If you need a TV Box with video recording features via HDMI, the market offers some solutions (actually not many) including Zidoo X9. According to those who have tried it, it is a Mini PC that works pretty well and is frequently updated but it costs about $ 120. Tronsmart launched a very similar model, based on the same processor Mstar MSO9810, allowing you to record video via HDMI. Tronsmart Pavo M9 but costs just 89.90 dollars and could be the cheapest option on the market today. You can find it in major Chinese sites that send in Italy or on eBay.
Let’s move on to the technical specifications: Tronsmart Pavo M9 comes with a quad-core SoC Mstar MSO9180D1R (Cortex A9) with 1.5GHz GPU Mali-450MP2, supported by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of eMMC storage with expandable card slot micro SD. Despite its small size (152 x 152 x 40 mm, and weighs 260 grams), the Mini PC has a good park gates which includes two HDMI ports (in and out), which will not only record videos as well to play movies in 4K, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0, AV and S / PDIF, in addition to common solutions for connectivity (WiFi 802.11n and Ethernet 10 / 100M). It can be managed from the comfort of the couch with a remote control (thanks to the IR receiver) and off with the ON / OFF when not in use.
If the hardware features and functionality are roughly the same as Zidoo X9, M9 Tronsmart Pavo forces you to renunciations of materials and other features also because of the lower price. For example, its chassis is made of polycarbonate (not aluminum), missing the small display on the front panel, the two external antennas and Bluetooth. The WiFi module is dual band (2.4GHz and not only supports 5.0 GHz) and finally RAM is halved. In the box, you will find the remote control (by the way identical to that of Zidoo X9), a power supply 12V / 2A, an HDMI cable and a user manual.
The TV Box runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with Kodi preinstalled. It will probably be the same in this release Kodi 14 Zidoo X9, it should not get along with H.265 video 4K but also those with Full HD (1080p H.264), showing slowdowns and freeze annoying