MECOOL KM1

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This MECOOL KM1 Review was written by Troy from TROYPOINT after using the Android TV Box on a regular basis for one week.

This streaming device was provided free of charge to TROYPOINT by MECOOL.  However, this review is unbiased and you will see that I point out both the good and bad regarding this Android TV Box.  MECOOL did not have access to this post prior to publishing.

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MECOOL KM1

The MECOOL KM1 is an Android TV Box running the true Android TV 9 operating system.  Yes, there is a difference as most generic Android TV Boxes run stock Android and not Android TV.

Read about the differences between Android TV and Stock Android here

MECOOL KM1 Box & Remote

 

MECOOL refers to the KM1 as an Android TV Google certified TV box due to the fact that it integrates nicely with Google features such as voice control and Chromecast.

As with the other generic Android TV Boxes, this does not support Netflix out of the box but surprisingly it does support Amazon Prime Video in HD quality!

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The MECOOL KM1 comes in different configurations that you can choose from when purchasing.

You may pick between 2GB 16GB, 4 GB 32 GB, or 4GB 64GB models.  The first number is the amount of RAM and the second number is the amount of internal storage.

The model that MECOOL sent to me was the KM1 Classic which is the 2GB 16GB model.  If you’re going to purchase this, I would definitely recommend upgrading to either of the 4GB RAM models.

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MECOOL KM1 Features at a Glance

  • Runs Android 9.0 ATV on Amlogic S905X3, with high speed and smooth performance, which is designed to turn your regular TV into a smart one.
  • Google Cast allows you to enjoy entertainment on big screen through various devices such as tablets, smartphones or laptops. Just tap
  • Voice command capabilities mean you can make voice commands instead of punching down instructions. Simply hold and press the voice control key to activate the voice command feature.
  • Equipped with an impressive 4GB of DDR4 RAM which means plenty of space and high-speed performance.
  • Enjoy an H.264 H.265 supportive, Mali-G31 MP2 decoding graphics processor, which provides the you with professional image processing.
  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band WiFi offers dual-band support. It also comes with integrated connectors like USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. The Bluetooth 4.2 adapter is worth a mention as well.
  • Equipped with 100M LAN Interface for unfettered internet surfing.
  • HDR10+, HDR10, HLG and technicolor HDR processing support, you’ll be able to enjoy high-quality and super clear 4K images.
  • Small in size which makes it easy to place anywhere in your house

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MECOOL KM1 Running Android TV

The Android TV operating system is meant for televisions and it’s great to see MECOOL embrace this.

Android TV is notably found on the NVIDIA Shield and TiVo Stream 4K as well.

Most of the generic Android TV Boxes run Stock Android and the apps aren’t optimized for the TV screen.  Yes, we can side-load some of them onto those devices but Android TV Google Play Store provides access to all applications meant for the Television.

MECOOL Android TV

The inclusion of Android TV into its boxes is what makes this device shine in my opinion.  You get many of the benefits of the NVIDIA Shield at a much lower price.

Expand Internal Storage

Since I was sent the classic version which only comes with 16GB of internal storage, the first thing I wanted to do was expand the internal storage.

Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t.

I first enabled Developer Options by going into Settings / Device Preferences / About / clicked the Build menu item 7 or 8 times.  I then went back one screen and into Developer options where I enabled “Force allow apps on external”.

Developer Options

I then inserted a 256GB SandDisk 3.0 USB Drive into the unit and formatted as internal storage and it worked exactly like it would on the NVIDIA Shield.  Great news!

From now forward, all applications that I install will be added to the USB drive so I will never run out of space.

We can achieve this same feature with the Fire TV Stick 4K but the process is less than ideal.

When I go into Apps under the Settings panel, I can also indicate whether it should run off internal or external storage.  I typically run apps that require more resources on internal storage such as my VPN and Kodi.

Apps to External Storage

Netflix & Amazon Prime Video

Most generic Android TV Boxes don’t support HD video in either Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Fortunately, Amazon Prime Video works in full HD on the MECOOL KM1.  As expected, the Amazon Prime Video experience is better on the Fire TV devices but at least it works on this system.

MECOOL KM1 Amazon Prime Video

Netflix does not currently work but there are some APK files floating around that can be side-loaded to bring 1080p HD video through this application.

I did try the above APK that I’m linking to and it did work but I needed a wireless keyboard with a virtual mouse to use the application.  The application is built for phones and tablets, not the TV.

It’s important to note that the MECOOL KM1 is not Netflix certified and the above APK is a hacked version of the app.  We don’t know how long the app will continue working.

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Side-loading Applications on the MECOOL KM1

I used the TROYPOINT App with the Rapid App Installer and installed all of the most popular APKs and my favorite IPTV service.

Everything worked great with no problems whatsoever.

The Amlogic S905X3 processor does an excellent job playing HD quality video, including 4K content.

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Gaming

I paired my NVIDIA Shield game controller with the MECOOL KM1 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.

Gaming on MECOOL KM1

The ability to expand internal storage should appeal to gamers.

One game can quickly reduce your storage by 1 GB.

MECOOL KM1 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 MECOOL KM1 (approximately 20 feet away from wireless router).

I’m using IPVanish VPN as my VPN on Chicago Server 04 (chi-a04).

MECOOL KM1 Download Speeds

Ethernet

VPN On: Download = 70 Mbps & Upload = 47 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 94 Mbps & Upload = 86 Mbps

WiFi

VPN On: Download = 72 Mbps & Upload = 36 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 213 Mbps & Upload = 125 Mbps

Note: Higher speeds on WiFi is due to Ethernet port limited to 100 Mbps speeds.

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MECOOL KM1 Specs

MECOOL KM1 Specs

  • Brand: MECOOL
  • Model: KM1 CLASSIC
  • Type: TV Box
  • GPU: Mali-G31
  • System: Android 9.0
  • CPU: Amlogic S905X3
  • Core: Quad Core
  • RAM: 2G RAM
  • RAM Type: DDR4
  • ROM: 16G ROM
  • Max. Extended Capacity: TF card up to 32GB (not included)
  • Color: Black
  • Decoder Format: H.263, H.264, H.265, HD MPEG4
  • Audio format: AAC, AAC, FLAC, AVE, MP3, OGG, RM, WMA, WMV
  • Video format: VP9 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K @ 60fps H.265 HEVC [email protected] up to 4Kx2K @ 60fps AVS2-P2 Profile up to 4Kx2K @ 60fps H.264 AVC [email protected] up to 4Kx2K @ 30fps
  • Photo Format: JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, JFIF … etc photo format
  • Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
  • 5G WiFi: Yes
  • WIFI: 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
  • Power Supply: Charge Adapter
  • Interface: AV,DC 5V,HDMI,RJ45,TF card,USB3.0
  • Language: Multilanguage
  • HDMI Version: 2.1
  • Other Functions: Chromecast,Google Assistant,Others
  • HDMI Function: HDCP
  • Power Consumption.: 5W
  • RJ45 Port Speed: 100/10MBPS
  • Power Type: External Power Adapter Mode
  • Power Adapter Input: 100-240V / 50-60Hz
  • Remote Controller Battery: 2 x AAA Battery ( not included )
  • Product weight: 0.1850 kg
  • Package weight: 0.4500 kg
  • Product size (L x W x H): 12.00 x 12.00 x 2.00 cm / 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.79 inches
  • Package size (L x W x H): 18.50 x 14.00 x 6.00 cm / 7.28 x 5.51 x 2.36 inches
  • Package Contents: 1 x TV Box, 1 x Voice Remote, 1 x Power Supply, 1 x HD Cable, 1 x English User Manual

What I Like

  • Android TV Operating System
  • Powerful CPU
  • Bluetooth remote control, not cheap IR remote
  • Expanding internal storage works excellent
  • Fast download speeds with VPN on & off
  • Different models to choose from
  • Excellent price
  • Supports Amazon Prime Video in HD

What I Dislike

  • Netflix not supported (not certified)
  • Ethernet Adapter only 10/100M
  • Probably no updates provided
  • Shipping takes approximately 1 month to United States from MECOOL.
  • Limited support

Final Thoughts on the MECOOL KM1 Android TV Box

MECOOL has been my favorite generic Android TV Box manufacturer for a long time.

Now that they are loading these systems with Android TV, I like them even better.  I guess I can now stop calling them “generic”.

Would I purchase the KM1 if I was a heavy Netflix user?  No.

But, if I wasn’t a Netflix user, I would purchase this over both the Fire TV Stick 4K and the TiVo Stream 4K.

As mentioned earlier, I would suggest purchasing one of their models that comes with 4GB of RAM.  The additional 2GB of RAM will help “future-proof” this Android TV Box.

Due to the current worldwide pandemic, it’s difficult assessing how many of these items are currently available for purchase.  I do know that their has been a shortage as the same has occurred with the Fire TV Stick 4K as well.

Purchasing Options

MECOOL has instructed me to point customers to their official Website for ordering.

As stated above, shipping takes approximately 1 month to the United States.

If you need it quicker, I would suggest searching both Ebay and Amazon but you will probably pay a much higher price if you do that.

As of this post here are the prices for each model.

  • 2GB 16GB – $54.39
  • 4GB 32GB – $67.99
  • 4GB 64GB – $76.49

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Do you own a MECOOL KM1?  Tell us what you think of this Android TV Box in the comments section below.

 

I rate the MECOOL KM1 4.6 stars out of 5

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