When I first unboxed the GoStreamer G5+, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality and design of this Android streaming device. The blue and white G5+ logo look nice on the top of this rig and blend in nicely with a power button that extends from the front right corner. Another nice touch is the display on the front which provides system information regarding time, connection, sd card, usb connection etc.
I am happy to see the manufacturer is using an SD Card as opposed to a Micro SD Card. There is plenty of room for expansion and peripheral devices with three USB inputs as well. The back of the GoStreamer G5+ includes the power input, optical out, HD out, AV out for older RCA plugs, and an Ethernet port.
Once the system was powered on, I enjoyed using the app launcher because of customization options and a nice looking panel which includes categories to group your various apps.
The GoStreamer G5+ also comes equipped with Bluetooth Version 4.0 which is a necessity in my book due to the peripherals that depend on this type of connectivity.
One of the things that I don’t like about Android TV Boxes is how they don’t work very well with remotes. The GoStreamer G5+ comes with a customized version of YouTube which works fabulous with a remote. Since 95% of my time is spent within Kodi and the other 5% usually spent within YouTube, this is a great feature to add to this device. I wish all of the apps that come pre-loaded on these Android TV Boxes worked nicely with remotes.
When I first launched Kodi, I was presented with an option to install the basic version of Kodi or install the GoStreamer version which I am assuming is a Kodi build. During my review, I did both to see how each would perform. I was not impressed with the build that can be installed onto this device as many of the addons didn’t seem to work for me. Also, the most popular addons were not included within the build but this could be due to legal reasons since this box is originating from the UK where GoStreamer is based.
When I installed the basic version of Kodi, it still included the GoStreamer logos on the screen but it did appear to be the original version of Kodi and it worked fine.
I typically delete Kodi from these Android TV Boxes when I receive them and install a fresh version myself to ensure that I am getting the most recent software. I did the same with the GoStreamer G5+ and then installed my favorite build, etc.
The GoStreamer G5+ did a great job playing all of my video files, including a test 4K file that I throw at each of these when I perform a review.
GoStreamer G5+ Photos
GoStreamer G5+ Review – What I Like & What I Don’t Like
What I like about the GoStreamer G5+ Android TV Box
- This is a powerful Android TV Box with an Amlogic S905 Quad Core Cortex-A53 2GHz CPU and Mali-450 Penta Core 3D 750Mhz GPU.
- Comes with Bluetooth as some of the less expensive alternatives do not.
- This device will accept SD Card storage up to 32GB. This is SD and not Micro SD, another plus in my book as I prefer the larger card.
- The app launcher can be easily customized and works very well, no need to install an alternative launcher in my opinion.
- This Android TV Box comes with a customized YouTube app that works excellent with a remote.
- The overall design of the box is wonderful and also comes with a power button and an information screen on the front.
What I don’t like about the GoStreamer G5+ Anroid TV Box
- This device comes with the typical cheap remote that most are accustomed to. I suggest using the Rii I8 Mini 2.4Ghz Wireless Touchpad Keyboard With Mouse for these Android TV Boxes anyway so this isn’t a big problem.
- When entering Kodi, you have the option to install GoStreamer’s build or the default version of Kodi. GoStreamer’s build did not work for me very well but this isn’t a deal breaker since I always perform a fresh install of Kodi on all Android TV Boxes that I use. Very easy to do within Google Play Store.
Would I use the GoStreamer G5+ Android TV Box As A Primary Streaming Device Within My Home?
I would definitely use this device as the primary streaming device in my house as long as I was primarily using Kodi. For those who want to use other apps such as Amazon Prime, or other video services an Android Box may not be for you unless the apps are optimized for a remote control experience.
Since most of my time is spent within Kodi and the GoStreamer G5+ has an awesome customized YouTube app that works great with a remote, this is a no-brainer. Video quality is excellent and the box responds quickly to keyboard and remote functions.
What’s In The Box?
- GoStreamer G5+ Android TV Box
- IR Remote
- HDMI Cable
- Power Adapter
*2 AAA batteries not included for remote
GoStreamer G5+ Android TV Box Specs
- Processor: Amlogic S905 Quad Core Cortex-A53 2GHz CPU
- Operating System: Android 5.1.1 Lolipop
- GPU: Mali-450 Penta Core 3D 750MHz
- RAM: 1GB DDR3
- Internal Memory: 8GB
- Bluetooth: Version 4.0
- Expandable Memory: SD Storage (up to 32GB)
- Google Play Store: Yes
- XBMC/Kodi: Jarvis 16.2.1
- HDMI 2.0: Yes
- USB Ports: 3
- 1000Mbps Ethernet: Yes
- Flash Support: Yes
- HD Video Playback: Yes, Supports 1080p HD Videos
- 4K Video Playback: Yes, Supports 4K Videos
- Video Support: H.265/H.264/H.263/VC1/WMV/MOV/MKV/AVI/RM/RMVB/FLV/MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4
- Music Support: MP3/WMA/APE/FLAC/AAC/AC3/WAV
- Photo Support: JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF
- Music Support: MP3/WMA/APE/FLAC/AAC/AC3/WAV
- Gaming: Supports 3D gaming
- I/O Ports: 1000 Ethernet, HDMI, SD card up to 128GB, Optical Audio out, Power Port
- WIFI: Wireless LAN 802.11
- Power: DC 5v/3A
- Accessories: HMDI Cable, Power Adapter, Remote Control, Manual.
- Color: Black
- Dimensions: 113mm x 113mm x 23mm
- Weight: 350 grams
Buy the GoStreamer G5+ from the following links: