A basic 5 or 6 year old laptop would be faster and far more flexible than an android stick. Those don't cost $200. Pretty much any old piece of crap with a decent gpu that can decode 1080p in hardware would stomp this into the ground and do everything you'd want, while this will do some stuff and if you mess around with it long enough, it might do most things.
Look at the recent android stick threads. Lots of bugs, lots of stuff that doesn't work. A lot of people don't think they work very well, lots of people feel like they wasted money on it.
So that eliminates people in finland with 300 square foot apartments. If you cant find room for a small netbook or laptop next to your tv, perhaps streaming video isn't your biggest concern?
Which is why so many people complain about the lousy wifi performance on these. If there is anything in your house that'll screw up wifi throughput, its when the signal has to try and penetrate a television. You really do NOT want to hide it behind a tv, but to run an extension hdmi cable and mount the stick where it'll have line of sight to your router.
My take is that these are still very immature and might be better in six months. This one looks like its got some chops, nice cpu and gpu...better than the slower single core models. But I'm 99% sure they slapped that jelly bean on it and a bunch of stuff doesn't work right out of the box.
A 5-6 yes old basic laptop wouldn't have a GPU. 1080p flash or silver light is out of the question. So you are dead wrong.
Also, 5-6 yes old laptop doesn't have HDMI and have high power draw. Leaving it on 24/7 is out of the question.
i bought a single core one from evo's post few months ago. it is pretty darn slow for just normal web browsing. watching streaming movies is okay once you let it buffer. i would want for dual or quad core ones to get cheaper before jumping aboard. caveat: i have not used this to it's extent at this point, i'm sure there are more features that might make these price points worthwhile (e.g. streaming movies from computer, etc.).
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.
Look for the quad core I.MX6 sticks to be announced at CES in a few days (Jan 8-11). Should cost under $85, perhaps as low as $50ish.
Already selling the tablet versions on Chinese retail sites. Lots of higher end dual core tablets and quad cores coming out. Figure a few more months and those chips will be in android sticks. Of course Ouya will also be out with its high end Tegra 3 as well.
Isn't this similar to the Logitech Revue Google TV Companion Box.. I have seen refurbished/used versions of that for $50-$75 on ebay... That includes the full keyboard remote with trackpad... I guess we need to buy a wireless keyboard for this one separately...
I have one of these (same dual core model). Picked it up in December for around $55 on Amazon if I recall after seeing a deal on one of the single core ones for $30.
It's a pretty solid little unit. My suggestion though is if you're going to get one to also get an HDMI M->F extender. It's a bit bigger than it looks and unless your HDMI ports are very well spaced out on your receiver/TV you're probably not going to be able to plug it in with other devices. It also gives you the added bonus of tucking it away somewhere.
I was surprised at how well it picks up USB devices. I plugged in my Logitech Trackman which uses one of their Unifying Receivers and it had no issues. If you want more USB ports you can hook a hub to the lone port. It'll work.
My only gripe with it is that the Play Store doesn't seem to search for Paid Apps. It supports the download/install/run but you can't search for them (they're hidden from the search screen). You can just open a browser though and find a link to the app you're looking for and it will bring it up in the Play Store. Could just be my problem but I'm not sure. Wifi works well and the skin isn't terrible and actually kind of makes sense (you can put something like Apex/Nova on it if you don't want it).
It runs very quickly. I use mine as a little security monitor for all of my IP Cameras. It's hooked into a spare port on my projector and when I want to see what's on it (I use TinyCamm) I just hit the PIP button and it pops up in the bottom corner and doesn't bother my game/movie.
I'm not sure about XBMC Beta App performance on it as I have my own HTPC for that task but I played with Netflix for a while and it worked without a problem. I guess the only test would be to see if it can play HD/Bluray content. It worked with Youtube as well as MXPlayer but I didn't have any super large files to stream to it at the time.
Also, you may want to purchase/install something like Droidmote onto it (it's a paid app so you may have to side load/URL search it). It will let you control it with your other Android devices so you won't need a mouse.
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