Whether its due to heat production, a drop-off in performance or both, most mini PCs hit the market with a 720p-resolution default frame size instead of what would be a more popular option of 1080p (1920×1080-pixels).
And as you’d expect, the choice of 720p compromises video quality of Blu-ray and other high-resolution videos on full HD (1080p) big-screen TVs.
It’s also affected the majority of new quad-core mini PCs that have hit the market over the last three months.
However, the team at Geekbuying.com have managed to get a new ROM for its new Rikomagic MK802IV model that delivers a true 1080p-resolution screen display.
You can grab the firmware and installation instructions from the Geekbuying.com blog site, however it comes with a warning – using the ROM will increase the demands on the CPU and increase the heat production. It’s being promoted as ‘flash at your own risk’.
Installation can be done from a Windows computer and requires flipping the MK802IV into recovery mode by pressing the in-built reset button with a paperclip.
What’s more, as the MK802IV shares its hardware design with a number of other quad cores, Geekbuying.com says the ROM should also work in the QC802, UG007B and MK809III mini TV sticks.
The MK802IV is powered by the popular Rockchip RK3188 quad-core SoC CPU clocking at up to 1.6GHz and includes 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal flash. That flash storage is expandable to a further 32GB via the device’s built-in MicroSD card slot. It, along with most mini PCs based on this chip, is available online for well under the $US100 mark from a number of retailers including those on eBay.
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