Popular Mechanics (South Africa)




NOT ALL TVs are smart TVs. So what do you do if you want to watch Netflix or YouTube on something other than your phone or laptop? Or, if you’re tired of using your Xbox as a media hub? The solution is an Android TV Box. Gone are the days of flicking between channels when you can watch what you want on-demand – an Android TV box is a plug-and-play solution that can turn any TV into a stream-demon.

The Mediabox Maverick MBX4K is a sleek device – compact, square and goodlookin­g – that sits beneath your TV. Inside the packaging is a little black box to plug into your TV, and a Bluetooth remote. Using it is as simple as plugging it in, turning it on, connecting it to your WiFi and logging into whichever streaming service you prefer. The remote has dedicated buttons for Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and Amazon’s Prime Video, but works well with DStv Now, Red Bull TV, Spotify and Showmax too. (It only supports legal streaming services.)

There’s a dedicated button for Google Assistant as well, so instead of tediously typing your search you can simply speak the words: ‘Funny cat videos, please.’

The Mediabox Maverick has Chromecast built-in, so you won’t need a separate device inhand to cast content from your phone to your TV. Some Android TV boxes can be a little complicate­d and not fast enough for true HD streaming, but the Mediabox Maverick makes it all seamlessly easy. It uses the standard Android TV user interface, so if you’re familiar with Android, you won’t have any issues. One huge advantage is that it’s supported locally, so if you have a question there’s going to be someone who can help.

RRP R1 599 mediabox.co.za/product/maverick

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