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|03-15-2013 10:56 PM|
|03-02-2013 04:36 PM|
Without realizing the Google play store was already installed (it is not on the start page, but on the second page brought up by the icon in the top right of the start screen), I used the Internet connection to download and install the store. I also installed the Amazon App Store. From each site, I downloaded several of the applications I use on my telephone and tablet. Only one was incompatible; I cannot recall which one it was. I can search the Internet without a glitch and can play Netflix without a hiccup. Using Ceton's My Media Center, I am able to look at the Windows Media Center guide, and schedule Windows Media Center recordings, without having to run upstairs to my main recording computer (I use an internal Ceton cable card tuner).
There are things I have not yet resolved, but it is not clear whether the device is to blame. I am trying to tap into my main computer's videos, photos and documents, but keep getting an "access denied" warning. The device is able to communicate with an NAS drive on my network, suggesting it is a computer setting.
As far as I can tell, this device needs power from a USB connection. In my case, my TV has HDMI and USB connections very close, permitting a very tight and unobtrusive connection. If you not have this situation, you will need some form of AC/USB adapter into which to plug the standard USB connection from the supplied cable. The USB connection on the device itself is micro-USB, so you might be able to power the unit with a cell phone charger, although I would make sure to check the power requirements.
For $30, this is a steal. I can't speak to longevity, because I only started to use it. After streaming Netflix for 20 min., the unit was only mildly warm.
|02-21-2013 02:47 PM|
I bought mine off ebay for $54 freeshipping with bluetooth. The dual core is great improvement over single core when you are running multi-apps. Youtube run much smoother, load faster, the same goes for web browsing. You can also hook up gamepad and make it a console replacement. Why buy an i5 or i7 when a Pentium 3 can web browse and video just fine (but just slower).
reference link for third party firmware: omegamoon.com freaktab.com
|02-21-2013 02:16 PM|
|02-21-2013 02:08 PM|
Buy one of these to play HD video and you'll (probably) be very happy. Dual core won't make playing video any better or faster. The single core, $30 units play video as well as most dedicated HTPC's. That's their killer feature, it's pretty amazing that they can do this. It is the reason they're useful and worth the money.
For now at least, for most folks, there's no reason to pay more than $30 for one of these.
|02-21-2013 01:46 PM|
|stormlight||In my opinion, get the one with Rock3066. This one is an A10. Single core cpu/gpu. Only $24 more, u can get dual core and quad gpu. Performance is better than tegra 2 chipset. I just bough mk808b ($54). Very happy with it.|
|02-21-2013 11:17 AM|
|02-21-2013 11:10 AM|
It is back again
|02-20-2013 08:51 AM|
|rocco24||Price went up to 38.60|
|02-20-2013 08:39 AM|
Thanks for the complete information. The unit turned out better than I expected. Last night I had been watching Netflix for hours and the stick just felt a bit warm. Both Youtube and Netflix HD contents were very smooth. It is definitely necessary to use the USB to Ethernet dongle. The Wifi was not working very well for me even when I had the router right next to the stick. Compared to the Raspberry PI I had, I prefer this one better.
|02-19-2013 11:48 PM|
Amazon vendor Silverstone LLC is shipping both legitimate Rikomagic units and inferior fakes. If you contact them before purchasing, you'll probably get a genuine Rikomagic unit. If you do get a fake from them, Silverstone has been sending out authentic replacement units to anyone that contacts them after receiving a fake.
Seems like a weird way to run a business, but at least they have good customer service.
If you get a fake, SEND IT BACK. The authentic Rikomagic units are worth the money, the fakes are not. The fakes have a different WiFi chip that is not supported by Rikomagic firmwares. The fakes (in general) don't seem to be as stable. How do you know if you've received a fake? If the box and the unit do not both have Rikomagic printed on them, it's a fake.
To answer some of the other questions.
Video playback? An authentic Rikomagic MK802 II can and will play 1080P video files, in 3D, with full hardware acceleration, no dropped frames when using MX Player, Mobo Player, and a few others. MX seems to be the preferred player.
Overheating? No. The first two generations of Rikomagic MK802 units did have overheating issues. The MK802 II has solved those issues. Unlike the previous units, the MK802 II has voltage regulation and ESD. Even after hours of thrashing these devices, they rarely get warmer than 90 degrees F. The heat issues have been fixed.
WiFI? Yes, WiFi works but is hugely dependent on channel interference in your specific area. Some (like me) who have congestion issues use a $5 USB to Ethernet dongle instead. Monoprice sells a very cheap unit (item 6150) that works fine with most Android devices, including this.
XBMC? There is a version that works, it is a forked version that use MX Player as the core playback engine. Standard XBMC for Android will work, but doesn't have hardware acceleration so is only capable of playing standard definition (though work is being done to support hardware acceleration).
Plex? This may be a better alternative than XBMC at this time. I don't use either, but there seem to be many more proponents of Plex than XBMC for these devices.
Here is a previous thread on this product that answers many questions, The last few pages are probably the ones with the most info.
|02-19-2013 11:30 PM|
I've heard bad things about the MK's series especially how their WiFi burns out easily. I recently purchased one of the top tiered Android Boxes, the Minix Neo X5. Apparently it's the most stabilized Android TV out there in the market currently according to the XDA Developer's forums.
|02-19-2013 10:48 PM|
Works great with Netflix
|02-19-2013 12:31 PM|
A reviewer at Amazon said Silverstone LLC sold him a knock off unit, a stick looks similar but without the MK802 words on it.
Do anyone else have experience dealing with Silverstone?
|02-16-2013 04:37 PM|
|guitardedboy||good deal for 30|
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