I recently upgraded my old Mac Mini to the Matricom G-Box as my main media streaming box for my living room. It is a nice overall streaming box. It runs Kodi and Android apps very well. Setup and installation were extremely easy. It comes pre-installed with Kodi. I upgrade it to the latest version of Kodi using the Google app store. You can also load many different Android apps and games from the Google play store. The Matricom G-Box also plays Amazon Video extremely well. Overall, I am pleased with this small yet powerful media box.
The Matricom G-Box Review
Update: Matricom has introduced a new version called the G-Box Q3.
After many years of reliable service, it was finally time to decommission my older Mac Mini and upgrade to a new streaming box. I decided to upgrade to the Matricom G-Box. This box is a very small Android device that has a powerful Quad Core S802 processor paired with the Mali450 Octo Core 3D GPU Graphics Processor, which allows it to stream just about anything without skipping a beat.
Unboxing and Setup
The G-Box arrived in a compact box. The box contains the G-Box, remote, power supply, quick start guide and a 5ft HDMI cable. The device is very easy to set up. First, plug in the power and HDMI cable into your TV or surround sound system. Then hit the power button on the remote and you will see the blue light on top of the G-Box light up and you are off to the races. This box boots up very fast.
- True 1080p and 4k Ultra HD
- High-performance Quad Core S802 CPU
- Mali450 Octo Core 3D GPU Graphics Processor
- Dual-band 802.11ac Gigabit 5G WiFi
- 10/100 Full Duplex Ethernet Port
- Two USB 2.0 inputs
- SD Card Port
- Optical Audio Port
- 4.0 Low Power Bluetooth
- Android games available
- Cloud updating
- 2 GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 1-year warranty
Kodi runs extremely well on the Matricom G-Box. Just launch it from the main screen icon using the remote. Kodi starts up very quickly and is responsive. It moves in between screen options without hesitation. Streaming videos and online content is where this box does a great job. All of the add-ons that I installed played as expected. The powerful CPU and GPU handled whatever I threw at it with ease. Update: I have installed and used Kodi 17 Krypton and it runs very well.
The remote that comes with the G-box is a basic functional remote. It does have a nice feel in the hand. It has decent navigation buttons allowing you to maneuver around the screen. If you plan on running Kodi as your main media player, you should consider upgrading to a wireless mouse or media remote. It will give much more functionality and ease of use. One thing I dislike is the only power switch is on the remote. You can also unplug the power to shut it on and off. The box will automatically turn on once plugged in. I would prefer a power switch on the box as well.
Main Media Box
This has now become my main media box for my living room. It has performed very well since I have purchased it. Setting up this box was very easy and the performance has been just what I expected. I must say that the bootup and shut down is a lot faster than a PC or Mac. It happens within seconds. With this box and my over the air antenna, there is no need for cable TV.
All of the Google apps from the Google Play Store are available for install on this Android box. The apps that I installed work very well. I use a few TV apps like Pluto TV, NBC, PBS, FOX, A&E, MTV and VH1. I am able to stream content and watch certain TV shows.
The G-Box works very well with Amazon Prime Video. Streaming is fast and the user interface is responsive and easy to use. I have been using Amazon Prime Video with this box and have been very pleased with its performance.
One app I enjoy using is Pluto TV, which you can install from the Google Play Store. It is basically channels that Pluto TV created of clips and content from around the web. It is nicely packaged into a channel guide style interface. It has many channels broken into categories. They are also going to provide content from Hulu in the near future. Some of my favorite channels are their comedy, documentary, news and music channels. They also have a good selection of sports and music videos. They are always adding new content. See our view below.
Matricom G-Box Q3
Matricom has come out with a new box since writing this review. The newer box is called the Matricom G-Box Q3. It is essentially the same designed device but, has a faster CPU, graphics processor and Android 6 OS. It also has better Amazon Prime Video support.
You can stay up to date with the latest firmware. Matricom comes out with a new firmware upgrade from time to time. This keeps the G-Box running smoothly and often gives you some new features. They have a nice wiki page explaining the whole process.
Where to Buy:
The Matricom G-Box Q3 is available for purchase at these retailers:
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I have been very pleased with the purchase and would highly recommend buying the Matricom G-Box as your media player. If you are looking for a streaming box that will run Kodi and Google apps well then look no further.