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Beelink GT1 Review

Beelink GT1

This Beelink GT1 Review will provide you with important information that you need to know if you are in the market for an Android TV Box.

Upon unboxing the Beelink GT1, I was happy to see the small form factor and nice looking carbon fiber pattern on the outside of the box.  The design is small, sleek and looks nice sitting next to the television.  I really like these small designs as they are easy to transport and small on postage for those of you who sell or gift these devices on a regular basis.

The Beelink GT1 comes with an infrared remote control, hdmi cable, and power adapter.  The remote required three triple a batteries that aren’t included within the package.

The remote control provides all of the basic functions that you will need, including a mouse option which is mandatory for Android TV Boxes.  I still strongly suggest that users purchase the Rii i8+ BT Mini Wireless Bluetooth Backlight Touchpad Keyboard with Mouse to use with this device.  Using a mini wireless keyboard with any type of Android TV Box will make your life much easier.

This device packs a ton of power and comes equipped with the Amlogic S912 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, which delivers powerful performance that you will notice within all of your applications.  The unit includes 2GB of DDR3 RAM which helps with Kodi buffering and large computing tasks.  The Beelink GT1 also includes 16GB of onboard eMMC Flash Storage and the ability to add an additional 32GB through a micro sd card.  I also like the fact that this Android device comes equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, making it easy to pair speakers, game pads, keyboards, mouse, etc.

When first powering on the system to start my Beelink GT1 review, I was greeted with a nice looking launcher and not the boring generic one that we have been accustomed to.  This launcher provides easy navigation with the ability to easily add your favorite application shortcuts to the home screen.

The first application that I always launch when performing a review is Kodi.  The Beelink GT1 comes with the most recent version of Kodi and as of this writing, that is 16.1.  I am happy to see that many of the most popular Kodi addons are already installed, making this an easy setup process for beginners.  I usually perform a clean Kodi install with my favorite build regardless of how nice the pre-configured Kodi setup is, but again, this is perfect for beginner who don’t want to mess with anything.

Kodi played my 4K sample video very well without any lag or buffering.  I was also happy to see how well this device worked with the various Kodi live streaming addons.  I like sports so the live tv performance is important to me and this device worked well.

I also like the KodiMate Android application that comes loaded onto the Beelink GT1, which makes for easy installation of Kodi addons.  But, it doesn’t seem to have a wide variety of the best Kodi addons available.  You can think of this program as an app store that includes some of the most popular Kodi addons that you can install with the click of your remote.

Wireless download speed measured at 29.19 Mb/s while upload speed measured at 13.14 Mb/s.  When connected to the Lan port, download speed measured at 75.57 Mb/s and upload speed registered at 13.16 Mb/s.  I am happy with the download speeds for both wireless and LAN connections on this Beelink GT1 Android TV Box.

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Beelink GT1 Review – What I Like & What I Don’t Like

Things I like about the Beelink GT1 Android TV Box

  • Strong Android TV Box with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage
  • Easy to use launcher that is very customizable
  • The most popular Kodi addons are already intalled, making this a breeze for beginners to use immediately
  • KodiMate is an Android application loaded onto the system that acts as a store for easy installation of popular Kodi Addons
  • Will play any type of video file and has no troubles with 4K material
  • Works perfect with Rii I8 Mini 2.4Ghz Wireless Touchpad Keyboard With Mouse

What I don’t like about the Beelink GT1 Anroid TV Box

  • As with all Android TV Boxes, I wish the manufacturers could figure out an alternative remote so we aren’t required to fork out additional money for a wireless mini keyboard
  • KodiMate addon installation applications doesn’t include a wide variety of the best addons
  • Provide remote friendly apps that are easy to use with a remote while sitting on the couch

Would I use the Beelink GT1 Android TV Box As A Primary Streaming Device Within My Home?

This is one of my favorite Android TV Boxes that I have reviewed to date due to its powerful specs along with low price tag.  After using the Beelink GT1 as my main streaming device for one week, I can honestly say that this powerhouse would work great for my viewing needs.

What’s In The Box?

  • Beelink GT1
  • IR Remote
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Manual

*2 AAA batteries not included for remote

Beelink GT1 Android TV Box Specs

  • OS: Android 6.0
    Language: Multi -language
    CPU: Amlogic S912 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2GHz(DVFS)
    GPU: ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU up to 750MHz(DVFS)
    RAM: DDR3 2GB
    ROM: Onboard eMMC Flash 16GB
    Ethernet: 1000Mbps LAN
    WIFI: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac?2.4G+5.8G+ac
    Bluetooth: BT 4.0
    Antenna: Built-in antenna for WIFI
    Expand Memory: Micro SD Card (Maximum support 32GB)

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Important Note:  Internet service providers are starting to block or throttle access to Kodi addons and Android streaming apps.  Also, your Internet service provider is keeping logs of all your Internet activity.  Below, you will find a link to a tutorial that will provide instructions on how to setup a VPN on an Android TV Box. 

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Use the comments section below and tell us what streaming devices you currently have running within your home.

2017-06-26T20:25:48-05:00 By |Android TV Box, Kodi|126 Comments
  • Scotto

    This sounds like an interesting option, I’m becoming a big fan of the Android TV boxes.
    Currently I’ve got an Intel NUC (Celeron based) but it can’t handle 4K and sometimes struggles with large 1080 files, in the main room I have a purpose built HTPC (Intel i3 based with a discreet video card) and it handles everything including 4K and all HD sound formats. The downside to these is they are big and tend to be pretty pricey but there are no limitations so it kind of balances out. In the office I have an MXQ Pro Android TV box which is very good and affordable. Does most of what my dedicated HTPC does with a few limitations. All of these devices stream content from my media server or via Kodi plugins.
    Great review as always, your stuff has opened up a whole new level of Kodi to me. Top stuff Troy!

  • LeeAnn Eicher

    I’ve got KODI running on my android tablet, laptop and Fire TV. I’m finding that I seldom use the first two, though.

  • Maitê Lima

    I’ve got Kodi on my MXQ Pro and on my Android tablet, too!

  • Richard D Paulicelli

    I have a Kodi loaded Amazon Fire TV Stick for my Roku TV

  • Terry Mitchell

    I’ve got Kodi on a NexBox A95X and also my laptop

  • Daimon Tamez

    Running Kodi on a Firestick and a FireTV.

  • Aaron Ols

    Currently I just have an Amazon FireTV stick. I keep a watch out for up and coming boxes and read a lot of reviews. My dream box would be the Nvidia Shield, but currently with 2 small children, I can’t justify the expense. I do want something with ethernet next, as trying to watch PPV events kinda blows with the stick. No matter what I do, there is too much lag and buffering. I have also considered one of those fan less mini pc barebones boxes, so I could use much more memory and an mSata drive. I like the ones with dual gigabit ethernet ports. Ah, decisions, decisions…

  • Orlando Perez

    I have KODI loaded on my Windows 10 PC, Windows 10 laptop, Amazon Fire TV.

  • Al Hahm

    I have a FireTV Stick, A FireTV Box, a MXQ Pro, and a NEXCOM A95X Box.

  • S. Carey

    I use Kodi on my phone, pc, tablet and firestick. Would like to try and Android box.

  • jgchess

    AMAZON FIRE TV BOX

  • Amy Wick

    Running Kodi on a Firestick, Fire TV, and an Android box.

  • Known DonDada

    I run kodi on everything that I possibly can…

  • Barry Butler

    Running Kodi on Fire tv and MK809 stick, also on Samsung tab2. Did have it on a Roku stick but got rid of stick as found it too limited in use.

  • Rich Stevens

    Happy on a fire stick but just added a fire tv, playing with various add ons

  • Dana

    Running Kodi on a firestick but am ready to upgrade for more space.

  • Jean Morris

    I am using Fire tv

  • Spiros Kapetanios

    Using an android box. Using the trongle X1 android box

  • James Shotwell

    I am using a amazon firestorm and a MXQ Pro

  • Fran Breedlove

    I am currently using the Firestick and I love it!

  • Charles Pwln

    I am using Fire TV. Have yet to investigate Kodi.

  • Mallory

    Using the fire stick but was planning on upgrading soon as the buffering never ends

  • James Bert Fleming

    Roku 1, 2,3, 4 and Fire T V

  • onlytorri

    I am currently using Amazon’s Fire Stick as my streaming device at home.

  • ELISEOG1

    Fire stick and Mq pro box

  • Jane Santerre Denison

    I am currently using the Fire TV. I’m in the learning stage but I am enjoying Kodi.

  • Mike C

    I am using an Amazon Fire Stick with Kodi. It is so far pretty cool, though live sports streaming is terrible.

  • Anthony J Aniag

    I’m using the amazon fire stick. Works pretty well except for live tv, it has a lot of buffering. Other than that I love it!

  • ASHVIN KARVAT

    I used Apple tv2 before, but no w I use Firestick tv and I love it.

  • captain morgan

    I have a Nexbox A95X Android box in the den and a Henscoqi T95M Android box in the bedroom.

  • Robert Matthews

    I am using an Amazon Fire Stick with KODI and Exodus. Works good most of the time.

  • Danny Gonzalez

    I currently using a Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV (3rd Gen), and a Jelly Bean TV that someone gave me. Not even sure of how to use it.

  • Karen Preston

    I am using an Amazon Fire Stick with Kodi. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t too much buffering.

  • Greg Perkins

    Am using Firestick, also have Fire tv but haven’t set it up yet

  • James Mayo

    I am running a MXQ box with kodi16 and a Roku 2

  • devin langhoff

    I’m using a amazon fire stick with kodi

  • Craige Conibear

    I’m am using Roku 2 and Amazon Fire Stick with Kodi that learned from here how to install

  • Bob Masloski

    I have a roku and 2 amazon fire sticks that I learned to program from troypoint

  • JB

    Hey all. Currently using Kodi on a Windows 10 Laptop and also a MXQ Pro Android Box.
    Thanks for the contest Troy.

  • Thomas Godfrey

    I have a fire stick with kodi (emby client addon), a windows 7 machine with emby server software, Roku HD, Ipad wtih kodi and emby client.

  • Jody Robinson

    I have an amazon fire stick with kodi

  • GCW

    Thanks Tory, appreciate your having the give away.

  • Laura Wood

    We have an Android smart phone, 2 Acer laptops, AVOV, MXQ Pro, Chrome Cast.

  • Karen

    I am use Amazon fire stick!

  • Tony

    I have an amazon firestick and a nexus player. Both are loaded with kody.

  • Laurie Hamiel

    Love my Android and Fire TV Stick – loads of help from Troy too!

  • Chris A

    I have an amazon fire tv stick and I have Kodi installed on it. I also have Kodi installed on two desktop pc’s in my home as well. I love the program and all the options it gives you.

  • Edward V McCormack

    I used one of your tutorials online and it showed me how to get spinz on my firestick, thanks. you made it so easy to understand.

  • Delan B.

    This box looks awesome! I think I’m gonna buy one of those keypads if they work with the firetv. I’m sick of their remotes!

  • Comeon man

    Roku, HTPC/vpn/kodi/playon,openflixr, firetv, WDlive

  • Jamie Bauer

    Thanks for the review, looks cool!

  • Cheryl Frey

    I have an Amazon Fire Stick and an Apple TV box. I love them both! Especially since watching Tony’s videos have helped me understand the ins and outs of Kodi much, much better!

  • kilroy

    Troy , how does this unit compare to the A95X ? is this faster and your new box of choice or are they about the same…. ? thanks.

    • Hello, they are both very comparable. You can’t go wrong with either the Beelink GT1 or A95X.

  • Cathy Benedict

    I currently use two Roku 3, two Fire TV boxes and two Android Nexbox A95X, with KODI installed on the later two, Love the mini-keyboard that Troy recommended for using the the Fire TV and the Android box. The remotes are insane to use for typing! I use PlayOn/PlayLater for recording, which works well.

    Someday when I can work it into my schedule, I hope to get PLEX, setup in my spare time. I only signed up for a year with PLEX and that was last December. I should have sprung for the lifetime option, as the rate I am going, it is going to take me that long…

    I am hoping to be able to do away with my cable TV bill and perhaps switch to PlayStation Vue for local programming, etc., in addition to Amazon Prime for which I have used now for multiple years with the Roku 3. My cable bill is $230., a month, which includes Internet and a landline, but doing away with the cable part will be a great savings.

    I am in the process of learning how to navigate KODI, so I can then show my sister. Signed up for PIA VPN at Troy’s recommendation and finally got that setup through my ASUS RT-88U router, which was an experience in itself. Thank goodness for the Merlin Firmware for the ASUS or I would probably still be fumbling around trying to get it setup!

    My only problem is my sister is hung up on watching Netflix and they block access with those using a VPN, so it is important that I can learn KODI and in turn be able to show her the access steps for using KODI and then be able to use the PIA VPN through the router for household access on the TVs.

    Thanks, Troy, for all of your critiques, great articles and your membership tutorials. Good Luck to all for the drawing.

  • H public

    Fire TV, Fire Stick, Firestick

  • Ken Grove

    I have roku 2, Fire stick and a Boxee box Dee link,but not using that one much any more.Loved to have the Beelink GT1 for an update.

  • Matt DeeJay Sheriff

    Matt from Margate in the UK. I’m currently running kodi v17 beta2 on my samsung galaxy s6. V16.1 on two firesticks and 17 beta2 on an acer laptop. All running either the beast wizard or the beast krypton.
    Troys advice and fire unleashed titorials have been a god send. Good work my man. Keep it up. Can’t wait for new ones.

  • Dominique Perron

    Nexbox A95X 1gb/8gb

  • Dee Dozier

    I have a Roku 3 player and Amazon Fire Stick

  • Eli Bloomenson

    Thanx for the excellent review, sounds like it will be a great step up in performance from my fire stick !
    Keep up the great work.

  • Fire Stick, Fire TV, and thanks to your review, a not yet installed A95X. Thanks for all the great work you put into your “hobby.”

  • Ed Ramirez

    Qbox main tv and several firesticks throughout the house 🙂

  • Pep

    Firestick for me. Would like to add something new

  • KristiPritchett

    Amazon Firestick is what I use currently!!

  • Darrell Bruggeman

    I currently use the Firestick and The NexBox A95X.

  • Billy Quick

    I currently have 2 firetv boxes.

  • PAUL JORDON

    Fire TV and Fire Unleashed plus an Android TV here. I would like to add another box.

  • Steve Hamilton

    Currently running NexBox A95X with a Firestick as back up just in case.

  • Judy Creel

    Currently running 2 Fire TVs and 2 Rokus. Would like to replace the Roku

  • Clark Sigmund

    Thanks for the review as usual. I am currently only running an Amazon Firestick.

  • Ruben Leyva

    Fairly new to Kodi, so I currently only have a Firestick. But am learning more with the help if the videos.

  • Gord STEVEN

    I am currently using Kodi on my Dell laptop…still trying to work through the finer points…hoping to get a good android box soon

  • Larry Sayles

    Fire stick fire tv google chrome and 2 web based servers for chrome casting to the tv via laptop. The fire tv box is by far the best so far. Love this kind of streaming and the paths it has opened up for developers and manufactures. One day a key chain dongle will contain all our media live.

  • Chip Falcone

    2 fire boxes and 2 fire sticks. Fire box much more responsive than stick but still acceptable.

  • bob213pierce

    I have a mini pc running win 10 dedicated to Kodi. (got a super price on it from a friend upgrading his HTPC) Solid state drive with 8gb ram and 125 gb storage. Definitely overkill for current system but I am slowly building my HTPC system. Love all your reviews and info. The beelink looks like it would be an easy solution for our second tv.

  • Lex

    New to Kodi so I just have an Amazon fire stick. Thanks for all the reviews and instructional info.

  • quan

    I’m still using fire tv sticks but I’m leaning towards purchasing the fire tv 4k.

  • Thomas Dixon

    Currently using a NexBox A95X, would really love a Beelink GT1 so here’s hoping.

  • Benny George

    i have a roku 2 and a windows 7 laptop.

  • Jeff_W

    MXQ Pro 1g/8gb version but I really need the 2G/16GB box from the giveaway 😀

  • Art Molina

    I loaded KODI on my iPhone 6s, without jailbreak, but KODI lasts about a week & will not re activate. The icon remains but that’s about it. Any recent updates or suggestions for apple devices & kodi? Guess since this isn’t working out, the best solution would be to be selected for the Beelink GT1 device giveaway & not worry about running into these kinds of issues….Heck Yeah! Will be waiting to be contacted…thanks for your support!

  • Lance Rogers

    Currently I have a firestick. I’m gooing to have to get one of these somehow.

  • Allmon Douglas

    Cool!

  • Demetrius

    I’m currently using 3 different android boxes MXQ Pro , Matricom , X9 . All work great . X9 has android 6.0 .

  • Steve Martin

    Are all Beelink GT1’s fully loaded and do they come with kodi mate. Where is the best place to buy one? Have you tried the R Box Pro?

  • Mat

    Hello I currently have the mxq pro box. Your website is one of the greatest sites. I visit all the time. I just want to say thank you from Chicago. I have also had my friends start visiting and using your site as a go to for all things kodi. Thanks a bunch.

  • Rene Aguirre

    I currently have cable and have been researching “cutting the cord” as a result of a tight budget ever since I decided to go back to school online as an adult. Then I discovered TROYPOINT and man am I glad I did. This website has educated me on the topic and I now feel prepared to totally confident to finally “cut the cord”. And although I am not currently streaming at home, I now pland to get the Beelink GT1!!! Thank you Troypoint for your time reseaching and providing this priceless information. Rene

  • debbie godbolt

    I have a freesat box and a fire stick atm

  • Mr. T

    Easiest thing I’ve done.. Cut DirecTV at two locations… Did not miss a beat! You might find you only watch a couple channels overall.. and I am certain your programming can be found and rather easily..

    NEXBOX 95

  • Robin Persaud

    I am using an MXQ Pro for streaming my DVD and Blu-ray collection (ripped to NAS drives on home network) to a bedroom TV. Wi-fi on that model is very poor…

  • Leeloo Dallas

    I have an Amazon Firestick and my Apple Mac Mini running Kodi and it’s the best thing in the world.

  • James Miller

    Couldn’t live without Jodi..Android

  • James Miller

    Kodi

  • imchas

    added KODI to my firestick, just starting to feel my way around, was looking to watch movie the other day, they kept coming up in non english, anyway to tell prior to starting stream

  • Carlos Alfonso Romero

    I’m using a jailbroken old Apple TV for this… is so slow now… lol… I really want a new unit, considering many options right now! Excellent review BTW! This beelink GT1 might be the one I need! Thanks!

  • Mark Smith

    Apple

  • Jamie Shapiro

    We have a amazon fire stick with kodi installed, thanks to your step by step video guide!

  • Mauricio

    Thank you for all your lessons. I started with the fire stick and thanks to your guides easily side loaded it unto my fire stick. I went ahead and bought an android tv box, back in May, based on your suggestion the Henscoqi MQX4 at a great price and awesome performance. I was able to watch the ppv fight a couple of weeks ago And i get to watch any NFL game that I like. No more NFL packages or sports tier extras.

  • Mariana Senhorim

    Thank you for your reviews Troy, wouldn’t buy anything without checking them out first. I have a Fire Stick that I love but I don’t love carrying it around the house from one tv to another, I really hope I can be the lucky one and get this Beelink!

  • Doug Cecere

    My wife and I have an Amazon Fire TV box and an Android CS968 TV box. Thanks to your videos, I was able to update my Fire TV box from XBMC to Kodi and setup a Fire TV Stick for my sister and her husband. We love them all, thanks!!

  • Stacy Mason

    Recently got the firestick. Absolutely love it. Who needs cable when you have this. Looking at purchasing another firestick or maybe the fire TV. Your videos have been a huge help.

  • Lovegunzzz

    Matricom G box has been a champion for me. I also have learned to add Kodi to Firesticks. 🙂

  • Tamara Brown

    Firestick with KODI. Just works 1/2 the time ?

  • bradley henry

    I have two Firestick and thanks to Troy I have downloaded Kodi to both! Ino addition, I have downloaded and supercharged numerous other sticks that I have given as birthday gifts,,,Thanks again Troy!!!

  • Matthew

    We have an Apple TV and an O!Play that now is just used to play files off local drive. My search for a better alternative bought me here!

  • Jerry Childress

    I have the Nexbox A95X. Love your web site, Keep up the great work. Thank You.

  • Ken Grove

    I have a Mac that I use to sometimes stream kodi on,but I use a fire stick to stream most of the time.Thanks for all your great videos!!

  • Congrats to Stacy Mason on winning the Beelink GT1! Stacy, please email your shipping address to me at mail@troypoint.com. Thanks to all who participated. More drawings coming soon.

  • Matt DeeJay Sheriff

    Seeing as didn’t win one of these…i’ve taken the plunge and purchased one.. thanks for the review troy. Keep up the good work

    • Thanks for being a great sport, Matt! Have fun with your new device!

  • Michael Doyle

    Hey Troy
    Good review, I’m hearing good things about this box and I mainly want it for watching rugby, The box I have now suffers with buffering when watching lately. The Live TV I’d like to watch (Sky Sports and BT Sports mainly) which aren’t available in NA, will this get the job done? Currently my box is

    M8S Plus Android TV Box, guess my question is will i see an upgrade in quality viewing with the Beelink?
    Thanks

    • Hi Michael, always hard to answer this buffering question. Many times, it is the server that you are pulling the stream from that causes the problem and not your device.

    • Chris

      I can point you in the right direction for quality iptv at very good price if ur feed up with free streams or the current poor service you have at the moment…

      • RickJames09

        Hi Chris. Do you mind sharing me a very good paid IPTV?

        • Chris

          Hi Rick happy to help but I what ever one you go for alway go for a 24 hour trail first or a one month package as some don’t offer trials before spending big on a 6 month deal….

          There a lots of groups are on Facebook are everyone has there one fav but for the passed 6months QuickIPTV is the most stable and good price.

          Anyone reading just my opinion plz feel free to offer yours….

  • Shotgun Blues

    Hey Troy, would you recommend the Beelink GT1 or the A95x (2gb, 16ram) strictly for kodi streaming Currently have an MXQ box and am looking to upgrade. What box do you think would be optimal for minimizing lag?

  • James Chute

    Hey troy I bought a keyboard and mouse for my beelink box but only the keyboard works. Any idea what I can do to fix it cause the remote mouse is terrible.

    • cowprotector

      I can’t get a 2.4 or Bluetooth mouse to work either — what a disappointment

  • Alain

    Just got my gt1 yesterday and was very disappointed as for Kodi keep’s crashing after each playback. I saw the a “fix” dissabling amcodec but this as strong effect on pictur quality if one can do so because I wasn’t able I couldn’t see the option in system settings expert so asked for rma… if any one can help please not sure if I will get rma ?

  • Chris

    Great review thanks, was hoping for a few bench mark comments but I got a feel good vib for this box which is good as I’m just waiting for mine to arrive. I’ve got the Minix Neo U1 as my main box but looking for a second more affordable second box and Free buy the Probox2 Air and kodi crashing all the time I have my finger crossed for the GT-1..

    P.s Troy can I get you opinion on Minix U1 vs GT1 vs Probox2 Air and R68 cheers

  • cowprotector

    I can’t get a 2.4 or Bluetooth mouse to work, and another comment here confirming theirs too — what a disappointment , rii works but I want to use a regular mouse!!! help!!!

    • James Hinchman

      Wireless Logitech mouse and Logitech wireless keyboard touch combo works great on all this Beelink boxes. Never tried bluetooth though

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  • Bryan Erickson

    Can you talk about the OS. Specifically, is it stock Android, or Android TV. I understand that Android TV is a better ‘living room’ experience, but that stock Android can load more apps. Further, that many box sellers use the term ‘Android TV box’, but it may just be a tweaked stock Android. This is very misleading. I don’t want to have to dig out a mouse or keyboard.