A pretty descent Smart TV replacement
First of all, this is not a computer or a powerhouse tablet replacer. With that said it’s a pretty descent Smart TV replacement. You get a pocket size Android 4.1 optimized for a TV via the HDMI connector. It’s cheap so don’t expect any miracles, but you get what you pay for and some more. If you have realistic expectations you wont be disappointed.
Inside the box
- The Rikomagic MK802 III (of course)
- One HDMI-cable (if you can’t fit the Mini PC directly in your TV’s HDMI port)
- USB-power connector
- MiniUSB-USB adapter
Setup your Rikomagic MK802 IIIS
Setup is so easy my mother could probably do it. The Rikomagic MK802 IIIS goes in one of your TV’s HDMI ports, connect the power to one of your TV’s USB ports, start your TV and you’re done. The Mini PC will boot itself up. Simple.
You will however need something to navigate with, you can either connect a USB mouse, a wireless mouse (with a USB dongle), a Bluetooth device (haven’t tried that one yet, but it supports Bluetooth) or use the app from Android market with your phone/tablet. I used a wireless mouse at first, and the app on my Galaxy S2 and my Asus TF700T tablet. In the end prefer the tablet.
So what can the Rikomagic Android Mini PC MK802 IIIS do?
If you read this you probably have the same needs as I had and have realistic expectations. Personally I bought it because I wanted a media player for music and movies. A device that supported Netflix, Spotify (and maybe HBO when they wake up from there dream and start charging normal prices). So did it measure up?
Streaming music via the Spotify app from Android market was no problem, and any issues would be between you and your sound system, not the Rikomagic Android Mini PC.
Works really well, the Netflix app for Android need some fixing but that’s another story.
It takes a couple of seconds before the stream buffers up and gains quality but I am impressed, this is reason enough actually to buy the Rikomagic Android Mini PC, it works that well. I streamed for hours, both movies and TV series and had a great experience.
Andromeda on Netflix – no problem streaming
BS player – weak wifi?
When streaming from my own media server I had some issues with larger files. I use BS player to connect to my Windows Home Server. And no problem there. However when streaming 1080p movies over the wireless network it sometimes got choppy, movies that my Boxee have no problem at all playing. If this is due to the GPU, BS player settings or the Wifi of the Mini PC I really don’t know.
BS player works flawless with the same files on the same wireless LAN with my ASUS TF700T tablet and on my Boxee so my money is on weak wifi in the RicoMagic.
Overall the Rikomagic Android Mini PC worked great as long as I stayed away from those extreme 1080p files. Web browsing is a no brainer, Skype etc. No problem. If I would recommend it, it would be for Netflix streaming, web browsing, checking emails and social networking (reading). I would however stay away from gaming and Full HD streaming. But for this price it’s a no-brainer if you ask me, just get it!
If you have any suggestions on what apps I should test, feel free to leave me a comment below.
CPU : Rockchip RK3066; Cotex A9, 1.6GHz;
GPU: Quad- Core 2D/ 3D/ Mali-400 MP GPU,OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 & OpenVG 1.1
OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Memory: DDR3 1GB
WIFI： Built-in 802.11 b/g/n
1 x HDMI port
1 x MicroSD (TF) Card Slot
1 x USB Power port
1 x USB 2.0 Host port
Dimensions： 90 * 40 *13 mm