In the market of TV boxes, which add the functions of smart TV to ordinary TV, there was a good competition. This is very good for us, ordinary users, because there are inexpensive, powerful solutions. New cheap TV box Alfawise A8 Pro boasts not only the latest version of Android 8.1 on board, but also the ability to smoothly play video in 4K resolution.
The Alfawise brand has grown rapidly in 2018 and has become one of the best-selling Chinese manufacturers in GearBest. The fact is that we already had devices from this manufacturer on the review – Its previous generation Android TV box: A8. All devices left a very pleasant impression of high quality and functionality. We suspected that the set-top box at least did not disappoint us.
The main advantages of Alfawise A8 Pro:
The Alfawise A8 Pro TV BOX was equipped with a Rockchip RK3229 processor with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and a Mali-400 MP GPU, It also can play video in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. This is not the most powerful hardware configuration that can be found on the market, but remember that we are dealing with a device with a price just above $29. This is a budget TV box.
It is worth noting that such computing power is still enough to play high-resolution video from a local disk or online from Netflix, Youtube or another service. 3 GB of RAM is enough for the smooth operation of the equipment and multitasking. For the user, 32 GB of internal memory is available, which, of course, is not enough, and to fill it up, just download a few movies. But the memory here can be easily expanded using a microSD card.
Control devices or an optional hard drive can be connected to one of the four USB ports. For convenience, you can also connect a keyboard and mouse, which allows you to use the A8 Pro even as a personal computer for work, especially since there are mobile versions of office software for Android OS. And in general, as you understand, absolutely any application from the Play Market can be installed here, which makes it very functional.
The Alfawise A8 Pro is connected to the Internet using the latest WI-FI 802.11 b / g / n standard, thanks to which streaming video in maximum resolution is played without delays. A TV or monitor is connected via HDMI or an older AV output. You can connect to the network using a normal LAN cable, but this is not very practical and makes no sense with the presence of a high-speed wireless connection.
I think the new TV BOX Alfawise A8 Pro is really a budget device with excellent value for money. It can play videos with 4K quality (albeit up to 30 frames per second), and the new Android allows you to install all applications and games from Google Play.
A relatively weak processor showed itself well, but there are doubts that it will remain relevant for a long time. On the other hand, it costs only 30 bucks, so after a couple of years you can easily change it to something more powerful. Our review was Xiaomi Mi Box 4, which costs twice as much, without having any special advantages. Alfawise A8 Pro is a good choice for those who want to buy an inexpensive, but very high-quality TV set-top box.