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post #1 of 2 Old 09-07-2013, 02:00 PM - Thread Starter
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I just received one of these, and all I can say is - it's FAST.

I got mine from Amazon.ca:
http://www.amazon.com/Android-External-Antenna-Ethernet-Controller/dp/B00EEWM058/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1378345891&sr=1-4&keywords=hossen+3188

But there are several identical such mini-PCs going under such names as:

EKB311
Kingnovel K-R42
Jesurun DX-05
MK888
CS918


They are available from such purveyors as Geekbuying and Aliexpress, and there are several on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Google-Android-4-2-Quad-core-RK3188-TV-Box-CS918-HDMI-RJ45-WIFI-/181193398004?pt=US_Internet_Media_Streamers&hash=item2a2ff7d6f4

The K-R42 incarnation got some glowing reviews on Geekbuying:
http://www.geekbuying.com/customer-reviews/317141

But what's interesting is that all of these boxes come from a single assembly plant - Shenzhen Tena Electronics.

(They're called Tena these days, but they started out as Turner Electronics)

In this video tour of the factory, you can get a glimpse of hundreds of these boxes being tested and burnt-in prior to shipment.
http://armdevices.net/2013/09/03/shenzhen-tena-rk3188-hdmi-stick-factory-tour/

After setting up my Hossen box, the first thing I installed from the Google Play Store was the Antutu benchmark. My score: 18222.

Youtube and Netflix were next, and the quality is excellent. Video files on my local USB flash drive and on my home network play well.

Has anybody else here had any experience with these RK3188-based boxes?
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They are all over the place, various other forums have been discussing these for years now but avsforums scene is still more in line with old school boxes from the like Dune and WDTV.

The Rockchip devices are pretty decent hardware wise though the Android ROM's on them can sometimes be hit and miss, also Rockchip have various bugs in libstagefright (equivalent of DXVA for Windows) so XBMC has problems with 1080p videos on those units.

There are three big Chinese Android TV chipset vendors Rockchip, Allwinner and Amlogic they make the vast bulk of whats out there. Amlogic is the most friendly to open source and XBMC but their hardware is the slowest at this time until their M8 chips come out.
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