Ematic 4K TV Box

Why I must get a Google certified TV Box

Android TV boxes care the only way for you to truly enjoy your Smart TV experience

Many Android media boxes available in South Africa are not Google-certified, meaning that they cannot support certain applications.

While you will be able to watch YouTube and Twitch on these uncertified boxes, you will not be able to access services like DStv Now and Netflix and even if you do the experience will be short lived as Apps are updated.

Google-certified

Google-certified devices offer support for all official apps as well as official versions of the Android TV OS.

Below are some of the best Google-certified Android TV boxes available in South Africa below.


Ematic 4K Android TV Box

Ematic 4K TV Box
Ematic 4K Android TV Box
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X
GPUARM Mali 450
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage8GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet
Ports1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio

Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K

Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUCortex A53
GPUMali 450
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage8GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Ports1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio
PriceR1300

MECOOL KM9 Pro

MECOOL KM9 Pro
MECOOL KM9 Pro
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X2
GPUARM Dvalin MP2
RAM4GB
Storage32GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Ports1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio

MyGica ATV495Max

Mygica ATV495 Max
MyGica ATV495Max
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X
GPUMali 450
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage16GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 7.1.2
Connectivity802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet
Ports1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
PriceR1200

Wave TV Box

Wave Android TV box
Wave TV Box
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X2
GPUARM Dvalin MP2
RAM4GB
Storage32GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Ports1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio

Telkom LIT Box

Telkom LIT Box
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X
GPUARM Mali 450
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage8GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet
Ports1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
Tiger - Showmax

Power Up during load-shedding

Its a Friday morning, you are tired from binge watching all seasons on Superstore the previous night. You have bags under your eyes but the show must go on. You grab a strong cup of coffee and log onto your laptop to see what work you have planned for the day. A bit of emails and a bit of streaming? That sounds perfect, maybe Showmax has a new season of Tiger you wonder…

Tiger - Showmax

At this point you really thank your lucky stars that you have an uncapped 20mb line with Telkom and can stream and do meetings all day.

Its 10am and you get a WhatsApp that your area wont have power from 1pm-4pm

This is a complete disaster, you have back to back meetings from 1pm and now you have to spend more money and buy more data

Does this story sound familar?

What if you had a mini-UPS just to keep your router going during load-shedding/Power-cuts? Just a small device you can plug in and can keep your router going for 3-4 hours

ratel 418

But then how do you pick the right Mini-UPS for you?

There are two factors to consider

1-How many devices need to be powered up for your internet connection? Do you have a fibre modem that plugs into the router?

2-What voltage and current does your router and/or modem consume?

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Solution 1 : Ratel 418 Mini-UPS

The RATEL 418

-Comes with an adjustable 9/12V DC output selector so if your router uses a 12V or 9V input that will not be an issue.

-(4x2200ma Li-Ion) for 4-5 hours outer standby time 

-Also comes with a POE interface for VOIP phones

This is a great solution if your internet provider provides you with a 3G/4G/LTE router that you slot a SIM card into.

Solution 2 – RATEL 430S Mini-UPS 30W

RATEL 430S
  • 30W DC-to-DC micro UPS with USB, DC & Power over Ethernet (P.O.E) charging options
  • Selectable DC output voltages of 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V and 24V
  • 4 x 2200mA Li-Ion batteries ensure the system lasts for 3 hours at 20W load
  • It has a 5V USB output, 9/12V DC output and 4x12V outputs for all your router needs.
  • Has an input for a Solar Panel

With this device you can plug your Fibre modem and router as it has 4X 12V outputs

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The New Macbook is here and its Redonkulous

Apple have unveiled the new Macbook using their new M1 chip and chucking out the old reliable Intel chips

Apple could’ve gone the AMD router but instead chose to try out and build their own chip and the results are amazing

The chip is featured on the the new MacBook Air, a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a new Mac mini. The M1 chip is similar to the processor that’s in the recent iPhone 12 and iPad Air and is built on a different architecture than the Intel processors in the prior MacBook models. Apple says it has four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores — an effort to balance power and longevity

We will focus on the new 13 inch Macbook and some of the key stats

The Macbook has 5x the graphics performance, completely silent no fan, battery offers up to 18 hours of video playback on a single charge, 2.8x more performance than the previous generation, studio-quality three-microphone array

The stats are insane and we cant wait to list the new Macbook on grateapp.com