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MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box Review

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M8S PRO TV Box ReviewThis MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box Review was written by Troy from TROYPOINT after using this Android Kodi box on a regular basis within a home network.

This is a small device that will be easily hidden among your other electronic peripherals connected to your television.  This Kodi box measures 4.02 x 4.02 x 0.83 inches in diameter.

The MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box remote is equipped with a learning system so you can pair it with your television and use the same remote for both devices at once.  It also comes with some handy buttons such as browser, home, mute, delete, and volume.  The typical mouse toggle is also present on this remote as well.

As with most Android TV Boxes, I suggest using a Bluetooth remote which will enhance the responsiveness and make it easier to type with.  The  Rii I8 Mini Bluetooth Wireless Touchpad Keyboard With Mouse is my favorite remote for Kodi boxes and it works well with the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box as well.

This is a powerful device and rightfully so due to its strong processor and DDR4 RAM.  The MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box comes equipped with an Amlogic S912 2.0GHz Octa-Core Processor which handles 4K Ultra HD with no problems.

It also sports 3G of DDR4 RAM memory, which is a nice upgrade from the typical DDR3 in most Android boxes.  By implementing DDR4 RAM, the capacity will increase by 300% and power consumption will reduce by 30% compared to DDR3.  The 3G RAM also helps tremendously with Kodi buffering since it can cache to available memory on the device, when setup properly.

Another nice features is that the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box comes with Android 7.1 Nougat, which is the latest and greatest operating system by Google.

The MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box user interface is easy to use and provides a nice customization option, allowing you to add your favorite apps to the home screen.

Kodi media center is not loaded by default on the system.  But, if you go to the Apps page, you have the option of installing “TV Center” which is a fork of Kodi and once installed, it includes many of the popular addons.

Wireless download speed for this Android TV Box was 65.33 Mbps and upload speed was 26.32 Mbps.  When the device was connected directly to the router with a CAT 5 cable, download speed was 93.86 Mbps and upload speed was 24.85 Mbps.

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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. 

How To Install VPN On Android TV Box

Things I like about the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box

What I don’t like about the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box

  • Kodi fork called TV Center, would rather not have this install option included and have users install real Kodi themselves
  • As with all Android TV Boxes, would like to have Bluetooth remote instead of IR

Would I use the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box In My Home As My Main Kodi Box?

Yes, I would definitely use the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box as my main Kodi box within my home network.  I like the ease of use that the user interface provides and I also like the power and latest Android 7.1 operating system which comes installed.

Transparency Note:  I will not review products that I feel TROYPOINT readers will not enjoy.  With that being said, most Kodi boxes that I review on this site have been properly researched prior to reviews to ensure quality for visitors.

What’s In The Box?

  • MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box Android TV Box
  • IR Remote
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • English Manual

*2 AAA batteries not included for remote

MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box Android TV Box Specs

Processor: Amlogic S912
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53
Core: 2.0GHz,Octa Core
GPU: ARM Mali-T820MP3
RAM: 2G,3GB
RAM Type: DDR4
ROM: 16G
Maximum External Hard Drives Capacity: 32GB
Decoder Format: H.265
Video format: AVI,RM,RMVB,TS,VOB
Audio format: AAC,APE,DDP,FLAC,HD,MP3,OGG,TrueHD,WAV,WMA
Photo Format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,PNG,TIFF
Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
5G WiFi: Yes
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Power Supply: Charge Adapter
Interface: AV,DC 5V,HDMI,LAN,TF card,USB2.0
Language: Multi-language
HDMI Version: 2.0
Other Functions: 3D Games,3D Video,Airplay,DLNA,Miracast,NTSC,PAL
HDMI Function: CEC
System Bit: 64Bit
WiFi Chip: QCA9377
Power Type: External Power Adapter Mode
Remote Controller Battery: 2 x AAA batteries ( not included )
Product weight: 0.1100 kg
Package weight: 0.4200 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 10.20 x 10.20 x 2.10 cm / 4.02 x 4.02 x 0.83 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 17.90 x 11.20 x 6.50 cm / 7.05 x 4.41 x 2.56 inches

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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. 

How To Install VPN On Android TV Box

2017-06-26T20:25:47-05:00 By |Android TV Box, Kodi|25 Comments
  • Michael Habel

    Having bought One of these… All I can say is GOOD LUCK! The first One I got from China fried itself to death. Just from using the Chrome Browser. The Second One that got RMAd to me had a broken Wi-Fi Chip in it. So that was my Hardware Review.

    Software? Well it comes with Marshmallow (6.0.1),so at least Kodi v17.x+ will work on this, as opposed to the MXIII (a KitKat 4.4.2), which it doesn’t. Alas the OEM has again decided to side with stock. Or, near enough to stock Android. Instead of the Android TV OS. I would also add that the older Launcher on the MXIII was also less of an eyesore than the whitish-grey of the MeCool. This being a cheapo Box also lacks any Widevine Level 1 Certification, so you can forget about Amazon, or Netflix. Again if your only looking at Kodi this shouldn’t be a problem.

    • You must have had a different MECOOL model as this one doesn’t ship until tomorrow and comes with Android 7.1. This unit works very well.

      • Michael Habel

        Yes it was a different model. Though the internals are nearly identical.

  • Al Lovett

    Can you install Kodi instead of their custom Fork?

    • Hello Al, yes you can. Just open the Google Play Store and install Kodi instead of clicking their install button under the all apps page.

      • Shakespeare

        @disqus_WmQjtTtZYJ:disqus Is it possible to watch Soccer/Football as English,German etc Leagues ?

  • Aleksander Hribar

    What’s mean “Maximum External Hard Drives Capacity: 32GB”?
    Is it mean that I can’t connect TV Box to my 1TB HDD and play movies from it?

    Greetings, Aleksander

    • Shakespeare

      Hello Aleksander,
      I guess it means that you can add SD card max 32gb max.. and about playing you 1TB external hdd I am not sure if it can play because I didn’t try it yet..but shouldn’t be a problem though.

  • Honor Heart

    Hey Troy, thanks for the review. Purchased at gearbox via your link and guess what, it was on sale for 59.99 with 3Gig! No shipping, no state tax. How cool. Thanks

  • edan

    Can someone post the firmware for this device? Mine loose all home icons setting when reboot or simply when I shut it off with remote.

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  • Darth Rex7

    Is the WIFI wonky on this box or is it more on the user’s end with lack of a high speed connection? 200mbps max available should be stable ? Thanks

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  • Moss

    Just got mine but my air mouse won’t work with it? Worked on my previous android box? Would buy a new one but not sure if an air mouse will work on this box.

  • 0adbylad

    Well ive had mine now for over a month and cant get it running correctly
    No way will this box connect to the internet correctly
    As soon as i try my router shows a red light and then ive got nothing, just the same with wifi
    If i try and connect the box to the TV and the TV is connected to the internet the router goes off and thats through the TV!
    Im not sure if its a corrupted image or a driver issue
    Ive been in touch with the Chinese seller and they are sending me a replacement out
    But i would like to try and flash either Openelec or LibreELEC to to satisfy myself but its not that easy with the 912
    Looking forward to my new box 🙂
    Anyone got a link to the original firmware ?

  • busaleem

    What’s the minimum quantity to get dealer price ?
    My contact ??
    mansusu@gmail.com

  • Aron

    Box is a complete piece of crap. Guess you got lucky Troy, if it worked for a month for you. It barely worked a day, and then never worked again. Resets wouldn’t take like most android boxes, either. Many people with similar problems on the Internet. Total waste of my money and time.

    • Sorry to hear that you have problems with this Aaron. I suggest sending back for a refund. Mine is still working great.

  • Fredy Marneef

    The same for me, the box is totaly crap! Tried several times to make it work by resetting the box, but after several minutes it wil not work any more, the seller wants me to film it and put it on youtube, i even think it isnt that effort worth. Sometimes it even wont start up!

  • Rahim

    This box is a piece of shit. Freezes like ice block. Pls don’t buy this from Ali express or U may regret ignoring this warning!

  • Pam Martin

    Troy.. Just recieved my M8S Pro yesterday and nothing but problems. Constant freezing and having to factory reset.. Even the reset doesn’t work 98% of the time. It shows there is a OTA Update and also a Local Update.. Do I do one or both? Thxs, I’m pretty new at this..

    • 0adbylad

      Re OTA updates ….youll be very lucky if either works
      My advice send it back …..i know i know its not practical because of costs but youve really no alternative
      Unless you want to have a go at flashing a new image in that case go over to Freaktab and do loads of reading

      • Pam Martin

        Thxs Oadbylad.. I agree.. What a mess. I purchased it from Banggood and they are really good in customer satisfaction so I’ll probably take a credit and try a different box.. Any opinions on the H96 Pro 3GB/32GB model? Thxs again..