SkyStream X5 Android TV Box Review of December2021

What is a SkyStream X5 exactly ?

Well if I were to put it short I would say it’s a tiny box full of entertainment, but I don’t like keeping it short, so instead here’s a more detailed answer. The SkyStream X5 is an Android powered T.V box. Now an Android TV box sounds boring doesn’t it ? Well unlike your typical boring Sky HD or Freeview box an Android T.V box has access to almost everything your mobile device has access too. That means millions of applications, millions of T.V shows on demand, millions of movies on demand, millions of songs, millions of games and well the list goes on.  So as well as a T.V box or entertainment media centre, it’s literally a mini Android-powered PC that connects to your T.V and in turn turns your T.V into a ‘smart T.V’. There are many different types of these boxes but today I am reviewing the SkyStream X5.

Beelink GT King TV Box Android 9.0 Amlogic S922X Hexa-core G52 MP6 Graphics 4GB DDR4 64GB ROM 2.4G + 5.8G WiFi Bluetooth 4.1 4K 60fps Support 2.4G Voice Remote Control
  • Amlogic S922X Hexa-core ARM Cortex-A73 and dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor,Android 9.0 operation system.
  • 4GB DDR4 support high-definition video display smoothly, 64GB storage allows for massive software download.
  • Support 4K 60fps 2.4GHz + 5.8GHz dual WiFi antenna design, stronger WiFi signal and transfer speed,LAN 1000Mbps,bluetooth 4.1
  • HDMI 2.1 output up to 4K@75Hz,3D video formats and HDCP 2.2,1xUSB 2.0, 2 x USB3.0 interface .
  • 2.4G Vocie remote meet your needs,smarter and simpler operation,the remote control power: 2 x AAA batteries ( not included ).

Specifications:

So what lays under the hood of the X5? Here’s its official specifications:

  • Amlogic Quad core S812 CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz
  • Mali 450 Octa core GPU
  • 2 GB of DDR3 DRAM
  • 16 GB Flash storage
  • Resolutions up to 4K
  • Running rooted Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Now these specifications aren’t the amazing specifications you may find in a flagship mobile, but for a T.V box, this is by far the best specifications sheet I have seen yet, all of my other boxes are equipped with 1GB of RAM and only 4 or 8 GB of Flash storage for a comparison. In terms of raw power, these specifications do make this box amazing and I’ll go more into how, when I get to the software and performance section of this review

SkyStream X5 Android TV Box Review

Design:

I own about 6 Android T.V boxes before this one and five of those are all generic looking squares that well are basically all the same, but with different branding on them as they all originate from Chinese companies. The X5, however, is actually designed by SkyStream themselves and Skystream are an American company so the product is actually unique with it looks.

Instead of the traditional square shape I’m used to seeing from Android T.V boxes, the X5 has a rectangular shape which is also accompanied by curves that really help to give it some edge. This is more than just a boring rectangular shape, it more like a sleek gorgeous rectangle that has been designed to sit nicely in a T.V cabinet.

In terms of colouring the X5 is coloured in Black with a glossy finish that gives it a little bit of shine. Running around the edge of the front face plate is a strip of yellow, that stands out and makes the box known, I suppose you say it’s to stop the box from being completely camouflaged.

When it comes to offering connectivity ports the X5 isn’t shy at all, in fact on the left-hand side of the box are four USB ports as well as an SD card slot, my other boxes only have two USB ports. This means if you decide to use a mouse and keyboard, you still have two ports left over for other things. Around the back of the box are all the basic ports you’d expect to see such as the DC in, a HDMI port and an ethernet port, but also present here is an HD aerial connection that can be used to watch local T.V (now I must admit I’m not sure if this will work here in the U.K as the DTV application doesn’t seem to list the U.K) and there’s some more good news, if you happen to be using a none HD T.V that has a white, yellow and red port (know as AV) you can still use the X5 as it has this connection option available, of course, you won’t get the benefits of HD, but you can still turn your old T.V into a smart T.V. Also present on the back of the box is a WiFi antenna that can be set at many different positions to ensure you get the best signal possible.

Now onto the remote control, normally I would be ranting about how I hate the plain boring remotes that often come with Android T.V boxes. They’re usually terrible and lack no interesting features at all, they’re so horrible I always end up using a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. However , I am completely unable to rant or even find myself using a keyboard and mouse with the X5 over the remote that comes with the X5 as the X5 actually comes with a pretty amazing device that has pretty much left me speechless. The X5 comes with a three in one device that is a remote, wireless keyboard and air mouse. Yes, you read that correctly it actually comes with something that isn’t a terrible slab of plastic with buttons on it.

Now in terms of the design it’s a normal sized remote, now that sounds impossible as it’s also a wireless keyboard, well it’s not, because whichever genius designed this thing had the amazing idea to put the remote on one side in a vertical position and put the keyboard on the other side in a horizontal position. So basically it’s a two-sided remote/keyboard/mouse and wait for it, I have been calling it a three in one, but I should actually call it a four in one as well because it’s also a microphone. Yes, the remote has a built-in microphone, just another amazing feature on an already featured packed remote.

Of course, a remote needs something to power it, well this one has a built-in rechargeable battery. Now I’m not all entirely sure just how long this battery can last, because I have been using it for a good while now and so far it’s still going, but when it does need recharging you will be happy to hear it’s charged using a simple MicroUSB cable and that a simple MicroUSB cable is also included.

The remote is by far the best I have ever received with an Android T.V box and really makes using the box so much fun as it just feels like I have so much more input than ever before with an Android T.V box. it’s also extremely comfortable to use and despite the unusual design I never once felt awkward using it, it just feels so right.

Software and performance:

The X5 comes running a heavily skinned version of Android 4.4.2 which has also been rooted for maximum access to the entire O.S. Now in all honesty I have nothing but praise for the work the guys at Skystream have done to make the O.S amazing, although I will say I do feel the choice of Android 4.4 over a more recent Android version is something I don’t like, but this is a small issue and who knows maybe Skystream are working on an update for the firmware version.

As I mentioned above this box is running a ‘skinned’ version of Android 4.4.2. This means the guys at Skystream have created their own skin that sits on top of the O.S that has enabled them to make the X5 as easy as it is fun to use. Right from the start I already felt as if I knew my way around the box because the simplicity and styling of the user interface made me feel that way. Now on the box it list the name of the interface as ‘Windows 8’, now this doesn’t mean the box is running Windows 8, it actually appears to say that the company has taken inspiration from the U.I of Windows 8 and innovated from the Windows 8 U.I to create a fun and easy to use U.I of their own. The main similarity of the U.I here and the U.I of Windows 8 is the tile appearance used, but in all honesty, this is where the similarities end.

Navigating around the U.I is both easy and fun. The main home screen makes use of the tiles I mentioned above and there are six of them listed here. As well as this there’s also a bar at the bottom where you can add or remove applications, this is basically a shortcut bar that allows you to have any applications of your choosing for quick and easy access without having to open the main application drawer.

SkyStream X5 Android TV Box Review

Now in terms of performance, it appears to me that despite using a heavy skin, this box works like a charm and that’s because Skystream has put a lot of time and effort into making the CPU, RAM and GPU work in perfect harmony along with the O.S itself, this is often a challenging process, that many major O.E.M’s of smartphones always seem to do a less than perfect job of. Right from the start this box seems to have no trouble loading up applications and running them. This can be put down to the fact that 2GB of RAM is in use here. I have so far used a few catch-up T.V applications, played some games, used some of the pre-installed applications and even viewed Facebook from this box and each application was handled with ease. Seriously the experience was so smooth, the box just seemed to handle anything I threw at it with ease. It’s so smooth I have secretly been playing Angry Birds just for fun.

Overall:

It’s just so hard to find anything to dislike about the X5. It looks stunning, It has an amazing remote that comes as standard, it has the best specifications I have seen yet from an Android T.V box and it even has a built-in digital T.V as well as a built-in DVR for the built-in digital t.v, so if you fancy watching local channels and recording your favourite shows just pop in an aerial, although in all honesty I don’t know if this feature works outside of the U.S, I can’t see why it wouldn’t, but the settings for the DTV didn’t mention many countries and I don’t actually watch live T.V as I don’t support the T.V licence, so I haven’t actually tested this feature properly.

DISCLAIMER: I was sent the X5 for free in return for my honest and unbiased review. This has had no effect on my overall opinion of this product.

Best Android TV Box Review of 2021

BESTSELLER NO. 1
Android TV Box 11.0, 8K Media Player Android Box 8GB RAM 64GB ROM with RK3566 Quad-Core Supports 2.4G /5G Dual-Band WiFi /BT 4.2/3D/H.265 Smart TV Box with Remote Control
  • 【Newest Android 11.0 OS & Chipest RK3566】Our Android TV Box adopts the Newest Android 11.0 system and the chip RK3566 Quad-Core 64bit Cortex-A55 , compatibility with the latest android APP, also provide the best content and super smooth interface experience .
  • 【Dual Wifi+BT4.2】TV Box comes with 2.4G+5G dual wifi and 100M Ethernet LAN download and upload faster, more stable signal.BT4.2 data transmission speed is faster, security is stronger, and support low-power IP connection.
  • 【8GB RAM+64GB ROM】Android 11.0 tv box has been updated to 8GB RAM 64GB ROM, bring you highest speed and great large storage to runs stably and loads movies, pictures and games smoothly. You can also expand the memory via TF card slot.
  • 【8K & Unique APK】8K Smart Media Player Android 11.0 supports 8K H.265 video decoding and HDR media profile.Let you get a clearer and smoother picture quality. Android box has unique family cloud apk, it supports add 3 family members and sharing photos and videos to the cloud via mobile phones at the same time, Let your family photos and videos be kept together safely and browse on TV and mobile phone. Treasure the good time while sharing easily.
  • 【Professional Service】Your satisfaction is very important for us.We provide a 12-month worry-free. If you have any questions, Welcome to Contact us, We will response within 24 hours.
SaleBESTSELLER NO. 2
Android TV Box, 2021 Newest Android TV Box 10.0 4GB ROM 64GB RAM, Allwinner H616 Quad-Core 64bit Android Box with Dual-Band WiFi 2.4G/5.8G 3D 4K/6K USB 3.0 HDR TV Box
  • 【Android 10.0 OS & Powerful Processor】Our Android tv box powered by the Latest Android 10.0 OS and newest Allwinner H616 which has a stronger stability and more faster process speed, you can download apps from Google Play Store or APKPure, run fast and smoothly, better experience with the android box.
  • 【4GB RAM 64GB ROM Android BOX 】The android tv box loaded with 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Memory which ensures that the android box runs stably and smoothly to load movies, pictures and games. This is the largest memory on the market today, in addition, you can also extend the memory through microSD card or USB device.
  • 【2.4G/5GHz WiFi & USB 3.0】The Android tv box built-in 2.4G/5G Dual-Band Wi-Fi and supports 10/100M RJ-45 Ethernet. Wider coverage and faster loading speed to avoid the problem of mutual interference and ensure the network environment more stable. USB 3.0 faster transfer performance to simplify downloading, storage and sharing of large amounts of content for multimedia.
  • 【Bluetooth & 4K UHD H.265】The android box has the funcion of bluetooth, you can connect your various bluetooth device wirelessly at any time. X6 PRO android tv box support play 4K Video and 3D movie, H.265 Hardware decoding let you watch movies fluently. You will be enjoying a wonderful viewing experience with your family or freinds. First Choice for you on home theater entertainments.
  • 【Easy To Use & Lifetime Support】Just plug in the power supply and HD cable, and Wi-Fi/Ethernet, than you can watch whatever you like with the powerful android tv box. We provide 6-month extended return time, lifetime professional technical support. Most of problem of the tv box can be solved by Firmware Upgrade. Any problems, please let us know anytime.
BESTSELLER NO. 3
[2020 Upgrade] Android 10.0 TV Box, T95 Android Box 4GB RAM 32GB ROM Allwinner H616 Quad-core Smart Android TV Box 64bit, Support 2.4G/5.0G Dual WiFi 6K Utral HD / 3D / H.265 with Bluetooth 5.0
  • [NEWEST ANDROID 10.0 OS and ALLINNER H616 Chipset] This newest android 10.0 OS T95 android box has a better compatibility of software, games and applications, better user interface and user experience.
  • [Easy To Use & Dual Wifi 2.4/5GHz] ① plug in the power supply ② connect the box HDMI cable and wifi/10/100M Ethernet LAN, you can watch whatever you like. Dual WIFI 2.4/5GHz offering a convenient connection and a more stable WIFI signal to enjoy a higher quality video experience.
  • [Bluetooth 5.0 & Ultral HD 6K and 3D Function] This latest T95 android TV box supports decoding and playing almost all popular audio and video formats, you can enjoy 6K ultimate HD video, which is clearer than 4K. With a Built-in BT 5.0,allows you connect wireless mini keyboard ,Mobile phone,PC,Speaker or other Bluetooth devices more easily.Also with the 3D function, you can play thousands of android games in a large 6K screen and enjoy a higher quality experience with less buffering.
  • [4GB RAM] 4 RAM is largest running memory in android tv boxes, which make sure higher performance and more stable operation system, supports smoothly movies without buffering and freeze, no more crashes.you can also expand the memory up to 64GB via extra Micro SD card; much more space for your entertainment.
  • [What you get] Package included: 1xT95 android 10.0 tv box, 1x US Power adapter, 1xHDMI cable, 1xRemote controller(Batteries are not included), 1xUser manual,any query,just email us,we will here for your ASAP within 24hours.
BESTSELLER NO. 4
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Pro 4K HDR Streaming Media Player; High Performance, Dolby Vision, 3GB RAM, 2x USB, Works with Alexa
  • The Best of the Best. SHIELD TV delivers an amazing Android TV streaming media player experience, thanks to the new NVIDIA Tegra X1+ chip. Enhance HD video in real-time to 4K for clearer, crisper visuals using next-generation AI upscaling. 2x USB 3.0 ports for storage expansion, USB cameras, keyboards, controllers, and more. Plex Media Server built-in, 3 GB RAM, and 16 GB storage.
  • Dolby Vision - Atmos. Bring your home theater to life with Dolby Vision HDR, and surround sound with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus—delivering ultra-vivid picture quality and immersive audio.
  • Best-In-Class Design. Designed for the most demanding users and beautifully designed to be the perfect centerpiece of your entertainment center, SHIELD TV Pro levels you up to more storage space, more RAM, the expandability of 2x USB 3.0 ports, and Plex Media Server. Get the best connectivity with Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band AC Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0. The all-new remote is more advanced than ever with motion-activated, backlit buttons—including a customizable menu button. Plus, with voice control, Bluetooth, IR control for your TV, and a built-in remote control locator, you have the most advanced remote yet.
  • Unlimited Entertainment. Enjoy the most 4K HDR content of any streaming media player, and access to thousands of apps and games, including top apps like Netflix,YouTube, Prime Video, Disney + and Hulu. Add a game controller (sold separately) and play today’s most popular games like Fortnite and GeForce Now. Even stream from your phone with built-in Chromecast 4K.
  • Voice Control. The built-in Google Assistant is at your command. See photos, live camera feeds, weather, sports scores, and more on the big screen. Dim the lights and immerse yourself in your favorite show or music using only your voice. And control your SHIELD hands-free with Google Home or Alexa and Echo.
BESTSELLER NO. 5
7~15 Days Delivery, Tanggula X1 Series Android TV Box, 4GB+128GB Android 9.0 Smart 8K Media Player, Dual Band 2.4GHz/5GHz Bluetooth USB3.0 100M/1000M LAN Enternet
  • Free shipping by DHL or FedEx, 7~15 working days delivery.
  • 【4GB RAM & 128GB ROM】4GB high-capacity RAM and 128GB extended capacity ROM ensures speed and stability of the operation system, supports much higher running speed, without buffering or breaking down; 128GB ROM, provides enough room for installing apps, games etc. You can download plenty of apps as you want via this android tv box.Also equipped with TF card reader port, you can add an extra TF card to expand storage.
  • 【Supports 8K*4K up to 24fps & 1000M Ethernet】Supports 8K Ultra HD resolution and higher quality 3D movies with less buffering, the android tv box provides up to standard RJ-45 1000Mbps ultra-fast running speed and professional image processing ability. While your average media box might only accept 1080P video playback, this TV Box plays just about any 4K sources you could throw at it.
  • 【Dual-Band 2.4G/5G WIFI & Bluetooth】Equipped with 2.4G/5G Dual-Band Wi-Fi and integrated BT 4.0 technology and external independent Wi-Fi Antenna(Ethernet RJ-45 1000M) to comprehensively enhance the Wi-Fi receiving signal, extended Wi-Fi Connection and superior stability, which offers you faster and more stable BT and Wi-Fi links for a smoother viewing experience. Don’t worry about freezing and buffering.
  • 【Guarantee】We sincerely provide 30 Days Money Return Guarantee, 1 Year Warranty, 24/7 Online Customer Service, which makes your purchase absolutely risk-free.
BESTSELLER NO. 6
Android TV Box 11.0, Smart TV Box RK3318 2GB 16GB Support 2.4G 5.8G WiFi Bluetooth 4.1 with Mini Backlit Keyboard Ethernet LAN 3D 4K Video Android Box Set Top TV Box
  • 【Newest Android 11.0 OS】Android tv box equipped with Latest Android system, powered by RK3318 Quad core cortex-A53 Ultra high frequence CPU, which ensure the android box running stable and smooth for loading movies, pictures and games without buffer.
  • 【 2GB RAM & 16GB ROM】Transpeed android 11.0 tv box supply excellent memory (2GB+16GB) to let you download more movies, games. Sitting on the couch with your family and watching your favorite TV shows, movies, or palying games.
  • 【2.4G/5.8G Wifi &BT 4.1】Android tv box supports 2.4G/5.8G WiFi. It can exactly match your needs if you like to use 5.8G wifi. Stable, Fast and High Quality WIFI signal, make sure enjoy a higher quality to browse websites, play games, run programs, watch movies.
  • 【3D+4K & H.265】TV box supports 4K resolution and 3D function. You can watch Ultra HD movies freely at home at any time without going to the cinema. H.265 image processing technology make you watch movies more smoothly with the same picture quality loaded. The 4K 1080i/p resolution is 4 times more than full HD, so you can see every detail of the screen is glossy.
  • 【Free Mini Backlit Keyboard & Remote】Packaged with a remote and 92 keys qwerty layout wireless keyboard, which supports multi-touch gestures and scrolling bar. Built-in ultra-sensitive mouse touch pad and 360-degree flip design. Remote controller gives a more convenienct life which makes more easier.
BESTSELLER NO. 7
Android TV Box 11.0 4GB 64GB Smart TV Box Android Box RK3318 USB 3.0 Ultra HD 1080P 4K HDR WiFi 2.4GHz 5.8GHz Bluetooth 4.1 Set Top Box with Mini Wireless Backlit Keyboard
  • NEWEST Android 10.0 OS:Android 10.0 OS TV Box updated from Android 9.0, heavily tested for 3 months,With the more efficient and faster Android 10.0 OS, it has a better compatibility of software, better games and applications, and a better user experience.
  • 4GB RAM+64GB ROM:Newest android 10.0 OS TV Box comes with upgraded 4GB/64GB high-speed flash memory which makes possess the double storage performance. 4G RAM+64G ROM extended capacity allow you more space to download your favorite movies.It's your best choice if your budget is adequate.
  • 3D+4K & H.265& USB 3.0&BT 4.1:Support 4K x 2K up to 60fps.The high machine configuration provides users a better experience of ultra-fast running speed and professional image processing ability.H.265 Hardware decoding can save 50% of bandwidth resources.USB 3.0 is many times faster than USB 2.0.It can transfer large capacity files at storage rates defined by storage devices,And the BT 4.1 allow you use mini keyboard and headset to enjoy the box.
  • More Convenient Operate:Android 10.0 OS TV Box is connected through an HDMI cable. Two USB port, connect with your mouse and keyboard to help you operate more convenient. Infrared Remote control ensure you enjoy your wonderful life which the wireless brings to you.Choose rooms as close to WiFi as possible!
  • What You Get:1*TV BOX,1*IF Remote Control,1* Mini Keyboard,1*HD Cable,1*User Manual,1*US power supply ,and our professional after-sales team.Please do not hesitate to contact Cosycost seller if you have any question or concern,we will fix your issue within 24 hours.(AAA dry battery not included)
BESTSELLER NO. 8
T95 Android 10.0 TV Box, YAGALA Android Box with Allwinner H616 Quad-Core 64bit ARM Corter-A53 CPU Mali G31 MP2 GPU 2GB RAM 16GB ROM 6K 4K Output 2.4GHz+5GHz WiFi 100M LAN Enternet BT5.0
  • 【Latest Android 10.0 OS】 Android's new dark theme use true black to keep your battery alive longer, take it easy on your eyes. Android 10 also has more new function.
  • 【Powerful Chip】T95 Android TV BOX powered by a newest Allwinner H616 Quad-core CPU it is better at image processing. Provides users a great experience of ultra-fast running speed and professional image processing ability.
  • 【2GB RAM & 16GB ROM】Supports faster and more stable operation. 16GB internal storage provides room and freedom to install apps without worrying about running out of space.
  • 【4K 6K Ultra HD】 Supports H.265 4K output, more powerful than H.264, let you watch the 4K movie smoothly, and every detail of the screen is glossy, bring you a more real movies, games and music experience.
  • Convenient Connection: 2.4GHz/ 5GHz Dual Band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, support mouse and keyboard via USB or via Bluetooth, you can operate it more conveniently. Much more connection options when you watch videos and play games, etc.
BESTSELLER NO. 9
NVIDIA Shield TV | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player
  • World Class performance - blazing fast and versatile enough to be a streamer, game console, media server, and smart home hub. Fully customizable, shield continues to evolve and get smarter with new features
  • 4K HDR home theater - enjoy the ultimate visual experience with 4K HDR quality, immersive sound with Dolby Atmos and dts-x Surround sound pass-through, and the most 4K entertainment
  • Unlimited entertainment - apps for all the movies, TV shows, games, and music you dream of. Cord cutting apps. Chromecast apps. View Google Photos and search for Entertainment with simple voice commands
  • Google and ecosystems - the Google Assistant, Google play movies and music, and works with Google Home. Alexa controls shield hands-free with echo, Plus Prime video and music
  • Smart home ready - control smart devices such as lights, thermostats, and cameras with your voice and set convenient schedules with the Google Assistant and SmartThings Link (sold separately)
BESTSELLER NO. 10
Android TV Box 11.0 8GB RAM 64GB ROM, T95 Plus Smart TV Box 2021, RK3566 4-Core 64bit Cortex-A53 CPU, Support 4K 8K Output Bluetooth 4.0 5G WI-FI 1000M USB 3.0 with 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard
  • 🔥【2021 Latest Android TV Box 11.0】The latest Android TV box 11.0 is powered by RK3566 chip, 2021 the newest Rockchip processor.With newest Android 11.0 OS and powerful CUP & GPU, it runs faster and smoother. New UI design and improved device & media controls. Support more privacy controls, online updating and mobile phone screen casting.
  • 🔥【8GB RAM 64GB ROM】This configuration is much higher than the common 4GB/2GB RAM specifications on the market. Bring higher running speed and less freezing to provide an excellent app/game experience. Support TF card to expand storage (up to 64GB).
  • 🔥【UHD 8K TV Box】The smart TV box supports up tp 8K resolution output via HDMI 2.0. Display professional image rendering capabilities and perfect vision. Better than 4K resolution output. Bring you a new visual feast.
  • 🔥【2.4G/5G WIFI & 1000M & USB 3.0】The Android 11.0 TV box supports higher transmission speed via 2.4G/5G dual-band WIFI and 10/100/1000M Ethernet. The maximum transmission bandwidth of USB 3.0 is up to 5.0Gbps (500MB/s), while USB 2.0 is 480Mbps (60MB/s).
  • 🔥【Bluetooth 4.0 & Mini Wireless Keyboard】Android TV box 2021 with BT4.0 supports wireless/Bluetooth devices connection. Support 4 modes of colorful breathing light (can be turned off). The 2.4G RF mini wireless keyboard has built-in high sensitive multi-finger touchpad and a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Support 7 colors of backlight.

Last update on 2021-12-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API