The Rikomagic RKM MK802 IV is the latest of a series of USB key sized, Android OS mini computers. This device promises to you the capabilities of a Smart TV without spending a fortune on a new HDTV set.
The Rikomagic MK802 IV is a little bit larger than the standard USB drive and about the same size at its predecessor, the MK802 III. The design is sleek and stylish – a definite improvement from its boxy predecessors. The smooth black exterior looks great. The model number, the Android & RKM logos are displayed on the top of the device.
Additions and Accessories
The device comes with an HDMI cable just in case your TV does not have an HDMI port. A micro-USB to USB adapter and an A/C adapter is also included. While most Android mini PCs now come with an A/C adapter, the MK802 IV’s predecessor, MK802 III did not. Some users had to go through the added expense and inconvenience of purchasing one separately. Many users believe that the device will receive sufficient power by the HDMI port, but in reality the A/C power input is also necessary to properly power up the device. The addition of the A/C unit is a definite plus for this model.
The heart of the RKM MK802 IV is the Rockchip RK3188 quad core processor – a newer and more powerful processor designed for Android mini PCs and tablets. The device comes with 2GB of RAM and a choice of 8GB or 16 GB for storage. The MK802 IV initially shipped with Android 4.1 but began offering Android 4.2 shortly after that version became available. The device includes Bluetooth and Realtek 8189 Wi-Fi which allows a maximum wireless speed of 150MBps. If you prefer to use wired Ethernet, you’ll have to connect to a network via a USB to Ethernet adapter.
The RKM MK802 IV is incredibly easy to set up. Once you plug it in to the TV and to the A/C adapter, the device boots in less than a minute. The WiFi set up can be accessed via the Settings icon, just like all Android devices. Since this device does not have a touch screen like most Androids do, it means that you need to use a another input device. The most common options are a keyboard with an integrated touchpad or an air mouse with an integrated keyboard.
Getting a small screen OS to look good on a big screen TV can be challenging. The RKM MK802 IV seems to be up to the challenge. The main screen appears in great quality on an HD TV.
Needless to say, you will need to download the right apps to get the device functioning the way you want it to. When it comes to music, applications such as Spotify, Cubed and Amazon MP3 will work well with the MK802 IV. However, people who are living outside of the US will need to unblock Spotify in order to access it.
Since the Rikomagic MK802 IV’s primary function is to make TV’s smarter, video playback and online streaming also need to be at the top of their game. YouTube works flawlessly on the device and is massive leaps ahead of single core devices such as the Raspberry Pi or the original Rikomagic MK802.
Many users claim that the MX Player is the best video player for the MK802 IV. However there have been reports of stuttering on videos. The device is compatible with XBMC and will offer excellent library management functionality and hardware acceleration. It must be noted that XBMC does not work on Android 4.1 and therefore, users need to purchase Android 4.2 as updated by the manufacturer in order to avoid the hassle of updating the firmware themselves.
The latest version of Netflix works well on the MK802 IV on both versions of the OS. Some users have reported unusual graphic glitches and various WiFi connectivity issues interfering with the quality of the graphics. Android games are very much a possibility with the Rikomagic MK802 IV and quite a few of them run very smoothly with no interference. Of course, predecessors to the device also performed well with Android games and therefore, users can be assured of a decent gaming experience.
As for power consumption, the MK802 runs well on 1.2A and 5V input. However, it is advised to use the power adapter with a 2A input to allow the device to work even when various accessories are plugged in. The device uses a remarkably low amount of power and some users have claimed that it took up less than the power that a computer consumes in sleep mode. One of the few disadvantages of the RKM MK802 IV is that it does not come equipped with an internal fan. It has the potential to heat up with prolonged use.
The Rikomagic MK802 IV is a big improvement over its predecessor. This device offers better XBMC support and Bluetooth connectivity, but there are considerable issues with WiFi and the potential for overheating are definite drawbacks. The WiFi problems can be fixed by using an Ethernet adapter or by simply placing the MK802 IV close to your router. The overheating can likewise be solved using a little creative cooling.
This device has a lot of promise. It promises to be a low cost option way to turn your TV into a Smart TV. In that respect, it succeeds rather well. It performs well on HD video streaming, retro gaming and browsing the web can all be done efficiently and with very low power consumption.
The bottom line is that the Rikomagic MK802 IV is a definite improvement over the MK802 III. It is a great low-cost way to have the benefits of Smart TV and as well as a high performance quad-core processor.