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H96 PRO Plus Review – cheapest Amlogic S912 Android box



H96 PRO Plus

Yes, you heard right because this Android TV box is the cheapest one with Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU Amlogic S912. Actually, the price of H96 PRO Plus is around $65 and at the end of the review, you can see read more about shopping information.

And for this price, we believe this is the best box available at this moment. In this article review, we will present to you everything you need to know about H96 PRO Plus from benchmark testing to watching movies.

UPDATE: If you are interested read our newest review for the H96 Max Android media player which has 4GB of RAM.

Unboxing of H96 PRO Plus

So from what we can see you will receive standard equipment like remote control, power adapter, short user manual, HDMI cable, and of course Android Tv box. Everything is packed in a fancy box which gives you a premium feel.

H96 PRO Plus unboxing

Design and build of H96 PRO Plus

Here we don’t spend too much time because mostly all Android box devices have a very similar designs, and mostly all are made from plastic. So the same situation is also with H96 PRO Plus because the case is made from plastic, and it has more or less the same design as other devices. It has two USB ports, one HDMI, and one port for a microSD card.

Performance and benchmark testing

From experience, we can tell you that the cheapest devices which cost around $25 are mostly not good quality because they have some shortcomings always. So if you need a good and solid Android box then in reality you need to spend a little more money. So the main question is how much money I need to spend and what is the best choice in this price range group?

We believe that H96 PRO Plus is a great choice because it costs only $69.95 and for that money, you will receive a powerful Android TV box. It is based on Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU Amlogic S912 including 750MHz+ ARM Mali-820MP3 GPU.

When we talk about memory it has 3 GB of RAM including 16 GB of storage space which of course you can upgrade using the microSD card. As you can see really without exaggeration it has strong hardware for this price.

Of course, we have tried many different things from playing games, watching movies including 4K movies, going to the Internet we must admit that everything works precisely as it should. To be honest we have been pleasantly surprised because at the beginning we didn’t know what to expect.

Also as we said earlier we have tested PRO Plus with several different benchmark apps, and below you can see the scores.

Playing Retro games with H96 PRO Plus 🙂

Actually at this moment playing retro games is very cool, and takes us back to our youth. We really miss this time. It was awesome! So if you want you can normally download and install a SNES emulator, and you can play any Super Nintendo game. It is actually super fun.

Video Playback with Kodi 17

Normally Kodi is very important for every media player including this one. H96 PRO Plus comes with the newest Kodi 17 which works like a charm. In other words, it works without any lags. You can normally watch movies or TV shows of your choice. We have tried several different video add-ons, and they work as they should work.


Besides using KODI, there are other choices for which movies or your favorite TV shows. For example, you can install a VLC player. The other thing you’ll need is a USB flash drive, and then you can start watching your movies. We have also tried 4K and 2K movies, and we can tell you that they are also working without lags. We have been very surprised.

4K Dubai 🙂



We noticed that cheaper models do not have some connectivity functions like Bluetooth. Therefore we can tell you that Bluetooth is very important for several reasons. Especially for wireless keyboards, mouses, and most important gamepads. Because mostly all gadgets need Bluetooth connection.

But don’t worry because PRO Plus has all connectivity functions including Bluetooth v4.1. From other features, it has Wi-Fi 2.4GHZ/5.8GHZ  802.11a/b/g/n /ac, and ethernet 100M/1000M.

Conclusion and price info

The price of H96 PRO Plus is $64.99 at the time of writing this article and you can buy it on many Chinese shops like Gearbest, Geekbuying but also on Amazon or Ebay.

So you can see why we are telling you that H96 PRO Plus is the best choice for under $100. It has all features which you’ll need, and at the same time, it has very powerful hardware like Amlogic S912 and 3GB RAM. Believe us you can’t find a better device.

If you have any questions please ask, and of course, any comments are welcome

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  1. george berman

    Apr 9, 2017 at 08:44

    is it USB 3.00?

    • johnny

      Apr 10, 2017 at 07:40

      no, there are USB 2.0

  2. Onyema

    Apr 26, 2017 at 15:49

    Can i upgrade to Nougat 7.1

  3. Onyema

    Apr 26, 2017 at 16:46

    FYI, it actually has 4 usb ports. Two of which are concealed. I have the 3G Ram/32GB Rom Version. I opened it and voila i saw the other two usb ports. I used my tools to create an opening and all the ports are working

    • johnny

      Apr 27, 2017 at 07:56

      wow did not know that. can you post a photo here ?

    • Greg

      May 25, 2017 at 19:21

      Did you use a dremil tool to cut out the USB ports?

  4. rIck

    May 1, 2017 at 14:04

    Mine came with 17.0 installed and DTS worked well. Upgraded to 17.1 via play store DTS worked well.
    3 days later DTS stopped working. 3 days after that remote would turn H96 off but not on. Had to unplug power and re-plug power to boot device. Great specs but apparently absolute crap firmware!
    Box is going back today.

    • johnny

      May 2, 2017 at 09:15

      Hmm… sorry to hear that. Our sample works just fine until today.

    • Igor Sandler

      May 22, 2017 at 21:23

      Yeap, I hear you, brother. Mine is going back as well, seems like playing a Russian roulette with this box. 2 weeks ago I bought 2 MI BOX 4K, both of them work like a champ. What is DTS, BTW?

  5. Igor Sandler

    May 22, 2017 at 21:21

    No disrespect but this box is a piece of crap, at least the one I bought. I spent 3 days trying to make KODI 17 run on it and it runs on only one of my networks and so far one of my TV has very dark background when I use this box. As soon as I switch to my MI BOX 4K that sits right next to this one, KODI 17 works flawlessly, any WI-FI, any TV episode or Movie. $80.00 waste!!!

  6. Petar

    Jun 17, 2017 at 20:45

    OS version, manufacturer, OTA updates? Google play store working?
    There is a LOT of these kind of devices but 99% firmare on them is bad and there is no support after buying it. Hardware on them is always strong but without proper software and drivers they all freeze, crash or stutter all the time no matter the CPU/GPU or RAM.
    UGOOS and Odroid are the ones someone should really care for. The best for KODI is still Libreelec/Openelec and Raspberry 3 (minus the 4k part).

  7. Pikay

    Jun 27, 2017 at 10:48

    Mkv videos with DTS and DOLBY HD sound output produces no sound output via HDMI to smart TV.
    How do you overcome that?

    Can SPDIF cables connected to mbox hd96pro+ produce dolby or dts sound on TV or amps?


  8. Steve

    Jul 8, 2017 at 21:22

    Crashes quite a bit. Runs very hot, overheating?

  9. Santosh

    Aug 28, 2017 at 10:32

    On H96 pro plus firmware 7.1.1 & 7.1.2 the microphone does not work at all.
    I tried
    1) USB microphone with webcam
    2) bluetooth Headset
    3) USB sound card
    4) wireless remote mic (air-mouse with built in mic)
    None of the above options work to get the voice from mic. & so as you can not use google Now, google search, google assistant.

    However I tried downgrading it to Android 6.0 & mic works without any problem.

  10. April Blouin

    Aug 29, 2017 at 03:00

    Any ideas on why the units remote control won’t work? We unpacked it, entered WiFi password and it froze while connecting. After it sat like that for several minutes we unplugged and re-plugged to reboot. Now remote won’t do anything but light up the TV secton powe light. And yes, we replaced the batteries and tried rebooting again. Any suggestions would be appreciated

  11. Davey

    Sep 19, 2017 at 22:40

    Mine came in today… 2 USB on the left but I can see how 2 more could be ‘hidden’ on the right. 3GB of ram sure makes it fast!! Anytime I set up a box I go into settings.. then Display then adjust the screen position… usually from 100% down to 92% to fit my screen. This box does NOT have that option.. just wallpaper, sleep mode, etc… no setting for display position. Very disappoint as the time at the top right is off the screen along with other ‘edge’ info. If anyone has a solution for this please share. Thanks… Davey

    • Dim

      Oct 21, 2017 at 09:33

      You have to go to “Droid Settings”.. In apps there are actually 2 “gear” shortcuts. Try both and you will find what you want. Had same issue myself 🙂

  12. kentavros3

    Sep 20, 2017 at 19:12

    What about its capabilities to android 3D games ?
    Is it only for retro simple games ?
    Can I connect a wireless joystick ?

    • johnny

      Sep 22, 2017 at 06:54

      yes, you can play any game you want. you can also connect wireless joystick 🙂

  13. Angelo

    Oct 18, 2017 at 13:40

    I have 2 of these , the power supplies are totally crap, one died within a day the other dead after 10 minutes and won’t boot! Luckily you can use the back USB port (the one closer to the power port) to power the unit via USB using a normal usb phone charger (5v 2.4amp) and a USB-a male to USB-a male cable.. although I have the server issue, once the unit goes to sleep it will not turn back on unless power cycled !! I’m still to solve that one ..

  14. Paul

    Nov 16, 2017 at 01:53

    Im from Australia and wanted to use this with the NBL basketball app and AFL footy App. Both are not compatible. Also misses likes the netball. again not compatible with the device. disappointed.

  15. Guðjón

    Nov 29, 2017 at 23:46

    i have this box h96 pro+ 4k worst part are poor kodi 17.6 are get me piss of 😉 geting stopp or not working unistall and install not working ;( frezze like in 1 min have to get off kodi and back in to work !!

  16. Claude

    Mar 30, 2018 at 10:52

    I got a h96 pro plus was working real great then the power started going out and not come back on pull the plug out plug it back in start right up work for a bitand do same thing so out got a new box came home was going to set up the new box and I seen the power cord was the same 5v 3amp so I hooked it up to the h96 pro plus how the box is working great but it was the power cord heat up and go into shut down so got on line got two new power cords got both for 19.00 and that was with ship to so before you bet the box off the wall if it’s going off and on my like to try a new power cord owell have fun all.all the best

  17. Jeff

    Apr 30, 2018 at 12:13

    I’ve had mine over six months. To be honest, I don’t know what version of Android it’s running or what version of Kodi is on it, but everything works except playstore. As for USB ports, mine came with all four exposed plus the sdmc port. I had to change the power supply to one for Australia power points. No adaptors small enough to fit in my entertainment center supply. Sometimes, when I have 3 HDD connected, it will drop one and only recognize two until I unp lug and than plug in again. Images displayed are of the quality I want. No over heat problem throughout our summer and we reached a few weeks of 39-40c, the air conditioning could only maintain a comfortable 28c. As far as I can tell, mine is just branded Amlogic Pro, 3gb ram 16gb rom. Lemon or Luck, I’m happy with this as my first entry into Android and Kodi.

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