Probox2 make some of the best and most affordable Android TV boxes out there that are simple to use and of great quality. They take product development seriously and even have one of the best remote controls on the market with the Probox2 Remote+ control. With Android 6.0 being released not long ago there was a scramble from Android box manufacturers to try and release Android 6.0 boxes and Probox2 was not going to be left out of the competition. Probox2 was the first company to release an Android 6.0 box with the release of the Probox2 Air. Is the Air as good as its predecessors? Let’s take a look in our Probox2 Air review.
Probox2 Air Review – What’s in the Box?
As usual the Probox2 Air turned up in the usual brown shipping packaging that arrived in one piece. I would also like to make special note that pretty much all the deliveries we receive are delivered by DHL. DHL has proven to me to be one of the best delivery services out there in terms of speed, getting the item to you in one piece as well as their very simple process for organising re-deliveries etc. So much better than other couriers that have not taken the care required.
Opening the shipping box I removed the Probox2 Air packaging which looks great, as their previous products did. The product packaging makes use of a black and grey matte striped texture which gives the box a sort of carbon look. The company name and device model is printed on the front and at the bottom of the box are the logos for some of the features included.
Turning to the rear of Probox2 Air packaging you will find the company name and device model again as well as a list of the device specifications.
When handling the box I did not hear or feel anything moving around in the box which filled me with confidence that everything was packed securely inside.
Opening the box I found the following contents:
- Probox2 Air Android box
- WiFi antenna
- IR remote control
- HDMI cable
- Power adapter
- User manual
The Probox2 Air – Similar Design, but That’s Not a Bad Thing
Like the previous Probox2 products, the Air comes with the familiar black square design. Now, this isn’t a bad thing at all as the product design looks good. It’s minimal and clean and easily fits in with any home entertainment setup you may have. The box is constructed of high quality plastic which has a great feeling matte finish. The matte finish is nice as it means that you don’t need to worry about finger prints showing.
On the top of the Probox2 Air you will find a nice looking company logo that is nice and subtle, rather than being stamped in bright colours with numerous logos etc. Other than the logo there is no other branding or designs printed on the box, which I appreciate.
The Ins and Outs of it
When it comes to inputs and outputs the Probox2 Air has got everything you should need. On the front of the box you will find the IR receiver which has been incorporated in a nice subtle manner.
Looking at the left of the Android box you will see there is the USB 32.0 port and micro SD card slot.
Turning to the right hand side of the Probox2 Air is where the WiFi antenna is located.
Finally, flipping the device to its rear is where you will find the bulk of the interface options which includes USB 2.0 port, HDMI, Ethernet, optical audio out and power.
The Probox2 Air Remote Control
The Probox2 Air includes an IR remote control in the package which works well. The remote control covers all of the functions that you should require such as Android functions, navigation and media playback.
Although the remote control works fine I would have liked to have seen a more feature packed remote with Bluetooth so that I didn’t need to maintain a direct line of site with the media player. I highly recommend using a 3rd party remote control such as the Rii i25 Mini.
- Amlogic S905X Quad Core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2GHz
- Penta Core ARM Mali-450 GPU up to 750MHz+
Memory / Storage
- 2GB DDR3 / 16GB eMMC
- 11ac Dual Band WIFI (2.4Ghz / 5.8Ghz)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- HDMI 2.0b
- 4K 2K @ 60fps
- Support HDR
- HDCP 2.2
- Via HDMI 2.0b
- Optical SPDIF (5.1CH, 7.1CH)
- DC 5V 2A adapter (CE, FCC, CCC Certified)
- RJ-45 Ethernet Port (10/100Mbps)
- USB 2.0 Port x 2
- OTG Port
- TF Card Reader
- IR Sensor (Remote included)
Supported Video Format
- UHD 4K 60fps HW decoding
- Supports multiple formats including H.265 10-bit, H.264 & VP9 DAT/MPEG/MPE/MPG/TS/TP/VOB/ISO/AVI/MP4/MOV/3GP/ FLV/MKV/M2TS/MTS/M4V/ WMV/ASF/RM/RMVB
Supported Audio Format
- MP2/MP3/WMA/OGG/FLAC/APE/AAC/WAV/OGA/ALAC Programmable with 7.1/5.1 down-mixing
Initial Setup, Dashboard and Using it
Connecting the Probox2 Air Android media player is very straight forward. It is simply a matter of connecting the power and HDMI cable and powering it on. When powered on the device takes approximately 26 seconds to boot. Upon boot completion you are presented with the first time setup screen.
Upon first start you are asked to select your language as well as connect to your internet connection via either Ethernet or WiFi. The setup screens was a welcomed inclusion as it does make setup of the box easy for a first time user.
Once the setup process is complete you are taken to the devices launcher. The Probox2 Air comes with the brand new launcher from Probox2, the Apex launcher. The Apex launcher is a welcome upgrade from other launchers being used for Android boxes at the moment. The launcher design is minimal and the colour scheme is great. If you really wanted, you can change to other Launchers that you may like however I recommend staying with the Apex launcher.
On the left hand side of the launcher you have the shortcuts to Kodi, Google Play store and the task killer. In the center of the screen you have shortcuts to app categories such as Movies & TV, Favourites, Music, Stream, Internet, Game, Photo, Social and Files. Finally at the bottom of the screen you have the pinned apps bar which allows you to pin shortcuts to the home screen.
Using the Probox2 Air, I did not notice any issues of lag when navigating between screens and apps and noticed no crashes.
Probox2 Air OTA Updates
The Probox2 Air 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 Air will take care of the rest.
For media play back I used Kodi which is what I use for all of my media playback on my different media players. Kodi is available on the Google Play store for free.
Launching the Kodi app was trouble free and I did not notice any issues such as lag or stuttering. Navigating around the Kodi app was a smooth experience and media playback was great.
I ran AnTuTu Video Tester to determine media playback compatibility where it scored 944.
Running the Geekbench3 benchmarking app the Probox2 Air achieved a Single-Core score of 596 and a Multi-Core score of 1,661.
Testing the device with Vellamo saw the device receive a Metal score of 910.
Finally the Air scored 34,007 in the Antutu Benchmark test.
The Probox2 Air is connected to my home network via an Ethernet cable and my internet connection is running on 100mb Fibre. Network performance on the Air provided stable speeds both up and down which will allowed me to enjoy buffer free streaming. I received stable speeds for download of 87.21 Mbps and upload of 6.28 Mbps.
Where to Buy
If you are interested in purchasing the Probox2 Air for $79.99 you can do so over at the Probox2 website.