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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome device that introduces a completely new realm of computing..., July 25, 2012
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This review is from: Androset Mini MK802 Android 4.0 Google TV Box HD IPTV Player PC Allwinner A10 1G DDR3 (Electronics)
I received my miniPC via USPS yesterday in great condition - it took just 7 days to ship from HK, China to the bay area here in California. I ordered the 1GB DDR3 ram version (Android settings say Model number AK-MINI-PC-001, Android version 4.0.3, Baseband 4.0.11, Kernel 3.0.8+, Build crane_risctek-eng 4.0.3 IML74K 20120608 test-keys)

After thumbing through the included manual, I plugged it in to my Samsung 27" TV and powered it up. In less than two minutes, I was at an Android 4.0 desktop home screen (running in 1920x1080 resolution). It connected to my WiFi AP on the first try and seems to pull decent speeds even though my router is on the other side of my house and most devices only get ~50% signal in this room.

Overall, the OS looks like it has some tweaks. It's configured as a tablet with the status/notification bar at the bottom of the screen. Volume up/down buttons have been added to the bar in addition to the default back/home/switcher icons that 4.0 comes with by default. It seems to want to lag out occasionally when opening new windows or tabs in a browser (tried stock browser and Firefox beta so far - both work decent).

I would highly recommend this device to anybody who likes to tinker with Android hardware. It appears to have massive potential as a low-cost internet TV device and I cannot wait to dive into the software to start customizing it.
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Initial post: Aug 21, 2012 5:51:46 PM PDT
Realist says:
Does this have an audio port to connect to speakers or a sound system?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 9:34:22 AM PDT
josue reyes says:
The audio only that comes out is thru the HDMI port that is in the device. Other than that, no audio or headphone jacks are available.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2012 3:16:04 PM PDT
TLD says:
Does it have CEC for HDMI? (turning the TV and the this unit On/Off at the same time)

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 1:47:06 PM PDT
joatmon12 says:
Now that you have had it for a little while have you been able to hack or root the android os.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 7:04:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2012 7:05:14 AM PDT
J_Onyx says:
Shoppers are left in the dark about this product if this is the "most helpful review". Buyer was thrilled to get it. It didnt die when he first powered it up and he was able to get and at least preliminarily navigate. BUT how is it powered and how is that working out? Does it stream and play video? HD Video? Can the average person use it as a practical Internet Video player? Quality of video on your TV? Does Netflix, Hulu, Youtube work well? Is a person stoll better off using a laptop by way of HDMI cable? Does it do copyright movie streaming better than a laptop can (due to inferior Windows Silverlight Software)
Does it overheat?

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 10:42:51 AM PDT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dejSTtXo_hU&feature=share

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 11:43:42 AM PDT
Roy says:
you would have to use the audio port from the TV it connects to...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2012 8:09:47 AM PDT
Steve C says:
Will the Hotbox run Netflix, Twitter, Youtube, etc. since the others won't? These things are way over hyped! Most apps I've tried won't install and the ones that do don't work. Also webcams and USB headsets are not supported on any of them, even the one on ebay called the "MK802 Killer"! I doubt if printers are supported either.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 11:31:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012 11:31:41 PM PST
Edgar d says:
ok so does it work or not? less is more buddy!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 7:57:47 AM PST
Steve C says:
The one I have will run Gmail and play some internet radio and video on Youtube and twit.tv but that's about all. It's not nearly as good as a $69 tablet that will also play Netflix.
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