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MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Android TV Box Review, Tips, & Tricks

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Android TV Box

This MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Review was written by Troy from TROYPOINT after using the Android TV Box on a regular basis for three days.

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.

Below, you will find both an in-depth review that will provide you with the information that you need prior to purchasing.


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Important Note About MECOOL Android TV Boxes

Before I dive in, it’s important for me to point out that MECOOL has multiple Android TV Boxes available for purchase.

Some of the models are very similar and you won’t notice much difference between them.

You will also see some refreshed products such as this one where the only noticeable change is the Android operating system update.  Many times, you can flash new firmware onto your device through the MECOOL Download Page that will include the updated Android version.

In short, if you already have a fairly new MECOOL Android TV Box, you probably won’t see much performance increase by purchasing a new product such as this.  Please pay attention to the specs outlined at the bottom of the page and compare those to your current model.

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Android TV Box

The MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour is an Android TV Box running the true Android TV 10 operating system.  Yes, there is a difference as most generic Android TV Boxes run stock Android and not Android TV.

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MECOOL refers to the KM9 Pro Honour as an Android TV Google certified TV box due to the fact that it integrates nicely with Google features such as voice control and Google Cast.

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!

You can sideload a Netflix app but it won’t play in HD.

The MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal ROM storage.

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MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Features at a Glance

  • Runs Android 10.0 on Amlogic S905X2, with high speed and smooth performance, which is designed to turn your regular TV into a smart one.
  • The Google Cast allows you to enjoy entertainment on big tv screen through a wide array of devices like a tablet, smartphone or laptop. It’s just tap and go.
  • Voice command capabilities which means you can just talk into the remote instead of punching down instructions. Simply press the voice control key to activate the voice command feature.
  • Equipped with an impressive 4GB of RAM which means high-speed performance.
  • Enjoy an H.265 supportive, Mali-G31 MP2 decoding graphics processor, which provides user with professional image processing.
  • Includes dual-band 2.4 & 5Ghz WiFi
  • Equipped with 100M LAN Interface for unfettered internet surfing.
  • HDR support, you’ll be able to enjoy high-quality and super clear 4K images with the option to add subtitles to any type of video content that you’re watching.
  • Smart breathing light function which flashes red when the device is in hibernation or standby mode. And it flashes blue when it’s turned on.
  • Small in size which makes it easy to place anywhere in your house.

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour ports

Use coupon code KM9PROW at checkout for 40% Black Friday/Cyber Monday discount.  Only 300 units available.  

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Official Website & Purchasing Options

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour running Android TV 10

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Running Android TV 10.0

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, Chromecast with Google TV, Dynalink Android TV Box, 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.


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MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour with Android TV and Google Assistant

 

If you’re a Google Home user, this device will integrate fabulously with that as well.

Google Home

Google Cast is supported so you can easily push the contents on your phone, tablet, or computer to the big screen.

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Chromecast Support

Expand Internal Storage

Due to the large internal storage (32GB) on the MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour, there probably isn’t a need to expand internal storage but I still wanted to see if it worked.

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.  I can also go into each application through settings and move apps to and from the USB drive if I would like.

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.

Expand Internal Storage on MECOOL KM3

Netflix & Amazon Prime Video

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

Thankfully, Amazon Prime Video works in full HD on the MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour.

You cannot play Netflix in HD on this device.  Yes, you can sideload a Netflix APK onto it but it will lack HD playback.

If you’re a big Netflix user, don’t buy this Android TV Box.

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Use coupon code KM9PROW at checkout for 40% Black Friday/Cyber Monday discount.  Only 300 units are available.

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Official Website & Purchasing Options

Side-loading Applications on the MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour

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 S905X2 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 KM9 Pro Hounour 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.

MECOOL KM3 Gaming

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 GB or more.

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour 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 KM9 Pro Honour (approximately 20 feet away from wireless router).

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

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour download speed

Ethernet

VPN On: Download = 74 Mbps & Upload = 77 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 96 Mbps & Upload = 92 Mbps

WiFi

VPN On: Download = 68 Mbps & Upload = 62 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 232 Mbps & Upload = 120 Mbps

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

Use coupon code KM9PROW at checkout for 40% Black Friday/Cyber Monday discount.  Only 300 units are available.

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Official Website & Purchasing Options

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Specs

OS: Android TV 10.0
CPU: Amlogic S905X2 Quad core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
GPU: ARM G31 MP2 GPU
RAM: 4GB
ROM: 32GB
WiFi: Built in 2.4G&5G
Bluetooth: BT4.0+
LAN Ethernet: 10/100M
LED Indicator: Smart breathing light
Decoder Format: H.263,H.264,H.265,HD MPEG4
Audio format: AAC,FLAC,MP3,OGG,RM,WMA
Video format: AVI,DAT,ISO,MKV,MOV,MP4,MPEG,MPG,RM,WMV
Photo Format: BMP,GIF,HD JPEG,PNG,TIFF
Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
OTA: Support OTA update
Certified: Google Certified
Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, etc. 24 languages
Machine Size/Weight: 102x102x100mm / 143g
Packaged Size/Weight: 179x110x65mm / 433g
Included in the box: 1 Adapter, 1 Gift Box, 1 Vioce remote, 1 HDTV Cable, 1 User Manual

What I Like

  • Android TV Operating System
  • Large internal storage
  • Plays 4K video smoothly
  • USB 3.0 & 2.0 ports
  • Powerful CPU
  • Bluetooth remote control, not cheap IR remote
  • Expanding internal storage works excellent
  • Fast download speeds with VPN on & off
  • Excellent price
  • Supports Amazon Prime Video in HD

What I Dislike

  • Netflix HD not supported (not certified)
  • Ethernet Adapter only 10/100M (not Gigabit speeds)
  • Shipping takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks to United States from MECOOL but is worth the wait in my opinion.
  • Limited support

Final Thoughts on the MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Android TV Box

Would I purchase the KM9 Pro Honour if I was a heavy Netflix user?  No.

Most TROYPOINT followers aren’t Netflix users due to the numerous free streaming applications that are available so this shouldn’t be a problem.

The NVIDIA Shield is still considered by many cord cutters to be the best streaming device on the market but it comes with a hefty price tag.

This is one of those devices that provides many features of the NVIDIA Shield without breaking the bank.

MECOOL sells additional Android TV Boxes.  I personally wouldn’t upgrade to this new box if one of their other models is working well for you.

The main features that sets this one apart from the others is the large internal storage, USB 3.0 & 2.0 ports, 4GB of RAM Memory, and Android TV 10.0.

The common question that I often receive is whether I would purchase this instead of a Fire TV Stick 4K.  The answer is yes.  That is, if I’m not a heavy user of paid services such as Netflix.  Stay away from this Android TV box if you are a Netflix user.

This device can be better customized and provides more internal storage and power than the Amazon products.

Purchasing Options

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

As stated above, shipping takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks 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 is the price for the MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Android TV Box

  • $54 when you  use the coupon code KM9PROW

Use coupon code KM9PROW at checkout for 40% Black Friday/Cyber Monday discount.  Only 300 units are available.

MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour Official Website & Purchasing Options

 

I rate the MECOOL KM9 Pro Honour 4.5 stars out of 5

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