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Review of Bluetimes MX5 Android 4.2.2 Set-top Box

Bluetimes MX5 is an Android 4.2.2 set-top box powered by AMLogic AML8726-MX that costs around $70, or about $30 less than devices with similar hardware such as G-Box Midnight MX2 or Tronsmart Prometheus. AndroidPC.es got hold of one sample, also called 10moons D6, took some pictures and reviewed the devices for us.

Bluetimes MX5 Unboxing

The package contains the media player, an RF remote control and a power adapter, but no cables, which is one way to save on costs.

Bluetimes_MX5_Accessories

Looking at the rear panel of the device front left to right, we can see an external Wi-Fi antenna, the 5V power jack, one USB port,  a composite RCA connector and stereo RCA output, an Ethernet RJ45 port, HDMI output, and SPDIF output.

Bluetimes_MX5_Rear_Panel

An SD card slot and another USB host port are located on the front panel.
Bluetimes_MX5_Front_Panel

So Bluetimes MX5 just has 2 USB ports, which is a bit less than the 3 to 4 USB ports found on the more expensive devices, but the rest of the connectors is about the same.

First Boot and First Impressions

The first time you boot you’ll be asked to choose between several launcher including a Windows 8 (Metro Style) launcher. Since they did not have the latest firmware, they decided to download the latest version, and upgrade the firmware. There are no special icon in the status bar, and we can find the Home button, Back, Tasks List, and Screenshot buttons. However, the status bar is hidden automatically and the volume is controlled from the remote control, so extra Vol -/+ and Full Screen icons are not needed.

A lot of applications are pre-installed in this device including many Chinese apps which can’t be uninstalled without rooting the firmware.

Bluetimes_MX5_Home_Screen

Bluetimes_MX5_About_MediaboxIn the settings, “About” section, the device is called D6_Duo_4.22, and is said to run Android  Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with Linux kernel 3.0.5 kernel. “Developer Options” menu is missing, but clicking 7 times on the Build Number field will make it appears. I tried this trick on G-Box Midnight MX2 as well, and it works. I suppose Google did this to avoid normal users accessing and playing around this menu. There’s 1.58 GB available space on the 4GB flash. Android UI is 1280×720, but you can output HDMI to vairous 480, 576, 720 and 1080 modes. There’s also composite output, but they did not try. The audio settings let you choose between PCM, SPDIF or HDMI pass-through like with other AMLogic boxes.

AndroidPC.es folks are quite impressed with the RF remote control, and mention you can easily navigation in Android, XBMC and the Play Store with this remote. It also allows you to power on or off the device, and adjust the volume.

Finally, they tested Wi-Fi and Ethernet performance and stability, and seemed satisfied with both. Videos below 20Mbps could play smoothly over Wi-Fi.

Bluetimes MX5 Benchmarks

They ran several common benchmark on the device.

Bluetimes_MX5_Antutu

Antutu score is 7787, which is no surprise as it’s about the same score I got with the Prometheus. Nenamark 2 benchmark was rendered at 35.3 fps,Epic citadel at 28.0 fps, and the device got 1191 pts with Vellamo HTML5 and 371 pts with Vellamo Metal benchmarks which are results consistent with other AML8726-MX based devices.

Video Playback

According to their tests, All videos from samplemedia.linaro.org can play perfectly:

  • H.264 codec / MP4 container (Big Buck Bunny), 720p/1080p – Audio/Video OK
  • MPEG2 codec / MPG container, 720p/1080p – Audio/Video OK
  • MPEG4 codec, AVI container 720p/1080p – Audio/Video OK
  • VC1 codec (WMV), 720p/1080p – Audio/Video OK
  • Real Media (RMVB) 720p RV8/RV9/RV10 – Video OK (No audio in test files)
  • WebM 480p/720p/1080p – Audio/Video OK.

Applications Tests

They played around with several apps installed from Google Play, and did not encounter issues, web browsing works fine even with flash websites, and YouTube has no problem playing 1080p videos.

Games such as Angry Birds could play fine, but some 3D games were not playable because a PS3 compatible controller could not be detected. However, they could play Ripdite 3D using Logitech Attack 3 Joystick.

Since the pre-installed XBMC version does not support hardware video decoding, they installed another version, and everything now works fine including several online video plugins.

Conclusion

Pros:

  • Quality / price ratio is very good, and the firmware is stable
  • External Wi-Fi antenna improves signal reception and performance
  • XBMC is very smooth
  • RF remote

Cons:

  • One or two extra USBs port would have been nice

Considering the price, they are pleasantly surprised with the device as it’s very good value for money. Good XBMC support and the RF remote are the 2 key strength of this media player, and there seems to be frequency firmware updates for this device.

The device can be purchased on Aliexpress or Ebay.

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  1. Job
    May 9th, 2013 at 20:04 | #1

    Thanks for the review :) Just oredered one

  2. Paulo
    May 24th, 2013 at 21:45 | #2

    Buenas tardes.
    Se puede saber si la barra de android oculta automáticamente cuando estamos viendo una película?

  3. May 24th, 2013 at 21:54 | #3

    @Paulo
    Sorry, I don’t own the box so I don’t know. But you can ask in Spanish directly here: http://androidpc.es/blog/2013/05/06/analisis-10moons-d6-un-gran-tv-box-low-cost/

  4. Paulo
    May 25th, 2013 at 05:04 | #4

    Ok. Thanks :)

  5. Paulo
    May 26th, 2013 at 18:08 | #5

    Job :
    Thanks for the review Just oredered one

    Hi. Did you have already received your box.
    Can you tell me if the android bar hides automatically or if you have this option for when you’re using xbmc?

  6. cengiz
    June 11th, 2013 at 14:02 | #6

    hi
    i bought this product e few weeks ago everything is fine but i have a problem
    when i try watch some online streaming video, system blocked
    for example
    this address
    http://viooz.co/movies/17702-iron-man-3-2013.html
    i push play button (another problem never accept first click)
    video playing but when i try full screen system block.

    the page has become unresponsive
    do you want to close it?
    yes no

    after i find a different rom on this site for my android tv box,
    http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/05/08/review-of-bluetimes-mx5-android-4-2-2-set-top-box/
    but still same problem
    do you have any solution?

  7. Al Winston
    August 14th, 2013 at 04:45 | #7

    This is a company whose products you do NOT want to deal with. This Blue Times or Bluetimes or whatever they are calling themselves these days are a crank outfit from China. They sell and advertise on Alibaba and Aliexpress, sites which have their own problems with ethics. Blue Times knowingly lies about their products and do not support them nor support returns. I made the mistake (and am telling you so you don’t have to suffer) and bought through the scummy Aliexpress the Bluetimes c500b media player. The player worked (and worked well, could handle any mkv file thrown at it and had working connections for SATA drives, USB 2.0) but Wifi was disabled, which was a key feature of the unit. I contacted them by email and Bluetimes admitted their firmware crippled Wifi on the Realtek 1185/6 chipset and they do not upgrade firmware nor accept returns. This was completely the opposite of how the unit is marketed and advertised. Their tech support suggested a third party firmware from a Russian site that promptly bricked the unit, then they would not accept a return. You have been warned, so if you buy their stuff, you take your chances. I advis going with Western Digital, or if you want to try something a little more robust with mkv files, the KDLinks units.

  1. July 16th, 2013 at 00:36 | #1