Is the Matricom G-Box Q3 really worth your time or money?
Well, there is little doubt that the Matricom G-Box Q3 Quad/Octo Core XBMC/Kodi Android TV Box is ranked amongst the most in-demand Android TV boxes in the market.
Matricom G-Box Q’s popularity has skyrocketed in the past two years. You only have to look at Matricom official Facebook page (currently it has about 27,000 fans) to judge the amount of interest that the public has shown in the company’s product.
Matricom has also received a fair share of media attention through currencies such as social shares, comments, and retweets.
However, one has to wonder if Matricom G-Box Q3 is actually a great device or is just a mediocre piece of equipment which has a great marketing team on its back. Well, in this review we’ll go through each and every aspect of Matricom G-Box Q in order to determine if all the hype is justified.
We’re going to start off with a story (because all marketers sell stories) about Matricom G-Box Q’s history.
Note: If you are like most people and want to use the Matricom G-Box to watch TV and Movies on Kodi then you will want to be careful letting your kids on it. They could “Accidentally” watch any one of the latest movies that are out in the cinema, these such movies and TV shows are pirated versions and you could be caught and prosecuted like so many people today. That is UNLESS you use a VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) will encrypt all of your internet streaming, downloads, and uploads, so you don’t need to worry about getting in trouble for a mistake “your children” did. Just get a VPN from IPVanish (the best for streaming as they have the fastest speed.) and then install the addon in Kodi, then you are all set and protected.
What Can We Learn From Matricom G-Box Q’s History
The latest version of Matricom set-top box is the Matricom G-Box Q3 and boy, does it improve on its previous iteration or what.
The company is aiming to become the new generation’s ultimate streaming G-Box.
And even though the streaming media market is pretty much dominated by some big-name players, Matricom is not afraid to talk big.
Of course, that still does not change the fact that it has to compete with the likes of,
- The developer of the Android operating system, Google.
However, it seems that Matricom does not think of the situation in the same way.
In other words, the company boldly claims that it wants to become the future of the Android industry.
The company also promises readers that the latest product that they have come out features such as running the latest version of the Android software.
Not only that, Matricom says that its devices have the advantage of making use of the greatest Android software in the world along with the greatest hardware that is available in the market today.
The real question is whether or not Matricom can come close to delivering what it claims it can and does deliver.
Some like the combination of Matricom G-Box Q3 along with the Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard and G-Pad.
They consider it a purchase worth it for people who want to experience a new set of peripherals for their gaming needs.
We’ll try and stick to the Matricom G-Box Q3 alone in this review.
Apart from that, we will also talk a little bit about the gaming performance that this device can deliver to users.
This review should provide enough information to the reader to really know if Matricom G-box Q3 is really as good as the company claims it to be.
So to start thing off, let’s first check out what Matricom G-Box Q3 has to offer to users.
Matricom G-Box Q3 full review – Is it a great solution for Android TV?
If one closely looks at the Matricom G-Box Q3, it turns out that (from a general standpoint) Matricom G-Box Q3 is just a mini computer.
It has similar features and pretty much supports all the things that one would require in order to connect to the device.
Our research shows that Matricom G-Box Q3 comes with,
- 2 USB ports
- 16GB internet storage
- Ethernet port
- 2GB of RAM
- An optional SD card slot which is increasingly rare these days.
Once the purchaser opens up the box and takes a look at its content, there is a basic Matricom remote control there.
Our research shows that the remote control has enough about it to efficiently get the job done.
However, the ‘job’ here only means that it can help out with regular navigation.
That is the reason why a lot of users prefer to do their navigation stuff with the help of a mini keyboard.
Of course, if users do not plan on doing something too complex or too text-heavy, then the remote is more than enough to not cause any issues.
With Matricom G-Box Q3, users have the option of easily linking their keyboard with the device via Bluetooth and/or USB.
After that, users can make use of the keyboard or other input devices with all the Android applications that they have a familiarity with on their internet-enabled smart devices.
We are of the opinion that the primary benefit of the official Matricom G-Box Q3 is that it comes with decent integrated storage, USB ports, and an SD card slot.
Some of our readers might not know this but these features have become increasingly rare in streaming devices.
There are still people here on this earth that have a ton of content on their USB sticks just lying around.
More specifically, many of us have a lot of videos and photos saved on our USB devices.
So, a feature that allows the user to instantly view and consume files and other stuff without first having to turn on a power-hungry computer machine is really cool.
Matricom G-Box Q3 can do that thanks to all the connections and features it offers to users.
As for the Matricom G-Box Q3 physical box itself, it is fairly light.
It comes in full black color and has a sleek and attractive design.
The new Matricom G-Box Q3 eve comes tithe obligatory polished and black finish across the top portion of the box.
Users should have no problems in seeing the clear and reasonably-size legger G on top of the box which the company has carved into the box.
There is also a creamy white layer slightly below the letter G.
The overall fit and finish look great.
And the box does not have any noticeable and/or misaligned defects or seams.
One other interesting design choice is that the box does not have anything on its front and left side.
They are clean.
With no ports or anything.
However, on the ride side of the box, users should full a complete and full-size micro SD card slot.
Our research shows that Matricom G-Box Q3 is compatible with SDHC memory cards.
It can support up to 32 GB worth of space on a memory card.
The box also comes with ports on the back side of the box.
The Matricom G-Box Q3 sports a 10/100 Ethernet jack.
There is also an optical audio output at the back.
Add to that the fact that the box also has two USB 2.0 ports at the back.
If that wasn’t enough already, then Matricom G-Box Q3 also has an HDMI 2.0 port.
With this port, Matricom G-Box Q3 gains the ability to support 4K video and HDR.
So where does the Matricom G-Box Q3 get its power from?
It gets its power from AMlogic S-905-x SoC (system on chip).
This is the same component that a lot of other Android set-top boxes make use of.
Not only that, this chip is also something that a lot of smart devices use.
The new AMlogic S-905-x is actually based on the ARM Cortex A53 64-bit 4-core central processor.
Add to that the fact that Matricom G-Box Q3 also comes with a Penta core Mali 450 GPU (graphics processing unit).
It is exactly this S905x processor which enables Matricom G-Box Q3 to support 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) output at 60 frames per second.
Not only that, the processor also allows this Android set-top box to support HDR 10 high-dynamic range output.
With that out of the way, let’s turn our attention to the audio feature.
The Matricom G-Box Q3 model supports the common Dolby digital surround sound and DTS format.
As mentioned before, the Matricom G-Box Q3 comes with a remote as well.
That remote works on the infrared technology.
Overall, the box as well as the remote feature a fairly simple layout which looks pretty much similar to any other standard Android set-top box.
The remote control comes with a power button right at the top and below that is the directional control ring.
Users should have no problems in using the remote control’s right, left, down and up buttons.
Additionally, there is also an OK button which appears right in the middle of the directional control ring.
Moving below that, and there are two rows of buttons.
All of these allow users to have access to different menus.
One of them allows users to return to the Matricom G-Box Q3 home screen.
The other one takes the user back just one screen at a time.
Refer to the pictures throughout this review in order to see how the Matricom G-Box Q3 arranges its volume control buttons along with other buttons on the remote.
What about the optional G-Pad controller?
Let’s talk about that a little bit.
Our research in this area shows that devices such as the G-Pad controller that comes with Matricom G-Box Q3 is actually one of the best solutions for non-hardcore gamers if they want to fulfill their gaming requirement while they simply chill out on the nearby couch.
With the help of G-Pad controller and the Matricom G-Box Q3 users have the opportunity to play various popular emulated video games on their PC and/or Android smartphone.
The G-Pad controller even comes with a feature where users can hook the controller up to their PS3 video game console.
Of course, there is always the option of purchasing the new Matricom G-Box Q3 and then linking that with the new universal gamepad controller in order to play all of one’s favorite and preferably free Android video games.
Our research shows that this is actually very useful in unlocking the true potential of Android Nougat 7.1 if the user is remotely interested in gaming on Matricom G-Box Q3.
We have already mentioned the fact that the G-Pad controller has the ability to hook up with the PlayStation.
Following from that, perhaps we should also mention that the G-Pad controllers look pretty much like the controller that comes with the PlayStation controller in terms of its layout and design.
Moreover, the G-Pad comes with two joysticks which are arranged in a similar way to the official XBOX ONE controller.
In fact, our research shows that the controller’s charging micro USB port also takes the same position on the controller as it does on the PS3/PS4 controllers.
The other thing we particularly liked about the howl package is that Matricom ships the micro USB cable along with its G-Pad controller so that users are able to easily charge their controller’s built-in battery.
Not only that, the official cable also charges the G-pad controller with more efficiently.
Our research shows that charging the G-Pad controller should not take the user more than 2.5 hours from 1 or 2 percent to 99 or 100 percent.
The G-Pad controller has a plastic and rubberized surface.
Users should feel nice touching the gaming pad.
The other benefit of using this material is that it enables gamers to continue gaming even after several hours of use and not feel a thing.
More specifically, the controller is comfortable enough to not bother users because they may have used it too much.
The G-Pad controller is able to achieve that outcome based on its sweat-resistant coating.
It is present all over the controller.
As far as the thumbsticks are concerned, these are designed to have sufficient (and/or adequate ) surface area depending on how one looks at it, to fit the thumbs of most users.
In other words, they are fairly comfortable to use and move around especially when one has busied himself/herself with playing first-person shooter video games.
The official G-Pad controller even features a total of four LED indicators.
These LED indicators, moving from left to right, provide reference to (in order),
All of these are different modes.
Apart from that, the official G-Pad controller also comes with a feature which acts as a reset pinhole.
It is located at the backside of the controller.
But it is just a controller and not a computer machine so why would anyone need to reset a controller?
Well, our research shows that Matricom has placed it there so that users are able to recover their G-Pad controller quickly in a case where it suddenly becomes absolutely unresponsive.
The other thing that one has to mention here is that the G-Pad controller makes it very easy for the user to connect and set up.
There is really no need to plow throw a long process of finding and installing all the drivers for various different games on the Windows 10 operating system.
Readers should note here that this fact only means they would not have to download and install any Motionjoy drivers.
Of course, any new video game would need the latest display drivers on the Windows platform.
Our research also shows that the G-Pad controller from Matricom also works fairly decently with a given PSX emulator.
It works with Retro Pie and works with Emulation Station.
The Retro Pie actually offers a couple of different emulators which a user can install such as the Atari 800 and the Amiga UAE-4AII.
Readers must also take note that when they make use of other emulators, they would first have to do a bit of configuration as far as the buttons of the given device are concerned.
It is another fact that the process of pairing the new G-Pad has become relatively easy.
All that the user has to do is to combine the new G-Pad controller to his/her Matricom G-Box Q3 Android set-top box.
After that, the user is free to do the same with his/her smartphone device as well.
More specifically though, the user has to simultaneously press the given M button (the home button) till a special red LED starts to blink.
When that has happened in the correct manner, the word Gamepad should appear on the user’s smartphone device in the menu for available Bluetooth devices.
The user must then click on the new option in that menu and that is pretty much it.
Once the user clicks the right option, the G-Pad controller would start to pair with the smartphone device.
Users who want to connect their G-Pad controller with their Windows machine and/or Ps3 will have to do a couple of steps before forming the link.
Firstly, they would need to shift the devices’ respective modes.
That can be easily done by pressing the M and X buttons
Once done, it should change the device to use a different Android mode.
Users who are utilizing the Windows PC and/or PS3 console to connect the G-Pad controller would first have to make use of a USB cable on the G-Pad controller in order to connect to the machine so that the device starts to work.
This is where we should talk about another very useful feature that the G-Pad controller offers to users.
That feature is the Bluetooth pairing feature.
Allow us to explain.
When the user connects the G-Pad controller to his/her Android smartphone device, he/she has the option of pairing his/her Bluetooth headphones pretty much at the same time.
To a lot of people that would sound really cool.
Moreover, the new G-Pad controller comes with another feature or rather a mode.
The third mode is what the company likes to call the Mouse Emulation mode.
Users can easily activate this mode by pressing the M and A button together.
The Mouse Emulation mode, as the name suggests, enables users to make use of the G-Pad controller as if it was a mouse pointer which all of us use on our computer machines.
With the help of the Mouse Emulation mode, users will have the opportunity to go either to the right or the left and/or even perform a double-click.
In fact, the Mouse Emulation even provides the code for the user to scroll right across the given screen and zoom in/out as well.
Our research shows that the G-Pad controller offers users something that users would like so much and it would not be hard for them to see it as a legitimate alternative to the all-powerful Amazon Fire Stick.
The G-Pad controller has no trouble in acting as an expensive choice for users to control their Second Generation Amazon Fire TV 4K resolution.
What about the Logitech K400 Plus with Matricom G-Box Q3?
As mentioned before, some Matricom G-Box Q3 like to make use of a keyboard with this Android set-top box because they want to have more options when it comes to navigation.
In that respect, the Logitech K400 Plus is actually a great choice since its design indicates that it is meant for users who want easy and fluid media interaction.
That is the only way some users can relax and kick back.
With the help of Logitech K400 Plus, users can simply control their Matricom G-Box Q3 from the comfort of their couch.
Most of all, they do not have to worry about dealing with all the hassle and clutter that comes with having to install a separate keyboard and mouse.
Furthermore, users can take their streaming experience and productivity to the next level by properly connecting the Logitech K400 Plus with Matricom G-Box Q3.
In fact, our research shows that users can even connect the wireless (and new) Logitech K400 Plus with their new Matricom G-Box Q3 to actually seamlessly remove and/or add applications.
Users can also send emails to their contacts and browse the wider world of the internet.
Considering how good both of these two devices work on their own, it is no wonder that some feel that the Matricom G-Box Q3 and the Logitech K400 Plus actually complement each other perfectly.
More specifically though, users can make use of their Logitech Keyboard that comes with an integrated trackpad to go even further in customizing their Matricom G-Box Q3 experience with Android.
And they can do so much more freely.
With all of that out of the way, let’s finally talk about the specifications.
Matricom G-Box Q3 Specs
- HDMI Cable
- Power supply
- Bluetooth remote control
- Optical Audio output
- USB 2.0 x 2
- HDMI 2.0
- 10/100 full Duplex
- 0 low power, full duplex
- Qualcomm 5G802, 11 Dual-Band
- The full version of Android Nougat 7.1
- External drive support
- Flash drive of 16GB capacity
- DDR3 RAM 2GB
- Penta-core 750 MHz Mali-450
- Amlogic S905x Quad Core running at 1.5 GHz
5 x 12.4 x 2.1 cm
What about Matricom G-Box Q3 updates?
Our research shows that the new Matricom G-Box Q3 offers support via OTA updates.
There is no need to debate the fact why that is great.
Generally speaking, users of the Android platform have to update their Android TB by first loading the newest version of their firmware on a micro SD card and/or a USB stick and then move forward by manually flashing their device with the latest update.
There is nothing inherently wrong this process.
But it does consume a fair bit of time.
And as we all know, time is the only finite resource in the universe.
Or, on a more practical level, there is a high chance that the user might brick his/her device if he/she does not have prior experience of updating devices via manual methods.
With the help of OTA updates, users can save a lot of time by simply performing a click on the button for checking updates.
Now, all modern smartphone devices support this feature where if the user clicks on the button for updates and there are some updates available for the device, then the device would comply and update itself.
The case is similar with Matricom G-Box Q3 where users only have to hit the download button and the device would take care of the whole process of update installation.
Our research shows that the best way to get the most performance out of Matricom G-Box Q3 is to connect it to one’s home network or any other network via a good Ethernet cable rather than connect it via WiFi.
An internet connection speed that is equal to 100 MB fiber is more than enough for users to stream content without any buffering issues.
Our research shows that as far as network performance is concerned, the Matricom G-Box Q3 provides users with stable speeds.
And by speeds, we mean both the upload and download speeds.
The fact that Matricom G-Box Q3 does not degrade any speed, users have a higher chance of experiencing buffer-free streaming.
Our research also shows that if the user is running a 100 MB connection then Matricom G-Box Q3 should stream at an acceptable 90 Mbps.
What about media playback?
As far as media playback activities are concerned, our research shows that the best apps for media playback on Matricom G-Box Q3 are Kodi and Plex.
These are the apps that a lot of online consumers have started to use.
Users are free to pick any one of the two but it is always beneficial to have two different media players on a single streaming device.
Matricom G-Box Q3 owners can download Plex and Kodi from the official Google Play Store site for a sweet sweet price of nothing.
That is, free.
Our research also shows that users should not experience any trouble in launching the official Plex and Kodi apps.
The process should go smoothly.
In fact, we even think that with a device like Matricom G-Box Q3, users are less likely to experience issues such as stuttering and/or lag.
Users will find that the process of actually navigating around the given app is as smooth an experience as any other Android set-top boxes is likely to offer them.
In other words, users should expect great media playback with Matricom G-Box Q3.
Because of its hardware and software, Matricom G-Box Q3 doesn’t get into trouble while trying to playback 720p media.
It can stream 1080p as well as 4k video content.
Again, we don’t think the majority of online users would face buffering issues or those annoying little unsupported file errors.
After much research on Android set-top boxes, we can confidently make a recommendation that Matricom G-Box Q3 is a lot better than many of its competitors in the market today.
For advanced Android users, this set-top box is a no-brainer as well.
We have already mentioned the fact that the Matricom G-Box Q3 is pretty much like a mini computer.
Users have the option of utilizing Matricom G-Box Q3 for a lot more than just streaming and watching movies.
It is also true that users can even turn this Android set-top box into a mildly powerful gaming machine.
Of course, they will have to rely on Bluetooth to connect the controller.
At the time of writing this review, Google Play Store offered thousands upon thousands of games that actually offer full support for gaming controllers as well as keyboards.
That is another reason why we think Matricom G-Box Q3 is worth checking out as a simple upgrade from one’s current streaming stick whatever or whichever that may be.
All of the options are available for the user to take a look at and make the call.
So to finally answer the question of whether purchasing Matricom G-Box Q3 along with Logitech K400 Plus and G-Pad controller is worth it or not, is that it is definitely worth it.
Anyone would recommend Matricom G-Box Q3 over every set-top box other than Google’s, Apple’s, Amazon’s and probably Roku’s as well.
Of course, if we consider the gaming experience that Matricom offers to users, then it may move up even higher.
So where do I buy Matricom G-Box Q3?
There are lots of places for users to purchase and have a Matricom G-Box Q3 of their own.
Remember, there are also those G-Pad controllers as well as Logitech K400 Plus that users can connect with Matricom G-Box Q3 to further enhance their online content consumption experience.
Users who want to purchase all of these items should go to the official website here.
For users who only want to purchase the simple Matricom G-Box Q3 for just $99, we have a link here.
Users can even make the decision of getting the bundle which the company calls the Gaming BUndle which comes with a standard Matricom G-Box Q3 along with a G-Pad controller by clicking here.
Apart from that, there is also the Productivity Bundle which offers users a Logitech K400 Plus keyboard along with the standard Matricom G-Box Q3.
Go here to purchase these items.
Users who are only interested in purchasing the G-Pad Controller from Matricom, they should go to this page.