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Good product, a power adapter would have been even better
on January 2, 2013
I bought the Rikomagic MK802 to use it HD movie player, and for general web surfing activities.
The product was pretty easy to set up - just plug into HDMI port on the back of the TV - connect to a power source and the unit boots up right away. The box came with an extended HDMI cable and a mini USB dongle (for powering the Rikomagic). The instruction manual is pretty light - I suppose the company which makes this probably assumes that if you buy this device then you probably already know a thing or two about Android operating system.
The dual core processor (same as you would find in the Galaxy S2) is more than adequate for the task at hand. There was no issues with HD movie playbacks at all. Sound comes out as it should on my TV and there was no need to tinker with the setup to get that to work, which is nice. I have not played games on it yet but from what I heard, it holds up pretty well for some of the older titles like GTA 3.
Note that the Rikomagic only has one USB port (excluding the mini USB slot for the power adapter), so you will need to get one of those USB port hubs. I bought a cheap 1-4 hub and used one port for connecting my wireless mouse and keyboard receiver unit (surprisingly enough, I have not found a single wireless mouse and keyboard that has not worked yet), one for my joypad and the third and fourth port for portable HDD/USB sticks (where I download my HD movies and music files). Some people connect their webcam as well so I suppose that could be another use for the fourth port.
Loading movies is fairly simple. I basically use the explorer to access files in the portable HDD (I have a 500GB Goflex). The unit comes with two different movie viewer but you can download more from their app stores. Have not found a movie file that is incompatible yet. However, when navigating the portable HDD directory structure sometimes it struggles to scan for files if there are a lot of files in a directory. Not sure why this is the case but it's not a big deal.
As for web surfing - not sure why some people said that they have problems connecting to Wifi when using wireless mouse and keyboard but I had no problems at all - the RikoMagic connects right away and never lost internet connection. May be certain brand of wireless mouse/keyboard causes interference?
I can't say much about the operating system... it's Android 4.1 - the same stuff that you get on your android based cell phone. So if you're already used to it then navigating or doing things on it (like installing apps, customizing) should be a breeze. If you figure out how to root this thing then you can probably do a ton more stuff on this than playing movies and surfing the web.
Now - the bad - I know this thing only costs a little under 70 bucks and therefore we shouldn't expect too much from this device in terms of accessories but it would have been nice if the company included some sort of proper power adapter. I suppose it's not an issue if your TV already have a USB port so you can hook it up to it, but if your TV does not (like mine), then trying to figure out how to power this device becomes a tricky exercise. I tried several different phone chargers but so far the Rikomagic constantly reboots due to inadequate power supply... I also heard that USB ports on older TV's does not have adequate current to support it either - supposedly anything north of 500mA is required to run it properly. The company could have saved consumers a lot of hassle by including a USB wall adapter and may be charge a little bit more. Note that I currently power it via my laptop USB as this is the only way to keep it powered properly. The second bad - though so far this has not caused problems - is that the device seems to heat up after prolonged use. However, I have used it for well over an hour surfing the web and watching HD movies, and other than the unit getting moderately hot it has not crashed or burst into flame so so far so good.
Final verdict - for what it's worth the RikoMagic III does its job well enough for the price. Shame about the power issue.
After tinkering with various power adapters - turned out that you really need to have 2000mA to ensure that the unit works with all sorts of USB accessories attached. Luckily, I have an IPAD adapter - which has enough juice for the task. Note that I initially tried 1000mA wall adapter but it kept having problems when playing back movies or loading files from my portable HD...