MECOOL BB2 PRO - Android TV Box with Kodi 17
An Android TV Box is probably the easiest solution to turn a conventional TV into a Smart TV. The MECOOL BB2 Pro promises a lot and presents itself as one of the currently most powerful Android TV boxes, which supports not only Android 6.0, but also Kodi 17 in the best possible way.
MECOOL BB2 Pro
Processor: Amlogic S912
Memory: 3GB DDR4
Internal memory: 16GB eMMC 5.1
Memory extension: Yes
USB: 2x USB 2.0
HDMI: 1x HDMI 2.0a
Ethernet: 1x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio: 1x S / PDIF
Video: 1x AV
WiFi: Dual Band AC (802.11 b / g / n / ac)
Bluetooth: Standard 4.0
Video - Audio
Video resolution: to 4K 60fps
Codec: H.264, H.265 HEVC, VP9
OS: Android 6.0
Size: 10.90 x 10.90 x 2.10 cm
MECOOL BB2 Pro
Much of the Android TV boxes is based on a processor from the manufacturer "Amlogic". The Amlogic S912, which was also installed in the MECOOL BB2 Pro, is currently the manufacturer's most powerful processor with a total of 8 Cortex A53 processor coresthat clock with clocks 4 x 1.5 GHz and 4 x 1.0 GHz. In combination with the Mali-T820MP3 processor graphics is well catered for a high-performance interface, lossless streaming and even one or the other liquid playable Android Game. Probably the most interesting hardware feature are the 3GB DDR4 memory, which in contrast to the mostly built DDR3 memory provides even higher bandwidth. The internal one eMMC 5.1 flash memory coincides 16GB not very big, but can be retrofitted with a Micro SD memory card be extended.
Connectors and connectivity
The BB2 Pro TV Box has a wide range of connectivity options. about two USB 2.0 sockets You can connect storage media and other devices with a USB port. For picture and sound transmission, the TV box has a HDMI 2.0a socket, One optical S / PDIF socket and AV connection option, The network connection can on the one hand via a Gigabit Ethernet port or WiFi respectively. All common WiFi standards (802.11 b / g / n / ac) are supported. In addition, there is an external WiFi antenna on the device, which amplifies the signal again. Another way to connect is Bluetooth 4.0, An IR remote control for easy operation is included.
Operating system, features and power consumption
The TV box is delivered with one 64bit Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The launcher is adapted to a TV and streaming usage and has pre-installed the most important streaming apps and media players like Miracast, MX Player or Netflix. Also Kodi 17 is already preinstalled and set up. Additional apps can be downloaded and installed from the Google Play Store. Firmware updates receives the box OTA (Over The Air).
high-resolution 4K video footage can be played smoothly with up to 60 pictures per second. The current version is supported H.265 HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) and VP9, In addition, the MECOOL BB2 Pro HDR (High Dynamic Range) compatible. With an appropriate output device and HDR video footage, the picture appears even more brilliant and stronger in contrast. The power consumption is about one watt in off mode, about 1.3 watt in standby and 3 watt in idle. The maximum values are a maximum of 4 watts.
For about 75 € the MECOOL BB2 Pro has a lot to offer and is well prepared for 4K video material. Although the differences to TV boxes from other manufacturers are rather low, for the same price, the choice of BB2 Pro with DDR4 memory is preferable. As soon as we receive our test copy for the MECOOL Android TV Box, the detailed test report will appear at this point!