Let me start by saying that I have been waiting for a device like this for years. Something that would allow the world wide web to come to your living room without the need to connect your Mac/PC or other HTPC that would cost a couple of hundred or more. Something inexpensive but simple to launch and operate. Now that being said, the device is simple enough but it’s not plug and play. The MX2 requires work and research, but once that’s over the device is a true wonder.
I had hoped the Boxee box or google TV might have been the answer to bringing unfettered access to the internet into the living room, but too many restrictions and limitations made those options not viable. I jailbroke my ATV2 but encountered to many bugs and once you’ve jailbroken more than once it gets tiresome after awhile and the bugs just…well they bug you enough to outweigh the benefits.
Now comes the Mx2. I did not own the first Mx and I will admit I am not a android fan (think the OS is sloppy and really not very user friendly). I love Mac and always will but it’s an enclosed system that limits and nothing, not even a jailbroken ATV2 was enough to give me want I want.
The Mx2 does and more. It’s purely the best way, as far as I know, to access a ton of media, whether it’s your own or located on the web…all with barely any restrictions or limits.
The Mx2 comes with a browser ( a good one might I add ), android apps ( and access to the android app store ), and XMBC, a true portal to ultimate entertainment. BE WARNED this device could engage you for HOURS…so if you got kids and a spouse be prepared to be yelled at! But seriously, it does so much you will be truly entertained for hours!
Now the Mx2 is not perfect. It does have it’s quirks and there is still more development work to be done and Matricom has admitted as such. It’s a work in progress and hopefully Matricom will continue it’s support for years to come. But in it’s current state the Mx2 clearly outdoes anything other than a HTPC. It’s not perfect but it’s damn fun!
I haven’t loaded any apps yet or played any games. I primarily use the Mx2 to stream movies, TV shows, watch TV and surf the web. For me that’s all that I was looking for and this does it all…extremely well.
I cut cable long ago. I have a WD media player, OTA DVR/Media player, and a House antenna ( giving me over 100 channels of free HD media) to entertain me. But I wanted to step it up and the MX2 does that…multiple times over. If your looking to cut cable this is a viable alternative that will honestly make you glad you did.
Remember the MX2 isn’t perfect. Like I said it’s quirky and a lot of work and research needs to be done to get it to the point where you can start having fun. But it’s not complicated and there are a ton of instructional videos and forums you can tap. But once that’s done the Mx2 becomes a great little machine.
For 100 bucks it’s worth a try. If it works you’ll find it’s probably the best 100 bucks you’ve ever spent.
Oh and get the OGEAR GKM681R 2.4GHz Wireless Compact Keyboard with Optical Trackball. It’s a great companion remote/keyboard that works well the MX2. Obviously there is the logitech K400 or the iPazz options but the Iogear seemed right for me. Besides I wanted a trackball and not a trackpad which for me is better.
Overall great little device that was worth the money! Hope it lasts! If it does sweeeet!!
About G-Box Midnight MX2:
The G-Box Midnight MX2 by Matricom brings high performance HD streaming from the internet and local media to your TV. The powerful dual core MX processor with the Mali-400 3D graphics engine provides stellar performance for high definition video playback. XBMC runs smoothly with 1080p hardware decoding from local media and your favorite XBMC streaming add-ons.
More Features than Roku and Apple TV Combined
Looking for more than just a simple streaming box? The MX2 does it all. Running the full Android 4.2.2 OS gives you the ability to run virtually any Android app on your TV. Streaming just happens to be only one of the many things that the MX2 is really great at.
Automatic Online Updating:
With over-the-air updating, the MX2 will ensure that it’s software is up-to-date and brings the newest updates and bug fixes for Android and XBMC to your device seamlessly.
G-Box Midnight MX2 Specifications:
* Amlogic A9 Dual Core Neon HD CPU
* Mali400 Dual Core High Performance 3D GPU
* 1GB RAM (DDR3)
* 8GB Total Internal Storage
* USB Storage Extendable (Flash Drives/HDD)
* SD Storage Extendable (Up to 32GB!)
* 802.11b/g/n internal Wifi
* HDMI v1.4 video output
* 10/100 Ethernet Port
* Coaxial SPDIF Digital Audio Output (Surround Sound)
* Composite Audio/Video Out
* 4x USB 2.0 Ports
* Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean installed
* Supports Wireless USB Keyboard/Mouse
* Google Play Store installed
G-Box Midnight MX2 Support:
This device is manufacturerd by Matricom and features a 1yr extensive device warranty. Support is available online by Matricom and through the G-Box community.