Beelink GS-King X - $289.99/£221 from Gearbest (opens in new tab) (roughly AU$399)
This Android TV box from Beelink comes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage but it can be outfitted with two 3.5-inch hard disk drives for up to 32TB of total storage. The GS-King X runs Android 9.0 and comes with Google Assistant so you can control it from the comfort of your couch. If you're looking to upgrade your home cinema with the most storage possible, Beelink's GS-King X just might be for you.
Take a network attached storage (NAS (opens in new tab)) and merge it with a high-end Android thin client and you end up with the GS-King X from Beelink (opens in new tab), one of the more adventurous Chinese personal computer companies. The box is not cheap but the combination of the features offer some tantalizing prospects.
As a NAS, it can hold up to two 3.5-inch 16TB hard disk drives (perhaps one from our best NAS hard drives (opens in new tab) guide) but we suspect it could take 18TB, 20TB HDDs and even 100TB SSDs (opens in new tab) (the world’s largest storage devices from Nimbus) but this hasn't been tested in real life yet.
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At 165 x 118 x 106mm, it is small enough to be parked behind a TV set or under the couch. The Android box is powered by Android 9.0 (without any clear path to Android 10 or the newly announced Android 11) but it does also feature OpenELEC.
The rest of the feature list includes a hexa-core Amlogic S922X-H processor with a six-core GPU. It supports HDMI 2.1, allowing 4K to be output at 75Hz. There’s a Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, four USB ports, a whopping seven audio connectors as well as a card reader and a mysterious “upgrade button”.
The audio subsystem of the device is handled by an ESS DAC-ES9018 audio chip and a RICORE RT6862 op-amp processor. We don’t know if it supports hot swap or RAID-1/0 or whether the fan that cools it (it is powered by a 57W PSU) is loud.
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