This article was updated following V2.01.03 update.
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 was its introductory price point at $29.99 during the 2020 holiday season.
As of this update, it is now selling for full price of $49.95.
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 $50 Android TV Box really that good? Keep reading and find out!
Table of Contents
- 1 Dynalink Android TV Box
- 2 Dynalink Android TV Box Update
- 3 OTG Cable Tricks
- 4 Dynalink Android TV Box Download Speeds
- 5 Side-loading Applications on the Dynalink Android TV Box
- 6 Gaming
- 7 What’s In The Box?
- 8 Dynalink Android TV Box Specs
- 9 What I Like
- 10 What I Dislike
- 11 Dynalink Android TV Box Summary
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.
Dynalink released an update on January 26th, 2021 which addressed the following items.
- Fix the auto power on the issue.
- Update NETFLIX ver7.3.2 to Ver7.3.3
- Fix 4K UHD play issue on Amazon prime video App.
- Fix Amazon prime video App can’t upgrade.
- Implement some Wi-Fi patches to improve Wi-Fi quality.
- Upgrade some security patches.
- The default setting of CEC- Auto power off is enabled now.
- Remove Erase & Format option.
- Implement some patches to improve Video and Audio quality when playing.
Unfortunately, Dynalink went backwards with the 8th item on the list, Remove Erase & Format option. This has taken away the option to expand internal storage so we can install apps onto external storage.
Due to the low amount of internal storage, this is a bad decision on Dynalink’s part.
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OTG Cable Tricks
Important! Dynalink released an update V2.01.03 which took away the option to expand internal storage. USB storage still works but you can’t install applications onto the USB device anymore.
Previously, we were able to expand internal storage with a 16GB USB drive or smaller.
Photo of connecting USB hub with Ethernet Adapter and USB drive.
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
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
- 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
- Powerful WiFi chip
- OTG cable works for connecting external devices via micro USB power port – Note: does not work to expand internal storage
- Android TV (Android 10)
- Can sideload apps
- No bloatware
- Supports 4K
- Netflix and Amazon Prime Video HD supported
- Bluetooth Remote
What I Dislike
- Can’t expand internal storage
- Remote can’t control television
- High price (no longer discounted at $29.99)
- No USB ports
- No Ethernet port
- No Dolby vision
The Dynalink Android TV Box sold for $29.99 during the holiday season of 2020.
At that time, I recommended purchasing this device due to the price and ability to expand internal storage with small USB drives.
Personally, I wouldn’t purchase this device at full price which is $49.95. Instead, I would purchase the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K will soon be receiving the update that the new Firesticks come with, and I think it’s a better choice than the Dynalink at the $49.95 price point.
If Dynalink provides an update to expand internal storage, I may change my opinion on this.
Due to the numerous amount of awesome applications and games available, it’s extremely important to have more than 3GB to install applications in my opinion.
Some of you may only require the use of a few applications on your system and if that is the case, this might be a great option for you.
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.
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 3.5 stars out of 5.
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