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Ugoos AM7 Android TV Box Review

Ugoos AM7

This Ugoos AM7 Review was written by Troy from TROYPOINT after using this Android TV Box on a regular basis for one week.

This streaming device was purchased by Troy from Banggood.com.  This is an unbiased review where I point out both the good and bad regarding this Android TV Box.

As of this review, this streaming box is so popular that it’s sold out in most places.  Thankfully, I will be doing a drawing for two of these devices.  More on the drawing and purchasing options later in the review.

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

Ugoos AM7

Ugoos AM7 with Remote

Before I dive into this review, I do want to point out something important.

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The Ugoos AM7 is a generic Android TV Box which means it runs stock Android and not Android TV.

Stock Android is often found on phones and tablets whereas Android TV is found on streaming devices such as the popular NVIDIA Shield.

The manufacturers of these generic boxes develop custom launchers so that the device will work with a remote control on a television screen.

I’ve gotten away from writing reviews on generic Android Boxes because they are clunky and not really meant for a television experience.  Most of these boxes don’t provide regular updates and their customer support is horrible or completely non-existent.

But, after seeing all of the hype surrounding the Ugoos streaming boxes, I decided to give the AM7 a try.

You can read more about the differences between stock Android and Android TV in my post linked below.

Android TV Box Resource Guide

The Ugoos AM7 caught my eye because it checks off the important features that I look for in an Android TV Box.

Even though this device is running stock Android, there is no doubt that Ugoos understands how to make that operating system run well on a television screen.

Ugoos AM7 Features at a Glance

The Ugoos AM7 is powered by the Amlogic S905X4 processor, comes with 4GB Memory and 32GB internal storage.

It runs stock Android 11 and supports AV1 codec and other well-know Video Formats.

Ugoos AM7 AV1 Compatibility


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It’s great to see a 1Gbit LAN port and WIFI 6 MIMO Chipset with two Dual-band antennas on board.

  • Runs Android 11 on Amlogic S905X4, which delivers smooth video playback
  • New AV1 video codec included
  • Voice assistant on remote control
  • HDR / Dolby Vision supported
  • Dolby Atmos / DTS Audio / Dolby True HD (with Kodi only)
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Unique Ugoos Settings Panel
  • 1GB Gigabit Port & WiFi 6
  • Samba server setup capability
  • Excellent remote control

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4K HDR Resolution

The Ugoos AM7 supports 4K resolution at 60 fps.  It also supports HDR for smoother playback.

Most of us use these Android TV Boxes to view movies and TV shows so it’s important that they provide the best quality as possible and the AM7 does just that.

4K HDR Resolution

Ports and Connections

The Ugoos AM7 provides the following ports.

Ports & Connections

  • HDMI
  • 3 USB 3.0
  • 1 USB 2.0
  • 1 USB-C
  • 1 SPDIF
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1000M Ethernet Integrated IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000M Ethernet)

The only port I don’t see that some may want is a micro-SD slot.

Ugoos AM7 Over the Air Updates

When I first booted my device, I was pleasantly surprised to see six updates available for install.

Most of those required a reboot so it took approximately 10 minutes to get everything updated but I didn’t care as it’s apparent that Ugoos issues numerous updates on a regular basis.

We don’t see this very often from generic Android TV manufacturers so this is extremely important in my opinion.  Excellent job, Ugoos!

Ugoos AM7 Updates

Here’s what was addressed in firmware V. 1.0.6 on January 14th, 2022, which is the latest release as of this review.

1. Improvements of automatic frame rate function
2. Fixed error where video size might not fit the screen
3. Fixed GeForce Now freezes
4. Added power indicator settings
5. Added Bluetooth settings
6. Added DTS-HD and TrueHD audio pass-through for hardware audio decoder
7. Fixed synchronization of DTS-HD and TrueHD audio pass-through
8. Improvements of video codecs
9. USearch changes:
– added sorting and deleting of search results
– changed results design
– added settings menu
– added application launch after clicking on icon (results row)
– fixed problem of long search for applications
10. Many other changes for system stability

Ugoos Settings Panel

The Ugoos AM7 comes with additional settings not found on most other Android TV Boxes.



Ugoos AM7 Settings

There are some extremely helpful settings that can be manipulated to your liking with the AM7.

Menu Button

One of my favorites is the new Menu button where I can change what will happen if I single press, double press, triple press, or long press the menu button.  Very cool feature!

Menu button

File Server

Another big feature that Ugoos has implemented into the AM7 is a file server.  You can share files from this device and they may be accessed by other network-attached systems.

The file server could be handy for cord cutters who want a central location for their home videos, pictures, TV shows, movies, etc.  These items could then be accessible throughout the entire network.  If users did this, they would probably want to attach an external drive to hold the media due to the fact that this only comes with 32 GB onboard storage.


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Hardware Monitor

The Hardware Monitor setting allows you to place a widget in the corner of your screen and display various hardware statistics about your system.

Or, you can hide the widget and it will only appear when you triple-click the menu button on the remote.

Ugoos AM7 Hardware Monitor

There are approximately a dozen extra settings implemented by Ugoos that you can tweak to your liking with more on the way according to them.

Ugoos Launcher

The launcher that comes with the Ugoos AM7 is very similar to what you would find on an Android phone or tablet.

Launcher

I’m not sure why they do this.  In my opinion, it’s more difficult navigating a television screen with this type of layout.

Fortunately, they do let you use custom launchers and they have even developed one themselves that you can download through Google Play Store on your device.

Ugoos TV Launcher

Ugoos AM7 Remote

I love this remote.

Ugoos AM7 remote

It does everything that I need it to do and even comes with a built-in mouse.  Usually, the mouse function doesn’t work well on these devices but this one is smooth and you can even tweak those settings as well.

Mouse Settings

When I first powered-on the Ugoos AM7, the remote wasn’t working.  This is because I wasn’t pointing it at the unit.  It works as both an Infrared and Bluetooth remote.  Once I realized this, I pointed the remote at the box, went into settings and then paired the remote as Bluetooth and from then on, everything is working perfectly.

Instructions are included for both Bluetooth and Infrared pairing inside the box.

You can use the right power button on the top of the remote to turn your television on and off after you’ve paired it with the IR instructions.  The volume buttons will work but those control the volume on the box itself, not the TV.

Ugoos AM7 & Side-loaded Apps

Yes, the AM7 works great with side-loaded apps and add-ons.

I loaded up one of my favorite IPTV services inside the TiviMate app, kept it running for over 12 hours and it never buffered or closed.

It performed flawlessly with every application that I tried.

Gigabit Ethernet & WiFi 6

You can’t get much better than providing both Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi 6!

You have the best of both worlds and will enjoy maximum speed regardless of which one you use to receive your Internet connection.

Ugoos AM7 Gigabit & WiFi 6

Ugoos AM7 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’m connected to the 5Ghz band on my Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 WiFi 6 Router.  This router resides in the same room as my Ugoos AM7.  (approximately 20 feet away from wireless router).

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

Ugoos AM7 Download Speeds

Ethernet Download Speeds

VPN On: Download = 156 Mbps & Upload = 122 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 913 Mbps & Upload = 116 Mbps

WiFi Download Speeds

VPN On: Download = 122 Mbps & Upload = 95 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 420 Mbps & Upload = 112 Mbps

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Ugoos AM7 Specs

Specs

Operating System: Android 11.0

Language: Multi-Language support

CPU: Amlogic S905x4 with?Quad core ARM Cortex-A55 CPU

GPU: ARM Mali G31 MP2 GPU

RAM: DDR4 4GB

Storage Capacity (Flash): 32GB ?EMMC?

WIFI: 2.4G+5G The wireless module complies with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2×2 MIMO standard

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0 with LE technology

Power Supply: DC 5V/3A

HDR Support: Yes

HDMI Output: HDMI(2.1 and 2.0 ) to support maximum 4K@60fps output(HDCP2.2)

USB Port: 3 USB 3.0 Fast Speed, 1 USB 2.0 Host, 1 TypeC (OTG)

Optical Output: 1 SPDIF

Network: 1 RJ45 1000M (1000M Ethernet Integrated IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000M Ethernet)

Power Supply: 1 DC Jack

Audio Container: MP3,AAC,WMA,RM,FLAC,OGG
Audio Out: Supports MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, FLAC, Ogg and programmable with 7.1/5.1 down-mixing I2S audio interface supporting 2-channel input and 8-channel (7.1) output Built-in serial digital audio SPDIF/IEC958 output and PCM input/output Built-in stereo audio DAC, Stereo digital microphone PDM input Support concurrent dual audio stereo channel output with combination of analog+PCM or I2S+PCM

Video CODEC: AV1 Codec Support VP9 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K@60fps H.265 HEVCMP-10@L5.1 up to 4K*2K@60fps H.264 AVC HP@L5.1 up to4K*2K@60fps H264 MVC up to1080P@60fps MPEG-4 ASP@L5 up to 1080P@60fps (ISO-14496) WMV/VC-1 5P/MP/AP up to 1080P@60fps AVS-P16(AVS+)/AVS-P2 jiZhun Profile up to 1080P@60fps MPEG-2 MP/HL up to 1080P@60fps(ISO-13818)
MPEG-1 MP/HL up to 1080P@60fps(ISO-11172) Realvideo 8/9/10 up to 1080P WebM up to VGA Multiple language and multiple format sub-title video support MJPEG and JPEG unlimited pixe resolution decoding(ISO/IEC-10918) Supports JPEG thumbnail, scaling, rotation and transition effects Support *.mkv,*.wmv,*.mpg,*.mpeg,*.dat,*.avi,*.mov,*.iso,*.mp4,*.rm and *.jpg file formats

Software Extension: Support Google Play & APK install

DLNA, Miracast Protocol: Support DLNA, Miracast Protocol

Remote Control: Bluetooth Remote controller with voice search + Gyro

IM Software: Support Skype/QQ/MSN/GTALK (Depends on APK)

What’s In The Box

Ugoos AM7 Box

  • Ugoos AM7
  • Bluetooth/IR Remote
  • Power Adapter
  • HDMI Cable
  • Manual

What I Like

  • Powerful processor
  • 4 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 32 GB Onboard Flash Storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • WiFi 6
  • AV1 Codec
  • Over the air update on regular basis
  • Remote Control with air mouse capability
  • Hardware monitor
  • Navigation Bar/Status Bar
  • 4K HDR
  • Dolby Atmos / DTS Audio / Dolby True HD (on Kodi only)

What I Dislike

  • No micro-SD card slot
  • Netflix doesn’t work
  • Not Android TV (not deal breaker as Ugoos has done great job making this TV friendly)

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Final Thoughts on the Ugoos AM7

As I mentioned earlier, I stopped reviewing these generic Android TV Boxes due to the fact that they don’t run true Android TV operating system and support is usually awful.  Also, due to the abundant amount of Fire TV and Android TV devices, there hasn’t been a strong need for people to use these types of boxes.

Ugoos has changed my mind on that!

Maybe it’s time for these generic Android TV Boxes to make a comeback due to the ads now displaying constantly in both Fire OS (Fire TV) and Android TV (Google TV).  We don’t see that on systems like this.

Moving forward, I will keep a close eye on Ugoos and be certain to provide reviews for all of their future products.

The Ugoos AM7 ranks high on my list and if I didn’t use an NVIDIA Shield for my main media center streamer, this would be it for sure.

It’s great to see the numerous updates that Ugoos pushes out.  It is obvious that they care about their customers and their in it for the long haul.  Plus, they are continually pushing out new features or settings on these devices.

Purchasing Options

Due to the popularity of the Ugoos AM7 and shortage of processor chips, this device is difficult to find for immediate delivery.  If you do, you are lucky!

As of this review, you can order from AliExpress but it will take approximately 45 days to receive it.

You can also try ordering from Banggood as they have this device in stock from time to time.

We hope that this device will be back in stock soon as it is one of the best generic Android TV Boxes available today.

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Important: When purchasing, pay attention to the power adapter that comes with the AM7.  Many are sold out of US plug so you will need to purchase an adapter.

US Power Adapter

 

I rate the Ugoos AM7 4.8 stars out of 5

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this Ugoos AM7 review.

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52 thoughts on “Ugoos AM7 Android TV Box Review”

  1. I purchased this box and like it. Easy to set up and familiar Android settings. One thing I cannot seem to load however is the Pluto app or APK. I keeps failing from all the usual download sources and the play store. Did anyone find an APK that installs and works? Bueller, anyone?

    1. TROYPOINT - Ryan

      Hi TK, That’s odd why you aren’t able to install Pluto TV from the Google Play Store.. What country are you located in?

      1. I am in the US. The play store version says it is not qualified for this device, the other sources look to install correctly but will not run when starting the app. If you test it and find other results if you could let me know the link that works for you, it would be very much appreciated. Note, I am using IPVanish VPN, and I shut it off and tried installing without it running just to see if that was the issue. No change.

  2. Curious why these “generic android boxes” do not use Android TV? I have all generations of FireSticks, the FireTV dongle, and the FireCube. What I use however as my main media center is a cheap Dynalink ($30 from Walmart) that Troy did a review on a couple of years ago. Why this over the Fires? It has download speeds literally TWICE as fast (VPN) as the Fire products. I simply don’t get the IPTV buffering (wifi…I don’t use ethernet) that I get even with the FireCube and it’s robust memory. I remember this from Troy’s review and it’s true. They must have some kind of high quality wifi chip thingy despite not being robust in memory. No bloatware either.

  3. I got AM7 and it fails every firmware update. I could live with it if it was not so annoying that it tries and fails on every boot.. I can’t recommend it

  4. tried logging in to enter TV box giveaway but says could not find my account reset password did not work either , although i get yoir emails.

  5. One thing you don’t seem to mention in any of your reviews is whether the OS is 32 or 64bit. Personally I find this just as important as knowing if it stock android or AndroidTV. I purchased the Mecool KM6 Deluxe based on your review but was very disappointed when I received it that it wasn’t 64 bit.

  6. Great review, It definitely has been a while since we seen a very good stock android box. My one question ,is the 46$ saved compared to the shield worth it, Or if you have the money should you buy a shield pro.(I love my shield pro and with wolf launcher, I don’t have to deal with any annoying ads.)

    1. Hello Brad, just click the link that will take you to our Insider page (Click Here to Enter Ugoos AM7 Giveaway). The Giveaway is pinned at the top of the forum on that Website. You need to have an account and be logged in to reply to that post to be eligible.

  7. I thought your review was great and I was ready to buy one until I got near the end. Netflix doesn’t work? Is this common for android boxes? I’m assuming most core cutters would want Netflix. I have it on my $29 4k fire stick that never buffers. My fire stick remote even changes the volume of my tv and sound bar.
    I like your site but that was a ton of hype for a box that doesn’t have 2 things that I find necessary on a streaming box and one of those you kind-of hid in the summary of your review.
    I read the entire review until the nexflix part and then I stopped. I feel like you wasted my time by not mentioning that at the beginning. Makes it seem like it wasn’t completely unbiased.
    Thanks
    Dave

  8. Great review, My go to shows are SkinWalker Ranch and for some cheap laughs and great sarcastic characters Watch. RESIDENT ALIEN on SciFy channel ,you won’t regret it

  9. in any media player, I’m only interested in the most important thing – IMAGE QUALITY.
    (what TV boxes actually exist for: video quality)

    that is:

    1) the purity of the picture
    2) picture clarity
    3) correct colors

    related question:

    what is the picture quality of this box compared to the best for me in terms of picture quality – Fire TV Cube 2019 ?
    ___________

    I have Fire Cube 2019, Nvidia Shield, Fire Max. so: of them, the best in terms of image clarity and clarity is Fire Cube 2019!

    [Nvidia Shield is almost always off.
    I use it very rarely, once a month or two, even less often, only when I want to download something. Or you need his SMB. after the Fire Cube image, I don’t even want to turn on other TV boxes]

    p.s.

    processor 905 (any modification) in terms of image quality I consider the most terrible that I had. had a bad experience with boxing on this terrible 905th processor. Since then, I vowed to take boxing on the 905th processor.

    maybe “905X4” is better in image quality than “905X2/3” ?
    .

  10. I guess my only reservation about this item would be the longevity of the manufacturer – they could go out of business tomorrow…. next week…. next month…. next year…. Then what?

    That’s the nice thing about the firestick – Amazon will be around for some time to come. Now, if it only had 16GB storage…………………..

  11. Youre always dogging out android boxes over the firestick but the stick is limited when it comes to usb ports, micro usb use etc and the ability to use a keyboard. I hate having to go over over over enter over over enter down down over enter etc etc etc just to type in a word. Thats so old school, outdated and a huge pain. Android boxes have so many more options and so powerful too. Everytime a friend or relative comes over that has a firestick I show them how much better a droid box is and they have all switched. Its a no brainer.

    1. Hi Dave, not dogging. When I previously did reviews of the generic boxes, people would buy them, they would bust and nobody to support them. So guess whose fault it was. Yep, me. The Android TV systems are made for TV whereas the stock Android that these generic boxes use are made for phones and tablets. It all comes down to personal preference.

  12. What is the deal regarding Netflix doesn’t work? are you referring only about 4k Netflix, or that no Netflix app will work?

    1. You can find a Netflix app that will work but it won’t play in HD. These boxes aren’t licensed with Netflix like Fire TV or most true Android TV systems.

  13. Does this support “google play protect”? To use the HDHomerun app using the Cable Card “Prime” tuner DRM channels do not work unless the box is play protect certified, so that is important to me. I had to return the Formular z10 pro max device since it did not support this.

    1. There are 2 rooting options using the pre installed Magisk rooting app. The safest option to avoid any risk of “bricking” your device is the silent root selection. Just click it and your box is rooted.

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