specs are going to be optional for most people so consider what you value more.
OK let’s scroll down to see our top Android Box picks.
Best TV Boxes in Malaysia 2023
Nvidia Shield Android TV Box PRO 4K
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1. Xiaomi Mi TV Box S (Global Version)
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2. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
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3. Mecool KM2 Plus 4K Android TV Box
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4. HAKO Pro 4K TV Box Android
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5. Google Chromecast 3 4K With Google TV
6. Tanix TX6S Android Box
7. Xiaomi Mi TV Stick FHD
8. Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick
9. T95 Mini 4K Android Box TV
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Our picks for the Best Android TV Boxes follow the following criteria:
- Resolution: 4K and above.
- RAM: 2GB and above.
- Storage: 8GB and above.
- OS version: Android 10 and above.
- Other specs: Some include Dolby Audio, dual-band Wifi and more than 2 USB ports.
After careful consideration, we picked the following Android TV Boxes:
- Best Overall 4K Android Box & For Gaming: NVIDIA Shield Pro.
- Best Android TV Box With Chromecast: Mecool KM2 Plus.
- Best TV Box 4K Amazon : Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max.
- Best Value Android TV Box With Large Storage: Hako Pro 4K TV Box Android.
- Best Android Box For Simple Setup: Google Chromecast.
- Best Cheap Android TV Box For 4K Steaming: Xiaomi Mi Box.
- Best Budget Android TV Box: X96Q Pro Max.
- People’s Choice: Tanix TX6S Android Box.
- People’s Choice: Xiaomi Mi TV Stick FHD.
- People’s Choice: Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick.
- People’s Choice: T95 Mini 4K Android Box TV.
Premium Options: The NVIDIA Shield Pro is always a top choice and the best overall if you’re looking for a smooth streaming experience with top quality video and audio output. However, it is a bit pricey, as you should expect.
What Is An Android Box?
An Android Box is a device that allows you to connect your regular TV to the Internet and stream content from apps like Youtube or Netflix. This means that you’ll be able to download, store and run the apps, just like other devices such as smartphones, Smart TV or Android TV, but with your regular TV as the display device.
Android Box Buying Guide
Here are some basic things to consider when buying an Android Box so you”ll make the best purchase decision.
1. Check Resolution
It is essential to check the resolution supported by the Android TV box and the resolution of your TV. To ensure that you get the best possible experience, make sure the TV box supports the resolution of your TV. You wouldn’t want to buy an Android Box that supports only 1080p for your 4K TV! So, always get the 4K version as the price difference is not that big anyway.
2. Check Compatibility
Most modern TVs can be connected with an Android TV Box with a HDMI cable. However, please still check if your TV has a HDMI slot.
3. Get More Than 2GB RAM
The Random Access Memory (RAM) is a crucial component of an Android TV box and determines how fast the device can perform. Never buy an Android Box with only 1GB of RAM. In most cases, it’d be a waste of money. Aim for a device with at least 2GB, although devices with 8GB of RAM or more are a bit over the top. You won’t need that much.
4. Aim for 8GB of Storage
The amount of storage space on an Android TV box is also a vital consideration. If you plan to stream content regularly, 8GB of storage should be sufficient. However, if you intend to download lots of apps and files, it is advisable to get a device with more storage space.
5. Audio & Video Support
The audio and video formats supported by an Android TV box determine the quality of your viewing experience. Make sure the TV box supports audio formats such as Dolby Digital and DTS.
6. Check Connectivity
Check the number of HDMI and USB ports available to ensure that you can connect your external devices easily. Also, check the connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi and Ethernet, and if possible, choose a device with Dual Band WiFi to give your more connection flexibility. Some high-end models also offer Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to connect to wireless headphones or speakers.
7. Remote Control & User Interface
Android Boxes often come with a remote control. Regardless of the remote control’s design, you won’t have many issues navigating with it. However, voice-control remote control is something you definitely would want as it’s not easy to type on the Android Box’s user interface.
Most Android Boxes in Malaysia are priced around RM100 to RM300, depending on the features and specs offered and performance. High-end ones would cost between RM300 to RM800.
Does Your TV Need An Android Box?
You may think an Android Box is something you need to run streaming apps on your TV, but you may actually not need to hook up your TV to the device at all. First thing to do is check what exactly is your TV type:
If Your TV Is Neither A Smart TV Nor Android TV
If you have a regular TV with a HDMI port without a built-in OS or app stores, you will need an Android TV box to watch Netflix or Youtube or use and play other apps. It is a much cheaper option than buying an Android TV or Smart TV.
If Your TV Is A Smart TV
If your TV is a Smart TV that’s not operating on Android OS and you don’t like its app store, you can use an Android Box to access the Google Play Store and enjoy the same features as an Android TV (albeit with slight differences).
If Your TV Is An Android TV
If your TV is an Android TV, you likely will not need an Android Box the TV will have a built-in function to access the Google Play Store, unless you wish to get apps not available on the Play Store.
Is The Android Box Illegal in Malaysia?
The Android Box itself is not illegal as it is just a device that connects to apps like YouTube, Netflix or Disney+. However, having unauthorized connections or accessing illegal contents that go against intellectual property laws may be. As long as you stick to free streaming apps like YouTube, or have subscriptions to paid ones like Netflix, or download your movies legally, it’s perfectly okay.