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 They are usually outdated for some reason, so you it may be to you to update it.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.
|Best Kodi Boxes||Check Price||Processor||Memory||Wifi/Ethernet||4K|
|Nvidia Shield||Latest Price||1.9 Ghz quad-core Tegra X1||3GB/16GB||Both||Yes|
|Amazon Fire TV Stick||Latest Price||Quad-Core||1GB/8GB||Wifi||No|
|Amazon Fire TV Box||Latest Price||2 GHZ Quad-Core||2GB/8GB||Both||Yes|
|Leelbox Q2 Pro||Latest Price||Quad-core Cortex-A7||2GB/16GB||Both||Yes|
|T95Z Android TV||Latest Price||Amlogic 912 Octa-Core CPU||3GB/32GB||Both||Yes|
|Matricom G||Latest Price||Quad Core S802 CPU||2GB/16GB||Both||Yes|
|Raspberry Pi 3||Latest Price||1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53||2GB/16GB||Both||No|
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.
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.
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. From our experience, anything less will cause you feel sluggish as you use the device.
This 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 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.
With 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.