MatricomⓇ G-Box MX2 Dual Core XBMC Android 4.2 TV Box + Special Edition XBMC [NEWEST VERSION]
- True 1080p Dual Core XBMC HD Decoding*! High performance Dual Core A9 CPU paired with the powerful Mali400 Dual Core 3D GPU Graphics Processor = Insane Android Performance. The MX2 has twice as much power as the original Midnight which provides the best Android experience available from any other competing product. Watch your favorite movies and live streams with vivid and smooth playback. Hook up a USB mouse (not included) and play your favorite Android games on the big screen!
- Over-The-Air updating means you never have to worry about complicated and cumbersome firmware installations. We'll be adding new features over time so that you can love your MX2 even more. Software updates will be sent to you automatically and you can install them at your convenience, easily.
- Includes the Special Edition XBMC designed by elite developers specializing in XBMC specifically for the Midnight MX2 provides the best experience with Android 4.2.x which is available on authentic G-Box products! Tons of free streaming add-ons available for XBMC so quit paying for cable.
- The best warranty in the WORLD. Your box is already covered no matter what happens to it. So go ahead and hack away and live worry-free because your device is covered unconditionally for 1yr from purchase direct from Matricom. The MX2 has been updated to Android 4.2.2 giving you the latest Android experience and will automatically update to later versions of Android and apps seamlessly from the internet! *1080p decoded videos are scaled to 720p in XBMC.
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About G-Box Midnight MX2:The G-Box Midnight MX2 by Matricom brings high performance high-def streaming from the internet and local media to your TV. The powerful Amlogic A9 MX processor teamed with a duel-core Mali-400 3D graphics engine provides stellar performance for the Android platform and high definition video playback. The Special Edition MX2 XBMC runs smoothly with 1080p hardware decoding from local media and your favorite XBMC streaming add-ons. Running on Android 4.2.x Jellybean with the latest Google Play Store installed opens up the world to install your favorite apps, browse the net, watch videos, connect to your social networks and more!Automatic Online Updating:With over-the-air updating, the MX2 will ensure that it's software is up-to-date and brings the newest updates and bug fixes for Android and XBMC to your device seamlessly.G-Box Midnight MX2 Specifications:* Amlogic A9 Dual Core Neon HD CPU
* Mali400 Duel Core High Performance 3D GPU
* 1GB RAM (DDR3)
* 8GB Total Internal Storage
* USB Storage Extendable (Flash Drives/HDD)
* SD Storage Extendable (Up to 32GB!)
* 802.11b/g/n internal Wifi
* HDMI v1.4 video output
* 10/100 Ethernet Port
* Coaxial SPDIF Digital Audio Output (Surround Sound)
* Composite Audio/Video Out
* 4x USB 2.0 Ports
* Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean installed
* Supports Wireless USB Keyboard/Mouse
* Google Play Store installed
* Fully Rooted!
G-Box Midnight MX2 Support:This device is manufacturerd by Matricom and features a 1yr extensive device warranty. Support is available online by Matricom and through the G-Box community.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I had hoped the Boxee box or google TV might have been the answer to bringing unfettered access to the internet into the living room, but too many restrictions and limitations made those options not viable. I jailbroke my ATV2 but encountered to many bugs and once you've jailbroken more than once it gets tiresome after awhile and the bugs just...well they bug you enough to outweigh the benefits.
Now comes the Mx2. I did not own the first Mx and I will admit I am not a android fan (think the OS is sloppy and really not very user friendly). I love Mac and always will but it's an enclosed system that limits and nothing, not even a jailbroken ATV2 was enough to give me want I want.
The Mx2 does and more. It's purely the best way, as far as I know, to access a ton of media, whether it's your own or located on the web...all with barely any restrictions or limits.
The Mx2 comes with a browser ( a good one might I add ), android apps ( and access to the android app store ), and XMBC, a true portal to ultimate entertainment. BE WARNED this device could engage you for HOURS...so if you got kids and a spouse be prepared to be yelled at! But seriously, it does so much you will be truly entertained for hours!
Now the Mx2 is not perfect. It does have it's quirks and there is still more development work to be done and Matricom has admitted as such. It's a work in progress and hopefully Matricom will continue it's support for years to come. But in it's current state the Mx2 clearly outdoes anything other than a HTPC. It's not perfect but it's damn fun!
I haven't loaded any apps yet or played any games. I primarily use the Mx2 to stream movies, TV shows, watch TV and surf the web. For me that's all that I was looking for and this does it all...extremely well.
I cut cable long ago. I have a WD media player, OTA DVR/Media player, and a House antenna ( giving me over 100 channels of free HD media) to entertain me. But I wanted to step it up and the MX2 does that...multiple times over. If your looking to cut cable this is a viable alternative that will honestly make you glad you did.
Remember the MX2 isn't perfect. Like I said it's quirky and a lot of work and research needs to be done to get it to the point where you can start having fun. But it's not complicated and there are a ton of instructional videos and forums you can tap. But once that's done the Mx2 becomes a great little machine.
For 100 bucks it's worth a try. If it works you'll find it's probably the best 100 bucks you've ever spent.
Oh and get the OGEAR GKM681R 2.4GHz Wireless Compact Keyboard with Optical Trackball. It's a great companion remote/keyboard that works well the MX2. Obviously there is the logitech K400 or the iPazz options but the Iogear seemed right for me. Besides I wanted a trackball and not a trackpad which for me is better.
Overall great little device that was worth the money! Hope it lasts! If it does sweeeet!!
UPDATE 8.03.13 I purchased the G-Box on July 11 and received it on the 15th and I must say so far so good! The box is running great and I am getting a handle on operating the device thanks to the XBMC forums, tutorials on youtube and the friendly advice here on Amazon!
It is probably one of the best devices I have ever purchased! I still am not totally crazy about android and I miss my ATV2 running XBMC, but the G-BOX is just so much better at multimedia than the ATV2. With a browser, streaming capabilities and XBMC + Navi-X the G-box just blows anything I've ever known out of the entertainment water. Now a true HTPC is probably way better but they don't cost 100.00!
So, to sum it up I am still tremendously pleased and in love with this box! It's truly performed beyond my expectations! So if people reading this are seriously considering this box I recommend you give it a try! If it's not for you return it, but if you take the time and have patience this device will truly pay off in spades!!
I will update my review next when I reach the 3 month mark!
P.S. the OTA update is finally fixed!! Cool! Keep the updates coming Marticom!!
UPDATE 9.30.13 I know I'm a little early with this update...but with a gift card I just received I decided to buy another box! My original G-box purchased in July is still running awesome so I decided to buy another for the bedroom! Now that I am more familiar with the system the set-up was a breeze. Connected and up and running without any problems!
Still love the box and it's capabilities so I decided why not another? With what it can do and Matricom's continued support I was confident the boxes would last awhile.
I also purchased a new HTPC keyboard...the Lenevo N5902 Backlit remote/keyboard. It's nice but smaller than my IOGEAR GKM681R which I use with my original MX2. I like the Lenevo and it suits a bedroom fine with it's small convenient size. Works well with the G-box especially with the backlit keys. But overall I prefer the IOGEAR. It's larger size just seems more user friendly.
UPDATE: 10.31.13 Updated to the latest firmware 1.1.6 a couple of weeks ago and Sweeeeeet! No issues and I also installed the XBMC Wizard edition with all the addons you will ever need!!! Extra sweeeeet!!!
It's been about 4 months now and my 2 boxes are doing great! Will upgrade to Fios eventually so things should kick up a notch! Right now I am currently on DSL. Overall the quality of shows and movies are great and the box still surprises me even though I've had it for months!
Matricom has really supported the product and with the OTA app working now updating is really a breeze with no issues! Can't be happier!
I have read some of the neg reviews and I feel bad for people who got bad boxes or really didn't know what they were getting themselves into. But I encourage those people to give the box another shot! It really is a wonderful device and worth the extra work!
Remember this is not a a Roku. It's a computer that has to be updated and maintained. Cleaning Cache, cleaning library, running updates...it does take work, but no more than a typical computer. With a little effort this box is truly amazing and I really look forward to the next generation MX2 from Matricom! You really can't beat it for 100.00!
It's been almost a year now. Own two boxes and things are running great! I finally switched from DSL to FIOS and now I am capable of maximizing these machines to their fullest!
Actually watched my first show in HD (720p) for the first time without any buffer whatsoever! Just awesome! Everything and I mean everything is working great! All types of Movies and Shows at my disposal! Now that's entertainment!
For those still sitting on the fence please give the MX2 a shot. It's worth it. I've got two boxes and it's been almost a year now and I haven't regretted my purchase ever!
Over a year now so I wanted to let people know if the boxes survived...and they did people! Both boxes still work great (one in the bedroom the other in the living room for the main TV) and they function as they did from day one!
Updates have been great both from Team XBMC and Matricom and so far I don't have any complaints other than the fact that I wish I had more time to enjoy them.
But they both have fulfilled their entertainment purposes in spades! Great devices and I look forward to Matricom's next version!
Next Update will come after a full two years! Until then people!
WARNING: If you are looking for a simple plug and play device that doesn't need a little setup and configuration, then go buy a Roku or Apple TV or some other idiot proof device. This device is an Android computer that will allow you to watch movies and tv shows for free..........so to me it's worth the little bit of hassle in the beginning.
ALSO: If you just buy the box and the 1 controller you will probably be unhappy. It's not easy to navigate with it. But if you get any of the air mouse / G-mouse, or wifi keyboard with touchpad on it then you will have a much better experience. I have a G-mouse 2 which is made by the same company that makes this media box. I also have a logitech K400 wifi keyboard with touchpad. I use them both. The bad thing is that you have to use the original remote to turn the MX2 on and off. Unless you want to plug and unplug the power supply which will do the same thing. I use the G-mouse 2 for everyday video surfing and I use the Logitech k400 keyboard/trackpad for days when I'm replying to emails or have a lot of writing to do.
This thing is loaded with bloatware and other nasty things that will bog down the wifi signal. A quick check of the internet told me that a factory reset should fix that. After having slow transfer rates and videos taking too long to buffer I finally decided to do a factory reset. Just go into the regular android settings and look for the factory reset. Once it completes you will have a stock Android OS that is clean and neat. But.......now you will have to install XBMC yourself.
The XBMC that they install on it and the one that you can install yourself are not much different. In fact the only thing I noticed was that the XBMC boot screen just had the MX2 logo on it. Other than that it worked the same way. To install XBMC search it on google. Go to the XBMC website and download the one for android. Once it's done downloading you can go into the download folder or at the top of the screen drag the top down (just like on an android phone) and click on the file you just downloaded. Then you can manually install it by clicking on it. But wait....there's more! If you want to watch TV shows and movies you will need an AddOn called 1 Channel. Just like XBMC it is not in the Google Play store. Do a google search for XBMC 1 Channel and you will find a how to guide for installing 1 Channel into XBMC.
On a side note. If you download movies on your computer or laptop you can put them on a thumb drive and put it into the MX2 and play it from XBMC. Just go to XBMC, Hover over Video, choose "File" and select your thumb drive from there. XBMC has all the video and audio codecs needed to run just about everything. Unless you want to watch your videos using a different media player.
If you watch a lot of TV shows or movies during the week you may notice your MX2 getting slower. To help this you can go into XBMC, settings, video and find the "Clean Library". There is a Youtube video for those that can't figure it out on their own. This "clean library" feature is like cleaning the cookies out of your computer. The MX2 is a computer. It's fast in comparison to most phones and mid range tablets, but not as fast as a modern laptop or computer. So it's important to clean the cookies out periodically.
Once you get your MX2 setup and figure out how it works you will like it. But it's not your grandma's Roku and may frustrate those without a little bit of geek sense.
As far as stability, nothing out there could beat a Jailbroken Apple TV. Although Android Boxes were close, every single one of them had at least one glitch or bug. Even Apple TVs have their problems, such as going into the Apple Bootloop Of Death, where the only way you could get it back up and running would be to re-jailbreak it (If a Jailbreak was available at the time).
Cue in the GBOX Midnight MX2. After getting a chance to test out and play with this unit, it really blew me away. I threw everything I could at it.
Here are the tests I conducted:
-10GB Videos at 1080P- Played them with zero issues from SD Card and USB Drives.
-XBMC Faster and Smoother than the Apple TV, All Addons working great.
-Boot Time Less than 45 seconds. Blazing fast.
-Wifi signal much improved over the Original Midnight and Slav Boxes. Connected it to 3 TVs around my home at distances between 10-80 feet and signal strength was great every time.
-User Interface is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. 3D Launcher is amazing. Made to work well with supplied remote. Navigating through the different categories of the homescreen works seamlessly. I caught myself many times just playing on the Android Homescreen just for how cool it looks. No lag whatsoever. All other Android Boxes out there basically look a tablet on your TV Screen, but it's hard to navigate through the menus or Homescreen. The MX2 User Interface makes it feel very natural to use on a TV.
-Overall Stability is by far better than any Android Box out there or Apple TV. The 4.2 Jellybean is so smooth and buttery.
This is what an Android TV Box should have been from the beginning. The guys at Matricom really outdid themselves on this one. The Midnight MX2 has just raised the bar for Set-Top Boxes, Apple TVs and Smart TVs.
I plan on purchasing many more of the MX2 for all the rooms in my home and recommend it to anyone who is looking for an all around great Media Center Experience in their home.
Get a Midnight MX2 and you will be blown away just like I was!!!