The Matricom G-Box Q3 is a set top box that aims to be the ‘’New Generation’s Ultimate G-Box’’. It’s quite some big talk in this streaming media market dominated by popular names like Apple, Roku, Amazon, plus Android’s own developer, Google. However, Matricom claims that they are the ‘’future of Android’’ and they promise that their products feature the newest Android software running the ultimate hardware on the market.
Thing is, do they really live up to their claims? Is the G-Box Q3, G-Pad Controller, and the Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard worth purchasing to include to your set of gaming peripherals? Today, we’re going to put these gaming devices to the test and see if they’re really as good as they claim it to be.
First up, let’s go and check out what the G-Box Q3 is all about.
Matricom G-Box Q3 Review – A Fantastic Android TV Solution
The G-Box Q3 is generally a mini computer when you check out its features and all the things you would need when you connect it. The device has Bluetooth, 2 USB ports, Wi-Fi, 16GB internal storage, 2GB of RAM, an Ethernet port, as well as an SD card slot. Inside the box, you’ll find a basic remote control that efficiently gets its job done when it comes to regular navigation; however, we personally prefer using a mini keyboard for this but the remote does work well so you won’t have any issues with it. You’ll be able to easily link a Bluetooth or USB keyboard, then use it together with the Android applications that you’re familiar with on your smart device.
The primary benefit of the G-Box Q3 is its integrated storage, SD card slot, and USB ports that other streaming devices don’t really have. A lot of us still have a ton of USB sticks around with saved photos and videos; it’d be really cool to plug these into the G-Box Q3 to instantly view the files saved without having to use the PC.
The G-Box itself is a very lightweight black box; its attractive and sleek design features the obligatory polished black finish right at the top. You’ll see a clear plastic letter G that is carved right at the top together with a creamy white layer just below. Its finish and fit look great without any misaligned seams or defects. The left and front side of the box are clean without any ports; on the right side of it, you’ll find a full-sized SD card slot that readily supports SDHC memory cards that go up to 32GB. Ports that are found right at the back of the G-Box Q3 include a 10 / 100 Ethernet jack, an optical audio output, two USB 2.0 ports, as well as an HDMI 2.0 port that readily supports HDR and 4K video.
The G-Box Q3 is also powered by the same AMlogic S-905-x system on chip (SoC) that is utilized by a lot of Android boxes as well as smart devices. This is based on the 64-bit 4-core ARM Cortex A-53 central processor, plus a 5 core Mali 450 graphics processor. The S-905-x supports 4K ultra high definition output at 60 fps along with HDR 10 high-dynamic range output. From an audio standpoint, this supports the common DTS and Dolby digital surround sound format.
When it comes to the infrared remote of the G-Box, it features a simple layout that looks just like any other set top box. Below its power button, you’ll see a directional control ring including up, down, left, and right buttons, plus an OK button right in the middle of it. There are a row of buttons just below, allowing you to access the menus, return to the home screen, or go back to the screen. Below these, you will also find the volume control buttons that are set in place.
Devices just like the Matricom G-Pad Controller is the best solution for gaming while chilling on the couch. You can play emulated games on your Android phone or PC, as well as hook it up to your PS3 console. Gather a new G-Box Q3 then link the universal game controller to play all your favorite Android games, and unlock the full power of the Nougat 7.1 to enjoy gaming on.
Since we mentioned about the Playstation, the G-Pad controller features a layout that’s just like that of the Playstation; it also features joysticks that are quite similar to the joysticks of an XBOX ONE controller. Its charging micro USB port is also positioned similarly to the PS4 / PS3 controller. What we liked is that they included a micro USB cable to better and easily charge the built-in battery; its full charge takes around 2.5 hours in total.
The rubberized, plastic surface of the G-Pad feels good to the touch, so even if you go for several hours of gaming, things would still feel comfortable especially because of the sweat-resistant coating that is present. When it comes to the thumbsticks, these have an adequate surface area for your thumbs, so they’re really comfortable to use even when you’re playing first-person shooters. This controller features four LED indicators: from left to right, these LEDs refer to the Android, Xinput, Apple, and Mouse mode. The G-Pad controller also features a reset pinhole at the back which you can use if ever the G-Pad controller becomes completely unresponsive.
Another thing that is worth mentioning about this controller is that you don’t really need to go through the process of installing drivers for games on Windows 10. This only means that you won’t have to download any MotioninJoy drivers in the process. The G-Pad from Matricom also works well with the PSX emulator, Emulation Station, and the Retro Pie which has a couple of emulators installed such as the Amiga UAE-4AII and the Atari 800. When you use other emulators, you’ll first need to configure the buttons for each of the devices. Pairing the G-Pad is relatively easy: you can combine the G-Pad to your Matricom G-Box Q3 Android-TV box and your Android Phone. Just simultaneously press on the home “M” button until a red LED blinks. The word Gamepad will appear on your smartphone’s available Bluetooth devices; click on this and you’re all done. The G-Pad will be paired.
Before you’re able to link the G-Pad to your Windows PC or PS3, you’ll need to shift to their respective modes simply by pressing the X and M buttons to be able to toggle to a different Android mode. If you’re using the PS3 console or your Windows PC, it will be necessary for you to write the G-Pad controller using a USB cable for the device to work. Another great feature of the G-Pad controller is that when you connect this to your Android phone, you’ll be able to pair the Bluetooth headphones simultaneously which we think is really cool.
Additionally, this G-Pad features a third mode which is called the Mouse Emulation. You can enter this mode by pressing on the A and M buttons. This specific mode lets you use the G-Pad controller just like a mouse pointer that you typically use for your computer. You’ll be able to go left, right, double-click, as well as zoom in and scroll across the screen. The G-Pad Controller is something that we think would be a great alternative to the Amazon Fire Stick since it’s an inexpensive choice for controlling your Second Gen Fire TV-4K.
Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard
The Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard is designed for easy going media interaction so you can kick back, relax, and control your G-Box right on your couch without dealing with the clutter and hassle of having a separate mouse and keyboard. You can further improve your productivity with the G-Box Q3 and the Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard: connect the wireless Logitech Keyboard with your G-Box to seamlessly add / remove applications, send emails, or browse the web. With how these two devices work perfectly, you can say that the Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard and the G-Box Q3 complement each other excellently. You can use your Logitech Keyboard with the integrated trackpad to further customize your G-Box Q3 freely with Android.
- 5 x 12. 4 x 2.1 cm
- Amlogic S905x Quad-Core @ 1.5 GHz
- Penta-Core Mali-450 (up to 750 MHz+)
- 2GB DDR3 RAM
- 16 GB Flash Drive (plus, external drive support)
- Android Nougat 7.1 Full Version
- Qualcom 5G802, 11 Dual-Band
- 0 Low Power, Full Duplex
- 10/100 Full Duplex
- HDMI 2.0, SD/SDHC/MMC, (2) USB 2.0, Optical Audio Output
- Bluetooth Remote Control, Power Supply, HDMI Cable
The Matricom G-Box Q3 supports OTA updates which is great. In order to update Android boxes you generally need to load the latest firmware on an SD card or USB and then manually flash the latest update. The issue with this is that its time consuming and there is always a chance you can brick the device.
With OTA updates you can simply click the check for updates button and if there is an update simply hit the download and install button and the Q3 will take care of the rest.
The Matricom G-Box Q3 is connected to my home network via an Ethernet cable and my internet connection is running on 100mb Fibre. Network performance on the Q3 provided stable speeds both up and down which will allowed me to enjoy buffer free streaming. I received stable speeds for download of 89.21 Mbps and upload of 6.14 Mbps.
For media play back I used Plex and Kodi which is what I use for all of my media playback on our different media players. Kodi and Plex are available on the Google Play store for free.
Launching the Kodi and Plex apps was trouble free and I did not notice any issues such as lag or stuttering. Navigating around the apps was a smooth experience and media playback was great. The Q3 had no problems at all with the playback of 720p, 1080p or 4k video and we experienced no issues of buffering or unsupported file types.
After we’ve tested these devices, we can say that the G-Box is definitely a better choice for advanced Android users; and just like we’ve mentioned earlier, the box is basically just like your mini computer. You can utilize it for more than just watching movies and streaming, and it can also turn into a cool gaming machine via Bluetooth controller. Google Play Store has thousands of games that can support gaming controllers and keyboards so it’s really worth checking as an upgrade from other streaming sticks that are available. Is the Matricom G-Box Q3 with G-Pad Controller and Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard worth it? Definitely, and we highly recommend these for your improved gaming experience.
Where to Buy
If you want to purchase and have your own G-Box Q3, Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard, and G-Pad Controller, you can find all of these devices right at Matricom’s official website. If you just want to get the G-Box Q3 for only $99, visit this page. You can also choose to get bundles like the Gaming Bundle which includes the G-Box Q3, as well as the G-Pad controller that you can get from this page; when it comes to the Productivity Bundle, which includes the G-Box Q3 and the Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard, you can purchase these devices here. You can also opt to purchase the G-Pad Controller only which is available on this page.