|Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV (first and second-generations) is a series of Android-based (Fire OS) set-top-box that contains a powerful ARM processor (that can even handle some of the more heavy Kodi skins). First released in 2014, Amazon’s Fire TV series stands above some of the other Android-based offerings due to Amazon’s strong product support and because it contains more remote friendly versions of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other video service clients, which generally makes it a good pairing with Kodi.
The Chromebox is an inexpensive small form-factor PC which runs Google’s ChromeOS; it is the desktop variant of a Chromebook laptop. Although Kodi does not run natively under ChromeOS, the Chromebox can easily be made to run Linux (or Windows) and Kodi.
CuBox-i series (which includes CuBoxTV) is SolidRun’s second-generation family of multi-purpose ARM-based mini-computers that is capable of running either Kodi on Android or on Linux, both using firmware images provided by SolidRun development team and third-parties of which many comes with Kodi pre-installed.
CompuLab Utilite multi-purpose ARM-based mini-computer that is capable of running either Kodi on Android or on Linux, both using firmware images provided by CompuLab development team and third-parties of which many comes with Kodi pre-installed.
|Google Nexus Player
Nexus Player is an x86-64 (64-bit Intel Atom CPU) based Android digital media player co-developed by Google and Asus. Running the Android 5.0 “Lollipop”operating system, this Nexus Player was the first device to employ Google’s Android TV platform.
The Intel NUC is a series of small, awesome, x86 hardware based PCs that works fantastically as an HTPC. Can run a full desktop OS if desired. Reasonable starting price considering size and power. Uses Celeron to Core i5 CPUs. Can run fanless with a replacement heatsink case.
|Nvidia SHIELD Android TV
NVIDIA SHIELD TV (originally known as SHIELD Console) is an Android-based set-top box and game console that contains a very powerful ARM processor, (that should be able to handle the most heavy of Kodi skins and more). It is one of the first Android based devices featuring high end media playback capabilities such as of and support high definition audio at up to 192 kHz, automatic refresh rate switching, 10-bit HEVC (H.265), and VP9 video codecs, and 4K UltraHD (2160p) resolution via HDMI 2.0 output with support for Kodi.
ODROID is a series of powerful ARM-based single-board computers (developer boards), manufactured by Hardkernel Co., Ltd., an open-source hardware company located in South Korea, capable of running Android or Linux. Kodi has been ported for use on Hardkernel ODROID-X, X2, U2, U3, XU, XU2, XU3 and XU3 Lite. As an Kodi HTPC, the ODROID-C series supports Full 1080p (Full HD) video playback of the most commonly used codecs, support for most if not all Kodi add-ons, and offers good GUI performance.
The Raspberry Pi (and Raspberry Pi 2) is an series of ARM powered, credit card sized single-board computers (developer boards) made in the UK by the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation organization for educational and hobbyist purposes. These low power computers is mass produced at very low prices and the high number of units sold gives it massive community support. As an Kodi HTPC, all Raspberry Pis supports full 1080p (Full HD) video playback of the most commonly used codecs, support for most if not all Kodi add-ons, and reasonably responsive GUI performance.
|Razor Forge TV
Razor Forge TV is an ARM-processor based Android digital media player running theAndroid 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system using Google’s Android TV platform.
WeTek Play (also sold as an WeTek OpenELEC edition) is an ARM-based media player device that can currently run either Kodi on Android or on Linux, both using official first-party firmware images provided by WeTek and OpenELEC development teams which comes with Kodi pre-installed. WeTek Play is also one of the first Kodi based set-top box devices that have support for integrated ATSC and DVB TV-tuners, which are currently fully functional via plug-and-play under Android and Linux in combination with Tvheadend PVR backend or VDR PVR backend and its matching PVR client addon for Kodi.
Computers and appliance devices with an x86 processor (a “desktop class”/”normal” Intel or AMD x86/x86-64 based CPU) are the usually the most stable option for an Kodi powered HTPC (Home Theater PC) / media center computer.Using standard x86 computer hardware provides a great amount of flexibility and can be made from spare parts, old laptop/desktop computers, or new dedicated hardware, and as such are also by definition upgradable.