K5 Android TV Box mini PC with dual-core CPU, twin audio options


This compact K5-model TV box mini PC is one of the thinner models we’ve seen, powered by Rockchip’s original RK3066 dual-core SoC CPU and comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of flash, preloaded with Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system. At this stage, we do not know whether to expect an Android 4.2 update or not.

The storage is expandable through full-size SD card slot, good for up to 32GB per card, but you also get three USB2.0 ports, one more than we’ve seen on most TV box mini PCs of late.

What you don’t get on this one is composite video output – it’s HDMI only, but strangely, you get analog audio line-out through a 3.5mm TRS socket. There’s also S/PDIF digital audio through a TOSLink socket.

The K5 comes with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with internal antenna but you also get RJ45 Fast Ethernet. What is missing is Bluetooth support – whether that can be added externally remains to be seen.

If you were thinking of a basic mini PC setup, the three USB ports mean you’d get keyboard, mouse and external storage drive plugged in without the need for a USB hub. We don’t expect the USB ports will have enough juice to power a bus-powered hard drive, but an externally-powered drive shouldn’t have any trouble. As a gaming unit, the fact the RK3066 SoC CPU includes ARM’s quad-core version of the Mali-400 should put it in good stead. There are faster gaming options around (particularly the Adreno and PowerVR SGX54x GPUs) but the Mali-400 MP4 should still do reasonably well. Whether or not it will correctly display a 1080p desktop though is the question (many mini PCs are locked to 720p to provide greater performance and reduce heat production).

As a genuine TV box mini PC, it also comes with a basic remote control unit, HDMI cable and external AC mains power brick said to be 12VDC@1A.

This unit is quite compact at just 148mm square and only 23mm thick. We found this one available online from a number of retailers selling for around $80 including shipping.

ModelK5 Android TV Box
ProcessorRockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.2GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage4GB
External storageSD card, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n (inc. RJ45 Ethernet)
No./type of USB ports3 x USB2.0 host
HDMI form factorYes (inc. S/PDIF & line-out audio)
Dimensions148 x 148 x 23mm
Announce Date2013


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