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Mecool M8S PRO L Review

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Mecool M8S PRO L Review

Today we present the review of the TV-Box model  M8S PRO L an interesting device since it optionally has a voice remote control compatible with Google Assistant integrated in the Android TV system that comes by default. A device that integrates the powerful S912 Octa core SoC and has 3 GB of RAM, a set that moves any app in a fluid way. Undoubtedly an important point in this model is that it includes DRM Google Widevine L1 certificate and allows us to see Netflix for example in FullHD quality, something that undoubtedly adds value, it also serves as a 4K@60fps multimedia player with support for HDR files. Let’s see how it behaves in our review and how it is perform in all scenarios.

  • WARNING: This model has several versions that are identified with the sticker of its bottom, LS, LQ, LB, LP … it is possible that they are not compatible among them at the firmware level, we recommend not to update it if is not necessary.

    Package content

    The TV-Box  M8S PRO L comes in a cardboard box with a generic name on top. Inside the box we find the mini TV-Box in an upper compartment, the rest of the accessories are in a lower area, a Bluetooth remote with microphone, HDMI cable, English manual and a 5V 2A adapter.

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    Product Details

    As we can see the box of the  M8S PRO L is made of plastic and on the top we have a striped decoration, on the front we have a status LED and an IR receiver hidden behind the slots of the box.

    m8s pro l review (52)In one of its sides we have a microSD card reader with self-extracting mechanism and two USB 2.0 ports. In the perimeter we have a series of ventilation slots but in the upper part we miss more ventilation slots to improve the thermals.

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  • In the back we have all the other ports, DC connector, HDMI 2.0 connector that allows 4K@60fps, also a 10/100 Ethernet port and AV video / .m8s pro l review (53)
  • In the lower part of the  M8S PRO L we have four rubber feet, the sticker that identify the model and several ventilation slots that allow air to enter.
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  • If we open the  M8S PRO L box we observe the small aluminum radiator and the different components, it is necessary to highlight that we do not have a reset button to reach the flash mode, so we will have to bridge with something metallic in the two points indicated in the photograph.
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  • CONNECTING THE DEVICE

    Connection and desktops

    We connect the  M8S PRO L adapter to the power supply and it starts up directly, the first thing we find is a wizard that guides us to connect the Bluetooth remote by pressing the – and OK key at the same time. The rest of the steps are the classics of Android TV to enter our Google account and connect to Wifi.

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  • Once we have passed the setup wizard we arrived at the Android TV 7.1 environment, we have the classic rows design, in the first one we have the highlighted contents that change dynamically, in the second shortcuts and in the last configuration elements.
  • Boot time: 21 seconds
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  • If we leave pressed the microphone button on the remote control Google Assistant is activated and we can give direct indications or commands to search for contents or launch applications, we will always need a little practice to use it, we can put it in other languages.
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  • Being an Android TV system this environment does NOT have navigation bar or notification bar, we can only customize the number of bars of recommended items on the home screen.
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  • The installed applications by default are the classic ones of this system, we have Miracast and Airpin that allows us to share the screen of our mobile, Play Store, Classic Youtube and Kids, StbEmu if we have contracted IPTV, TVCenter (Kodi), store of apps Aptoide TV, MX Player, Netflix app for Android TV and update app.
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  • User Experience

    The performance of the M8S PRO L TV-Box is correct thanks to the powerful Amlogic S912 Octa Core processor that moves the system well thanks to its 3 GB of RAM that allows you to load quite a few apps or navigation tabs. If we leave the home button of the remote control pressed, we can change the active app without problems. At a thermal level in normal use we have no loss of performance, only a certain drop in performance is noticed if we start playing powerful games in 3D.

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  • Android Settings

    By default in the M8S PRO L we have two different settings, on the one hand we see the classic TV-Box settings on the side that give us access to several specific aspects of this format.

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  • If we click on More Settings we get to the Classic Settings of Android we have some options more than in the previous settings but they are quite limited and it seems that some menus have been cut that would have allowed us to fine-tune the system.m8s pro l review (34)
  • Brand Support

    The  brand does not have any support or web available for users, we only get the firmware when they are published on the network and we share them from our website, luckily as we have seen there is a quite active community that works on the custom  firmware scene.

  • CONTROL SYSTEMS
    Remote control

    The  M8S PRO L can be purchased with a Bluetooth remote that also integrates an IR transmitter to use it in a conventional way if we do not pair it. In the upper area we have the microphone and the Google Assistant button, a status LED that indicates when we perform some action, crosshead, OK button, back, home, menu and volume controls. We can synchronize the remote by pressing the Volume – and OK keys at the same time.

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  • CONTROL SYSTEMS
    Remote control

    The M8S PRO L can be purchased with a Bluetooth remote that also integrates an IR transmitter to use it in a conventional way if we do not pair it. In the upper area we have the microphone and the Google Assistant button, a status LED that indicates when we perform some action, crosshead, OK button, back, home, menu and volume controls. We can synchronize the remote by pressing the Volume – and OK keys at the same time.

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  • Opinion

    As we see the TV-Box  M8S PRO L offers us a product that continues the line of this family of devices, we have the option of watching Netflix FullHD that this time is accompanied with a Bluetooth remote control with microphone and the Android TV system by default. An ideal environment to use Google Assistant if we like to launch searches by voice or use it to manage the TV-Box, this is undoubtedly the most positive aspect of the device.

    On the other hand the  M8S PRO L has a somewhat poor hardware in other aspects, in one side stands out for his Amlogic S912 Octa core processor and its 3 GB of RAM, on the other hand we have a very poor Wi-Fi coverage and network adapter only 10/100, they are enough to see 4K content by streaming but they could be better. A controversial aspect is the temperature reached by the box, if we are going to play a lot with the box or have it locked up it is possible that we have some performance problem, but for a normal use of multimedia playback we have not noticed anything bad. In general, as we see a powerful TV-Box with many options for streaming.

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