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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- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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"!
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..Read more ›
.....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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
image quality is not too good, rasbmc gives better image, also freezes (basically see slide showl for som etvnet moviesPublished 7 months ago by StrickShopper
This was great for a long time. We switched to just using our computer because it seems we get less delay loading videos then through the androidPublished 14 months ago by Brooke
I spent hours if not days on the web trying to chose the right Media Player and Minix marketing was the best one. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Pilotsignal
I've owned it for about a year now and been very pleased. If you keep the firmware up-to-date it's really a top-notch little machine, and manufacturer has been releasing updates... Read morePublished 21 months ago by loki
Not using it anymore... So limited if you're a newbie like me, but if you're an IT engineer, this device may suits you.Published on December 10, 2013 by Samir F.
You need a fast internet to maximize the use. Our family is enjoying it. We can now watch updated new series.Published on October 15, 2013 by Jane Arzadon
Unless the 3 I tried over an 8 month period were all lemons.
Constant drop outs over SP/DIF. Switched to audio over HDMI to have clean audio. Read more