Alfawise H96 Pro+

Alfawise H96 Pro+ is the first android media box equipped with 3GB RAM.

If you are curious to see how it performs, continue reading below …

 

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Packaging – Specifications

Alfawise was sent in a black compact box.

Inside you will find the media box itself, the remote controller, the power adapter, an HDMI cable and a quick start manual in English language. Once again no batteries inside for the remote.

Regarding specifications, the Alfawise goes a step beyond its competitors. It is equipped with 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM that promise much better multitasking and effortless playback of media files.

The Amlogic S912 8-core CPU with Mali T820 GPU promise fast processing and 4K compatibility.

 I/Os feature 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x S/PDIF out, HDMI 2.0 (4K and HDR support), SD slot (up to 32GB) and A/V out. You will also find a reset button.

For wired network connections an RJ45 with Gigabit LAN is the best available option and the same can be said for wireless connections with dual band Wi-Fi AC and BT 4.1.

Android 6.0 is the selected operating system.

 

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Media Player – Remote

Alfawise H96 Pro+ comes in a small square black plastic chassis.

In the middle there is a diagonal stripe with Alfawise brand.

On the top left corner there is a small diagonal red stripe with the model’s name. At first we thought it was a sticker that we had to remove, but we were wrong. To be honest, we would like it removed since it deducts design points.

A small blue LED is lit when in use but you have the option to turn it off from the Android menu.

Air grilles exist at the bottom for heat dissipation. During our tests it got slightly warm but not to a worrying point.

 All the USB ports are on the side so you will have to find a way to hide your cables if your media are located inside HDD’s.

If you “serve” your media then don’t worry about cable management since everything you will need is located at the back (power, HDMI, LAN, S/PDIF)

The remote is quite good.

Small with nice grip which is rare for those that include numeric keys.

Overall, no complaints regarding design and build quality with the red stripe exception.

An aluminum chassis would be a better companion to the grade A spec list.

 

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Menus – Settings

After a short boot the main menu appears.

It is media player oriented with colorful big icons. The basic theme is in blue.

There you will find shortcuts for all major apps like KODI, Browser, Music, Play Store, You-Tube and Netflix among others. You are of course able to add your own shortcuts.

The settings menu is the classic grey one we find in all modern media boxes.

You will configure your media box in no time according to your setup.

There are OTA options but we didn’t receive one during our tests.

 

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Testing

This is the most interesting part of the review since the large amount of RAM should provide better performance.

Judging from other s912 based media boxes with 2GB of RAM the least we expected was snappier performance.

Fortunately that was the case.

Browsing the menus of Android menu and KODI’s was certainly better and lag free in comparison.

The extra RAM probably helped with the buffering of video files, since startup of playback and skipping to other chapters was performed better (at least that was our impression).

As expected, audio files (mp3/FLAC) proved to be an easy task for Alfawise.

Video playback performance was again typical for a S912 unit, which is quite good.

The majority of popular 4K file types had perfect playback with (hardware) limitations on files of 4k@60fps H264 and some rare Hi10p encodings.

Popular 1080p files including high bit-rate Blu-Rays have perfectly smooth operation.

Auto frame rate switching is not supported but that is the case with the majority of media boxes.

At least 23.976 playback appears to be fine without annoying hiccups every now and then.

Regarding audio bit-streaming, DD/DTS pass through had no issues but HD-Audio was a no-go (PCM and DTS core was the result in cases of True-HD and DTS HD Master Audio respectively).

Wireless playback of mid-> high bitrate .mkv was no issue for the Wi-Fi AC as long as you have a clear reception.

Via wired LAN playback of high bit-rate .ISO backups was a breeze as expected.

 

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Android 

Android 6.0 is the new trend for media boxes and this one is no different.

Google’s platform is here in all its glory.

YouTube, Gmail, Chrome and all applications and games in Play Store are at your disposal.

Gaming performance is also stellar with light 3D games having great playback (3GB RAM and the octa-core help a lot towards this)

For those who would like to “explore” things a bit more, the device arrived pre-rooted which is a bonus for sure.

After the first boot, you will have ~27GB available for apps and games.

 

Summary

Alfawise H96 Pro+ distinguishes itself from its competitors by sporting 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM.

In practice, these helped a lot in application response and multitasking. Android “breathed” better. Add root capabilities to the aforementioned and “heavy” users will be able to reach the device’s full potential.

Luckily, top spec list had minimal effect on pricing since the H96 Pro+ costs less than 80$.

Alfawise H96 Pro+ is among the best and fastest Android media boxes out there and deserves a place in your shortlist.

We would like to thank www.gearbest.com for sending the player in exchange for an unbiased presentation.

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