A very standard looking TV box
The Tanix TX5 Max looks as standard as any Android TV box possibly can. It’s a rectangular box measuring 4.29 x 4.29 x 0.83 inches made in classic black and weighing 180 grams. The box is made of plastic, which is not at all surprising within this price range, and there is a small Tanix logo at the top.
On the front panel, there is a relatively large LED display where you will see time and date, connection information, and other data. On the right panel, there are the standard ports: USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and an SD card slot. On the back, you will see four more ports: HDMI 2.0, LAN, optical SPDIF and a DC 5V connector.
Thus, we get a simple looking box with nice connectivity and an antenna for speedier Internet. The Tanix TX5 Max may not look like much — but it has all the makings for a good media performance. And this is what we are taking a look at next.
With a good set of features
As we’ve specified at the very beginning of this post, the Tanix TX5 Max runs on the Amlogic S905X2 processor with a quad core Cortex A-53 and the frequency of up to 2.0 GHz. There is 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM paired with 32GB of EMMC ROM. In case that is not enough, and there is a big chance that it won’t be enough for storing all your media, there is the option of expanding the memory with 128GB more on an SD card.
On the graphics side, you’ve got the Mali G31 MP2 GPU aimed to support some pretty decent gameplay thanks to the accurate 3D rendering. The box is capable of playing 4K Ultra HD videos at 60 frames per second, which will give some quality TV time (provided, of course, that your TV screen supports 4K).
The TX5 Max runs on Android 8.1 and there is Alice launcher pre-installed. This gives you a nice user-friendly interface and straightforward navigation: you will see large easily clickable buttons and the option to add new buttons for quick launch to the screen. Alice left us with a very favourable first impression — but should you feel differently, you will be able to switch to another launcher like, for instance, Nova. Apps-wise, you will have some system apps, some media apps (including Netflix) as well as the ability to download any other app you want from the Google Play Store (which you will also have ready on the box).
Setting up the TV box will be very easy — there is no hefty installation involved or extensive configuration required.
The Tanix TX5 Max provides a stable 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi signal and you can use the Ethernet port on the back to further increase the speed of data transfer to up to 1000 Mbps.
Price and verdict
You can buy the Tanix TX5 Max Android TV box for $58.99 on GearBest — and this is a very budget price for the not-so-budget performance. You get the Amlogic S905X2 quad core processor, 4K video playback, decent gaming, a convenient interface, speedy Internet connection and plenty more. True, there are no intricacies to the box’s design — it’s very generic and simple. But this could also work to one’s advantage — the Tanix TX5 Max will blend in perfectly with your other TV gear.
With no outstanding features to mention but a very nice coverage of the basics, we would definitely recommend the Tanix TX5 Max as a very strong option for an entry level Android TV box.