expired Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (Int'l) 4K Android TV, Amlogic S905X, 2GB/8GB - US $54.89 (~AU$74.08) Delivered @ Gearbest

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Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (Int'l) 4K Android TV, Amlogic S905X, 2GB/8GB - US $54.89 (~AU$74.08)  Delivered @ GearbestAffiliate
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Flash sale, 100 units only so it probably won't last much longer. A couple dollars cheaper than the previous LITB deal, thanks to Clear for the details.

Dispatch: Ships between May 22 - Jun 3 - As always, do NOT purchase from overseas if you need it in a hurry, items can take 1-2 months to arrive.

This is the MDZ-16-AB International Version, confirmed with GB just now and you can see in the review photos here and here to be 100%.

See previous deals for more info

Paying: As always, paying in USD via Paypal equates to AU $74.08 using MasterCard rates, otherwise you can pay in AUD on Gearbest to make it AU $74.60 (if you don't have int'l fee free card like 28 degrees). Don't pay in USD on GearBest and AUD in PayPal as Paypal Exchange rates are poor and you'll pay a few dollars more than you should. PayPal instructions

Specifications

  • OS: Android TV 6.0
  • CPU: S905X Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
  • GPU: Mali-450 750MHz
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • Bluetooth: 4.1
  • HDMI: 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
  • USB: USB 2.0
  • AV: SPDIF Out / 3.5mm audio output

Comments

  • +2 votes

    Pretty good device look up apps like side loader and set orientation for those non android TV apps.

  • +1 vote

    Great deal… However if you take into account the CashRewards cashback then this deal would work out cheaper: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/303114

    You get 9% cashback with Lightinthebox.

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    Perhaps a silly question but does it make any difference what power plug you select on the item page? Also, is it was worth paying for expedited shipping/insurance?

    • +3 votes

      It does not matter what plug type you order because you will end up using an AU plug adapater anyway and most of these companies normally include that adapater in the package.

      I have never paid for the insurance myself, I don't think it's worth anyway. With the normal shipping it may take upto 4 weeks, if you want to get it a bit earlier, order from these guys on Aliexpress:

      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Global-Version-Xiaomi-Mi-Box...

      It's a reliable seller, they use Singapore post and it arrives in Australia within 2 weeks.

      • +1 vote

        Thanks batrarobin. I figured most people would replace the adaptor using an AU plug. It looks like it just takes standard 5V DC so now will need to try and track one down. A USB adaptor with an ethernet port is next on the shopping list for this device.

    • +1 vote

      is it worth paying for expedited shipping

      Expedited shipping doesn't mean express shipping like we have here and at AU $7.19 it isn't cheap for a $74 item. It says 3-10 business days after dispatch (Dispatch: Ships between May 22 - Jun 3) which means you could still be waiting up to 3 or 4 weeks anyway. I don't know about GB but I know users say that LITB fast shipping isn't really that fast and generally a waste of money.

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        Thanks hamza23. I decided to spend spend the extra for the faster shipping. I wasn't quiet sure at the time of asking but believe some things have taken longer then 4 weeks when I've ordered from Gearbest in the past. I just wasn't prepared to do the same for this box as it's something I been intending to buy.

        I placed an order a few days ago for some cheap game controllers using standard shipping so will have a good comparison to see how long they take to arrive compared to this box.

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          Yeah it can easily take longer than 4 weeks with normal shipping, especially when you are buying $0.10/$1 items which seem to have lower priority shipping. My last GB purchase was $0.10 adapter which took 1.5 months, yeah something more expensive/important like this I understand wanting it sooner.

          Let us know how you go, will be interesting to see how long it takes.

    • +1 vote

      From my experience with Gearbest's expedited shipping… go for it. I've had my orders arrive in 1-2 weeks which is a lot better than the month you'd normally wait.

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        Just need to keep in mind that this item won't be dispatched for 3-14 days according to description in this case.

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      Not available for this item, but I usually use Priority Line from Gearbest as it's usually fairly cheap and arrives in less than 2 weeks. Also tracked all the way to my door.

  • +8 votes

    Some random Mi Box info:

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      Any idea how to use the remote to bring up the context/information menus on kodi?

      Also - any way of controlling kodi or the mibox itself via your phone like you can with a pi?

      • +1 vote

        Any idea how to use the remote to bring up the context/information menus on kodi?

        Long press middle button from memory

        Also - any way of controlling kodi or the mibox itself via your phone like you can with a pi?

        Yep - Android TV app

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      Any chance you can confirm there is catch up apps for all the channels? (Same as the Sony TV's?)

      I read one review that suggested they don't exist (other than SBS and ABC?)

      I've got a Sony TV and want to replicate the experience on the other TV in the house.

      Thanks

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    Another silly question, i tried searching information up and down on google about all these tvbox, but still not much of chance of getting the info i want.
    So the question is will all these tv box able to stream any asian tv channel? such as Hong Kong or Taiwan… anyone here have experience with these tv boxes??

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      These boxes are capable of doing that but it doesn't come pre-configured. Generally you would install an Add-on on KODI app that provides Asian content but bear in mind these add-ons are not very reliable or properly managed and stop working quite often.

      Don't buy this box in a hope that you would get Asian content staight away, you have to do a lot of searching, set it up to get it working.

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    Can someone tell me if this is the 3, 3c or 3s model?
    So confusing…

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    Can this play everything WDTV play?

  • +1 vote

    How come this version doesn't have the voice command on the remote control?

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    That's a great price! I got mine for $77 from Banggood but came down to $74 after cash rewards. So tempted to get another one but best hold off for now.

  • +2 votes

    Good to see I'm getting credit for my description :P They're always ending up on heaps of deals.

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    Do they have some kind of channel store where I can choose what channels I want to see or install them to my box ? Sorry , dumb question..

  • +1 vote

    Is DHL shipping worth it?

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    Would USB 2 (if that's correct) have a high enough data rate for 4K content?

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    Can i get this price by paying through paypal but with 28 degree card linked to it or i have to pay directly with the credit card…just want to confirm as never bought anything from chinese seller without using paypal.

    • +1 vote

      Yes pay directly through PayPal with your 28 degrees card linked, just ensure in your settings that the billed currency on your 28 degrees card is USD, otherwise PayPal will convert it to AUD at a bad rate at time of payment.

      Edit: Instructions here

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      of course you can, just make sure that you use the card's conversion rate and not paypal.

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    I've got one of these but my kodi seems choppy (enough to notice at least anyway). Anyone else find the same?

    • +1 vote

      wifi connection might not be stable at your place.

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      What kind of choppy?

      Do you end up with Kodi buffering now and then, or, is it a fairly constant slight choppiness?

      Don't forget if you are playing a video that is a different FPS than your TV's refresh rate (mismatch), you will inevitably see some chop.

      You have the option to configure Kodi to alter the refresh rate of your TV to match the video refresh rate which will give you 100% perfect "fluidity" without any chop.

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        Maybe has to do with the FPS…

        It's not a buffer chop, it's just the video doesn't seem 'fluid' as you put it. How do you configure? I've just about googled everything with no success…

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        You have the option to configure Kodi to alter the refresh rate of your TV to match the video refresh rate which will give you 100% perfect "fluidity" without any chop.

        The Mi Box will not do that. You need to alter the refresh rate in the android settings manually.
        Most people don't notice the difference, especially if you don't point it out :)

  • +2 votes

    Watch Lon Seidman's review on YouTube for a good idea of what this is. doesn't run 4K content that great.

    Bear in mind that the processor combo is actually weaker than the outgoing Nexus Player (which won't do 4K anyway cos it's not enabled).

    That being said, a lot of manufacturers are putting crappy processors in their TV's, Sony is an example with their Mediatek ones that are even worse than what is in this Mi Box.

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    If you're buying this specifically for Netflix, buy a Chromecast Ultra, the HDCP handshaking is super flaky on multiple boxes I've used.

  • +2 votes

    Hi,trying to buy but i keeps saying code expired?

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    you can pay in AUD on Gearbest to make it AU $74.60 (if you don't have int'l fee free card like 28 degrees).

    Just be aware that even if you pay in AUD at Gearbest, unless your credit card is completely fee free for international transactions you may still get hit with a fee (usually 3%) as the merchant is overseas.

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      Even though PayPal (AU) is the merchant? I haven't had any fee on my cards which charge for international transaction.

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        Yeah it's hit and miss with PayPal. I've been charged at Banggood before when paying AUD via PayPal.

        Most of my eBay purchases from China paid in AUD are ok but I have seen the odd one get charged.

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          I see, I've been paying in AUD on rewards card rather than USD on non rewards card (28 degrees) in these situations where the difference is so small, so far so good as mentioned but I'll keep an eye out incase thanks.

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    When I go to the deal The US price is $68.99 then when I add the coupon it Jumps to $84.53 can any one help please?

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    How much better are these compared to an MXQ amlogic S805?

    The one I have is ok, but would defo retire it to a second TV if there is a performance boost from a newer version.

    My main gripes are the response of the remote and the speed through menus

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      How much better are these compared to an MXQ amlogic S805?

      Better at what? They do HD Netflix and Youtube. Google the difference between Android, and Android-TV.
      For Kodi only, just spend $40 to replace your MXQ with the new model S905.

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        any S905 model in particular?

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          Not really.
          Just looks for whats currently available and cheap, and google for any warnings.

          Its a lucky dip. I ordered a S905, but got an S905X. No matter, once I figured it out.

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    Couple of downsides, no Ethernet port, you gotta go wifi or use a USB dongle. Sadly the 2 USB dongles I had lying around don't work on it. No auto refresh rate switching, all 24hz content stutters like crazy at 60hz. You can manually set the system for 24hz but then you won't get great results with 30hz content or other apps.

    Also have an AppleTv4. It seems to have some tech that can comfortably play 24hz at 30 smoothly so it is my go to plex box easily.

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    How does it compare with RPi3 model b in doing the job as a media player?

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      xiaomi is a pleasure to use out of the box. rpi3b can be a struggle to get right in tweaks/updates (not to mention additional decoding licenses)… had a few movies that just stuttered and struggled with rpi3b.

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    Not very happy with mine, running Exodus on Kodi and TV shows don't load anymore. Worked for a few weeks, now useless. Did all the updates, still no good?

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