Tanix have being producing a steady stream of half decent android TV boxes over the last year. Here we have the Tanix TX3 Max which is a slight improvement over the previous model the Tanix TX3 which we looked at a number if months ago. This device comes with 2GB ram and 16GB storage and is coupled with the Amlogic S905W processor.
In this review we will take a look at the general performance of the system and looking into what the ALICE system will bring to users of the Tanix TX3 Max.
Tanix have equipped the TX3 Max with the S905W, just like the previous model but it now has a new system called ALICE which brings some interesting firmware features that could be of interest to those that want to customize the user experience. The Nougat 7.1.2 firmware on the TX3 Max is stable and well developed bringing the ability to change display settings from HDR to SDR and SDR to HDR as well as this you can also set the firmware to root or un-rooted, depending on which applications you are wanting to use.
When we first turn on the Tanix TX3 Max we are greeted with a sleek looking launcher known as ALICE, this system runs incredibly smooth and fast unlike a lot of Android TV boxes in the same price range. ALICE brings us a great user interface that a lot of cheap boxes simply cannot compare to and coupled with a lot of different settings to play around with, you have a very nice Android TV box that stands out.
Video playback on this device is fine for the most part however you are limited to which TV applications you can hope to run at peak performance, such as Netflik or Youtube. DRM Google Widevine is limited to level 3 which will restrict the video resolution of these applications. 4K video playback will be possible and should run absolutely fine depending on the source. The S905W found in the Tanix TX3 Max is a down tuned version of Amlogics S905X processor, you will be limited to certain aspects of 4K such as only being able to achieve 30 fps.
Gaming on this device is OK but don’t expect anything to special as we struggled with some higher end 3D games such as Asphalt 8, but the game was still playable on low settings. General gaming is fine also, such as simpler games like candy crush and other small games. Emulation should also be good on this box and will support joypads such as Xbox 360 wired and PS3 wired controllers.
In the full review below I will attempt to show you what this box is capable of, let me no what you think in the comment section below.