For local playback from a USB flash drive or even HDD then for many things up to 1080p and even some 4K it will work adequately.
But with S912 and S905X2/X3 boxes that can be had for not much more, even if today,$15-$20 is all you have, I would save up for just a little longer and get a far better and faster box.
If using your network to stream, then dual band WiFi and/or Gigabit ethernet will be of great benefit.
And in even the short/medium term, you will likely regret buying such a box unless the outlay is such that you can consider it throw away money in order to try something out for the first time.
I guess the only other potential practical use could be as a headless host for a TV tuner but even then, it’s not that desirable.
In terms of getting advice and guidance on the latest TV boxes, apart from this forum of course, Freaktab is generally considered the best source of guidance where there is great discussion and testing carried out.
Or if you like to see Youtube reviews, I would recommend the excellent ETA Prime channel,where there are always a great range of boxes and boards reviewed.
Personally I would avoid it as despite what may be seen as great value, is more a case of getting rid old stock of what has been a largely failed attempt at a cheap AMLogic SOC that has now been superceded (price wise) by better and cheaper older SOC’s and (technologically speaking) a couple of new ones.
Which Version? I Ordered mine (2G/16G) for $17.80 including shipping…
I think this heavily depends where you live. Some counties have a maximum what you can import for free/without taxes. If you get over this limit (in my case around $22) it will increase (almost double!) the price heavily™!
I remember some one saying who calls a S905x (2g/16g) and a S905w (1g/8g) tv box their own and can call no difference between them while using some *elec…
That’s the thing. It’s going to replace my raspberry 3 with 1gb of ram running from SD card. I have the hope to get a little boost from it. =)
This could also be a plan later. Using it with armbian for example and run hass.io on or another thing…
That’s big improvements indeed! But I guess it will take another year (or two?) that the price of this ones drops down the $20 line.
But for my planned location (no gigabit ethernet available) and no advantage for usb 3 storage because only reading hd material which works perfectly on a usb 2 host that’s just a thing for the future anyways…
Let’s see what I get and how it compares to my rusty raspberry 3 which did the kodi job (successful) now for 3 years
How does this technically work? I never owned a arm box which was able to boot from USB. Any modifications needed or could I just try to run a coreelec image which shares the same soc and see what happenings… Without destroying the internal android os?