I run an Emby server on a QNAP NAS and need client devices that will use a Kodi front-end (with the Kodi Emby addon). This is the primary purpose for the box. Netflix HD is a plus but not a deal breaker
I already have multiple clients set up and the best is obviously the Nvidia Shield which works beautifully, but also priced the highest. I also use the Minix Neo U1, a good workhorse that's also been fairly reliable. I've tried some other boxes like the Zidoo H6 Pro (running Allwinner H6) and the cheap MX boxes, but those were either completely unusable or couldn't play videos smoothly
With all these new boxes coming out, wanted to get input if there's something that could work / fit my use-case
I wanted to try the S912 boxes, starting with the Mecool ones. Received the Mecool M8S Plus L, but am quickly finding out that wifi for this device is extremely horrible. Overall interface feels slow for an octacore CPU (I'm comparing with the Minix U1 running on the S905), and when I set up Kodi/Emby, I couldn't even play videos from an Emby server that was local! Kodi kept returning an error saying source was too slow. WIFI signal is strong (in the launcher icon), haven't done a speed test, but in any case, this looks like another paperweight for me. Good thing it was cheap enough to throw away. I also tried the Amazon Firestick ages ago, but performance wasn't great so that also got given away fairly quickly.
I have the Mecool M8S Pro L arriving, and I'm not sure if it's going to be any better, based on the M8S Plus. Uses the same chip, although this one at least has an RJ45 port, something the M8S Plus lacks. Unfortunately, I can't rely on wired LAN in all locations so still need a reliable box that can use wifi.
Was considering the Xiaomi Mi Box S, but I've read about the refresh rate issues so held back.
Anybody here using an Android box (that's not an Nvidia Shield) with Kodi + Emby addon that they're happy with? Need to buy another 5-10, hence the focus on cost