Z28 Android TV Box Review : Best Budget 4K Android TV Box!

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Today we have a brand-new TV box for you which will be surprisingly running on Android 7.1 nougat out of the box making it one of the few TV box to do so. This box is the Z28 TV Box, which is not only powered by latest specs but it also has a very budget friendly price tag. The Z28 is currently one of the new TV boxes running on Android 7.1. This is the best Android TV box under 50$ with the latest configurations.

Z28 tv box review

The housing of this product is black, and the box is made of plastic with the Z28 logo displayed over the top. It comes with an infrared remote control and it doesn’t have an external antenna. Although the Z28 Android TV box is not manufactured by a branded company we think that it’s a very good option to people seeking for Android TV Box.

Z28 Android TV Box Review

Now we are going to talk about the features of this Android TV box. Inspite it is not a branded company but still, it has some of the amazing and astonished functionality which lead you to buy this. So, without delay anymore let’s talk go:

Design

Z28 tv box

The Z28 TV box weighs around 250gm which are not that heavy and the manufacturers have done a pretty decent job to make this Box lightweight it weighs around 250gm which is the weight of the product while the package weight is around 430gm. The size of this product can be said to be smaller than other boxes as it is 4.33 inches in length, 4.33 inches in width and somewhere around 1 inch in height.

Hardware

Z28 TV box

So, let’s have a look at its hardware to see what’s included for this price. The Z28 TV box runs on a 64bit system. It sports the Rockchip RK3328 quad core cortex A53 CPU, clocking at a speed of 1.5 GHz. Its display is powered by the Marley 400 Dual core GPU running up to 600MHz. It comes with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage with a maximum expandable capacity of 64 GB. It comes with a single band 2.4 GHz WiFi support, although Bluetooth is not supported on this device.

Software

Z28 Android TV box

On the software side, the Z28 runs on Android 7.1 nougat operating system and it comes preinstalled with Kodi media center. It can play 4K and 1080p videos with H.265 decoding and it has surround sound 5.1 output.

Other Prime Aspects

Let’s have a look at its input-output ports. The Z28 TV box comes with 1 HDMI Port, 1 OTG USB Port, and 1 USB 3.0 Port. It comes with an RJ45 Ethernet LAN Port, 1 optical audio port, it has 1 SD card slot and a power adapter jack.
Z28 Android TV boxSo, let’s now examine this information, for some positives and negatives before you decide to invest in this box.

The Pros

  • The use of 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage is good for streaming movies and TV shows and you have the option of converting external storage up to 64 GB via SD card.
  • Another positive point for this box is the use of Android 7.1
  • The use of Kodi media center is also a plus.
  • What I also like is that they included a USB 3.0 OTG on the box, this port can power those external hard drives that require a USB 3.0.
  • I would like to classify this TV box as a cost-effective box for the use of streaming and mild gaming only.

The Cons

  • So, when we look at its hardware, I see that lots of TV box manufacturers have decided to go with Rockchip CPUs. However, the CPU used in this box only runs up to 1.5 GHz. While this may be sufficient to stream movies and TV shows, it’s not going to do so well when it comes to playing games.
  • This is also affected by the GPU used which only runs up to 600MHz.
  • The use of only the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band isn’t really much of a problem but it is an issue.
  • The blunder was not including Bluetooth technology in this box.
  • No antenna and infrared remote.
  • No vents at the bottom.

Why Buy?

So, what’s the main selling point of this box? Well, it has to be its low price and the new android 7.1 operating system. While Android 7.1 is the latest and faster than android 6.0 marshmallow, it does offer some new features that can be useful in TV boxes. In this newest installation of Android 7.1, Google sought to improve user experience and system management. For example, there’s a new feature called long press shortcuts for apps. What this is the ability to apply a long click or a long press on an app on the launcher and a shortcut pop-up will appear which gives you access to different features of the app without having to navigate to the settings area to change things like permissions and power management. This is just one of the many new features that come with Android 7.1 and not all of them would apply to TV boxes.

Conclusion

So in summary, at first I was going to give this box a bad rating for leaving out Bluetooth technology and using only the 2.4 Wi-Fi band. But later on, I remember that now users are crazy about the Kodi so if you one of them then you should go with this TV box. You can Z28 with Kodi to watch movies and sports and he’s quite comfortable with his infrared remote.

So, I guess the Z28 Android TV box would be a good upgrade for people in his category of users, unlike fanatics like myself who are always looking for the latest hardware specs and playing games on 4K videos and doing benchmarks and so on. So, as an advanced TV box user, I personally suggest you not buy this box but if all you care about is streaming movies and TV shows, then the Z28 Android TV Box can be the best Android TV box for you.