The best Google-certified TV boxes you can buy in South Africa

The myriad of online video streaming services available in South Africa offer their subscribers access to vast libraries of movies and shows.

While these can be accessed conveniently via an app or browser on a smartphone, tablet, or computer, few viewing setups offer as comfortable an experience as the TV in your living room.

While several manufacturers now boast built-in smart capability for their TVs – allowing you to jump onto your home’s Internet network and use these apps directly on the TV, the software used in these systems can be clunky and inconsistent, and may in certain instances only receive updates every so often.

Although you could connect a fully fledged desktop system or laptop to be able to watch the next episode of you favourite Netflix show, setting this up can be a hassle, with plenty of cable connections and peripherals required to be able to interface seamlessly.

Android TV boxes are effectively mini computers that offer a simple plug and play solution to this conundrum.

When connected to your TV, they open access to a wide variety of apps – including video streaming platforms like Netflix, Showmax, and Amazon Prime Video.

Google certification

While there are numerous cheap Android boxes on the market, many of these devices run modified software on hardware configurations which have not been optimised for best performance,

In order to ensure a seamless experience, the box must be certified by Google.

Google-certified devices offer support for all official apps as well as official versions of the Android TV OS.

With this stamp of approval, buyers can rest assured that official streaming and other apps available from the Play Store will work without issues or requiring complex workarounds.

Many of these boxes also support useful features such as Google Assistant – which allows for searching and controlling the device with voice commands – and Chromecast – which lets the user stream their feed from an Android device or Chrome browser on a PC to the TV.

Below are the best Google-certified Android TV boxes you can buy in South Africa.


Ematic AGT419 4K – R1,299

Ematic 4K Android TV Box
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Amlogic S905X
GPU ARM Mali 450
RAM 2GB DDR3
Storage 8GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 9.0
Connectivity 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet
Ports 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
Price R1,099

Ematic 4K TV Box


Seiki Android TV Dongle – R1,499

Seiki Android TV Dongle
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Amlogic S905X
GPU ARM Mali 450
RAM 1GB DDR3
Storage 8GB
Operating System Android TV 9.0
Connectivity 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Ports 1x HDMI
Price R1,599

Seiki Android TV box


Xiaomi Mi Box S – R1,299

Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Cortex A53
GPU Mali 450
RAM 2GB DDR3
Storage 8GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 9.0
Connectivity 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Ports 1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio
Price R999

Xiaomi Mi S 4K


MECOOL KM9 Pro Android Box – R1,300

MECOOL KM9 Pro
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Amlogic S905X2
GPU ARM Dvalin MP2
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 9.0
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Ports 1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio
Price R1,199

MECOOL KM9 Pro


Mediabox Ranger – R1,399

MediaBox Ranger
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Amlogic S905X
GPU Mali 450
RAM 2GB DDR3
Storage 8GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 8.0
Connectivity 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet
Ports 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
Price R939

MediaBox Ranger


Now read: DStv launches Amazon Prime Video on Explora Ultra decoder

Latest news

Partner Content

Show comments

Recommended

Share this article
The best Google-certified TV boxes you can buy in South Africa