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Matricom G-Box was designed specifically to be 100% compatible with Kodi Media Center! And indeed, it is THE only device that works like a Swiss watch with Kodi. It already has Kodi setup on it including all available features and codecs. The most recent G-Box Q2 comes with the second latest stable version of Kodi (Kodi v15.2), but you can update your Kodi to the current stable version which, at the moment of writing this short guide, is Kodi v16.1 “Jarvis.” All it takes is a simple fix and your G-Box is all set up and ready to stream!
Design, Connections & Control
The design of the G-BOX Q2 is a cut above the plethora of sub £60 devices on the market although, don’t get us wrong, it’s still a black box but the edges and corners are rounded and there’s an illuminated blue logo on its top. The build quality is nothing special, however, as the plastic casing is lightweight but it does stay reasonably cool when in use.
The Matricom isn’t blessed with loads of physical connections but there’s enough for most people’s need. Along the right-hand side is full-sized SD Card slot while everything else is around the back; rear facing connections are two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone/microphone jack, a ‘fast’ 100Mb Ethernet Port and an HDMI 1.4 connection. There is also Bluetooth version 4.0 and dual-band (2.4/5Ghz) Wi-Fi capability too.
User Interface & Features
Matricom has gone to greater lengths, than most, to ensure the G-Box Q2 is relatively easy to use with a very remote friendly UI. The menu system scrolls downwards and, by default, is split over seven categories – Latest Apps, Favorites, Videos, Music, Games, Apps & Settings – with the items within each then running horizontally across the screen; if you’ve ever used the Sony XMB menus you’ll be instantly at home albeit the orientation of the options is reversed. There is some ability to customise by adding apps to each category but you can’t get rid of any of those categories without deleting everything within it.
Kodi runs extremely well on the Matricom G-Box. Just launch it from the main screen icon using the remote. Kodi starts up very quickly and is responsive. It moves in between screen options without hesitation. Streaming videos and online content is where this box does a great job. All of the add-ons that I installed played as expected. The powerful CPU and GPU handled whatever I threw at it with ease. Update: I have installed and used Kodi 17 Krypton and it runs very well.
The remote that comes with the G-box is a basic functional remote. It does have a nice feel in the hand. It has decent navigation buttons allowing you to maneuver around the screen. If you plan on running Kodi as your main media player, you should consider upgrading to a wireless mouse or media remote. It will give much more functionality and ease of use. One thing I dislike is the only power switch is on the remote. You can also unplug the power to shut it on and off. The box will automatically turn on once plugged in. I would prefer a power switch on the box as well.
- Octocore 3D graphics: capable of the highest UHD resolutions
- UHD 4K video processing: watch the next generation of 4K movies
- 5G dual band Wi-Fi: integrates the high performance of 5G Wi-Fi chipset by pushing the transmission of data required for 4K
- video streaming
Where to buy Matricom G-Box
You can buy the Matricom G-Box from GearBest, Amazon or Ebay
- True 1080p and 4k Ultra HD
- High performance Quad Core S802 CPU
- Mali450 Octo Core 3D GPU Graphics Processor
- Dual-band 802.11ac Gigabit 5G WiFi
- 10/100 Full Duplex Ethernet Port
- Two USB 2.0 inputs
- SD Card Port
- Optical Audio Port
- 4.0 Low Power Bluetooth
- Android games available
- Cloud updating
- 2 GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
Matricom G-Box with Amlogic S802 Quad Core as CPU.