I purchased this mini PC to “smarten” up my Avision 42″ LCD TV. I had read some tech blogs reviewing this tiny PC made by Rikomagic and was intrigued, could I actually just plug this device into an HDMI port and turn my TV into a computer? I did some more research and found a good deal on Amazon.com. I ordered it along with the Logitech K400r wireless keyboard with touch pad. I had a family member in the States bring it back so I didn’t have to pay shipping or worry about customs. The cost of the mini PC and keyboard together was just over $90 USD or PHP3600.
The unit itself is a bit larger than a USB thumb drive and has a full size male HDMI connector. The unit did not come with a power supply, just a micro usb cable. I luckily had an extra wall adapter that is rated at 2Amps. The USB port on the TV itself doesn’t supply enough amps to run the unit for more than a minute or two. There are several ports on the unit. A micro SD card slot with support up to 32GB. A full size USB port. 2 micro USB ports, one for powering the unit the other for plugging in an external hard drive or other accessories. It also includes an HDMI extension cable, and a micro USB to full size USB adapter.
After unboxing the unit and the keyboard I plugged the USB receiver for the Logitech keyboard into the full size USB port and inserted a 16GB micro SD card with a bunch of videos in different formats and resolutions. The unit booted up in about 20 seconds and the user interface is much like any other Android device.
It has taken quite a bit of tweaking to get it working the way I want. First the Logitech keyboard was detected with no problems but the on screen keyboard kept popping up. After I installed an app from the play store called Null Keyboard that issue was solved. The media player that came installed is very decent and it is what I use for the most part. Occasionally I will get a video file that won’t play right or there is no sound but I have installed a few other media players like VLC and that has done the trick.
It is a blast to be able to surf the internet on the TV, check emails, watch youtube videos etc. I also use it to download torrents, I have noticed a reduction in our power bill not having to leave the desk top computer running all the time.
All in all I am very impressed with this cheap upgrade to our entertainment center. There are still a lot of things I haven’t tried like hooking up a webcam and Skyping. I have tried a few games like Angry Birds and it runs them flawlessly. I haven’t had any issues with overheating that I read in some reviews. It should be noted that I don’t have aircon in our living room, so it does get pretty warm but even after several hours of use I haven’t experienced any issues. I have hooked up a 2TB external and it has no problems playing media off of it.
One of the the things I am looking forward to is traveling. Instead of packing a heavy expensive laptop I can just take the MK802II and the keyboard and turn the TV at the hotel into a computer. I also think this could be a great option for someone looking for a cheap computer to surf the net, all you need is a keyboard and a TV with an HDMI port.
Pros: Cost, familiar to anyone who has experience with Android, Size, Build Quality
Cons: Takes some effort to set up in the beginning.
|Model||Rikomagic MK802 II|
|Memory Card Type||TF card up to 32GB|
|Expansion Slot||USB 2.0|
|External Storage||Support USB HDD, up to 2 TB|
|Audio Format||AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+ / AMR-NB / AMR-WB / QCP / MP3 / WMA / WAV / MIDI / M4A|
|Video Format||WMV / ASF / MP4 / 3GP / 3G2M4V / AVI / MJPEG / RV10 / DivX / VC-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / H.263 / H.264 / 1280 x 720P HD 30 fps, 1080P / 720 x 480 D1 30fps|
|Output Resolution||720P, 576P, 480P, 1080P & 2160P|
|Picture Formats||JPEG / BMP / PNG / GIF|
|Subtitle Formats||SubRip [.srt]|
|OS Language||Afrikaans / Dutch / Indonesian / Catalan / Czech / Danish / German / English / Spanish / French / Croatian / Italian / Latvian / Lithuanian / Hungarian / Malay / Dutch / Bokmal / Polish / Portuguese / Romanian / Rhaeto-Rumantsch / Slovak / Slovenian / Finnish / Swedish / Swahili / Tagalog / Vietnamese / Turkish / Greek / Bulgarian / Russian / Serbian / Ukrainian / Hebrew / Arabic / Farsi / Hindi / Thai / Korean / Japanese / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese|
|Other Interface||2 x Micro USB + USB 2.0 + HDMI + TF|
|Power Supply||USB powered|
|Power Input||5V / 2A|
|Additional Features||Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n network card,support 2.4 GHz wireless keyboard and mouse,fly mouse,support virtual keyboard,With 3D Graphical processor,support soft turn on/off,support ESD circuitry,support Google PlayStore, Youtube, Twitter, AngryBirds, Office, Gmail, Browse, Skype,support the latest HTML5 ,Flash10.3.|
|Packing List||1 x Android 4.0 Media player|
|1 x USB cable (39.5cm)|
|1 x HDMI cable (22.5cm)|
|1 x USB expansion interface|