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MINIX NEO X5 RK3066 Dual Core Cortex A9 TV Box 1GB RAM 16GB ROM with Wi-Fi SD MMC Slot XBMC 3G Dongle RJ45 Slot

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3.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
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  • Quad Core Mali 400 Graphics Processor, Dual Core Cortex A9 Processor
  • 16G NAND Flash (SSD), 1GB DDR3 Memory, SD/MMC card Reader
  • Headphone jack, Microphone jack, RJ-45 ethernet Jack
  • WIFI 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, HDMI out, IR Receiver, USB cable
  • USB 2.0 port, Micro USB OTG port, hotspot sharing via WiFi
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Product Description

Neo X5 is a nano size form factor box with RJ45 wired LAN connection + normal audio in/out jack for home entertainment speakers connection.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B00AA9K2GI
  • Item model number: NEO-X5-116A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,972 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 20, 2012

Customer Reviews

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For it's meager price, this has taken the place of an HTPC that cost me over $1000, and I'm not missing it at all.

I'm using this Minix with a Seagate 4TB external hard drive, a Microsoft Arc Keyboard, and a Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse.

Android isn't exactly optimized for keyboard/mouse input, but it works great. All the things I was worried about not working well with a mouse are smooth as butter. It's a little bit weird getting used to the different functions of the mouse buttons (left click is normal, long press on left click for menu options, and right click is just like the back button on the menu bar), but after you get used to it, it works well.

At this point, I'm willing to say that Android is a better OS than Windows 8 for an HTPC, and possibly for desktops in general. Aside from needing certain applications that are available on Windows and not Android, I don't think you can go wrong. This system, for it's humble specs, is more responsive than my brand new Samsung Ultrabook (i5-3317u, Samsung 840 Pro SSD). Apps open quicker, and the interaction is generally more pleasing.

That's not to say it's without drawbacks. As is always the case with Android, not everything works right, and not all the time. The biggest drawback of this system, is that it acts like a tablet. Sometimes, the touchscreen keyboard pops up, and you have to hit back to get rid of it. But guess what? My ultrabook does that too (even though I've selected the option to get rid of it several times, it insists).

XBMC for Android is available, but is still in beta testing. To complain about it not working right now, is to complain about a product that has yet to hit the market. It will be added to the Google Play store when it's ready for mainstream use.
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By Coach on December 15, 2012
Came with Android 4.1.1 installed.

3 USB ports, can be used for Wireless keyboard/mouse/airmouse dongle, webcam, storage, etc..
10/100 Ethernet port - important for streaming video reliably.
Installed latest Skype from Play Store, works perfectly with Logitech webcam (standard "UVC" class webcams only).
XBMC for Android 12.0 RC appears to work perfectly, plugins make it extra nice.

Great performance, connectivity - doesn't seem to get hot either. Some niggling issues with Minix launcher.
I like using a microsoft Bluetrack mobile mouse, but will experiment with the iPazzport airmouse/keyboard combo.
The supplied remote is small and cheap but the buttons can be learned by another IR remote if necessary. It is
not a good replacement, however, for a good mouse.

Support and user forums are almost non-existent, but Android HTPC enthusiasts should be very happy with
the purchase of this device. An ideal price, bundled with a better air mouse remote, might be US$100-.
If the manufacturers managed to offer a similar model with a 3.5" SATA drive bay, for DVDR or large media
drive, this would be the "bees knees"!
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i have tried 2 different google tv boxes, the revue and the sony gt1.. i liked them ok, but with being so locked to development and lack of support from google its self... these have become a bit stale and i have kinda lost my interest... and i want an XBMC box.. so i went with the x5.. its pretty much a tablet with out a screen.. the screen is your hdtv.. and it seems to have enough horse power to run through jelly bean is a quick enough manner... you have access to the entire google play store, it supports 1080p.. has plenty of memory.. and lots of ports... i have no doubt that android boxes will progress well past this (faster chip sets,, more mem.. more power Graphic processors) but right now... this is the horse i would bet on... and the devs are accessible. not just some green tech support on a phone line... you can email them directly... this is BIG... and there is a good grass roots community of support with ROMS if you decide to root the box..
you will not get the slick GUI of google tv... but you will get XBMC... with is worlds apart... its a great hobby tv box.. but its not a passive experience.. you get to make it what you want... you have to be proactive... find stuff out.. learn stuff.. its not a click a button and every thing is given to you on the big screen... its a computer it will do what the user wants... but you have to know how to ask and what to ask...

5 stars.... heck for a hundred bucks is a heck of a deal

pros..
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.....if you want to spend 5 times as much.

this thing does everything I want it to - plays 1080p content on my TV, plays high bit rate mp3's on my multiroom receiver - no complaints at all. I have a 320GB, 2.5" ext drive on one usb port, and the receiver for my candyboard on the other. some people have complained about poor wifi reception - but I'm using the wired port so I can't comment. I wish I had a little more tech info, like the bit rate over the spdif cable - but it sounds good to me.

it replaces an HTPC that literally did cost 5X as much - plus I'm not using a microsoft product anymore - so that's always a plus in my book...

I think this would be a steal at double the price!!
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