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MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box Review

M8S PRO TV Box ReviewThis MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box Review was written by Troy from TROYPOINT after using this Android Kodi box on a regular basis within a home network.

This is a small device that will be easily hidden among your other electronic peripherals connected to your television.  This Kodi box measures 4.02 x 4.02 x 0.83 inches in diameter.

The MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box remote is equipped with a learning system so you can pair it with your television and use the same remote for both devices at once.  It also comes with some handy buttons such as browser, home, mute, delete, and volume.  The typical mouse toggle is also present on this remote as well.

As with most Android TV Boxes, I suggest using a Bluetooth remote which will enhance the responsiveness and make it easier to type with.  The  Rii I8 Mini Bluetooth Wireless Touchpad Keyboard With Mouse is my favorite remote for Kodi boxes and it works well with the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box as well.

This is a powerful device and rightfully so due to its strong processor and DDR4 RAM.  The MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box comes equipped with an Amlogic S912 2.0GHz Octa-Core Processor which handles 4K Ultra HD with no problems.

It also sports 3G of DDR4 RAM memory, which is a nice upgrade from the typical DDR3 in most Android boxes.  By implementing DDR4 RAM, the capacity will increase by 300% and power consumption will reduce by 30% compared to DDR3.  The 3G RAM also helps tremendously with Kodi buffering since it can cache to available memory on the device, when setup properly.

Another nice features is that the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box comes with Android 7.1 Nougat, which is the latest and greatest operating system by Google.

The MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box user interface is easy to use and provides a nice customization option, allowing you to add your favorite apps to the home screen.

Kodi media center is not loaded by default on the system.  But, if you go to the Apps page, you have the option of installing “TV Center” which is a fork of Kodi and once installed, it includes many of the popular addons.

Wireless download speed for this Android TV Box was 65.33 Mbps and upload speed was 26.32 Mbps.  When the device was connected directly to the router with a CAT 5 cable, download speed was 93.86 Mbps and upload speed was 24.85 Mbps.

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Important Note:  Internet service providers are starting to block or throttle access to Kodi addons and Android streaming apps.  Also, your Internet service provider is keeping logs of all your Internet activity.  Below, you will find a link to a tutorial that will provide instructions on how to setup a VPN on an Android TV Box. 

How To Install VPN On Android TV Box

Things I like about the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box

What I don’t like about the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box

  • Kodi fork called TV Center, would rather not have this install option included and have users install real Kodi themselves
  • As with all Android TV Boxes, would like to have Bluetooth remote instead of IR

Would I use the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box In My Home As My Main Kodi Box?

Yes, I would definitely use the MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box as my main Kodi box within my home network.  I like the ease of use that the user interface provides and I also like the power and latest Android 7.1 operating system which comes installed.

Transparency Note:  I will not review products that I feel TROYPOINT readers will not enjoy.  With that being said, most Kodi boxes that I review on this site have been properly researched prior to reviews to ensure quality for visitors.

What’s In The Box?

  • MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box Android TV Box
  • IR Remote
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • English Manual

*2 AAA batteries not included for remote

MECOOL M8S PRO TV Box Android TV Box Specs

Processor: Amlogic S912
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53
Core: 2.0GHz,Octa Core
GPU: ARM Mali-T820MP3
RAM: 2G,3GB
RAM Type: DDR4
ROM: 16G
Maximum External Hard Drives Capacity: 32GB
Decoder Format: H.265
Video format: AVI,RM,RMVB,TS,VOB
Audio format: AAC,APE,DDP,FLAC,HD,MP3,OGG,TrueHD,WAV,WMA
Photo Format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,PNG,TIFF
Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
5G WiFi: Yes
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Power Supply: Charge Adapter
Interface: AV,DC 5V,HDMI,LAN,TF card,USB2.0
Language: Multi-language
HDMI Version: 2.0
Other Functions: 3D Games,3D Video,Airplay,DLNA,Miracast,NTSC,PAL
HDMI Function: CEC
System Bit: 64Bit
WiFi Chip: QCA9377
Power Type: External Power Adapter Mode
Remote Controller Battery: 2 x AAA batteries ( not included )
Product weight: 0.1100 kg
Package weight: 0.4200 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 10.20 x 10.20 x 2.10 cm / 4.02 x 4.02 x 0.83 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 17.90 x 11.20 x 6.50 cm / 7.05 x 4.41 x 2.56 inches

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Important Note:  Internet service providers are starting to block or throttle access to Kodi addons and Android streaming apps.  Also, your Internet service provider is keeping logs of all your Internet activity.  Below, you will find a link to a tutorial that will provide instructions on how to setup a VPN on an Android TV Box. 

How To Install VPN On Android TV Box

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2017-08-29T18:26:00+00:00Android TV Box, Kodi|68 Comments

68 Comments

  1. Jerry July 31, 2018 at 12:28 am - Reply

    I’ve installed a 128gb Sandisk Micro SDHC card but when I try to add it as internal storage, the card gets corrupted. Is 32gb the largest size I can add as sdhc?

  2. Albert July 25, 2018 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Things that i have encountered. I have a PC next to my tv, the modem would stop working once the mecool tried to connect to wifi. With wifi off on the mecool (conneceted with ethernet cable) ever thing works fine. I disconnected the the pc, which was connected via mini hdmi to hdmi everything worked fine. I have no idea how/why the pc (ethernet cable) and the mecool (wifi) connected at the same time would mess up the modem. My mecool would make my screen glitch and mute the sound. I raised the tv sound with remote and it was back on. It would do that often, it worried me that it might mess up the tv, I did a factory reset, it fixed that problem. My latest problem i have encountered is that the remote does not work after it comes out of sleep mode. It gets really buggy, it responds like once every 30 seconds. I can navigate the mecool box with my harmony remote though. It works fine after I restart the mecool or turn bluetooth on and off. This is my first android tv box, i really like it but i am noticing some hardware/software problem. Not as smooth as i would have liked.

    • Troy July 26, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Albert, sounds like you got a defective unit. You may want to ask for a replacement.

  3. Larry July 20, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I have a question regarding this box. Does the box requires a wifi connection? I live in a rural area and I am unable to get any kind of connection or its weak. I am looking into a type of antenna to extend and get a stronger signal. Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Larry

  4. Russel June 8, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

    I have two real annoying on my M8S mbox/kodi issues that I can’t seem to resolve.

    One: every time i use the mbox, the display resolutions resets itself to 720p…and I have to manually go into mbox settings and reset it to 1080p. I have tried every set of combination of settings to get it to stay at 1080 but nothing works. It seems to reset itself after I have watched something, turn my TV back to tv/cable, and come back to mbox hours later or the next day – like the mbox sleeps or hibernates and when it wakes up again its back to 720.

    Two: recently, it seems even the hibernate isn’t working anymore, its simply powering off. Hours later or the next day I come back to them mbox and its powered off. I have to unplug it and plug it back in. What could be causing this…similar to the issue above, I can’t seem to find any settings thats causing this. Secondary to this issue, when off, is there a way using the standard remote keyboard to power the unit back on without having to unplug and plug back in the unit? There is no power button that I am aware of. (I only ever received the wireless touchpad keyboard, not a true remote control)

  5. Leo May 16, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy. What apps I need to get kodi up and running. I don’t know which apps I need to install to watch movies.
    Thanks

  6. Billy May 13, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy,
    I purchased this box and love it. The only issue I have and I hope you can help me with is the miracast feature. I noticed it will not cast if the VPN is turned on but when I turn it off, it will cast from my Samsung s8 plus but will not cast from apps like Direct TV or Netflix. Do you have any fixes?
    Thanks

    • Azman July 22, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      You cannot cast any content protected movie using MiraCast. Try using Chromecast if the box support. And install google home in your Samsung S8 to cast your phone screen.

  7. Gomer Benard May 3, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I bought 2 of these boxes from GearBest and received them very quick (5 days from Hong Kong). One box works , one box doesn’t work. Using their support website is like a joke. Trying to get the status for my ticket, you are referred back to the support website,but must fill out all the information again. It then assigns a new ticket number and the process starts over again and again and again. I guess I am stuck with 1 good box and 1 bad box ( I believe that doubles the price).

    • Troy May 5, 2018 at 8:05 am - Reply

      Hi Gomer, I am sending this to one of my contacts right now at GearBest to see if he can help you. Please send me an email to [email protected] with GOMER MECOOL in subject line and I will see what I can do for you.

  8. will April 27, 2018 at 4:03 am - Reply

    I have a restricted profile an i can’t get it disabled m8s pro l

  9. Stuart April 25, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Hello Troy, I own one of these boxes. I have found that on some 1080 streams via IPTV, the stream starts off perfect for approximately 60 seconds, then I get a stutter every 5/6 seconds. Do you think this is the box or the stream source itself? I watch via Perfect player. Is there any advantage to updating the firmware? The pre-installed OTA updates do not seem to work on my box.
    Thank you.

  10. Jb April 24, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    How did you get the Rii mini Bluetooth keyboard to work .I paired mine and it connects, but none of the keys respond. Furthermore I attached the small USB dongle to the box and still nothing . The remote works on all firesticks with complete ease .

    • Stavly May 8, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      I am having the same issues please elaborate

  11. Mr Graham G Pollock April 22, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Can you remove TV centre from this box.

    • Troy April 23, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Yes, just go into Settings / Apps / Manage Applications / TV Center / uninstall.

  12. Javed April 15, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I have Mecool M8S Pro for almost 2 months and it works great. My question is: Can this box be set to use Google Assist and voice commands? Please give clear directions how to setup?

  13. Joe April 9, 2018 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I have had nothing but troubles with this M8S Pro box. Programs will install, but not play. I have a dolamee D5 and a MXQ 4k pro and they excel over the M8S.

  14. Mr Johnny March 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Not sure about all the hate for the M8s pro. I bought one 7 months ago and has worked flawlessly. I just ordered my second one from gearbest yesterday .mine is the one with 905x chipset and only 2gb ram .They have it on sale for 39.99 and its a great box .plays every file you throw at it and is fast and responsive. Plays Netflix and YouTube in 4k no problems. I don’t have a dog in the fight but didn’t want ppl to pass on it because of all the negative things ppl are saying. Its a really good box for the price. Much better than a MXR pro I paid alot more for that died after 4 months. For the price you can’t beat it.

    • Troy March 25, 2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Thanks for comment, Mr Johnny, I agree, it is a good Android Box.

  15. Russel March 22, 2018 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I have the M8S, and every time the system goes into Idle or Sleep mode (like for longer than at least 2 hours), it resets the Display setting back to 720P – and I have to manually go into system settings and change it back to 1080P. It will stay in 1080 for as long as I am using it but if I leave it for 12+ hours and come back to it the Display has reset back to 720. I then have to exit the app, go into System settings again, and change the display back to 1080p. Its has gotten quite annoying.

    It doesn’t matter if Auto is set to ON or OFF, or I hard set the Display to 1080, after it idles for a period of time it will always reset back to 720. What can I do to fix this?

  16. Leandro Dela Cruz February 10, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Hello there. I’m just interested with this wifi tv box for playing movies from flash drive. I just want to ask if this product supports subtitles (srt, etc.) Thanks!

  17. W.P. October 27, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

    can we repoint the main page tv center icon to start another app like kodi?

  18. Andrea October 23, 2017 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Is skype able to make videocall on tv, Imean, does it recognize any attached usb webcam? By any chance, do you know if you can get skype call notification while watching tv? Thank You

  19. Des October 21, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I bought the M8S Pro but almost everything is in Chinese, do you know how to change to English? TIA

  20. rp saini October 21, 2017 at 4:47 am - Reply

    Does it support 4G service of India along with lndian media content.

  21. MrKyones96789 August 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Anyone had issues Installing Terrarium TV? I got the apk I marked unknown sources but still cannot install it says not compatible with media box. Also can I remove TV Center totally?

  22. BIGEMANN1 August 17, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    The Rii Mini i8+ Bluetooth Keyboard with mouse pad will not work with this box . I have tried mine with this box and the Zed Z69 . The Rii says could’nt pair , the Z69 says connected , but nothing works on the keyboard . It works with the amazon fire stick though .

    • dr_sn0w August 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Mouse works fine with mine. I just can’t get 17.4 on it. Stuck at security flawed 17.0rc3.

      • BIGEMANN1 August 27, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

        Thats interesting . I have installed 17.4 prereleash version on mine with no issues what so ever . I installed it from the kodi site .

  23. Katja Kuder August 5, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

    My brother purchased this bow and it just won’t work. It keeps disconnecting from the router or sometimes it doesn’t even wwanna work. My question is… is there any way to fix this or do we file in for a refund?

  24. John Doe July 22, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Troy – Any recommendations for the least expensive android box for running kodi and other apks?

    • dr_sn0w August 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      FYI: You’ll never get a response by a reputable person if you use the word “kodi”. Don’t consider this a response. lol

  25. Pam Martin July 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Troy.. Just recieved my M8S Pro yesterday and nothing but problems. Constant freezing and having to factory reset.. Even the reset doesn’t work 98% of the time. It shows there is a OTA Update and also a Local Update.. Do I do one or both? Thxs, I’m pretty new at this..

    • 0adbylad July 8, 2017 at 12:40 am - Reply

      Re OTA updates ….youll be very lucky if either works
      My advice send it back …..i know i know its not practical because of costs but youve really no alternative
      Unless you want to have a go at flashing a new image in that case go over to Freaktab and do loads of reading

      • Pam Martin July 8, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

        Thxs Oadbylad.. I agree.. What a mess. I purchased it from Banggood and they are really good in customer satisfaction so I’ll probably take a credit and try a different box.. Any opinions on the H96 Pro 3GB/32GB model? Thxs again..

  26. Rahim July 6, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    This box is a piece of shit. Freezes like ice block. Pls don’t buy this from Ali express or U may regret ignoring this warning!

  27. Fredy Marneef June 29, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    The same for me, the box is totaly crap! Tried several times to make it work by resetting the box, but after several minutes it wil not work any more, the seller wants me to film it and put it on youtube, i even think it isnt that effort worth. Sometimes it even wont start up!

  28. Aron June 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Box is a complete piece of crap. Guess you got lucky Troy, if it worked for a month for you. It barely worked a day, and then never worked again. Resets wouldn’t take like most android boxes, either. Many people with similar problems on the Internet. Total waste of my money and time.

    • Troy June 29, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Sorry to hear that you have problems with this Aaron. I suggest sending back for a refund. Mine is still working great.

      • pckarma112 August 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

        Sure am glad I found this page. Was about to purchase. The last thing I want to do is read, read, read to make the box work simply. I’m not talking huge customization..
        Just want one to work out of the box..to much to ask.

        • Troy August 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

          Keep in mind that the people who have problems are the ones who post. The ones who are happy, don’t post. This is a good Android box.

          • pckarma112 September 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm - Reply

            well, your absolutely right about that. Its just when you read these posts. There is no solutions. I will read up on it at freaktab. If there is support. I will give it a shot

  29. busaleem June 17, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    What’s the minimum quantity to get dealer price ?
    My contact ??
    [email protected]

  30. 0adbylad June 13, 2017 at 4:37 am - Reply

    Well ive had mine now for over a month and cant get it running correctly
    No way will this box connect to the internet correctly
    As soon as i try my router shows a red light and then ive got nothing, just the same with wifi
    If i try and connect the box to the TV and the TV is connected to the internet the router goes off and thats through the TV!
    Im not sure if its a corrupted image or a driver issue
    Ive been in touch with the Chinese seller and they are sending me a replacement out
    But i would like to try and flash either Openelec or LibreELEC to to satisfy myself but its not that easy with the 912
    Looking forward to my new box 🙂
    Anyone got a link to the original firmware ?

  31. Moss June 12, 2017 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Just got mine but my air mouse won’t work with it? Worked on my previous android box? Would buy a new one but not sure if an air mouse will work on this box.

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  35. Darth Rex7 May 30, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Is the WIFI wonky on this box or is it more on the user’s end with lack of a high speed connection? 200mbps max available should be stable ? Thanks

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  37. edan May 24, 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Can someone post the firmware for this device? Mine loose all home icons setting when reboot or simply when I shut it off with remote.

    • dr_sn0w July 31, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Mine came with kodi 17.0rc3 which is notoriously bad as it is insecure (huge security bug). Looking for a firmware update that includes 17.3 (Krypton) that has the security bug patched…

      • Bob Stitzenberger August 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

        Just get Kodi at Play Store. If you can’t find it, SPMC is the same

        • dr_sn0w August 26, 2017 at 12:21 am - Reply

          Uhhhh not there…

        • dr_sn0w August 26, 2017 at 12:21 am - Reply

          See any s912 mecool roms with 17.4+ kodi in them?? That’s ALL I want.

  38. Honor Heart May 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy, thanks for the review. Purchased at gearbox via your link and guess what, it was on sale for 59.99 with 3Gig! No shipping, no state tax. How cool. Thanks

  39. Aleksander Hribar May 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    What’s mean “Maximum External Hard Drives Capacity: 32GB”?
    Is it mean that I can’t connect TV Box to my 1TB HDD and play movies from it?

    Greetings, Aleksander

    • Shakespeare May 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Hello Aleksander,
      I guess it means that you can add SD card max 32gb max.. and about playing you 1TB external hdd I am not sure if it can play because I didn’t try it yet..but shouldn’t be a problem though.

  40. Al Lovett April 25, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Can you install Kodi instead of their custom Fork?

    • Troy April 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Hello Al, yes you can. Just open the Google Play Store and install Kodi instead of clicking their install button under the all apps page.

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        @disqus_WmQjtTtZYJ:disqus Is it possible to watch Soccer/Football as English,German etc Leagues ?

  41. Michael Habel April 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Having bought One of these… All I can say is GOOD LUCK! The first One I got from China fried itself to death. Just from using the Chrome Browser. The Second One that got RMAd to me had a broken Wi-Fi Chip in it. So that was my Hardware Review.

    Software? Well it comes with Marshmallow (6.0.1),so at least Kodi v17.x+ will work on this, as opposed to the MXIII (a KitKat 4.4.2), which it doesn’t. Alas the OEM has again decided to side with stock. Or, near enough to stock Android. Instead of the Android TV OS. I would also add that the older Launcher on the MXIII was also less of an eyesore than the whitish-grey of the MeCool. This being a cheapo Box also lacks any Widevine Level 1 Certification, so you can forget about Amazon, or Netflix. Again if your only looking at Kodi this shouldn’t be a problem.

    • Troy April 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      You must have had a different MECOOL model as this one doesn’t ship until tomorrow and comes with Android 7.1. This unit works very well.

      • Michael Habel April 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

        Yes it was a different model. Though the internals are nearly identical.

      • Jason Powell October 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

        Troy, do you know why you can only connect via USB with some of these Chinese boxes and not others? I always enable USB debugging and I’m having trouble connecting via USB on this Mecool M8s Pro+. I need to find android boxes that I can USB into preferably with no version of Kodi pre installed.

        Also, these Chinese vendors suck and you should warn people about trying to ship back to China. It’s like $50 USD to ship back a box this size. That includes Gearbest, Bangood, Geekbuying, etc.

        • Troy October 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

          Thanks Jason. This is a simple Android function so I don’t know why it wouldn’t work. Try disabling USB debugging and see if that helps. Regarding the shipping, I was unaware of that. I am trying to find a good supplier in U.S. that we can use due to the long ship times as well as what you state now. Thanks Jason.

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