As the price of 4K TV sets dropped, the number of streamers looking for 4K content has risen. The number of platforms you can access that content on has grown as well. Amazon Kodi boxes are a popular option, and what we’re going to touch on with this streaming box shootout.
When you’re shopping for tech, Amazon is a great place to shop, but you do need to be careful. While we have tested a few of these ourselves, all are well regarded and ideal for running various versions of the Kodi app.
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If you want the best and don’t care to pay for it, your choice is clear. The best Amazon Kodi box in our opinion would be the NVIDIA Shield TV. Not only is it easy to install Kodi on – it also allows you to do things other gadgets on our list can’t dream of.
At heart, the NVIDIA Shield TV is a gaming machine. It’s just one that happens to be a very capable streaming media player. It’s built with Android in mind; you can access some apps and games you can’t find otherwise. It’s also hackable and by far the most powerful 4K box on our list. Just check out these tech specs…
- Tegra X1 processer w/ Maxwell GPU
- 3GB of RAM
- 16GB of storage (expandable)
- 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos, DTS-X
- Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.1, Dual-band Wi-Fi
- Android 7.0 w/ built-in Chromecast
The controller and remote both come with voice search capabilities. The Shield TV is ready to stream in 4K straight out of the box as well; the Kodi install will just expand its capabilities. On the downside, getting things from the app store is a bit tricky, but Google Play is accessible to a degree.
If you like what the Shield brings to the table, but want a bit more storage, the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro Home Media Server is an option. It has the same tech specs but adds a 500GB hard drive so storage will never be an issue. If you want to learn how to get DroidAdmin on your Shield, hit up our video below.a
When you’re looking for an Amazon Kodi box, there’s a strong chance the company will slap you with a plug for their Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. For once, that’s not a bad thing as it’s a great product that’s built to work with Kodi addons.
The Fire TV 4K is a capable if somewhat awkward device. It’s in the dongle class but makes our “box” list due to its form factor. Pictures speak a thousand words, so we’re just going to let this one speak for itself. Style aside, it won’t take up much space and has some pretty impressive specs given its size.
- Quad-core ARM Cortex A-54
- Mali-450 GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 8GB of storage
- 10/100Mbs Ethernet, Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4GHz & 5.0GHz
- Bluetooth 4.2 + LE, Alexa Voice Remote
- 2160p, 1080p, 720p up to 60 frames per second, HDR-10, H.265, H.264
- AC3, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC-LC, FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis, Dolby Atmos
This streaming device is ready to rock and provides you with access to the Amazon appstore. From here you can get services like Hulu, Netflix or VUDU, three of the main sources for 4K HDR content. You can even get Dolby Vision via Netflix if your setup supports it.
When you’re ready to put Kodi your Fire TV 4K stick, it isn’t difficult. It only requires a few extra steps and downloading a program from the app store. If you’re unsure of how to set things up, our guide will have you streaming in no time.
The Minix Neo U1 is one of the newer boxes from the company and a fan favorite among Kodi users. While it isn’t as cheap as other off-brand Kodi boxes on Amazon, it packs a punch and comes with a cool little extra.
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On advantage of devices like the Shield and Fire Stick 4K are the voice remotes. Well, you won’t get one with the MINIX Neo U1, but they have kicked in a mini GP800 wireless keyboard. You’ll be thankful for that when it’s time to enter passwords – trust us on that. If you’re a specs junkie, the innards of this one are going to seem very familiar.
- Quad-core Cortex A53 S905 64-bit CPU
- Mali-450 GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of storage (expandable)
- 4K2K UHD video support, HEVC decoding 10bit 4K at 60 fps
- USB x3, Optical port, Gigabit Ethernet
- Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
- Android 5.1.1
On paper, the Neo UI can hang with the best 4K streaming boxes around but has a few weaknesses. One would be the OS, although you can upgrade that with a pre-installed updater. It’s far from the sleekest box we’ve come across, but it will certainly get the job done.
Rounding out our list of the best Amazon Kodi boxes is a budget-friendly device for streaming content. It also has the coolest moniker by a longshot. The GooBang Doo XB-III is one you’ve probably never heard of but is well worth a look due to its price and capabilities.
The GooBang Doo XB-III looks like a traditional set-top box aside from one thing. That would be the large antennae sticking up from the back, something commonly found on streamers from the Far East. It gives you a boost in the connectivity department while 2GB of RAM keeps things humming along. The popular Cortex-A53 processor has something to do with that as well of course.
This box supports movies and TV shows in 4K and has HDR10 and HLG HDR support built in. It has 16GB of storage under the hood, but it is expandable through TF cards. All the standard formats are supported, but you won’t get dual-band Wi-Fi on this one although it does have a DLNA/Airplay feature. The GooBang Doo XB-III runs Android 7.1 out of the box with access to the App Store, which means Kodi is only a click away.
While the Doo XB-111 is a capable streamer, it doesn’t have some of the same bells & whistles as our top options. That said, it’s cheaper and a nice alternative if you simply need an Amazon Kodi box that won’t break the bank.
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