2019 Hybrid TV Box Mecool K7 On Latest Amlogic S905X2 Hardware Review

Mecool K7 Hybrid TV Box Review

This is the Mecool K7 Hybrid TV Box, and it’s been a while since we have seen a hybrid TV box from Mecool the only TV box developer that makes them. What’s different about this model is that it is running on the new Amlogic S905X2 hardware for 2019 and that makes it quite exciting. Now you have the perfect balance of DVB enabled TV box that can capture free over the air HDTV channels, but you also have a powerful Android TV box running on 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. How cool is that? In this review I did a full TV box test on it as an Android TV box and as a DVB tuner and the results were great.

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Mecool K7 in the box

Hardware

  • CPU – Amlogic S905X2 1.7GHz
  • GPU – Mali G31 
  • RAM – 4GB  LPDDR4
  • ROM – 64GB eMMc
  • Wifi – 802.11ac 2.4GHz + 5GHz (external antenna)
  • LAN – 1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth – 4.1 + EDR

Mecool K7 CPU Info

 

IO Ports

  • 1 HDMI
  • 1 USB 2.0 | 1 USB 3.0
  • 1 LAN 1000Mbps
  • 1 CVBS
  • 1 SD Card
  • 1 Optical Audio
  • 1 DVB-S2
  • 1 DVB-T2/C

Mecool K7 Rear Ports Mecool K7 Side Ports Mecool K7 bottom vents Mecool K7 front LED clock display

 

Benchmarks

  • Antutu – 59825
  • Geekbench 4 – 739 Single-Core | 2052 Multi-Core
  • Ice Storm Extreme – 5437
  • Sling Shot – 510
  • RAM Copy Speed – 3539 MB/s
  • ROM Speed – 140 MB/s Read | 117 MB/s Write
  • WiFi Speed – Max on  all 5GHz 2.4GHz bands and  LAN 1000Mbps

Mecool K7 Antutu score

 

Features

  • Android 9 Pie OS
  • Alternative launcher compatible
  • YouTube in 4K
  • HDR Display
  • Gamepad Key-mapping apps work
  • Good 4K video playback
  • Good 3D Gaming
  • DVB HDTV channels capture

Mecool K7 Launcher Mecool K7 DVB Mecool K7 DVB Tuner menu Mecool K7 DVB Satellite list

 

CONS:

  • No default navigation bar and status bar (alternative menu button app works)
  • Screen rotation does not work
  • Netflix and Amazon Prime in SD quality only
  • No Dolby Atmos/DTS audio output

Mecool K7 Pros and Cons

 

Conclusion

I am happy to see that Mecool used latest 2019 hardware in this model. What usually happens is that they offer a cool concept for a TV box and place it on outdated hardware. That is not the case in K7, you have a powerful TV box combined with cool DVB HDTV tuner options. The benchmarks scores are good running on the Amlogic S905X2 an 1.7GHz. The box feels smooth and can do anything a regular TV box can. Just remember in order to use the DVB HDTV tuner you must have  DVB antenna and live in a country that broadcast free over the air HDTV channels.

 

3 thoughts on “2019 Hybrid TV Box Mecool K7 On Latest Amlogic S905X2 Hardware Review”

  1. i see that you don’t have a satellite antenna.i think oscam for this receiver don’t working well to locked channels , and mecool don’t support them receivers with software updates . is it worth to spend about 40 euros more to buy this receiver ?

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