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Beelink GT1 Review

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.

Use the links below to purchase the Beelink GT1

Gearbest – Beelink GT1

Amazon – Beelink GT1

Click Here To Get Your Free Guide “Supercharge Your Android TV Box”

Beelink GT1 Quick Video Review

 

Use the links below to purchase the Beelink GT1

Gearbest – Beelink GT1

Amazon – Beelink GT1

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)

Use the links below to purchase the Beelink GT1

Gearbest – Beelink GT1

Amazon – Beelink GT1

Click Here To Get Your Free Guide “Supercharge Your Android TV Box”

 

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 Kodi On Android TV Box

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

2017-08-29T18:28:26-05:00 By |Android TV Box, Kodi|126 Comments

126 Comments

  1. Bryan Erickson July 17, 2017 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    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.

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  4. cowprotector December 2, 2016 at 12:13 am - Reply

    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 August 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

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

  5. Chris November 28, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    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

  6. Alain November 23, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    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 ?

  7. James Chute November 8, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

    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 December 2, 2016 at 12:09 am - Reply

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

  8. Shotgun Blues October 23, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

    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?

  9. Michael Doyle October 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    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

    • Troy October 23, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

      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 November 28, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      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 January 25, 2017 at 7:20 am - Reply

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

        • Chris January 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

          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….

  10. Matt DeeJay Sheriff October 1, 2016 at 4:16 am - Reply

    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

    • Troy October 3, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

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

  11. Troy September 30, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    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.

  12. Ken Grove September 29, 2016 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    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!!

  13. Jerry Childress September 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

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

  14. Matthew September 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    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!

  15. bradley henry September 28, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

    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!!!

  16. Tamara Brown September 28, 2016 at 7:04 am - Reply

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

  17. Lovegunzzz September 28, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

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

  18. Stacy Mason September 28, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

    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.

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