ByGB Blog Official 2017-09-28 19160
The first obvious difference between a TV box and a TV dongle is size. A TV dongle is much smaller and lighter than a TV box and would be a better fit for someone who prefers to travel with their own entertainment. The compact size is a major advantage in this case — while a TV box, though not big in size, is bulkier and heavier.
When it comes to processor speed, TV boxes and TV dongles are quite similar. In general, you will get the maximum speed of 2GHz on both types of devices — like with the Original Xiaomi Mi TV Box ($69.90) and the H96 Pro TV Dongle ($44.99), both clocking at 2.0GHz. This is enough for a smooth viewing experience of your media files as well as some nice gaming sessions. Thus, when it comes to a speedy performance, both a dongle and a TV box can deliver.
Naturally, an Android TV box has much more physical room for a bigger hard drive. Most TV dongles will give you up to 16GB of storage like H96 Pro TV Dongle, while TV boxes can offer up to 32GB like the Beelink GT1. What's more, most TV boxes will also allow you to expand the storage further (up to 1 terabyte or even more) via an SD card.
Both TV dongles and TV boxes are typically compatible with a wide range of devices: via Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, USB, HDMI ports, etc. Thanks to their bigger size, TV boxes can come with all of these built-in options, while TV dongles may be missing some of the ports. With that said, high-end TV dongles may offer extended connectivity.
Most TV boxes come with Android operating system — and are pretty much independent devices that let you use the familiar interface on the big screen. With a TV dongle, you have the option of getting one like the H96 Pro TV Dongle with Android OS or go with AnyCast M2 ($12.99) — a Miracast & Airplay WiFi dongle that will let you project your phone's or tablet's screen onto your TV display.
Apart from all the specs and functionality, there is the price that may guide you in this or that direction. Generally speaking, a TV box would typically be more expensive than a dongle — but this, of course, depends on a number of factors: tech features, components, extras (remote control, keyboard, mouse pointer, etc.). As with most devices, you will have a choice of budget models (like the SCISHION V88 Mars II TV Box, $25.99 or the AnyCast M2 ($12.99) and more high end devices (like the R - TV BOX R10 at $94.19 or the above mentioned H96 Pro TV Dongle at $44.99).
In the end, it all comes down to your priorities. With no significant difference in performance and functionality, it all comes down to portability. If you are looking for a compact device to move around with, a TV dongle is the perfect choice. If you will place the device next to your TV and leave it there — you might as well benefit from a complete set of features of a TV box.
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