Onenuts Nut 1 Android TV Box Review
The Onenuts Nut 1 is an Android TV box powered by the octacore Amlogic S912 that runs Android 6.0. The company is positioning this streaming media player as a dual purpose machine for both watching movies and gaming. Is it worth it? Read my review to find out.
I want to say thanks to Tomato for sending me a sample to review. Check out the Onenuts Nut 1 over at their store below.
Onenuts Nut 1 Android TV Box
English User Manual
Now, I did find the included carry case is an odd addition. Whilst it was a nice bonus and is definitely well made, I’m not sure how often you’d take the box with you.
Onenuts Nut 1 Review: Hardware
There’s no doubt the Onenuts Nut 1 is a striking unit. The company has gone for a bold blue design which definitely makes the device stand out – for better or for worse.
The entire case is metal which is great. It feels solid and (presumably) helps keep everything cool.
The included IR remote is the standard IR remote we’ve seen with other Android boxes. It’s got basic Android buttons, volume controls and a mouse mode. It’s functional but is feels cheap with clicky buttons.
Onenuts Nut 1 Review: Software
The Onenuts Nut 1 boots automatically when connected to power. A cold boot was around 30 seconds with a wireless keyboard and mouse connected. Resuming from standby was instant.
I’ll admit I was impressed to see a setup wizard on first boot that takes you through setting up the box. This makes it much easier to get everything set up if you’re not familiar with using Android – particularly on a TV box.
There’s also a dedicated Game app that’s full of emulators and retro games, though I’m not sure how questionable their source is.
In terms of handling Android, the Onenuts Nut 1 does a solid job thanks to the octacore Amlogic S912. Everything felt snappy.
Onenuts Nut 1 Review: Media Playback
However, it’s disappointing to see that automatic framerate switching isn’t supported like an alarming number of other Android TV boxes.
Wireless 4K streaming from an NFS share on my server worked well.Streaming Media Player
The Onenuts Nut 1 originally had the same audio glitches with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio when using passthrough in Kodi 16.1 as the Sunvell T95Z Plus.
Thankfully, the recent firmware update seems to have fixed it, as my Dolby Digital 5.1 now play back fine though I do get static if I try to change the volume using the included IR remote.
Netflix works as you’d expect. However, as a non-Netflix-certified device, Netflix is limited to SD quality. This is the case for most Android TV boxes.
External Storage Support
Playing back movies from my 2.5″ USB-powered HDD and USB flash drive worked perfectly.
Onenuts Nut 1 Review: Gaming Performance
Jetpack Joyride (Android)
Beach Buggy Racing (Android)
Gaming performance on the Onenuts Nut 1 was very good thanks to the Amlogic S912’s improved GPU.
Whether playing Jetpack Joyride or maxing out Beach Buggy Racing, everything generally played well. I did experience one instance of minor framerate drops in Beach Buggy Racing when there were a lot of effects on screen.
Bluetooth worked fine however I did have issues pairing up my GameSir G4S (read my review) via the Onenuts’ Bluetooth menu as it said it was paired but wouldn’t work.
I actually had to go into the standard Android settings to get it paired. Thankfully, the GameSir G4S would automatically pair afterwards.
Oddly, I tried pairing up a Bluetooth speaker via the same process and it worked fine so it seems this is a bug that could be fixed in a future firmware update.
Media playback was fine, though home theatre enthusiasts who want automatic framerate switching should look elsewhere.
Good gaming and media playback support
Attractive blue metal case
Netflix limited to 480p
No Automatic Framerate Switching in Kodi
Buggy Bluetooth Pairing
The Onenuts Nut 1 is available directly from Tomato.Streaming Media Player