Ugoos UT3 Plus Impressions: An Android TV Box with HDMI Recording

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The Ugoos UT3 Plus is a new Android TV box powered by the Rockchip RK3288.

It’s also one of the few Android TV boxes that feature HDMI In, allowing you to watch and record from other devices.

I want to say thanks to Ugoos for sending me a sample to review.

Ugoos UT3 Plus Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Rockchip RK3288
  • CPUCPU
    Quad-Core Cortex-A17 @ 1.8ghz
  • GPU
    Quad-Core Mali-T764
  • Operating System
    Android 5.1.1 Lollypop
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    16GB NAND Flash
    Micro SD Card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Other Features
    IR Sensor
    External Wifi Antenna
  • Power
    DC 5V/3A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 1.4
    Composite
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 1.4
    SP-DIF
  • Other Interfaces
    3 x USB 2.0
    Micro SD Card Slot

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5.8GHz)
  • Ethernet
    1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

    What’s in the Box?

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    Inside the box, you’ll get:

    • Ugoos UT3 Plus unit
    • WiFi Antenna
    • Power Adapter
    • IR Remote
    • USB to USB cable
    • HDMI Cable
    • English User Manual

    I love that Ugoos have even included their own branded HDMI cable. It’s a nice touch.

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    Ugoos UT3 Plus Impressions

    The Ugoos UT3 Plus is a fairly typical looking Android box. It’s a stardard black box with a nice embossed Ugoos logo on the front. It’s got a matte finish which will keeps the fingerprints away.

    Ugoos-UT3-Plus-Review-Front

    The left side houses the wifi antenna port and the power button.

    Ugoos-UT3-Plus-Review-Left

    The right side of the unit has AV out, the recovery button, micro SD card slot, USB OTG port and HDMI In.

    Ugoos-UT3-Plus-Review-Right

    The remainder of the ports are on the back. You’ve got Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, Optical out ad the DC In port.

    Ugoos-UT3-Plus-Review-Back

    I have to say that the port layout is a little awkward. Having the AV and HDMI In ports on the right side means that you’ll need to leave some space to route additional cables. I also wish there was a front USB port for easy access.

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    Ugoos UT3 Plus Impressions

    The Ugoos UT3 Plus boots automatically when plugged in. When it boots up, you can choose the standard Android launcher or Ugoos’ TV-friendly launcher.

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    Ugoos have pre-installed a couple of apps, including an app installer, a few Rockchip apps and Ugoos Kodi – a custom Kodi fork optimised for Ugoos devices.

    The Google Play store works and Over-The-Air (OTA) update functionality is built in too (though there weren’t any available).

    You’ll also get Ugoos’ various customisations baked into the OS, such as one-click rooting, hardware monitor and customisable fan and power LED settings.

    It’s added features like these which makes me really like Ugoos’ products.

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    The Rockchip RK3288 is still one of the most capable chipsets around and it handles the OS well. I didn’t get to play around too much but it definitely felt responsive.

    I fired up Ugoos Kodi for a quick media playback test. My h.264 and h.265 samples played back perfectly. Automatic frame rate switching also worked once enabled in settings.

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    I also tested streaming over wifi, streaming 4K h.264 videos without issue.

    HDMI In is the biggest differentiator here and Ugoos have included both HDMI recording and Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support.

    Picture-in-Picture can be enabled via the power menu (for some reason). When enabled, it’ll display a movable and resizable window that shows whatever you have connected to the HDMI In port.

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    I’ve hooked up another Android box to the Ugoos UT3 Plus’ HDMI port

    HDMI recording is handled via the HDMI In app. It’s UI will immediately be familiar to those who have used Zidoo’s devices with HDMI recording such as the Zidoo X9.

    Ugoos-UT3-Plus-Review-HDMI-Recording

    However, it’s clear that the recording quality has improved over the Zidoo X9. Videos have far less artifacts. I’ll upload a recording sample to my YouTube channel in the next couple of days.

    I also ran a few benchmarks. Despite the Rockchip RK3288 being somewhat old (in tech terms), it’s still one of the most powerful TV box chips around for both CPU and GPU performance and the benchmarks back this up.

    The Ugoos UT3 Plus scored 59289 on Antutu 6.2.1. 3DMark scores were also strong, achieving 14152 on Ice Storm Unlimited and 9307 on Ice Storm Extreme.

    Verdict So Far

    I’m really liking the Ugoos UT3 Plus at this stage. With the Rockchip RK3288 being a solid chip for apps and gaming, it’s clear Ugoos’ latest Android device has plenty of power.

    Adding in HDMI recording, Ugoos’ value-added features and strong customer support makes the Ugoos UT3 Plus a solid choice.

    Keep posted for my detailed review in the coming days.

    Getting One

    The Ugoos UT3 Plus isn’t available for purchase at the time of writing.

    However, GearBest have a listing showing it for around $118.