Best Bang for Buck Android TV Box?

I'm considering a Transpeed Android 10 Tv Box. Any suggestions on a better box?

I want to have the ability to both stream and play from connected hard drive (Chromecast seems to use a add on dongle and then you need a powered hub I think…just too many add ons and fiddly) + Shield etc just too expensive…looking for current 'Chinese' Android TV boxes in the sub $100 mark (maybe a bit over if worth it. I have a Mi Box 3 that I will give to an aged relative soon and want to replace it…would like rj45 and a bit more space…Transpeed seemed better that a MiBox 4S as it has both more RAM and more internal space.

I believe it runs a Allwinner H616 Quad Core 64bits Quad-Core Cortex-A53 chip with 4gb RAM and 64gb storage…I may just go MiBox S as my old MiBox 3 does everything I need, and the S is under $100 at Kogan etc.

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    Just get a Google tv or if you can afford it, a shield TV

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      I don't want to have to get powered hubs to run hd from chromecast and the shield is way out of the park $ wise. I'll edit the original forum to specify this. thanks.

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    How do you store your media? Could you make a cheap NAS? Raspberry Pi or budget Synology with existing drives are both good options.

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      I could but when I travel it is handy to take the portable drive with me (I don't want to stuff around setting up a VPN to home and DMZ for media server etc) hence the usb outlets on the device itself.

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    Xiaomi Mi Box S

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    Or a no brand android tablet with SD card and hdmi output

    You are not limited to having a tv at your hotel

    You can watch it while travelling too

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    I'm in a similar boat and am thinking of a Mi Box S but my reservation is that it's a bit old (it was released almost 3 years ago) and the processor isn't great. Leaning on waiting to see if there's a new version with a faster processor and more RAM soon.

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      I agree, hence my forum post. The other thing about the MiBox S is that it only has 8gb ROM so space can be an issue…I only had a few (2 or 3) apps loaded on the old 3 and a droid update wouldn't install as there was no free space!…if you want to load a vpn app, 3 or 4 streaming TV apps (TubiTv etc.) and the FTA apps (ABC, SBS, & etc.) it may be an issue.

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        interesting, i never thought about disk space being an issue - was more concerned about processor and ram. Thanks for pointing that out!

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    Save more, buy Shield Pro

    Or you could keep replacing $80 boxes thinking you're getting value for money, when the Shield could last for longer than any of them with more updates. Will also cater for 4K playback better than the cheaper ones

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      I've got a couple of $80 boxes that have done me satisfactorily now for a few years.

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        This is the info I was hoping to get from the forum….what are your experiences with certain chips, boxes etc…which ones to avoid, which ones are good….if I wanted to pay a fortune for a Shield I wouldn't have posted to the forum!

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          if I wanted to pay a fortune for a Shield I wouldn't have posted to the forum!

          Any suggestions on a better box?

          You asked a question, and are getting judgemental about the recommendations…?

          Yeah well done.

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            @spackbace: IF you had read my post I CLEARLY stated "Shield etc just too expensive…looking for current 'Chinese' Android TV boxes in the sub $100 mark"…sorry you can't understand clear English.

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              @Ben Kenobi: Save more, get the right thing…

              Sorry your budget doesn't allow you to get the best device for your use case. Because it really is, and has handled every 4K video I've thrown at it via wifi.

              But that's ok, keep buying cheap shit and complain that the CPU is too slow, or the ROM is too small lol

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                @spackbace: That's right, it doesn't, we can't all be cashed up hipsters…some of have a mortgage to pay. But thank you for your sooooooo valuable input

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                    @spackbace:

                    Sorry your budget doesn't allow you to get the best device for your use case.

                    A $100 limit is part of their use case.

                    No worries, see you in a year when the cheap player isn't doing the job

                    You've come round back to where you started.
                    I repeat, a couple sub $100 devices have done me well for a few years. They may do others just as well. Maybe not you, but others. Let it go.

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      A Mi box S costs $200 less than a Shield Pro if i am not mistaken? i mean you could get 3 of them for the same price?

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    Get a Fetch box if you are lonely and enjoy talking to technical support people on a regular basis.

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      Yes I am lonely.

      Ordered it immediately.