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MECOOL KM7 Plus Android TV Box Review

MECOOL KM7 Plus

The MECOOL KM7 Plus is a Google TV / Android TV 11 streaming box that is Netflix certified and comes with enough power to suit most people’s streaming needs.

MECOOL was kind to send me this new model and I’ve already created a First Impressions Video that is exclusively available to TROYPOINT Patrons and Founding Members.

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Below, you will find my in-depth unbiased review that covers both the good and bad.

MECOOL KM7 Plus Features/Specs

MECOOL KM7 Plus specs

  • Google TV built on Android TV 11
  • 4K HDR & HDR+
  • Amlogic S905Y4 Processor
  • 16GB EMMC internal storage
  • 2GB DDR4 RAM Memory
  • WiFi 2.4 & 5 GHz
  • Standard Ethernet Port
  • 2 USB ports
  • microSD slot
  • Digital Optical port
  • 3.5mm AV port
  • HDMI out port
  • 12.0V power adapter
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • AV1 Codec Support
  • Chromecast Built-in
  • Google Assistant
  • Netflix 4K Certified
  • Prime Video Certified
  • Dolby ATMOS

MECOOL KM7 Plus AV1

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MECOOL KM7 Plus Review

I’ve been using the MECOOL KM7 Plus on a regular basis for the past two weeks and the following unbiased review will provide you with my findings.

MECOOL KM7 Plus standing with Google Remote

I won’t dive into every feature listed above as most of those are self-explanatory.  I will single out the important aspects of this device that most cord-cutters are interested in.

As mentioned in my First Impressions Video, when I first booted the device, I had all kinds of problems. I did a factory reset and all of those problems went away. This shall serve as a friendly reminder that if you ever have problems with devices like this right out of the box, try doing a factory reset.

Sideloading Apps on MECOOL KM7 Plus

Yes, sideloading applications works perfectly on the new MECOOL KM7 Plus.

I installed the free Downloader App then opened the TROYPOINT Toolbox and installed Kodi, TiviMate, SmartTubeNext, and Unlinked.

All of the sideloaded apps performed as expected.

Google TV

Google TV is the operating system that is installed on the MECOOL KM7 Plus.  This is the same operating system that comes installed on the Chromecast with Google TV.

Google TV

Google TV is powered by Android TV 11 on this device.  You can think of Google TV as a user interface that lays on top of Android TV.


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I’m not a huge fan of Google TV due to the numerous ads for streaming services and menu/screen transitions are slower.  Google TV also consumes more space on internal storage and I will expand on this further into the review.

That takes me to the next portion of this review…3rd Party Launchers.

3rd Party Launchers

Thankfully, we can install 3rd party launchers such as Wolf Launcher that provides a customized user interface and snappier device.  Users must also install Launcher Manager to get this working properly.  Both Wolf Launcher and Launcher Manager are also included in the TROYPOINT Toolbox as well.

Wolf Launcher

I’m happy to report that the MECOOL KM7 Plus does support 3rd party launchers and Wolf works extremely well.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant works very well on this device.  When speaking into the remote, results are accurate and quick.

Google Assistant on KM7 Plus

Google Remote

The MECOOL KM7 Plus comes with the popular Bluetooth Google Remote Control.

MECOOL KM7 Plus Google Remote

When I first booted the device, the remote was extremely laggy and didn’t perform very well. Then, after a few minutes, I was prompted to install and update for the remote and that took care of all the problems.

The MECOOL KM7 Plus Remote comes with four shortcut buttons, YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+.

It also pairs nicely with televisions and other audio/visual equipment.  This allows for controlling power, volume, and input on external devices.

I like this remote a lot and wish all Android TV manufacturers would use it.

Netflix 4K HD & Amazon Prime Certified

Both Netflix and Amazon Prime work as expected for a certified box.



Netflix Certified

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MECOOL KM7 Plus Storage

The MECOOL KM7 Plus touts 16GB of internal storage. But, there’s a big problems with this.  Once Android TV, Google TV, and other system apps are accounted for, the remaining storage is approximately 9GB.

As mentioned above, one problem with Google TV is the increased storage required for the operating system.

I wish the MECOOL KM7 Plus included at least 32GB due to this storage limitation.


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Expanding Internal Storage

Expanding internal storage allows us to use external storage such as a USB drive as internal storage.  We can instruct the device to use a USB drive or microSD card as internal storage so we can install applications onto it.

Not all Android devices support expanding internal storage but the KM7 Plus does.

I tested this by using a 256 GB SanDisk USB 3.0 drive and it worked flawlessly.

Expanding Storage

Here you can see that it supports moving applications to external storage.

MECOOL KM7 Plus expanding internal storage

MECOOL KM7 Plus Download/Upload Speeds

I used the Analiti Speed test app for the following tests.

I have one 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 KM7 Plus (approximately 20 feet away from the wireless router).

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Ethernet

VPN On: Download = 91 Mbps & Upload = 86 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 95 Mbps & Upload = 86 Mbps

WiFi

VPN On: Download = 123 Mbps & Upload = 76 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 342 Mbps & Upload = 326 Mbps

Note:  The reason for faster WiFi speeds is because the Ethernet port is only capable of 100 Mbps.

The KM7 Plus provides screaming fast WiFi speeds for both downloading and uploading.  Keep in mind, you only need 20-30 Mbps to stream 4K video and anything higher is overkill and won’t provide any benefit.

KM7 Plus Overall Performance

The MECOOL KM7 Plus is extremely snappy and responsive.

MECOOL KM7 Plus Android TV Box

I’ve had absolutely no problem streaming 4K video through official apps such as Neflix or sideloaded apps like Kodi.

I was expecting some lag due to the fact that the KM7 Plus only comes with 2GB of RAM but I’m not seeing that.  I still wish they would have included an additional 2GB to help future-proof the device.

S905Y4 CPU

What I Like

  • Android TV
  • Low-power yet powerful CPU
  • Netflix & Amazon Prime Certified
  • 2 USB ports
  • Ethernet port
  • Google Assistant
  • Chromecast works
  • Support 3rd party launchers such a Wolf
  • Can expand internal storage
  • Fast download/upload speeds
  • 4K works great for both official and side-loaded apps
  • Great remote control
  • AV1 codec

What I Dislike

  • Google TV
  • 2GB RAM
  • Not enough internal storage
  • No USB 3.0
  • No Dolby VISION
  • Limited support
  • Usually no updates from MECOOL

MECOOL KM7 Plus Final Thoughts

The MECOOL KM7 Plus is a good streaming device but not great.

As with everything in life, having great usually requires paying more money.

This Android TV Box will suit most cord-cutters and many will find this a welcome upgrade from Fire TV devices.

Many people will compare this to the Chromecast with Google TV due to the fact that both run Google TV.  I prefer the MECOOL KM7 Plus due to the fact it includes various ports not found on the Chromecast with Google TV. Yeah, you can buy a USB C  Hub and new power adapter for the Chromecast but who wants to do that?

It sounds like most Android TV devices will be transitioning to Google TV and I’m not a fan of that due to the reasons mentioned in this review. I wish this device included bare-bones Android TV.

All-in-all this is a good streaming device for the money but MECOOL didn’t do a great job future-proofing it.  I wish they would have added an additional 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.

Here’s my TROYPOINT ranking system for reviews.


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My ranking looks at the features offered, how well those features work, and price.

I rank the new MECOOL KM7 Plus as Good.

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6 thoughts on “MECOOL KM7 Plus Android TV Box Review”

  1. Drive is safely ejected, no matter how many times I disconnect it and reinsert it into my Android TV box, format it in FAT, use the shell in Windows to clean then format fat32.

    Can anyone help please? I have even unplugged everything and replugged, I even reset it. I would do a factory reset. But that’s a pain. And I don’t want to do that only to find out happens again or will happen again.

    Any fix for this?

  2. I have this box and have been evaluating it …I had no problem setting it up other than the SD slot it it will only recognize the 32gig card …I can move files to the card but it can’t read eg(play music) it doesn’t recognize it as an expansion either!!. I havent used the usb yet …also it could use more ram

  3. I was tempted but bought another Android box with an S905X4 chip works great. I have to agree with Troy I wish they would have included an additional 2GB of ram and more built in storage. When they do that I will buy it but not until then. Thanks for the in-depth review as it looks very nice but the above keeps me away at the moment.

  4. Hello Troy, I enjoyed your review. Is it possible to take your likes and dislikes and build a box with pc parts that’s better? And if so, how would you do it?

  5. Hi Troy……. any further news on the situation of Amazons policy change to revert to deep linking adverts and the blocking of third party addons on their products

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