3 thoughts on “Android 4.0 Mini PC

  1. 47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not too shabby, but some quality issues, July 12, 2012
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    C. Schmidt (NorCal) –
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    I ordered up 3 of these, and have had a chance to play all three. Two were the older white versions, and one the newer version in black. All come pre-rooted, allowing the owner to do things with them that you can’t on a standard Android device. Each was combined with a wireless keyboard and mouse, 32GB SD card, 1080p TV, wifi, and the included power plug. Two out of three worked excellent out of the box, while the third died 20 minutes after starting up. Performance is what one should expect from a cheap device like this – it’s not bad but it’s not great either. Plenty of little hesitations system and app wide. Streaming over Netflix gets slightly jittery now and then, depending on the movie. XFinity, HBO GO, and Max GO apps all installed ok from Google Play but won’t stream anything. Streaming from Google Music works excellent, as does Pandora and Amazon MP3. Games are hit an miss, most working well but some not so much. It will be good to remember that not all games are going to work well in this setup, being intended for multi-touch screens rather than keyboards or mice. I was able to eek out a bit more performance by use the SetCPU app to change some of the system settings, such as the minimum clock speed and I/O. One has moved on to using Linux, specifically Ubuntu 10.04, and I’m still tinkering with that one. The other is still linked up to my TV for some casual gaming, music, and videos. At it’s price, I found it to be an excellent value, even if it’s not the fastest thing in the world.

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  2. 34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent First Gen Micro Form Factor Android PC, June 6, 2012
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    Aged Cheddar (Wisconsin USA) –

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    My Android 4.0 Mini PC did not include a power supply, but all the appropriate USB and HDMI cables. Easily used an old smart phone 5V/1A AC adapter for power. This PC has no ON/OFF switch, so it powers up on plug-in. Heat may be a factor, long term, since it gets quite hot, but only time will tell if this will affect its service life. USB mouse operation is seamless, as is wireless network setup and connection. Video quality and playback were excellent on my 47″ Vizio LED LCD, as was sound, via HDMI input. The Android 4.0 Mini PC won’t set any speed records, but I’ve yet to see a fast platform on this OS. Speed approximates what I experience with my ASUS Transformer 101 and lag is acceptable. This is a “fun” platform to use and experiment with, and the first in what will be a series of mini and micro personal computers with ever increasing power. Love it.

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  3. 49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Mini PC, June 28, 2012
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    1.5 GHZ = 1GHZ CPU + 500MHZ GPU.
    A little deceiving since 1.5 GHZ CPU would have definitely helped with the lag.

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