Zidoo X9 Android Media Player and Recorder Sells for $100 (Promo)

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Zidoo X9 is an Android TV box powered by Mstar MSO9810 quad core processor, with an HDMI input port that allows video recording up to 1080p, and that’s the only device that could properly display pictures and play videos at 4K resolution (Up to 30Hz) in a recent test. You can buy on GearBest for $120 with coupon, but GeekBuying has launched a promotion where the first 100 orders can get the device for just $99.99.

Zidoo X9 (Click to Enlarge)
Zidoo X9 (Click to Enlarge)

Here are the specifications as a reminder:

  • SoC – Mstar MSO9180D1R quad core Cortex A9 processor up to 1.5GHz with octa-core ARM Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
  • Video Output / Input –  HDMI output up to 4K, HDMI input with PVR and Time Shifting support, and AV port (Composite + stereo audio)
  • Audio I/O – HDMI Out and In, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • (Main) Video Codecs – H265, VC-1, WMV-HD, MPEG1/2/4 up to 4Kx2K, etc..
  • Audio Codec – MP3, AAC, AC3, DTS-HD Master, TrueHD 7.1 pass-through, etc…
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (MT7632 module), Bluetooth 4.0. Dual external antennas.
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 host ports.
  • Misc – ON/OFF switch, reset pinhole, LCD display on front panel
  • Power Supply – N/A
  • Dimensions – 187 x 127 x 27 mm (aluminum enclosure)

The device is running Android 4.4, and video recording can be done either their HDMI In app or Kodi.

Zidoo_X9_HDMI_Video_Recording

I’ve actually received the device about a month ago (See unboxing post), but so far I have not fully reviewed it, simply because Google Play Store does not work properly, but I’ve been promised a firmware update, or installing the latest version of the Play Store, would fix this.
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porosenok
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porosenok

>octa-core ARM Mali-450MP6
maybe 6 core?

rasz_pl
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rasz_pl

HDMI IN supports hdcp? what codec does it record in? screenshot suggests 60Mbits at 720p, that is some weird bitrate for this resolution

Gabe
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Gabe
Damienzo
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Damienzo

This product looks good, I would probably buy one if you add Giga Ethernet connectivity!
I am waiting for your final test!

mirror
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@cnxsoft
hi,please go to here:) HOW TO SOLVE THE CONNECTION FAILED PROBLEM OF GOOGLE PLAYSTORE
http://blog.zidoo.tv/2015/02/how-to-solve-the-connection-failed-problem-of-google-playstore/

rasz_pl
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rasz_pl

@cnxsoft
>I divided 3.49GB by 7h55m22s, and I get 1 Mbps, so for 720p it even seem quite low.

doh, /slaps his own face/, I divided by 60 instead of 3600, yeah it looks like 1 Mbit for 720p, thats even worse 🙂 🙁 ten times too low for good quality

Connecting your PC and looking into GPU panel in windows should be enough to see if it can do HDCP, Nvidia one has a clear indication when HDCP enabled HDMI monitor is connected.

adem
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adem

i had to send back my m-195 to geekbuying couse it broke down on me hopefully they change it for this one if not then i asked for the rikomagic s812 box. the only thing about this box that gets my attention is the hdmi in record option and the cpu i never had a mstar cpu box before.

Hulk Hogan
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Hulk Hogan

Why should anybody chose this box ? Despite the ok XBMC/Kodi support the device is lame as hell. It scores 15.000-16.000 Antutu Points which means that it is beaten by Amlogic 805 and Rockchip 3188T powered devices without problems. For that price you can have the Pipo X7 or a powerfull Rockchip 3288 or Amlogic 812 Device.

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@Hulk Hogan
Maybe you can Spend some time read this blog and make your opinion?
http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/01/26/4k-output-and-video-playback-capability-tested-on-6-arm-based-mini-pcs-and-boards/#ixzz3Qy0ek0S2

Or you can tell me any other box support HDMI record?

Hulk Hogan
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Hulk Hogan

@mirror
So it has a better image quality AND HDMI record ok.

BUT I bet over 90% of the users don’t need HDMI Record BUT want a fast device they can use for gaming, browsing, movies, ect.

And so for 90% the users this box is a waste of money.

If you like the box = fine. I don’t. If they would release a box with their plus features (HDMI IN and better image quality) AND more Power for gaming ect. –> That would be a great box. They picked one of the worst quad-core chips there is (speed & power consumption)…why ?

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Hulk Hogan

@mirror
Oh I see you work for Zidoo.
Well in that case: Why for the love of god did you pick that lame SOC for a 2015 Box (For 2013 it would be ok, rivaling RK3188 ect.) ?
You have HDMI IN/Record and a good image quality but this isn’t enough IMO.

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@Hulk Hogan
Despite the ok XBMC/Kodi support the device is lame as hell?? Are you sure that you really have used ZIDOO X9?We are very working hard on refining the firmware! However, you told me that it’s meaningless for what we did. Is the technology just change the chassis, isn’t it? (You can look at the 3288 and 805 with the poor quality in anywhere.)
BTW: There is 10% needing to RECORD according to what you said. But why do you said again: Why should anybody chose this box?
About 2015 for zidoo,you can look this:http://blog.zidoo.tv/2015/02/happy-new-year-with-new-fabulous-android-box/

Hulk Hogan
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Hulk Hogan

@mirror
You still didn’t answer my question why Zidoo picked a SOC that performs 15.000-16.000 Antutu points instead using a new/fast SOC. You saw the reviews that say gaming mostly sucks on the X9 ? It would be like Samsung releasing their new Flagship Phone and it would feature a chip that is as fast as Phones with Chips that came out 2013. I didn’t say its meaningless for giving the customers good support. My point is you picked the wrong SOC !

Tomb
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Tomb

@Hulk Hogan
Hi Hulk Hogan,

I don’t understand why you would like to play games on android tv box??? To have ‘cheap, ugly’ upscaled graphics on big TV ? Maybe because most of the games for Android are free to play, that’s the reason ?

X9 wants to be good media player and i hope it will be (waiting for my to be delivered). For me that’s the most interesting TV Box on the market with PVR function, S/PDIF and very good quality Kodi video playback, AND constant updates of the firmware – at least up to now zidoo is releasing new firmware’s with fixes.

All other boxes with RK3288, Allwiner Octa, are not better than my HDMI stick with RK3066. All those boxes rarely or at all receive any firmware updates, non of them has PVR function and by that don’t show to me any additional value over RK3066. My RK3066 is running finless bob custom firmware – not manufacturer made ! For playing games I’m using PC and consoles.

All those Chinese soc manufactures, don’t provide after sell support – updates, fixes also linux support for their soc’s. I was planning to buy smth on INTEL chip, but then I read about ZIDOO X9. It has set of unique selling points for PERFECT for me media player, this is why I bought it.

Don’t force your opinion that ‘everybody’ needs fast processor for TV box – it’s not true, maybe you need, but definitely not all of us.

But my next box will be something with sticker ‘Intel Inisde’ as I believe soon will be good linux support (bradwell and audio fix), gpu accelerated graphic/video in Linux and recent version of Android. It will open big possibilities to run linux (that’s my vote for future), maybe chromium os, build a dlna server or smth else. Intel is investing in open source graphic drivers and linux itself what allows to build ‘community’ of independent developers around their products.

I’m not going to spent any more of my money for boxes with allwiner, rockchip, amlogic and others Chinese soc makers as this is waste of money. I have also Mk802 – first hdmi stick with Allwinner A10. There was only one firmware update, and this is dead hardware now with old android 4.0. There is linux image but without accelerated video playback 🙁

Best regards,
Tomb

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@Tomb
Thank you for your support for X9, we will make more efforts to do well jobs of support and firmware updates, to develope some more interesting features of x9.

Hulk Hogan
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Hulk Hogan

@Tomb
1. “I don’t understand why you would like to play games on android tv box??? To have ‘cheap, ugly’ upscaled graphics on big TV ?” –> to answer with your own quote: “Don’t force your opinion that ‘everybody’ needs”. There are awesome looking games like “Game of Thrones” “Shadowgun” or the Gameloft Games that are not cheap & ugly. I don’t say everybody needs gaming but I bet that many more need/want gaming than PVR.

2. “All other boxes with RK3288, Allwiner Octa, are not better than my HDMI stick with RK3066.” LOL and I say that the Zidoo X9 isn’t much better than your RK3066 Stick…and this is more truthfull than what you say.

3. “All those Chinese soc manufactures, don’t provide after sell support – updates, fixes also linux support for their soc’s.” Also not true. I had various boxes that have lots of Firmware Updates. The MK808B had lots of updates…the new MK808B Plus allready has lots of Updates and Mods. My Beelink B89 had lots of updates. My Minix X7 and X8 had lots of updates. And all of them are still supportet.

4. “But my next box will be something with sticker ‘Intel Inisde’ as I believe soon will be good linux support (bradwell and audio fix), gpu accelerated graphic/video in Linux and recent version of Android.”
I beleave in good linux support from intel when i see it. Still one of that boxes would be way better/faster than the Zidoo…except you insist on this PVR.

5. “I’m not going to spent any more of my money for boxes with allwiner, rockchip, amlogic and others Chinese soc makers as this is waste of money. I have also Mk802 – first hdmi stick with Allwinner A10.” The Mstar in the Zidoo is from one of the Chinese SOC makers. So ? And about the Allwinner A10 –> Yes lame and old chip without much support BUT how much did you pay then and when was it released ? How much did you pay now for the Zidoo ? And what would you say if someone used the same old Allwinner A10 in a shiny new box slapped two antennas and a PVR Function and would sell it for 100+$ ? Great deal ? NO ! And thats my point.

Final words:
Everyone should pick the device he thinks its best for them. BUT nobody should argue about the facts: This box has PVR and a great picture quality BUT fails on everything else (Price, Speed, Gaming ect.). No harm in pointing that out as it is the truth.

Bravo150
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Bravo150

Hi , I am using this box and its really nice. Nice picture and even though its being doubted on speed it works super fine on Kodi/Iptv/Live Tv. Only problem I m having is to install an app from USB. Anyone can help please ?

Thanks

adl
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adl

zidoo device quality is very good. Also video quality output is very good but need improvement.
After tried some recording tests, software that record video doesn’t record also audio, only video.
Neither if i reset device it’s working.

mirror
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@Bravo150
Media Center –> explorer 🙂