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Ugoos X3 Plus Review – Amlogic S905X3 4GB 64GB Android TV Box

Ugoos X3 Plus Review
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Why am I not surprised? It’s Ugoos again with another version of the TV box. This is the Ugoos X3 Plus Amlogic S905X3 4GB 64GB model. I wonder what’s next. The Ugoos X3 Ultimate Max + or a new supermodel in the near future. They are unstoppable for 2020. Because of that I have this Android TV box for review. They have maintained a standard and the title of the best launcher ever in the history of TV boxes. But how much performance increase the X3 Plus has compared to the X2 Cube model.

There is a characteristic UGOOS logo on the top cover. The front panel has an IR receiver and several holes. The left side has two external antennas and a power switch. The right ones are: AV OUT connector, AUX IN connector, TF card slot, USB 3.0 / OTG connector and USB 2.0. On the back there is a DC socket, a Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet connection, HDMI 2.1, 2x USB 2.0 and an optical S / PDIF connection. There are four rubber pads on the bottom of the device to prevent sliding, a recovery hole, a mask hole and information about the serial number and MAC address. The TV box is supplied with a simple remote control (with multitasking button), but without the mouse pointer, which is also known from previous test reports. Below pictures.

Impressions of use

After switching on the device a nice surprising OTA update, a big plus !. You can easily and quickly update the device to the latest version.

We can usually choose the resolution from FHD 1920 × 1080 (1080p 60Hz), but you can also adjust the preferred resolution or set the automatic switch. Everything worked stably and very quickly with no delays. We had no problem with the ethernet and WiFi connection to the router and the internet. Ethernet: Download – 318 Mbit / s Upload – 31.50 Mbit / s, WiFi: Download – 235 Mbit / s Upload – 31.3 Mbit / s. In addition to the remote control with air mouse function, we used a standard keyboard.

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The device has 4 GB DDR RAM and 64 GB eMMC. Everything works fine.

TV Box supports DLNA and Miracast, but you need to install the AirScreen app. The Ugoos X3 Plus TV Box unfortunately supports Netflix up to 540p (we have installed Netflix version v4.16.1) and 1080p Youtube (Full HD only), but 4K works via YouTube for Android TV. In addition, the TV Box has numerous picture settings (screen rotation, TV Dolby Vision, etc.). For testing, we installed the latest available Kodi 18.3 “Leia”. You can play games from the Google Play Store on the Ugoos X3 Plus TV Box. We can confidently say that this is an Android TV box that is perfect for gaming. Games run smoothly with maximum settings. Simply connect a gamepad or keyboard. We used iPega PG-9076 and played Beach Buggy Racing, Real Racing 3, Asphalt 9.

Hardware

  • CPU – Amlogic S905X3 1.9GHz
  • GPU – Mali G31 750MHz
  • RAM – 4GB DDR4
  • Internal Storage – 64GB eMMc
  • WiFi – 2.4GHz + 5GHz
  • LAN – 1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth – 4.2 + EDR

Operating system

The Ugoos X3 Plus TV Box runs on Android 9.0. The TV box. As already mentioned, TV Box supports OTA updates. We ran the test with the latest firmware. The TV box is equipped with the Amlogic S905X3 big processor and GPU Mali-G31. Whether the X3 Plus has a more powerful version of the S905X3 or whether the UGOOS team has found something.

Ugoos X3 Plus special features

Regular OTA updates
Advanced launcher
Alternative launchers work
Extended root switch with silent root function
New hardware monitor function.
New function for mapping gamepad keys.
Change navigation bar and status bar.
Extended CEC options.
Dolby Vision, Dolby Audio and DTS audio settings.
Ugoo’s alternative launcher

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Performance benchmarks

Video Tests

The video playback from Kodi 18.3 Leia runs smoothly and stably. The TV box seems to play films with a resolution of 480p, 720p and 1080p (24fps, 30fps, 60fps) and 4K (60fps) with various codec videos such as H.264, H.265, MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB and audio without any problems – DTS and AC3. Dolby Digital 5.1 pass-through worked well over HDMI. We also tested various video formats – AVI, MKV, MP4 (typical formats in which most of the films are stored), ISO and videos were played perfectly. The tested TV box plays video files in 4K (also 60 fps) with no major problems. The following table with video examples has been tested for Kodi 18.3. TV Box also copes well with video playback on YouTube, videos are only played in 1080p, but 4K videos work through YouTube for Android TV. We tried to play VP9 4K videos and are also running smoothly.

Gaming

We played a few different games, and they all worked great without any problems. there was no twitching while we played the games, where also the loading was fast.

Conclusion

The Ugoos X3 Plus has performance great, just like the X3 Cube model. They have good hardware, smooth streaming, a feature-rich user interface, innovative features, good benchmarks at the top of the map, and keymapped games are good too.