MK802IIIS Review – An Android stick as PC replacement?

Mar

3

2013

MK802IIIS Review – An Android stick as PC replacement?

The company Satkontor GmbH has set itself the goal of the brand rikomagic to replace the classic computer with its myriad functions easily. The rikomagic MK802IIIS is a mini PC with the popular Android 4.1 operating system and is designed to appeal especially younger people. But what about the proud owners of Android MK802IIIS stick?
MK802IIIS Review – An Android stick as PC replacement?

The brand rikomagic is operated by the German distributor Satkontor Europe GmbH and has little to do with rikomagic from Shenzhen. The MK802IIIS Android stick, though made in China, but each delivery, which is sent here from Germany in Europe, must. Through a strict final Every Android stick is registered, inspected for damage and any x’ste Android stick is even connected to verify. Here in Germany, also in the development of MK802IIIS being worked on. For example, the European firmware of Android embroidery is achieved in close collaboration with developers in China. European customers also benefit from the guarantee and a fast response time in case of problems.

The Unboxing:

The Android-Stick Send a, Android green, shipped cardboard box. If the lid is pulled up, the first thing is a small folded piece of paper in green packaging. It is included the link to the book and a reference to the User Forum. Below the list is kept safe, the Android stick. Android is the stick removed, so are under the stick a little HDMI cable, a mini-USB to USB cable and a mini-USB to USB adapter.

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Android has the stick forward an HDMI plug, which fits comfortably with the included HDMI cable to any HDMI port on a TV even when everything is plugged round drum full. Back to the Android has a big stick and a USB 2.0 mini-USB connection, which is provided for the power supply. Also located on the side of embroidery another mini-USB port and a microSD card slot. This can tolerate microSDHC cards up to 32 GB. Also be found on this page nor a recovery button, which is used for uploading new firmware.

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Specifications:

OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Processor: Dual Core up to 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9
Graphics: Quad Core 2D/3D/OpenGL ES2.0 (AMD Z430) / Open VG1.1
Internal memory: 8 GB (2 GB of system are already in use)
Plays all common images, music and video formats
Resolution of images: 8000 x 8000 maximum
Memory: 1024MB DDR3 RAM
Memory: Supports ext. Storage devices through USB and microSD slot
Network: WiFi 802.11 b / g / n – WAPI (Ralink 8188)
Bluetooth: suitable for Version 1.0 – 3.0
Resolution: up to 1080p
AV Output: HDMI Male
USB ports: 3 x USB 2.0
Supports Flash 11
The stick is rooted innately

Delivered the MK802IIIS stick with the latest firmware version 1.1. I was lucky, or unlucky, still the old firmware to 1.0 on my stick have. Therefore, I was allowed to engage only one time on an update adventure. The manufacturer sells the udpate on its website. The 237 MB large zip the Update.img, RockusbDriver is (in ZIP), Batch Tool 1.5 (zipped), and instructions in English and German.

My first problem was my Mac, because, unfortunately, the batch tool, a Windows application. Okay, I thought, because I have one Windows 8 also on my Mac. The batch tool could be run XP compatible and I could see a nice window with Asian characters. Do not panic! The instructions of rikomagic says exactly where you have to press something. In Windows 8, the USB stick but would not be recognized by the Batch Tool, which was due to the drivers. Here, the Windows 8 and Windows 7 users intervene times deep into his bag of tricks and turn the Driver Signature Enforcement. After that I could populate the andoird stick with the latest firmware.

Disable Driver Signature force

NO WARRANTY! ONLY EXPERIENCED USER!

> Setting (top right with the mouse)

> “PC Settings”

> “General”

> “Advanced Start”

thereafter

> “Troubleshooting”

> “Advanced Options”

> “Start Options”

Windows will now reboot and will display a menu.

> “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement”)

Now just need to run depending on the system from the directory amd64 or x86 from the win7 rochusb.sys the directory file. Done!

After installing the correct driver, I was able to equip the Android stick with the latest Android by rikomagic.

The first launch:

The MK802IIIS I closed on my Samsung monitor to. It was the supplied HDMI cable an advantage. Power delivered the power supply of my old Samsung Galaxy SII, the analog stick can also be connected via the USB cable to a free USB port of a TV. After setting up the firmware of the drive takes a long time to start, because probably only once or a few had to be processed by the firmware update. During the boot process, a green boot animation with the head of the Android robot appears. Thereafter, the user sees a very tidy Android surface. As apps on the home screen are just a browser, Play Store, Explorer and Settings available.

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Before you can work with the stick, then the problem with the mouse and the keyboard can be solved. This rikomagic offers its own app store in play that allows virtually any Android device can be used for input. Alternatively, a wireless keyboard to be used with a mouse, such as that offered by the company, for example, Rapoo. rikomagic itself provides MK802IIIS also in combination with small keyboards, but I stand on my part to correct more keyboards.

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If the keyboard and mouse with the Android-stick connected, can begin to explore the first of the stick.

List of installed apps:

Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Chrome, Clock, Downloads, eHomeMediaCenter, Email, Explorer, Flash (start was installed the first browser), Gallery, Gmail, Music, Play Store, Search, Settings, Talk, Video

In the bottom bar, Android is built on some extras that you do not, for example, the Nexus 7 knows her. Besides the usual Android buttons, there is a button in the toolbar for louder, a leave to disappear quietly, a soft-off button and a button to the toolbar. The menu bar is hidden until a time, it can be easily conjured up again, in which the mouse is positioned at the bottom of the screen and the user can hold down the left mouse button, drag the mouse upwards.

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The settings:

As usual, even from my Nexus 7, I was able to adjust the font size of the Android OS easily. That makes sense when you sit away from the TV, or pretty close to the monitor.

In the menu screen, the user can see three options, of which only two are relevant. With Screen Scale the image on the TV / monitor can be scaled, because not always is the 1080p fills the screen. Output interface has. HDMI as the only choice, therefore this setting is provided as an information More exciting, however, the setting is HDMI mode, because here the user can choose the resolution 1080p, 720p, and 480p choose and decide it yet between PAL and NTSC.

Otherwise all other settings in the settings are similar to the settings of a Nexus 7 Tablets , or any of the other Android OS devices.

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Office applications:

As Office applications, I used natural “Google Drive” that I had to install from the App Store. What writing with the external keyboard immediately noticed was the layout. I tapped one ä so was not a, but a different character. The correct layout of the keyboard, I could select but nowhere, so I needed to use it again. In the App Store, there is a paid app called “External KeboardHelper” and with their help I was able to select the German layout for my keyboard. Spreadsheets and letters can be worked perfectly with the Android stick. If you still want to use a little more comfortable office, which I can recommend to the Office of the company Softmaker.

Entertainment:

I installed from the App Store, the free Google Apps “Google Play Music”, “Google Play Movie”, “YouTube” and “Watch Ever ‘.

Thanks to Google Play Music I had prepared all my music albums immediately. Streaming my music was for the Android stick no very serious problem which he mastered without problems. The app is running, but I occasionally watched small errors, such that the images of the albums were positioned too far up on the screen.

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Google Play Movie made a very good figure. The movie Transformers 3, which is a time for Nexus was 7 tablet this was given to my surprise again without any problems. I would have expected that Google prevents the playback of movies with an HDMI output.

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The YouTube app has played all the movies in HD from itself, without stuttering. I found the UI of the YouTube app on the screen in full HD quite nicely. Although all something quite big, but pretty. Later on TV, I found the app really well, even far better than the funny stuff on YouTube AppleTV, or the Samsung TV.

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Watch Ever had installed even on the stick and start Android. But it refuses to work, so play your movies, because the device is inherently rooted. A real shame!

The already pre-installed movie player plays so well as from all popular formats. However, the Android-Stick is easy in MP4 films in full HD to stutter when the films are played by a slow SD card. Should mention the already pre-installed app eHomeMediaCenter because with which you can, for example, can easily embed your NAS and you easily stream movies over your network.

Playing with the MK802IIIS:

One rather minor point for the purchase of an Android-sticks is the theme playing. Normal games like Angry Birds, solitaire, backgammon, billiards, chess are no hurdles for Android stick. The game Shadowgun looks visually looks good, but a little jerky.

But the biggest problem is the handling of the game, because there is no gamepad for most games. With the rikomagic app from the store can indeed serve one or the other game, but I personally found it too cumbersome. For the game I can SHADOWGUN the paid app “BT Controller” recommend (0.89 cents). This app serves as JoyPad replacement and can be programmed individually. Many games I could also configured so that I could use my keyboard to enter Raboo, or offered by House of keyboard support.

The following games I have been successfully tested:

GTA III, Angry Birds Star Wars, Zen Pinball HD, Riptide HD, Beach Buggy Flash, Shine Runner, F-Sim Space Shuttle, Reckless Racing 2, Reckless Getaway, Pool Break Pro and Shadowgun

Reckless Racing 2 and Reckless Getaway had fortunately been pre-assigned the cursor keys on my keyboard to control. The play was fun, even if I only had a little bit to get used to the controller. GTA III could also be played without any problems using the cursor keys, even if the game still need the mouse to the election campaign. HD and Riptide Beach Buggy flash surprised me with a very fluid spit fun and the possibility transform map all important inputs to the keyboard. The other games offered either inherently support it on keyboard / trackpad, or left in the menus to configure the keyboard.

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My absolute favorite among the games was, and is, Zen Pinball HD. The tables on the monitor / TV looks really good and nothing needs to be changed in the settings. The player can start a table immediately bring the Enter key the ball in the game and the shift keys are the flipper buttons.

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For retro-lovers among us, I would recommend playing Sega Megadrive (Genesis) games. I’ve been testing a few games and the Sega controller umgemapt on the keyboard. Some of the old games are still rough fun. Just as it looks at C64 games. The paid AnVICEx64 emulator also allows the mapping of the keyboard. Incidentally, it is the old games to class again on a big screen to see or TV.

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My conclusion:

The rikomagic MK802IIIS Android Stick is a sleek little MiniPC pocketable. Whether at home or away on vacation, I would not miss for the stick. Its dual-core processor and its quad-core GPU have enough power to even play some of the more sophisticated Android games. A classical computer with Windows, Mac OS, Linux or better yet replaced the Android stick in my eyes, but not yet.

Pity is the time, however, that the stick can only be conveniently powered by Windows with the latest firmware.

The current price of approximately 119 euros I think is very reasonable. Penny pinchers can also order the stick while in China, have to live with the fact that they may possibly pay duty and in case of warranty claims must return the stick back to China expensive. rikomagic provides for a complete warranty and a quick response in case of problems.

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