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This Dynalink Android TV Box Review was written by Troy from TROYPOINT after using the Android TV Box on a regular basis for three days.
In addition to the review, you will also find multiple tips and tricks below that will allow you to supercharge your Dynalink Android TV Box.
This streaming device was purchased by TROYPOINT and this is not a sponsored post. This is an unbiased review and you will see that I point out both the good and bad regarding this Android TV Box.
The new Dynalink Android TV Box is taking the streaming world by storm for a few reasons.
The first is its low price point which is currently $29.99. It appears that this is a Black Friday sale and regular price will be $49.99.
And third, we usually don’t see a licensed version of Android TV running 4K on these less expensive boxes. What we usually get is stock Android with a launcher that allows for use on a television.
Yes, there is a big difference between Android TV and stock Android.
Is this $29 Android TV Box really that good? Keep reading and find out!
Dynalink Android TV Box
The Dynalink Android TV Box runs true Android TV plus the proper licensing for Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Chromecast which is a huge plus.
This streaming box supports 4K Ultra HD and HDR resolution which provides clear and smooth video.
The Dynalink Android TV Box comes with a Quad-core CPU, 3+2-core GPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and eMMC 8GB Flash storage.
The included remote control provides the following buttons, power, mute, back, Google Assistant, home, volume control, Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play.
The Google Assistant button allows users to search by voice or control smart home devices throughout the home.
Google Play Store is available on this device which provides access to all of the most popular streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, YouTube, Peacock TV, Disney+, HBO Max, and many more.
It’s important to point out that the Google Play Store installed on this device isn’t the same one that you get with Android phones and tablets. This is Android TV Google Play Store and provides access to applications that are optimized for the television experience. But, we can always sideload apps that aren’t available through the official app store.
OTG Cable Tricks
You will find my download/upload speed tests below.
I was first unable to format the USB drive as internal storage but then removed the Ethernet adapter and plugged the USB drive directly into the OTG cable and that worked!
This tells me that the power adapter probably isn’t strong enough to power everything at once. You can always try using a more powerful adapter to see if that helps.
Due to the strong WiFi download speeds as noted below, I won’t need the Ethernet adapter anyways.
This is how you can expand internal storage on the Dynalink Android TV Box.
1 Click Settings icon in top right corner.
2 Click Device Preferences
3 Click About
4 Click Build approximately 7 times until you see the message “You are now a developer!”
5 Go back to previous menu and click Developer Options.
6 Turn on “Force allow apps on external”.
7 Go back to home screen and click Notifications button at the top.
8 Click your USB drive.
9 Click Set up as device storage.
10 Click Format.
11 Wait for USB drive to format.
12 Now under Settings / Device Preferences / Storage you will see your new drive is connected.
Dynalink Android TV Box Download Speeds
I used Analiti Speed Test App for the following tests.
I have 1 GB Fiber download speed plan through my Internet Service Provider.
During the WiFi tests, I am connected to the 5Ghz band on my Asus AC3100 Router. This router resides in the same room as my Dynalink Android TV Box (approximately 20 feet away from wireless router).
I’m using IPVanish VPN as my VPN on Chicago Server 04 (chi-a04).
Ethernet (UGREEN USB Gigabit Ethernet Adapter)
IPVanish VPN On: Download = 99 Mbps & Upload = 79 Mbps
VPN Off: Download = 310 Mbps & Upload = 125 Mbps
IPVanish VPN On: Download = 86 Mbps & Upload = 64 Mbps
VPN Off: Download = 350 Mbps & Upload = 122 Mbps
Side-loading Applications on the Dynalink Android TV Box
I then switched to TiviMate for live channels through my favorite IPTV provider.
No problems whatsoever with the applications and service that I tested above.
Important note: Syncler, Kodi, and TiViMate are available for install through Google Play Store on the Dynalink Android TV Box.
The Amlogic S905Y2 processor does an excellent job playing HD quality video, including 4K content.
I paired my Bluetooth game controller with the Dynalink Android TV Box and tested some of the more popular games.
I didn’t experience any lag and the game performance was excellent on this Android TV Box.
I’m looking forward to installing Retroarch on this system and playing some of my favorite old-school classics!
The ability to expand internal storage (mentioned above) should appeal to gamers if they run out of space to hold all of their games.
One game can quickly reduce your storage by 1 to 2 GB or more.
What’s In The Box?
- Dynalink Android TV Box Streaming Player
- Bluetooth Remote
- 2 AAA Batteries
- High Speed HDMI Cable
- 5V Micro USB Power Adapter
Dynalink Android TV Box Specs
- CPU: Amlogic S905Y2 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
- GPU: ARM Mali-G31
- Memory: 2GB DDR3 RAM
- Internal Storage: 8GB eMMC Flash Storage
- HDMI 2.1
- WiFi 5Ghz & 2.4Ghz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Android 10 (Android TV)
- Non rooted
- 4K Ultra HD and HDR
- Dolby Audio & AAC
- Box Dimensions: 2.7 x 2.7 x 0.5 in/70 x 70 x13 mm
- Box Weight: 1.8 oz/51g
- Voice Remote Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.6 x 0.7 in/150 x 40 x17 mm
- Voice Remote Weight: 1.9 oz/55g
What I Like
- Low price
- Powerful WiFi chip
- OTG cable works for connecting external devices via micro USB power port
- Internal storage expandable
- Android TV (Android 10)
- Can sideload apps
- No bloatware
- Supports 4K
- Netflix and Amazon Prime Video HD supported
- Bluetooth Remote
What I Dislike
- No USB ports
- No Ethernet port
- No Dolby vision
Dynalink Android TV Box Summary
You simply can’t go wrong buying this Android TV Box at only $29.99!
If you are picky about video quality and you demand Dolby Vision then this won’t be for you. I personally don’t get too hung up on video quality and never have. Typical 4K and 1080p is good enough for me.
I was blown away at the download speeds I got through WiFi with my VPN on and off. There is really no need for me to use the USB Ethernet adapter that I connected with an OTG cable. But, if you do require Ethernet, you can easily do this with an inexpensive OTG cable.
I’m happy to see that Dynalink is using barebones Android TV as opposed to a modified version which Chromecast with Google TV has. The Chromecast device caters to those who are subscribed to multiple streaming services which I don’t like.
I don’t know much about the Dynalink brand and I wonder if they will issue updates for this device in the future. That is my biggest question right now.
I know what you guys will ask. Is the Dynalink Android TV Box better than the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K? As of now, I would say yes but that is because I like Android TV operating system better than Fire OS. There is less bloatware and you can uninstall or deactivate apps that you don’t want much easier than on the Amazon devices. But, in terms of performance, they are very similar.
Please check back on a frequent basis as I will be updating this page with new tutorials centered around the Dynalink Android TV Box.
I rate the Dynalink Android TV Box 4.7 stars out of 5.