START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Dec 2020)
Hi everyone,

use Kodi (or XBMC) for some time now. I ran it on OpenELEC on Pi1, Pi2 and Pi3. At some point I got a Nexus Player and currently mainly use the Android version of Kodi for playing media files from my NAS. However I also got a WeTek Play (1) and put LibreELEC on it. I currently use that box for recording DVB-C.

The WeTek Play is a nice box but it has one fatal flaw: there is no sleep mode and the box gets really, really hot. Even in idle. So I am looking for alternatives. As most boxes do not ship with built-in DVB-C I will probably end up using a USB-based tuner, so this is not a problem.

So far I had a closer look into the following products:

- WeTek Play 2: I looked at the successor to my Play box but as far as I can see this box also lacks sleep functionality.
- MINIX NEO U1: Often recommended on this forum and praised for the great WiFi support (an area where I could also need improvements coming from the Play which has really bad WiFi...) the U1 seems to have an RTC and sleep support. But does wakeup be for a scheduled recording work reliably on this box?
- Asus Chromebox: Another obvious choice. More expensive than the U1 and I really wonder how performance differs (Celerons used in the lowend Chromeboxes vs the S905 SOC in the U1). I am pretty confident the hardware supports sleep but does it work on LibreELEC?

I am very interested in your opinions! Any other solutions you would recommend?

Messages In This Thread
The right box for me - by tyem - 2016-01-13, 15:29
Jesus Box - by kellyvb - 2016-03-04, 20:18
Thanks for the Help! - by jmc15john - 2016-11-09, 16:44
Jarvis crashes and wipes - by gotthis2000 - 2017-01-10, 22:14
RE: Jarvis crashes and wipes - by nickr - 2017-01-10, 22:58
T95Z Plus Android TV Box - by gooner1971 - 2017-03-17, 13:04
RE: START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated September 2017) - by micmon - 2017-09-12, 17:27