Pendoo X10 Max Review
Pendoo has been busy this year in TV Box market releasing a number of TV boxes based on new hardware and software. The Pendoo X10 Max is their latest release and it is one of the best releases to date. The Pendoo X10 Max is their second X10 model on the heels of their X10 Plus release. In this review, I had a fairly good user experience with this box and the performance and benchmarks. There are however a few cons that will be outlined in the conclusions to the end of the article. This TV box has the very same hardware specs, firmware, and benchmarks as the X3 model by Eleabao so I am almost certain that it was manufactured in the same factory.
Pendoo X10 Max firmware – drive.google.com/file/d/1taRaSp8n5WUSiGa0phAlfe0a343-RDEK/view?usp=sharing
Pendoo X10 Max Hardware
- CPU – Amlogic S905X2 Quad Core 1.7GHz
- GPU – ARM Mali G31
- RAM – 4GB DDR4
- Internal Storage – 64GB eMMc
- WiFi – Dual Band 2.4GHz + 5.8GHz 802.11ac
- LAN – 100Mbps
- Bluetooth – 4.1
- 1 HDMI – 2.1
- 1 USB – 2.0
- 1 USB – 3.0
- 1 Optical Audio SPDIF
- 1 AV Port
- 1 Micro SD
When I look at this hardware lineup this box should have no problems handling tasks like 4K video playback and 3D gaming. However, the WiFi card and the LAN hardware produced some undesirable performance scores as you will see in the benchmarks section below.
Operating System and Features
The Pendoo X10 Max runs on Android 9 Pie operating system on the mobile version of Android. It sports the following features.
- Root access (Root Switch)
- DRM Google Widevine Level 3 No HDCP protection
- Custom Launcher
- Navigation Bar
- Limited Status bar
- 4K 2160p 60Hz
- Dolby Vision
- DTS Audio
- HDR Display
- Alternative Launcher capable
- Key-mapping capable
- Netflix / Amazon Prime STD quality 480p
- APK / Kodi streaming ready
- Miracast / Airplay ready
- Remote control App for cellphones
- OTA Updates
X10 Max Benchmarks
- Antutu – 60,197
- Geekbench 4 – 745 Single-Core | 2122 Multi-core
- Ice Storm Extreme – 5479
- Sling Shot – 524
- RAM Copy Speed – 3371 MB/s
- ROM Read/Write speed – 82 MB/s Write 75 MB/s
- WiFi/LAN Speed – Max speed on 5GHz | 2.4GHz 20% below Max | LAN Port 68% below max
4K Video Playback / 3D Gaming
I ran a new lineup of 4K videos in 60fps 10bit featuring HDR and Dolby vision. When I played these videos my 4K TV HDR icon displayed many times, and on the video player menu the Dolby audio also came up. I also connected the X10 Max to my pioneer audio receiver and played some Dolby audio and DTS audio videos. I am happy to report that this box has support for video formats with Dolby Atmos, and DTS audio.
The 3D gaming experience was a pleasure on this box. The box is so well optimized for gaming it handles high graphics games with ease. I was able to use the Octopus key-mapping app to play games that require touchscreen actions to play.
The Pendoo X10 Max is a good TV box with a few drawbacks. Its a wonder why it produced such great benchmark scores and they failed to use the best WiFi and LAN card. This box is great to buy and it performs well to play 4K videos, 3D games, Movie streaming, and casting your mobile device.
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