In this post and video, I’ll show you my unboxing and first impressions review of the new Leelbox Q3 Android TV box.
Android TV Box?
I want to clarify that this is NOT a box that is running “Android TV“, but instead it’s a box that’s running Android that is designed to use for watching TV.
Leelbox Q3 Specs
CPU: Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53
GPU: Octa Mali-T820MP3
RAM: 2GB DDR3
ROM: 16GB Emmc
As I mentioned in the video, it seems to be pretty snappy. The specs look pretty good. However, I can’t give an accurate review because who knows how this thing will be performing after you install a bunch of apps and use it for a while.
Aesthetics and Build Quality
The Leelbox Q3 has a pretty good looking design. The box is nice and small. The holographic logo is pretty cool. The power light looks very interesting in the shape of a triangle right in the front. It may look really nice in a home theater setup, but then again, some might find the light a bit too bright, especially if you put it in your bedroom.
Quirks and Difficulties
As shown in the video, it’s a bit obnoxious that you have to plug in a USB mouse in order to click the “Next” button when logging into your Google account. I had the same issue with the Element Ti5. These 2 boxes are very similar.
I don’t know if it’s anything that could be avoided, but I ran into an issue where the buttons on the remote were changing the colors of my lights. So, if you have a decent amount of infrared devices especially RGB LED lights, you might want to go with a wireless USB keyboard/mouse remote for this.
Since the Leelbox is a Chinese company, they seem to have some issues with the English language. Their packaging and their website are full of obvious tells of translation from Chinese that didn’t work so well.
Besides translation issues, I also found several discrepancies that were a result of some lack of attention to detail.
- I noticed and pointed out in the video that the back of the box says “Full 1080p Video Playback” while the sides of the box say “4K – Ultra HD 4k2k”. Since I actually don’t happen to have a 4K TV yet, I can’t actually test to find out if it can indeed output and play video in 4K.
- The specs on the box specify the CPU as a Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53, however the icon right above it has “X8” on it. I’m a bit unclear as to what X8 means in this case, but I would assume it to mean 8 cores or octa core. That doesn’t seem to match the CPU spec. I actually wonder if the X8 was intended to go on the GPU icon which does mention “Octa”.
- On the back of the box, it specifies that it runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). Meanwhile, the Android logo right above it is in the style of Android 4.0 KitKat because the word Android is diagonal and in an oval just like the KitKat logo. I mean, come on! Just Google search “Android logo” and you’ll get much more appropriate logos. Makes me think this packaging was designed a long time ago.
Overall First Impressions Review of the Leelbox Q3
Overall, I like this box.
I was able to connect to the Google Play Store and download Kodi. From there, my entertainment options open up quite a bit.