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Works as advertised,
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This review is from: Mini MK802 Android 4.0 Google TV Box HD IPTV Player PC Allwinner A10 1G DDR3 (Electronics)Received the Mini MK802 today. I attached power supply, USB dongle for a keyboard/mouse, HDMI cable attached to a flat screen and plugged it in. Booted right up, I clicked on settings, found my router and it attached first try. Documentation booklet is weak, but has basics. I've been running this non-stop for 6 hours no real issues found. It's a little difficult to use my mini keyboard/mouse for some functions, as my experiance with android is on a tablet only. It takes some getting used to doing similar swipe functions.
Unit does NOT have an ON/OFF switch. You must unplug to power off, but it does accept Ctrl-Alt-Del to reboot.
Previous reviews indicate the unit runs hot. That is NOT my case after 6+ hours of constant use.
So far so good.
After playing with the unit for a couple of days, I mounted it behind my 47" Vizio that's on the wall. My biggest concern was that this device would be running constantly 24/7 as I started to fish a power cord through the wall to supply power to the unit. Then a light bulb went off in my head. I took the supplied mini to full USB cable, plugged the mini side in the unit and the full side in my TV's USB port.
Now when my TV's is turned on the unit gets it power and boots up. When I turn the power to my TV off, the unit powers down. No need for the power supply.
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Initial post: Dec 9, 2012 5:44:48 AM PST
going to get one of these, great Idea about mounting it behind the tv then using the USB port to power it on/off, cant wait to get mine, great review
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 5:57:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2012 6:00:03 AM PST
Paul, I did run into one problem, IF I inserted a memory card, USB at times did NOT supply enough power (documentation notes this problem). I left out memory card (using cloud storage instead). Unit would reboot when power from USB was low. It works pretty good, still playing with it, good luck. -Rick
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 6:05:44 AM PST
Interesting, does it do that only when you use the USB port on your tv or the A/C adaptor too? Also, have you a netflix account, if so how does it stream, choppy, smooth? I want to use it for a website I listen to music on www.shoutcast.com, it is designed to play the music "in" your browser not have to use an external app like winamp or vlc to play the music, thanks for the responses.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 6:34:42 AM PST
ONLY when powered by USB & memory card inserted. It happened a few times (just rebboted). When plugged in the wall not a problem. I chose to leave out memory card to reduce power drain & works OK. Each config is different & depends on how much power USB supplies.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 6:38:50 AM PST
IF I had to do it over I would have bought the Rikomagic MK802 III Dual Core Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for $30 more. BUT mine works okay.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 11:03:26 AM PST
Thanks for the response, I am already thinking of getting this Logitech Keyboard Controller for Logitech Revue and Google TV and the upgraded Android on a Stick MINIX NEO G4 Android 4.0 Dual Core RK3066 DDR3 1GB RAM / 8GB ROM Google TV Box Mini PC Dongle Wi-Fi / IR Remote , watched a youtube video about the MINIX NEO G4 almost exact same specs as the Rikomagic MK802 III Dual Core Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Mini PC Rockchip RK3066 1.6Ghz Cortex A9 1GB RAM 8G ROM HDMI (Black) and it looks pretty smooth, not choppy etc.
Posted on Jan 3, 2013 1:36:11 PM PST
David M. Lewis says:
You had better luck than me. Both the units I bought will not boot. They just sit at a black screen after the ANDROID screen shows up. They also reboot randomly. I've tried to power them from different ways too. Not sure what the deal is.
Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:09:25 AM PST
power supply through Tv USB is a good idea. thanks for sharing.. some times we forget small things which are handy... ;)
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2013 9:12:09 AM PST
Excellent tip on utilizing the mini-usb into the power for the TV. Great tip. Also, did you read the product description? Did it make you like a tiger, but with wings? That option alone puts this product over all other USB Google sticks. But I got to know about tiger with wings. How big were your wings? And did they require constand grooming? ;-)
Posted on Aug 16, 2013 7:07:06 AM PDT
G. Kohler says:
Powering the device VIA USB was a real Eureka moment usually only shared by people that read the operating manual...lol JK Great review, I picked one up after reading it... Thanks