MXIII G Android TV Box (best TV box with 2GB RAM and good support) - $57.99 USD
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Note there are many different versions of the MXIII, even from different manufacturers -- the "G" version has the best processor (S812) and Amlogic is a good brand with a large presence within the community. Comes with Bluetooth and Android 5.1
S812 is a "best of all worlds" CPU, aimed at TV/Video tasks -- highlights: gigabit ethernet, 4K video support, H265 codec support
Price at the time of this post: $59 USD from Everbuying: http://www.everbuying.net/product1080094.html
******** has it for $57.99 USD: http://www.********.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_340796.html
The MXIII-G is sold by dozens of retailers. Even on amazon there are many products called "MXIII-G". If you search around the web you'll find thousands of reviews for the MXIII-G (******** has several hundred alone). The vast majority of those reviews are positive.
There are also lots of clones of the MXIII-G, some with slightly differing components but with the same name, so it's best to buy from a retailer you can trust (firmware is often incompatible across these clones). ******** and EverBuying don't have the best customer service (shipping times appear to be 3-4 weeks on average) but the boxes they've shipped are reliable.
IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTE: There have been MANY reports of people getting charged taxes/duties upon delivery by CanadaPost/DHL/CBSA when people have requested express shipping (sometimes offered for free). STICK TO THE DEFAULT/BASIC SHIPPING OPTION IF YOU WANT TO AVOID GETTING CHARGED TAXES/DUTIES
There are hundreds of Android TV boxes/sticks out there, dozens of which have been brought up in this thread. Even if they're a bit cheaper (which is very rare it seems), the few bucks you save aren't worth the risk of having a box who's firmware isn't 100% stable a few months/years down the line (or in some cases immediately out of the box) when a new version of android comes out and the various hardware drivers aren't updated/stable (lots of examples of this with the older boxes/sticks, especially the RK3188 generation -- look at the boxes/sticks that were posted 2 or 3 year ago and how bad the reviews for them are now on RFD and Amazon)
Note: The "MXIII G" also sometimes appears under the name "MXIII Plus". You should make sure the specs are the same though (S812 CPU, 2GB RAM etc) as a few "MXIII Plus" have not been identical and thus firmware is unlikely to be compatible
Compatible firmware (KitKat and Lollipop) for manual upgrades/debricking can be found here: http://www.tronsmart.com/?cat=75
I strongly recommend the KitKat release (316k4_150709) as lollipop has issues with hardware acceleration currently
edit: As of Oct 28, 2015 ******** has it for $58.99 USD without any coupon codes
edit: As of Jan 9, 2016 the price at ******** is currently $59.99, and price at everbuying is $60.98, so around $60-$61 is the current average sale price. These sales usually happen every couple of weeks, and then the price returns to regular of $68-$70
edit: As of Jan 26, 2015 New low price for the MXIII G at ******** - $58.91 for the next 3 days
The EU version can be had for $56.99 with code "MXIIBOX"