MK802 Mini-PC First Impressions
Received this unit late in the day, so I haven't used it extensively. But I did want to get out some first impressions while they are fresh in mind. Even though I knew it was small, it's still surprising to open the box it comes in and see it's actual size. Along with the device is a power cable, an HDMI cable to connect to your TV/monitor, and a mini-USB to full-size USB cable. Also included is a mini-USB to Full USB adapter plug, and a small manual. I didn't look at the manual at all until I had it running, and really it's not needed if you have used any android device before.
Hooking it up to my TV couldn't be simpler, just ran the HDMI cable from the back of the TV to the front after plugging in, and connect to the MK802. Turn on TV to proper source, plug in the device, and 35 seconds later it's a familiar android Ice Cream Sandwich screen on your TV.
I had purchased a FAVI wireless keyboard to use with this mini-pc, and it also is very easy to set up. Just detach it's tiny receiver, plug it into a USB port, and turn it on. Nearly instantly a mouse pointer will appear onscreen. Using the small touchpad to move the mouse pointer takes some getting used to, but it feels very responsive.
As to the MK802, it is running android 4.0.3, which is a little dated. However, I admit being surprised at how well it responds to input from the Favi keyboard, and an almost total lack of lag in the UI. For only having 512MB ram, it runs really well.
I set up the wifi and Google playstore as you would with any other android device. Wifi seems to receive quite well, as good as any other android device I have. This is critical, since most users want to stream video onto their TV/monitor using the MK802. I downloaded and installed Netflix and HBOGO apps. After setting both up with my account information, I tested each one.
The Netflix app immediately began playing a movie with a clear, good picture and sound was synchronized-no complaints there. HBOGO had a pixelated picture for the first 10 seconds or so, and it took that long to synch the sound also. However, after that initial bump in the road, it played flawlessly. So, the main reason for me to have this device, has proved to be well worth it.
Youtube app also works nicely, no lagginess on streaming videos. Overall I noticed very little lag at all with this device, which surprised me. Web browsing is as good as on my tablets, although Chrome and Puffin are not compatible(says the Playstore).
There are some things to be aware of. Even though the Favi keyboard works well, it's weird using it to navigate what is supposed to be a touch UI. It takes some getting used to, and I suspect the air mouse would be much easier to use. But using any input device to operate a touch UI takes getting used to.
If your main focus is to play games, don't get the MK802. While you can get some to work okay, games designed for a touchscreen generally are difficult to use here. Although Yoo Ninja did run fine, Moonchaser was very choppy to the point of being unplayable. I imagine any graphics-intensive game wouldn't run properly.
One included app, which the manual doesn't mention, is very crucial to using the device-Rotation Locker. Open it, and lock it on landscape. Otherwise you'll see certain apps in portrait mode, which is kind of strange on a TV.
The device does get pretty warm to the touch, after a short time of running. Not being able to turn it off, except by unplugging it, is also a little strange. But overall, I have to say it does what I want it to do, and very well. I will be using this little pc for quite some time to come.
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