There are many ways to stream media to you’re TV but the MK802 Mini PC for Android 4.0 bundled with a fly remote seemed cheap enough to give it a go (I paid 78 USD on E bay but there are many variations at differing prices).
Out of the box you get.
- M.K.802 Mini PC for Android 4.0
- Two pin plug for power (With European adapter)
- H.D.M.I to mini HDMI
- U.S.B to mini USB cable
- U.S.B to mini USB adapter
For the remote you get
- Air mouse + Keyboard 2.4 G (no batteries)
The Mini PC came with a nice glossy instruction manual explaining with broken English and good pictures how to set up, But to be honest this item is plug and play anyone with a little technical know how shouldn’t need to consult the instructions.
The fly Remote comes with a little blue tooth receiver that lives nicely inside the remote this is simply removed from the remote and inserted into the Mini PC for blue tooth control.
The mini PC comes with ICS 4.0.4 and various apps.
As well as the standard apps you’d expect from an android OS there is also Angry birds space and some Chinese streaming apps not sure what they are You sign in using youre google account details so any previous purchases are available via the Play store.
The user interface is good if a little fiddly at times, the fly remote works similar to a WII remote as in point and press, with a full qwerty keyboard i didn’t have any issues with maintaining connection via blue tooth
The display comes through in 1080p HD in the form of a tablet view and is very clear and crisp without any distortion, The pictures from my Galaxy nexus don’t do it justice ( I was running on a Panasonic Viera 42 inch)
The few TV streaming apps i tried worked well TV catchup and you tube
Games display very well although the fly remote is far too fiddly to have any meaningful gaming experience, six axis controller may be my first install for the gaming.
The down side is this item does not support Netflix or HULA or BBC i player, However doing a bit of research this may be possible if you are happy to flash ROMS and side load things, there are forums out there with some good information.
- Small inconspicuous device for the living room
- Easy plug and play set up
- Very crisp and clear display akin to a 42 inch Tablet
- Reasonable price
- Supports external SD card up to 32 gig
- Seemingly good build quality however unsure of the longevity
- Could be a great all round media streaming gaming device with little rooting/Tinkering
- No Netflix HULA BBC iplayer support
- Some of the widgets don’t display as you expect on a tablet or phone
- Could be much better with a little rooting/tinkering but not all people are comfortable with that.
For the price this is a good piece of Techy equipment however i feel it may become a novelty item unless you’re prepared to tinker it to you’re specific needs, with the upcoming release of OUYA and various other more expensive media streaming items out there this could be a cheap alternative if you have a bit of technical know how, for me this item would be ideal if the ROM supported more media streaming outlets and pre installed with six axis controller for the gaming.