I'm really interested in the features of the new smart-TVs but I do not like that you have to pay at least 20% more to have them and I do not like too that these mini-PCs are strictly embeded in the televisions and you can't port them when you change your device. For these reasons I looked for something that would meet these needs and I found the Android mini PCs. Actually these devices are like the smartphones but without the phone; you connect them to your TVs by the HDMI and you have all the power of andriod with an huge screen! Obviously they have WiFi, OTG and micro-SD slot.
After some research I chose the MK 808, a 1.6 GHz dual core with 1Gb of ram and a full HD video output.
I bought the Android mini PC on aliexpress.com from the seller Shenzhen Value in Action Technology Co.,Ltd. (It was my first time on aliexpress and I had the feeling to be very safe).
The MK808 is well made and it works immediatly great! It cames with all the possible cables; the android version is Jelly Bean 4.1.1 (but you can update/falsh him, there are plenty of firmwares available on-line). The remote rc12 works pretty fine.
The stock firmware has a CPU underclocked to 1.4 GHz (for stability reason) and the video output is not yet to the full HD resolution.
As first thing I installed and tested the Netflix app: it works really well! Also youtube and TED run without problems. Skype works pretty fine too, but I'm still looking for the right webcam. A weird stuff is that there is not power-off button, but after few minutes of sleep mode, it turns off automatically.
- MK808 + RC12 air mouse w/ keyboard $63.89
- shipping $12.63
- I bought the mini PC November 6
- the seller shipped it November 9
- CSI MILANO LINATE a MI CSI LINATE AM in data 22-NOV-2012
- CSI MILANO LINATE a MI ROSERIO WINDOWS in data 29-NOV-2012
- delivered November 30
Microsoft LifeCam VX-800: ok microphone and video, but Skype switches the windows
Sitecom Wireless Range Extender 300N WL-330: the MK808 is not able to see the WiFi