Model: Matricom G-Box Midnight MX2 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Dual Core XBMC Streaming Mini HTPC TV Box Player
Matricom MX2 is a new upgrade to the original Midnight series of media boxes. MX2 box player brings high definition Internet and media streaming with increased performance and more memory and storage.
XMBC is an open source (under GPL license) media player software and digital media hub. The software can be used standalone on a computer, or, as in this case, with a digital media player. XMBC can integrate with different hardware or HTPC (Home Theater PC), can run on Windows, Linux and OSX operating systems, plays multiple audio and video formats, supports many types of remotes, and is available in about 30 languages.
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Matricom Home Theater box player has dual core A9 processor to drive the machine, and 3D Dual core graphics processor to render the videos. This outputs smooth 1080p High Definition decoded video streams to your TV though the HDMI port. It has an internal memory of 1GB and storage capacity of 8GB – double that of the original Matricom G-Box. For additional storage, the streaming player has and SD (Secure Digital) card slot as well as an USB port. With an SD card, storage can be expanded by another 32 GB. You can use the USB ports (4 ports are available) to plug in flash drives or external hard drives, giving you almost an unlimited capacity.
The operating system is latest version of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and runs XBMC interface software on it. The XBMC provides an intuitive and easy to use interface to setup and navigate the options.
As the operating system (OS) used is the latest version of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), you have access to thousands of Apps by using the preinstalled Google Play. You can download and run Apps like Gmail, Firefox and Chrome browsers, and streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, iHeartRadio and even Facebook. You have the same choices of Apps as you will find on Android Smartphones. The OS and Apps are automatically updated with their latest versions.
Connectivity to the Internet is though Wi-Fi and all standard modes (802.11 b/g/n) are supported. If you need a wired connectivity, the Ethernet port is also available.
You can connect the Matricom MX2 to your TV or monitor either through HDMI (v 1.4) port or Composite Audio / Video out. If you have a sound receiver, the connection can be made using the Coaxial Digital Audio output.
Pros for Matricom MX2
- Full HD (1080p) output
- A9 Dual Core HD processor, powerful 3D graphics processor for video
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Ethernet
- Android 4.2, Google Play for thousands of Apps
- 1 GB internal memory, 8 GB storage
- SD card slot (up to 32 GB)
- 4 x USB ports for flash / USB drives, external hard drives
- 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Composite, 1 x Coaxial Digital Audio port
Cons for Matricom MX2
- Video streaming over Wi-Fi might be slow depending on your connection
- HDMI cable not included
For browsing the Net or updating the status of Facebook from your couch, you can use the wireless USB keyboard and mouse. It comes with a remote, but you can also install XBMC Remote App on you smartphone to act as a remote.
Customer reviews have been very positive, and a few have even called it the best set top Internet box in the market. The previous model Matricom G-Box Midnight was well received, with about 60% of customers had ratings of 4/5 and 5/5. The issues with the previous model were that it was a bit slow, and some of the video formats and Apps were not supported. These have been addressed in the new Matricom G-Box Midnight MX2 player by using fast main processor and adding a graphics processor, increasing internal memory and updating the operating system (OS) and software to the latest versions.
To sum up, the Matricom Media box player has 1080p output, powerful processors, 1 GB internal memory and 8GB storage which can be expanded using SD card or USB ports, HDMI and Composite ports for TV connection, Digital Audio output, and a remote. It is one of the best streaming media box on the market and gets a high rating.
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