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[Review] Mecool M8S max Review
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MECOOL M8S Max TV Box Amlogic S912 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM 2.4G + 5.8G WiFi BT4.0 100Mbps 4K VP9 H.265

[Image: IMG-20190706-151443.jpg]


Hi Guys,In this review im going to be looking at the MECOOL M8S MAX,The Device in this Review came from Gearbest in about 1 week from the EU to the UK.


Main Features

* Built in fan keeping the unit COOL
* Android 7.1 operation system
* Amlogic S912 CPU, Octa core, ARM Cortex-A53, 1.5GHz
* ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU, up to 750MHz ( DVFS )
* 3GB SDRAM + 32GB Flash ROM
* 2.4GHz + 5.8GHz dual band WiFi
* 100Mbps Ethernet
* Support 4K ultra HD image display
* Support H.265 decoding
* V4.0 + HS Bluetooth
* Support OTA update

Highlights

Amlogic S912

MECOOL M8S MAX comes with Amlogic S912 CPU which is a high-performance octa-core 64bit chipset which is known for fast clock speed. Apps will never run so smoothly in other chipset devices. People can easily enjoy many hot games and APKs with its 3GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB Flash ROM.

DDR3 3GB RAM, eMMC 32GB Flash

It boasts DDR3 3GB RAM, and eMMC 32GB Flash, advantageous in performance, security, and reliability, ascribing to the eMMC memory, ultimately delivering a richer end-user experience.

IEEE 802.11ac

IEEE 802.11ac, one of the wireless networking standards in the 802.11 families, is developed in the IEEE Standards Association process for the achievement of high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLANs) on the 5 GHz band.

4K Resolution

The latest in a line of broadcast and media resolutions, 4K is due to replace 1080p as the highest-resolution signal available for in-home movies and television. With a minimum resolution of 3,840 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high, making it the equivalent to two 1080p screens in height and two in length.


looks and feel

The box itself looks much the same as other Meecool M8S devices a very nice looking black tv box at 10cm by 10cm square with 4 big rubber Pads on the bottom,Lots of venterlation holes on the underside & both sides,The main big difference you will notice on the M8S MAX is the intergrated fan on the top of the unit,The MECOOL M8S MAX TV Box running Android 7.1.2 with No crap installed.It comes with just the one launcher installed VSLauncher.The UI is very fast and smooth and the box boots up in under 25 seconds taking you to the Android TV home screen (Below).


Top view

Cool blue back lit fan to keep the unit nice and cool
[Image: IMG-20190706-151746.jpg]

Home Screen

[Image: 2019-07-05-17-04-13.jpg]

App Draw

[Image: 2019-07-05-17-05-00.jpg]


Settings

[Image: 2019-07-05-17-05-11.jpg]


There is a status bar but you will need to turn it on in display settings

[Image: 2019-07-06-15-59-28.jpg]

About Tab

[Image: 2019-07-05-17-05-17.jpg]

Ports and locations

1* HDTV output 2.0 4K*2K@60Hz
2* USB 2.0, Support U DISK and USB HDD
1* TF CARD Support 1~32GB
1* 3.5 Phone out CVBS&L/R output
1* RJ45 LAN Ethernet 10M/100M
[Image: 20190610164947-88172.jpg]

Some internal photos

[Image: IMG-20190706-145244.jpg]
[Image: IMG-20190706-150137.jpg]
[Image: IMG-20190706-145704.jpg]
[Image: IMG-20190706-145924.jpg]
[Image: IMG-20190706-150056.jpg]


LED Built into the fan

[Image: IMG-20190706-150815.jpg]

Device & firmware

The firmware on this box is Not bad for a starting point,FW Date is 2019/06/05. Nice and quick response & everything seems to work well But its only running android 7.1.2 would of been nice to see Android 9.

The boot time on the M8S MAX is just under 25 seconds to complete.

Shut down time is 3/4 seconds.

The best thing about this COOL device is the built in Fan that does a perfect job of keeping the unit nice and cool.With all my tests,games ect the M8S MAX temperature's have not gone above 42c.The fan is running all the time when unit is on but you can hardly notice it running.

Antutu Score of 48432 Not bad but not massive.

USB logitec c270 webcam works fine.

External Samsung hard drive of 1TB works fine powered by the M8S MAX.

It comes pre installed with TV center (kodi 17.6)

HDMI CEC works great its nice to be able to control the box with my normal tv
remote this is a great touch.

I find an Air Mouse is much better to control any TV box 

This is the one i tend to use most.The T1 2.4GHz Air Mouse Full Keyboard Backlight
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Games
Ashpalt8,Beach buggy Blitz,play perfect Using My tronsmart Mars G01 (Sixaxis app dont work)
Some tech stuff

Antutu

[url=https://postimages.org/][Image: 2019-07-05-17-22-13.jpg]


Antutu Video Tester

[Image: 2019-07-05-17-59-59.jpg]
[Image: 2019-07-05-18-00-12.jpg]

CPU Z

[Image: 2019-07-05-17-22-24.jpg]
[Image: 2019-07-05-17-22-32.jpg]
[Image: 2019-07-05-17-22-36.jpg]
[Image: 2019-07-05-17-22-41.jpg]
[Image: 2019-07-05-17-22-45.jpg]

DRM

[Image: 2019-07-05-17-26-03.jpg]


WIFI

[Image: 2019-07-05-17-30-20-LI.jpg]

Whats in the box

1 x Adapter
1 x TV Box
1 x IR Remote Control
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x User Manual

Unboxing Video

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Stock Firmware for the M8S Max 2019.06.05

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