Side by side : Zidoo X9 vs Zidoo X1 vs Zidoo X6 Pro

Although they only have three products aimed at home use, Zidoo got a lot of attention here on MiniPCDB (and on other technology sites) and all that is because of their refreshing and open attitude.
The brand itself is only one year old.

So after testing all three Zidoo models, how about a side-by-side comparison on them?

Let's start with what they have in common.
All Zidoo Mini PC's benefit from the same in-house software development team. This is very important as there aren't many similar Chinese companies that do their own software, most of them either use a third-party company or simply provide no software at all, so after the product is sold you'll need to use DIY firmware from sites like Freaktab (if you're lucky enough to find a compatible model).

Also, they all use the same Remote control app, I used Zidoo X9 to record from Zidoo X6 Pro (see our Youtube channel) and it was a pleasant experience. The Zidoo RC app let's you manage all Zidoo devices on your local network.

Zidoo X9, X1 and X6 Pro Zidoo X9, X1 and X6 Pro Zidoo X9, X1 and X6 Pro

Zidoo product line

Zidoo logo
  • 8GB
    ROM
  • 2GB
    RAM
  • 4
    GPU
  • 4
    CPU

Zidoo X9

  • OS
  • Wi-Fi
  • LAN
    Gbit
  • CHIPSET
    Mstar MSO9180
  
Rating
4 - 1

Zidoo X9

Zidoo X9 is the first Mini PC launched and the most expensive of the lot at $129 on Amazon. But although it's almost one year old, it still has it's own niche: the device can be used as a PVR and with the dedicated Zidoo app you can use it as a NAS.
It has a solid metal chassis which proved to be not only good looking but it also does a good job at dissipating the heat.
As needed for the NAS function, the device can stay on for weeks without any problem.

Zidoo logo
  • 8GB
    ROM
  • 1GB
    RAM
  • 8
    GPU
  • 4
    CPU

Zidoo X1

  • OS
  • Wi-Fi
  • LAN
    100M
  • CHIPSET
    Allwinner H3
  
Rating
3 - 1

Zidoo X1

There had to be a device for lower budgets and that's where Zidoo X1 comes in, bringing very good performance for it's $59 price tag (Amazon).
Zidoo chose for this Android Mini PC an unusual yet colorful look that really grows on you.
Not only that, Zidoo X1 has a customized version of Kodi which brings good file format support for it's price range.

Zidoo logo
  • 16GB
    ROM
  • 2GB
    RAM
  • 8
    GPU
  • 8
    CPU

Zidoo X6 Pro

  • OS
  • Wi-Fi
  • LAN
    Gbit
  • CHIPSET
    Rockchip RK3368
  
Rating
4 - 1

Zidoo X6 Pro

Zidoo X6 Pro is the newest kid in the block and the Rockchip RK3368 SoC really makes a difference with it's 8-core 64-bit processor and the HDMI 2.0 port (detailed specs below).
Zidoo worked on a custom version of Kodi for this device (and even released the source code for their changes).
You can read our detailed review for Zidoo X6 Pro here.
Zidoo X6 Pro is available on Amazon for $109.

Zidoo X9 Zidoo X1 Zidoo X6 Pro
SoC MSTAR MSO9180D1R Allwinner H3 Rockchip RK3368
CPU Quad-Core Cortex A9 Quad-core A7 Octa Core Cortex-A53 64bit
GPU Octa-core, Mali-450 Quad-core,Mali-400MP2 Octa Core, SGX6110
RAM 2GB DDR3 1GB DDR3 2GB DDR3
ROM 8GB eMMC 8GB, Nand Flash 16GB eMMC
OS Android 4.4.2 Android 4.4 Android 5.1
Ethernet 10/100Mbps 10/100Mbps 10/100/1000Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/n, Dual Band 802.11a/b/n Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Dual Band
HDMI version 1.4b (in&out) 1.4b 2.0
USB 2.0 2 ports 2 ports 2 ports
USB 3.0 1 port
Optical SPDIF Yes Yes
AV port Yes
CVBS Yes Yes
SD Card Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Max. output 4K*2K and H.265(HEVC)UHD 4K*[email protected] and H.265(HEVC)UHD 4K*2K and H.265(HEVC)UHD
Other functions HDMI IN PVR, PiP
AnTuTu benchmark ~18k points ~17k points ~35k
Ice Storm Extreme 2961 points 1972 points 4718 points
Price (Amazon) $129 $59 $109

OK, so judging from the above comparison chart Zidoo X6 Pro wins by a landslide. But I've tested all of them and my favorite is the X9. I like the metal case and the fact that it has an on/off button and for reviews I found the HDMI In recording feature to be very useful.

Zidoo chose the platforms wisely as they have 3 products that don't really compete against each other: we have one aimed at lower budgets (X1), one to be used as a powerful Kodi box(X6 Pro) and the general-purpose X9.
I can hardly wait to see what will they use next :-).