When it comes to new gadgets and gizmo’s, I must admit I can be one of the first people in the line to get one; however one item that I have not ventured out to get was a Smart TV, I have my consoles that I could connect to the internet, but the more I saw of them the more I thought I was missing out on. Then a friend introduced me to a MK802 III which meant I could actually turn TV to a Smart TV.
So here I am going provide a brief Rikomagic MK802 III Review for you to then decide if you think this is going to be a good option for you, as I know it was for myself.
How It Works
The MK802 III is part of a series of what is called a mini pc, in fact it is about the same size as a USB key but with a lot of power inside of it. This will plug into the HDMI port of your TV, or via a HDMI cable. It uses the Android system and you will need to either use a mouse or a wireless keyboard to be able to use all the functions that are available once you have plugged it in. I found that a few apps that I could download on my smart phone and tablet that allowed me to use them, this meant I did not have to go out and buy extra components.
Once plugged in you will see as I did that it is easy to use and getting onto your emails, apps and even video streaming is so simple. When it comes to buying one for yourself there are many online retailers to choose from, read their reviews and also compare prices too. What I have found to the best in the series is the one that offer 1GB of RAM with 8GB internal memory, but it is up to you on the size you get for yourself and obviously the cost will be determined by what you choose.
Running the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
With integrated Google Play online store
With Rockchip RK3066 Dual Core CPU and Quad Core GPU
8GB ROM (2-3 GB for OS, 5-6 GB available space)
Youtube / Flash: Support Adobe Flash 11.3
Android Market: YES
Video: Support AVI, RMVB, MKV& FLV Video Format, Support 1080P HD Playback
Ebook: TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…
Skype: Yes, but this device does not built-in microphone / camera.
HDMI Interface: Yes, it can support following HDMI output mode: 480I / 480P; 580I / 580P; 720P (50Hz / 60Hz); 1080i (50Hz / 60Hz); 1080P (24Hz / 50Hz / 60Hz)
WIFI: Built-in 802.11 b/g/n
Power: powered via USB cable / Power charger (5V 2A)
Language: Dutch, Indonesian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Croatian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Roman, Slovenian, Finnish, Swedish, Swahili, Vietnamese, Turkish, Zulu, Greek, Ukrainian, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Thai, Bengali, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Other Applications: Office, Browser, Gallery, Clock, Calculator, Calendar, Taskiller, Gmail…
Extend Port: HDMI port, MicroSD (TF) Card Slot, USB Power port, USB 2.0 Host port
Performance and Issues
What I have found with the MK802 III is that browsing the web and checking emails has been pretty smooth, and even when a site contains flash there has been no issues so far. Playing some mobile rpg games as also been a great bonus, especially for the kids. I did find that games that were more enhanced did not run as well, but for your basic app games, or online arcade games there seemed to be little issues.
The best thing for me has to be the video streaming element, I can watch YouTube clips and even log on to my LoveFilm or Netflix accounts to watch my films or TV series. The video and audio quality that comes with this is much better than earlier versions of the MK802 series and so far have no issues with connecting and downloading using WIFI.
In conclusion I have found this device to be really great and it does not have to cost that much either, it provides me and family with extra entertainment and also saved money on buying a brand new Smart TV.
Where to buy: Amazon
Recommended accessories: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad, AmazonBasics USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub, Cisco-Linksys USB Ethernet Adapter, Logitech Rumblepad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad.