The next generation of media players -now including HDR support– is (almost) here and the Tomato X95 S905X Tv box is proof of it:
The Tomato X95 media player is already being listed on the tomato website. This tv box specs are nice enough, including an optical audio output and even an external IR port.
The sales “speech” behind the external IR port included with this OTT media player is that you can actually place the tv box “velcroed” into the back of your TV display, out of eyesight, while placing the IR receptor on the edge of your TV, so it can catch your remote’s output.
This external remote idea is quite alright but then I only hope the X96 media player can cope with the extra heat that comes with the deal: the back of your TV display is usually a warm-to-hot place to live in.
The X96 TV box will need to cope with the excess heat it will probably receive when piggybacked to your display. This potential heat problem may not be a minor topic, as several FireTV stick users already know by experience.
Tomato X96 S905X media player hardware
The Tomato X96 Tv box hardware is contained inside an all-plastic casing with the following highlights:
- Amlogic S905X Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 @2GHz
- Penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750MHz
- 8GB EMMC FLASH (16Gb Optional)
- 1GB DDR3 (2G DDR3 Optional)
- Android 6.0.1 Lollipop
- HDMI 2.0 (CEC and HDCP 2.2), 4K*2K @60 fps
- Support IEEE802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.1EDR
- 2 High Speed USB 2.0, Support U DISK And USB HDD
- Ethernet:1000M, Standard RJ45 (optional IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000 Gigabit)
- HDR10 capable for enhanced video quality on HDR enabled streams and TV displays.
What do we think about the Tomato X96 media player ?
According to our reviewing criteria, we found the following PROS and CONS on the tomato X96 Media player:
PROS: 1 gbit ethernet port, Android 6, Bluetooth 4.1 EDR, HDMI 2.0, HDR
CONS: 1gb RAM version, really ?, USB 2.0 ? … also: no A/C 5 Ghz high speed Wifi ?
I would not even consider purchasing the 1gb version of the X96. On the other hand, about the USB 2.0 … it is definitely a drawback, but I can cope with. On the wifi side, I would connect it thru ethernet, so I can also cope with the missing 5ghz A/C high bandwidth band.
After consideration, we gave the Tomato the following score:
Its media interface is quite similar -identical almost- to T95 media players, as the one we reviewed a week or so ago:
It works just fine, but if you don’t want or like it, you can always download a new launcher from Google Play Store.
The Tomato X96 media player also includes the latest version of Kodi media player, which is an essential addition for any serious media player.