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Table of Content – Best Kodi Boxes 2017

01 | Introduction
02 | How to Choose the Best Kodi Box
03 | Top Kodi Streaming Boxes

Introduction

Kodi has become a mainstream steaming application for many home entertainment users due to the media exposure in the last year or two. Often due to the many TV streaming devices that allowed installation of Kodi, it became easier for everyday users to access these viable streaming programs.

Kodi (Previously named XBMC) is basically a bare stock media player that is easily customizable. Addons are the main driving force for Kodi as you can add any official and third party addons to the media player. These addons are essentially just applications that provide a specific service or function, mainly video on-line streaming for many users.

However, you got to have a decent device that can operate Kodi. Otherwise you’ll be kicking yourself in the butt when buffering and lag starts affecting your entertainment experience.

You also have to understand that some of these boxes don’t come pre-loaded with Kodi and may have to be setup yourself. Most Android boxes like the Leelbox Q2 Pro, T95Z, and Matricom Android box listed below in our list normally come with a stocked Kodi application with a maybe a few streaming addons. They are usually outdated for some reason, so you it may be to you to update it.

So in the guide below, we’ll show you what to look for when looking for Kodi device and the top choices that we picked out.

Comparison Table

Best Kodi BoxesCheck PriceProcessorMemoryWifi/Ethernet4K
Nvidia Shield
Latest Price1.9 Ghz quad-core Tegra X13GB/16GBBothYes
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Latest PriceQuad-Core1GB/8GBWifiNo
Amazon Fire TV Box
Latest Price2 GHZ Quad-Core2GB/8GBBothYes
Leelbox Q2 Pro
Latest Price Quad-core Cortex-A72GB/16GBBothYes
T95Z Android TV
Latest PriceAmlogic 912 Octa-Core CPU3GB/32GBBothYes
Matricom G
Latest PriceQuad Core S802 CPU2GB/16GBBothYes
Raspberry Pi 3
Latest Price1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A532GB/16GBBothNo
PCLatest PriceBothYes

How to Pick A Kodi Box

With the technology we have nowadays, you probably want the best quality and experience out there simply because we have access to it. Video technology of 1080p and even 4K high definition resolution takes a lot of hardware power to run smoothly without the irritating issues of lag and buffering. So to mitigate the chance of having a poor viewing experience with Kodi, we recommend you take a look the buyer’s guide below to figure what you really want in a device. After all, they’re various levels of users, expectations, and home setup.

Some users may be happy be 1080p quality or you may have users who want the full 4K experience. Whatever your preference is, we have several different products you can select from.

Processor

In the early stages of Kodi boxes, many users were able to run with a minimum of 1 GB of memory and is actually still possible with the Amazon Fire TV products. However, as you look into the Android boxes, we recommend getting at least 2 GB of internal ram to keep it from lagging as use the operating system.

Ram/Internal Storage

Ram-DriveIn the early stages of Kodi boxes, many users were able to run with a minimum of 1 GB of memory and is actually still possible with the Amazon Fire TV products. However, as you look into the Android boxes, we recommend getting at least 2 GB of internal ram to keep it from lagging. From our experience, anything less will cause you feel sluggish as you use the device.

Wi-Fi/Ethernet

wifi kodi boxThis is actually a very important part when picking a device. Obviously having a direct ethernet connection is best because you’re less likely to lose speed, but many users prefer less wires with their setup. You may want to look into devices that has 802.11ac Wi-fi, so that you can get the maximum speed over the air because having a bad Wi-fi connection could lead to buffering issues. If wires don’t bother you, then get a device with both Wi-Fi and ethernet.

Expandable Ports

Expandable USB portsExpandable ports are more for users who want to attach additional hardware or external storage. For example, most Android boxes come with at least 2 USB ports where you can connect a mouse and/or keyboard, external storage, or a direct USB connection. If you don’t plan to add anything to your device, then expandable ports aren’t necessary.

Bluetooth

BluetoothWith many streaming devices, a cool mini bluetooth keypad really does complete your setup. It makes it easier to type in names and titles when needed and it comes with a mini track pad for easier navigation as well. So you need to have bluetooth enabled Kodi device that will allow you to connect such devices. Most users don’t need it and is more than content with a regular remote, but if your a user who wants more convenience then bluetooth is a must.

Top Kodi Streaming Boxes

1. Nvidia Shield

The Nvidia Shield is our number one choice for the best Kodi box. Overall, it beats every other Kodi box competitor out there in both performance and design. It has the ability to handle all types of 4K entertainment, intense gaming with the Geforce graphics card, and pretty anything you want to throw at it.

The shield currently runs on Android 6.0 operating system, which allows you to install the latest Kodi release. As you know, if you have an Android box operating system below version 6.0, you won’t be able to install the Krypton release and above.

Setting up Kodi is relatively easy through the Google Play Store. Once installed, you’ll noticed that there is no lag when scrolling through the menu. Each and every screen scrolls like butter simply because of the high performance specs of the Nvidia Shield

All 4k HDR and 1080 high definition content runs very smoothly with the ability to downsample 4k video to a 1080p TV if necessary. It does come with an ethernet port for a direct connection to your internet (better speeds), and you have an option to use Wi-FI as well. The shield has a built in 802.11.ac Wifi.

The Nvidia shield is a bit pricier than the boxes listed below. So, if you don’t plan on using the gaming portion then you might want to look the options below. However, you’re definitely getting a high performance unit that’s comparable to owning a quality PC.

Specifications

  • Size: 10.3 x 8.6 x 4 inches; 3.8 pounds

  • Processor: 1.9 Ghz quad-core Tegra X1

  • Operating System: Android 6.0

  • Connectivity: Wifi/Ethernet

  • 4K Support: Yes

  • Included:

    Nvidia Shield, Remote, Controller, Power adapter, Charging cable (for controller)

PROS

  • Easy Installation

  • Support 4K: Yes

  • Great specs, fast peformance

  • Updates from Nvidia

CONS

  • Expensive

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2. Amazon Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV stick is the most preferable choice for mid to beginner entry level Kodi users because of the ease of use, fast processor, and that it’s ultimately an Amazon product.

The Fire TV Stick has become the top streaming device for many Kodi users simply because Amazon accidentally aligned itself with the ability to install third party applications such as Kodi.

The second generation Fire TV stick packs a lot more punch making it 30% faster than the last generation. Kodi runs much faster and smoother with the upgrades thus far. However, the stick is geared more toward 1080p videos because there is no 4K support.

Side-loading Kodi may a bit of a learning curve but there are many tutorials out there to show you how to do it. It does come with an Alexa Voice remote, but it doesn’t quite work with Kodi.

The device connects only via Wi-fi, so you have to make sure you have a good connection with your wireless router.

Specifications

  • Size: 85 x 30 x 13mm

  • Processor: Quad-Core

  • Operating System: Fire O/S (Android Based)

  • Connectivity: Wi-fi

  • 4K Support: no, up to 1080p only

  • Included: 

    Amazon Fire TV Stick, Alexa Voice Remote, USB adapter and cord, batteries

PROS

  • Quad Core

  • Great Price for mid to entry level users

  • Awesome Amazon Support

CONS

  • No 4k Support

  • Kodi installation is a bit step intensive, but many video tutorials on how to perform the install.

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3. Amazon Fire TV Box

fire tv box best kodi

The Amazon Fire TV box is the next top contender above the Fire Stick if you’re looking for an overall fast and well rounded device.

There are actually quite a few notable differences between the box and the Fire Stick. The Fire TV box provides 4k support with HDR,has a 2GHz quad-core processor, ethernet port and a USB port for expandable memory or direct USB connections.

So the Fire TV box is basically a Firestick but with much more substance, and is great for users wanting more options.

The installation is pretty much the same, a bit of a learning curve but completely manageable with the tutorials out.

You’ll definitely notice a big difference in performance with the box. Easily and fast interface navigation, great processing power for streaming you video, and overall very sound box for Kodi.

Specifications

  • Size: 115 x 115 x 18mm

  • Processor: 2 GHZ Quad-Core

  • Operating System: Fire O/S (Android Based)

  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Ethernet Port

  • 4K Support: Yes

  • Included: 

    Amazon Fire TV Box, Alexa Voice Remote, USB adapter-cord, batteries

PROS

  • Upgraded version of the Fire Stick

  • Reasonably priced.

  • Ethernet Port

  • Fast navigational feel

CONS

  • Kodi installation is a bit step intensive, but many video tutorials on how to perform the install.

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4. Leelbox Q2 Pro

leelbox q2

If you’re looking for a complete Android TV box, this may be one of the best options. The latest Leelbox Q2 Pro operates on Android 6.0, so you can download and install the latest Kodi releases. You’ll find that you have 2 GB of memory and 16 GB of storage memory with options for expandable memory.

The unit offers Dual Wi-fi 2.4 GHz/5GHz and a ethernet port for awesome fast streaming with either choice. You have 4k support, along with 1080p quality.

A cool feature about this box is that it comes with bluetooth 4.0 support that allows you to connect a mini keyboard and bluetooth headset. It also has 2 USB ports that allow you to connect your devices directly. Quite, useful it you have an extra keyboard or mouse laying around.

It runs efficiently well, especially for a box constructed in China. Great choice if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Fire TV box and Nvidia, but with more options than a Fire Stick.

Specifications

  • Size: 2 x 0.8 x 1.2 inches

  • Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A7

  • Operating System: Android 6.0

  • Connectivity: 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Wi-Fi and Ethernet Port

  • 4K Support: Yes

  • Included: 

    Q2 Pro Android Box, US Power Adapter, HDMI Cable, Remote Control

PROS

  • 2 GB memory, 16 GB Internal Storage, Expandable Memory

  • Wi-fi and Ethernet

  • Connect Bluetooth devices (mini keyboard, headset)

  • 4K Support

CONS

  • Possibility lack of updates

  • Could lock up during intense usage.

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5. T95Z Android TV Box

t95z android box

The T95Z is the next contender for Kodi Android boxes. With this unit, it operates with Android 7.1 and a Amlogic 912 Octa-Core CPU making this much faster than its predecessors.

As you may of notice, there is 3 GB of ram and 32 GB of internal storage which makes all the difference from other Android boxes. The Leelbox Q2 above comes with 2 GB ram, but this unit with the extra 1 GB of ram makes it feel much much better as you navigate through the menu.

The package also comes with a wireless keyboard as well with backlit light for night usage.

It comes with a fast 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Wi-fi, ethernet conenction, and bluetooth as well.

Overall, a very solid Android box. Many older Android boxes back in 2016 had issues of locking up an freezing. The LeelBox Q2 Pro and T95Z has drastically improved in quality.

Specifications

  • Size: 8.5 x 3.2 x 6 inches

  • Processor: Amlogic 912 Octa-Core CPU

  • Operating System: Android 6.0

  • Connectivity: 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Wi-Fi and Ethernet Port, Bluetooth

  • 4K Support: Yes

  • Included: 

    T95Z Android Box, US Power Adapter, HDMI Cable, Remote Control, Backlit Wireless Keypad

PROS

  • 3 GB memory, 32 GB Internal Storage, Expandable Memory

  • Wi-fi and Ethernet

  • Connect Bluetooth devices (mini keyboard, headset)

  • 4K Support

  • Octa-Core CPU

  • Packaged with a backlit wireless keypad

CONS

  • Possible lack of updates and support

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6. Matricom Android G-Box Q3

Matricom Android G-Box Q3

Here is another Android based option for Kodi boxes called Matricom Android G-Box Q3. This little Android unit is packed with q Quad/Octo Core CPU, 2 GB Ram, and 16 GB internal memory.

The device handles 4K and 1080p with  no issues. You can connect to Wi-fi or ethernet, depending on your preference.

Overall, a great choice after the Leelbox Q2 Pro and T95z model

Specifications

  • Size: 9.6 x 6.5 x 2.4 inches

  • Processor: Quad Core S802 CPU

  • Operating System: Android 5.0

  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Ethernet Port, Bluetooth

  • 4K Support: Yes

  • Included: 

    Matricom G-Box, US Power Adapter, HDMI Cable, Remote Control

PROS

  • 2 GB memory, 16 GB Internal Storage, Expandable Memory

  • Wi-fi and Ethernet

  • Connect Bluetooth devices (mini keyboard, headset)

  • 4K Support

  • Quad Core S802 CPU

CONS

  • Possible lack of updates and support

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7. Raspberry Pi 3

raspberry pi3

The Raspberry Pi 3 is basically a cheap little computer without all the fancy casing and extra hardware. It’s a bare bone, tiny little unit that is actually a pretty decent option for Kodi users.

The Raspberry Pi supports two built in options such as LibreELEC and OSMC. We recommend not having any over complicated skins on the device to prevent any type of bogging.

It’s still a relatively fast unit with a quad-core CPU, handles 1080p well enough but not 4k. It does have a 802.11n Wi-Fi, so you may be better off using the Ethernet connection instead. Having a bad Wi-fi connection always leads to buffering issues.

The downfall with this unit is that it doesn’t come with a remote or a case, so it may be an issue for most users. However, you can connect it with a HDMI CEC-compatible TV remote, or a smart phone app.

Specifications

  • Size: 85 x 86 x 17mm (board only)

  • Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53

  • Operating System: Fire O/S (Android Based)

  • Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi and Ethernet Port

  • 4K Support: No, 1080p only

  • Included: 

    Raspberry Pi 3

PROS

  • Customizable

  • Cheapest option

  • Fun Mini Computer

CONS

  • No Case or Remote

  • No 4K Support

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