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G-Box Midnight MX2 Review

G-Box Midnight MX2 Review

I have to admit it. I’m a little biased towards the G-Box Midnight MX2.

It’s not really my fault. You see, I’ve got a friend who’s one of those obnoxious “Apple Guys.” You know the type. You probably have one too. He stood in line for the iPhone 5, and then the 5S. I swear he’s written a few sonnets about how much he loves his Apple TV.  So I have an interest in finding something that’s better than the Apple TV. So saying that I was excited to get my hands on the G-Box Midnight MX2 is a bit of an understatement. But, I had to ask: Is it better than the Apple TV?

GBox Midnight MX2

 

G-Box Midnight MX2

Specifications

  • AmLogic A9 Dual-Core CPU
  • Mali400 Dual-Core GPU
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • 8GB internal flash storage
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless
  • 10/100 wired Ethernet port
  • 4 USB Ports
  • SD/MMC card slot
  • Coaxial SPDIF Digital Audio Output
  • HDMI v1.4 output port
  • Composite audio/video out

 

The G-Box Midnight MX2 is designed from the ground up specifically for streaming media. It comes with a custom version of XBMC as well as Android 4.2 pre-installed. This shaves a lot of time off the initial set-up process. For those that need a little extra help, G-Box has created an official setup video on their YouTube page, but you can watch it below:

Bigger, but Better

The G-Box Midnight MX2 is one of the largest Android mini PC’s we’ve reviewed. It is slightly bigger than the Apple TV. The MX2 sits at 5 inches on each side and two inches high. The Apple TV is just under four inches on each side and one inch high. It’s definitely not something you’ll be hiding discretely behind your television. But, at the same time, no other device gives you this much flexibility. The included wireless remote is nothing special, but it is certainly adequate for basic operation. I would recommend getting a touchpad enabled keyboard like our favorite, the Logitech K400. The G-Box Midnight MX2 gives you 4 USB ports – so no need for an external hub. It gives you both wireless and wired networking connections. It gives you an SD card slot for external storage or easy transfer from other devices. With the exception of Bluetooth capability, this unit has it all right out-of-the-box. Advantage: G-Box MX2

As I mentioned before, the G-Box Midnight MX2 comes with both Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and XBMC pre-installed. The XBMC installed is a custom version, developed specifically for this device. This means that there is no lag or audio/video sync issues like other devices. The MX2 also automatically updates itself through either wireless or Ethernet so it always has the latest features available  – without the need to manually root and flash it!

 The Verdict

The G-Box Midnight MX2 is simply one of the best streaming media players I’ve tested. It easily keeps pace with a Roku 3, and offers a lot more flexibility than an Apple TV. Looking at the G-Box MX2 as just a streaming media player, it easily holds its own against the competition. The sheer number of USB ports, the SD card slot, wired Ethernet and improved wireless capability make it one of the best streaming players on the market. The fact that it runs the Android OS, giving you access to all your favorite apps is just a bonus!

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I have to admit it. I'm a little biased towards the G-Box Midnight MX2. It's not really my fault. You see, I've got a friend who's one of those obnoxious "Apple Guys." You know the type. You probably have one too. He stood in line for the iPhone 5, and then the 5S. I swear he's written a few sonnets about how much he loves his Apple TV.  So I have an interest in finding something that's better than the Apple TV. So saying that I was excited to get my hands on the G-Box Midnight MX2 is a bit…

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Summary : Finally a worthy rival to Apple TV and Roku!

User Rating: 4.6 ( 1 votes)
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About Tim Wells

Starting with his Commodore 128 back in the 1980's, Tim has been involved in technology ever since. A Google evangelist, when he's not digging into details about the latest Android or Chrome device, he's going to graduate school for Predictive Analytics or spending time at Disney World.

26 comments

  1. Nice. I was looking to find more about this. Thanks!

  2. I love my Gbox midnight!

  3. Quick question. Although 4 USB ports is exceptional, I want to add a few more things to it, like a different remote, TV tuner, game controller, and a few different hard drives. Will it accept a powered USB hub?

  4. Yes, it will accept a powered USB hub, so that gives you more ports to work with for accessories.

  5. I have been looking for a streaming device for years.However I wasn’t quite sold on the roku or the apple tv.I also wasn’t quite sold on the orignal gbox midnight.However when the mx2 was released I did some research,saved up some money and pulled the trigger.It’s been a little under a month and it’s been a solid investment so far.There are so many things you can do with this device.In my opinion it is way better than all of its competition.It does what other streaming devices do but gives it gives you more options.I like options.Any questions feel free to ask me.I don’t know everything about this box but I am quite familiar with it

  6. It’s hard to find educated people for this subject,
    but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

  7. greetingss…. just want to know what is the limited distance to receive wifi?…

    Kingston, Jamaica

  8. Will this box run mame emularor fine?

  9. visson.susie@gmail.com

    i fond a new mxii box from Vsmart, it is used amlogic s805 quad core cortex a5 cpu, lower than s802, seems lower power consumption, how do you think it? i can’t make a choose with s802 and s805

  10. G box Mx2is the best, I have tried many others but when I purchased g box I was not sure that it is the end of my search. I would say G Box MX 2 is the best.

  11. Can the G Box work in the United Kingdom?

    • Absolutely! You may need an NTSC to PAL adapter depending on your TV, but there are no geographic restrictions on the G-Box, or any other Android mini PC for that matter.

  12. This is by far my favorite android box. I also ahve the skystreamx quad core and to be honest the mx2 runs smoother and with only two cores. Theres SO much on the internet that I can find about it compared to other boxes that I’ve bought. Seems like tons of peope out there have this thing. I love it and wanted to say great review! I see the gbox Q is coming soon. Will you also do a review on that box?

  13. Well I actually sell some of these on my online store.
    Kmsgboxstore.com
    They have pros and cons but for the cost it’s definitely the best on the market.

  14. Tim thanks for the review. The only other review that I have seen was from Tom’s Hardware and they say that the G box has trouble with video at 1080p. What was your experience?

    • Hi Paul. When this review was written, I would have said that it was good for 1080p. Now, after a year’s worth of improvements in graphics and chipsets, plus all of the additional android mini pc’s that came out, I’d say that the G-box MX2 is past its prime.

      One of the main things that Matricom has going for it is a really awesome support base. There are hundreds of avid fans on their official forums. But I think, for the money, there are better options in 2014 (soon to be 2015). If you really like the Matricom interface, you might want to look at the new G-Box Q. It’s going to be a much better option.

      • Thanks Tim perfect timing. I am definitely considering getting one of these. I really liked the XBMC interface way back when I put it on the original xbox. I have been one of the few fans of google tv on the Logitech review but it is pretty much dead now.

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