Kodi, formerly known as XMBC, is one of the best and most popular TV streaming apps right now. If you’re using it often you might want to buy a dedicated Kodi box. However, there are plenty of options which might make it difficult to choose one which is why we’re going to talk about the best Kodi boxes you can buy in 2017.
Kodi’s open-source nature and community-backed development ensured the app is available for a wide range of devices. Also, it can be customized using numerous skins and has expandable functionality thanks to the endless collection of add-ons you can find online.
If you’re using Kodi on a device that’s also used for something else, you already know that constantly connecting and disconnecting it can be a hassle. The solution would be to buy what is known as a Kodi box.
The best Kodi boxes to buy in 2017
So what is a Kodi box? It’s a device that you only use with Kodi. Once the Kodi download is complete and you install the app on the box it will remain under your TV only to be used for streaming purposes. Here are the best Kodi boxes you can choose from in 2017.
Amazon Fire TV
The Amazon Fire TV provides an excellent Kodi experience due to its processing power and 4K support which is significantly above the Amazon Fire TV Stick. for about $90 you can be sure Kodi will handle even resource-intensive skins and you can smoothly browse your streams without lag.
If you have some money to spend and you want a truly powerful Kodi box, the Nvidia Shield is more than worth those $200. You get amazing performance, a controller and 16 GB of storage.
Furthermore, Nvidia Shield supports Dolby 7.1 surround sound, 4K streaming and Ultra HD streaming but also works as a gaming box allowing you to play the best Android games.
Raspberry Pi 3
The whole Raspberry Pi 3 package is about $50 which is amazing since it comes with a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU and will allow Kodi to run flawlessly. We’d say this device is the winner if you need a budget Kodi box that can also be used for something else – remember the Raspberry Pi can be used for so many things – from using it as a phone to a custom CCTV camera.
Google Nexus Player
The Google Nexus Player was not one of Google’s most successful releases but the device is perfect as a reasonably priced Kodi box. It may not have support for 4K streaming but it does come with a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor so it will ensure you get an excellent Kodi experience no matter the skin or build you’re using. The Nexus Player is a discontinued product and you can find it for approximately $100 although prices will lower over time.
Seguro Trongle X4
The Seguro Trongle X4 is one of the best Kodi boxes for those on a tight budget. The Android device can be purchased for $40 and offers 4K support and a 2GHz quad-core CPU. You’re going to be surprised how small this device is and has built-in Wi-Fi which truth be told, is not the most reliable. Either way, if the Wi-Fi isn’t working you can always use the Ethernet connection instead.
Since this is an Android 6.0 device, it also includes the Google Play Store, so the Kodi download process is the same as for any other Android app. You can use this budget-box to stream 4K and 1080p content without issues, and it comes with a microSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB so you can even store content locally.
Razer Forge TV
If something is labelled Razer I immediately associated it with two words : “power” and “high-end”. The Razer Forge TV makes no exception. It has 16 GB of storage, 2 GB RAM and a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor. This is a pretty Sci-Fi TV box and it’s not even too expensive since you can find it for a little over $100. Nevertheless, it has a downside – there’s no 4K support. Even so, it’s an incredibly powerful box on which Kodi runs flawlessly so if you’re a performance freak this one is right up your alley.