For comparison purposes, here are the specs for the iMito MX1. Lower price now that MX2 is out (same specs, different housing)
"iMito MX1 TV Box: Bluetooth Built in; Aluminum Case; Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean; 1.6Ghz Dual Core cotex A9 Rockchip RK3066 CPU; Quad core Mali-400 GPU; 1GB DDR3 RAM 8GB storage ROM; Support external SD card capacity 1GB-32GB(factory tested); Multi language supported.
2.4G OEM Mini Wireless Keyboard: 2.4GHz Remote Controller 92 keys for Android Google TV Box; Built-in high sensitive smart touchpad with 360-degree flip design & DPI adjustable functions; GFSK modulation; 78channel; sperfect for PC, Pad, Andriod TV Box, Google TV Box, Xbox360, PS3, HTPC/IPTV, etc."
Built-in 3D Accelerator. Support 3D gaming;supports 1080P video (1920*1080)
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n; Support XBMC; Google Play Store pre-installed
Email: Gmail, POP3/SMTP/IMAP4. Emailing is easier than ever before when there is network connection.
Video: Watch online video by connect to internet. local video playing: Video Decoding:Mpeg1/2/4.H.264,VC-1,Divx,Xvid,RM8/9/10,VP6,Video Formats: MKV,TS,TP,M2TS,RM/RMVB,BD-ISO,AVI,MPG,VOB,DAT,ASF,TRP,FLV etc full formats
Audio: Audio recodingTS,AC3,LPCM,FLAC,HE-AAC; Audio Formats: MP3,OGG,WMA,WMAPRO
Thre is a very poor wifi on the MK808. Also i have seen it for less ($35 with FS). I bought 2 of them.. and the horrible UG802 (one of those), Both have terrible Wifi - But if you are using it beside your router then it's acceptable, but you'd be better off connecting it via ethernet.
Try replacing the internal antenna... They might have forgotten to install it in the factory..
Cool product at a ok price if you are a dev.... software is the biggest issue I guess.... for most android devices....
Don't worry about that guy, he is trying a little too hard to threadcrap.
You should worry about that guy plenty. Rear projection sets have a big mirror in them. CRT sets have a big metal tube frame. LCD sets have solid panels and connectors with frequently questionable shielding. Stupidest thing you can do is stick something behind any tv set and expect good signal. According to many of the android stick threads, moving the stick from behind the tv made the wifi better.
You might want to take a shot at figuring out the difference between threadcrapping and someone giving out good free information.
Like someone else said an older laptop typically does not have hdmi ports.
I have 3 old laptops ranging from 3-5 years old. Every one has an hdmi port. I can go out and buy any old laptop with a decent gpu and an hdmi port for next to nothing, especially if the screen is broken. You can also buy older small form factor atom/ion boxes for next to nothing and those are WAY more powerful and flexible than this is going to be.
Yes there are a lot of people complaining but every person has a different set of requirements they expect from these android sticks.
The problem is that you made it sound like these are great and a plug and play option for many people. They aren't. Not yet. I'm not interested in supporting my purchasing decision, just making sure everyone gets good information. Saying these work great and few problems sort of flies in the face of every single thread on these.
For others reading, don't bother with our discussion here...go read 3-4 of the android stick threads. Overheating, wifi sucks, software doesn't work, weird quirky things, etc. Every single thread is full of them.
Yes these are not tested as throughly as you might expect. But I think they are great little tinker gadgets. I think it's possible you can use an android stick and be very pleased with the performance If your lucky. But I think not having the hardware accelerated decoding for xbmc kills the slickness of the android sticks.
Now if that was your original opinion, I'd have had no issue with it. Its a tinker toy you're going to have to mess with a lot, buy a few extra wifi plugs, a mouse, keyboards, etc. $50 turns into $100 pretty quick. Shoot, I can buy a lenovo small form factor with a dual celeron and integrated graphics that'll play anything you throw at it for under $199...and with devices like the wd tv's, apple tv's, google tv's...they're WAY more polished and functional than this and don't cost much more.
Basically this is the cheapest chinatab you can buy, only it doesn't have a screen. Pretty much every caveat that applies to those applies to these.
There are newer models, which i have not kept up with. These are barebones, so you will need hd, memory, and OS. If you can, wait for a deal with hd, you'll be 1/3 done. The memory are about 20-25 for 4gb (so-dimm). You can have any OS (will need external dvd drive to install OS. you can do it with out it, but you will have to jump through a few more hoops). Works with 64bit too. It has no fan so no noise to worry about and thin and small enough to have it in the back of you tv without a blocking anything. get a lenovo portable keyboard when it is onsale (i really like the design)
xbmc runs 1080p fine. I have heard that other programs may not. You can use it for other light task as well, (torrent, video streaming [ hulu, The Daily Show] etc.) It consumes very little power so you will not feel quilty leaving it on. Tried plex (server) on it the other and of course it was not able to handle it. stick with xbmc for your movie.
Despite the mixed comments on this I've decided to try one out. I don't have cable, and although I live in the SF Bay area and get lots of HD channels over the air, I have computers hooked up to all of my TVs for streaming. With a few improvements, this seems like a decent full blown PC replacement, so I'd like to get familiar with it. Thanks for the deal!
-Bad wifi (possible solutions: move router closer or usb ethernet adapter)
-External HDD will require powered USB hub
It does work fairly well for my use, which is just to stream movies/music. I have tried Skype with my webcam (Microsoft Lifecam VX-5000) that works perfectly. There are other newer versions now with bluetooth and quad core. Given what I use it for, it's perfectly fine especially to replace a media pc. Works well with the Logitech K400 wireless keyboard, but don't expect multitouch like your Android phone.
Oh and from the link above for Finless 1.6 custom rom, Bob the developer stated because people need to pull the plug to turn this off, that sometimes brick the device. The custom rom has a software poweroff button before unplugging to minimize bricking of the device. I'll find sometime to install Finless but got a sick baby on my hands.
Some have improved WiFi reception by running an HDMI extension cable to get the Android stick away from a TV. Having a TV between the stick and router can definitely block a lot of the signal. Even close proximity to some TVs has been reported to cause poor WiFI.
How far away? If 6 feet of distance doesn't work, then the TV is probably not not the issue. It's also worth mentioning that placing routers and WiFi devices higher in a room can provide better reception.
The cheapest way to get an HDMI extension cable is to convert a standard (male to male) HDMI cable into an extension by using an HDMI coupler. About $2 at Monoprice.
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