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Most underrated Kodi TV Box

EntertainmentBox have a detailed help page should you need any assistance with your TV box. You could also try the how to do anything on your TV box page. Or you could check out the most asked TV box questions and answers page. If you need to find a page on our site please read the home page, we have redesigned it to be more user friendly.  EntertainmentBox only sell the best TV box / boxes and high end gadgets. Have you seen our projectors that are powered by Android? Now you can use apps like Kodi without a TV how cool is that? All with 1 a one year warranty and a 30 day return policy.

MINIX NEO Z64 TV BOX Most underrated Kodi TV Box

 

Most underrated Kodi TV Box?

 

Well, this is a little misleading as it’s not strictly just a TV Box. It is actually a mini PC. Smaller than most Android TV Boxes and as powerful as a desktop PC. This gets the tag of Most underrated Kodi TV Box as people tend to go for the Android platform when looking at Smart TV Boxes. However with a mini PC you have all the benefits of your desktop straight on your TV.

 

So what is the Most underrated Kodi TV Box?

 

We are talking about the Minix Neo Z64.

The purists that run Kodi will always tell you that Kodi runs better on PC. In some instances that is certainly the case. However the beauty of having a mini PC is that it can do anything your desktop PC can. With various programs that you can download you can run all sorts of Apps, even from the Android platform.

 

So what is the Minix Neo Z64?

Well, first it’s made by Minix, so you can be assured of a premium build quality. NEO Z64 Mini PC is an ultra-compact mini desktop PC which redefines the desktop PC, with its minute form factor making it one of the world’s smallest desktop PCs that allows for an array of space saving options.

NEO Z64 is suitable for an incredible array of applications; whether as a personal multimedia terminal, a home multimedia center or for use in small enterprise offices. NEO Z64 truly is the ideal solution in the age of ‘cloud computing’ for those seeking a low-power consumption, high performance-price ratio terminal PC.

Running on Windows 10. The Z64 is small, fanless (so not noisy) and extremely powerful. It has 32gb of storage which is upgradeable via SD card and it has all the ports you would need for your accessories.

Once you connect this player to the HDMI interface of TV it will converts your regular TV into a Smart TV with Windows 8.1. It’s powered by an Intel Z3735F 64-bit processor with 2MB of cache and a Turbo clock of 1.83GHz. This is the same processor that powers most of today’s Windows-based tablets.

Booting to the desktop from a completely powered down state is under 10 seconds. This is about half the time of a heavily-modded desktop PC running Windows 10 on an solid-state drive. The official specs from Intel and Minix clock the bootup at 10-15 seconds, but my version came in at 8 seconds on average.

 

So, this is a PC, and Android App Box and more depending on what you do with it. This mini PC is currently on sale at EBox, click the link below to find out more.

 

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If you have any questions regarding this device, simply get in touch via Twitter.

 

Full Setup Instructions Minix Z64 Windows

EntertainmentBox have a detailed help page should you need any assistance with your TV box. You could also try the how to do anything on your TV box page. Or you could check out the most asked TV box questions and answers page. If you need to find a page on our site please read the home page, we have redesigned it to be more user friendly.  EntertainmentBox only sell the best TV box / boxes and high end gadgets. Have you seen our projectors that are powered by Android? Now you can use apps like Kodi without a TV how cool is that? All with 1 a one year warranty and a 30 day return policy.

Full Setup Instructions Minix Z64 Windows

Minix Z64 step by step setup instruction for Windows edition

Follow our Full Setup Instructions Minix Z64 Windows for a simple way to first set up your Minix Z64 Windows edition.

 

How to Connect the Minix Z64 Windows mini PC

  1. Unpack the Minix z64 and the I8 wireless keyboard.
  2. Open the battery compartment of the I8 keyboard and locate the mini USB receiver plug place this into one of the two USB ports located on the right hand side of the Minix Z64.
  3. Connect the HDMI cable supplied to your TV or monitor  (the other side connects to the Minix Z64).
  4. Connect an Ethernet cable if you’re going to use one (not required).
  5. Connect the power adaptor to your Minix Z64 and to the wall plug.
  6. On the right hand side of the unit is a power button, hold this button in gently until you see the blue light on the front of the device.

Initial setup (Windows)

  1. Complete the Region and  language page with the info relevant to your location (I picked United Kingdom).
  2. Read and agree to the licence terms.
  3. Name your device and click next.
  4. Select your wireless network if you’re going to use WIFI and enter your WIFI password (you’ll find this on the back of your rooter).
  5. Now select use express settings.
  6. If you have a Microsoft account, enter your account details now. If you do not have an account then you need to click on create a new account on the left hand side of the screen.
  7. After you have selected your Microsoft initial settings  (I picked setup as a new device). Your Minix Z64 will install all the windows apps that gets installed with windows 8.1.

Change the display settings for the Minix Z64 Windows

The Minix Z64 Windows mini PC display output is set to 1920 x 1080 if your TV / Monitor is not this size. Your icons could be off the screen, to change it like this follow the instructions below

  1. From the Main Windows 8 dashboard click the search icon on the top right hand corner. (press the “Win” key on the i8 keyboard to get to  the Windows dashboard).
  2. In the search box type ” Display settings ”  click the  display settings icon that is located under the search bar.
  3. You will see red resolution settings bar click the bar in order to change the size of the resolution, click on apply when at the correct size.

Change the Sound settings for the Minix Z64 Windows

The Minix Z64 Windows mini PC sound is set to output through the jack plug in the back of the device however this  has been set up with an HDMI cable, you can change this as follows

  1. From the Main Windows 8 dashboard click the search icon on the top right hand corner (press the “Win” key on the i8 keyboard to get to Windows dashboard).
  2. In the search bar type ‘Manage audio devices’ click the Manage audio icon under the search bar.
  3. Click playback in the pop up window that has opened up.
  4. Your device is set to speakers as a default option, you need to select the other output this should be the name of your TV or Monitor  select it then set it as default click OK to finish.

Disable any Internet Service Providers parental controls

ISP have been enabling parental controls on all users even if you have not asked for it. You will have to disable them, see below

EE Broadband  http://ee.co.uk/help/safety-and-security/my-digital-life/content-lock-and-orange-safeguard.

Talk Talk home safe, if your internet provider is TalkTalk you need to disable your Home Safe internet security please see this link for more info http://www.talktalk.co.uk/security/faq/.

Virgin: internet virus safe If you have Virgin internet you will need to disable your virus Safe from your My Virgin Account or you will be limited to what you can view   Click this link This is the link again:  http://tinyurl.com/l7d6bqz

BT: parental control If you are going to use this device over Wi-Fi then you need to disable your BT parental control or you’re going to be limited as to what you can view. Click this link This is the link again: http://tinyurl.com/q7j6q6c

Sky: Sky Shield If you have Sky you will need to disable your Sky Shield Click this link.  This is the link again: http://help.sky.com/articles/sky-broadband-shield-explained

How to Install Kodi onto the Minix Z64 Windows

Direct Download Kodi 14.2 for windows HERE

  1. Download  files above, if you are asked to save items click yes.
  2. From the Main Windows 8 dashboard click the Desktop icon. (press the “Win” key on the i8 keyboard to get to Windows dashboard).
  3. Open your file browser the brown file icon located on the bottom row.
  4. Click on Downloads and then on Kodi 14.2 when prompted allow user account control.

 

Full Setup Instructions Minix Z64 Windows

From there the Kodi Setup Wizard will take you through the installation., I recommend keeping the default components.

After those few choices, you’ll choose whether to add a shortcut and Start Menu program group. Then the set up process will take you through the remainder of the installation. The entire process should take 1-2 minutes to complete.

If windows firewall pops up allow access.

Kodi on Windows first boot

Once the installation is finished, click on the new Kodi icon in the Start Menu. You may want to pin Kodi to the task bar so you have easy access. To do this, right click on a Kodi icon and select “Pin to Task bar”

Once you start the program, you should see the Kodi home screen pictured below

 

Full Setup Instructions Minix Z64 Windows

Full Setup Instructions Minix Z64 Windows

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