This is a U2C Z Turbo Android TV Box Review written by Troy from TROYPOINT.com after a two-week thorough testing process.
I will start this review with the typical disclaimer that I provide honest reviews and would never suggest a product to my readers that I wouldn’t personally use.
I have been excited to get my hands on the U2C Z Turbo Android TV Box due to its powerful specs and latest 7.1 Android Operating System. This box comes with 3 GB of RAM and a 16 GB hard drive which is more than most of the popular Kodi boxes on the market today.
The box is a small but powerful unit measuring 9.80 x 9.80 x 2.00 cm / 3.86 x 3.86 x 0.79 inches. This small footprint makes it easy to hide when connecting it to your TV.
The front of the device sports a small LED screen which displays important system information such as time, input, Internet connection, Bluetooth devices, and other connected peripherals.
As with many Android TV Boxes, this one comes with a pre-installed fork of Kodi which I immediately uninstalled. I then installed the latest version of Kodi through the Google Play Store. I then installed one of my favorite builds and tested out numerous 3rd party Kodi addons that worked great. I also tested my favorite IPTV service, The Players Klub, and it played the live streams perfectly with no buffering.
The U2C Z Turbo download speeds are excellent which you will find below.
U2C Z Turbo Android Box Download Speeds
Connected to LAN Port
133.53 Mbps Download & 25.65 Mbps Upload
Connected to Wireless Network
76.17 Mbps Download & 25.36 Mbps Upload
Connected to IPVanish VPN – Speeds were consistently the same regardless of connecting through LAN or Wireless Network
46.58 Mpbs Download & 23.48 Mbps Upload
Unfortunately, most Android TV Boxes come with the cheap infrared remote control and this is also the case for the U2C Z Turbo. As usual, I connected my Rii i8+ BT Mini Wireless Bluetooth Backlight Touchpad Keyboard with Mouse for initial setup of the device which helps speed things up. The remote control that comes with the device does a decent job but a Bluetooth remote will always respond quicker for all Android TV boxes like this.
The user interface on the U2C Z Turbo Android TV Box looks very similar to many of the other streaming devices on the market. The generic launcher doesn’t allow for the customizations that I like to make so I installed an alternative launcher called HALauncher.
U2C Z Turbo Android TV Box Pictures
U2C Z Turbo Android TV Box Review
What I Like
- Powerful Kodi box with 3 GB RAM and 16 GB Hard Drive
- Small size which makes it easy to hide near television
- Latest Android 7.1 Operating System
- Fast download speeds
- Works great when connected to IPVanish VPN service
- Easy to pair Bluetooth devices such as popular Rii i8 Plus Keyboard Mouse Combo
What I Dislike
- IR Remote Control
- Generic user interface with limited customization
Would I Use This As My Primary Streaming Device?
This is my favorite Android TV Box to date due to its powerful specs which you can find outlined below. Yes, you will pay a little extra for this device but if you are serious about streaming like I am, you won’t be disappointed. The areas that I dislike about the U2C Z Turbo can easily be remedied by purchasing an alternative Bluetooth remote and installing the HALauncher to improve the user interface.
If you spend most of your time within Kodi this is a great choice for a streaming box. However, if you use applications such as Amazon Prime Video, PlayStation Vue or other paid services on a regular basis, you may be better served by using a Fire TV/Stick, Mi Box, or NVidia Shield.
U2C Z Turbo Android TV Box Contents
1 x U2C TV Box
1 x USB Cable
1 x Power Adapter
1 x Remote Controller
1 x English User Manual
U2C Z Turbo Android TV Box Specs
Model: Z – TURBO
Type: TV Box
System: Android 7.1
Processor: Amlogic S912
CPU: Amlogic S912,Cortex A53
GPU: ARM Mali-T820MP3
RAM: 3G RAM,3GB
RAM Type: DDR3
ROM: 16G ROM
Max. Extended Capacity: 128G
Decoder Format: “HD MPEG1/2/4,H.264,H.265,HD AVC/VC-1,RealVideo8/9/10,RM/RMVB,Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6
Video format: 3GP,4K,AVI,DIVX,FLV,MKV,MP4,MPEG-4,MPEG2,PMP,RM,RMVB,VC-1,VOB,WMV
Audio format: AMR-NB,AMR-WB,APE,FLAC,M4A,MP3,OGG,WAV,WMA
Photo Format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,PNG,TIFF
5G WiFi: Yes
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Power Supply: Charge Adapter
Interface: AV,DC 5V,HDMI,LAN,OTG,SPDIF,TF card,USB2.0
HDMI Version: 2.0
Other Functions: 3D Games,Airplay,DLNA
System Bit: 32Bit
Power Type: External Power Adapter Mode
Power Adapter Output: 5V 2A
Remote Controller Battery: 2 x 1.5V AAA battery ( not included )
Product weight: 0.1220 kg
Package weight: 0.4300 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 9.80 x 9.80 x 2.00 cm / 3.86 x 3.86 x 0.79 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 17.60 x 14.20 x 6.20 cm / 6.93 x 5.59 x 2.44 inches