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2017 Minix U9-H 4K Android TV Box – Powerful Octa-Core

October 12, 2019

hey what’s up guys Chigz here from Chigz tech reviews and today I’ve got my hands on another brand new Android TV box so stay tuned for the review so this is the MINIX neo u9h android TV box so we are going to be doing a quick unboxing followed by a few tests video tests full HD and 4k videos a few android games and testing cody performance and then finishing off with a benchmark in Wi-Fi test so let’s begin with the specs I’ll put the specs on the screen so you guys can have a quick read so this box has the s9 one – octa-core processor 2 gigabytes of ddr3 RAM and 16 gigabytes of internal storage you’re welcome to pause the video to read the detailed specs we’ve also got two remotes we’re going to be looking at so this is the Neo a2 light it’s a wireless air Mouse and this one here is the latest neo a3 a mouse it’s got a built-in microphone for voice support so you have to do voice searches so we’re going to be testing out both of these remotes to see how well they work with the unite so let’s get the Box open and see what it looks like very nice packaging it’s got all the main points and specs written right here and but it looks so cool in black and white let’s proceed with the unboxing so this is everything you get in the box you’ve got a user manual here a Wi-Fi antenna a USB OTG cable a UK adapter you’ve got a micro USB cable here and a HDMI cable and the actual remote control that comes with the box so quite a simple remote control quite small and we’ll see how well it performs and last but not least the Neo u9h wow that is quality I’m straight aways caught my eye the design is amazing so you’ve got this black matte finish on the top and they’ve engraved they’ve actually engraved the logo inside there so that’s pretty unique I like that okay very simplistic design there’s nothing else more to it but it looks nice so let’s go through all the ports so at the front you’ve just got the infrared sensor and a light there if we keep going around you’ve got a physical power button there three USB ports you’ve got a micro SD card slot there a Kensington lock okay that’s quite unique I haven’t seen it Kensington lock on android TV box yet down here you’ve got an OTG USB port so what you can do with that is you can plug this wire in and that will give you another full USB port to use so effectively you can have four USB ports okay if we keep going you’ve got a headphone jack a separate microphone port HDMI port you got your optical out for your audio and network LAN port your power socket I just want to come back to here you’ve got a separate microphone port that’s very unique I have not seen that on Android TV box before so I’m quite impressed with that so let’s keep going so you’ve got the Wi-Fi antenna screw there and that’s it we’re back to the front this is what the bottom of the unit looks like you’ve got a cool Android logo but I’d like to tell you it’s actually engraved as our so a very cool looking Android TV box just to compare the size of this box I’d like to bring in the TX by Pro the tx5 Pro is one of the smallest Android TV box available and just to give you guys an idea of the size of the MINIX if I just put it against so as you can see straight away the MINIX is a lot bigger at the end of the day the MINIX has a lot in it you’ve got three USB ports an OTG port Kensington lock separate mic and it’s also licensed to support Dolby audio I’m actually quite excited to get my hands on this box I’ve been wanting to get this for a while and I look forward to see how this performs so that was the unboxing before I hook this up I’d like to unbox the remotes as well so before we proceed I want to quickly unbox both of these remote controls because I’m going to be testing these as well okay so I just unbox the remotes these remotes are available separately from the box that this one is the a2 light and this is the Neo a3 they look exactly the same the difference between them is this one the a3 supports voice support so you can see the mic there and there’s no mic on this one so that is the main difference so they both have full QWERTY keyboards and they both have built-in gyroscope so you can use them as air Mouse’s the difference really is this one supports voice and they both work with wireless USB dongles I’d be trying both of these out on the box and we’re going to see how well they work so I’m just going to screw the Wi-Fi antenna on so let’s connect this to my TV and find out how well it performs so this is the home screen for the u9h I’ll quickly run you through it first I couldn’t you see on the left is your media player and when you click it all the media players you have relating to video playing and will show up and you can add more as well with the plus sign and you can just add them okay the next icon is a Kodi icon got your music there you’ve got your game section there okay over here you’ve got the web browser the next icon is for online streaming the next icon you have is screen mirroring so it’s miracast you’ve got DLNA you’ve got airplay as well and I’ll be testing that out in a bit to see how well it works then you have your social category and you can pull your social apps and their Twitter Facebook etc so you’ve got settings there at the bottom you have the option to add all your favorites and that you use regularly you can add or remove any from the bottom there okay on the far right you’ve got file manager all app drawer the Google Play Store and you’ve even got task killer I haven’t installed any of my apps yet so let’s go to the app drawer this is what you get as standard in this Android TV box so these are all the standard apps you get I haven’t installed anything yet but I will be soon so this box actually comes with two home screens you’ve got this and then the other one is if we go to settings so the home screen I just showed you was the MINIX metro now I’ll go to launcher 3 and press home and this is what launcher 3 looks like so this one screen now is basically a full version of Android marshmallow 6 you get the full desktop experience so you’ve got the app drawer there it loads up all the apps and it’s pretty straightforward so at least you have a choice of the two you also have the option to go to the Play Store and install any other homescreen that you prefer from there ok so the first thing I like to test on this box is airplay mirroring so with this box you’re able to do miracast and airplay you can also do DLNA so to activate an airplay for iOS devices go to air pin and open it and that’s it and it will say at the bottom a TV connected which i’ve already done so then after that you can just come out of it and then you get your iPhone or your iPad ok and then you just scroll up click on airplay a TV 1:07 so click on that and your screen will immediately mirror and that’s it you are now screen mirroring and it works really well let’s try playing something if I open up the YouTube alright so if I just played this trailer and put it on landscape mode you will see the trailer play so this is my iPhone 7 and I’m on iOS 10 and as you guys just saw AirPlay Mirroring works perfect so now I’m going to be playing a couple of 4k clips from my USB Drive ok so these are the puzzle my mum is sick I’m just going to play anything here so the next thing I’m going to be testing is online streaming so let’s open up Cody okay Simon Cody and I’m just going to play a trailer over there it’s down sir she’s right my child says there’s this one I like okay so let’s try the night TV to the side we’ll get one and what stay with it later from our home in New Orleans just try something else okay just going to play some YouTube so that was YouTube okay so let’s move on now to some gaming first game I like to try out is we are racing three we are now testing the Wi-Fi speed so this box has achieved a 36 megabit download speed and a nine megabit upload speed beginning antutu benchmark test now so there you have it guys that neo u9h has achieved an amazing score of forty two thousand five hundred and seventy three so this is my top benchmark performance chart higher the score better the overall performance so these are all the TV boxes that I have reviewed recently so the MINIX u9h has shot straight to number two with an amazing score of forty two thousand five hundred and seventy three so it would be very interesting to see which android TV box i review next and what overall score it will get so stay tuned for that so there you have it guys that was the MINIX neo u9h so this is without a doubt a very well-made and top-quality android TV box MINIX has really thought about giving us an overall best experience from an android TV box so this box handled 4k movies videos live TV and full 3d games amazingly well this also achieved a very high benchmark score and it’s now currently the second best performing TV box on my chart so I also need to summarize the remote controls the standard remote that you get in this box is actually quite good it’s very responsive but what I like about it is it fits in the hands perfectly you can you can navigate around volume control and you’ve got all the necessary settings menu and home button that you need now coming to these these are optional extras that you can buy separately this one here is the Neo a2 light and this one is the Neo a3 okay they both work exactly the same everything the functions are responsiveness everything works the same the only difference that I seen is this one here the a3 supports voice controls so you can you can search and control the Android TV box and control many functions with just your voice so you click on the mic press the mic button on the remote and now you can speak antutu benchmark test there you go you can install search for apps with your voice it works really good it’s quite good and it’s quite accurate that’s what I like about it I really enjoy on this remote because when you turn it around you’ve got these kind of grip set this is also the battery compartment and you can store the dongle inside that on one side and they only take two triple A batteries and they do last a very long time so what I’ll do is I put the links in the description for all of these products including the box and the remotes so you guys can check it out and if you like it you can of course go ahead and purchase one for yourself I will also put the links for this controller this is the G 600 controller this is what I use to play all of the games in this video it’s very useful and it feels great to play with please don’t forget to Like and subscribe there’s a lot more coming your way I hope you guys found this video useful thank you so much for watching and I hope you all have a brilliant day

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  • Reply suraj nayak March 29, 2017 at 10:22 am

    u r reviews really help

  • Reply Donny Harrilal March 29, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I want to buy an android box for the first time which one is your favorite and you recommend?

  • Reply ARM 1886 March 29, 2017 at 11:29 am

    best Android box available

  • Reply [email protected] March 29, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Well this looks like a very good box, but thinks it´s a bit expensive. If we compare with the H96 pro+ you can almost buy 3 of that box.

  • Reply abdullah hameed March 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I got one neo u9-h and really its amazing

  • Reply David Cole March 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Looks like a great box. Only thing that needs to be factored in is cost. Based on Amazon this one is around $150 US Dollars. The 3 behind it in Performance are all below $100. Not sure if 5% difference in performance is worth extra $50 – $60 More? Just my 2 Cents. Also you need to change your Header you have listed 3 Gig of Memory, but these only come with 2 Gig of Memory.

  • Reply John Furnell March 29, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    why is this specified in the title as 3GB when the specs are actually 2 GB of RAM ??

  • Reply David Stephens March 29, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Great review. As a OKC native I hope they are in the lead next time. 🙂

  • Reply Vinny B April 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I bought this box today based on this review . Can't wait 😊

  • Reply DJ Moon April 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    hi m8, great review, just a question about the A3 remote, does the A3 remote have infrared as well or just wifi ? and are you able to test out a USB powered 4tb portable HDD , to see if movies run off it ? thanks.

  • Reply Roman linley April 3, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I'm new to android I bought this box yesterday. I'm having a bit of trouble with the air mouse the pointer keeps vanishing off screen . I'm I doing something wrong?. It's only on screen about 3 seconds then just disappeared. Thanks for any feedback rom

  • Reply Danny Pacheco April 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    great information and looks like an amazing product. Is the something comparable for under $100 usd? with newest android firmware. thank you

  • Reply David Stephens April 7, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Now that you have reviewed both (I know it's not exactly apples to apples but it's not apples to oranges either) would you buy Minix U9-H or Xiaomi MI box? I am trying to get a friend to cord cut but he isn't exactly tech savvy and prefers iPhone to Android. For him I suggested the Mi box. I bought a U9-H for myself. I am going to go broke chasing the tech white rabbit.

  • Reply Vinny B April 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Just wondering if sky go works on the android boxes ? I noticed one of the videos u had the app . Thank you 😀

  • Reply Her BoyToy April 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    What is the VPN icon at the top of the main menu? is that built in or does it support connection to an external VPN? I couldn't find any information about it on the companys website.

  • Reply Vinny B April 11, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Got the box couple of days ago . Works like a charm thanks again . I'm in the USA at the mo , trying to access content like iplayer , itv etc just wondering if it works on the box ? I installed it , I know I prob need vpn .

  • Reply Gino Davis April 13, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Great video. Can it play youtube 4k videos from the youtube app?

  • Reply Gera Abramyan April 16, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Can you help me to choose between SkyStream ONE and Minix U9-H

  • Reply karina j April 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

    i am new to android tv box . is it possible to put a kodi build on a minix u9h and if so witch one is the best

  • Reply knobzdonkey April 23, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Great video and review Chigz. What would the benefit be buying this box compared to t95z plus?

  • Reply Drowsy Naga April 24, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    great review covering lots of details, thanks for the benchmark comparisons, just bought one for my dad.

  • Reply jeet lulla May 8, 2017 at 8:11 am


    Will Minix Neo U9 A3 Device Support Bluetooth Headset

    Have you tried this practically?

  • Reply digitalmediafan May 10, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Google earth not working ie location devices turned on but nothing still

  • Reply Yowza Flight May 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Will this play 4k 60fps smoothly?

  • Reply Joe G.P. May 24, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    about double the price of similarly specced boxes, so does the Dolby audio make up for it ?
    i do like the outside and the ability to choose launchers

  • Reply Tushar Fx May 28, 2017 at 10:34 am


  • Reply Steve Bencze May 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Can I run a VPN on this box in order to get programs/websites from the UK? I currently use one on my Galaxy S6 that does the job very well and I'd like to use it on this as well.
    Thanks for a great review!

  • Reply Paul Farrell May 30, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    what can you actually watch in 4k on this android box?? don't think Netflix does play on android boxes 4k, doubt live tv apps would, would kodi??

  • Reply Paul Farrell May 30, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    if you are not a gamer is it ridiculous in your opinion to buy the shield instead of the New minix U9-h?

  • Reply K Stevenson May 30, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    So is this Android TV and Android "Desktop?" I'm going through all these videos again and getting subtle differences I didn't know when i was completely ignorant of the various options. I greatly appreciate your help explaining all of this.

  • Reply Son Ero June 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Great review and almost took the plunge but not Netflix certified so no HD ……. 🙁

  • Reply Azurleku June 11, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Hi, Can you see a complete movie downloaded in 4K UHD 2160p HEVC X265 (60GB approx) on a USB Pendrive into the device without any breaks? Thanks.

  • Reply Prashant Magare June 29, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Hi Chigz, Can you please explain how we can make video calls through this (and other) box using skype, duo etc. Suggest the best accessories for the same and how we can use mic for the voice input while sitting away from the box especially when we want to enjoy a group or a family video call on a big screens on either sides?

  • Reply mikaveli June 30, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Hi chigz could you tell me if that Ariel is just to improve Wi-Fi(I know it does that)but can that double as a TV tuner too?

  • Reply OVERKILL173 July 11, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Hi can you use the A3 remote and hide the box behind the TV or does it need line of sight?

  • Reply jose villalobos July 13, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Minix or Nidia shield tv ?

  • Reply Wayne Smith July 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    is this similar to wd media player for playing back all types of movie files and can 4tb play on them.

  • Reply Joseph Elmajian July 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Is it a new box in terms of 2017? I want to get one but then don't want to be stuck having to buy a new android tv box next year.

  • Reply The Social appeal July 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    which is your favourite Android tv box and why ?

  • Reply ed.G. Hansen July 25, 2017 at 2:00 am

    could be 80% shorter

  • Reply Wx-82 July 27, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    How did you watch Live TV? Any particular App that comes with this device??

  • Reply 郭宇飞 July 30, 2017 at 3:24 am

    这个盒子 高大上

  • Reply Alex Fishman August 4, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    it's a box like any minix, it looks the same as all other minix boxes, whats all the wow for?

  • Reply Gary Meadows August 5, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I Have a NEO U1 With a 2.4 GHz wireless Air Mouse. And i must say this is the biggest load of poop i have bought.. Sky sports news freezes all the time.. Kodi well that is a waste of time, even watching a movie it decides to freeze up.. £200 Wasted in my eyes..

  • Reply Nocny Marek300 August 13, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Do you know why it require to have visible WIFI to work?
    Is there any way to switch for work with hide SSID?

  • Reply Manuel Cruz August 31, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    tenho uma box minix nunca nunca teve uma actualizaçao do android o que realmente e mau

  • Reply Fromafar September 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Hi I am not a tech guy but why don't you show how you connected the box to your tv and your router ?

  • Reply chris ruttle September 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    great video review well done

  • Reply James September 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I am new to this. Can I put drone buddy 2 on this unit. Mine arrives tomorrow….on my birthday 9/11. great gift

  • Reply James September 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Droid buddy 2

  • Reply Yahya Aktas September 13, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Yundoo y8 is not listed in your benchmark. After nividia shield at second place is yundoo y8.
    How is this box?

  • Reply A castro September 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Hi fella, your review was spot on. Where can i get this box, how much is the cost and would it be ideal to watch pl football on it. Thanks

  • Reply novelty4 September 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I have Fire TV but it won't accept a 4TB USB HD only small Fat 32 drives. Does anyone know if this box accepts large external hard drives?

  • Reply Luiz Gonzaga September 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Hey could you point me to a TV Box that would allow me to play mkv files with H265 video and e-ac3 audio format? thanks

  • Reply Dianne Robert October 5, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Very nice box !

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  • Reply فوزي عماد فوزي October 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    its original or made in china

  • Reply Fausto Franzoni October 13, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Does it read ISO video files?

  • Reply ashfaqe mian October 17, 2017 at 11:15 am

    is it 3D supported ?

  • Reply izri1 October 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Does Minix make Android tv OS boxes?

  • Reply K Rajasekaran October 30, 2017 at 1:32 am

    How about video quality my Tv is 1080P tv. Can this support 1080p and how is video quality on local file playback…
    Himedia Q10pro or Minix neo u9-H which is best for home theatre entertainment?
    And can this device support for 4TB external Hard disc?

  • Reply Minister Kenneth Thomas Espinosa October 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Could you add YouTube TV I'm not good Electronics please let me know thank you

  • Reply Ten Minute Tokyo 2 November 5, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Thanks dood.

  • Reply fiezdude December 10, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Hi, great review. Which app did you use for the live tv?

  • Reply D Bo December 16, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    With that said, 1st and foremost thanks for a great review. This is the 1st review I've seen that showed Miracast mirroring IOS, which is a great feature. Can an external hard drive be added that holds additional media and yet have access to it? Finally, with the pricing close to Nvidia—-whats the choice? I've hear of issues using Kodi and other set backs Google Play Store usage on the Shield.

  • Reply D Bo December 16, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I'm sure everyone would like to know whats the best/fastest ripper out there for PC or Mac to add your DVD movies to the external hard drive?

  • Reply MorganGaming 51 December 20, 2017 at 8:39 am

    To this date December 20th 2017, is it still running good bro?

  • Reply A V December 27, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Hey chigz, turned on today and wont go past minix logo. please help.

  • Reply Pushing Technology To The Limit December 27, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Were you watching local TV channels? I am looking for one of my family members. They want to can their cable service. Great video you have me convinced.

  • Reply Iason Tzanakos January 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Can you control this with echo dot?

  • Reply Raphael Anton Bautista January 17, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Can i run online movie streaming on this? thanks.

  • Reply Pawan Shukla January 31, 2018 at 5:05 am

    price in indian rupees

  • Reply Jo L February 21, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    cause if your review I got one of these

  • Reply Omar OJ February 28, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Does these remotes work on xiaomi mi box

  • Reply Marcos Nascimento March 4, 2018 at 1:35 am

    I find hard to pick between probox2 air plus and MINIX U9H, what do you think?

  • Reply shiraz vadia March 8, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Does Netflix play on hd

  • Reply Nancy Brown April 4, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Can you check out MXR pro tttv box

  • Reply Zamir Uddin April 11, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    What app / plugin are you using for live TV?

  • Reply Manuel Cruz June 25, 2018 at 11:24 am

    minix neo u9-h não aconselho tem malware instalado no sistema

  • Reply Simón Montero July 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Hi, do you actually recommend this one? Does it have the navigation bar ? Thanks for the great review.

  • Reply Hossein Sabouri August 21, 2018 at 8:20 am

    How to watch TV channels?

  • Reply robert white September 6, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Do you know if the Android version software can be updated to the latest android version?
    would really like to know.

  • Reply Roni _82 September 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I am using that box only to watch movies and series with Boxxy Software, someone know about boxxy software?

  • Reply Kirk Sullivan October 6, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Great review! Thanks!!

  • Reply Beverley Corney October 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    chigz i have entertainment t8v box would the minix u9 be a upgrade or not much better than mine if so what would be a beeter upgrade for me thanks waiting for your reply

  • Reply Afiq Karnain November 20, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    widevine L1, sweet.
    It can stream netflix hd

  • Reply neo nova December 21, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Got this little box a couple of weeks ago, its pretty dang good. Not perfect but very useful for when I have to shut the net off. It plays my hundreds of movies and docos offline perfectly well, so too all the hundreds of music files. Good value.

  • Reply shekil rose April 16, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Just get a Nvidia shield or mibox and be done with it no use of paying that much for a box

  • Reply Patriot Omega June 3, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Не покупайте этот гроб, 1) Производитель убежал, обновлений не будет, USB и WiFI глючат не получится смотреть фильмы с флешки и кармана. 2) Сильно тормозит при просмотре фильмов 4К. Тот кто вам её советует тот имеет откат

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