Updated October 20, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Kodi Boxes

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in August of 2018. Originally part of the Xbox Media Center, Kodi is an open-source streaming application with an incredible entertainment selection. All the devices on our list will do a fine job of running this versatile program, though due to its ever-evolving nature, users may have to install or update the software themselves, while also taking care to only use it in accordance with applicable copyright laws. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best kodi box on Amazon.

10. ODroid N2

9. Xbox One X

8. Raspberry Pi 4

7. Pendoo TX6

6. Amazon Fire TV Stick

5. Microsoft Xbox One S

4. AcePC T11

3. Asus Chromebox CXI3

2. Vankyo MatrixBox X95

1. Nvidia Shield

Editor's Notes

October 17, 2019:

There are quite a few routes you can choose when you're looking for access to the wealth of entertainment offered by Kodi. Third-party Android TV boxes like the Pendoo and Vankyo are particularly versatile and affordable and are also becoming more common, though they don't always offer the most processing power and currently can't take full advantage of the very latest in dynamic contrast protocols such as Dolby Vision. The AcePC and Asus Chromebox utilize the somewhat more familiar Chrome OS and Windows 10 operating systems, which offer a bit more versatility than Android.

On the more refined side are high-end devices such as the Nvidia Shield, which is known as one of the best streaming devices overall. The Xbox One S and X are both similarly high-quality, and though they are more expensive than the average TV box, they provide plenty of gaming options as well as built-in 4K Blu-ray players. Amazon's newest Fire Stick is by far one of the most affordable, and though it lacks certain connectors due to its compact size, it's both reliable and easy to use.

And if you're willing and able to do some DIY programming, both the Raspberry Pi 4 and the new ODroid N2 are among the most advanced single-board microcontrollers. The latter is particularly powerful thanks to one of the newest all-in-one chipsets, though you'll have to supply your own case and internal storage chip. And if you really want to take your streaming game to the next level, consider starting a home multimedia network using an efficient network-attached storage system.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on October 20, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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