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"USB" HDMI Stick PC's

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Most that I've seen are actually "HDMI sticks". This one has the best hardware (GPU/GPU) I've seen so far-

MK802 III
http://store.cloudsto.com/dual-core-rikomagic-mk802-iii.html
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The mini-PC sports:

Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.6Ghz
Quad-core Mali 400 GPU
VPU (Video Processing Unit) supporting 1080p image and video decoding
1GB DDR3 RAM
4GB Flash Memory
SD Card Slot
HDMI, Micro SD, USB host & micro USB ports

Ubuntu Ported to RikoMagic USB PC
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/11/ubuntu-ported-to-rikomagic-usb-pc


Lowest cost I've seen so far-
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=ANDROID-TV-STIK
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Android Powered HDMI TV Stik Adapter

General Features:
White color
Converts your TV/Monitor into a Smart TV
HDMI 1.4 interface
Runs on Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Built-in Atheros AR6103 IEEE 802.11b/g/n WiFi
TCC8925 ARM Cortex A5 1.0 GHz processor
512 MB DDR3 memory
4 GB internal NAND Flash memory
Micro USB OTG (On-The-Go) port (cable included)
USB Type A host port for connecting a USB mouse/keyboard
Device also supports 2.4 GHz wireless mouse or keyboard
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and WPS support
Fn key

Other Specifications:
HD video decoder (1080p @ 60 fps)
HD video encoder (1080p @ 30 fps)
Five Layers for Display and Graphic Process Unit
PMU (Power Manage Unit)
3D GPU inside (mail 400)
Power Consumption: ≤ 700mA @ 5V

Unit Dimensions:
0.54 x 1.04 x 3.22-inches (H x W x D, approximate)
Weight: 30 g / 0.06 lbs / 1.06 oz

It's clear where HTPC is going- these HDMI stick PC's will only increase core count and CPU/GPU speed moving forward, and more linux distros will support them.

Both of these appear more powerful and capable than a RPi, at about the same cost factoring in a case and other connections.
Edited by Rgb - 11/27/12 at 6:25am
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I'm finding these USB sticks to be interesting at least for running XBMC. I already purchased a Raspberry PI but can't say I've been happy with the product.
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These look like cool toys. If only the 2.4Ghz spectrum in my house was reliable. Only 5Ghz works reliable in my house so I'd love one of these that worked on the 5Ghz spectrum
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Originally Posted by bac522 View Post

I'm finding these USB sticks to be interesting at least for running XBMC. I already purchased a Raspberry PI but can't say I've been happy with the product.

Yes, the RPi CPU is too low speed for video media PC use without GPU-accelerated video decoding.

The MK802 III above is the *bare minimum* (I.e. dual core @ 1.6Gz+) I would consider for a video media HTPC, as the limiting factor is Flash playback CPU requirements, which need these specs as a minimum for reasonable performance.

I don't know why anyone ever thought a 700Mhz single core ARM chip could play back video in an acceptable fashion, especially with a non-FOSS GPU with hardware-assist restricted driver !?

USB/HDMI stick computers will only get faster and more cores from here biggrin.gif

There will be so many of these from generic and name brand makers all over the globe that we won't know what do do with them all smile.gif
Edited by Rgb - 11/28/12 at 12:09pm
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These USB sticks have intrigued me so I've decided to jump in and order one. I went with the Probox2 (http://probox2.com/) which I think really the same as the Uhost 2 but with a air remote. A lot of the current crop of "android sticks" are using the same Rockchip processor so what differentiates them are the firmware, casing/heat management, number of usb ports, bluetooth capability and included accessories. I have a roku, but I'm interested in how I can use this to turn one of my older TVs into a "smart" TV. My kids would love playing angry birds on it. As they progress I can see getting one of these and an HDMI monitor as a PC in my house for simple consumption activities like web browsing and streaming video. Probably will be a while before I receive it, but I'll let any of you know how it goes if you're interested.

For one to try it was tough choice between this one and another one that included an IR remote like the Minix Neo G4. In the end the air mouse capability won out over the ability to use my universal remote with it. Plus the firmware seemed to have a few more polishes, and the device supports bluetooth. I might add a bluetooth gamepad and resurrect my emulators and ROMS from back when I actually used to play video games.
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Edited by quantumstate - 6/23/13 at 4:06pm
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These USB sticks have intrigued me so I've decided to jump in and order one. I went with the Probox2 (http://probox2.com/) which I think really the same as the Uhost 2 but with a air remote.
Any feedback? I'm looking for a winter project and have decided I want to get one of these android sticks with the main goal to be a plex client or run XBMC.
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Any feedback? I'm looking for a winter project and have decided I want to get one of these android sticks with the main goal to be a plex client or run XBMC.
I just got it. I haven't done much with it yet. I've streamed videos off my DLNA servers to MX player without much of an issue except that it doesn't seem to support DTS or DD passthrough via HDMI. Might be a limitation with MX player, haven't had time to play much. Had problems with a few of the free racing games not working yet. Other than that, it has been as expected. The picture is clean and clear and wireless seems stable. It comes rooted and I've installed droidmote and this is easy to control via my galaxy nexus and the air remote works nice with Angry birds smile.gif. I haven't installed XBMC on it yet.
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Edited by quantumstate - 6/23/13 at 4:06pm
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